Mind-Body Nutrition

A Food Revolution

This week I have been listening to the Food Revolution Summit, an online conference put together by John Robbins and his son, Ocean Robbins. For those who are not familiar with John Robbins, he is the son of Irv Robbins, founder of Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream. As he tells his story, years ago he rejected the family business and fortune to seek a simpler life. In 1987, he wrote Diet For A New America launching his...

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Are you thinking about trying a gluten-free diet?

A couple of months ago, I listened to the first ever Gluten Summit – A Grain of Truth – organized by Dr. Tom O’Bryan. If I had not already been following a gluten-free diet, I would have thought seriously about it. By the end of the conference I realized I probably will have to give up gluten for good.  My journey to gluten-free was perhaps typical or not. I was obese, my cholesterol was high, and...

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Becoming a Slow Eater

When I was four, my father would pile all my vegetables into a mound on my plate. He called it a farm, and one forkful at a time, he tried to get me to eat my way through the farm. I probably found it fun the first or second time, but to this day, my stomach turns at the memory of the pile of food on my plate. I was a very slow eater, because...

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Putting It Together

This is the third in a three-part series about the stress response, the relaxation response, and how the two processes influence who we are as eaters, our relationship with food, and our relationship with life. Like all living creatures, we seek nourishment, and our brain chemistry guides us to take in what we need to sustain us. What differentiates us as humans is that we are also pleasure-seeking creatures with complex emotional lives. Where other...

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The Relaxation Response

This is the second in a three-part series about the stress response, the relaxation response, and how the two processes influence who we are as eaters, our relationship with food, and our relationship with life. Relaxation is supposed to be the natural state of being. The stress response, explained in my last post, evolved as a short-term survival mechanism. When the threat passes, our metabolic state should return to pre-threat levels. This is how it...

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The Stress Response

This is the first of a three-part series about the stress response, its opposite, the relaxation response, and how the two processes influence who we are as eaters, our relationship with food, and our relationship with life. Stress = any real or imagined threat and the response to that threat We were all born with a stress response to get us through life. It’s what gets us out of bed in the morning and motivates...

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