Health is a serious topic but sometimes we have to laugh at ourselves and our diet mania (which is not the same as health). Judy Gruen’s newest book, Till We Eat Again: A Second Helping, is definitely a look at the light side of dieting. And for a serious look at how we confuse dieting and health and malign the overweight, see her latest piece on Jennifer Livingston: The Fat Anchor on aish.com.
Excerpt from Till We Eat Again: A Second Helping
By Judy Gruen
The calendar is closing in on me. December already! Where did the year go? And why in the last year have I lost just about everything I own except some weight? I’ve lost my keys, my sunglasses, and my peace of mind. I’ve lost my wallet, eight library books, and even, for a heart-stopping half-hour at an outdoor fair, one of the kids. I seem to be able to lose everything except this padding.
As an added reminder, even today’s spam e-mails were nearly all insulting in nature. One e-mailer invited me out on a date, if I could meet him in Sydney, Australia. The next suggested, with no subtlety whatsoever, that I start “loosing” weight -- today! Do people who can’t even spell correctly expect me to cough up money for their charlatan plans? Besides, my weight already is “loose! Then I received an exclusive offer to purchase an Apple Cider Vinegar potion for only sixteen dollars and ninety-five cents, but I’ve already got apple cider vinegar at home that, if I am not mistaken, only cost me about a buck-sixty-nine.
Since the world is full of scams, I’ve ruled out the following types of diets and schemes:
- Any program that has to advertise by stapling flyers on telephone poles.
- Any product or plan where the ads have misspelled words.
- Anyone who wants to pay me as a subject in a test to eat a funny fiber-rich candy bar for lunch for the next thirty days.
- Any potion, powder or swill promising to make people begin confusing my body with that of Catherine Zeta-Jones.
- Any program that costs more than my monthly car payment.
- Any program demanding I buy their meals, have group encounter sessions, or perform unnatural acts of multi-level marketing.
I’m sure the list will grow, but so far, I think this is a good start.