Laura Pole

Laura Pole

Laura Pole


Laura Pole founded “Eating for a Lifetime” in 1997 and blends her passions for food, entertaining and health into a career of nurturing people through nourishment. She is nationally recognized for her creative and informative presentations on health and healing. Laura is a Health Supportive Gourmet Chef, an Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist, Certified Nia Fitness Instructor, and a professional musician with over 30 years experience in health care, health education and entertaining people.

Laura first learned the art of good cooking in Louisiana at the apron strings of incredible Cajun and Creole home cooks. Chef Laura is Director of Nourishment Education Programs for Smith Center for Healing and the Arts in Washington, DC. She also serves as Head Chef for their Cancer Help Program Retreats. Laura has edited 2 cookbooks, Soul Savory and A Taste of Smith Farm: Taking the Art of Good Cooking Home. Laura is joined by Dr. Lise Alschuyler, ND in presenting the Cancer Fighting Kitchen workshops across the country for Healing Journeys.

Laura co-created a children's musical called "Cooking It!", along with Roanoke Children's Theatre artistic director, Mary Bova. The musical is accompanied by a middle school curriculum, where theatre artists in residence and a chef or nutritionist, spend a week in the middle school, teaching the children theatre arts and healthy eating principles. The final day of week, the 5th grade students and professional actors put on the musical for the rest of the school. Since it's premiere, the curriculum and musical have been hosted at middle schools and summer camps in Virginia and Pensacola, Florida. Check out the video on the Roanoke Children's Theatre Facebook page.

Chef Laura's programs support the philosophy that it really does matter what you eat, in sickness and in health, and this can be accomplished within everyone’s budget. To quote Laura, “When you eat whole food that is lovingly and thoughtfully prepared, you are eating more than protein, carbohydrates, fat and plant based nutrients – you are eating life.”

Cookbook by Laura

Soul Savory

Chef Laura has edited a cookbook called Soul Savory, due to be released in March 2011. The cookbook is a project of the Smith Farm Center for Healing and the Arts, Breast Care Navigator Program. Members of several black churches in Washington, DC, as well as members of the African Women's Cancer Awareness Association (AWCAA) submitted their favorite soul, southern and traditional African recipes. Those recipes that needed a little "translation" were converted into healthier versions. The result is one scrumptious book of outstanding home-cooking recipes.

Request a Copy - The book is not for sale. If there are copies remaining after the book is distributed to Smith Farm's service population, you may request a copy in return for a donation to cover shipping and handling charges. To get your name on a waiting list, contact Smith Farm Center at 202-483-8600.


See Laura Pole in Action

Check out Laura's business Facebook page - Eating for a Lifetime.

A Cooking Class for People with Cancer and Those Who Cook For Them

Do you cook for or are you someone living with cancer? Do you/they struggle with issues such as infection, fatigue, weight loss, nausea, gastrointestinal upset, pain, or shortness of breath that threatens their nutritional status? If so, join Laura Pole, health supportive chef, oncology nurse, talented musician, and amazing person, in this wonderfully upbeat, information-packed class and learn how to prepare health-promoting, nutrient-dense delicious food-as-medicine to relieve or prevent symptoms.

For more information please see the Public Class Catalog, Health Supportive and Specialty Cooking Classes,

Watch Laura Pole's Music Video - "Oat Bran Muffins"