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Why does it often feel so fraught and judgy?

Two .5 kg dumbbells, measuring tape, and a salad on a rustic wooden table.
Two .5 kg dumbbells, measuring tape, and a salad on a rustic wooden table.
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The first time I saw the word “fat” used as a descriptor without a whiff of judgment was when the show Two Fat Ladies was playing on Food Network. It was a BBC show from the late ’90s, and the cartoon of them driving around in a motorcycle with a sidecar is burned in my brain. These were two broads who knew how to live, the introduction implied, and Jennifer Paterson and Clarissa Dickson Wright did indeed do some living.

Is it better than any other diet, or is it just a novelty?

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Intermittent fasting is currently salient on the shortlist of generally short-lived dietary fixations. The first thing to say about this is that there should be no such list.

Where diet reliably contributes most to vitality, longevity, and, yes, weight control, it is because of cultural traditions, heritage, and the time-honored practices of generations, not the vagaries of news cycles and hyperbolic headlines. But because dietary fads perennially supplant science and sense, there is always a shortlist of fleeting fixations. Intermittent fasting is currently parked there, so let’s talk about it.

The value proposition for intermittent fasting is all about weight…

Here’s what I learned about my cooking and eating habits while trying it

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By now, you’ve probably heard about intermittent fasting, a structured eating schedule where you consume food within a specific window of time, usually between the middle of the day and early evening.

As someone who takes a lot of pleasure in cooking, eating, and dining out, I was determined to hate intermittent fasting at first. It just didn’t seem to fit my life in Washington, D.C., which includes late-night dinners in restaurants, experimenting with complicated recipes, and enjoying a hearty breakfast, my favorite meal of the day, on Saturday mornings.

Yet here I am almost two months in, a slimmer…

Let’s set the record straight

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The prevailing narrative about nutrition is that everything experts have long thought true has been proven wrong. That narrative is titillating and provocative, but it’s false. We’re all entitled to our own opinions, but not to our own facts.

Here’s some of what’s wrong with the idea that everything we know about nutrition is wrong:

The paleo diet is a panacea.

Eating and living like our Stone Age ancestors actually might be good for us, but not when the paleo banner is unfurled preferentially for bacon, sausage, and burgers. We can’t know how a true paleo diet would support the modern lifespan, and we never will…


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