Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Cooking up a story

I recently met Rebecca Gerendasy--producer of Cooking up a story. This site offers lots of short, professionally produced video clips on all sorts of food topics. I found it fun and fascinating and want to share it with you.

Food is such a cornerstone of Life Puzzle-making! As many of you know, I was a junk food junkie with the resulting health problems on physical, emotional and spiritual levels. Changing my diet improved my health on all three levels--but also was an impetus for the other 15 pieces of Life Puzzle-making. Since I realized if I wasn't taught good nutrition for a lifetime--it was likely that other important areas were ignored as well.

One of the latest posts at Cooking up a story is on the new movie, King Corn. She interviews Curt Ellis, one of the documentary film makers. If you liked the movie "Supersize Me", I think you'll find this film equally intriguing. But first, listen to Rebecca's interview!

And then mark Cooking up a story as one of your 'favorite' sites and pop in on a regular basis for an inspirational reminder around the nutrition area of your Life Puzzle too!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Food Not LAWNS

Everyone's talking about 'eating local'. From Barbara Kingsolver's new book, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle to Michael Pollan's Ominivore's Dilemma, everywhere you turn, the idea of eating more locally is popping up. Add to that global warming and $100 dollar a barrel for oil--and shipping our food an average of 1500 miles from farm to plate makes less and less sense!

So, what are you going to do as a Life Puzzle-maker taking responsibility for not only your nutrition area--but also the community and environment? Grow local! Here's a great way to do it. Transform your lawn into a garden of food! Checkout this site: Food Not Lawns.

Heather Flores has written a great book to show you how to transform your lawn into an edible haven and on the way turn your neighborhood into a community! Food Not Lawns, How to Turn Your Yard into a Garden and Your Neighborhood into a Community, is the premier guide for ecological living in the city through paradise gardening and shared resources by a co-founder of the original Food Not Lawns grassroots gardening project in Eugene, OR. With a foreword by Toby Hemenway and over 400 pages of text, enhanced by almost a hundred drawings by Northwest artist Jackie Holmstrom, Food Not Lawns offers a theoretical and practical handbook for ecological community transformation.

Creating our own solutions--not waiting for anyone else to do it for us--is really what Life Puzzle making is all about. Food Not Lawns is one of those pieces we can put into our lives and end up with a healthier SELF, community and the world. Happy growing and eating

Friday, November 16, 2007

Mindless eating...Mindless living?

Are you a mindless eater?
Are you a mindless eater?

This November 16th, 2007 video clip from NBC's Today show is quite interesting as it shows how unconscious we are when it comes to eating. As I watched it, I thought--it isn't just mindless eating--its mindless living! I could relate though--because that's how I got into Life Puzzle making--I too was a mindless eater (though I got away with it because I have small bones and high metabolism). But once I started eating more consciously, I realized--it wasn't just food that I was unaware of on a daily basis--it was my entire life!

We're heading into the holiday season. Watch this clip and use some of the interesting comments to help you be awake when it comes to food choices--and then as you become more aware in this area--look at the other 15 pieces of your Life Puzzle and think about what one other piece you could also make more conscious choices in. Pick one area and add more mindful living!