Category Archives: Educational Tips

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,, 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

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 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

More Healthy Fast Food to Cook and Enjoy!

I thought it was time to add to the “healthy fast food” recipes.  My requirements are it “Has to be EASY! Doesn’t take a lot of time. Not expensive. Tasty and delicious. Good for you (loosely defined on purpose). When possible, it includes ingredients that can be found locally and are seasonal.”  Here are a couple

Break the Fast!!!

I’ve always loved breakfast.  I can’t wait to get up and have my cup of coffee for the day (after I meditate, of course) and fix my current breakfast of choice.  Right now this consists of plain yogurt, fruit of your choice, chopped walnuts, and granola (I am particularly fond of some kind of vanilla

Healthy Fast Food–easy as one, two, three

You asked for it.  You got !  Everyone is always wanting to know the alternatives to driving through the fast food lane–how to eat healthy without a lot of work or money.  So, I have decided to find, try out, and blog a “healthy fast food” recipe or meal idea from time to time that meets

Finding your balance in the New Year!

Driving back from St. Louis on Monday morning, I was listening to NPR’s Morning Edition.  The story about how parenting style plays a role in teen binge drinking reminded me of how our own attitudes towards ourselves affect our eating behavior.  The study by researcher Stephen Bahr at Brigham Young University looked at three types

To be a “locavore”

I recently had a conversation with someone who sparked my interest in the term “locavore.”  The word “locavore” was the word of the year for 2007 in the Oxford American Dictionary and was the creation of Jessica Prentice of the San Francisco Bay Area.  The locavore movement is a movement in the United States and