Mindful Eating is for Normal People


I am reposting this post of 2015  in August 2020, the fifth anniversary of the start of my blog, Art of the Diet, as well as the podcast, “PODSNACKS/TheArtoftheDiet” now “Voices from My Bunker”.  While my preoccupations of 2020 are less about weight management and more sanity management,  I am still dealing with weight management challenges as I know some of you are as well. Although managing life in a pandemic has taken over the #1 spot in my consciousness, it is always good for me to periodically affirm a few truths about weight management that are true pandemic or no pandemic. My soulless twin now uses pandemic issues as a cover!  Anyway, hope you can relate to some of it as well.  I am going to regularly repost some of the archival posts that have been the most popular as well as those which have reminded me of strategies that have helped me make this the 10th year of successfully keeping those 60 lost pounds circling the parking lot but not able to find a space! PS. If you would be willing to be interviewed about the impact of first six months of 2020 on your life, please contact me.


The rage is on apparently: mindful eating.  Let your intuition be your guide.  “Make peace with food.”  “Honor Your Hunger”.  “Reject that diet mentality”.

Listen to when you are full.  Listen to your body's signals.

Fine.  If you are a normal person.  But, not someone with a lifetime weight problem.

Our body's signals are all f'd up.  No better way to say it.  Feelings of fullness?  Occurs once a year to the best of my memory: after Thanksgiving dinner ,which I calculated once was the equivalent of three days “points” in the WW world.

Our intuition on this topic?  Best to listen to it and do the reverse.  On any other topic, my advice is bankable on most days.

Listening to myself and my body's signals as if I was my own best friend is my Mistake Numero Uno.  My intuition is my evil twin.

My twin is soulless, manipulative, without shame and suddenly oh my god how did this happen where's the donuts– sixty pounds overweight.

Reality not intuition is my best friend.

Go ahead, Honor Your Hunger if you must, but chances are that happens only once a year as well

One of my problems is after rarely letting myself get hungry for so many years, I ,honest to god do not know the difference between about to pass out hunger and is it time for lunch hunger.

And, PS?

My evil twin is now going to be saying :”Honor your Hunger, Pat.  Go ahead.”  “Reject that diet mentality, Pat. That's SO over.”

As if I needed her to be talking more crap to me.

That evil twin voice will be the last voice in my head before I'm six feet under.  Then, and only then, can I listen to her.

Is Truth on Your Grocery List Or Sweatpants? PODSNACKS/ArtoftheDiet #176

Truth List

What is on my grocery list these days?

I've got one item I try to remember each time I get out a new piece of paper: Truth.

I need truth on the news which I have no control over and I need it on my grocery list which I do. Otherwise? Well, all I know for sure is the result of no control in the grocery list is:

" Hello, sweatpants."

If ever there's been a moment in my 75 years when I am choosing what I eat, this is it. I no longer go into a grocery store without gloves, mask, and a pocket filled with wipes. Suited up for the apocalypse, there is no desire to linger and stroll leisurely. I want to get in and get out with contracting a deadly virus. So, I have a list. And, this week, the list is being given to someone, for the foreseeable future, to shop for me. At 75, crowded grocery stores are not recommended.

I have to very clearly ask myself, “What do I need?” It used to be “What do I want?” My new goal is to want what I need. 

The good news? It helps me focus. I am not dithering about do I or don't I want a box of Cheez-its. I know if I bring that box into the house it is a mistake. A clear as a bell mistake. So, a snack-size package goes on the list, if at all. It is possible to stretch out a snack-size portion over a week. Who knew?

But, for food management during these times? I am trying to tell myself my food truth that, in the end, gives me hope. I am in control of that if nothing else. 

So, this first of April 2020, my arguing with the scale days long gone, I write my grocery list with truth and gratitude and hope you can, too.  You can listen to the podcast below. PS. I plan to increase podcasts from once a month to at least twice a month. If you want to be notified of new episodes, you can sign up for future notifications on the sidebar to the right and receive a transcript from a popular interview I did with a Lifetime WeightWatchers member or subscribe to the free podcast.

Hide the Marshmallows. PODSNACKS/Art of the Diet 171

Will Power is tossed around as if an infinite natural resource that one just needs to tap into in order to achieve our goals.  After ten years of weight maintenance, my will power natural resource seems all tapped out from facing other challenges .

But, the good news is this month I focus on an article by Dr. Jerome Groopman in The New Yorker, who takes a look at what science can tell us about will power.  In essence? “ We achieve situational control, paradoxically, not through will power but by finding ways to take will power out of the equation.” You can listen below.

In other words, if you hide the marshmallows you are less likely to eat them. Game on.

Here is the article by Dr. Jerome Groopman from an issue of The New Yorker.https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/10/28/can-brain-science-help-us-break-bad-habits

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