Katahdin Stream Falls

One of the first times I went up to Katahdin Stream Falls, my dad worried it might kill me because I was so red and breathing so hard. I didn’t think I would die, but I was not at all happy. Katahdin Stream Falls is a large waterfall in Baxter State Park, Maine. In order to see it, you need to hike a little over a mile up Mt. Katahdin – as an added bonus, this means you cover some of the Appalachian Trail. Parts of the hike aren’t too bad, but other parts are quite steep, especially the scramble over huge boulders to get to the top of the falls. The first couple of times I went to the falls, in my teens, I weighed about a hundred pounds more than I do now. It was so hard. I desperately wante

Weight Loss and Mindful Eating

Note: Let me state that I think it's up to each person to decide if she or he wants to lose weight, and why. But if you do, the questions become relevant. Can mindful eating really help with weight loss? If you love sweet things, how can you say you'll eat what you love without going overboard and getting out of control? The answers are yes and no, respectively. Of course the immediate follow-up question is - how does this work? First, it’s important to remember the implicit assumptions in the questions: that diets, with their rules, restrictions, and deprivation, are the only way to lose weight - and that you will, in fact, lose weight on a diet. This is not the case. For most of us, you ma

Focusing on What I Have

Have you ever found yourself focusing so much on what you don’t have that you forget to notice what you already have? I’ve been thinking about this in terms of food recently after a couple of events. One was my experience with waffles at The Sinful Kitchen, as I wrote about last week, when I started feeling deprived for not having had waffles for a number of years because of the gluten. The other was when I wanted to make a cake for a friend whose birthday was a couple of days before mine. He likes angel food cake, and I decided to see if I could make a version that was not only gluten-free but egg-free. Of course it didn’t work. The egg replacer I used did not fluff up like egg whites, whic

The Sinful Kitchen

For my birthday last week, a friend offered to take me out to lunch. At first, though, I was tempted to say no. It is, after all, difficult to find a restaurant where I can get something that meets my annoying combination of dietary restrictions, especially on a Sunday when restaurants that might normally have something lean towards brunch offerings. And somehow brunch items often include gluten, eggs, beans, and dairy. But then I started thinking about how restrictive that was. Even if it wasn’t because of a diet, I was definitely limiting myself and making my life smaller because of food. This is especially true because I don’t have severe reactions to any of the things I normally avoid –

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