Category Archives: Conscious Eating & Living

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

I’m taking the $5 challenge. How about you?

“On Sept. 17, I pledge to share a fresh, healthy meal that costs less than $5 — because slow food shouldn’t have to cost more than fast food.”  from Slow Food Movement I just received this intriguing email from the Slow Food Movement.  They are challenging people to prove that you can eat healthy, local

Listening to TED talks…a love story about a fish

This seems to be my week for getting a lot of good TED Talks sent my way.  In case you are the uninitiated, I hope you take the time to familiarize yourself with this website.   As stated on its website, “TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as

EAT YOUR VEGES!!!

A new long term study was published in the June issue of the New England Journal of Medicine that looked at how the health behaviors of 120,877 men and women over a 12 – 20 year period affected weight gain.  Everybody started out healthy and not obese at the start of the study but the results

Healthy Food on a Budget

I’m always having people ask me for tips about how to eat healthy on a budget.  I just found this great blog that calls itself “Healthy Food on a Budget: Tips from a registered dietician in Boston.” Please avail yourself to it. I’ve looked through it and found lots of wonderful writings that I’m sure you’ll