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There was a time when reading or listening to someone suggesting that I treat myself with a bit more kindness would have been met with severe eye rolling. By "there was a time", I mean as recently as last month and I’m 74. But, today's episode highlights what has turned my deep eyerolls into acceptance and more importantly, even doing it. Breathe in. Breathe out. With kindness, begin again. Dieting, Living, closing your garage door. it simply goes better with a little kindness. It's the eve of Independence Day in the US. www.artofthediet.com
Creativity is the best health plan (along with a sense of humor) and is the secret sauce to my long term weight loss and might be yours as well. This episode discusses why that might be and offers some suggestions as to why to give it serious consideration. www.artofthediet.com www.thephotogardener.com
74 years of living and what do I know? "Begin, again." is a successful mantra for my 10-year weight maintenance as well as a new (9 months) daily meditation practice. www.artofthediet.com
Lorne has spent half her 45 years worrying about her weight. Her great aunt, though, spent more. On her death bed, at 92 years old, she told Lorne, “Well, at least, I’m losing a little weight.” Lorne is determined not to spend the rest of her life worrying about this issue and the looping ride of the rollercoaster of weight gain and loss. She does not belong to a national weight loss program but is seeking out new ways to understand her issues and to deal with them. www.artofthediet.com email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
“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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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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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: email@example.com 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.
Stable Genius, here. Just wanted to let you know I bought an InstantPot as a New Year's resolution and after two days of wariness and dread of pressing its buttons, I decided it might be a good “stand in” for the nuclear suitcase (he'll never know the difference) and the worst he can do by […]
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“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, […]
#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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