Desperately Looking for Home in Our Plates

“Our tongues have been colonized.” In her award winning short film, Home Flavored, Monica Mendoza describes her family’s relationship to food and the intertwining of culture, economics, identity, and health in an intimate portrait of the impact of industrial food. What happens to our plates when we are surrounded by processed food, we have little…

Decolonize Your Diet

How did your ancestors eat? What was a traditional meal before the industrialization of our food system? Many people are turning back to ancestral diets to lead the way back to health. This is one approach to navigating the modern food system that is so far removed from the way we used to eat. While…

Curious Cravings

The struggle to eat healthfully often comes down to coping with cravings. These impulses are rarely about hunger and are often very powerful. Most cravings are very specific but usually are refined carbohydrates with either a sweet or salty kick.  For me, it’s salt and black pepper Kettle Chips. For others, it’s  cookies, ice cream, crackers……

Tracking Change

Nutrition is about so much more than body weight. And yet, most people judge the healthfulness of their diet and their progress in trying to improve their diet using the numbers on the scale. While body weight is an important factor in health, relying on the scale leaves out many factors and can lead to…