Daily Archives: December 3, 2009

Christy – Pause when you eat


One of our readers – Cindy – was nice enough to share this with me and I thought it was so great. I wanted to share it with you all. It is a great thing to keep in mind going into the Holidays, and every day for that matter. Plus it is a fun way to enjoy your food more!

Pausing When We Eat

Here are some methods for helping yourself to slow down your eating by creating pauses:

1. Pause before beginning the meal. Look at each item of food, taking it in with the eyes. Notice colors, textures, shapes, arrangement on the plate or bowl.

2. Take a moment to say grace. Thank the animals, plants, and people who brought this food to you. Be aware of their gifts as you eat.

3. Begin the meal by pausing to inhale the fragrance of the food. Imagine that you are being nourished by just the smell.

4. Eat food like a wine connoisseur tastes wine. First sniff the food, enjoying the bouquet. Then take a small taste. Roll it around in the mouth, savoring it. What ingredients can you detect? Chew slowly and swallow. Take a sip of water to cleanse the palate. When the mouth is empty of food and flavor, repeat the process.

5. If you notice that you are eating without tasting, stop and pause to look at the food again.

Lynn – What Would Rachael Do?

crockpot recipe - dinner - product review - soup/stew - vegan

I had pretty much the same lunch yesterday that I ate on Tuesday:


And I plan on having it again today! I could pretty much do repeat meals every single day, but the blog does force me to switch it up a tad.

The Eggplant and Collard Greens soup (recipe here) turned out great! I wound up cranking the crock pot up to high for the last 2 hours of cooking because I was worried 6 hours on low wouldn’t produce the results I wanted by dinnertime. I also added about 3 tsp. lavender sea salt and 4 TB grainy dijon mustard before serving:


Oh, and I forgot to mention in the recipe that there was a bay leaf in there too, which you can see in this pic (I fished it out before consuming).

It turned out really good! I like my soups very thick, though (like a “stoup” as Rachael Ray would say) so next time I will add a little less liquid.

How do you feel about Rachael Ray? I’ve been watching all her shows for years now – it started off as a love/hate thing but I always found her intriguing (remember when she posed for FHM?!) and now I’ve just embraced her, uber perkiness and all. She did teach me how to cook, after all….

Another Rachael Ray-ism for dessert – a “fake out” – I got a free coupon from the Foodbuzz Tastemakers Program for these Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Shells:


Not wild about these ingredients, though:


Unfortunately, there was more of the dreaded High Fructose Corn Syrup in this jar of Musselman’s Chunky Applesauce that Healthy Yum sent:


FYI – Musselman’s does make an all-natural version without added sugars; that’ll be for next time.

Here’s what the pastry puffs look like straight outa the freezer – like coooookies! (Say that like “Cookie Monster” would, please)


And after 20 minutes in a 400 degree oven – the cute little lids pop right off….


I filled them with warm applesauce….


And served it with some frozen organic grapes.


These highly processed products were, not surprisingly, super delicious. Not an every night of the week kinda thing, but nice to feel fancy with very little effort.

This morning I did half an hour of upper body weights and inhaled a bowl of cereal for breakfast:


  • Kay’s Naturals Honey Almond Protein Cereal
  • Trader Joe’s High Fiber Cereal
  • 1/2 an organic persimmon
  • 1/2 banana
  • Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk

I had a phoner with my shrinky dink too and am now going to confront some tax receipts….

Some “White on Rice” news – this weekend, they’re having a one-time Chicago Premiere screening at the Gene Siskel Film Center on Sunday, December 6th, at 5:00pm. This will likely be the movie’s last theatrical showing before a little Holiday hibernation – they plan to re-emerge in the New Year with more cities and a College Tour – if you’re a student and would like to bring the film to your school for a special event screening, let me know (actorsdiet-at-gmail-dot-com) and I’ll put you in touch with the director.