I don’t think there are too many people who enjoy being sick, but sometimes it can signal a moment to stop, and rest and let your body heal. I am way past that moment! I don’t get sick very often, and generally, if and when I do it lasts a few days, and I sleep […]

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  • October 16, 2014 - 9:06 am

    Jennie@Got My Reservations - I would choose Garces. I think Flay might be an arrogant partner. Having had some light vertigo and also some chronic tiredness, I feel your pain. I hope you get better soon! I miss your cooking.ReplyCancel

    • October 16, 2014 - 9:44 am

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Thanks Jennie! I am a bit partial to Garces because of the Philly thing, but I think it would be fun to cook with either one, if I could calm my nerves. I miss my cooking too. My daughter and I plan to try making gnocchi this weekend, so stay tuned!ReplyCancel

  • October 17, 2014 - 12:23 am

    Aussa Lorens - Nancy, I am so sad you are sick. I hope you get better soon– though I am pretty sure you could use this as an excuse to quarantine yourself for a minimum of 21 days. And by “quarantine” I mean PAAAARRRRTAAAAY!ReplyCancel

    • October 20, 2014 - 9:36 am

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Aussa, not sure how I missed this until today. Thanks for the well wishes, sadly I don’t feel up to much partying, unless it’s a sleepover (or nap-over).ReplyCancel

I do a lot of my eating alone, and I am well aware of the benefits of mindful eating. It sounds like a great concept. It sounds like something we all should practice. It sounds Zen and cool, and purposeful and  well, mindful. I remember a weekend when I was in high school going to […]

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  • October 13, 2014 - 9:39 am

    Divorced Kat - I think that, in general, it can be hard to sit with quiet. Mealtimes are especially tough, particularly when you were used to sharing that time with someone else. I have been working on not having the TV on when I eat dinner, but I often read a magazine. It’s progress, right?
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    • October 13, 2014 - 9:58 am

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Kat, yes, I think that is the point of practicing mindfulness, to understand progress is incremental. I also am trying to figure out how to eat mindfully with other people!ReplyCancel

  • October 13, 2014 - 10:37 am

    Peggy Gilbey McMackin - Nancy, I admire your consciousness on such a topic. Since I always have folks around I’ve admittedly not thought about it. We eat dinner at the table (no tv during dinner) and discuss the day or whatever is going on. Throughout my life I would never have even thought of eating Cheetos or whatever snack at night, but the past few years I like a small snack like that, and enjoy it, mindful or impulsive, I’m not sure.
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    • October 13, 2014 - 6:02 pm

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Thanks Peggy. It makes me wonder about mindfulness in the company of others.ReplyCancel

  • October 13, 2014 - 2:02 pm

    Jane Gassner (@Jane_Gassner) - I’m wondering whether your perceived lack of mindfulness at dinner is really bad. I’ve only a cursory awareness of mindfulness but what comes immediately to mind is the concept of polarities. We have to experience both ends of the spectrum in order to achieve balance. So your failure at practicing mindfulness at dinner may. in fact, be necessary to your leading a mindful balanced life throughout the day.
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    • October 13, 2014 - 6:01 pm

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Thanks Jane, I think I’ll go with that for now!ReplyCancel

  • October 13, 2014 - 2:18 pm

    The Good Mama - I like quiet. Every since my son was born I’ve stopped keeping the TV on during the day. I am finding that I really don’t miss it at all. I should really practice mindful eating though. I often rush through my meals. I know I need to slow down and enjoy myself more. ReplyCancel

    • October 13, 2014 - 6:03 pm

      nrlowell@comcast.net - I think we’re all a bit programmed to rush through meals.ReplyCancel

  • October 13, 2014 - 5:24 pm

    Alisa - What a great description of how difficult mindfulness can be!ReplyCancel

  • October 13, 2014 - 7:16 pm

    Sarah @ LeftBrainBuddha - Lovely post, Nancy! I especially love the point about silent eating being different from mindful eating. And the mind will wander and wander because that’s what minds do, and it’s all okay! Even 10 seconds of food eaten in mindfulness is a gorgeous start. Thanks for linking to my post :)
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    • October 14, 2014 - 4:28 pm

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Sarah,
      always happy to find some synergy!ReplyCancel

I wake and I am huddled under the covers, because overnight it has gotten really chilly, and in honor of this first cold morning, the one I’ve been waiting for, I queue up Van Morrison’s Autumn Song. If I were a bit more clever I would have had this song play when you opened this […]

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  • October 9, 2014 - 12:34 pm

    Peggy Gilbey McMackin - Looks lovely Nancy and sounds plenty comforting for a good fall meal! I think the Whole Food lentils are actually just “French Lentils” since they don’t identify them as “Puy”. Puy lentils are an AOC European Union, as well as French, protected designated origin (meaning they may only be called Puy if they are specifically from that actual Puy region in France.)Its kind of a fascinating process they use. Thanks for sharing.
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    • October 9, 2014 - 1:10 pm

      nrlowell@comcast.net - Peggy,
      Thanks, I was wondering about that!ReplyCancel

  • October 9, 2014 - 11:55 pm

    Vicky Harinski - Ok what time is dinner it looks delicious ReplyCancel

    I have been craving a cheeseburger for a week or so. Cheeseburgers aren’t on my list of things I tend to crave.  I can’t recall the last time I had one. Maybe it was a day last spring when I was on my way to pick up my daughter and was a little early, […]

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  • October 6, 2014 - 10:47 am

    Peggy Gilbey McMackin - Hi Nancy, a rather thought provoking and profound Post with clearly a lot of introspection put into it. I do agree our bodies do crave things we need at the time in terms of vitamins and then otherwise. I don’t see a whole lot wrong with enjoying every bite of a big ole cheeseburger now and again though and I think it is deprivation that causes us to want things more and don’t see the benefit in that. Wanna meet to enjoy a cheeseburger?!!!
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