A new interview with a WW member who has been at Lifetime goal for nine years. She beats the regain odds by a singular focus: accountability. She goes to a meeting every single week. www.artofthediet.com/157 If you are interested in being interviewed please contact me at email@example.com. My online store is www.thephotogardener.com
How to regain lost weight? I have one sure fire way: pretend my behavior has no consequences. Simple. What makes it not simple, however, is my physiological connection to carbs and how I manage them. This week's podcast was triggered by an article by Gary Taubes in the NYTimes called, Are You a Carboholic? Why […]
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“It is a scientific fact that your body will not absorb cholesterol if you take it from someone else's plate.”-Dave Barry If I can't have Dave Barry as a neighbor, Liz would be my second choice. Today, I interview Liz who is a WeightWatcher Lifetime member trying to get back to her goal weight. Liz was one of […]
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Today, I’m continuing to explore “self-control” on PODSNACKS episode 005 through my own experience of days when it is in good supply and other days when it seems depleted by 8 AM. I don't get why it is so elusive on some days and rock solid on others. Researching this topic convinced me that […]
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“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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Maintaining a significant weight loss is a daily battle with the your body playing for the wrong team.-Pat Coakley Ah, that would be me, Pat Coakley, and this is episode 39 of Podsnacks the weekly edition of the daily blog www.artofthediet.com and this weeks' tips for weight management come from Laura, and 8 year Lifetime […]
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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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“We are all here on earth to help others. What on earth the others are doing, I do not know”.- W.H. Auden Hello, this is Pat Coakley and welcome to Podsnacks/Art of the diet, the weekly audio version of my blog, www.artofthediet.com As many listeners and readers know, but for the benefit of new ones, I document […]
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Raise your glass for a Toast: “Champagne for our real friends and real pain for our sham friends.”• Francis Bacon The toast came from a recollection from the writer Julian Barnes speaking to Eleanor Wachtel on her weekly podcast, Writers & Company” on the CBC. My favorite podcast ever by the way. It just seemed to […]
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“It would be really nice of me to volunteer for something. Who knows…maybe I will someday. I'm such a good person for thinking of possibly doing that.” • Allie Brosh• Allie Brosh. Oh, the talent, the wit, the insight. She blogs about her life, wrote a book called, “Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed […]
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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:...
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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