Category Archives: Educational Tips

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

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

“Laughter” … a medical prescription and workout plan I can endorse

Being someone who is known for her big laugh, I loved the latest research findings by Lee Berk from Loma Linda University in California that indicate the health benefits of laughter.   In a small study of diabetes patients, researchers split patients –all with hypertension and hyperlipidemia (a risk factor for cardiovascuolar disease) into two groups. Both groups

Starting where you are…

Traveling back from North Dakota this past weekend I picked up a copy of “The Atlantic” at the airport because of the cover article called “Fat Nation: It’s Worse Than You Think. How to Beat Obesity” and the picture of an overweight Statue of Liberty. The article is by Marc Ambinder and is an intelligent

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