Category Archives: Glossary terms

The Platonic Metabolism Monitor

What if human beings came equipped with a gauge that monitored metabolism? If I were designing it, I wouldn’t put any numbers on it at all — just a thick red line indicating the point of equilibrium between consumption and … Continue reading

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Engine run-on

Here’s another vocabulary word for my emerging glossary of dietary terms: “Engine run-on” is what happens when your eating machine doesn’t shut down immediately after you thought you turned the ignition off. For me, this happens most frequently when I … Continue reading

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Don’t take a lifeboat to Thanksgiving dinner

When I ask thin people the “Death Row question” — what they’d request if they knew it was their last meal on Earth — most come up with very specific answers that would fit on a normal-sized dinner plate. My … Continue reading

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Guilt goggles

Monday at the orthodontist’s office I was reading in a fitness magazine about some celebrity chef who “maintains her rock hard abs” despite her high-risk occupation by “religiously measuring everything.” If you eyeball olive oil rather than using a tablespoon, … Continue reading

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Taking a stand against ‘food porn’

If I worked for a newspaper — which I do, but not when I’m writing these blog posts — I’d choose much “sexier” images to illustrate my topics. The idea in traditional media is to draw readers in, and few … Continue reading

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Premature inhalation

Here’s something I bet Andy Downs has never had to deal with: Inhaling  the equivalent of a meal before you sit down to eat. This still happens to me all the time, even though I‘ve maintained my goal weight for just … Continue reading

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Naming your nemesis

I hate the word “binge.” I despise the images it conjures up. I even dislike the way it sounds — like a congealed leftover from my previous life. Lately I’ve been revising my dietary dictionary, substituting words and phrases that … Continue reading

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The referee is always right

Lately it seems like I have a tendency to lowball entries in my food log. Every time that happens, I think of this phrase from a blogger who calls himself the Anti-Jared: “The house always wins.” Meaning: You can’t lie … Continue reading

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The long view

In yesterday’s Laudable Loser interview, Ralph Reinhart said that knowing he can eat regular meals every seventh day helps him stick to his diet the rest of the week. I call that the long view. It’s a pattern that’s shown … Continue reading

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‘Normal People’ Notebook: The conquest

We had a lot of down time at Traci’s garage sale last week. Enough so that I cornered three  members of my emerging “Normal People” panel to test a new survey question: How do you feel about conquests? Not the … Continue reading

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