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“The More You’re Served, the More You’ll Eat. And You Won’t Even Think About It.”"

Habits interview: Lisa Young. I met nutrition expert Lisa Young years ago, sometime after I read her fascinating book The Portion Teller: Smartsize Your Way to Permanent Weight Loss. I can’t remember how I finally ended up meeting her in person, but now I get to run into her occasionally, because we go to the same gym. (Very appropriate, given …


Four Ways to Make Your Food Taste Better, Without Lifting a Finger.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day, or List Day. This Wednesday: Four ways to make your food taste better, without lifting a finger. One of the secrets to a happier life is to extract as much happiness from ordinary circumstances as possible. As Samuel Johnson observed, ““It is by studying little things that we attain the great art of having as …


Do You Want the Tenth Bite of Ice Cream More than the First Bite, or Less?

I’ve been continuing to ponder the abstainers vs. moderators distinction. In case you haven’t been breathlessly following this line of argument: in a nutshell, when facing a temptation, abstainers do better if they abstain altogether, while moderators do better if they indulge a little bit, or from time to time. The other day, a friend who is a true moderator …


Story: “Now I’m Free From French Fries.”

For the weekly videos, I now tell a story. I’ve realized that for me, and I think for many people, a story is what holds my attention and makes a point most powerfully. This week’s story: Now I’m free from French fries. It relates to one of my favorite subjects: the abstainer/moderator split.   Can’t see the video? Click here. …


Trying To Resist Holiday Temptations? 7 Tips for Abstainers and Moderators.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day. This Wednesday:  7 tips for using the abstainer/moderator split to fight holiday temptations. Ah, the holidays. Everywhere you go, you face cookies, candy, booze, and snacks and treats of every kind. While this creates a festive atmosphere, it can also lead to a lot of anxiety and/or guilt in those of us trying to resist …