Yearly Archives: 2011

“We have to eat to live, so why not enjoy food to its fullest?” (Cooking Wild in Missouri, Bernadette Dryden)

I am honored to be able to send you this press release about the new cookbook created by a friend and Slow Food companion, Bernadette Dryden, called “Cooking Wild in Missouri.”  I’ve seen the book and it is a “must have” even if you don’t cook.   It is a book put together with love and bursting

STOP before you eat!

Check in briefly before eating. (S) STOP (T) TAKE 5 full breaths (O) OBSERVE -noticing the sensations in the stomach (if there are any); noticing feeling of hunger or fullness or whatever else is there; noticing feelings; noticing thoughts; and then asking yourself? Am I really hungry? OR… Is this emotional hunger? Is this taste hunger?

How yoga changes how you eat!

There is a fairly new measurement of “mindful eating” that was published in the American Dietetic Association Journal (Framson, et.al., 2009) that I am very excited to start using in my research here at the University of Missouri.  Their findings regarding the relationship between doing yoga and mindful eating was also particularly intriguing. Mindful eating

Chocolate! Chocolate! Chocolate! (or maybe not!)

In case you’re wondering why I haven’t been blogging for a while, it’s because I went on a two week trip to Northern California.  For ten days of that time I was in a silent yoga and meditation retreat in San Rafael.  For ten days I was served delicious organic food for breakfast, lunch, and

Riding the Urge….

As we move into summer and think about “riding the waves” of the ocean on some glorious beach, you can use that same imagery to think about “riding the urge” to eat.  We have urges to eat when we are physically hungry, but we also have urges to eat when we are not hungry.  These

A picture is worth a thousand words!

I don’t know if you’ve heard, but there are several states that have passed “Ag-gag” laws that would make it illegal to film what goes on inside slaughterhouses.  This movement was in reaction to the undercover filming of calf abuse over a two-week period at E6 Cattle Company in Texas by an animal advocacy group

The “cheap food” strategy has FAILED!

Yesterday I had the pleasure of listening to a brilliant lecture by Professor Emeritus John Ikerd.  His talk was being filmed by HBO for possible clips to include in the show they are developing about obesity. John made a compelling case for a theory that the economics of big corporate farming and food production has

Healthy Soils, Healthy People

On Monday, April 25, 2011, at 4:00 p.m.in the Jesse Wrench Auditorium (Memorial Union South),  John Ikerd,  Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Economics at the University of Missouri  in Columbia will give a talk entitled “Healthy Soils, Healthy People: The Legacy of William Albrecht.  Even if you don’t live in Columbia, I think it is worth your while

Drink your milk?

When I opened up the Sunday paper, I noticed an article that cited the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Health and Human Services.  I agreed with almost all of the key recommendations such as “enjoy your food, but eat less of it; avoid oversized portions; eat more vegetables

Sleeping your weight away.

It is not surprising to me to hear people falling asleep (snoring) during the meditation sessions that I teach as I hear people talking all the time about how sleep deprived they are.  A recent poll conducted by the National Sleep Foundation’s (NSF) called 2011 Sleep in America® found that a significant number of Americans aren’t getting the sleep