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Brian Wansink loaned me the title for this article. I borrowed it from his forthcoming book, Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More That We Think.
The book, which I read in galley proofs, is not only great research but also great writing. I hope that it will be a best-seller, and I have every expectation that it will be. Bantam Books will publish it as a hardcover on October 17 for $25, ISBN 978-0-553-80434-8. You can pre-order it now from Amazon.com .
Professor Wansink, the director of Cornell University’s Food and Brand Lab, has spent 20 years studying the hidden cues that determine how we eat. He has worked on more that 250 studies and has written more than 100 journal articles about our eating behavior.
He told me about his new book when I corresponded with him about one of those studies. I reported on that study, “Size Matters,” here .
The book is every bit as useful and interesting as that study of the cues that we get from the size of the bowls and silverware that we use. That ...
I’d heard of this briefly once a few years ago: Type 1 diabetics running their blood sugars very high regularly and purposefully to lose weight. Apparently, this frightening habit has become a sort of weight-loss fad most commonly among young women and teenagers. And not only will skipping your insulin and running around 400 all day make you groggy and nauseous, it will inevitably lead to problems involving your kidneys, eyes and limbs. This is NOT new information. What boggles my mind about this bizarre weight-loss method is that you are literally sacrificing a functioning body for a pair of size-two pants. I don’t get it. Women make jokes about “dying to be thinner,” but this is literally doing just that. Aside from the body image issues surrounding the world of any young female in this society, I have a suspicion denial plays a large part here. Anyone with Type 1 diabetes knows very well the results of high blood sugar, but this extreme lack of heal...
When I eat too fast, I eat too much. I knew that, but until now I haven’t been able to help it. Now Juan Ramirez has come to my help. In March I wrote here about “ Eating Too Fast ” and some of the strategies I use. After that article, Juan wrote me about his invention to help us slow down at the table. When we eat slowly, we can avoid overeating and therefore can control our diabetes better. But some of us eat fast because we like our meals to be hot rather than lukewarm. I know that’s my excuse. Now, however, the great food cool off is no longer inevitable. I know this because I bought one of the “HotSmart Gourmet Plates” that Juan Ramirez invented and wrote me about. “I am pre-diabetic myself and I am convinced that eating slowly works to avoid overeating, preventing obesity and type 2 diabetes,” Juan emailed me. “My heat-retentive plates keep food warm, need only one minute preheating, and stay hot for more than 30 minutes. The rim ...
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