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June 23, 2009



MK, funny you should mention Dr. K's book and the article in the Times --- I was just reading the article yesterday and am interested to see the book. I intend to address it in another blog post, but I will say this: I think it's kind of a no-brainer that the food industry (restaurants and retailers) do whatever it takes to keep us buying their foods; but I don't think that's the only reason or even the main reason people overeat. My own process has led me to believe that it's a very complicated and individual cocktail of factors. And BTW, thanks so much for the nice comment about my blog helping you! I really appreciate that and I am really glad it's been of use.

V, sorry if I came across as picking on you! I didn't mean to imply that you hadn't thought about that yummy brownie before you ate it, or even that you shouldn't eat one once in a while. Heck, I'm planning to go out for full fat, full sugar, decidedly unhealthy birthday cake next week (delayed gratification --- my birthday was two weeks ago). It just struck me as something we all do (myself included). My hubby and I do this all the time. "Well, it's from Whole Foods so it's probably healthy! It's vegan, so it's go to be better than that packaged cookie!" And I see the same attitude a lot in friends who are trying to diet.

BTW, I also have Mindless Eating (Brian Wansink, I have to look at his name every single time to remember how to spell it) and highly recommend it to anyone who wants to learn to defeat their poor eating habits.

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I also read Dr. Kessler's book and was gobsmacked by what I learned about (ahem) healthy choices offered at many popular chain restaurants (they put fake grill marks on the grilled chicken -- FAKE GRILL MARKS -- so we think it's not fried. It is). I can relate personally to Cindy's post here about fooling oneself about the true nature of food. Obviously I have a weakness for the Vegan Whole Food brownies! I really like them for the intense chocolate flavor, and not b/c I think they are magically calorie free or better for me (although, I hadn't really thought about the hydrogenated oil that must go into making them. Shudder - thanks for bringing that up Cindy!). But this post reminds me of an exchange I had several years ago with a European friend visiting in NY. I hadn't started my weight loss journey yet, but was on a vegan kick. I made a beautiful vegan lasagna that was, I kid you not, to DIE FOR. It was so good. I proudly had the friend over for dinner and she loved it. She consumed the very ample, American portion I put in front of her and I urged her to eat more. Our conversation went something like this:

ME: Let me get you some more of that, there's plenty.
HER: No, thanks. I've already eaten too much. But it's really good.
ME: It's ok, it's practically fat-free! And everything is organic. You can have as much as you want.
HER: (giving me a funny look) Well, it maybe fatfree, but it still has calories. I'm done, but thanks.

I, of course, heaped my plate with second helpings. Sigh...portion control remains a big challenge for me. It's what I work on the most in my weight loss journey -- 63lbs down now -- and I'm constantly battling my old programming to eat, eat, eat until really really full. In this regard, Brian Wainsik's (check spelling of his last name) book Mindless Eating has really helped me find techniques to slow down, stay present, not kid myself into thinking those five extra bites don't matter. For one, even though I'm right handed, I'll often try to eat left-handed. Also - chopsticks! I just can't get huge bites with those suckers, so now fast stuffing of the pie hole.

But it's good to get a reminder too that just because something is purportedly "good for you," it doesn't mean it really is. Or that you can eat as much of it as you *think* you want/need because it's vegan/organic/fat-free/homemade etc...


I recommend Dr. David Kessler's book, The End of Overeating. It presents an interesting idea that I think you are approaching independently, that the food and restaurant industry consistently hits the "sweet spot" (pun intended) of sugar/fat/salt ratios,the ones that stimulate our brains to produce what Kessler calls "conditioned hypereating". They do it because it increases profits.

See yesterday's New York Times:

Your blog has been a great help in my effort to lose weight, and great fun as well. Thank you for championing the thinking
person's approach to maintaining a healthy body.

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