Finding an AskMe comment about eating May 29, 2011 3:45 PM   Subscribe

Sometime within the last six or months or so (I think?) there was a post on Ask MetaFilter about eating or dieting or ways to lose weight or something to that effect. One of the commenters said something about how he or she says something like, "does this taste as good as it would feel" or something like that. It may have been marked as a Best Answer, which means it wasn't in an anonymous thread and I think it had a number of favorites. I can't find it now, but does anyone remember where that comment was? Anyone? Thanks!
posted by jroybal to MetaFilter-Related at 3:45 PM (35 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

I think I remember a comment along the lines of "nothing tastes as good as skinny feels."
posted by MaryDellamorte at 3:47 PM on May 29, 2011


I don't know the thread, but the quote "nothing tastes as good as thin feels" has commonly been attributed to Kate Moss (my friends and I often snark Moss must not be acquainted with many good cooks). That might help, if the person mentioned her maybe?
posted by ifjuly at 3:49 PM on May 29, 2011




Yeah...thats a common mantra among the successful dieters:

"Nothing tastes as good as being skinny feels".

I'm sure there's a ton of variations.
posted by hal_c_on at 4:18 PM on May 29, 2011


Before you start throwing it around in public, the saying is also loosely connected in a negative way to anorexia.
posted by raisingsand at 4:19 PM on May 29, 2011 [27 favorites]


They've not had one of Mrs Miggins' pies, obviously.
posted by Abiezer at 4:42 PM on May 29, 2011 [3 favorites]


Um, that phrase has been strongly associated with a few bouts of personal, destructive eating disorders and groups involved therein. Just saying be careful around it.
posted by The Whelk at 4:44 PM on May 29, 2011 [3 favorites]


has commonly been attributed to Kate Moss

much easier to say, and practice, when you are strung out....
posted by caddis at 4:44 PM on May 29, 2011


Drunk as good as nothing feels taste.
posted by cjorgensen at 4:56 PM on May 29, 2011 [12 favorites]


Pie tastes better than being thin feels. So does cake. Also steak. And a really good pasta carbonara. And panetonne. And bacon. All of those things taste better than being thin feels. "Being thin" in the way the old saying has it feels like you've still got a long way to go, and a lot of good things to give up to get there. Doesn't seem like it's really worth the effort.
posted by koeselitz at 5:03 PM on May 29, 2011 [13 favorites]


doublehappy: "It's a bastardisation of a saying well known in Orca pods: Nothing tastes as good as finny seals."

That's funny. I always thought it was from Julia Child: "Nothing bastes as good as skinned eels."
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell at 5:13 PM on May 29, 2011 [1 favorite]


Wait--I've seen that saying on refrigerator magnets. Along with "Ewe's not fat, ewe's fluffy" and "I'm not overweight, I'm under-tall". Are those other "associated with" anorexia? Isn't any dieting mantra going to be?
posted by DU at 5:27 PM on May 29, 2011


I've heard that *particular* phrase a lot with people who would then fall down from not eating for a week.

The other ones, not so much.
posted by The Whelk at 5:32 PM on May 29, 2011


Pet peeve: "commenters" ain't a real word.
posted by futz at 5:43 PM on May 29, 2011


My pet peeve are people keeping peeves. They are very beautiful and delicate creatures that don't belong in cages and require a lifetime of love and care.
posted by The Whelk at 5:59 PM on May 29, 2011 [6 favorites]


I'm pretty sure "Nothing tastes as good as thin feels" has been used a slogan by slimmers for decades; I seem to remember it being used in a campaign for Jenny Craig or Weightwatchers in the 90s. Curiously, the internet seems to think Moss coined the phrase in 2009, and I can't find any other information about its origin.
posted by hot soup girl at 6:00 PM on May 29, 2011


My lovely little peeves smell like skunk. Thanks Whelk!
posted by futz at 6:17 PM on May 29, 2011


Mosquitoes love peeves too.
posted by futz at 6:20 PM on May 29, 2011


Please remember to spay or neuter your peeves.
posted by The Whelk at 6:50 PM on May 29, 2011


I drown mine.
posted by futz at 6:53 PM on May 29, 2011 [1 favorite]


Pet peeve: "commenters" ain't a real word.

It is if people are using it as such. Dictionaries are based on usage, not vice-versa.
posted by Sys Rq at 6:53 PM on May 29, 2011


O'tay
posted by futz at 6:56 PM on May 29, 2011


Pet peeve: "commenters" ain't a real word.

Neither is "television", or "automobile", or "scientists". Language adapts to a changing world. Common vocabulary expands to fit novel needs.
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:41 PM on May 29, 2011


Peeves make excellent pets, but they tend to be destructive around soft furnishings. This can be solved, however, by de-clawing.
posted by dg at 8:03 PM on May 29, 2011


Nothing tastes as good as a hovercraft full of eels.
posted by Splunge at 12:39 AM on May 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


yeah, there is no way this phrase was coined by Kate Moss.
posted by sweetkid at 5:08 AM on May 30, 2011


My brother countered that with 'there's no way that being skinny beats the feeling of eating chicken wings'. He may have a point.
posted by bquarters at 5:45 AM on May 30, 2011


Agreed, Kate Moss did not credit Reddit.
posted by safetyfork at 6:25 AM on May 30, 2011 [4 favorites]


I first heard the phrase in Weight Watchers meetings circa 1998-2000. Basically, however you word it, it's designed to remind the individual of delayed gratification.
posted by WCityMike at 7:13 AM on May 30, 2011


Folks are keeping peeves as pets? I thought everyone knew that as soon as an irk reached maturity, it was time to release it into the wild.
posted by likeso at 8:18 AM on May 30, 2011


likeso: "Folks are keeping peeves as pets? I thought everyone knew that as soon as an irk reached maturity, it was time to release it into the wild."

That's almost Seussian.
posted by WCityMike at 9:13 AM on May 30, 2011


OP, is this what you were thinking of? It's not a ton of favourites, but moreso than the pro-ana slogan and I remember liking it when I read it.
posted by daelin at 9:18 AM on May 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


WCityMike? I can now no longer resist.

Peeves aren't pets!
Everyone knows:
When irks mature
Out they goes!
posted by likeso at 9:23 AM on May 30, 2011 [2 favorites]


Burma-Shave
posted by Pallas Athena at 1:47 PM on May 30, 2011 [3 favorites]


I think they've got it backwards. Should be 'skinny feels as good as nothing tastes'.
posted by owtytrof at 7:21 AM on May 31, 2011


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