with Dr. Trevor Cates

Dr. Trevor Cates

Feed your body the goods it craves… and watch your energy grow.

Live instruction with Dr. Trevor Cates begins on September 30, 2020 at 4pm EST

Co-taught by her children, Tiernan Jacobs and Thalia Rivers

Has cooking at home created more stress, not less?

Do you find it impossible to get off the couch after eating dinner every night?

Do you spin out at the thought of meal planning, hitting the grocery store, and keeping your family well-fed with healthy snacks, balanced meals, and superfoods?

Cooking didn't always need “vitality” as a qualifier – all foods were whole foods, and if you cooked with them, you received the energy you were meant to receive. But we’ve got more options than we can shake a stick at these days. Staying safe, informed, and energized is harder than ever.

In the brand-new, just released course “Cooking for Vitality”, it’s our goal to help you do exactly that.

Dr. Trevor Cates is a graduate of the National College of Natural Medicine, and the first woman to be licensed as a naturopathic doctor in the state of California.

She found that even with her medical knowledge of nutritious eating, and even having grown up on a farm in Virginia with parents who made home-cooked farm-fresh meals every day…

There were still challenges at home with her own family when it came to getting healthy meals on the table regularly.

What with the different preferences, dietary restrictions, and scheduling hurdles under one roof, she had to get creative about committing to nourishing meals made at home – which she details how to manage in the “Cooking for Vitality” course.

As a single mom with a full life, she saw first hand the issues many of her own patients were having avoiding take-out temptation and cooking well-rounded, healthy dishes.

So when she was writing her book Clean Skin From Within, she decided to include recipes… and was amazed at what she discovered in this process.

Food as medicine had been the cornerstone of her education and her upbringing. So naturally, and in light of all the ways she saw we weren’t using food to our full advantage, she’s raised her children to cook as a family and focus on making healthy food taste delicious.

What Do They Know about Food that You Don’t

Eating to fill a void is easier than eating for vitality. That’s how commercials, the nearly 200,00 fast food joints in America, and the absence of nutritional focus in traditional medical schools make it seem, anyway.

But if you don’t know how to navigate a grocery store to find whole foods, stock your pantry with healthy necessities, substitute damaging cash crops for life-supporting nutrients, cook for vitality with allergies in mind, or simply meal-plan to save your future self some trouble…

It can all feel daunting and impossible and – just pass me the menu for that pizza place, please!

What’s worse is, without guidance, you just don’t know what you don’t know.

If you’re familiar with Dr. Pedram Shojai’s Interconnected series, you know that our diets – both what we eat and the way we eat are a crucial puzzle piece in trying to maintain microbial diversity in our gut microbiomes and fighting off inflammation in the body.

Plus, our microbiomes are responsible for so much more than just digestion… they affect everything from our moods to our skin quality.

But to even begin to address the microbiome means beginning in the kitchen…

Join the Cooking for Vitality Course
Starting September 30th and Get 14 Days Free!

The Lost Art of Cooking with Joy

It’s important to think about the way we used to honor food and the process of cooking a meal before we could swing by a drive-thru on the way home.

To really get the most from our meals nowadays, we have to reevaluate how we shop, cook, and eat, especially in light of allergies, intolerances, and processed ingredients we’re all trying to avoid.

Which is lucky, because even your most basic grocery store can be a treasure trove for bon vivants who want to live and feel well.

Which brands do you buy? Which kind of oil soothes inflammation, and which kind irritates it? How do you know which flour substitute is the healthiest, and won’t make your cookies turn out funny? Should you even keep granulated sugar in the house? How long should one grocery trip last you – a week? Two weeks? How do you know how much of your meat to freeze, and what meat should you even be getting?

The Questions Can Go On Forever

We are so fundamentally disconnected from where our food comes from, what it does to our bodies, what our bodies actually need that we’re not providing, and how to prepare the food we get…

It can feel much easier in the moment to just give everyone what they’ve gotten used to wanting and keep them all “happy”.

That’s what Dr. Cates is trying to repair – this broken model when it comes to thinking about and preparing food. She believes if she and her family can figure out how to make food work for them, they can help you figure it out, too.

Her son Tiernan is a newly-minted chef after graduating from the Park City Culinary Institute and now caters small private events using healthy, whole ingredients to create gorgeous meals. Her daughter Thalia, at only 13, is a pioneer in gluten-free baking, having a gluten sensitivity herself and refusing to accept a flavorless life without her favorite treats.

Throughout the course,
Dr. Cates, Teirnan, and Thalia are going to show you:

  • How to navigate the grocery store like you’re a person on a mission, and that mission is to feel energized and activated by the food we eat.
  • What ingredients to never run out of in your pantry.
  • How to transform your cooking experience with a rotation of powerful superfood options.
  • What to eat to satisfy your sweet tooth that won’t spike your blood sugar.
  • Four recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert made with pure, natural ingredients.
  • The secret to feeling energized after breakfast, lunch, and dinner and totally miss that mid-day slump.
  • Clever ways to sneak vegetables into every part of your day.
  • How to plan for dinner all week so you’ll never be left staring into the open fridge, tempted to make a decadent mac-and-cheese while beautiful produce rots out of sight.
  • And so much more…

Join the Cooking for Vitality Course

Starting September 30th and Get 14 Days Free!

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A Powerful Academy with Several Courses


This course is part of the Urban Monk Academy which is filled with valuable resources and teachings that can help you on your journey. You can choose to enroll in this course individually, or subscribe to the whole Academy and enjoy all of the content under one low subscription. You get to choose!

The Life Garden

Temple Grounds

Healthy Pets

Raising Healthy Kids

Gut Healing Masterclass

Healing Emotional Trauma



Oral Healing Masterclass

Cooking for Vitality


Dream Yoga

Functional Fitness

Self Healing

Astrology 101

A guided Academy filled with
excellent modules and robust resources—

Work at your own pace

Weekly calls with Me, Dr. Pedram with Live Q&A

The Life Garden Workbook

Listen in the car or while working out

Access to new courses - A new one every 2 months!

Productivity tools for better time management

Monk’s Kitchen Cookbook

Exclusive private community

$100 off quarterly retreats

Access to protected content not available to the public

Video resources including, exercise, recipes, sleep tips, yoga exercises and more Tai Chi and Qi Gong instructions with detailed videos & Live monthly new practices

Meditation tracks, brainwave training and new meditation tracks added each month

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Frequently Asked Questions—

What is the time commitment?

Go at your own pace. The modules are in video, audio, and transcript form. Take your time and go through them and access the resources all you want.

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