Ep 27: Chef Nathan Lyon – Fiber Fourteen

Chef Nathan Lyon teaches us about Fiber Fourteen, why fiber is so important for our overall health, and why great food starts fresh.

About Fiber Fourteen: 
Fiber Fourteen is the passion project of Nathan Lyon, an Emmy-nominated Outstanding Culinary Host, acclaimed Cookbook Author and classically trained Chef with a Health Science background and Sarah Forman, a Recipe Developer, Recipe Tester and Project Manager.

In the fall of 2016, a family member (a parent) was diagnosed with colorectal cancer. A routine colonoscopy revealed a suspicious polyp which was later diagnosed as a “not a major concern” stage 1 cancer. However, a second opinion classified it as stage 2, possibly stage 3. Needless to say, this news came as a total shock to everyone.

And, what first began as a short visit home to help navigate the diagnoses, turned into a 2-month stay – through the duration of the first-round of treatment: a 6-week course of radiation. Nathan and Sarah took over the responsibility of cooking during the treatment.

Given the type of cancer, treatment and possible gastrointestinal side effects, Nathan and Sarah began making slight adjustments to their recipes. Mind you,their meals have always been on the healthy side: plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, good fats, lean proteins and everything from scratch. But, they decided to make a small change built on a simple idea: decrease the percentage of animal protein so that the majority of the meal is vegetable based (i.e. increase fiber). Armed with their new idea, the challenge was to make those vegetables even more delicious and more satiating than ever before; to make them the star of the show, rather than just humble backup singers.

The meals cooked during this time evolved into the beginner version of the now full-grown Fiber Fourteen Meal Plan, a 14 day fiber-rich, calorie-light recipe meal plan designed to improve your health.

As for the family member who was diagnosed with cancer? They made it through all of their treatments, are recovering quite well and above all, they are living their dreams…

Learn more about Fiber Fourteen at: www.fiberfourteen.com/

About Chef Nathan Lyon: 
Emmy nominated Chef Nathan Lyon is known to television viewers across the country for his simple, innovative cuisine featuring fresh, seasonal ingredients. Chef and co-host of Growing A Greener World (PBS) and host of Good Food America with Nathan Lyon (Veria), Nathan was the creator and host of A Lyon in the Kitchen (Discovery Health and Fit TV), among the final four on the second season of The Next Food Network Star, and appeared as a guest chef and expert on Home Made Simple (TLC) and Real Simple Real Life (TLC).

Nathan obtained a Bachelor of Science in Health Science and a minor in Public health from James Madison University and attended culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu in Los Angeles, where he earned a Culinary Arts degree. Since that time, Nathan has worked in many restaurants, both in and out of the kitchen, and has also worked with local growers in California farmers markets for over a decade.

Nathan published his cookbook, Great Food Starts Fresh, which has been quoted by Alice Waters, Graham Kerr, Curtis Stone and Jamie Oliver and made the Washington Post’s esteemed “Top Cookbooks” list. Nathan received the honor of an Emmy nomination for “Outstanding Culinary Host” in 2013.

Link to Chef Nathan Lyon’s Website: www.chefnathanlyon.com/

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