My Staten Island, N.Y. cousin, Michael Altini writes: “I love eating. If the food is not up to spec, I get very angry, pay and leave. I know I can make half the stuff better”
My Bristol, U.K cousin, Chris Finch writes : “Diet News - Day 21. Half a pound down takes me 2 away from my target in 3 days . Who's that skinny guy in the mirror?”
1. Hey Michael, I am with you. I rarely get truly excited about restaurant food. It is so often either poorly cooked and presented, or over-priced. I much prefer my home cooked foods – e.g. the roasted parsnips, carrots, onions, and peppers which I just scoffed down.
2. Hey Chris, I am with you, but I have taken a slower route. Back in January I saw a 203 lbs (14+ stone) person in the mirror. Today that mirror shows a 158 lbs (11+ stone) Michael Povey. I have lost about 3 stones (say 42 lbs). I love the slimmer me.
My route to “slimnitude” has been (a) exercise (I walk about 5 miles each day, thanks to my dog!);
and (b) diet (no snacks, very little red meat, and lots of fruit, fish and vegetables).
This business of food and diet is very much a western privilege. We cannot talk about the foods we enjoy, and the lbs we have lost without also thinking about the billions of humans whose diet is subsistence, or less.