Dinner Cruise

I recently attended a work conference that included dinner cruise, and at first I really wasn't looking forward to it, at least in part because of food. We were scheduled to board at 7, then depart at 7:30, so I figured dinner wouldn't be served until 8, which is much later than I normally eat. Plus, I've been on boat cruises before, and I know they can be fairly loud. I also didn't know if I'd feel up for being committed to three hours on a boat after long days at the conference. The more I thought about it, though, the more I realized the food was my main concern. Even though I work with people on a flexible approach to eating and not feeling restricted or controlled by food, my normal

Science, Curiosity, and Mindful Eating

Note: For more information about the Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating program, you can go to www.amihungry.com, or to my website. Does science relate to mindful eating? It may seem like an odd question, and the immediate response for many people might be “no.” But I think the answer is “yes,” and one of the biggest areas of overlap is having an attitude of curiosity. I started thinking about this when writing a speech for the March for Science held the day before this post’s publication – Earth Day, April 22, 2017. One area of focus for my speech was curiosity, as an aspect of science that anyone can benefit from. When I started looking around online, the importance of this came through loud and

Asparagus on Easter

I never used to like asparagus. In fact, that’s putting it mildly – I hated asparagus. I liked a lot of other vegetables, such as lettuce, carrots, cucumbers, green beans, peas, potatoes, and corn, but asparagus made me shudder. I couldn’t understand why my mom got so excited when the first stalks came up in our garden. Why would anyone willingly eat that? It seemed particularly ludicrous to me to have on Easter. I thought the holiday should be reserved for sweeter things – ham, pineapple, candy, and whatever other goodies my aunt put out. Imagine, then, the shock my younger self would feel to fast-forward to 2017 and find myself volunteering to bring an asparagus dish to Easter dinner. Wha

Death by Chocolate

A friend of mine and I went out to dinner last week at a restaurant I hadn’t been to in a few years, but I remembered they had good desserts. Sure enough, when the waitress came over to tell us about the choices, I knew immediately which one I wanted to try: Death by Chocolate. It had three layers: a toffee-chocolate crust; chocolate mousse; and chocolate ganache. All topped by real whipped cream. Of course, I didn’t want to actually die of chocolate overload, or even have a food hangover from it. So I prepared beforehand. For instance, I generally try to avoid foods I’m sensitive to, although I will make exceptions when going out to dinner for something really good. Since I knew I wanted de

Guilty Pleasure

In a recent book column review, Charles de Lint, who’s written some of my favorite stories, asks a very good question in relation to the phrase “guilty pleasure”: “But why should anyone feel guilt over something that gives them pleasure (and no one is being hurt during the act…)?” It’s a good question, and it certainly relates to food as well as reading. In fact, the more I thought about it, the more I realized I’m not sure I know anyone who hasn’t struggled with feeling guilty about eating certain foods at one time or another. I know I’ve felt this way, and it saddens me when, in my work as a coach, someone shares aspects of their eating habits that they’ve never told anyone, even their spo

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