Prepper Advise for Dieters as Apocalypse approaches. SHWAA.

As Apocalypse approaches: So Here We Go Again

Prepper advise for Dieters as the Apocalypse Approaches.

I just read the novel “Weather” by Jenny Offill. I cannot recommend it enough but one of my takeaways is that there is a whole world out there, outside the novel, which is prepping for the end of the world, or as they call it: EOW. The character in the novel was a librarian and knew an amazing amount of “stuff” and I began to think if I were a prepper awaiting the apocalypse, what would be my acronym? I'd still have to maintain my weight so here are two: SHWAA= So here we are again. Because, let's face it, any rollercoaster dieter has faced catastrophes before. And, my second acronym: ISHTWMC= I'll still have to watch my carbs.

In this 175th episode of the podcast, I tie these observations together with a recent article in the New York Times published under the Rites of Passage section, titled, “The Diet Industrial Complex Got Me, and It Will Never Let Me Go.”

Listen to this episode by clicking this link if the above link doesn't work! I am having some tech difficulties this morning so if you tried to download my podcast from ITUNES or your phone app, try trashing the version you have and then re-downloading it. The Gremlins hit me this morning but I think it is fixed!

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This month I also started making my fabrics into padded eye cases to go with my zippered bags that now have waterproof lining as well as regular lining. Creativity really is the best health plan!

Ecodyed Eucalyptus leaves made into fabric for accessories.
Yes, it is my F-it fabric cosmetic bag and eyeglass case.

Art of the Diet with Claude Monet -episode 174

Monet may not be my Fitness Coach but creating a side dish of multiple contrasting colors is spectacular

The Art of the Diet with Claude Monet. You can listen to the podcast below.

No, it's not his fitness routine or low- fat recipes. It's his love of food, how it looks, and how it is prepared.

What impressed me was the care and attention he gave to food and its preparation as well as presentation. Obviously, his famous gardens in Giverny reflect this spectacular sense of color.

He guided all the designs for contrasting colors, shapes and textures and complementary groupings of all his plants and flowers. I come away from my research with the sense that his recipes reflect the same aesthetic needs.

I am determined to prepare one new side dish a day for the month of February that appeals to me on an aesthetic as well as taste level.  And, I think some new place settings or serving dishes for these side dishes might be in order as well as repainting my dining room, kitchen, maybe buying a house in Giverny and planting a 2 and 1/2 acre vegetable garden…

Yes, I've gone a bit mad for the color of Monet’s food, house, and, of course, his gardens. 

Pat Coakley

Maybe you’ll be inspired to add a dash of color to your plate as well. It is these small tweaks that keep me on this maintenance road with a certain sense of joy that combats the boredom or structure that is inevitably needed to be successful.

If anyone knows sources for fun vegetable or side dish plates, email me. Honestly, this photo of a chilled Asparagus Salad with Olives, Capers and Orange on THAT plate just kills me. And, I don't like capers or olives but I'm going to try it.

Monet's Palate Cookbook-Aileen Bordman & Derek Kell

For those of you who are signed up for this podcast with email notification, I'm going to be sending you a newsletter that I am now doing weekly on my website. That website is the hub of the wheel of my different creative ventures. Some of you have written inquiring about that part of my life as well as about weight maintenance issues. Some follow me on my art of the diet Instagram as well as @thephotogardener on Instagram.

At any rate, the weekly newsletter is called, “Notes from My Bunker” and I'll be sending out one of the newsletters to my email list for Art of the Diet and let you decide if you want to sign up to receive the weekly one. There will be a link at the bottom of the newsletter to subscribe or you can do so here.

PBS has a show called “The Art Assignment” and it took several artists and tried to reproduce the food they would eat. This particular episode on Monet was hilarious to me as the one doing the cooking on each of the recipes seemed unable to execute any of them! They still looked like they tasted good, though!

What’s Next on the Fun Agenda? ArtoftheDiet 173

What’s Next on The Fun Agenda?

2020 begins with a cartoon question that I saw recently on an artist’s Instagram account. His name was “clownchic”. His character answered it by simply stating “Abstinence”.

I laughed out loud as this character looked like he had abused every illegal substance available.

After the holidays, don’t we all feel this way?

Yes, but.

I cannot deal with another self help strategy, my own included.

So, in 2020, I am focusing in literally on “Art of the Diet”. Artists who have tackled food, glorious food, food issues not so glorious, addiction issues, LIFE issues in their art and they have resonated with my own issues in some way.

This month I discuss several artists. Philip Guston, Samara Golden, Dana Schutz, Wayne Theibaud, David Shrigley, Francisco de Goya.

The podcast art for this month is a wall hanging/teatowel that I designed as a calendar for 2020 and that is for sale.

Pat's Year of Anxiety Calendar TeaTowel.

2020 is the Year of Anxiety for me as I turn 75 and it’s a presidential election year in the US.

A quote from a woman attending a MAGA rally in Minnesota sums up my concern. “I can't really say that anything he says is true, but I trust him.” How much anxiety can an ol’girl take and maintain a 60 lb weight loss? We’ll find out.

Email me if you have art that has helped you understand this phenomenon! Eating, aging or political issues.

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