Links Worth Sharing: Yoga and Eating Disorders, The Reality of Food Waste, Resources for Homesteaders and More!

The Truth About Yoga and Eating Disorders from Yoga Journal via Choosing Raw

I’m glad this is being talked about. While yoga may be a great modality for mind/body healing, it isn’t foolproof. “And while a practice that encourages a mind-body connection and self-awareness might seem like the last place to find fuel for disordered eating, a study in the International Journal of Eating Disorders found yoga students to be at equal or greater risk than the general population. “We can’t say whether yoga hurts or helps, but I think that some people who are dealing with disordered eating and body dissatisfaction are attracted to yoga because they’re looking for an answer,” says study author Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, PhD, who researches body image and eating disorders at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.”

Homesteading for Beginners via {never} homemaker

I would love to learn some of these skills and this is a great list of resources from my friend Ashley’s blog. “Plus, many of the projects we’ve been involved with have helped us save money all while catering better to our family’s specific needs. We’ve created all our own green cleaning supplies, for example, and they are certainly healthier and safer than even the most “natural” store-bought alternative. With each new idea or project, we learn something useful for the future.”

Uncovering America’s Food Waste Fiasco via Civil Eats

I’ve always wanted to dumpster dive, but these pictures show the extent of the problem of food waste. “I’ve learned that I can roll up in nearly any city in the U.S. and collect enough food in one night to feed hundreds of people. While millions of children are too hungry to concentrate in school, perfectly safe food is filling dumpsters across the country. I’m not going to stand for that and I know you won’t either.” 

Celiac Disease, a Common, but Elusive, Diagnosis via The NY Times

“But even in the most sophisticated medical settings, the diagnosis can be missed or the tests done incorrectly. Over four days in a local hospital, Daniel’s doctors performed an intestinal biopsy. But only two samples were taken, which missed the severe damage in his small intestine.”

When Gluten Sensitivity Isn’t Celiac Disease via The NY Times

“Recent studies have strongly suggested that many, and possibly most, people who react badly to gluten may have a more challenging problem: sensitivity to a long list of foods containing certain carbohydrates.”

It appears that whether it’s auto immune or not, we may be becoming more sensitive to gluten. It appears that FODMAPS may also play a role. Interesting stuff!

Sweet and Savory Cauliflower Salad

I would pretty much follow Heidi from 101 Cookbooks to the end of the earth if she promised me a meal. Not one of her recipes has ever disappointed me and in fact many of them have become staples in our house. She’s always been lovely when I have reached out with various questions or thoughts. This recipe is based on her Black Pepper Cauliflower Salad, and in fact that dressing mostly identical to hers – I just changed up some technique and some of the components.

This is the gigantic cauliflower I found at the farmers’ market last weekend – next to a pepper grinder for scale. It was probably as big as my head.


When I made it the first time, I didn’t have apples so I used dried dates and it was delicious. So I did that for awhile. Our new co-op doesn’t have dried dates in bulk, so I went hunting for other fruit and found dried figs, which sounded intriguing. And then I realized that there were baskets of fresh figs available, so I snagged one of those instead. Adding slices of one small apple makes for a nice crunch though, so I added that back in. Try any combination of fresh/dried fruit – I have a feeling you can’t go wrong.


Sweet and Savory Cauliflower Salad with Lentils
Serves 4


  • 2 pound head of cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 3/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • Scant 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt + more for roasting
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns, crushed
  • 1 cup toasted pistachios, roughly chopped
  • 2/3 cup sun-dried tomatoes, soaked if necessary
  • 10 small figs and one small apple or 10 dried dates
  • 2/3 cup chopped black olives
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • 1 cup black lentils, soaked


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Toss cauliflower florets with oil, season with salt and roast for 40 – 45 minutes.
  3. Add lentils and 2 cups water to a pot. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat simmer for 20 – 30 minutes until soft but not falling apart. Drain and set aside.
  4. While the cauliflower and lentils cook, prepare the dressing. Combine onion, vinegar, oil, salt and pepper in a small pot. Bring to a boil and simmer for 5-7 minutes until it reduces and becomes a bit pink from the red onion.
  5. If your sun-dried tomatoes are really dry, soak them in hot water to make them easier to work with. After they’ve softened, slice them thinly.
  6. Slice the figs and apple thinly (or quarter the dates, if using them instead.)
  7. When cauliflower is done, add to a bowl with the the fruit, sun-dried tomatoes, chopped olives, capers, and dressing. Toss to coat. Top with toasted pistachios and toss one more time.
  8. Serve over lentils.