Archive for the 'Food And Health' Category

WE ARE WHAT WE PAY ATTENTION TO…

January 22nd, 2014

Consuming in mindfulness is also Right Action. p. 89 From Good Citizens: Creating Enlightened Society by Thich Nhat Hanh Previously… Found in my electronic chapbook.

THE TINY MOMENT CAN BE EXCRUCIATING…

January 11th, 2014

We need to insert a tiny moment of reflection before we bite into a hot slice of pizza or the gooey chocolate brownie. This sounds easy, but it can be an interesting challenge. p. 19 From Mindful Eating by Jan Chozen Bays Nhat Hanh Previously… Found in my electronic chapbook.

ON THE INANITY OF RESOLUTIONS…

December 30th, 2013

In my home-town newspaper this morning, the daily reader poll asks How long do you keep new year’s resolutions? and gives four possible responses: one day, a few days, at least a week and I don’t do them. I chose the final option. Any resolution looking more than 24 hours into the future is meaningless […]

TURN UP THE HEAT…?

December 17th, 2013

[Air conditioning is part of the challenge] because typically we become hungrier in the winter and put on a few pounds of insulating fat. In hot weather we lose our appetites, eat lightly and keep cooler by shedding a few pounds. p. 19 From Mindful Eating by Jan Chozen Bays Nhat Hanh Previously… Found in […]

EASY DOES IT… ONE DAY AT A TIME…

December 5th, 2013

We can get off to a good start by lowering our standards and initiating our mindful eating by having one conscious sip of tea in the morning. Take a moment to become aware of the color of the tea, its fragrance. Feel the liquid in your mouth and throat. Open your awareness to the presence […]

MY UNHEALTHY RELATIONSIHP WITH FOOD…

November 23rd, 2013

Here are some elements of a healthy relationship with food. 1. You feel happy and fully engaged in life when you are not eating. (Food is not your only reliable source of pleasure and satisfaction.) [Yes] 2. If you are not feeling hungry, you don’t eat. [No] 3. You stop eating when you feel full […]

WHY DO I FEEL SO EMPTY…?

November 10th, 2013

To be mindful means to have the mind full, completely full, of what is happening now. When you’re chopping vegetables with a large sharp knife, the faster you slice, the more attentive you have to be, if you want to keep your fingers. p. 8 From Mindful Eating by Jan Chozen Bays Nhat Hanh Previously… […]

JUST WHERE IS MY MIND…?

November 8th, 2013

[Eating mindfully] depends upon what our mind is doing as we eat. Are we just eating or are we thinking and eating? Is our mind in our mouth, or somewhere else? This is the crucial difference. p. 8 From Mindful Eating by Jan Chozen Bays Nhat Hanh Previously… Found in my electronic chapbook.Zen, Jan Chozen […]

IF ONLY WE COULD STOP AT THE FIRST BITE…

November 4th, 2013

The first bite is delicious. Creamy, sweet-sour, melting. When I take the second bite, I begin about what to write next. The flavor in my mouth decreases. I take another bite and get up to sharpen a pencil. As I walk, I notice that I am chewing, but there is almost no lemon flavor in […]

A LIFE OF SLEEPWALKING IS EASIER, AND WRONG…

September 6th, 2013

Using mindfulness we will find that anything, anything, we bring our full attention to will begin to open up and reveal worlds we never suspected existed. p. 2 From Mindful Eating by Jan Chozen Bays Nhat Hanh Previously… Found in my electronic chapbook.

RESISTANCE IS MANDATORY…

August 29th, 2013

Sherry Chandler reminded me this morning of the power of John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath: The man sitting in the iron seat did not look like a man; gloved, goggled, rubber dust mask over nose and mouth, he was a part of the monster, a robot in the seat. The thunder of the cylinders […]

TAKING JAMIE OLIVER DOWN A FAJITA OR TWO…

August 27th, 2013

I like TED Award winner Jamie Oliver. I’ve read several of his cookbooks. I’ve watched his videos. I’ve even blogged in support of his attempt to save Huntington, West Virginia. He can, however, be such an annoying, self-important twit. Alex Andreou writes: I don’t think Tuesday’s seafood risotto, Wednesday’s sizzling chicken fajitas or Saturday’s mojito […]

EATING AS A MORAL ACT…

July 22nd, 2013

Let us eat in such a way that we keep our compassion alive, reduce suffering of living beings, preserve our planet and reverse the process of global climate change. p. 37 From Good Citizens: Creating Enlightened Society by Thich Nhat Hanh Previously… Found in my electronic chapbook.

WE MAY STILL CHOOSE…

July 18th, 2013

We can remove a dish we think is not good for our health. p. 36 From Good Citizens: Creating Enlightened Society by Thich Nhat Hanh Previously… Found in my electronic chapbook.

PAY ATTENTION WHEN YOUR REALITY SPEAKS…

July 13th, 2013

Mindfulness is deliberately paying attention, being fully aware of what is happening both inside yourself—in your body, heart and mind—and outside yourself, in your environment. Mindfulness is awareness without judgment or criticism. p. 2 From Mindful Eating by Jan Chozen Bays Previously… Found in my electronic chapbook.

TO GET OFF THE PATH, UNDERSTAND THE PATH…

July 12th, 2013

If we understand how and why we’ve been walking the path of suffering, then we can see its opposite. The Noble Eightfold Path, the path to well-being, will reveal itself. p. 33 From Good Citizens: Creating Enlightened Society by Thich Nhat Hanh Of late I have been re-reading and finding deeper understanding in another Zen […]

FALLING THROUGH A DHARMA GATE…

June 24th, 2013

In Zen Buddhism there is the concept of the Dharma Gate: something that has the potential to awaken us to a deeper truth about our life. This morning I passed through such a gate while reading near the end of Jan Chozen Bay’s Mindful Eating. I’ve read several books on the subject in recent years […]

OBESITY TOPS HUNGER AS PROBLEM…?

January 9th, 2013

TRY BECOMING INTIMATE WITH YOUR FOOD…

December 13th, 2012

Rule No. 14 – Eat Only Foods That Will Eventually Rot. Rule No. 15 – Eat Foods Made From Ingredients That You Can Picture in Their Raw State or Growing in Nature. Rule No. 16 – Go Food Shopping Every Week. Rule No. 17 – Buy Your Snacks At The Farmers’ Market. Rule No. 18 […]

EAT FOOD, EAT FOOD, EAATTT FOOOOODDDD…

December 4th, 2012

Rule No. 1: Eat Food. From Food Rules, an eater’s manual by Michael Pollan I re-read Pollan’s book yesterday, selecting this time the new edition with illustrations by Maira Kalman and additional rules (there are 83 in this edition, up from 64 in the original) from readers since the book was first published in 2009. […]

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