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Eating with electrons in mind

Stress generates free radicals, which storm your body looking for an electron they can steal, leaving damaged cells in their wake. Antioxidants come equipped with an extra electron that can neutralize free radicals. Which means that … When you eat … Continue reading

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Willpower analogy No. 37

There are people who exert willpower by sheer force. I am not one of those people. Not eating is hard. I can decide to avoid eating something one minute, but there’s still 59 minutes left in that hour where I … Continue reading

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Dealing with excess Easter bounty

Coming back from Grandma and Grandpa’s Easter shindig Sunday night, I tried to get out of the car with an armload of leftover desserts and wound up dropping the fruit pizza all over the driveway. “Good,” said Ben. “Now it … Continue reading

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Unlearning a new version of an old bad habit

I just love dates, but lately I’ve been loving them a little too much. Whereas two used to make a sweet, satisfying snack that I often preferred to most things in the candy aisle, one day in a raging hunger … Continue reading

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WWI Week 12: Weighing taste vs. heft

How do you decide whether to give in to a craving or put up a fight? I used to almost always give in, figuring that as long as I wrote it down, it was better to absorb the extra calories … Continue reading

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How to shut your mouth off for the day

After this week’s News-Sentinel column on “engine run-on” — that tendency to keep eating after you thought you’d shut your mouth off for the day — my friend Barbara Elliott noted that she uses a tooth brush to get her mouth’s … Continue reading

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The great cupcake escape

The predicament: Someone’s offering up an awesome office treat. You take one because it’s just so darn cute, but you don‘t really want to eat it. At least, not right then. You actually want to smuggle it out of the … Continue reading

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The 3-point ‘Dragon Dog’

Here’s another nomination for my “dragon sandwiches” collection, a list of extremely low-calorie sandwiches that don’t really have anything at all to do with The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, other than it stirred up my imagination as to how … Continue reading

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Aunt Jen’s 17-day diet holiday feat

I wasn’t nearly as impressed when Bob’s Aunt Jenny lost 10 pounds on the 17-Day Diet as when I discovered this: She’s only gained a single pound since going off the diet Dec. 17, a full week before Christmas. So … Continue reading

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