The activities also offer opportunities for you to explore what nourishes you, so you can draw on them when you need them and incorporate them regularly into your everyday life. There will be no point in debating diet for human health on a planet no longer hospitable to human habitation - and we are blithely, and blindly, blundering in that very direction . I did this in part because it is simply how I feel. I have devoted my adult life and entire career to the quest of adding years to lives, and life to years. That entire effort is moot if we wind up with an inhospitable planet. The planet will eventually recover from whatever we do to it - but eventually may be no comfort to our kind. We are the one species on the planet routinely responsible for the extinction of other species. We could ultimately be hoisted on our own petard, as suggested by no less an intellect than Stephen Hawking. I did this in part because so many of the most strident arguments about diet for health ignore the matter of environmental impact entirely. I make the case throughout this article that a dietary emphasis on meat is misguided for human health. But what if it weren't? We were able to use the space to gather at no charge because they knew we would order drinks. A public venue can be an ideal setting for a first meeting since it's less intimidating than going to a stranger's home. Make sure to call an establishment in advance and speak to a manager to article the space, confirm a few days before the first meeting, and find out if any small financial contribution is needed. After our first meeting, we moved to the homes of our members so that we could have more privacy. We asked each club member to contribute $5 per meeting to cover the cost of beverages and light snacks that the host provides. At the end of each meeting, we ask someone to volunteer to host the next meeting at their home. This is not something you want to decide via an endless stream of emails after the meeting. Choose a time when you think the majority of people could come--we chose the evening of the third Tuesday of every month. To pick a name, consider including your location (city and state) as well as something you would like to emphasize.

You will need a group name and contact. TEASING APART OUR EXPERIENCE Head = thoughts Heart = emotions or feelings Body = physical sensations The head, heart, and body are the three strands that make up our experience. Usually we are not aware of them individually--we just know that we are happy, sad, angry, or something else. Our experience feels like a solid blob. When we practice mindfulness, we are deliberately paying attention to our experience as it unfolds, so that means noticing our thoughts (head), what we are feeling emotionally (heart), and what we are feeling physically (body). We are teasing apart the blob of our experience and becoming aware that it is made up of these different elements (and sometimes multiple manifestations within each of these). The act of breaking down our experience in this way introduces some space into the blob. What if eating more beef, say, were really the best thing we could do for our health? Well, then, the task before us would not be to raise more cattle - but to find some way to produce the alleged benefits of beef without raising cattle. Media articles noting that whatever the merits in debates about the health effects of meat, the environmental effects are decisively of concern suggest exactly this conclusion. Quite simply, we are not in the Stone Age anymore, and the days of eating without regard for environmental impact have come and gone. There are, simply, too many of us, encroaching on all of the ecosystems vital to a sustainable, global hospitability to our own species, and innumerable others. There are innumerable articles on the topic of environmental impacts of diet, with new ones addressing the most current concerns added routinely. To pretend serious attention to this vast content area in this small entry would be a charade, so I will not do so. I also note readily that my expertise is human health, not environmental science. I have many expert colleagues in those disciplines, and I listen to them carefully - but I have no inclination to impersonate them.

So I will simply note the most obvious, fundamental truths here. At the top right corner, click on the arrow for the drop-down menu; Fill in your group name. Click secret group, click create. Now, invite the people who RSVP to your community post as well as others you think would be interested in joining! Bring printouts of your guiding principles, sign-in sheets, new member welcome and info sheets, an agenda, pens, name tags, and a timer to your first meeting. Leading a meeting is a small time commitment that boils down to hosting at your home and buying light refreshments. The ongoing success of our once-a-month meetings has stemmed from our willingness to adapt based on what's working. Take the pulse of your group so that you can evolve and make changes when needed, Jill says. We considered a meeting a success when women told us they felt unburdened, uplifted, or that they had made a new connection. We found it important to limit the size of each meeting so that everyone had a chance to talk and could fit comfortably in someone's living room. I like to think of it as teasing apart a knotted tangle of yarn or thread. The knot is solid and any individual colors are lost. But once the knot is teased apart, we can see chinks of light and begin to identify distinctly colored strands of yarn. All the elements that made up the solid knot are still there, but there is space, too, and the knot is no longer solid or tightly bound. In order to separate the different strands, there has to be an element of curiosity and interest present (see article 40) that characterizes the approach mode of mind (see articles 32-33). For example, we may still be feeling angry, but the curiosity that is exploring anger creates a sense of witnessing or perspective that may help us to feel less overwhelmed by the anger. Remember that we may sometimes check in with ourselves and there's nothing in particular to notice, which is okay, and there's no need to go hunting for thoughts or an emotion. THE LIGHT OF AWARENESS We explore our experience with our attention, using it like a flashlight.

We can direct light onto our inner experience as well as onto the world around us. Our dietary patterns at scale impact every aspect of the environment. Almost every assessment of the topic by qualified experts concludes that reducing intake of meat, and shifting toward more plant-predominant diets, is the top priority. A shift away from ultra-processed and toward whole (ie, real) foods also has enormous potential. Consider that, as noted by Marion Nestle in her article Soda Politics , as many as 600 liters of water can be consumed to produce one drinkable liter of Coca Cola in its plastic bottle. In general, the fundamental truths of diet for human health align beautifully with the needs of the planet. It need not have been so; The other fundamental truth is that 8 billion hungry Homo sapiens can no longer eat like there's no tomorrow, or that will be the grimmest of self-fulfilling prophecies . I do mean the beginning of our species, or as a recent proxy for it, the Stone Age. The best informed guesses of paleoanthropologists all point to the routine consumption by our many-times-over-great-grandparents of all the organ meats and bone marrow into which they could sink their teeth. There are, and have always been, only three macronutrient classes: fat, protein and carbohydrate. As your town group grows, you will likely need to help other women form subgroups. When planning group activities that can accommodate large numbers, such as a picnic in the park or holiday cocktails at a bar, try to include all the subgroups in your town. To kick off each meeting, we introduce ourselves and remind everyone that everything that's said is confidential so that members feel free to share. We also read our welcome message at the start of each meeting. Welcome to the Maplewood Divorce Club. We're glad you're here and hope you will find fellowship and support during this challenging time. The purpose of this club is to provide a place where women who are going through a divorce can share their experiences, learn from each other, realize that they're not alone, and create lasting friendships. We share the hosting duties, taking turns opening our homes to one another. We ask that each person contribute $5 per meeting to offset the cost of beverages and light snacks served.

So that members can plan ahead, meetings will be held the third Tuesday of the month with the exception of holidays and school vacations. The light allows us to see our experience more clearly. Sometimes the flashlight casts a narrow beam, focusing on only a small area. At other times it is wider, illuminating a larger area. Both types of illumination are useful. We can practice playing with our attention as if it were a beam of light, sometimes making it tightly focused on one thing, such as the breath or sounds or an itch on our nose, and sometimes widening it to include many things: the warmth of the sun on the face, a radio blaring in the background, and the rise and fall of the chest as the breath enters and leaves the body. It is useful to practice both types of awareness. For example, in Walking Practice (see article 60) we may begin focusing our attention on the soles of the feet. After a few minutes we might expand our awareness to include the whole body, sounds, and other aspects of the world around us, and then we might narrow our focus back to the feet. First, become aware of the breath in your chest, feeling the sensations of breathing. Play with expanding your attention as far outward as you can (like a radar rippling out) and then slowly bring it back in, to focus solely on the breath. Carbohydrate provides four kcal per gram. Protein provides the same, or arguably, a bit less. Fat provides nine. So for every gram of fat found and consumed, the caloric reward was more than twice that of the only alternatives. Since throughout most of human history, calories were relatively scarce and hard to get, a double dose was a true survival advantage. Survival imperatives, hard-wired into the Homo sapien hypothalamus , account for a prevailing penchant for dietary fat. Why organ meats and bone marrow? Because fat was scarce just about every place else. There was some in nuts and seeds, and a bit in eggs.