November 30, 2010

Imagining beauty and health

Posted in cooking, food, health, life, love tagged , , , , , , , at 10:20 am by Margi Macdonald

We certainly take a different view these says, about feminine beauty….

…compared to Botticelli’s exquisite 15th century depiction of beauty herself…

What’s going on here?

Are you able to enjoy your body without guilt?

Is each meal and snack a reason to admonish yourself with critical self-judgment?

Are you a slave to someone else’s opinion about how you should look?

How do you balance your need to move and to be still, to be nourished and comfortable, to enjoy yourself, and to be healthy?



Photographer and rights not acknowledged at online source.

Botticelli The Birth of Venus c 1486


October 12, 2010

“Sugar is good for you!” – and for the people who sell sugar (via The Ethical Nag)

Posted in cooking, food, health, life tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 10:51 am by Margi Macdonald

India - Haridwar - 010 - vegetables for sale in Bara Bazaar

Do we imagine things are different here in Australia?
I think not.

Do you have a sweet tooth? Do you chew your food quickly, eat while watching TV or checking your emails, or constantly snack while on-the-run?

Many foods, including a number of vegetables and most meats, are naturally sweet. We don’t appreciate their naturally sweet appeal unless we take a bit of time to chew thoroughly, mindfully paying attention to our food and the pleasurable ritual of eating.

The benefits are that an enzyme in saliva which breaks down the natural sugars in these foods does its best work when food spends an adequate period of time in our mouths. We can enjoy the sweet flavour without ever needing to ingest added sugars and sweeteners. We simply need to chew thoroughly.

The other benefit of mindfully enjoying naturally sweet foods – indeed all foods – is that we consume less.

Yes, you read it correctly! There’s a satiety centre in our brains which signals to us when we’ve had sufficient. Unfortunately, the distractions of all our screens, and fast-food-gulping ensure that many of us keep wolfing it down, well after the brain has reminded us we need to stop.

Your sweet challenge for the week?

See how many common vegetables are really quite sweet, when cooked simply and eaten slowly.

Yum yum!

"Sugar is good for you!" - and for the people who sell sugar I just love this. Guess what the Sugar Association recommends in its publication called “Pleasing Picky Eaters’ Taste Buds”? Apparently, “youngsters may find vegetables sprinkled with sugar more enjoyable to eat”. Of course they will. Personally, I’d find corrugated cardboard sprinkled with sugar more enjoyable to eat, too.  That does not make it good for me. And under the “Don’t Worry, Mom” section, the Sugar Association reassures us: “The good … Read More

via The Ethical Nag


Image: India – Haridwar 010 – vegetables for sale in Bara Bazaar. McKay Savage on Flickr. Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

Words: © Margi Macdonald at Some Energy Thing. © Carolyn Thomas at The Ethical Nag

October 1, 2010

Is this what you’ve been waiting for..?

Posted in cooking, food, fragrance, health, life, love, music tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 12:29 pm by Margi Macdonald

When I grow up (______________)

Late 2010 – early 2011

A 21st century multi-media, interactive, self-paced course of ancient wisdom and sensory cultivation will be available by subscription.

This is a very special project, possibly one of the first of its kind, and I’m developing it now.

This course is for you if:

  • You’re interested in truly knowing your own mind and creating a life guided by your mind’s unique abilities.
  • You’ve struggled to find an exercise program and diet which suits your constitution and lifestyle.
  • You have chronic health concerns, or are recovering from major illness or surgery.
  • You’d love to plan holidays and adventures which enhance body and mind.
  • You’ve never felt comfortable or relaxed in your workspace or at home, despite making it as beautiful and functional as possible.
  • You know our ancestors had much to teach us, but you don’t know where to start, or how to weave ancient wisdom into 21st century health and well-being.

Sign up to receive course updates by email.

It’s for you, and it’s for life.


Image: When I Grow Up (________) Todd Baker on Flickr

Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License

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