pril! This is the time in France when women’s magazines start publishing articles about dieting to achieve this wonderful bathing-suit look!
Well, let me tell you, I have been dieting all my life. Not necessarily in order to lose weight but dieting all the same.
It all started when I was five, I had a kidney disease and as I was found to have albumin, was forbidden to eat anything salty.
This lasted until I was fourteen or so, then I decided that I was overweight and started dieting to lose weight. I think I have tried every single diet that I read about in the last 40 years, losing weight and putting it back on… with a vengeance.
Until I had breast cancer and reviewed my priorities 😉
Then I decided that I wouldn’t diet any more. Or at least that’s what I thought!!! After radiation therapy, I was found to have a high cholesterol count and my doctor said I had to cut on all those great things that I enjoy eating. No more charcuterie, beef, butter, cream, cheese, etc. So, there I was, dieting again, although in a different way.
was quite good about it and over the summer, I even lost ten pounds in the process. The only thing is, my cholesterol count was just the same as before the diet! All this for no result!
But I had developped an unfortunate side effect, chronic diarrhea, probably due to all this fruit and vegetables I concentrated on, to replace meat and other fatty things.
Which led me onto another diet, in which I am not supposed to eat raw fruit or veggie without having something cooked at the same time.
I hate this as I don’t enjoy cooking and love eating out. I never liked housework, cooking, gardening, sewing and other women things when I was young, but now that I am old –and free to do as I like, I have become even worse than I was.
So here I am again, on a diet! Old age and health concerns are forcing me to do something that I had decided I would never do again when I survived cancer.
Not fair! 😉
I hate opening a section called Health. But as I don’t want to fight reality, I feel I have to. I AM getting old, not to say I AM old, and let’s face it, getting old implies facing health problems.
The first photo was taken in 1947 on Deauville beach, probably by my father. I took the second photo some time ago while in Florence. Slideshow here
Don’t miss Mort Reichek’s encounter in the Casbah at Octogenarian. It takes you in the middle of Algiers Casbah during the Cold War. Octogenarian has really been everywhere!