Tasting Mindfulness

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

“A problem with research” or “why to use your common sense”

In a recent article in the local paper entitled “Study seeks answer to why we are fat,” I was reminded of the reason I am a little bit cynical about research findings.  The article talks about a research question that is being proposed by a professor in an Exercise Science and Epidemiology/Biostatistics department at a

What are you thinking?!

I’ve been particularly struck this week by the devastation that occurs when we engage in negative speech toward ourselves and others.  It is so common to be critical of ourselves that we are often unconscious of how much we engage in this type of thinking.  While we can’t really stop the critical thinking from happening

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

“We have to eat to live, so why not enjoy food to its fullest?” (Cooking Wild in Missouri, Bernadette Dryden)

I am honored to be able to send you this press release about the new cookbook created by a friend and Slow Food companion, Bernadette Dryden, called “Cooking Wild in Missouri.”  I’ve seen the book and it is a “must have” even if you don’t cook.   It is a book put together with love and bursting

STOP before you eat!

Check in briefly before eating. (S) STOP (T) TAKE 5 full breaths (O) OBSERVE -noticing the sensations in the stomach (if there are any); noticing feeling of hunger or fullness or whatever else is there; noticing feelings; noticing thoughts; and then asking yourself? Am I really hungry? OR… Is this emotional hunger? Is this taste hunger?

How yoga changes how you eat!

There is a fairly new measurement of “mindful eating” that was published in the American Dietetic Association Journal (Framson, et.al., 2009) that I am very excited to start using in my research here at the University of Missouri.  Their findings regarding the relationship between doing yoga and mindful eating was also particularly intriguing. Mindful eating

Chocolate! Chocolate! Chocolate! (or maybe not!)

In case you’re wondering why I haven’t been blogging for a while, it’s because I went on a two week trip to Northern California.  For ten days of that time I was in a silent yoga and meditation retreat in San Rafael.  For ten days I was served delicious organic food for breakfast, lunch, and