Will Power is Useless. You Need Strategy.

December 8, 2014

Around the holidays a lot of adults, just like their kids, start fantasizing. But we aren’t imagining we might get a pony or a new bike from Santa, we’re imagining that this will be the year we exercise will power throughout the season, the year we head into 2015 unscathed by liquor laden office parties, […]

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Don’t Let Gluten-Free Become the Next Fat-Free

March 21, 2014

Jack Spratt could eat no fat, His wife could eat no lean. So begins the popular children’s nursery rhyme about a couple that between the two of them could lick a platter clean. Reading these words today, you might think Mr. Spratt sounds like a victim of the bad advice we got in the second […]

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Rethinking That Resolution

February 7, 2014

Now that January – our month of choice to go on crash diets in an attempt to reset weeks (or even months or years) of bad habits – is over, let’s try to engage in a time of self-reflection rather than self-flagellation if we fell short of our resolutions (because most of us did, right?). […]

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Make 2014 the Year of No More Magical Thinking (about Weight Loss)

January 5, 2014

A beautiful book about grief called The Year of Magical Thinking won a lot of awards about a decade ago. It’s a great title that still resonates with me. This year, I ask you to join me in making 2014 the year we stop thinking magically about dieting and weight loss. What do I mean […]

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Pros and Cons of Trending Diets

July 29, 2013

Hi Friends – I was recently asked to speak in a corporate setting about the pros and cons of today’s trendy diets. The group I was speaking to specifically wanted to know my thoughts on Paleo and Gluten-Free diets, but I also spoke about cleansing and juicing since these are as de rigueur now as […]

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Get Real Gwyneth!

March 20, 2013

  Is it just me or is there another round of fad diet fanaticism raging across the country just about now? I find this especially upsetting after the recent news about the Mediterranean diet being proven once again to be the best diet in a large-scale Spanish study. The best diet for health and weight maintenance […]

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This is for all the Normal Girls

October 16, 2012

The New York Times ran an excellent article this past Sunday about female comedians and actresses who have better things to do than obsess about their weight.  For the full text of the article, click here, but the gist is that newly minted stars like Lena Dunham and Mindy Kaling are treading new territory in […]

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Is Moderation Meaningless?

June 19, 2012

MODERATION. We all know the word and the platitudes that surround it, but how many of us know exactly what a moderate amount of our favorite food is? And does the term moderation refer to the amount of something you can have on your plate or the number of times you can eat it per day […]

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Fine, I’ll try gluten-free already!

May 1, 2012

It helps to get good at cooking quinoa! I pushed back and pushed back against the gluten-free craze but curiosity finally got the best of me.  And as it always does for my son’s favorite cartoon character, curiosity led to a few really cool discoveries.  I had actually given up gluten for periods of two […]

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Can Jessica Simpson’s Pregnancy be a Teachable Moment?

April 2, 2012

I hate to pick on poor pregnant Jessica Simpson, especially when half of the idiots on Twitter are commenting on her weight and when I find her girl-next door charm refreshing. However, she is leaving me no choice.  According to media interviews and her Twitter feed, she is stuffing herself with delicacies such as buttered […]

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