Chef Seizan Dreux Ellis: Restoring Your Gut-Feeling Connection With Delicious Food

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In this episode, I am joined by Soto Zen Buddhist and Executive Chef, Seizan Dreux Ellis. After spending 8 years in Venice, Italy apprenticing in kitchens, Dreux returned to San Francisco with a mission to bring his health-based, flavor driven cuisine to a wider audience and soon began working for the renowned plant-based restaurant, Café Gratitude. From the journey of finding Zen Buddhism and its connection to diet, to the healing powers of affirmations, plant-based eating, and restoring a damaged mind-body connection, this episode will show you exactly how to achieve the vibrant wellness you deserve by using food as medicine. Plus, at the end of the episode, we disclose our exciting collaborated project that is finally here - The Gut Feelings by Dr. Will Cole limited-edition menu, available at all Café Gratitude locations in Southern California! Find your nearest Café Gratitude location and check out the menu:

Chef Seizan Dreux Ellis oversees the development and execution of the organic, plant-based menu at all Café Gratitude restaurants in Southern California. After spending 8 years in Venice, Italy apprenticing in kitchens both great and small, Dreux returned to San Francisco, working as Executive Chef for the original Café Gratitude restaurants for 4 years before moving to Los Angeles as Corporate Chef of Café Gratitude in Southern California, bringing his health-based, flavor driven cuisine to a wider audience. In 2017, Seizan received lay ordination in the Soto Zen lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi at the San Francisco Zen Center where continues his Buddhist practice.

A few of my favorite things we cover in this episode:

  • The Zen Buddhist origins of Chef Seizan Dreux Ellis’ name
  • The journey of finding Zen Buddhism + how it differs from other Buddhist philosophies
  • Benefits of a plant-based diet
  • Origins of Cafe Gratitude
  • Healthiest sources of plant-based protein
  • How to start incorporating more plant-based meals into your diet
  • The genesis of Cafe Gratitude’s infamous affirmations for menu items
  • The power of affirmations and positive self talk
  • Everything you need to know about the Gut Feelings by Dr. Will Cole limited-edition menu at Cafe Gratitude

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Dr. Will Cole, DNM, IFMCP, DC is a leading functional medicine expert who consults people around the globe, starting one of the first functional medicine telehealth centers in the world. Named one of the top 50 functional and integrative doctors in the nation, Dr. Will Cole provides a functional medicine approach for thyroid issues, autoimmune conditions, hormonal imbalances, digestive disorders, and brain problems. He is the host of the popular The Art Of Being Well podcast and the New York Times bestselling author of Intuitive Fasting, Ketotarian, The Inflammation Spectrum and the brand new book Gut Feelings: Healing the Shame-Fueled Relationship Between What You Eat and How You Feel.