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Food Issues, with Vicki Manuel

moving the podcast – interview from June 19, 2013


I wasn’t sure what to expect when I asked my friend Vicki to be my health coach. And even now, having gone through the sessions, it’s hard for me to explain what she does. It’s a very personalized and individual process, and I imagine no two experiences are quite the same.

For me, it was coaching my thoughts more than my behaviors. Vicki helped me change my perspective, giving me a clear picture of the positives in myself and the steps I am taking.

We talk about that changed mind-set in this interview; actually, I think I mentioned it about three different times. It really is amazing to me what a great thing a little positive thinking can be.

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0:00 ~ meet Vicki
6:15 ~ emotional eating & mental toxins
12:50 ~ diet push-back (don’t tell me what to do!)
17:50 ~ dealing with food habits
22:10 ~ unreasonable expectations
28:00 ~ changing your mind-set
35:30 ~ positive thinking (life is beautiful!)

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There’s No Food In My Food ~ in which I get the milkshake anyway

the Infinite Monkey speaks: on the eater and eaten

Random brilliance from across the blogosphere…


The passive American consumer, sitting down to a meal of pre-prepared or fast food, confronts a platter covered with inert, anonymous substances that have been processed, dyed, breaded, sauced, gravied, ground, pulped, strained, blended, prettified, and sanitized beyond resemblance to any part of any creature that ever lived. The products of nature and agriculture have been made, to all appearances, the products of industry. Both eater and eaten are thus in exile from biological reality. And the result is a kind of solitude, unprecedented in human experience, in which the eater may think of eating as, first, a purely commercial transaction between him and a supplier and then as a purely appetitive transaction between him and his food.

 – Wendell Berry


The Pleasures of Eating

Crabbing With Dad

I spent last week at my parent’s river house, and it was just the vacation I needed!

While I was there, I got to go crabbing with my dad, who started out by crabbing off of his dock.  What I learned from that is there are crabs right there at the dock.  Well, I wasn’t planning on swimming in that water anyway!  At some point, he started placing his pots out in the river, but last week was the first opportunity I had to see them.

We went out twice a day to work the crab pots, and something interesting happened every time.  I saw a school of fish jumping out of the water, this way and that, trying to evade the hungry jaws of some bigger fish.  I saw large male crabs cradling little females (doublers), protecting them at molting time and securing mating rights.  I saw plenty of jellyfish, birds dive-bombing for their dinner, and a crab swimming on the surface of waters that were forty feet deep.

My dad is just a natural teacher, so he pretty much talks you through whatever he’s doing.  Crabbing technique, boating lessons, history, crab anatomy, bay ecology…there’s plenty to teach about, out there on the water.  I learned some things, too.  I learned that driving a boat is way different from driving a car.  For one thing, when you turn a car off, it usually stops moving.  I learned that eels are really slimy.  And they can get out of that bucket if they really want to.  I learned that dead jellyfish can still sting you, that lighthouses out in the middle of the bay don’t have indoor plumbing, and if your eyes tell you those waves look rough, then they are.  Only more so.

Some things I already knew; I just needed reminding.  Like what a joy it is to spend quality time with your family.  Family and friendship are blessings that not every one of us has.  It doesn’t do to take them for granted.

I made a little video of my dad working his crab pots.  Vegetarians, beware: the crabs in this video all got cooked!



Items of Interest:

Weekends at The Rivah

River Vacation

Blue Crabs – Fish Facts