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Tuesday, 23 July, 2002

I have a new boyfriend. He's very good looking and lives a life a leisure. He's a bit young, but what the heck.

I am referring, of course, to Ethan Conger. I got to meet my new "boyfriend" yesterday - I rented a car and drove out to Bryn Mawr Hospital to see him. And his mom. Jennifer is looking terrific and when I got there Ethan was in her room, fast asleep in his crib. John had gone back to work for a couple of hours and Jen's parents had gone out shopping for their new grandson, so I got to sit and talk to her and hold Ethan for a while. He was great - didn't fuss at all when I picked him up or put him back down, and he even winked at me, the little flirt.

[What a great way to make all the rest of the day's problems disappear.]

Watching "Men in Black" on DVD. The original. I want to go see the new one - I really like Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones.

Read an interesting, albeit long, story about the ongoing fight between low-fat diet fans and low-carb diet proponents. It is quite lengthy, but the essence is a discussion about the possibility that Dr. Atkins and others that promote a low-carb way of eating might actually be right. I'll select a paragraph:

"As a result, the major trends in American diets since the late 70's, according to the U.S.D.A. agricultural economist Judith Putnam, have been a decrease in the percentage of fat calories and a ''greatly increased consumption of carbohydrates.'' To be precise, annual grain consumption has increased almost 60 pounds per person, and caloric sweeteners (primarily high-fructose corn syrup) by 30 pounds. At the same time, we suddenly began consuming more total calories: now up to 400 more each day since the government started recommending low-fat diets.

If these trends are correct, then the obesity epidemic can certainly be explained by Americans' eating more calories than ever -- excess calories, after all, are what causes us to gain weight -- and, specifically, more carbohydrates."

I have long said that this way of eating is not for everyone, but it certainly works for me. I am pleased that at least some in the scientific community are trying to look at the facts, rather than make assumptions.

[Think I'll go make an omelette. With cheese. And bacon.]

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Quote du jour:

"Diets, like clothes, should be tailored to you."

-- Joan Rivers (1937 - ____) US comedian, TV personality

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