This week we are celebrating food and relationships and talking about our relationship with food. Right now in my corner of the world in northern Wisconsin we are smack in the middle of a what was traditionally known as the Hungry Gap— where the stored food from the harvest is running out if not gone, the root cellar is getting thin, and the new greens and spring growth hasn’t started yet.
What if eating well to feel better didn't have to be about elimination, deprivation, shame, guilt, shoulds, diets? What if it could be about delight, deliciousness, and sane nutrition?
Instead of focusing on all the things we’re supposed to avoid, instead of feeling guilty about “slipping up” or “falling off the wagon,” let’s focus on adding in more good stuff and enjoying it.
Let’s focus on feeding wellness.
There are lots of wholesome ways to feed wellness, but today I want to focus on feeding wellness via the power of plants, while ditching diet culture stress and enjoying good food.Read More
“This is not about being thin. It’s about reaching a state where food is something that nourishes and makes us happy rather than sickening or tormenting us. It’s about feeding ourselves as a good parent would: with love, with variety, but also with limits.” —Bee Wilson
Because February is American Heart Month, and because heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States (every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease), this month I want to focus on eating our way to a healthier heart. Heart healthy eating also helps prevent, improve, or even reverse other chronic conditions like diabetes, dementia, cancer, etc.
In future months we’ll explore other forms of Lifestyle Medicine (sleep, enjoyable movement, stress relief, nature connection, etc.) that play an important role in preventing and healing chronic conditions and that also just make us feel better in general, but for now I want to focus on food since that is where so many of you have expressed interest, frustration, and confusion.Read More
I was loading up my bins with good stuff from the bulk isle at the grocery store yesterday when a woman approached me saying, “Excuse me, but do you know how to use any of these grains and things? I’m trying to eat healthier but I don’t know what to do with any of these.” So I proceeded to geek out sharing ideas for quick and yummy things to do with bulgar, red lentils, oats, and more. “Oh, that sounds delicious and so easy!” She said at one point. Ah, be still my geeky little nurse heart! I love these moments.