When you are underfed, harassed, bored, and miserable, you don't want to eat dull wholesome food. You want something a little bit “tasty”. There is always some cheaply pleasant thing to tempt you.-Goerge Orwell Good habits are worth being fanatical about. -John Irving Nothing so needs reforming as other people's habits.-Mark Twain The Art of […]
“A more unpromising boy never entered the Military Academy. Let this be a lesson to all of us. Looks are deceiving.”- General William Tecumseh Sherman talking about General Ulysses S Grant. I have developed my strategy for the approaching holiday buffet tables inspired by General Ulysses S Grant. (I'm listening to the audiobook by Ron […]
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What does Piglet of Winnie the Pooh and Sipress a New Yorker magazine cartoonist have in common? Truth and Accountability to this weight watcher (generic term not national program). What does an 8 hr diet have to do with weight maintenance? Absolutely nothing. Dr. Oz suggests there is a breakthrough 8-hour diet in […]
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“Wouldn't it be nice if retail therapy was covered by health insurance?”-Anonymous This week I'm talking about clothes. Specifically, Paul Manafort's clothes. I'm taking my cue for subject from this week's headlines but fear not just from the sartorial point of view, not political. Women know the depths and the heights of retail therapy and, […]
I hate housework. You make the bed, you do the dishes and six months later you have to start all over again. Joan Rivers Ok. This photo I took in Wyoming. I was in a car not on a horse. It's rare that street signs make me laugh. Anyway, I've decided this quote from Joan […]
#BalanceTonPorc is the French equivalent of #metoo. It means expose the pigs. After this week's revelations about the sexual and humiliating predatory behavior of Harvey Weinstein, a movie producer, the world seems to be acknowledging a world-wide problem. Those of us with weight issues have known humiliation for years but we don't yet have […]
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After 8+ years of maintaining a 60-pound weight loss, I have one tip. Just one. Hip and healthy foods come and go but a sense of humor is by far more important than eating cauliflower rice. This episode contains humorous quotes that I consume in-between meals. You are going to need this collection after next week's podcast […]
If you've never eaten while crying you don't know what life tastes like.-wolfgang von goethe. Episode 112 begins with a funny wise quote from a man I don't associate with diets or weight management but obviously someone who had his share of down days and trying to find something in the frig to help him […]
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It's a slog this weight maintenance gig. 8 years of slogging. Am I doing it? Yes. But, it's like walking underwater. So, I tried to animate this without needing a diving bell and waterproof camera gear. Solution? Slow-Mo on my IPHONE. Now, I have to figure out a way to upload it to this website […]
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Episode #110 of the podcast discusses what every woman has experienced from a very early age: sexism and misogyny. Do we recognize it at the time? No. Do we recognize it later in life? Most of us do. Can it come from people who love us? Yes. If you are the lucky woman who has […]
If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit for a month. -Theodore Roosevelt Episode #109 of Podsnacks/Art of the Diet is all about regime change in my house. I thought my self-discipline just needed a fresh approach but on second look I might need a […]
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People Who Think They Know Everything Are a Great Annoyance to Those of Us Who Do. -Isaac Asimov Episode #108 is the last in a series about fat shaming. I take a look at how fat folks can unwittingly contribute to its virulence. Schadenfreude is the word in German (enjoying the misfortune of others) […]
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“I’m just trying to be helpful.” Really?? Thanks but no thanks. Pat Coakley In a week about looking at epic floods in Houston and equally epic examples of humans helping humans, I am going to try and relate […]
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C'mon. Admit it. Didn't it feel good to look up for a change? Some of us with our heads in cereal boxes but not for the usual reasons? Pat Coakley Zone of Totality. I love that phrase. It is my phrase of the week. It was used for the path of the eclipse where the […]
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“Help! It's Groundhog Day without Bill Murray.”-Pat Coakley Here I am again, episode #105, and I was looking for a day in the week when I could put this podcast together without my country sitting in my intestinal track beyond a surgeon's knife. This isn't such a day so I'm going to try to discuss […]
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“I want a YOUTUBE video that shows how mayonnaise, baking soda and vinegar can eliminate bullies from the surface of the earth.”- Pat Coakley Episode #104 is about bullies in general,(“fire and fury the world has never seen”) and those within the Weight Loss community itself, and folks who struggle with weight loss or maintenance […]
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I'm not fat (he said to himself) but he did ask, “Why do I just sort of look thick.?”-NyTimes This week an article in the NYTimes caught my attention as it was titled, “Losing the fight against Dad's Bod.” So, I read it with some curiosity, as I've always naturally assumed that women suffered more […]
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“You know, you’re a feminist.” It was not a compliment. I could tell from his tone—the same tone with which a person would say, “You’re a supporter of terrorism.” ― Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, We Should All Be Feminists Podsnacks/Art of the Diet Podcast is a 100 and I'm looking up quotes about “ambition” and “woman” and found […]
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“As my artist's statement explains, my work is utterly incomprehensible and is therefore full of deep significance.”-Calvin. “Creativity is contagious, pass it on.” –Albert Einstein. Welcome to Podsnacks, the weekly edition of my daily blog, www.artofthediet.com and this week I'm asking you to consider the single most valuable tool you have in you Life Skills Toolbox: […]
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“How many Spiralizers are too many Spiralizers?”- Pat Coakley The Insular Cortex in our brain is ground zero for food issues. It responds to visual cues from billboards, TV, anywhere images of food are projected as well as ordinary hunger signals. The bad news? We all have an insular cortex. The good news for weight […]
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It didn't work,” said the King. “The cloak of invisibility didn't work.” “Yes, it did,” said the Royal Wizard. “No, it didn't,” said the King. “I kept bumping into things, the same as ever.” “The cloak is supposed to make you invisible,” said the Royal Wizard. “It is not supposed to keep you from […]
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“If chocolate isn't the answer, could you please repeat the question?” •Pat Coakley• This past week I decided to return to a rather strict 2 week period of not eating any sugars or refined carbs, even healthy whole wheat ones. I wrote and podcasted in depth about this program a year and a half ago which […]
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“Got up this morning and could not find my glasses. Finally had to seek assistance. Kate [Winslet] found them inside a flower arrangement.” ― Emma Thompson Today's podcast is an interview with Drew, a 39 year old father of two small boys, a Connect member, who has just reached his goal weight with WeightWatchers and […]
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“I used to think that prizes were damaging and divisive, until I got one. And now they seem sort of meaningful and real.” ― Bill Nighy Welcome to episode #92 of Podsnacks. The weekly podcast of artofthediet.com. Today I’m walkin’ and talking’, literally. I recorded this episode early this morning with only the birds as
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Ever trusted someone who lied, who though charming, was a master manipulator and a bit of cheat for inexplicable reasons? Ok, maybe even a sociopath? Welcome to my world of weight maintenance. -Pat Coakley I am reposting this podcast of May 5 2016 on Sunday, May 29th, and the blog post because it has links to […]
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