We had a great night last night at Yesim’s where it was the first anniversary of the group. Yesim herself baked a cake the size of an occasional table which was cut into twenty brick-sized slabs and washed down by an enormous bottle of Rioja – one of the better brands. I don’t know what year it was, but this was the make:
At the end we sang my Yesim’s Music Circle song with two extra verses specially written for the occasion!
And so to bed…
Then this morning, one of Mark’s little mini-lectures was on enthalpy (there’s no way to avoid these, so I just sit through them and groan softly from time to time, which he interprets as encouragement) or the measurement of calories by exploding food. Apparently you bung your food in a microwave-sized explosive device and blow it up.
‘And then what?’ I said.
‘Then you know how many calories there are in it!’ he said.
‘What good is that?’ I said. He looked aghast. ‘I mean, if you’ve exploded your food you can’t eat it, can you?’ I pointed out.
‘That’s just a sample!’ he said. ‘If you’re Cadbury’s or someone you test a sample of chocolate – and then you put the number of calories on the packet.’
‘Or not. If they put calories on the packet nobody’d buy it,’ I said.
He had no answer to that.
I’m against the calorie-counting method of dieting anyway: having tried it myself in my youth I know that as soon as you impose a daily limit on yourself you instantly want more. What has worked instead for me has been adopting a vegetarian diet (far fewer calories, always supposing you don’t live on cheesecake) and practising yoga. The practice of yoga tends to give you a certain distance form impulses so that you can control them rather than them controlling you.
Overeating often stems from frustration. In my youth I was horribly frustrated because I wasn’t able to express my thoughts and feelings: now that I’m writing full-time, that frustration has largely gone.
Yes, contrary to what Wallis Simpson said, you can be too rich or too thin:
– but you can never be too happy or too fulfilled.
So there we are – that’s my thought for today.
Today I shall be mostly… philosophising then socialising then Drinking and Thinking. Join us tonight at the Ale Wagon, 8 pm, for a discussion on ‘Are We Becoming a More Cruel Society?’