Category Archives: Conscious Eating & Living

What kind of chocolate will be in your Easter basket?

I know it is really hard to be a conscious consumer all of the time, but I think it’s important not to put our heads in the sand.  My mother sells fair trade chocolate (and other goodies) at her store called the Global Market at the Community United Methodist Church.  She sent me this link

Food Sense Conference – March 16 – 18, Columbia, MO

Mark your calendars for this coming weekend, March 16-18! The MU Life Sciences department is putting on its annual conference on health and eating. They have gathered experts in nutrition, psychology, taste science, cultural studies, marketing analysis, journalism and chefs to speak about how we can make healthy choices about what we eat for our

Consider the Garden

All this warm weather has got me counting down the days until the local farmers’ market moves back to their summer location (which is 1/4 mile from my home). Farmers’ markets have so many great benefits: it keeps produce local, supports the farmers, gets us shoppers eating seasonal, fresh, pesticide-free food and challenges us to

23 and 1/2 hours: What is the single best thing we can do for our health?

So, to add to my last post about needing to stop sitting, please watch the following 10 minute video.  My favorite line in the video is “Exercise is a medicine.”   In this well-produced segment, exercise is supported as the most important thing you can do for your health and it doesn’t require a lot of

Do Not Rinse Your Turkey!!!

And other Thanksgiving food rules for every day By Michelle Forman, Senior Media Specialist, APHL. First published on theAPHL Public Health LabLog. Reposted with permission. Nov. 22, 2011 Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate family and friends, enjoy the fall harvest, and to stuff our faces full of delicious food. No matter your specific traditions,

The move to charge an extra tax on unhealthy food!

On ABC News this week Olivia Katrandjian reported that “Denmark has introduced what’s believed to be the world’s first fat food tax, applying a surcharge to foods with more than 2.3 percent saturated fats, in an effort to combat obesity and heart disease.” Apparently that sent shock waves through the Danish culture and the Danes

True Confessions–How I became a “foodie”

Sometimes I am accused of being a little bit of a food snob.  I’m sure my mother thinks I am (that’s okay, Mom).  I admit it.  And, after thinking about it,  I have decided this is a label I willingly accept.  Why? Because I don’t want to apologize for appreciating and loving good food.  And, I spend

$5 Meal Challenge Report

As I promised earlier, I would report to you the results of my own $5 challenge (cooking a fresh, local, healthy meal for $5 or less and sharing it with others that was initiated by the Slow Food Movement).  As it turns out, I cooked my own meal and shared it but I also participated

Take the Challenge!! Find a $5-Meal in your area.

 I just received word that the local Columbia, Missouri, chapter of the Slow Food Movement is taking the $5-Meal Challenge seriously.  They will be sponsoring a $5-Meal on Sunday, September 18 (see registration information below) with the intention of showing people you can afford to eat fresh, healthy and local.  Or, in other words, the

Buying and eating seasonal food!

More and more people are asking me for tips on the right food to eat and food preparation.  It seems that we have forgotten how to eat and cook of our own food in this crazy busy world and could use a few pointers.  I completely understand. The first important consideration for me is to