Tasting Mindfulness

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

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