FoodWISE and successful “diets”

Gigi Berardi reads FoodWISE, continuing on with her section, “Believing Diets.” Provocative article from the Seattle Times: people living longer?

FoodWISE and yo-yo dieting

Gigi Berardi reads FoodWISE, what happens when we “yo-yo” diet? Lose and regain the same 10# or 25# or 125#? Our bodies are complex, sophisticated and, at times, unpredictable. Read about all that in The Atlantic tonight: the pandemic’s central mystery.

FoodWISE and eating fat to lose fat?

Eat fat to lose fat? Gigi Berardi reads FoodWISE, on the body’s daily nutrient requirements and how it very cleverly adjusts when we practice caloric restriction (via ketosis and more). And, two articles tonight, what’s a clean wine after what’s a clean wine after all? AND food security issues, again.     Image, my preferred…

FoodWISE, making obesity a disease, and Donald Byrd a household name

Gigi Berardi reads FoodWISE, critically looking at how we demonize and pathologize “obesity,” in the words ofJulie Guthman, and highlights a critically important artist—Donald Byrd. You can see some of his work here: Donald Byrd and Donald Byrd/on-view/.   Donald-Byrd-Headshot-by-Gabriel-Bienczycki

FoodWISE and perfectionist ideals

Gigi Berardi reads FoodWISE (, on diets and perfectionist ideals—both, unachievable. Her call to “do the right thing” extends to her reading of an article on Italy: Key is quick and decisive responses, re: lockdown and preventing new clusters of infection—although, clearly, “complacency remains the jet fuel of the pandemic.”

FoodWISE, the cost of convenience, and ballet companies pivoting

Gigi Berardi reads FoodWISE, on industry credibility and advertising, and the cost of convenience—and then talks about national ballet companies that are pivoting during the coronavirus pandemic. Bravo! For example, see: NYCB’s fall. San Francisco Ballet’s season begins January 19: SFB’s fall     image:

Dance needs help

Google/Facebook search any of your favorite dance companies and you’ll get specific instructions on what to do to help keep the company financially solvent, as here: “Our ability to weather this crisis depends on cutting as much expense as we can while maintaining a bare-bones operation, as well as applying for relief funds and appealing…

Jesus Christ Superstar—Desert dancers and clever choreography

Recently, I found myself re-watching the 1973 film of Jesus Christ Superstar, and besides the power of the singing of Ted Neeley, Carl Anderson, Yvonne Elliman (and just about everybody else), I was struck by the compelling dance. The smart and skillful dance combines with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s rock opera music and Tim Rice’s clever…

Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Enchanting Cinderella

It’s hard to top Pacific Northwest Ballet’s production of Kent Stowell’s Cinderella (Jan 31-Feb 9, 2020) at Seattle’s McCaw Hall. The company premiered it almost 26 years ago—I was there then, and I can remember being impressed with both design and concept, as well as the mesmerizing Prokofiev music. This year, I was fortunate to…