Jan. 10: Today's Temptation

Jan. 10: Today's Temptation

Jan. 10: Today's Temptation

Outrageous experiments in sensible eating.
Jan. 10 2011 9:37 PM

Jan. 10: Today's Temptation

The e-mail from a co-worker arrived at 5:11 p.m.:

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Ellen Tarlin is a former Slate copy chief and writer of the "Clean Plate" blog. Her essays have appeared in the Boston Globe, the Boston PhoenixBrooklyn Bridge, Bark, and  the RISK storytelling podcast. Follow her on Twitter.

Re: banana nutella chocolate chip cake out on table in lounge

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Yes, I went over to take a photo. Fortunately, I OD'd on Nutella when I first discovered it 20 years ago, and I'm still not over it.

But here's the obvious lesson of the day: Eating healthy foods protects you from craving less healthy ones. The banana part smelled good, but I was already full.