'Ed Levine's Caloric Journey' on Serious Eats

Ed Levine's Caloric Journey, Week 181: The Dentist Diet, Painfully Effective

Although I wouldn't wish what I have gone through this week on anyone, I have to say that five visits to a dentist in four days is certainly an effective caloric journey enhancer. My teeth and gums had been hurting all last week, but I certainly wasn't going to go to the dentist before the Sandwich Fest. I didn't eat much there anyway, but not because of my sandwich fest planning. I was just too busy. But by last Sunday my mouth was killing me, so I went to the dentist on Monday. More

Ed Levine's Caloric Journey, Week 179: My Calorically Affordable Summer Treats: What are Yours?

With the sweltering summer heat upon the city where I live, every time I emerge from New York's 72nd Street subway station covered in sweat, I'm thinking about what treat I can give myself to both cool off and help me recover from that awful experience. So this summer I have started to compile a list of calorically affordable treats. What are yours? More

Ed Levine's Caloric Journey, Week 178: A Week at the Vineyard

We've been up on Martha's Vineyard for eight days now, and I thought I would give you a caloric journey progress report. On the Fourth, our friends the Grands invited us over for raw clams and oysters, homemade gravlax, and Ann Grand's justifiably famous pulled pork. Ann's pork is amazing, but I managed to avoid both heaping seconds on my plate and piling the pork on the soft hamburger buns she provided. Again, though I could have done better, I also could have done a lot worse. As for the rest of the week... More

Ed Levine's Caloric Journey, Week 175: What's Your Go-To Summer Salad?

Vicky had bought a head of romaine lettuce, walnuts, and gorgonzola cheese to make one of her favorite salads the day before, so she was determined to serve it for dinner last night. While I watched a replay of the Yankees game (I had forgotten that it was an afternoon game, so I never checked the score during the day) Vicky made the salad. It was seriously delicious, a perfect June meal, and one that I never would have thought to make myself. More

Ed Levine's Caloric Journey, Week 174: Listen to Your Body, It Will Tell You When You're Full

Lately, as this column continues to evolve, as I am not so slavishly devoted to getting on the scale every day, I have begun to see that there are other ways to measure my caloric journey progress. I've been noticing that I'm feeling full more quickly. What that means for me is that I can eat more of the food I love, as long as I stop when my body says enough. More

Ed Levine's Caloric Journey, Week 173: Don't Help Yourself to Seconds (They Don't Help)

I looked longingly at the huge pot of stew. I looked away. I looked again. That stew was calling my name. "So tasty," it was whispering to me. "Stop," I said in response. "I'm on a caloric journey, and seconds, my tasty friend, don't help. Ever, unless you're talking about salad without dressing, or vegetables without sauce, or fruit salad. So who won this battle of wills, the beef stew vs. me? More

Ed Levine's Caloric Journey, Week 170: A Change in Course

All right, fans and occasional naysayers of my caloric journey. I am going to take this journey down a different path for awhile. It's my journey, so I determine the route. I read everyone's comments last week with great interest, both the positive and the negative ones. Of all the comments last week I found Teachertalk's to be the one I couldn't stop thinking about. This is what she said. More

Ed Levine's Caloric Journey, Week 169: At a Crossroads

Although I didn't much care for some of the comments on last week's caloric journey post (though I'm sure they weren't meant to be, a couple of them felt personal, judgmental, and overly harsh—after all I am trying, and I've managed to keep a lot of weight off for a long time), I have to admit that some folks were right. I am at an inflection point on my caloric journey. More

Ed Levine's Caloric Journey, Week 167: Am I Allowed a Day Off?

It was a gorgeous New York early spring evening. The birds were chirping, the forsythia were blooming, I was headed to an important business dinner at one of my current favorite restaurants in New York City, ABC Kitchen. I started fantasizing about ABC Kitchen's toasts, the open-faced sandwiches that chef Dan Kluger (the crab sandwich toast is my favorite). I was thinking about all this seriously delicious food I was about to eat. Then reality hit. It was Thursday night. More

Ed Levine's Caloric Journey, Week 165: Could One Bad Week Send Me Back to Square One?

I knew this week was going to be a rough one on my caloric journey, but I had no idea how rough. Last weekend I decided to do a solo taste test of every Haagen Dazs flavor out there. I tried to eat only one spoonful of each variety, but I ended up eating two pints of Dulce de Leche, by myself. Where were my wife and son when I needed them most? More

Ed Levine's Caloric Journey, Week 162: Vacation and Doughnuts Are Not a Righteous Path

Yesterday we had a doughnut tasting at SE World Headquarters. On a Thursday, no less. The day before my weigh-in. Now I know full well that doughnuts are not on the path to weight loss, or even weight control. Doughnuts are one of the big holes in my weight control game. But what would you do if you were confronted by an entire conference table filled with doughnuts? Well, I know what I did. I tasted a bunch then left the room. More

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