Thursday, May 10, 2007

Bloor Line, lunch rush.

Caucasian woman, mid 30s, with curly black hair pulled back in a high ponytail, wearing a grey jacket, blue-grey scarf and silver hoop earrings. She carries a large leather shoulder bag. Her face is pleasantly relaxed, her head cocked just to the side.

The Shangri-La Diet, Seth Roberts (Perigree)

Page 35:

The "radical truth" that inspired my diet was not that eating less-processed food caused me to lose weight. That was just an interesting truth. The radical truth was how easy it had been to learn this interesting truth.

While she stands there reading she does ankle lifts, 25 x 3 sets. She's wearing headphones so she might not know that when she's done and rotates her feet that the pop they make shivers the back of my ear down to the base of my neck. It's likely the acoustics of this doorway, but only ever have I felt that sensation once before, when a needle was dragged across my spine, carving out a mantra, vibrating against bone, cutting through flesh like water, easy on his end, anthropomorphic on mine. Which is to say that I empathized with my body as it endured something akin to the teeth I've never had drilled.


timeless said...

Cutting edge. Like Roberts' Shangri-La Diet. Which isn't actually a diet, rather, a great tool to use with a nutritional plan. Works for me...

"Goodbye sugary carb-cravings. And thank you Seth, for my returned slender-person's appetite," says she, smiling knowingly to herself, -34 fat pounds down in Shangri-La. Caucasian woman, mid-50s with long, straightened coffee-brown hair. She wears an East-Indian patterned brown, gold and burgundy tunic with high slits up the side, shiny black spandex workout pants, silver and Navajo turquoise rings, bracelets, necklace and earrings. She carries a bottle of light-tasting olive oil in her large leather shoulder bag. Her face is pleasantly relaxed, her head slightly cocked back as she takes a 3 Tablespoon swig mixed with water, just before bedtime...

Julie Wilson said...

Ha! What a great response. :)

Suzanne Bellerive said...

No diet has ever worked for me. No calorie-counting. Just one thing: eating more often, eating enough, and having breakfast within an hour of getting up in the morning. I never had much weight to lose, but was worried about a five-pound gain over the past year for no apparent reason.

Anyway, Jorge Cruise has a method called The Three-Hour Diet. You eat (nutrition matters, of course) every three hours. It's harder than it sounds?

Julie, I'm new to your blog but really enjoy the excerpts from the books and your descriptions of the people reading them.

Julie Wilson said...

I've actually felt healthiest when doing much the same. I'm a grazer.

I'm glad you're enjoying the blog. It gives good vibe and attracts cool people! Hope you come back from time to time.