'Ed Levine's Serious Diet' 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 180: All-Star Sandwich Fest Strategies

Yup, tomorrow is our big all-star sandwich fest on Governor's Island. I'm really looking forward to it, but it is certainly going to be a challenge, caloric journey-wise. Why? Because we are serving up so much seriously delicious stuff eating that everything in moderation would still be overeating. So what am I going to do? I'm going to focus on the sandwiches I haven't had before. 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 Serious Weigh-In, Week 160: No More "Diet" For Me

From now on I am not going to refer to my weight control efforts as a diet. What I have embarked on is a series of choices and an overall attitude about eating and living. What I am laying out is a way to eat for pleasure without losing control of my weight. It's something a lot of serious eaters can relate to, I think. I've come to think of it as a caloric journey. More

Ed Levine's Serious Diet, Week 159: Thursday Nights Are Not For Fasting

I have now been on my "diet" for more than three years now, and as you might have noticed I weigh in every Friday, just like I am about to do. What has that meant to my weekly eating habits? That Thursdays have been near-fasting days for me. I have had many a Thursday dinner of apples or banana or raisins. A toasted bialy would qualify as a Thursday feast. More

Ed Levine's Serious Diet, Week 158: Revolutionary Lo-Cal Pizza?

I was having a hard time coming up with what I should be eating for lunch when I remembered reading about this low-cal pizza place that had opened up directly crosstown from Serious Eats World HQ. Revd up π claims to be leading the pizza revolution. Between the π and the revolutionary rhetoric, I should have known better. But I was desperate. It was Thursday and I had to jump on Thinner and report to all of you the next morning. More

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