New Year – New Book! \”Three Steps to a Great Eating Habit.\”

This is how I\’m following up my book of poems, \”The Poetry Diet.\”  Yes, there will be poems (doggerel? catterel?) in it but it\’s also about what to do after the diet, whether it worked or not.

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Really, I\’ve been researching and trying to write this book for about forty years – ever since my father told me that the reason why I was greedy and fat was because I didn\’t have a good eating habit like he did. He probably wasn\’t really as brutal as that and I\’m sure he was actually trying to help me, albeit with the traditional clumsiness of a British professional upper middle class man of the time. He was thin and simply didn\’t worry about what he ate (though he did get a bit of a tum later on in his life – ha!)

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But what, I\’ve wondered ever since, is a good eating habit – and how can I get one? Decades of struggling with my weight and researching conflicted, half-baked, usually wrong official advice, have recently started to resolve thanks to some brilliant new books. So now the\”Three Steps to a Great Eating Habit\” book has fully arrived and is kicking around in my head, insisting on being written.

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The immediate trigger was Robert Lustig\’s wonderful book \”Fat Chance\” which explains the mystery of why every diet makes me feel like I\’m starving to death although I have enough wobbly energy supplies round my middle to keep me going for several months. It also explains the tangle of hormones and neurotransmitters that keep us all overeating – and names the villain that muddles them up. There\’s no secret, by the way, it\’s sugar, specifically fructose.

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And then there was Roy F Baumeister\’s book with Jon Tierney \”Willpower.\” This explained why I never actually have very much of it when dieting. Guess what? Willpower is a higher cognitive function of the left brain which is fuelled by… glucose. So when you\’re dieting and need your willpower, you tend to run out of the stuff that fuels… your willpower.

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Of course, really I\’m writing the book because I need to read it and there isn\’t one out there that quite fits the bill.

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I\’ll be posting sections of it here as I go along – do let me know what you think. And no, I\’m not a doctor. I think that\’s a real advantage, to be honest, as I rarely hear doctors talk much better than bilge on the subject with a few honourable exceptions like Robert Lustig and John Yudkin.

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By the way, I\’ll be including what I learn about publishing ebooks in my next ebook – the one you\’ve all been waiting for \”Writeritis!\”