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From the Kitchen: Orange Chicken

September 5, 2014

Looking for a simple meal that will transition nicely between the dwindling days of summer and the beginning of autumn? Try this recipe for orange chicken, which boasts a mild citrus flavor with a bit of spice. I made it years ago for a work luncheon and it got a lot of compliments.

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On Mental Illness

September 3, 2014

My Boring-Ass LifeDickweed

Trigger warning: talk of mental illness and suicide

The news broke last month that well known actor and comedian Robin Williams died of suspected suicide. Since then, I’ve seen a ton of quotes, movie clips, photos, and declarations of grief. But Fox News really stepped in it when Shepard Smith called him a coward for committing suicide and I’ve seen those sentiments echoed by a few friends of friends.

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Louis C.K. and Meghan Trainor Just Aren’t Getting it Right!

September 2, 2014

Fat PoliticsFat News

A while back there was that Louis episode with the fat girl who goes on a diatribe about life as a fat girl. Did you see it? You can watch it here:

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New semester, new beginnings, new frustrations

August 28, 2014
Photo by Kolaya Photography

Photo by Kolaya Photography 2014

Fat Fashion

It’s a new school year, and I’m facing down what might be my last year of coursework before I become a doctoral candidate.  It’s exciting, but this year I’m facing one of my biggest scholarly challenges yet: teaching my own class.

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Goose and Gander —

August 27, 2014

Fat PoliticsMy Boring-Ass LifeDickweed

Warning: Assholes ahead.

In 2013, Caitlin Seida wrote about how her cosplay photo as Lara Croft became the subject of viral mockery. Her story has recently gotten a second lease on life thanks to Twitter.

Lara CroftI had already been mulling over this whole “public humiliation for sport” thing because of some reddit shenanigans that pulled me into that toxic little corner known as /r/fatlogic. But reading Caitlin’s story, and her uplifting followup, reminded me of the deeper impact this emotional terrorism has on random people just trying to live their lives and use social media like everybody else.

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Learning to stop

August 26, 2014

Fat HealthExerciseMy Boring-Ass Life

Hurting my back ended up being a real blessing in disguise. Prior to starting rehab, my legs would cramp multiple times a night. Now I can’t remember the last time I’ve woken up and cramped. The majority of my exercises lent themselves well to off-ice training, which made me more motivated to keep up with them. I learned that my sacroiliac joints suck, but a brace does wonders for it. I’m learning a lot about how my body and muscles work, which is something that never sunk in when I was supposed to memorize all the muscles on a rat for zoology class.

Ice Skating Fail

Ignoring your body and pushing yourself too far can result in disaster.

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Fundamental Principles

August 25, 2014

Weight LossFat HealthFat ScienceExerciseDiet Talk

Trigger warning: Discussion of weight loss.

Earlier this summer I tried to make a comprehensive chart of all the logical inconsistencies in the conventional wisdom about how fat operates physiologically. Here’s one example: for around half a century now our culture has taken it for granted that fat tissue itself (at least above a certain “ideal” minimum) presents significant dangers to the human body, so that the more of it you have the worse your health is likely to be (and the less, the better). Let’s call this Belief A. More recently, starting in the late 1990s, I started to see news reports about studies showing that losing a mere 5-10% of body weight provided people with dramatic health improvements. This gives us Belief B: no matter how much “excess” fat tissue you might happen to have, the first 90-95% of it is relatively harmless and can remain right where it is without any significant risk to your health. Now, Belief A and Belief B cannot both be true; they are incompatible. How could anyone possibly manage to believe both? Yet some people do, amazingly enough.

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