So I have finally found a diet that works and the weight is falling off me effortlessly. What’s the secret? The magic bullet and can I make millions from it? Probably not but I thought I’d share anyway.
I have a loose tooth at the front of my mouth. Actually many of my teeth are now loose. It’s gum recession, inevitable to some extent as you get older though it can also be hereditary. And stress can be a factor.
That said, my dentist always tells me off about my teeth. I could brush them morning, noon and night and all day everyday and he’d STILL tut tut at me, shake his head and suck breath in over his teeth like a plumber does when commenting on your old boiler or pipes.
Well whatever. My appetite is gone. Eating is painful now. A tooth pushing its way up from my lower gum is now in the wrong place and gets bashed all the time when I eat. It’s like when you stub your toe then inevitably keep tripping over it making it much worse. Easiest to eat very little and eat very slowly. Eating is now a pain.
I always wanted this! To be kind of person who eats because she has to not because she wants to. This is probably temporary for a solution shall have to be found for loose tooth. In the meantime though I’m trying to avoid eating save for what is absolutely essential.
Survive on little
And you know what? I’ve discovered you can survive on very little food! I’m not being silly. I AM eating. Just nowhere near as much as before. Once you start associating food with pain and discomfort it’s amazing how little you need and how little you want to eat.
Maybe my appetite will return when this is sorted but we’ll see. Obviously this isn’t a healthy state of affairs. Right now though all I want is to keep my own teeth for as long as possible. And I do need to lose weight, no question about that.
I am going to an event about a philosophical movement called Stoicism on Saturday November 29th at Queen Mary, University of London. Maybe I can learn from that how to cope with this kind of curve ball and try to do my best to get through it. But it’s an interesting idea. I found out about it reading Philosophy for Life and Other Dangerous Situations by Jules Evans whom I interviewed for an article for the Arts and Humanities Research Council which funded some of Jules’s work for the book.
It’s a fascinating area. Seems Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is underpinned by the ancient philosophers. My piece about this was called How the ancient Greeks can help with the trials of modern life.
One thing I love about my work is that I always learn something! Often a very good deal more than I knew before. Happy is the person who is paid to learn stuff then write about it. Even if my teeth are falling out!
More next month…