Tasting Mindfulness

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,

Put on those walking shoes – Exercise can affect your genetic pre-disposition to be overweight!

I was just having the conversation with a colleague about the effect of genetics on being overweight or obese and puzzling about the implications this has for weight loss treatment.  Two days later, as if in response to our query, the paper runs a story about this very topic. The “obesity gene,” otherwise known as

Take the “craving” challenge!!

This is an addendum to an earlier post I wrote entitled “Riding the Urge.”  In the post I described Alan Marlatt’s metaphor of “urge surfing” as a way of staying present with the intensity of craving without needing to act on it.  He actually suggested that you picture the urge as an ocean wave and

BEWARE: Mindfulness may change the way you eat forever!!

I had a funny moment this week when a volunteer who has worked with me for about a year now said that this (mindful eating) stuff had finally had an effect.   She told the story of how she had gone to the Student Center to buy a piece of pizza and how she was really

More $5 meal ideas.

The Slow Food Movement has had people blogging on their website about how they accomplished the $5 meal challenge. Please check out their page for sharing recipe ideas (and pictures) here:http://5challenge.tumblr.com/ and let your own creativity about meal planning grow and prosper.  When I looked a little further for $5 meals I came across the $5

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