Unusual Blueberry Pie Recipe

During my trip to Alaska, I got a chance to read a very unusual recipe for blueberry pie by a woman named Fanny Quigley. Here’s a photo of it: When I first read it, I laughed. Who would follow a recipe like this? But when I thought more about it, I realized that this recipe encourages mindful eating. Or at least it does to me. Part of what I love about mindful eating is the opportunity to think about where our food comes from, and to be grateful for it. Most of the time, it’s all too easy to forget the reality of everything that went into our food. I’m not a farmer, or a gardener, or a butcher, or involved in food transportation. Unless I’m mindful, I don’t consider all the people involved i

Resisting Routine

Have you ever noticed how easy it is to slip back into an old, familiar habit? It doesn’t seem to matter if it’s the best routine or not. The simple fact of familiarity entices us. I think this is why it can be so hard to make new habits. We start doing them with the best of intentions. We may even feel better. But then the shiny wears off, and we realize doing the new thing is an effort. It takes attention and some amount of concentration. In our heads, we know it will get easier if we stick with it a little longer. Except in the meantime, it feels like work. And the old routine is still there. Comfortable. Cozy. Broken in. It would be so easy to slip into, like your favorite sweatshirt. Th

Mindful Eating on My Alaskan Tour

Discussion about the amount of food to expect on my Alaskan tour began the moment we boarded the bus. I think it started because someone asked about food. At first our guide joked, “No, we’re just going to give you bread and water. You didn’t know it, but you signed up for the weight loss tour.” We all laughed. Then she said, “But really, we’ll be stopping for a picnic lunch today and have dinner at the lodge tonight. And we have tons of snacks in a basket on the back seat. Feel free to help yourselves.” I laughed again, this time to myself. Just the day before I had posted about concerns with the amount of food to expect on the tour. Clearly I hadn’t been wrong. I decided to take a quick lo

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