Grounded in the belief that God is the master of renewal, restoration, and transformation, the CST is a year-long online program that guides you in rebuilding your health, reviving your vitality, discovering newfound joy in eating and cooking, and mastering the skills of the kitchen.
In a nutshell:
All of the program is completed online or in the accompanying textbook and workbook. You have the freedom to set your own schedule for the program and can access your personal dashboard at any time. Each week includes three check-in days. (And don’t worry – we designed this for busy people. No day will take you too long to complete!)
The transformation habits are the backbone of the program. We walk you through each of these habits one at a time, allowing for two weeks for each to become a permanent part of your lifestyle. This patient, timely approach to lifestyle transformation is essential to achieving lifelong change.
One day each week is dedicated to Cooking with Carol, a complete education in foundational to advanced cooking skills. Whether you’re a kitchen novice or experienced cook, Carol has valuable information and tips to help you master the kitchen.
One day each week is dedicated to covering nutrition or mindset education. It’s true – the more you know the more you do. Our goal is for you to complete this program feeling confident in your understanding of nutrition and behavior change to go forth and conquer all that life can throw at you.
Available as a free optional program add-on, The Common Table is a companion to the core coursework and is intended to lead small group discussions. Share in your journey of transformation and gather around The Common Table.
When you enroll in the CST, you’ll not only be getting two guides for your journey, you’ll also be joining a global community of support. Here you’ll find encouragement and helpful information from others participating in the program, as well as CST administrators.
How is this different from a diet?
A diet is a structured and restrictive way of eating and is a temporary endeavor. The structure and restriction can apply to many things, like quantity of calories or individual macronutrients or to food groups altogether. Diets can also dictate times to eat and times to eat certain types of food. Diets ask that you play by someone else’s rules. Diets often result in quick, temporary weight loss. Statistics show that 98% of dieters regain the weight after the conclusion of the diet. Diets also have detrimental mental and emotional impact on the dieter.
We are the anti-diet. The purpose of this program is to renew your mind, to guide you in hitting the “reset” button on how you think and the habits that determine your life’s course. We teach slow, steady lasting change instead of quick and temporary. We focus on the renewal of the mind and teaching you the skills you need in order to sustain your transformation for a lifetime. Weight loss (lasting, not temporary) is not the focus of our program but will likely be a side effect of regaining your vitality, learning our transformation habits and finding freedom from the mental and emotional prison of the diet culture.
What do you mean by "renew your mind?"
The apostle Paul talks about achieving transformation through the renewing of the mind (Romans 12:2). In the context of the program, renewing the mind refers to learning a new way to think and therefore act.
We take a multi-faceted approach to renewing the mind:
What can I expect from the cooking class?
The cooking class begins with foundational skills and knowledge and progresses through more advanced techniques and practices. Our year-long cooking course concludes by teaching you how to plan, prep and prepare a meal for a large gathering.
Each cooking class comes with a textbook entry for your reference and a video to guide you through the lesson of the day. Lessons are quick and efficient. We want you to be able to fully absorb all that we teach you.
How much time can I expect to spend on this each week?
Each week includes three days.
Day one will have a video and text component. Videos will be no longer than 10 minutes long and average in the 5-7 minute range. Text entries can be read in 15-20 minutes. Some days include a reflection piece. Time to complete this depends on the individual.
Day two is a cooking lesson. It will also have a video and text component. The text component reinforces the video content so you have it to reference later. The videos will not be longer than 10 minutes on average (exceptions may apply in the final three weeks of the program where you will be learning how to plan and prepare a meal for a large gathering).
Day three is educational and will only be a text lesson. Reading will take on average 15-20 minutes. Some days include a reflection piece. Time to complete this depends on the individual.