Portion distortion

Have you encountered portion distortion? Most of us have, says Dr. Michael Mosley and Mimi Spencer in their book The FastDiet, Lose Weight, Stay Healthy and Live Longer with the Simple Secret of Intermittent Fasting. I like the words “portion distortion.” It’s what happens when you go to a restaurant and you get so much […]

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Go to bed early

If you don’t get enough sleep, you’ll eat more potato chips and chocolate. That’s what researchers at the University of California discovered when they scanned the brains of volunteers. They asked the volunteers to look at pictures of different foods after they had slept eight hours and then after a night when they had not […]

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Keep track of what you’re doing

I was complaining to my husband this morning that I get lots of things done, but I have some important goals that I am not accomplishing. He reminded me that I recently lost a couple of pounds being compulsive and writing down everything I eat. “Why don’t you keep a time log?” he asked me. […]

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A temporary solution

“So long as you have food in your mouth, you have solved all questions for the time being,” Franz Kafka. I found this quote in Alan Peppard’s column in The Dallas Morning News a few days after I had returned from a trip. The trip was fun and I was proud of myself for eating […]

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Bringing Home the Meat

During the 1890s, Charles M. Russell painted a Blackfoot on horseback. Recently, while visiting the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, I admired the painting titled “Bringing Home the Meat” and the Blackfoot woman who is the focus of Russell’s art. Unnamed, she rides with an infant on her back and the carcass of a […]

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The miracles that surround us

I wrote recently about the beauty that surrounds us and how we often take it for granted. Of course, I am not the first one to write about ordinary beauty. With a little effort, I found these words from Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass.” Why, who makes much of a miracle? As to me I […]

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Pay attention to the beautiful

The organist at my church recently retired after playing the most beautiful music. For 45 years at the same church. I have listened to her for many Sundays since I joined this church more than 25 years ago. Sometimes I listened attentively, and sometimes I listened not quite as attentively. Often I took her beautiful […]

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Do your best

As I expected, I have found David McCullough’s book The Greater Journey—Americans in Paris packed full of stories about interesting people. But I was especially pleased to discover Emma Hart Willard because I have a niece named Emma, a wonderful 6-foot-one-inch college student who is playing basketball and studying to be a doctor. Emma Willard, […]

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How far we’ve come

I just went to see my new primary care physician—who happens to be a woman. In addition, my gynecologist, my dermatologist and my cardiologist are all females. Today most of us don’t think much about the gender of our doctors. That wasn’t true in 1849 when Elizabeth Blackwell, the first American woman to become a […]

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Are you a workaholic?

Wayne Oates, a psychologist who invented the word workaholic, wrote 57 books. Oates once said that his own addiction was “a disorder akin to substance abuse,” writes Jordan Weissmann in an article “The Work Addiction” in the September 2013 issue of The Atlantic. According to Weissman, workaholics work compulsively and with little enjoyment. They also […]

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