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Episode 33: Stephanie on Bold Moves & Portion Control

Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia.

Thank you for listening in on Thanksgiving Day in Canada.

Family and friends across the country gathered today to celebrate gratitude and share a festive meal, laughter and great conversations.  At times like this, there is a temptation to eat more than usual and then worry that we have overindulged.  What better time than now to check in my Wellness and Workout coach, Stephanie, for a conversation on portion control.

Stephanie has a refreshing way of looking at meal planning. She says food is awesome – that we should enjoy eating without any guilty sensation.   Food sustains us.  Being bold in our relationship with food, will move the mountain of regret and guilt. So put the kettle on join our discussion on portion control.  Stephanie and I would love to hear your thoughts on I am your host Rebecca Budd and I’m looking forward to sharing this moment with you.

Thank you for joining Stephanie and me on Tea Toast & Trivia and for sharing our Canadian Thanksgiving.

One last thought comes from Ralph Waldo Emerson:

“For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.”

Until next time, dear friends, safe travels wherever your adventures take you.

By Rebecca Budd

Blogger, Visual Storyteller, Podcaster, Traveler and Life-long Learner

16 replies on “Episode 33: Stephanie on Bold Moves & Portion Control”

Thank you for this delightful podcast. It was important and gives a new look at how we consider the things we eat and how we feel about our intake of food. I was encouraged to not feel guilty about the food I eat, but to plan what, how, and when we eat. Thank you for this encouraging few minutes and the opportunity to listen to a really sensible view of our relationship with the blessing of good food.

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Stephanie has a great attitude to food and I know that her children will benefit from her steadfastness in creating meaningful responses to meals. Food is vital. We need to consider our actions in a time when food security has taken on greater importance.

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Stephanie, everything you said works. I switched to small plates, years ago. Not b&b plates, but I found these small plates one day and bought them. It works, and home cooking helps!

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Stephanie really appreciates your thoughtful comments, as do I. I agree wholeheartedly – we need to embrace our kitchens for they offer us a creative outlet, while giving us more choice and diversity of meals. We live in a time of food insecurity and cannot afford to take our ample and seemingly endless food supply for granted. When we started with organic recycling in Vancouver, I was appalled by the amount of food wastage in our home – even though we make every effort to plan our meals. Thank you for listening in – so very much appreciated.

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I have been doing a mini-research on the slow food movement, which encourages people to stop eating fast food and come back to the kitchen. The focus is on preparing and eating whole, locally sourced foods. I go back to that adage: The spirit is strong but the flesh is weak. To fully embrace the slow food movement, a great deal of time must be devoted to this endeavour, which is very difficult in our fast-paced world where people are working long hours and trying to achieve life-work balance. Sometimes, at the end of the day, tiredness prompts faster food choices. There is a way, but it is not a simple idea to implement. Maybe they will create an app! LOL

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What a great set of advice, especially as we approach a time of year that can be fraught with problems about food. I am making a big effort to enjoy the process of cooking, and not just reach for whatever is the quickest. There is a good deal of joy to be had from making a tasty meal, with plenty of love as a key ingredient!

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I agree wholeheartedly! The idea of dining at home, enjoying a leisurely meal that goes along with a great conversation has experienced a rebirth. In our haste to create meaningful work, we lost our way when it comes to engaging with food. I remember eating at the computer, while trying to complete a project. I don’t remember the project, but I do remember that the meal was lack luster and didn’t possess any of the allure that say, Downton Abbey. I love this clip – hope you can see it on your side.

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I knew you would like this!! We did see the movie. It was only in Vancouver for 2 weeks before it moved on. Some of the moviegoers dressed up in the fashion on the day – so creative. Hats, gloves, walking sticks, purses. And all was well at the end of the movie. It was a lovely evening and a tribute to family and community.

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I greatly appreciate Stephanie’s sensible approach to food. It’s emotionally healthy as well as physically healthy. Americans tend to have a very strange relationship with food, fueled in part by massive media advertising. I was struck a few years ago how the advertising cycle over the span of the holidays seems to encourage people to be bulimic. Thanksgiving through Christmas binge, binge, binge; then once New Year’s comes diet, diet, diet.

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I agree wholeheartedly – we continue to go back and forth with food so much so that we develop a love/hate relationship with the very sustenance that keeps us alive. I just did a google search on the top New Year’s resolutions. No surprise: 1) eat healthier, get more exercise and save more money. All related to time and consumption. We are interesting creatures! Stephanie has put a considerable amount of thought into her relationship with food and exercise. One of the first things she told me is to not be guided by the scale. Thank you for joining the conversation. Your comments are very much appreciated.

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