Tasting Mindfulness

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

What are you really, really, really hungry for?

Okay. I admit that I have always been an Oprah fan but I was exceptionally happy to see this week’s newsletter from her with the title “Why Oprah Says She’ll Never Diet Again.” As we all know, Oprah has been through many diets over the years and she’s shared each one with us.  She has

“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

Invitation to Local Foods BBQ Party–Sunday, May 16

Sustainable Farms and Communities is Happy to Host the 2010 Local Foods BBQ and Volleyball Potluck (We can feed ourselves!) Sunday May 16, 2010   –   Noon to 6 pm  –  Cosmo Park (the first pavilion on left as you head toward tennis courts from roundabout), Columbia, MO This potluck style spring fling is a chance

Eating in Peace Park

Ever notice that when you are stressed or anxious or sad or angry you feel it in your “gut?”  The obvious answer would be “YES.”  The reason may not be so obvious or well-know.  The enteric nervous system, which is located in the stomach is a kind of “mini-brain” that contains as many neurons (nerve