Vermont Colours, Harvest Eats, Positive Visualization BS, and Nesting in Healthy Relationships

Fall is on full follow-through here in Nelson. Two weeks ago, we saw larches make their transition with golden visuals (Monica Meadows, pictured above). Now, the snow line has slowly begun it’s descent into the valley, while the maples in town put on their sunbursty show. Is that even a word? Well… it should be.

Vermont from Above

Seeing the radical change in colours locally has me reminiscing of a recent bike tour through rural Vermont. I recently came across this slideshow that highlights Vermont’s beauty from a new angle with drone shots taken throughout the seasons. I found myself pondering over how such simple landscapes can look so enticing through the vertical lens.

Harvest Eats

Participating in a CSA program is the easiest way to support local agriculture and eat better, more nutritious veggies. If you’re local, Check out mine!

In Dan Barbers’ The Third Plate, they examine nutrient contents of an organic, industrially grown carrot from Mexico, versus that of a small-scale farm in New York with proper crop rotation. Though fully aware of their bias in favour of the small farm, they were alarmed to find that the industrially grown carrot had literally no caloric or nutritional value. Zip. Effectively it was cellulose (plant tissue) and water. Aye.

Anywho, over the next few days I’ll be stuffing my face with cardamom parsnip muffins, modified into a plant based version baked in a loaf pan because a muffin tins are scarce in these parts…

Also, know how when you’re holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail? With a new vitamix, I’m blending just about everything in sight, starting with this curried butternut soup.

Do Positive Visualization and Goal Setting Work?

No. Research showing that by visualizing positive outcomes might inhibit us in the process of realizing them.

[Participants] were then taken through an exercise that involved visualising drinking a refreshing, icy glass of water, while others took part in a different exercise. The dehydrated water-visualisers – contrary to the self-help doctrine of motivation through visualisation – experienced a significant reduction in their energy levels, as measured by blood pressure. Far from becoming more motivated to hydrate themselves, their bodies relaxed, as if their thirst were already quenched. They seemed, subconsciously, to have confused visualising success with having already achieved it

Oliver Burkeman, The Antidote

Are We Hard Wired for Relationships?

Yes, according to Social Baseline Theory. Research shows that people perceive tasks to be easier, and perform on them better when in the presence of another person. And if that person is a close friend or loved one? Multiply the effect a fold or two. Neuroscience attributes this to a measureable calming of the amygdala (responsible for the bodies flight/fight mechanism) when surrounded by people, especially those we trust. Check out the last 15 minutes of this podcast for a primer on our need for a nest of warm relationships: