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How to Stop Moralizing Your Food Choices

by | Apr 24, 2017

Laura works at a hospital and sees people suffering daily from chronic diseases she knows are caused by unhealthy food choices. Diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, and cancer are all fates she’d like to avoid, but still her love of sweets calls to her.

In Laura’s mind, foods fall into categories of “good” and “bad,” “healthy” and “unhealthy.” She knows that moralizing her foods this way makes her crave sweets even more, and that when she does give in she experiences the What-the-hell Effect and overeats them. But because of her job, it’s hard for her to stop thinking of sweets as “bad” and vegetables as “good.”

Not moralizing your food is easier said than done. One huge reason for this is that it feels true that veggies are good for you and junk food is bad you. How can you stop thinking this way when you actually believe it?

Food moralizing is very common, and undoing it takes more than willpower. In this episode I walk Laura through the steps necessary to get past the moralizing mentality and into one that is more helpful for her long-term health goals.

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Related links:

No, You Don’t Deserve that Indulgence Today

How to Be Thankful After Campaign 2016: Foodist Edition

How to Eat More Mindfully in 19 Seconds (4-7-8 breaths)

 

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FOR THE LOVE OF FOOD: The folly in calorie counting, sardine population down 95%, and Dow Chemical asks EPA to ignore science on pesticides

by | Apr 21, 2017

Welcome to Friday’s For The Love of Food, Summer Tomato’s weekly link roundup.

Next week’s Mindful Meal Challenge will start again on Monday. Sign up now to join us!

This week the folly in calorie counting, sardine population down 95%, and Dow Chemical asks EPA to ignore science on pesticides.

Too busy to read them all? Try this awesome free speed reading app to read at 300+ wpm. So neat!

I also share links on Twitter @summertomato and the Summer Tomato Facebook page. I’m very active on all these sites and would love to connect with you.

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How Reshanda Overcame Binge Eating and Lost 28 Lbs

by | Apr 19, 2017

Reshanda had a very stressful job that ultimately led her to develop a binge eating habit and gain a significant amount of weight. The weight gain naturally led her to try to correct it with dieting, which instead led instead to more bingeing.

In her work to find the solution to her bingeing and weight gain, Reshanda stumbled upon Summer Tomato and started addressing her habits and psychology. As an active part of the community here and on Facebook, I’ve watched her develop new habits over the years from learning to cook in Foodist Kitchen to mindful eating in the Mindful Meal Challenge.

Today Reshanda shares her story of how she overcame bingeing, lost 28 lbs, and more importantly learned how to develop the self-compassion, mindfulness and habits she needs to live a fulfilling life that isn’t dictated by stress and avoidance.

Her story is incredibly powerful and full of wisdom and insights into how to develop the psychological tools to build a sustainable and life-affirming healthstyle. It’s an incredible story that shows the power of self-reflection to solve even the deepest and most intractable problems.

Wish you had more time to listen to the podcast? I use an app called Overcast (no affiliation) to play back my favorite podcasts at faster speeds, dynamically shortening silences in talk shows so it doesn’t sound weird. It’s pretty rad.

 

Related links:

Foodist Kitchen

Mindful Meal Challenge

The 4-Hour Body, by Tim Ferriss

Triggers, by Marshall Goldsmith

The “I Don’t Feel Like It” Fallacy

I Thought It Was Just Me and critical awareness by Brené Brown

Calm app

 

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FOR THE LOVE OF FOOD: Willpower is obsolete, running extends your life, and banning trans fat saves lives

by | Apr 14, 2017

Welcome to Friday’s For The Love of Food, Summer Tomato’s weekly link roundup. 

Next week’s Mindful Meal Challenge will start again on Monday. Sign up now to join us!

This week willpower is obsolete, running extends your life, and banning trans fat saves lives. 

Too busy to read them all? Try this awesome free speed reading app to read at 300+ wpm. So neat!

I also share links on Twitter @summertomato and the Summer Tomato Facebook page. I’m very active on all these sites and would love to connect with you.

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How Meal Planning Helped Tara Lose 12 lbs in 2 Months

by | Apr 11, 2017

Like many of us, Tara has been struggling to lose weight for over a decade. She’d tried lots of different strategies on and off over the years, and had made progress. But it wasn’t until the beginning of this year that two things really clicked into place.

First, she started the Mindful Meal Challenge to learn to eat mindfully, which helped her notice she was putting more food on her plate than she needed to feel satisfied. The second is that she started becoming more deliberate in her meal and exercise planning, which she calls her healthstyle planning.

Tara has a very busy and erratic schedule. She has an international team and has to attend virtual meetings at odd hours throughout the week. She also travels a lot and has events in the evening that often pull her away from home and out of her kitchen. More often than not these obstacles led her to rely on takeout and other convenience foods that were preventing her from reaching her goals.

To get around this, Tara spends a few minutes on Saturday mapping out her week and planning for the times she knows she’ll be able to eat at home and exercise. On Sundays she goes grocery shopping and does enough food prep to get her through the week, including some back up meals for the freezer for the inevitable night that gets away from her.

Simply cooking at home instead of relying on takeout can result in a huge difference in calorie intake that likely accounts for a large part of Tara successfully losing 12 lbs in two months (most of which, she noted, came off in the first month). Tara and I also discuss how the planning leads to better decisions after dinner as well, specifically regarding alcohol and desserts.

Tara has a great system of building healthstyle habits by tracking the way she feels after different behaviors, and letting that be the guide for her future actions. She uses this knowledge to manage her energy levels that she needs to maintain for her busy life, and make sure her treats and social engagements don’t undo all her hard work.

One of my favorite experiments she did was solve a mysterious headache issue by having a gin and tonic each night for a week.

Wish you had more time to listen to the podcast? I use an app called Overcast (no affiliation) to play back my favorite podcasts at faster speeds, dynamically shortening silences in talk shows so it doesn’t sound weird. It’s pretty rad.

 

Related links

Mindful Meal Challenge

The Happiness Hypothesis, by Jonathan Haidt

JJ Virgin protein powder

Way of Life app

Hyperbiotics Pro-15 probiotic

Psyllium husk

 

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FOR THE LOVE OF FOOD: Losing weight is harder with age, performance enhancing sandwiches, and pesticides in your drinking water

by | Apr 7, 2017

Welcome to Friday’s For The Love of Food, Summer Tomato’s weekly link roundup. 

Next week’s Mindful Meal Challenge will start again on Monday. Sign up now to join us!

This week losing weight is harder with age, performance enhancing sandwiches, and pesticides in your drinking water. 

Too busy to read them all? Try this awesome free speed reading app to read at 300+ wpm. So neat!

I also share links on Twitter @summertomato and the Summer Tomato Facebook page. I’m very active on all these sites and would love to connect with you.

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Going Back to Cali

by | Apr 7, 2017

After two years in the Big Apple Kevin, Toaster and I are headed back to SF this summer. We have loved our time in New York (which does have surprisingly good apples in the fall), and especially Brooklyn, but two years was always our rough timeline for our East Coast adventure and it feels like the right time to say goodbye.

People keep asking if it’s the weather pushing us away and the answer is a definite no. I expected to struggle with the winters, but both of the ones we had were relatively mild and I found the change of seasons to be a delightful departure from the monotonous temperate climates I’m accustomed to. The weather was one of the pleasant surprises.

It’s no secret that I’ll be happy to get back to my West Coast produce and all my amazing Bay Area friends, but nothing is driving us away. Kevin has accepted a position at True Ventures, which requires us to be closer to the Bay Area, and my laptop works from anywhere.

We’re excited to be moving forward into this next chapter, and it doesn’t suck that we’ll be back in time to catch the Warriors crush it in the NBA Finals.

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How Ashley Overcame Fibromyalgia Using Real Food and Exercise

by | Apr 3, 2017

Ashley says she’s lucky that she was diagnosed with fibromyalgia at the age of 30. It’s a diagnosis that isn’t always easy to get, but at a young age Ashley felt she still had a lot of options to try to treat her illness without medication.

After consulting with her doctor, Ashley decided to adopt a low-inflammation diet (lots of vegetables and fruits, no fried foods and minimal processed foods), along with a low impact exercise regimen of yoga and walking 10,000 steps per day.

In this instance, Ashley’s history of dieting may have actually been helpful, since she found it relatively easy to overhaul her healthstyle to make these changes, and it only took about three months for her symptoms to start improving dramatically.

An added bonus is that Ashley’s new habits have helped her deal with stress and emotional issues she has struggled with on and off throughout her life, and she’s been able to stay off of antidepressants for four years.

This is a fun conversation and we go into a lot of details about her morning routine, eating habits and favorite meals. Ashley was also kind enough to share with us a few of her favorite recipes below.

Wish you had more time to listen to the podcast? I use an app called Overcast (no affiliation) to play back my favorite podcasts at faster speeds, dynamically shortening silences in talk shows so it doesn’t sound weird. It’s pretty rad.

 

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MyFitnessPal

Mindful Meal Challenge

Stash Licorice Spice tea

Samovar tea

 

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FOR THE LOVE OF FOOD: Marathons hurt your kidneys, loopholes let farms continue abusing antibiotics, and two nutrients that help with weight loss

by | Mar 31, 2017

Welcome to Friday’s For The Love of Food, Summer Tomato’s weekly link roundup. 

Next week’s Mindful Meal Challenge will start again on Monday. Sign up now to join us!

This week marathons hurt your kidneys, loopholes let farms continue abusing antibiotics, and two nutrients that help with weight loss. 

Too busy to read them all? Try this awesome free speed reading app to read at 300+ wpm. So neat!

I also share links on Twitter @summertomato and the Summer Tomato Facebook page. I’m very active on all these sites and would love to connect with you.

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No, You Don’t Deserve That Indulgence Today

by | Mar 29, 2017

“I’ve had a really hard day…”

“I went to all my workouts this week…”

“I ate a salad for lunch…”

“I’ve put up with my in-laws for four days and didn’t snap once…”

…I deserve it.

On the surface it seems to make sense. In so many parts of life good behavior is rewarded with some kind of treat, whether it was a sticker in kindergarten or a bonus at work. It’s natural to want to apply the same logic to the food you eat, especially if you’ve ever adopted a dieter’s mindset (or trained a puppy).

I’m here today to shatter this illusion.

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