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 compass points to use regardless of my finger-pointing. When all the clouds have blown away, the only person left with an “agency” for change is me.
I do think we should ask Congress for the funds to build a wall to prevent the the next Low-Pressure System from breaching the Massachusetts state line, however.
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 life who would give up lunch for sex. Erma Bombeck
All of us maintaining a significant weight loss have to deal with one thing in common that is not often discussed. We have to create new pathways to pleasure. If lunch hilariously topped sex in Erma’s world of women, the challenge is apparent. What do we do when food is not the pleasure pot it once was? Do we become more available for sex drugs and rock and roll? Shopping excursions? Marathon running?
How do I personally fill this loss because make no mistake, a bit of the joy factor is gone and it’s not just an emotional loss. My brain notices.
Episode 134 this week is yet another meditation on what I’m seeing through my sugar and grain free eyes for the past 6 weeks.
In reading the book, “Why You Eat What You Eat” that I referenced last week after listening to a podcast interview with the author, Rachel Herz, it is astonishing to me to take a “big” picture look at why certain foods “taste” good and how this has morphed from all our hunters and gatherers eating to survive to present day challenges: eating to address the fact we survived.
This week riff is on her first chapter on Taste as in taste buds. The lessons of pleasure pot this week, literally. And, somehow or other, it all ends up in a Trade War of Pleasure for Health which of course we all know is horrendous even if we’ve been told that trade wars are a good thing.
Honest to God, I think this country would be better off with a POTUS who has maintained a significant weight loss over the years: at least we know how to be accountable to facts, not our own set of facts.
Anyway, I can’t fit the wisdom of this week on a refrigerator magnet, but it’s in here somewhere. I hope you can find it.
Here are two of my new pleasure pathways aka laughter, I found on YOUTUBE. Enjoy.
This Morning Funniest Moments Part 1 - Phil, Holly, Fern and Gino at their very best - YouTube
This Morning Funniest Moments Part 2 - More best bits from Phil, Holly, Fern and Gino - YouTube
Miriam Margolyes funny and best moments compilations - YouTube
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 often go together) I listened to about the hidden connections between our brains, our personality, and our willpower as well as how simple “perceptions” of food can impact our metabolism. Heretofore, I thought of my metabolism as biologically driven not capable of trickery.
The title of the episode comes from a commenter on Instagram who added a pizza emoji and then in parentheses added “to me pizza is a feeling”.
I loved that. Anyone managing a weight loss will love it, too.
“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 tale to all of us, regardless of political affiliation. In weight management, when our truth is replaced by silence or looking the other way or self sputtering defenses, the silence and defenses are reflected in the scale. If you want to blame the scale or Obama or Hilary or all those Dems and fake news outlets, go right ahead. It ain't gonna help you.
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Sorry about this, really. But, just remember, it didn't influence the election results.
Here's the NYTimes article I refer to in the podcast.
“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 hard habit to break. You aren’t physically hungry with a diet without these food groups, but you are looking for a roasted chic pea snack to serve an emotional purpose. Guess what? It doesn’t. It simply does not trigger the brain in the same way. Welcome to adult world and I’m 73 and have just entered it, apparently.
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 public like guys do. You cannot make this stuff up.
More importantly, though, the episode talks about an article in the NY times about the “magic” of simply starting a project and the motivation it gives you to continue on with it.
It’s not specifically about weight management but all the techniques apply! Plus, a commenter on the article gave us a tip from Matthew McConaghey, the actor. Who knew?
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 bad grains, mind you, even whole wheat grains are gone, veggies are good, pancakes made of Garbanzo bean flour and whole milk yogurt is Ok and even recommended. Guess what? I don’t crave those pastel-colored macaroon cookies. In fact, I didn’t even have to taste the cookie batter or lock eyes with Hershey Kisses in the store.
When irresistible meets resistance in my day to day it is memorable but it is a healthy option for the long run? One, theoretically, graduates from Phase One to Phase Three which is lower in fat than Phase One and integrates whole wheat grains and some added sugar. There’s a ratio of carbs, fats, proteins that requires a spreadsheet to do it right.
We’ll see. Here we go again, people. Control comes ‘a callin’. Is it extreme? Is it healthy? Some say, no. Others say research has pointed toward this direction for years.
If I were a guy with prostate issues, I’d probably not do it. Read the article below.
What’s an ol’girl to do? Keep trying to figure it out. Read about the issues. It’s all one can do.
I started a Facebook group for some damn reason. Thinking it might be helpful. I’m considering doing a mini-Facebook live of the weekly podcast tomorrow, Feb 1st around 3:00 Eastern Standard time. If the technology works, of course!
Some articles about the downside of a higher fat diet. Read in conjunction with some other folks who recommend a higher fat diet but in conjunction with fruits and veggies and eventually moderate portions of whole grains as well as sugar integrated into it. The Last article in the queue below is an example of that.
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 for that deprivation not by going and doing good deeds in the neighborhood but by eating more processed carbs.
Also, this week I discuss the “girther” movement which despite zeroing in on a human being who requires zeroing in on, does so for a vile reason: his BMI. Fat shaming on a presidential level is as icky as on the street level, OK? Because its message is no matter what a human being can do to harm others, or may do to others in the future, being “fat” is the biggest insult we can throw at him?
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 a donut hole) without making me feel guilty. I don’t care what religion you are, what race you are or what country you are from, if you bring sugar and less guilt, you’re in.
PS. I’m at the indoor track at 5:30 AM as I record it so the audio quality is not great! But, another snowstorm is in progress and if I didn’t go to walk in the early hours I wouldn’t be walking at all as the storm is supposed to go all day.
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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 pressing the BIG button is to boil water.
Something, that would be a first for him and he’d probably take credit for the biggest, baddest, best-boiled water ever.
But, this week’s episode is all about how I mastered it, why I bought it, and other weight maintenance stuff that I don’t believe you’ll be hearing anywhere else nor would some of you want to hear but so be it.
I made a Facebook group that has more security checks than TSA but you can join (I think) at this link.
Hey, I’m a work in progress with this group thing but let’s see if its worth the effort, shall we? If you sign up, I’ll know if there’s an interest.
PS. At least, this episode of the podcast is sorta about food. For once! 2 and a half years of podcasts and not many have talked about food.
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Anyway, Here are some articles I also found interesting this week that may or may not relate to anything you are interested in: