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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Folks who don't throw their scales out the window when the number sets their hair on fire should be in charge of this country as well as their own weight maintenance. Just sayin'. I haven't trusted polls since I read that 62% of women had affairs during their lunch hour. I've never met a woman in my […]
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If William Shakespeare is right that our bodies are our gardens and our wills are the gardeners, what do I do if my gardener does not show up for work? Welcome to episode #133 of Podsnacks/Art of the Diet and willpower is in a brief spotlight and specifically some hilarious science (two words that don’t […]
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“Marge, It takes two to lie. One to lie and one to listen.” Homer Simpson This episode talks about the difficulty telling the truth to ourselves about lies we tell to ourselves:”Oh, yeah, I've got this weight management thing all figured out.” And, how the lies we are experiencing as a nation are the cautionary […]
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“I am eating my feelings and they taste delicious.” That was the text of a birthday card I received this past week and it fits perfectly into this week's thoughts on weight maintenance. No sugar or grains for three weeks and one soon realizes that habits of using food as the problem solver are a […]
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I'm eating man chips as many as I can before the lady chips appear and I'll be forced to eat a chip with no crunch. Episode #130 of PODSNACKS takes a brief snarky look at the decision of the company that makes Doritos to make “lady chips” because ladies simply don't like to crunch in […]
Irresistible Foods Meet Resistance is this week's podcast. Ever felt like eating just one sherbet colored macaroon or just one Hershey's Kiss was flat-out impossible? Yep, it can be done. All (sarcastic tone) one has to do is to eliminate all extra sugar (fruits (not tropical fruits, tho) OK ) and no grains, good and […]
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Let me see..Minus sugar for one week equals? Minus sugar (any sugar anywhere) equals plus 1.8 lbs on the scale. Whaaat? Hello and welcome to episode #128 of Podsnacks/Art of the Diet. I figure out a plan for next week based on my unsuccessful past week. Hint? When I deprive myself of something, I compensate […]
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Greetings from my country, Donut-Hole Country, where I can eat five glazed munchkins and not think I've eaten a donut. This is Pat Coakley and episode 127 of Podsnacks/Artofthediet and today we're talking “sugar” and my new immigration policy of allowing anyone into Donut-Hole country who can invent something that brings the sugar (like […]
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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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Voice of one whale to another: “My new year’s resolution is to lose 38 thousand pounds.” This is a hilarious cartoon from the New Yorker and although I do not want to lose 38 thousand pounds, I do want to maintain for the ninth year, a 60 pound loss, and I need a sense of […]
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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 […]