Tasting Mindfulness

Enjoy an Island Meal (no matter where you are)

I’m one of those people who like to take a lot of photographs on vacation and one of my favorite things to photograph is a delightfully prepared and presented plate of food.  Each plate of food that I take a picture of has a story behind it. This one comes to you from Roatan, which

Visit your local Farmer’s Market !

Maybe you are lucky enough to have a farmer’s market year round in your area but in Columbia, Missouri, we are only seasonal at this juncture.  The good news!  The 30th Anniversary Season of Your Columbia Farmers’ Market begins this Saturday, March 20, from 8:00 a.m. to noon and is located at the corner of

How are you VOTING with your FOOD DOLLARS ?$?$?

Have you ever considered the far-reaching implications of how you spend your food dollars? Every time you buy food you are making a decision affecting much more than your own health. There are environmental, political, cultural, social and ethical consequences of every dollar you spend. To find out more, read Alice Waters’ article entitled Slow Food

Eat by Number

Which sounds more appealing to you? 1.  a ripe, red, fresh tomato OR 2.  27 calories (2 from Fat) and includes 7 mg. sodium, 2 grams of dietary fiber, 4 grams of sugar, 1 gram of protein, 25% Vitamin A, 32% Vitamin C, 1% Calcium, 2% Iron   My guess is that most of you would

Small but consistent “Healthy Steps” make a difference!

Yesterday I heard Joe give his testimony about going from 320 pounds to 190 pounds in 7 months. Somehow being 320 pounds had not bothered him much until he got the diagnosis of diabetes and his eye sight had begun to significantly fail.  He described having a difficult time finding out what he should do

Intuitive Eating–what it is and why it’s important

In case you haven’t heard about “intuitive eating” I want to introduce you by directing you to the website www.intuitiveeating.com.  Here you will find the 10 principles of intuitive eating outlined in the book “Intuitive Eating” by Evelyn Tribole, MS, RD and Elyse Resch, MS, RD, FADA.  These principles have become important components of the

Love (and chocolate) is in the air..

Okay… so maybe you don’t have a special someone to cozy up with this Valentine’s Day or maybe you do.  Either way, I think the idea of Valentine’s Day is wonderful.  Call me a romantic.  But I think anything that increases the amount of love in the air and the guilt free consumption of chocolate

Slow Down! You’re driving (or eating) too fast.

In the town where I live there has been an alarming increase in the number of police cars stationed throughout the town at all times of the day waiting to catch the next person speeding down the road.  That person would generally be me.  Just ask my friends who give warning notices to people considering

The relationship between stress and eating

More and more research is beginning to show the link between stress and eating behavior.  Stress can either produce undereating or overeating depending on the severity of the stressor.  However, there is a consistent pattern of evidence that people will eat food that is higher in sugar and fat when stressed.  While this type of

Too many choices?

In Brian Wansink’s book, Mindless Eating, his lab reports that the average person makes well over 200 decisions about food every day.  Unfortunately, we are often not aware when we are making these choices and these mindless choices have consequences.   According to Wansink, if we were more aware of why we ate the way we