Dispatches from Ladyblogland

So much good reading this week!

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Why I Told My Students That the “Freshman Fifteen” is Bullshit

I should emphasize something: I rarely swear in my classes. Sure, I often teach Anne Lamott’s “Shitty First Drafts” during the first week of my composition courses, and plenty of the readings I assign have their share of “bad words.” As a lecturer, though, I rarely utter anything worse than crap, hell, or piss. I teach at a Christian university; swearing in the classroom isn’t forbidden or anything, but it’s not the norm. Read More Why I Told My Students That the “Freshman Fifteen” is Bullshit

Why IS This Night Different from all Other Nights? (Or Is It?)

Passover is one of the many Jewish holidays that is celebrated with a ritual feast. A feast filled with symbolic foods and a prescribed schedule for when to eat these foods. Depending upon how observant the participants are, there is a wide range of recipes for the ritual readings at a Passover Seder. Read More Why IS This Night Different from all Other Nights? (Or Is It?)

Ending The War With Your Body

It started even before New Year’s.

The onslaught of ads and messaging telling you that the fun was over. Eating for pleasure, partying, etc. You had done too much. You passed the limit. And now it is time to make amends, say your mea culpas, and get your ass to WeightWatchers/JennyCraig/ LucilleRoberts/NutriSystem. It’s time to stop focusing on fun and pleasure and connection and start focusing on fighting with yourself.
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Dr. Deah’s Guilt-Free Diet (Not THAT Kind of Diet)

Yes, you read that correctly. I am promoting a restrictive diet and I am inviting you to join me in my Guilt Loss Program. One of the comments I hear frequently in my work is some version of: Read More Dr. Deah’s Guilt-Free Diet (Not THAT Kind of Diet)