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September 29, 2019

I’ve written before about food waste and the alarming fact that 40% of food produced in the United States ends up being wasted. 

This isn’t something I ignore, but it’s not always at the top of my mind. It came up again recently, though, when I went to a clean energy conference in Boston. 

One of the sessions focused on creating a circular economy, which is an approach dedicated to minimizing waste and making the most effective use of our resources. Composting is part of this approach since...

September 22, 2019

I have to admit, I haven’t been walking as much lately, and at least part of it is that it’s often easier and faster to drive somewhere.

For example, back when I took the bus to work, I had to walk to and from the bus stop, and if I wanted to go to Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods, I’d often walk down on a break during work.

Since I started driving, though, I can easily swing by either store in my car on the way home, and of course I’m only walking to and from my car, not a bus stop.

So last week when...

September 15, 2019

On September 6, Bill Maher’s New Rule was about obesity and eating behaviors, and how they contribute to the national healthcare crisis. He went so far as to say that fat-shaming needs to make a comeback, since “shame is the first step to reform.” He also said that while some people may consider fat to be beautiful, fat can’t be healthy.

To say this pissed me off would be an understatement. I generally like Maher, but on this, I have to disagree. 

That made it all the more interesting to then see...

September 8, 2019

Note: In case you’re not familiar with the Bechdel Cast podcast, which I mention in this post, it uses the Bechdel Test as a starting point to look at how women are portrayed in movies. The Bechdel Test is a way to evaluate the roles of women in movies (and other media). To pass, a movie needs to have two named female characters who have at least a short conversation about something other than men. It’s sad but not surprising that many movies fail.

For someone who writes about food issues as muc...

September 1, 2019

Like many people, I’m shocked that we’ve turned the calendar to September. Where did the summer go? I know we have a few more weeks until fall officially starts, but it feels like it’s already here, with cooler nights and less daylight.

But this change does bring one of my favorite things: the first apples of the season.

Every year I keep an eye out for when they show up at the Farmers’ Market, ready to grab a few. They’re early yet, which means I don’t have many choices in variety, but I don’t m...

August 25, 2019

It would be nice if we could be our best selves all the time, but let’s face it – that will never happen. And that’s perfectly okay.

Even if you can’t always be your best, though, you could try to increase the amount of time when you’re acting in more ideal ways. How can you do this? Here are 5 tips to get you started.

Tip 1: Be Mindful

Before you can change anything, you need to know when you’re already being your best self. To do that, you need to be mindful.

Pay attention to how you’re reacting...

August 18, 2019

Last week I talked about what happens when we’re not our best selves, and this week I was going to write about the opposite, of how to be our best selves.

Until last night, when I was reminded of something you need to be able to do before you can recognize your best self. It’s also something you need to be able to do from a mindful eating perspective. 

You need to go deep. 

You have to be willing to delve into your inner thoughts and feelings. Recognize how you’re acting and reacting. Explore why...

August 11, 2019

We’ve all been in situations where we’re not the best versions of ourselves. (If you haven’t, please tell me your secret!) 

Maybe it’s when stress after stress piles up and then the one last thing tips you over the edge, like getting a flat tire or your grocery bag ripping when you’re trying to carry things home. Maybe it’s during a tough spot in a relationship, where you each want different things and aren’t sure how to move forward. Or when a relationship ends.

Whatever the reason, not being ou...

August 4, 2019

Note: I'm taking a vacation from a regular blog post this week, and instead I'm sharing a poem about a recent blueberry discovery.

I don’t know why

I turned right

when I usually turn left

on my morning walk,

but the biggest surprise

was yet to come.

Blueberries!

On the side

of a busy Portland street,

ground a mix 

of grass and bubble wrap and plastic bottles,

I found a stand 

of high bush blueberries.

Could they truly be here,

a five-minute walk

from my house,

near the bus stop

and funeral home 

and bright orange...

July 28, 2019

You’ve probably heard the phrase, “Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.”

But according to Bill Burnett and Dave Evans, it doesn’t have to be that way. 

In their book Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life, they talk about how you can shape your life to get the goals you’re looking for. And I was struck by how well it ties in with mindful eating. 

After all, with mindful eating, you have to pay attention to more than the food itself. All areas of your life...

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