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The Benefits of Slow, Mindful Eating

Eating on the ComputerGulping down breakfast while driving to work?  Eating lunch over your computer keyboard? Devouring dinner in front of the 6 p.m. TV News?  Proud of yourself for your efficient use of time?  Yes, I know. You’ve been told that multi-tasking is the key to success in this busy world.  But, if one of the tasks involved is eating, you may be making a mistake.  No, it’s not because eating will distract you from doing the task correctly (though maybe it will) ;  rather, it’s because, according to recent research and ancient philosophy, distraction interferes with getting maximum benefits from eating.  It could be called “mindless eating,” as opposed to the “mindful eating” recommended by both nutritionists and Buddhists.

If You Don't Know Beans about Beans...

beansHow many different types of beans can you name?  Maybe 8 - 10?  Well, you missed a few. Wikipedia says, "The world's gene banks hold about 40,000 bean varieties, although only a fraction are mass-produced for regular consumption."  Why are the others being ignored? Food process engineer Dr. Timothy Bowser explains that mass-produced beans generally come from a few cultivated varieties that have special qualities which have been proven over the years to work well for growers, processors, and consumers.

Mustard and a Money-Saving Message

Many people who are concerned about food contamination tell me that they throw out everything in their fridge that's one week past the expiration (or "best by") date.  Let me first reiterate this important point:  in general, expiration dates (or /sell by/use by/best by dates)  are NOT about safety; they are about quality.

 

Mustard and a Money-Saving Message

Many people who are concerned about food contamination tell me that they throw out everything in their fridge that's one week past the expiration (or "best by") date.  Let me first reiterate this important point:  in general, expiration dates (or /sell by/use by/best by dates)  are NOT about safety; they are about quality.

 

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