I had a good time coming up with crazy rules for Amy to be plagued by in The Paris Effect. So good that it’s been hard to stop. So I am getting them out of my head by putting them here, as they occur to me. You are most welcome to contribute your own rules. Just use the contact form thingie to the left.

I bow to these “rules”

I was dancing around the internet and happened upon a fantastic website called “fatgirlvsworld.” Love the name. Love the site. It is honest, real, and inspiring.

Even more, I love a particular page on this site entitled “The New Rules.” They put Amy’s rules to shame. Really and truly. Go take a look.

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The “eat bacon for breakfast” rule

Sounds too good to be true but it is an actual rule that’s actually out there.

I just ran across it (again) in the Wall St. Journal, citing “new evidence.” Oh yay. I love new evidence.

The article is here but if the link doesn’t work for you, the upshot is that eating protein (doesn’t have to be bacon) at breakfast reduces food cravings later on in the day. I don’t know why researchers (this time at the University of Missouri) did a new study, because people have been saying this for years. Now that carbs are out of style, you hear it with even greater regularity.

“Whatever you do,” go the powers-that-be, “don’t eat cereal for breakfast. You’ll be starving by 10:30.” That’s the common wisdom.

However, while common wisdom is often true this time it’s just not working for me, personally. I have a bowl of cereal for breakfast every single day, and am never starving at 10:30. It holds me till well past noon. Even one. Truly.

Most importantly, it’s easy to prepare, easy to clean up after, and is good fiber too. What’s not to like?

Sometimes I even try to talk my husband into having cereal for other meals of the day. Cereal for lunch! Cereal for supper! Cereal all day long! I may need to do my own study.

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The “exercise-with-a-buddy” rule

And I don’t mean just any buddy. I mean an exercise buddy more ambitious than you, more disciplined than you, more energetic than you.

Team up with this kind of person and you may find yourself working out way more than you ever would on your own.

I thought of this rule at 7 a.m. today as I was dragging into the gym. And I am by no means a 7 a.m. gym type of person. No way.

I was there because I go to the gym with my husband, who is the ambitious, disciplined, energetic person I am referring to above. Basically, I just feed off his good habits.

This has worked for a whole year so far.

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The “eat big soup” rule

This comes from Deborah Enos, the “One Minute Wellness Coach: Apparently if your soup has big chunks of veggies in it, you will feel fuller and eat 20% fewer calories than if your soup is pureed.

I wondered why this could be and decided it’s because (in general) the harder you have to work for your food, the less you eat of it. Not because you get physically tired of eating (ha) but because after a certain point of effort something clicks in your brain–the “I have eaten” switch, for lack of a better term.

Think of the incredible amount of energy you put into eating an artichoke. (Which are only 60 calories!) Potato chips, on the other hand, require no effort at all. Which is why you can eat, and eat, and eat……

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The don’t eat so fast rule

Sounds obvious but have you ever checked the clock at the beginning of the meal and then again at the end? It’s frightening. “They” say you should stretch out your meals to last 20 minutes, because that is apparently how long it takes your stomach to tell your brain it’s full. A good idea. Harder than it sounds. But worth trying.

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