Tasting Mindfulness

The science behind mindfulness and eating!

New research just published in the journal Eating Behaviors (Masudo & Wendell, 2010) indicates that how we relate to the thoughts we have about our weight, fear of weight gain, the importance of being thin, and other eating-related thoughts makes a difference in how we’ll feel and behave.  Let me break this down just a

Tomatoes and Basil – Nothing short of wonderful!

I have wonderful childhood memories of going out into my father’s garden, picking a tomato off the vine and eating it in the backyard, the juice warmed from the sun dripping down my face and arm.  What a taste delight!  I mean, is there anything better than a fresh picked tomato right off the vine? 

Slow Food is Good Food

I recently had the pleasure of eating at The Harvest, a restaurant that is also a member of the Slow Food Movement. Located on the Capitol Square in Madison, WI, Harvest is, as their website notes “passionately devoted to bringing Madison a unique dining experience, and a menu enhanced by seasonal locally-grown, and organic ingredients.” 

Beware of unhealthy advice from “health magazines”

I used to follow health magazines and articles to try to eat healthy, but for a while it was a problem because it would always become tangled up with the diet mentality. As told by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch in their book Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program That Works, it’s not about calories (the

Getting Real About Our Bodies

Mary (whose name has been changed to protect her innocence) is in 6th grade, loves physical activity and has taken great pride in being able to be more physically able than some of the boys in her class.  She has been described by her mother as a “foodie.”   She loves unusual food for a girl

Quick (foodless) Fixes

You’re stressed, anxious, worried, bored, or sad.  You reach for food!  You feel better (at least temporarily).  Anybody had that experience?  It is a well known phenomenon that people tend to eat to feel better emotionally.  It’s fast, it’s easy, and it’s quick.  Unfortunately, and as I mentioned in an earlier post, there is a

Eating Well on your Summer Vacation (whether you’re flying or driving)

I love to eat well and I don’t sacrifice eating healthy, even when I’m on the road.  I recently read an interesting piece on “eating well on the road” from Anna Lappé (in the Huffington Post).  Since this is the time of year when a lot of us are traveling I thought it would be

“Happy Meals” might not be so happy after all.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is taking on one of my favorite corporations I love to hate—McDonalds!! Yes, McDonald’s is being sued for using toys to sell their “happy meals” that turn out to be pretty unhealthy (Surprise! Surprise!).  Marketing unhealthy foods to children so that you can make money seems

Joyful Eating

I just visited Austin, Texas, where the Whole Foods Market originated.  The picture on this blog is a sign in their flagship store in Austin (which seems to be about 4 times the size of the one in St. Louis).  I love the idea of “joyful eating” and I love the values that the Whole

Mindfulness of Taste

What makes you go “yummmmm!”? Foods that you say “taste good” are generally ones you have been conditioned to like by your exposure to them.  And, unfortunately, when exposed to food with high amounts of sugar, fat, and salt, your taste buds have become altered to crave these more and experience them as “tasty.” The