Category: food literacy

Mindful eating for families

These days, many school-aged families are juggling remote learning schedules with other demanding work/life responsibilities, so finding time to enjoy regular meals together can be difficult. As the working parent of a fifth grader with special needs, I get it. Really, I do. The… Continue Reading “Mindful eating for families”

Beyond this bite: Mindful Eating, Food Literacy, and Therapeutic Horticulture

In earlier posts, I’ve unpacked the definition of mindful eating as it relates to our personal experience and the larger food system, briefly discussed the concept of food literacy, and encouraged us all to play with growing our own food – whether it’s on… Continue Reading “Beyond this bite: Mindful Eating, Food Literacy, and Therapeutic Horticulture”

Mindful eating – connecting with our food system

This short video was inspired by exercises from Dr. Jan Chozen Bay’s book Mindful Eating, which I had the pleasure of experiencing during a mindful eating weekend retreat at Great Vow Monastery and also at a professional conference sponsored by UCSD Center for Mindfulness.… Continue Reading “Mindful eating – connecting with our food system”

Dismantling and Rebuilding

My family began packing in the past month as we prepare to move to a new city. It’s been an interesting process thus far to go through what we’ve accumulated over the past five years of living in our current house, and also to… Continue Reading “Dismantling and Rebuilding”

Edible gardening

I’ll be brief because I’m finding it hard to spend much time in front of a screen these days. If there’s ever a time to cultivate food literacy and learn how to grow our own food, it’s now, especially in the face of COVID-19.… Continue Reading “Edible gardening”

Sunflowers and more in a Portland garden

I’m over-the-moon excited to have pictures from my home garden featured on Fine Gardening magazine’s website today. As many gardeners know, growing is a year-round job (we’re planning and cleaning up, even in winter) and we don’t often get a chance to share.¬†Often, we’re… Continue Reading “Sunflowers and more in a Portland garden”

What is food literacy?

Over my past seventeen years as a psychotherapist, I’ve helped individuals navigate a myriad of physical and mental health struggles and delivered a variety of research-supported interventions. I’ve also maintained a long-standing passion for health education, both as a tool for recovery and a… Continue Reading “What is food literacy?”

You’ll find me at the community garden

This month, I’m officially entering phase one of The SAVOR Project! I’ve secured a plot at Ridgewood Park, a SW Portland community garden, and over the next few seasons, I’ll use this space as a demo garden to highlight the benefits of interacting with… Continue Reading “You’ll find me at the community garden”

SAVOR’s resolutions

When I retired from my clinical role in 2019, I’d spent over fifteen years counseling clients on a variety of concerns, with a long-standing specialty in mindfulness-based eating disorder treatment. Training in self-compassionate awareness led individuals to develop a more positive relationship with food… Continue Reading “SAVOR’s resolutions”