Welcome to Friday’s For The Love of Food, Summer Tomato’s weekly link roundup.
Better late than never, right?
This week food prescribed as medicine, pesticides poison farmers, and GMO labels are coming.
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Links of the week
- Cod and ‘Immune Broth’: California Tests Food as Medicine – Wow, I would absolutely love to see more of this. Medicine is wonderful, but there is no doubt that a better nourished body will be better at healing itself. (NY Times)
- These Farmers Switched to Organic After Pesticides Made Their Families Sick – Turns out being healthy is more important than money sometimes. (Civil Eats)
- Trans Fats Should be Eliminated Worldwide by 2023, W.H.O. Says – So good to hear. This is also a good reminder that replacing animal products with plant products isn’t always an improvement health-wise. (NY Times)
- Salmonella sickens nearly three dozen people amid recall of more than 200 million eggs – TWO HUNDRED MILLION EGGS. FFS I’m tired of writing about food poisoning. (Washington Post)
- G.M.O. Foods Will Soon Require Labels. What Will the Labels Say? – Nice summary of what does and doesn’t qualify for labeling under the new rules. It’s more lax than I expected, especially as someone who cares about the environmental impact more than eating altered DNA (what a weird standard, right?). Still, it’s progress. (NY Times)
- It seems like every fruit and vegetable is being snack-ified. But are these chips healthy? – Is it better to buy alternative “veggie chips” than potato chips? I hope this is obvious to most longtime readers at this point, but it’s a nice reminder. (Washington Post)
- Who Are You Calling Normal? – Love this perspective on where your attributes and behavior stand compared to the population. Hint: It changes, so don’t freak out about it. (Scientific American)
- A Classic Indian Cookbook Returns, This Time for Americans – I had no idea that Salman Rushdie’s sister had a cult cookbook. Ordered obvs. (NY Times)
- The Yogi masters were right — meditation and breathing exercises can sharpen your mind – This headline is overly bold, not a ton can be concluded from this research. But it’s interesting and I hope it spurs further exploration. (ScienceDaily)
- Ultimate Loaded Hummus – When I was growing up I think “loaded” meant something different, but I love the idea of hummus as a meal. Yum. (Yummy Beet)
What inspired you this week?
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Sometimes it can feel as if you are completely alone in your healthstyle struggles. While some problems are fairly commonplace (e.g. How can I fit a workout into my busy workday?), others can feel so uniquely your own that it feels nearly impossible to come up with a solution.
In today’s episode I help Ellen tackle a very specific problem, demonstrating the systematic approach I use to breakdown a complex issue and find an answer.
On the surface Ellen’s healthstyle is dialed in, and she juggles her family and career in tech like a champ. Unfortunately, several factors have conspired to make it so that she has an objectively unfair cooking arrangement with her husband. Because of it she often feels resentment during dinnertime, which triggers overeating and is ruining a part of her life she deserves to enjoy.
Ellen has already tried several strategies to resolve this on her own, but a fix has remained elusive.
Today Ellen and I explore her remaining options–a method that involves clarifying the different aspects of the issue that she can and can’t control–and come up with a strategy for her to use moving forward.
Ellen’s issue is an example of a problem that is very unique to her situation, but the systematic approach we use to land on a realistic solution can be applied broadly.
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1:54 – Darya explains the two kinds of influences that need to be thought through to fix any problem: external and internal.
5:18 – Start with what’s easiest.
5:45 – Ellen has a habit of overeating, that’s triggered by her husband and makes her resentful.
8:35 – Ellen has tried several things to control her overeating.
12:25 – Living in a man’s world.
15:40 – Making enough food to feed teenage boys and husband is exhausting.
17:15 – Ellen has thought through many solutions, but nothing has worked. She has fallen out of love with cooking and needs a reframe.
19:21 – Darya recommends cooking dinner fewer times per week to lesson the pressure it causes, addressing external/environmental influences on the problem.
20:04 – Does this need to be a conversation with her husband?
25:35 – Meal kits a possible solution for Ellen’s husband and kids to use on days Ellen needs a break from cooking.
31:02 – What about changing Ellen’s mindset instead of changing her husband?
33:45 – Why most people think about mindful eating the wrong way and how to make it a forever practice.
36:38 – How the skill of being mindful can make you aware of how your triggers affect your thoughts, emotions and body. This allows you to consciously relax, change course, or not engage with them to create more internal peace.
40:49 – Consider a more formal meditation practice to build your mindfulness muscle even stronger.
41:00 – What a formal meditation practice looks like.
41:30 – Why it can be better to change your perspective rather than change the world to suit your mood.
47:32 – Start small by meditating 5 minutes a day or just doing it a few times a week.
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