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Nutrition: Food game readers are playing – Duluth News Tribune

In response to a recent column about the food games we play, I received these delicious letters:

Hello Barbara,

I usually skim through the newspaper but recently your article (“Food Games We Play”) caught my eye. I’ll tell you mine.

This habit started in high school. Every time a cake or cookie was brought to the table, I cut the slice of cake in half. I would break the cookie in half, determined to eat only half of it. 90% of the time I go back for the other half. I am 70 years old. How can I still do this?

My husband is constantly buying snacks. His love language is to feed me. I have not solved this problem. I told myself that I will only eat the food that I choose and that I will not eat the food chosen for me. But, when he walks into my office with a bowl of popcorn and caramel corn, love in his eyes, how can I say no? (Of course, pour it into the bag when he’s not looking.)

I appreciated the suggestions you offered at the end of the article.



Dear Barbara,

I read your column in my local newspaper in Albany, Oregon. The last column was a fun discussion about the games we play with ourselves regarding food, especially snacks.

When I go to the market, I will put a particularly delicious snack in my basket right after I start shopping. I’ll be walking down the aisles thinking I’m enjoying my wonderful treat. Then when I’m ready to leave, I put the snack back. It’s called: If I don’t buy it, I can’t eat it. It works pretty well for me.

Two and a half years ago I was told I had to use statins. I told my practitioner that I wanted time to try using diet and exercise to lower my cholesterol. In three months, I lost nearly 20 pounds by eating proper portions, having a cup of yogurt or a banana if I was feeling peckish between meals. I also enlisted the help of my husband (he is the chef in our house) to cook mostly a Mediterranean style diet. I lost weight noticeably, 1.5 to 2 pounds per week. The best part was that I brought my cholesterol into normal ranges!

After this personal success, I continued to improve my eating habits and continued to lose weight at the same pace until I achieved a 40 pound loss. And I’ve maintained (my) weight now for over a year, without hesitation more than a pound or two up or down in that time. I feel very proud of myself.

But my game, if I don’t buy it I can’t eat it, suits me pretty well!

In good health,


I couldn’t have said it better myself, ladies! Thanks for writing!

Barbara Quinn is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist affiliated with Monterey Peninsula Community Hospital. Email her at [email protected] ©2020 The Monterey County Herald. Visit the Monterey County Herald at Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.