Food and Values - Curiosity

Note: I recently went through an exercise of identifying my highest values. This is one of a series of posts looking at how those values intersect with my relationship to food and my food choices. I did an exercise recently to identify my top values, and another exercise to consider strengths. Curiosity came up in both. Which made me wonder, how does this value relate to food and mindful eating? At first glance, it may not seem like there’s much of a connection. And in fact, I wouldn’t have necessarily considered curiosity a value if I hadn’t gone through the exercise. But once I started thinking about it, I realized it made sense. To value curiosity means to approach things with an open min

Food and Values - Connectedness

Note: I recently went through an exercise of identifying my highest values. This is one of a series of posts looking at how those values intersect with my relationship to food and my food choices. It doesn’t surprise me that connectedness came out as one of my greatest values. When I think of spirituality, that’s what comes to mind – finding connection with something outside ourselves. Sometimes that connection is to other people, which is where food definitely comes into play, especially if you consider this tidbit from the book Affluenza: “The word companion literally means ‘with bread.’” (p. 121) This came home to me in a couple of ways yesterday. The first was when I attended one of the

Food and Values - Welcoming the Stranger

What do you value in life? And how does this relate to your food choices? This intersection of food and values is something I’m always interested in, though usually I think about it in terms of sustainability. This weekend, though, it’s come up in a different way here in Portland, Maine, with an event to support those targeted by a hate crime last month. The crime happened on Christmas Eve, when someone smashed the windows of the Ahram Halal Market on Forest Avenue. This saddened and angered me. I like to think of Portland as a safe, welcoming place for people from any place and of any religion. Things like this violate that feeling of safety for all of us, but particularly for those who com

Walking and Creativity

Have you ever noticed or thought about the connection between walking and creativity? I've noticed it, but I hadn't really thought about it until watching a recent StarTalk episode in which Neil deGrasse Tyson spoke with Terry Crews. Their conversation covered many topics, including nutrition, body-building, science, and sci-fi. I enjoyed all of it, and I loved hearing how Crews enjoyed sci-fi because it helped him imagine what might be possible. But my other favorite part - and more relevant to this blog - was the discussion of how walking and creativity are linked. Terry Crews said that he gets his best ideas when exercising. But it can't be anything too intensive. It has to be moderate

What Do You Want to Grow?

I’ve been thinking about New Year’s Resolutions, and how so often they’re framed in negative terms, traits or behaviors that aren’t our finest that we want to reduce or eliminate. But doing so puts the focus on the negative, and what we pay attention to is what grows. So what if instead we focused on what we want to gain? What is it that we want to see more of in our lives? This is a challenging approach for me, because I’ve defined so much of my life around loss: losing friends, my mom’s death, the loss of other family through death or estrangement, even losing weight. Those experiences have definitely shaped me, but they are not all that defines me. So my goal as we go into the new year is

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