Deep Economy: why locavores should love the body positive movement

Do you ever go to places just because there's pizza? 

This time last year I had the awesome opportunity to go to a party hosted by Heritage Radio Network in the super hipster super cool backyard of Roberta's Pizza in Bushwick Brooklyn. It was a sunny day and I got to eat pizza and feel good about myself. 

Carlo Petrini, founder of the international Slow Food movement, spoke. I was worried it was going to be a lot of fat-shaming "obesity epidemic" bologna but there it was: the intersection of my passion for the local food movement and my fairly newly discovered interest in the body positive movement said in one perfect sentence. 

"We spend more money getting thin than nourishing ourselves."

Carlo Petrini hit the nail on the head. I honestly can't remember if I heard this in Italian translated to English or if Mr. Petrini was actually so pissed off about it that he knew how to say in English. 

We waste our time, our resources, our thoughts. Many women spend these precious commodities wanting to destroy their bodies and hating their bodies. Instead of learning to love our bodies and actually take care of them, humans have learned how to get six-pack abs in 6 days. 

I have spoken before in my posts about how companies stand to profit from women's low self-esteem. And, if you knew me in college, you would also know that companies are also making big money from making less nutritious food. This less nutritious food isn't even always more pleasurable. I'm looking at you, Dominos. Your pizza doesn't taste good. 

In my own journey toward learning how to eat intuitively, I had to shut off the Michael Pollan documentary in my head.  

In reality, loving and accepting all bodies and making good food available are two sides of the same coin. 

I'm really big fan of the story of stuff and Bill Mckibben's book, Deep Economy. Look I read the book but for simplicity's sake, wikipedia defines deep economy as:

 "one that cares less about quantity than about quality; that takes as its goal the production of human satisfaction as much as surplus material;that is focused on the idea that it might endure and considers durability as least as important as increases in size."


Supporting organic and locally grown foods is all about trying to "vote with your fork." It's about supporting the kind of world you would like to live in economically. Supporting health at every size is similar.

When you support this movement, you are supporting a world where women don't feel like they need to be thin. It supports a world that cares about helping people have quality lives instead of thinner lives.

Locavores see delicious and nutritious food as high priorities for society.  Quality and variety foods are promoted in lieu of corn subsidies for high fructose corn syrup, a well known hamburglar of health. 

The body positive movement similarly cares about creating sustainable healthy lives for people that aren't just quick weight-loss products that don't last in the long term. 

The body positive movement sees happiness and satisfaction as its end goal. Weight-loss products and the diet industry often emphasize short-term solutions that are unsustainable. Even the cookie diet is hard to stick to. 

Sustainability is a priority for the locavore. We can't continue with a monoculture. All the methane that all the cows we're eating are releasing has long-term effects on global warming. 

I'm not just bringing all this up because I want to justify my really expensive college education in which I watched a bunch of food documentaries on Netflix for research papers, but maybe, a little bit. 

Pollanistas, meet the body positive movement. I think we're going to be friends. 

The Problem with Michael Pollan

The Problem with Michael Pollan

I've got a beef with the people who have problems with beef. Buckle up your seatbelts, kids. I'm about to criticize someone you likely hold dear: 

His name is Michael Pollan.

Before you close your browser window, personally I like the guy. I mean, I don't know him personally but he seems nice. I studied "human rights and food politics" in college for crying out loud. 

Summer is almost over but....

 Here the sun is literally setting over the beach. 

Here the sun is literally setting over the beach. 

As summer wanes and fall waxes, I always have a little September Blues. If you're reading this while spending your very last day sipping piña coladas, don't fret. I got some tips to help you keep riding the vacation wave right into the gnarly September crash. 

1. Make it a return from vacation, not a rush. 

In other words, SLOW DOWN!!

 These yankees in NYC are always in a hurry but remember how quickly your vacation went? Well, while you're running between your morning joe and the 6:05 train, time is going just as fast. People say life is what happens while we're busy making plans. Just slow down take a deep breath and LIVE it too. 

2.  Eat Slower Too.

Familly/Spouse/Friend/me Time shouldn't just be relegated to one week in August when you unplug and go to the beach. SIT DOWN and eat food you love slowly and sensuously like that Prime Rib you ordered in Argentina with a Malbec. 

3. PLAN!!!!

Planning should be a part of your life no matter what you do. Just like you wouldn't leave for vacation without at least a vague outline of an itinerary, don't start your week or the dreaded September without a plan. 

Take a little time to assess where you are (we can do an assessment together. wink wink, nudge nudge. Send an email to info@noeljane.com). 

 Think about where you want to be and make S.M.A.R.T goals. ( Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time Sensitive). Look at all areas of your life: work, home, romance, friendships, etc.  How much do you want to exercise? Cook at home? Eat out? Get massages? Date nights? 

4. Be Spontaneous too. 

 Pick goals that don't just feel restrictive but things that will help you feel those ooey gooey sweet vacation vibrations all year long. 

Take a break from email 

Watch movies. Catch up on tv shows you've been meaning to watch. 

Unplug your wifi

Read a book

Take a day trip

Dress up your vacation clothes and wear them to work. 

Willpower is overrated. And so is all work and no play.  You know what they said about Jack (he's a dull boy). Try not to live life in the binge/restrict cycle. If you went "too crazy" on vacation, it's probably because you didn't allow yourself to let a little loose all year. 

Happy Labor Day!

 

 

3 Reasons You can Chill the F out about Thanksgiving

I'm pretty sure that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. It kicks off a good month of relaxation, cookies are plentiful. When I lived in Colorado, it meant the ski season was really getting started.

These days, the public has developed quite the adversary out of this beloved day. Gyms and diet books warn of the dreaded holiday weight gain as if this single month could be the whole reason 2/3 of America is overweight.

It's not. Here's why:

1. Mindful Eating:
For one single day, people take the day off of work to slow down, give thanks, and eat. *Spoiler Alert* Mindful eating is my number one weight management tip. When you pay attention to your hunger,  your fullness, and the taste of the food, you're more likely to feel satisfied. 

2. Home Cooking

Most Americans can't find the time to eat a home cooked meal. The fact is that restaurants and pre-prepared meals contain most of the fat, sugar, and salt associated with the growing rates of heart disease and diabetes. So even if your green bean casserole is loaded with cheese, chances are it's still better for you than whatever it is you shove down your throat during your lack of a lunch break.

3. A reconnection with food
As a self-proclaimed Michael Pollan enthusiast, one of my favorite things about Thanksgiving in the Northeast is that it's made from seasonal and local food. It's all about the harvest. According to what I learned at IIN about macrobiotic theory, eating locally and seasonally also helps to ground you and feel more connected to your environment.

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So there you have it. Slow down, cook, and eat that pumpkin pie.  

If you feel guilty afterwards, schedule a consultation with me. It's a Black Friday special. ;)

 

Urban Gardening for Beginners

 

 

Spring is in the air. Today, I made my triumphant return to the Union Square Farmer’s Market.  I was hoping to buy something fresh and green looking but was disappointed to discover that most of what is actually in season right now is potatoes and onions.

 

Because I had an eye for something green ,  the only thing I could find that I thought I might know how to cook  was some English thyme. I figured the little guy would make a great addition to my tiny garden of 1 orchid.

 

So with some fresh local bread and a small pot of English Thyme, I went home and started doing research on how I could fit my growing garden somewhere in my little Brooklyn apartment. I stumbled upon Mike Lieberman whose Macgyver-like qualities inspired me to write this.

 

If there were one human being who embodied all of Brooklyn, he would be it. Combine his affinity for organic and local food, urban gardening, New York accent, and unrelenting soda consumption (despite Mayor Bloomberg’s greatest efforts), and he is Kings County incarnate.  Also, for some reason, he doesn’t wear a shirt.  Makes you wonder if he’s added another G (for gardening, obvi) to Gym, Tan, Laundry…

 

Check it out here:

http://www.urbanorganicgardener.com/gardens/nyc/fire-escape/

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