... (square foot garden), buy your food from your local producers and suppliers, buy food from the people who are still proud of their products (Slow Food), and enjoy every bite and every sip (a free lesson in mindfulness too).
Decadent hot-fudge brownie sundaes, greasy chili cheese fries, and ooey-gooey pizza — sometimes it's hard to resist the temptation of these delicious, high-calorie, sodium- and sugar-laden foods.
Getting the hang of our cravings can be a bit tricky. We have to learn to listen to our bodies, but at the same time manage that we find healthy alternatives to what we crave. It's a little known fact that our cravings is actually our bodies telling us we lack certain nutrients to balance our metabolism. This is a helpful article to help us from giving into our cravings (the unhealthy ones).
The Active Learning Elementary School in Queens is believed to be one of the first offering an all-vegetarian menu.
Sometimes the option to go all vegetarian is all it takes for us to do go vegetarian. If vegetarian meals are made available to us in places where we frequent, it is much more likely for most of us to have the consciousness to pick leaner meals. And giving access to this for people at a very young age, is really a very HAPI development. Kids are made aware of the importance of alternatives to the usual meals served in not as healthy (or health conscious) environment.
What we post on Facebook may be an "exaggerated" look at our social lives, but according to a new study, the social media website could actually provide a pretty accurate reflection of obesity rates around the country.
Obesity is a reflection of an unhealthy relationship with food. Problems caused by obesity is the opposite intent of food, which is to nourish, give energy and joy to our bodies. Facebook might be the most we interact with everyday, and it is interesting to look at it as a way to determine the current rate of obesity in the US.
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This outlines one way we can get ourselves to pay attention to our food while we are eating. This is important since not only will it allow you to lessen your food intake to a healthier level but it will let you focus more on the experience of eating (which we forget when we're rushing through everything). There are technologies available that can help with this (time yourself with a timer) or better yet, use a more focused technology like the HAPIfork, a fork that vibrates when you're eating too fast to alert you to slow down and enjoy your meal.
Questions: where were you at dinnertime last night? What did you eat? Was anyone else with you? Did you do anything else during the meal besides eat? How did your food taste? Did you enjoy your food? What did you think about as you ate?
A vivid depiction of personal experience with eating and why we have forgotten to enjoy our experience with food. Eating mindfully is important. Experience your food. Most of the time we would not be able to answer the questions posted by Mark in this blog post. Sitting down at the dinner table means setting cares aside and focus on the experience. Sure, we are far more busy, most of the time, to do this. But think about it. We put other priorities, other, meaning not ourselves, first. How different would our days be if we just set aside a few minutes in a day and focus on our eating and ourselves in the process. Eating is nourishment of the body, eating can also be nourishment of the mind (rest from your cares and give yourself a break.) Eating would be far more beneficial if we eat mindfully.