Thursday, December 2, 2010

What's New - Food Sleuth Radio Interview

I know I have mentioned several times in the past that I find the radio program Food Sleuth, very informative. It is hosted weekly by Melinda Hemmelgarn, MS, RD on radio station KOPN in Columbia, MO where Melinda interviews "leading experts on food, health and agriculture to help people to see beyond their plates".

Melinda did interview me recently and aired our conversation on Thanksgiving Day.  Thankfully, I really did feel that I was having a conversation with a friend, not an "interview" for which I needed to prepare with a sense of worry. 

Worry? Why worry? You see, I don't think of myself as a "leading expert" but a voice of a single Registered Dietitian (RD), who is also a long-time cancer survivor and now an organic farmer. However, I am an RD who has developed a very large viewpoint by having had the good fortune to have had professional career opportunities to work at both ends plus in-between the health care spectrum (i.e., starting in the ICU's, then 15 years focused on nutrition for cancer survivors, and now pure prevention of disease as an organic farmer).  

In addition, and perhaps, more importantly I am also a single concerned citizen advocating for access to affordable and healthier foods on many levels and for many reasons; (1) for improving the odds of preventing cancer everywhere as well as improving the overall health of all cancer survivors plus all people in my local community, (2) for the economic benefits that production and consumption of local organic foods brings to my community and State as well as how moving more of our country's agriculture's practices to be both local and sustainable will improve the health of our collective society, (3) how being personally involved with having your hands in the soil and growing food in any amount (a farm or a window garden) is healing for the soul. 

I love talking with Melinda, and I think we talked about many of these ideas and concerns during her interview. However, I don't really know or remember. I have not listened to the interview myself (available to listen to on the link provided above). Why not? Because I know I would "nitpick" what I said, how I said it, or what I could have said instead (sigh.........a very bad habit of mine, I know).  So much different than writing for this blog where I can edit, edit, edit!

Now tonight, right now, I also am picking a color for the inside of the mudroom door at the farm. How do these colors sound to you? Rock Garden, Basil, Courtyard, Greenfield, Evergreens, Arugula, Shamrock, Cilantro, isle of Pines, Kale Green. Even though Isle of Pines is the darkest and therefore will hide most of the dirty hand-prints to come, it is very very hard for me to pass up "Kale Green".  So I'm trying very hard to follow advice I've heard twice recently "Don't over-think it!".  :-)

I hope my interview was ok. It is easy to re-paint but not so easy to change words once spoken.

"Cultivate your life - you are what you grow - inch by inch, row by row"

Diana Dyer, MS, RD

PS - "Kale Green" is the choice. Are you surprised? No? Haha - me neither.  See how powerful words are? :-)


Melinda Hemmelgarn said...

Diana, of course, is being her usual modest self. She was an enlightening, thoughtful, and inspirational guest. (I, however, did repeat my welcome twice.) Oh well! What matters is the message from my guest extraordinaire. Lucky me to call you a friend, Diana. I hope everyone clicks on the KOPN website:, and then click on "Food Sleuth" to access Diana's charming, genuine, insightful and enthusiastic interview with me.
Dick and Diana didn't buy a farm, they bought a dream. Let that be a message to us all as we wrap up another year and face a new one. More time cultivating family dreams, sharing meals, and appreciating the simple joy of eating truly good food.
Thanks Diana, for sharing your thoughts with me and the KOPN audience.
With love and gratitude,

Kateri said...

I just listened to the interview and thought it was great. You and Dick are an inspiration to me. If you can make dreams come true as retirees, I can too, even with chronic fatigue and working full time.

Ah, paint. My husband is color blind and for some reason throws a fit whenever I mention painting anything in the house any color but white. (Some day I am just going to do it anyway!) But, I have been known to stand mesmerized for hours in front of the paint samples at Lowes simply taking in the beauty of the colors and names! It took me days just to pick out the three colors for our treehouse.
I am sure what ever you choose will be just perfect.