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03 February 2011


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I'm so glad you are delving into Taubes. I recently finished _Good Calorie..._ and I can't remember reading a more exciting non-fiction book since _The Dinosaur Heresies_ 25 years ago (and I read a lot of non-fiction). I had been exposed to some of the thinking in the book, but having a 150 year literature review was just riveting, as was his analysis. Over the summer I read _The End of Overeating_, and the two together were very convincing. I have never been obese, but I am overweight for my height and frame size. But I manage my weight almost exclusively through my grocery shopping. If there is a box of Oreos in the house, I will eat them. If I make cookie dough, I will eat it. I _cannot_ stop eating these trigger foods. I've spent the last month eating no grains, no legumes, no sugars of any kind. And there is a big difference for me. Because I don't eat like I'm insane without those trigger foods. But before I did the research, I didn't realize I had trigger foods.

That isn't the whole story, of course, and I can still eat way beyond satiety. But that seems to be in a different category from the "and now I'll have just one more cookie... I mean, now I'll just have one more cookie" phenomenon. I look forward to the next installment, and suspect, based on what you've written before, that I'll agree heartily.

But what a difference it makes to be able to focus on plain old gluttony, rather than compulsive eating.


This sounds like a must read for me. I'm pondering how this might look in my own diet. For example, I am in the habit of eating a piece of fruit as a snack to help me feel fuller before I start to eat the higher calorie meal. I'm afraid a boiled egg won't make me feel as full, but fruit + egg would be too many calories for a snack.

But reading this made me instantly think of a blog entry that I ran across not to long ago where a woman monitored her diet with a blood glucose test strip machine and tailored her diet based on the results. You might find it interesting as well.


LeeAnn Balbirona

I liked Pollan's books and I appreciated his reasons for suggesting meat as a condiment rather than a main feature of the meal. Right now I am sort of looking at meat as medicinal. Even when I really am tired of eating meat (and eggs) AGAIN I eat it anyway. Perhaps some point in the future I will be able to change my diet to one that includes small portions of grain or some meatless meals. I think about the Rule of St. Benedict and how the daily diet for a monk was a pound of bread daily along with some hot and cold vegetable dishes and some fish or chicken if available (and a daily ration of beer or wine, don't remember which, as well!). Beef was only for ill monks. A simple diet of inexpensive foods appropriate for those who have taken a vow of poverty and not unlike Pollan's recommendations. And yet I can't imagine what eating a pound of bread daily would do to me right now!

Barbara C.

Well, it seems that after you read this book one needs to read (or review) Switch in order to implement the changes. :-)


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