“I prepare for my new life as an adult like some people prepare for the apocalypse. The first day or two of my plans usually goes okay.” ― Allie Brosh, Hyperbole and a Half I love Allie Brosh. I've used this quote before but this week, two days before the Inauguration of a President of […]
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I went to the bank and asked to borrow a cup of money. They said, ‘What for?' I said, ‘I'm going to buy some sugar.' Steven Wright Welcome to episode 024 of Podsnacks. A week without sugar is my theme and I've experienced two new things so far, three if you want to count wanting […]
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“We spend January 1st walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives…not looking for flaws, but for potential.” ― Ellen Goodman Hello. It's 2017. Here's […]
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“If I know better than you know what I am up to, it is only because I spend more time with myself than you do.” ― Daniel C. Dennett, Freedom Evolves The Unconscious Diet. Is there such a thing where one maintains their weight loss without having to think about it? Apparently, yes. I’m not […]
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“I would have assumed you understood despite our vague suggestion otherwise, we do not welcome constructive criticism.” -David Thorne There are two topics that elicit spontaneous snarkiness from folks: weight and clutter issues. This week I am tackling both and the name of my diet book (the title seems to change from week to week) […]
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“I think losing weight, on any program, is done from a house built on a flat piece of land but weight maintenance needs a house built on a slippery slope.”-Pat Coakley So, why do I say this? Because losing weight can be done over and over. Our individual stories can attest to that. Statistics from […]
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Holiday Madness, Literally. Food and Tempers on Your Menu? By Hostess decree: Only food at my table. Perspective has returned! This week's podcast gives some suggestions for food management the day AFTER Thanksgiving-to me the most critical day of Thanksgiving week–an article below to help you with the other type of Holiday madness! Good luck! […]
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“The nutritionist said I should eat root vegetables. Said if I could get down thirteen turnips a day I would be grounded, rooted. Said my head would not keep flying away to where the darkness lives. Andrea Gibson This week, tips on how to manage your weight when the darkness comes to live at your […]
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“In one of the largest surveys of its kind to date, nearly 30,000 women told researchers at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine that they'd rather lose weight than attain any other goal, a figure that alone suggests just how complicated the issue of appetite can be for women. This is the primary female […]
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Red sky at night, sailor's delight. Red sky in morning, sailor's warning. So, what are the warning signs for weight watchers (the generic term not the national chain)? That was Diet Reboot Part I Today's podcast is about that we do with our warning signs. Sailors don't go out to sea if they see their […]
“This is life. Things get taken away. You will learn to start over many times–or you will be useless.” Mitch Albom How do you know it's time to reboot your diet plan? In my case, when I declare at [1:50] PM that I am not going to eat anymore popcorn for a week and at […]
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Booze takes a lot of time and effort if you're going to do a good job with it.–Raymond Carver What? A quote about booze in a blog about weight maintenance? Yep. Hear me out. The great short story writer has a famous story, “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love” and it considers love […]
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“The Road to Hell and your BMI is paved with good intentions.”-Pat Coakley How to help children with a weight issue turns out to be easier done than said. Translation: Words don't help, even well meaning words and, in fact, may make it worse- but there's hope: actions do. This week research is discussed about […]
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“Shame is a soul eating emotion”. C. G. Jung “As my mother once said: the boys throw stones at the frogs in jest. But the frogs die in earnest.” ― Joanna Russ, The Female Man Ok. Welcome to episode 61 of Podsnacks the weekly podcast of my blog www.artofthediet.com. I'm Pat Coakley and I think most […]
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“Do you have an appetite for self-respect?” This is my version of a quote from the great Leonard Cohen, the songwriter of “Hallelujah”. He said, his “writing begins with an appetite to discover my self-respect. To redeem the day. So the day does not go down in debt. It begins with that kind of appetite.” […]
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We only get one life. Wasting someone's time is the subtlest form of murder.” Lindy West I may murder someone at a WeightWatcher meeting so I am taking a break from them for the foreseeable future. This is Part II to last week's podcast. “To Leave or Not Leave Weight Watchers”. To Leave or Not to Leave […]
“Talent is extremely rare. What is rare is the willingness to endure the life of a writer.”-Kurt Vonnegut Now, why I am using a quote from author Kurt Vonnegut in a weight maintenance blog? Listen in to find out. In essence, losing weight is extremely common but what is rare is the willingness to endure […]
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“You need a good bedside manner with doctors or you will get nowhere.”-William S. Burroughs This week's podcast takes a look at our doctors and if they talk about weight issues with their patients and how do they approach this sensitive topic. I read an article in the NYTimes recently that made me think that […]
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Every one of our 10,000 taste buds is wired for sugar. -Michael Moss, “Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hook Us”. To which I say, “How can 10,000 taste buds wired for sugar ALL be wrong? There must be a good reason Mother Nature did that, don't you think? It can't just be a […]
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“Why, sometimes, I eat six impossible things before breakfast.” Alice in Wonderland. (Well, not really, it was the Queen in Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, talking to Alice, and she actually said, “Why, sometimes, I think as many as six impossible things before breakfast. Sometimes, I say to myself, we just have to adapt […]
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“Isn't it amazing how much stuff we get done the day before vacation?” -Zig Ziglar It’s vacation and hurricane season all in one. At least in the northern hemisphere. Last year, I read an article by Walter Isaacson about Walker Percy, author of “The Moviegoer” which I read and loved years and years […]
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There's nothing more miserable in the world than to arrive in paradise and look like your passport picture.” Erma Bombeck Hello, this is Pat Coakley and episode 52 of Podsnacks, the weekly edition of my almost daily blog, www.artofthediet.com. And, today's episode was triggered by my new passport arriving in the mail this week, the K-POP, […]
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Today's Podsnacks episode is about all the stupid diet tricks we consider and some so called “experts” are suggesting we try. www.artofthediet.com/51 I researched in Google, “Stupid diets” and believe you me, I discovered some new ones, all attached to someone who thinks they are an “expert”. How did I miss “the cotton ball” diet? […]
“Weight Loss hasn't solved all my problems or made me a better person, just a littler one.”-Jen Larsen “What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”-Zig Ziglar “Success didn't spoil me. I've always been insufferable.” -Fran Leibovitz Hello this is Pat Coakley and […]
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“Love is where you find it. I think it is foolish to go around looking for it. And, I think it can be poisonous. I wish that people conventionally supposed to love each other would say to each other, when they fight, “Please–a little less love and a little more common decency.” Kurt Vonnegut, “Slapstick, […]
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