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food tracking

21 May

photo-39“Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are.” – Anthelme Brillat Savarin

If it’s true that we are what we eat, what food or foods would you be?

If answering that question poses a challenge for you, then it might be time to take an inventory of what you eat.

Have you every kept a food journal? Try tracking what you eat, just for one day.

One day may change your whole outlook.

See how tracking your food intake may change the way in which you consume.

It’s simple.

No need for charts or graphs, just a piece of paper, pen and some mindfulness – keeping in mind to temper your judgements, and view your journal objectively, with an open and curious mind that is eager to learn.

Do you keep a food journal? If so, has it made an impact on your life?

enjoying food the Butter Beans way

15 Apr

225071_499064973454665_451393431_nWe are blessed to have a wonderful team of food service staff nourishing our students everyday at lunch-time.

We received this post from Shaquanna, who has been working with us for two years, and wanted to share her journey with you all.

Why I love Butter Beans

When I used to hear the term “lunch lady,” I immediately envisioned a woman in a hair net slapping visually unappealing food down on a plastic lunch tray.

Working with Butter Beans has allowed me to develop a new vision of what school lunch means. We truly are changing the way America thinks about school lunch!

With food being at the very core of our physical survival, the quality of the food we eat directly impacts our health and well-being.

As a Food Service Supervisor, I take pride in the work that I do since it makes a difference in the lives of the kids we serve. By serving high quality, nutrient dense food to children I know that we are positively impacting these kids’ lives for years to come.

Before working for Butter Beans my eating habits were far from what I wanted them to be. I grew up on a processed food diet. As an adult these foods continued to be my main sources of “nutrition.”

After having children of my own, I wanted to be more conscious of the foods I ate. Since good eating habits begin at home, I knew that I had to make changes in my diet so that my daughters would follow my example.

Although I wanteBHGRsfXCAAAfYqK.jpg-larged to change, I didn’t really know where to start. I didn’t know much about organic, or processed foods until years after my daughters were born. But that didn’t stop me from implementing small health changes as my food knowledge grew.

With that in mind, my experience at Butter Beans has helped me tremendously. Working with them has given me so many insights on healthy eating that I am really grateful for!

I have learned that eating healthy can be inspiring and fun. I’ve also been exposed to new foods such as quinoa and hummus, which I had never tasted or heard of before Butter Beans. I’ve even learned to come up with healthy new recipes based on our lunch menus!

Butter Beans has become an inseparable part of my life, my thanks to them for helping me on my road to health and wellness.

I will continue to incorporate healthy food choices in my everyday life so that my family and I can continue to live healthy, happy lives!

cooking is a revolutionary act

1 Apr

Screen Shot 2013-04-01 at 10.42.40 AMIf you follow our blog, you most likely love to cook.

Well, we are in good company!

We are part of a movement that is inspiring our audiences to cook at home, fostering relationships with family, friends, neighbors, while furthering physical, mental and spiritual health.

Cooking doesn’t have to be fancy or feel out of reach. On the contrary, cooking should be seen as simple, approachable and fun!

With all of the jarring statistics we hear everyday, it’s comforting to know that we can change ourselves, our families, our communities by using our own two hands. Grocery shopping, turning on that oven, prepping those ingredients, and sitting down at the table can have profound effects on everyone involved in the process.

As Dr. Mark Hyman summarizes, “cooking…can transform everything…our health, the environment, our economy and so much more!”

Join Dr. Mark Hyman for an “eat-in” on April 7th, to “take back our health by avoiding restaurants and packaged foods.” On this day he asks us to make real, whole, fresh food and invite family and friends over to share in that moment.

Let’s all pledge to prepare more food at home, and help educate and inspire others to do the same.

Happy healthy eating to all!

Photo courtesy of theeatin.org

someone to eat and drink with

25 Mar

photo-21“We should look for someone to eat and drink with before looking for something to eat and drink.” – Epicurus

As Passover heads our way, and Easter not so far away let’s take a moment to take in a big deep breathe, clear our heads, and focus on making these celebrations a time to create memories with family and friends, while sharing delicious food and drink.

As Epicurus suggests, let’s embrace the company we keep, removing judgements, preconceived notions, ego and expectations. Let’s sit, talk, laugh and enjoy each other’s company first and foremost.

Then let’s all dig in, and delight in the foods that make these holidays so sweet!

cooking as beauty remedy

18 Mar

4361629413_9a561a3fcf_zCooking is a necessity, something we all have to do a few times a day to fuel our bodies.

Not only is cooking a method of fueling ourselves, it’s also a calming and centering activity, ultimately adding beauty to our lives.

Have you noticed that when you cook, you are in a constant flow of concentration? This feeling is often times called “flow,” a psychological theory coined by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi who wrote a National Bestseller book on the topic.

According to Mihaly flow is defined as, “being completely involved in an activity for its own sake. The ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz. Your whole being is involved, and you’re using your skills to the utmost.”

So if cooking provides us with fuel, and allows us to engage in “flow,” can you think of another benefit cooking bestows?

How about soft hands…

If you’ve ever made kale chips, roasted veggies or baked scones, your hands would have undoubtedly come in contact with some olive, coconut or canola oil, resulting in some very soft and healthy hands.

No need for store bought moisturizers, just get in your kitchen and cook up some food with your own two hands!

Remember, cooking not only brings about soft hands, but also encourages a clear, calm and centered way of life, enabling us to give, share and indulge in many of life’s simple pleasures.

Photo courtesy of letorri