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


August 15, 2010

It’s time for some music

Posted in health, life, music tagged , , , , , , at 8:45 pm by Margi Macdonald

It’s been a while since I posted any music here.

So today, sit back and enjoy this live performance of one of the world’s most exquisite pieces ever written for piano.

Chopin’s Piano Concerto No 1 in E minor Op 11; 2nd movement.

Watch as Mr Fichman enjoys and becomes part of this piece.

Apparently Chopin in this movement wanted to describe the feelings we might experience when our eyes alight upon a beautiful landscape.

Where did this music take you?

What did you feel or remember as you listened?

Why do you think music makes us feel profound emotions?


Image Evening #1 1982-1983. The great Australian painter – Lloyd Rees 1895-1988

June 25, 2010

Fragrant life

Posted in brisbane, fragrance, health, life, love tagged , , , , , , , , at 12:26 pm by Margi Macdonald

What have you smelt in the air around you today?

The room you’re in?

Your backyard?

Your neighbourhood?

On the body of your beloved, or your infant child?

How did you feel?

What did you think to do and say?

Which do you prefer to smell, and why?

Let us know with a comment, below.

And be sure to visit Sensual Life.


Today’s images

Trash by Fruggo 2004 Wikimedia Commons

Bouquet of Flowers in a Sculpted Vase Jan Frans Eliaerts 1761-1848 Web Gallery of Art

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