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June 6, 2008
"What's the worst lie you've told lately?" I ask a few of my female coworkers recently. None of them could think of any really bad mistruths aside from the lies they told in high school to get out of trouble with their parents or teachers. One of my colleagues said she used a photocopied ticket for a school dance and didn't step forward when students were initially asked if they had fake tickets. After her dishonesty gnawed away at her, she later went to the principal to confess. All of them told me, though, that they feel comfortable telling those you-don't-look-fat-at-all white lies to please people and make them feel good. But downright dirty dishonesty? They feel too guilty to engage in it. (I'll take them at their word.)
Our society certainly frowns upon lying. Witness the brouhaha over former White House press secretary Scott McClellan's new book, What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception, where he accuses his former boss of a "lack of candor." McClellan says he's most upset about the damage to his own reputation after he "unknowingly passed along false information" from administration officials.
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June 4, 2008
It's refreshing to hear a successful dieter admit that she still feels hungry all the time. That's what "Hungry Girl" Lisa Lillien has done so winningly, with her popular website filled with low-cal simple recipes and reviews of the latest dieter-friendly products and a new bestselling book, Hungry Girl: Recipes and Survival Strategies for Guilt-Free Eating in the Real World. (Fast-food makeover tip: Make onion rings using crushed Fiber One bran cereal and egg substitute for a coating.) Lillien spoke with me last week about her lifelong weight struggles and how she lost 30 pounds and has kept if off for seven years. Excerpts:
How do you manage to curb that hunger?
I have a big appetite and am always looking for foods I can eat more of, a lot of volume in fewer calories. I'd rather find things that fill me up like salads, soups, and fruit. Having one tiny bite of cheesecake just isn't satisfying to me.