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...
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:...
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...
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:...
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?)...
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,...
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...
“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, […]
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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 […]
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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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