The key to December buffet tables is the same as every other month: simple habits. A new interview with Gilah whose story will resonate with you and also give you some practical advice for the month and the new year ahead.
I am delighted to add Episode #159 to the Art of the Diet Interviews! It is with a woman who is a WW lifetime and connect member as well as an all around wise woman about herself and her relationship with food. I’ve never talked with someone who uses WW from her workplace and she sheds some interesting thoughts on how to navigate those waters! So, I hope you enjoy it and it helps you to navigate the days ahead. The holidays and the election results. I can’t even pretend to be Zen about this despite this being the Art of the Diet podcast, these past two years have contributed layers of unease and disbelief that I’ve found exhausting. I’ve tried to deal with them with humor but on some days, and this past week was one of them, I just plain ran out of perspective and the only upside was my appetite disappeared. Managing stress used to be food related and now? I’ve committed in the past few months to a daily meditation practice. Sometimes 20-30 minutes, sometimes 5 minutes, multiple times a day. Yes, it’s true what they say: it helps manage stress and anxiety for sure, but it also seems to disengage me from interest in food as a remedy for anything. But, the challenge for my meditation practice will be Wednesday after I am aware of the results. The stakes for me? My next interview in December will either be conducted from a monastery or a Las Vegas 24 hour all you can eat buffet. Anyway, on to lovely wise Ilene. I’d to share your story so please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org! If you know of someone who would be willing to be interviewed, ask them! Have them contact me. Ok. Onward. I hope. www.artofthediet.com/159
A Commitment of Time Not a Number of Pounds to Lose. Today I interviewed Laurie who is on WW connect and I’ll include her Connect handle in the podcast notes. Laurie has some wisdom for all of us and I think you’ll agree after listening to our interview. I labeled this interview: A Commitment to Time not to Lost Pounds because that is just one pearl of wisdom that jumped out at me. When she began this last WW commitment she said to herself, “I’m going to make a commitment of time, a year, rather than to a # of pounds to lose. This time, it worked for her and I think there is wisdom in having time be the focus! But, I’ll let you decide for yourself. www.artofthediet.com My Etsy store: www.thephotogardener.etsy.com
A new interview with a WW member who has been at Lifetime goal for nine years. She beats the regain odds by a singular focus: accountability. She goes to a meeting every single week. www.artofthediet.com/157 If you are interested in being interviewed please contact me at email@example.com. My online store is www.thephotogardener.com
How to regain lost weight? I have one sure fire way: pretend my behavior has no consequences. Simple. What makes it not simple, however, is my physiological connection to carbs and how I manage them. This week's podcast was triggered by an article by Gary Taubes in the NYTimes called, Are You a Carboholic? Why […]
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“It is a scientific fact that your body will not absorb cholesterol if you take it from someone else's plate.”-Dave Barry If I can't have Dave Barry as a neighbor, Liz would be my second choice. Today, I interview Liz who is a WeightWatcher Lifetime member trying to get back to her goal weight. Liz was one of […]
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Today, I’m continuing to explore “self-control” on PODSNACKS episode 005 through my own experience of days when it is in good supply and other days when it seems depleted by 8 AM. I don't get why it is so elusive on some days and rock solid on others. Researching this topic convinced me that […]
“My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty. She's ninety-seven now, and we don't know where the heck she is.” ― Ellen DeGeneres This week I am delighted to have a new interview and a new story to share. I just read where the author of “Zen and The Art of […]
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“OMG! I have superpowers! I can be invisible…No..wait! I'm just being ignored!!”-Anonymous This week I'm realizing that the whole business of weight loss ignores the painful reality that these businesses are based on folks regaining whatever weight they lose. I'm a skunk at the lawn party this week but truly believe that educating folks to […]
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Maintaining a significant weight loss is a daily battle with the your body playing for the wrong team.-Pat Coakley Ah, that would be me, Pat Coakley, and this is episode 39 of Podsnacks the weekly edition of the daily blog www.artofthediet.com and this weeks' tips for weight management come from Laura, and 8 year Lifetime […]
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We are asleep with compasses in our hand.-WS Merwin Welcome to episode #99 of Podsnacks, the weekly edition of Art of the Diet. Today, I do not begin with a funny quote as I have temporarily lost my sense of humor due to today's headlines. Word to the wise, this episode mentions politics and if […]
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“We are all here on earth to help others. What on earth the others are doing, I do not know”.- W.H. Auden Hello, this is Pat Coakley and welcome to Podsnacks/Art of the diet, the weekly audio version of my blog, www.artofthediet.com As many listeners and readers know, but for the benefit of new ones, I document […]
Raise your glass for a Toast: “Champagne for our real friends and real pain for our sham friends.”• Francis Bacon The toast came from a recollection from the writer Julian Barnes speaking to Eleanor Wachtel on her weekly podcast, Writers & Company” on the CBC. My favorite podcast ever by the way. It just seemed to […]
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“It would be really nice of me to volunteer for something. Who knows…maybe I will someday. I'm such a good person for thinking of possibly doing that.” • Allie Brosh• Allie Brosh. Oh, the talent, the wit, the insight. She blogs about her life, wrote a book called, “Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed […]
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Not so easy summer listening: All Art of the Diet podcast episodes: 1-144. The third year anniversary of PODSNACKS/Art of the Diet is mid August. From now until then, I am going to edit all episodes for relevancy and topic. Can I listen to myself that much? Dunno. But, each week I'll be rebroadcasting one I think worth re-listening to if you are a veteran listener or a good one for a new listener. I'll figure out what I'll do with those I decide to keep when the editing task is over. All I know is whatever form it ends up in, a PDF form, a book, a comic strip, I'll offer to my loyal listeners! You can sign up on my artofthediet.com website. I'll be occasionally using Facebook and WW Connect over this period but I'll be in re-broadcast mode until my green editor's hat is back in the drawer. If you have any episode you particularly found helpful, let me know the episode # and I'll include it in the rebroadcast queue. www.artofthediet.com/145 www.thephotogardener.com
Cake at 4 am! The Royal Wedding. Now, how many opportunities do we have to escape reality like this? Escapism is essential to maintaining a weight loss cuz it is the rare human who can do this monitoring 24/7 with no relief. I use my creativity, others use other ambitions, but usually we have to each privately create our own fairy tales and I don't know about my listeners, but mine have never included cake at 4 am! If you'd like to consider being interviewed for the podcast, email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org www.artofthediet.com/144 www.thephotogardener.com
Women and Doctors. Is it time to reboot our relationships with physicians or give them the boot? A recent experience made me pause and consider that I needed to try and reboot the relationship with my doctor or else give him the boot. I might be part of the problem so best to start with my part. But, apparently, I am not alone in how to navigate this relationship successfully. "When Doctors Downplay Women's Health Concerns" is a NYTimes article discussed this week. www.artofthediet.com/143 www.thephotogardener.com
Dear Hormones Gherlin and Leptin, Krumpe you. The scientific basis for those struggling to maintain a significant weight loss is not in willpower but in the hormonal reaction to a body losing weight. It's disheartening but it is real and best to know the challenge. www.artofthediet.com/142 My shop is www.thephotogardener.com
Let me see...should I scale Mt. Everest or should I maintain my weight loss? Hmmm. It's mountain climbing season in Nepal. Got me thinking. A TED talk on the meaning of work did also. A summit peak or a number on the scale, no matter how difficult it was to achieve, may be why we begin the journey but it is not the only reason we continue. www.artofthediet.com/141
Beethoven counted out 60 coffee beans each day to make his cup of coffee. Rituals for our drug of choice transcend centuries and artistic abilities but they do bind us together. Today we discuss rituals and habits on view at the recent Boston Marathon and on view daily with anyone dealing with weight issues. It is a marathon without a finish line. But, we all are a combination of habits as well as rituals. Some more interesting than others. My combo is coffee. Listen to Balzac, though: "Many people claim coffee inspires them, but, as everybody knows, coffee only makes boring people even more boring." This from a man who reportedly drank 40-50 cups of coffee a day! I only drink 4-5 cups. www.artofthediet.com
A recent routine Dr’s visit included the now standard question asked by the physician’s nurse to people my age: Have you experienced feels of depression and hopelessness recently? Years ago, Blind Eye Disease was one of my conditions when I didn't want to deal with an obvious weight problem. I avoided the truth, the facts, the number on the scale. If I didn't see it, I wouldn't have to deal with it. I’d pretend it was someone else’s problem. Not mine. (Yeah, how's that for a strategy?) It's now the exact same approach a vocal minority of this country is suggesting how we deal with this country's volatile, infantile, incapable of truth telling President of the US. This approach didn't work for me. It won't work for the US. But, not before, real damage is done. Ask me again, physician’s assistant, “Have you experienced feelings of depression and hopelessness lately?” The answer is, “Yes”. www.artofthediet.com/139
Hold Your Breath. Diet Tips from Houdini. Who knew? If you can learn to hold your breath for longer and longer increments, you might also be a able to manage other impulses, addictive impulses that produce dopamine in our brains. Drugs produce dopamine. Certain foods, like sugar and processed foods, produce dopamine. Addictions like online shopping produce dopamine. The problem is these behaviors also create the need for more and more dopamine until freedom of choice has vanished. So, breathing may be necessary and fundamental to our life on earth but Doritos are not. What do techniques for learning to hold your natural instinct to take a breath have to do with food management? That's what episode 138 talks about.
As Queen Elizabeth II would say, "I've had a Septem Horribilis". AKA, A bad week. Remember when the Queen of England made the pronouncement that she'd had an "Annus Horribilis" after her Windsor castle burned and her son and his wife, Diana, were duking it out in the tabloid press? Well, this week, I had a bad week and decided it might sound a bit better in Latin, and you know what? It does. Septem Horribilis simply sounds a bit classier than a regular bad week. But, this was a regular bad week, to be sure. No castles burning, but discipline? Well, now, that was MIA. I can plan on this week being a horrible one just about every year at this time. But, this week I got a double whammy, but what I do during this horribilis is very ordinary and predictable. The Triscuits are gone. So, this week, let's talk what we do when we have our regular, predictable Septem Horribilis. www.artofthediet.com/137
“If chocolate isn't the answer, could you repeat the question?” Each week the podcast tries to rephrase the question but this week I concede that a life of cravings may not be the curse I once thought it was. Yes, it is possible to reduce cravings by eliminating certain foods, like sugar and processed carbs, […]
I blame Trump for the three nor'easter storms I've had in 10 days. Frank Bruni of NYTimes blames Trump for his eating the same pasta meal four days in a row while visiting Italy. We all have our excuses for stuff happening, some more plausible than others, but the past 10 days have given me some […]
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