Tasting Mindfulness

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

“Eating is a Moral Act”

I recently had the pleasure of making the acquaintance of John Ikerd, Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Economics, from the University of Missouri.  He was so kind as to allow me to share his article with you entitled “The High Cost of Cheap Food.”  It is a little longer than most blogs I send but it

BASICS of Mindful Eating — LIVE!

The BASICS of Mindful Eating are now in a short one minute video.. Play it when you need a reminder to slow down and savor your food.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kji4Fbgh-BQ This video was produced by HOPE Health (www.hopehealth.com), a specialty publisher focused on producing easy-to-understand, interesting, and actionable health, wellness, and benefit media for employers and employees.

Helping Each Other to Eat Healthy

Recently the nationwide report funded by Congress called “Access to Affordable and Nutritious Food — Measuring and Understanding Food Deserts and Their Consequences” was released and people in Missouri don’t appear to be doing that well.  In particular, it was reported that we have the eleventh lowest state ranking for eating the recommended amount of fruits

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

We are born intuitive eaters!

I’ve become aware of research recently which supported my belief that we ARE born intuitive eaters, but we go astray if we succumb to being conditioning by fast food and highly processed food.  There may be exceptions to this premise, but I doubt that many of us were born with disordered eating problems.  So what happened?