Recognizing healthy behavior change as medicine is one of the newest and most profound advancements in healthcare.For the culinary world this is HUGE!Instead of using food as mere fuel for the body, or entertaining the taste buds with aging fats, sugars, sodium and alcohol, chefs can use their culinary training and skills to mitigate preventable chronic disease. Prepare to Change—Prepare to Feel Better—Learn to Prepare! Professional chefs can not only use their culinary training to teach people how to prepare healthful foods that are both flavorful and nutritious, but also teach important culinary principles and cooking skills so nutritious eating becomes an enjoyable prospect for a healthy life and a beautiful You.MORE: Prepping Anti-Inflammatory FoodsIt’s All About the ProcessThe process of learning how to prepare food properly demonstrates the intimate relationship between technique and result. Proper principles of good cooking are a significant factor in the judgment used to determine cooking time, temperature and method, as much as the quality and combination of ingredients. As we learn and practice proper food preparation and cooking techniques, we come to recognize that cooking and eating tasty, enjoyable and nutritious meals is as much about the process as it is the final product.Use Your Imagination! As we fill our culinary intellect and learn about all the beautifying, wrinkle-reversing, skin-enhancing foods to eat, we become empowered to create meals that not only reduce the aging foods we eat but instead embrace the enjoyment associated with preparing and eating meals that beautify our bodies inside and out—providing glowing energy, stamina and vitality.COLUMN: Cook for Fewer WrinklesHealthy (And Healing) Holiday RecipeAs the holiday season approaches, this vegan and gluten-free Oatmeal Cookie is a good choice to serve your family, guests or bring to a holiday party:In a large mixing bowl mash 3 ripe bananas with a hand masher. Add and mix in ½ cup canola oil, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, ¼ cup toasted and chopped walnuts, ¼ cup toasted and chopped pecans, ¼ cup chopped prunes, 1 cup golden raisins. Add 2 cups plain, old-fashioned oatmeal, and mix well. Using a 1-ounce scoop, drop dough on a parchment covered cookie sheet. Lightly push down with fingers to slightly flatten each cookie. Bake at 350° F for 20 minutes. Remove, let cool and serve. Yield is between 32 and 36 cookies.QUIZ: Are You Eating for Beauty?