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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Money

The best rule I’ve adopted for my no-buy (so far)


Even now, only ten days into my no-buy as I write this, I am starting to see some of the positive changes that getting control of my bad money habits can bring. Nothing major, yet, but sometimes even a little change, tossed into the stagnant pond of bad habits, can have a ripple effect.

Take for example, what is probably my favorite rule of my no-buy so far: don’t buy treats disguised as groceries. I found this rule while I was reading through other people’s posted rules lists, and I am glad I did, because I probably never would have articulated it on my own. It was definitely one I needed, though.

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