Claremore Daily Progress

November 2, 2013

The Food Thinkery: Local dietitian, diabetes educator encourages clients to ‘think’ healthy

Mark Friedel
Staff Reporter

CLAREMORE —

As a registered, licensed dietitian and certified diabetes educator, Claremore resident Suzanne Forsberg said she has found that people are confused when it comes to health information; that all of the health claims in the media cause people to be at a loss when trying to live healthy.
Using her 37 years of experience in food and nutrition, Forsberg recently developed The Food Thinkery, where she teaches clients how to sort through the “blizzard” of information and develop a simple, practical food philosophy.
“I find that people are just not thinking. They’re taking everything in and believing everything they here, and they’re getting frustrated because they can’t do it all,” said Forsberg. “The Food Thinkery is affordable and will help people think, while providing encouragement.”
The Food Thinkery, located in the Rogers State University Innovation Center, is offered to individuals, families and businesses. 
“Everyone has a food philosophy whether they know it or not. I help people consider their food philosophy because what we think and believe is what we will put into action,” she said. “If you don’t believe it, you’re not going to do it.”
Forsberg said she does not believe in diets, and that she gives clients simple suggestions on little changes they can make in their eating habits to turn their health around. 
“I help with grocery shopping. What to buy and what not to buy, and why. I also teach them label reading and give them really easy recipes to make, whether they’re feeding just themselves or a family of four,” she said. 
The Food Thinkery offers a variety of group classes that change each month, including a family nutrition program based on the booklet “The Gritty Truth” written by Forsberg. The course is designed for families to create a new atmosphere in the home that encourages healthy eating and communication.
Courses for individuals in their 20s and 30s, a course on blood sugar and a year-long program designed for those needing a significant amount of weight loss, are also available.
“I’ve found that with people who have like-minds and like-problems, it’s really reassuring for them to learn that they are not the only ones struggling. I’ll sit down with each person for a 30-minute consultation, then guide them in the direction of which class best suits their needs.”
The name Food Thinkery was created from the Greek play “The Clouds,” said Forsberg. 
“The name of Socrates’ house where he trained the philosophers was called ‘The Thinkery.’ I believe thinking and using our God-given eyes, ears and minds can help us sort through much of the false teachings in the world,” she said. 
The Food Thinkery is the newest tenant of the RSU Innovation Center’s Incubation program. The program provides start-up companies with an environment and variety of services to help smooth the path from concept to profitability.
“I heard about the Innovation Center from a friend at church who said they had a business start-up program. I came in here one day and pitched the idea, and with the help of their staff, the idea is beginning to become a reality.”
As a former gymnast and coach of gymnastics, Forsberg understands that exercise is just as important as a healthy diet. 
She has created Beamnastics, a positive body and soul program designed for children to increase daily physical exercise. 
In the program, Forsberg teaches the balance beam complete with routines to help build core strength, improve flexibility and confidence.
Classes are held at K&Co. Dance Studio, but are also mobile and can be offered at church, daycare or after school program. She said her vision for the program is to one day expand to other cities, offering training programs and manuals to qualified instructors.
For more information on Beamnastics visit beamnastics.com. To schedule a consultation with Susan Forsberg in The Food Thinkery, call 918-949-0422 or visit thefoodthinkery.com.