Food

The Ali Edwards Diet (Redux)

Towards the end of 2013, when I was in the thick of my last successful round of weight loss, I was blogging for Skeptoid (my favorite podcast, by the way, and if you’re not listening to it, you should be). As part of my blogging there that year, I wrote about the diet plan I was on at the time. With tongue firmly planted in cheek, I called it “The Ali Edwards Diet” (Edwards being the pseudonym I was writing under at the time).

It was meant to be a skeptical counterpoint to most fad diets, with their prescriptive and restrictive approaches to weight loss. And it basically laid out what I was doing at the time, what was working out so well for me … and continued to work well until I fell out of my good habits and started emotionally eating again.

Since I’m trying to rebuild those atrophied habits again, I wanted to go back an re-examine what I wrote then, and repurpose it for 2020.

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I have joined the cult of Instant Pot


If there’s one thing both the weight loss bloggers and the frugal mom vloggers can agree on, it is that the Instant Pot is amazing. And you know what? They’re kind of right.

I admit that I am late to the Instant Pot party. I had a more old-school pressure cooker when the Instant Pot first rose to prominence a few years back, that I literally only used for rice, but it was enough excuse for me to hand-waive the idea of getting something new.

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I have a terrible relationship with food


I’m fat. For a lot of people online today, that would be a freeing declaration, an embracing of body positive thinking that says “You can’t body shame me! I can be both big and beautiful! Health at Every Size is totally a thing, and you can’t convince me otherwise! Hashtag Plus-Size Princess!”

Maybe for a lot of people, but not me. I don’t begrudge anyone who wants to love themselves as they are, but I can’t do that. When I look in the mirror I only see lumpy, misshapen disappointment. I hate the way I look. Further, I place my trust in science, and science says that obesity has consequences. In fact …

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