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January 19, 2020

Agatha Christie stories aren’t best known for making you think about food choices, but recently, one of them did that for me. It happened when I read the Hercule Poirot short story, “Four and Twenty Blackbirds.” 

The story begins with Poirot joining a friend named Mr. Bonnington for dinner. After their waitress, Molly, took their order, Mr. Bonnington noted: “Good girl, that…. Was quite a beauty once – artists used to paint her. She knows about food, too – and that’s a great deal more important....

January 5, 2020

Last week I wrote about how diets offer the false promise of happiness, but it occurred to me afterward that they also offer another type of false promise.

They tell you that your old way of eating will end.

Along with that, your old way of life will also end, with something new and better taking its place.

But changing your eating habits isn’t like getting a new car. You don’t turn in the old one and come home with something new and shiny, although that’s what diets suggest. 

The problem is, relat...

December 29, 2019

With New Year’s just around the corner, more and more people will be thinking about diets and losing weight, at least if prior trends are any indication. Last year, for example, 12% of people said they wanted to lose weight, which shared the top spot with people resolving to become a better person.

And it’s not too surprising when you think about what diets promise. It’s not losing weight, despite what the ads say.

Diets promise happiness.

When you go on a diet, you’re told that you’ll lose weight...

December 22, 2019

We’re in the darkest time of year, especially here in the northeast where we don’t even have 9 hours of daylight. 

It can be easy to view this, or any kind of darkness, as something negative. This happens all the time in our culture, where we consider dark things bad, or if we don’t like something, we consider it dark. We even have the release of the latest Star Wars movie this weekend, which is all about defeating the Evil of the Dark Side. (And yes, I’m going to see it this afternoon.)


December 15, 2019

One of the things that makes the holidays so difficult for mindful eating is that many of the traditions revolve around food. 

Thanksgiving is all about specific foods. People celebrate Hanukkah with latkes and pancakes. Kwanzaa is celebrated with soul food. Christmas often has sugar cookies, candy canes, and much more (here’s a list of Christmas foods with a subjective ranking from best to worst).

What’s more, those foods connect us to our past. The memories might not always be happy, but many o...

December 8, 2019

In case you haven’t heard about it, controversy emerged this week about an ad for a Peloton bike, a fancy kind of indoor exercise bike. 

Titled “The Gift that Gives Back,” the ad shows a young, fit-looking mom going downstairs with her daughter on Christmas morning and being surprised to receive a Peloton bike from her husband. The wife shows excitement and starts using the bike regularly and recording her progress in videos. At the end, we see her saying how much her life has changed after a ye...

December 1, 2019

Do you ever find that you categorize yourself, or others that you meet, based on one thing about them? Maybe their weight, or gender, or culture – anything that might differ from the norm. 

Have you noticed if you do that, that suddenly you see everything that person does through that lens, as if they only have one story?

This is all too easy to do, but I didn’t think much about it until recently attending a workshop at my church. The workshop was to help us get beyond the biases that encourage u...

November 24, 2019

It’s difficult to be mindful when eating socially at the best of times, and the holidays make it that much harder. You’re surrounded by all these special foods you don’t usually have, and you’ve got many social events crammed into a short period. 

How do you stay mindful and not go overboard with eating during all these events? Here are 5 tips to help.

Tip 1: Have a Plan

Planning may not seem to relate to mindful eating, but as I’ve written before, it helps to have some kind of guide or intention...

November 17, 2019

saw a cartoon recently that said, with the holidays approaching, “it’s almost time to put the ol’ scale into hibernation for the winter.”

It made me laugh, but it also got me thinking about how so many people go overboard with eating during the holidays and then try to recover in January with diets. Some of them might put the scale away, or some might weigh themselves and be depressed by what they see when they do this.

The problem is, focusing on weight isn’t the best measurement. Having a low...

November 10, 2019

If you’re like me, you might still be in shock that it’s November and that the holidays are coming up. Even though Thanksgiving is late this year, Christmas items are out in stores, holiday movies are playing, and people are making plans.

Those plans always seem to include food, which makes this a difficult time for mindful eating. To help get through it, I suggest planning to use the 3 Rs. These aren’t Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle, but instead a slightly modified version.

Reduce, Reuse, and Refuse...

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