SPLURGE OF THE WEEK
THE LONG STRETCH
Bulging with recipes, "faToids," craft projects and secular prayers, Our Lady of Weight Loss: Miraculous and Motivational Musings from the Patron Saint of Permanent Fat Removal by Janice Taylor (Viking Studio / Penguin Group, $19.95) arrives on shelves next month. Readers will find basic common sense among the whimsy, including tips for slowing "the eating frenzy":
Masticate your food. Don't swallow whole pieces.
Do not put more food in your mouth until you have swallowed what's already there!
Put the fork down in between bites.
Drink water between bites.
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