May 18, 2015

On Nutrition: Myth busting

Happy Monday! I'm in Las Vegas right now at the Today's Dietitian conference, but I wanted to do a quick post to let you know about my last two On Nutrition columns in The Seattle Times (the first one came out while I was in Paris and I never posted about it).

My column in yesterday's paper, "The truth about acid-forming diets and foods," was inspired by all of the patients I've had who have either asked me if they should be following an acid-alkaline diet (usually because they have cancer), or told me that they were trying to follow one. 

My May 3 column, "Snacking between meals can help you gain--or lose--weight" was also inspired by conversations I have constantly about how to snack smartly. In other words, are your snacking habits working for you or against you.


May 15, 2015

Links I Like: 5.15.15

Happy Friday! I haven't had a links post in for-ever. Here are a handful I especially wanted to share this week:

My weekend plans include heading to Vancouver B.C. for a U2 concert then a swift turnaround to catch a flight to Las Vegas for the Today's Dietitian conference. Forget March Madness, it's May Madness!

Have a lovely weekend!

May 12, 2015

Homing instincts

Bonjour! I'm back from Paris and Amsterdam. We actually returned Thursday afternoon, and I'm happy to report that our jetlag was minor compared to last year. In fact, we had a fantastically productive weekend (more on that in a mere moment).

I think one of the hallmarks of a good vacation is realizing that no matter how much you are enjoying the place you are visiting, there is no place like home. We love Paris (it's our second trip there) and we loved Amsterdam (our first visit). One of the things I love about travel, other than the museums and architecture and the usual things you think of, is observing how people live, how it's the same in some ways, but quite different in others. I always come away with both admiration for life in my temporary home* and gratitude for life in my permanent home.

I also come home inspired, and with an acutely heightened nesting instinct. Between the bountiful farmers markets of Paris, the small potager (kitchen garden) in le Jardins des Plantes (above), or the container gardens crowding the front of virtually every home on every narrow street in Amsterdam (below), all we wanted to do when we got home is garden. We spent the weekend putting in our vegetable garden (hauling in a truckload of compost, weeding, hoeing, planting), building a water feature for the back patio out of half wine barrel, and bedecking our deck and patio with pots filled with flowers. (Did I mention that we weren't struggling with jet lag?) We even bought a few pieces of statuary, to remind us of Paris, where statues are everywhere. Everywhere.

I used to maintain a second blog, Carrie's Urban Farm, which fell by the wayside about the time I started preparing to go to graduate school. You peruse the archives there if you want to see what I was doing with my vegetable garden then, or see the early days of our backyard chicken journey. Going forward, I'll include "urban farm" related posts on this blog, including photo updates as my garden grows.

* In Paris, this would be cafe culture, the fresh produce on virtually every city block, and the way that most Parisians carry around a small book with them to read while standing on the metro or sitting in a park. In Amsterdam, this would be cafe culture, the appreciation residents seem to have for their city, and the fact that, based on appearances, every resident has been issued 16 bicycles and two cats (the sweet kitty below was minding the store while it was closed...the next day I was talking to the shopkeeper and she said the cat was important for keeping away the mice).