Mindful Eating

To You… The Inspirers

10/19/16 | 29 Comments

Driving down the road to the big red barn, I lower my windows to let in the smells and sights. I look up to see the greeting smiles of my friends Jane and Darin, who farm this land. As we gather in hugs and they insist on carrying things, my eyes can’t help but wander to their gardens. …Read More

The Courage to Change in New Ways

9/14/16 |

After a long and frustrating day at work, she searched the cupboard for some relief. A bag of something, a box. Finding nothing that would satisfy, she closed the cupboard and stepped back. She took a breath and remembered something.  She walked over to the television and clicked it off, cleared a stack of papers from …Read More

Food as Sweet Refuge

8/17/16 |

The surgery was running long. Really long. Finally a call from the doctor, more complicated than they thought, it’s going to be okay… It was okay, but it was the beginning of a difficult period of life. A little surgery turned into a big one, a week of recovery turned to months of recovery. Life as we knew it …Read More

One Story of a Girl and her Food

7/8/16 |

What’s your story with food and eating? My story is perhaps a typical one, unique in its ways. My early eating life followed the trends of the American culture in which I was raised. My parents did their best to raise me to be a healthy person and a good eater. Mom prepared home-cooked, balanced meals and …Read More

A Few Favorite Winter Recipes

12/30/15 |

As we prepare for our Seasonal Food Workshops starting this year in partnership with RambleRill and Ten Mothers Farms, we are preparing new recipes and looking back at our old favorites. This post is a quick highlight of a few that we love. Deep Down Good Sweet Potato Stew At our home, this recipe is …Read More

Mindful Eating is a Personal Revelation

4/13/15 |

I have taught and practiced mindful eating for many years now. What I find most meaningful is that when I slow down and pay attention, so much about life is revealed. The approach to food I learned as a child becomes illuminated in new ways and subtle beliefs about eating can be brought into the …Read More

Am I Eating Right? (with free food log!)

3/10/15 |

When I speak to health-concerned clients, the most common complaint I hear is a sense of overwhelm, confusion and irritation about knowing what or what not to eat. It makes sense. We all want to feel well, live a long time, achieve our goals and avoid terrible diseases, so the media messages that challenge our choices hit us in …Read More

Delight in Romantic Eating (no partner required)

2/13/15 |

Whether you’re flying solo or with another this Valentine’s Day, a deep and resonant pleasure awaits. Mindful eating is a gift that can fill the heart, nourish the the body and banish discomfort, not to mention being a powerful tool in the lifelong journey of healthy eating. As you plan what to eat today, or …Read More

Letting Go of More and Better

12/12/14 |

By nature, I am a striver — a big ol’ puppy dog of striving. I am someone who is always looking forward, searching for ways to please, help, improve, solve, better and satisfy. I’m always looking for the MORE and the BETTER life may hold. This aspect of my personality is one that I have to …Read More

Should I Give Up Coffee?

9/24/14 |

If I’m going to write an evocative headline like “Coffee is the #1 source of antioxidants in the American diet” in this week’s newsletter, I figured I better say a little more about it, and use it as an opportunity to consider the role of coffee in my own life.   A Little about the Headline. The headline …Read More

Engage Your Senses when You Eat or Cook

9/19/14 |

I can eat an entire meal in one minute.  I am like a prize fighter of gobbling food. This talent has come in handy when I’m living life at full speed.  Who needs utensils?  Who has time to break for lunch?  Who wants to deal with eating slowly while keeping the toddler at the table?  My habit says, …Read More

One Mindful Meal per Day

9/19/14 |

Mindful eating is an incredibly powerful way to slow ourselves down and begin to get related to the food we are eating and its impact on our wellbeing.  Many of our habits about how we eat, the foods we choose and why we choose them happen unconsciously, so controlling these habits, as we often try to …Read More

How Eating (Anything) with Gratitude Can Make You Healthier

8/1/14 |

When it comes to eating, most of us have a pretty automatic internal dialogue. Often our thoughts are hardwired to judge, evaluate, attach, worry, rationalize, check out, and more, regardless of the quality of the food in front of us. By practicing mindful eating, we become interested in seeing how we can interrupt the patterns at play in order to give …Read More

Mindful Eating Practice from Thich Nhat Hanh

4/17/14 | 3 Comments

I offer the following practice in hopes that it touches your life as deeply as it did mine. I learned this practice in Thailand while retreating from my hectic, career-centered life. I volunteered (WWOOFed) on a sustainable farm that was the backdrop for a mindful, healing community for people recovering from drug addiction. Each morning …Read More

Why We Focus on Good Food

4/17/14 |

“Eat food, mostly plants, not too much,” says Michael Pollan and a growing chorus of scientists and health providers who look thoughtfully at the health crises of our time and cannot help but shine an urgent light on the harmful impacts of the industrialization of our food supply and cultural shifts away from simply preparing …Read More

Why I Eat Real Food

4/2/14 | 2 Comments

For me, it’s simple: eating real food allows me the best chance to fully participate in my life – free of disease, with a positive mental outlook and with energy to burn. When I feel good I get to focus on the things that really matter to me like my son, friends and family and …Read More