Diet Spa

 

In Frasier’s 8th season, Daphne Moon, struggling with issues related to emotional eating, gains a lot of weight (FYI, she was pregnant). To lose it, she goes off to a spa (maternity leave). She returns a few episodes later, back to her thin self.

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While actual diet “spas” are probably horrible places, it got me thinking about a magical place I could go to diet, which is actually really difficult to do properly when you’re busy and have a life. My dream diet spa would be something like this:

You arrive at the diet spa, a nice place off in nature somewhere. You’re immediately given hot shorts and other cute outfits that look great and fit properly. You put them on and join a group of women of various body types. They’re also wearing hot shorts, in an environment where they’re not shamed about their bodies. For the first week or so, you just hang out with these people over drinks and good food. You start to notice how great your new friends look, and it dawns on you that maybe you look pretty good too. At this point, you might decide to leave the diet spa and go on with your life, finally feeling comfortable in your body.

If you decide to stay, that’s fine too. The new routine begins. Every morning, you wake up and have some scrambled eggs (tossed salads are later in the day) and toast or whatever. Fruit maybe? I don’t know. Healthy things, real food. Someone from Café Nervosa can make you a nice coffee too.

Then you go down to the dog area. There, you’ll find a pack of dogs (at least 10) to accompany you on a nice long walk in the forest. Eddie is there, and so is my dog Runner. You can run if you want to, but nobody’s forcing you into any boot-camp type of situation. Also, you don’t have to pick up the dogs’ shit. Someone else does that. Because exercise is obviously beneficial, it is encouraged, and other activities are available if you decide.

For lunch, you are given the tossed salad of your dreams. You know those build-your-own salad bars that have all those great toppings? I love those. So, it’s kind of like that.

You spend the afternoon reading or hanging out with your new friends. Dr. Frasier Crane and Dr. Niles Crane are both there, along with several excellent female psychiatrists, if you’d like to do some therapy. There are nutritionists to talk to if needed. You can also go for a swim. Maybe the spa is by an ocean?

For dinner, excellent chefs are on staff to make you delicious, healthful foods, like a raw tuna and salmon bowl with rice and vegetables (I’m thinking of a specific menu item at a Montreal restaurant called Kazu, if any of my zero readers ever make it to town). The cooks can also teach you how to make these things for yourself. Dinner selections include carbs, gluten, full-fat foods, sugars, etcetera, all within the calorie range you’ve chosen for your diet. Then you have dessert and a small glass of sherry if you want.

After you’ve reached your goal weight, you go home, feeling good and ready to continue the healthy new habits you’ve adopted. You can go back any time for a short visit. And it’s all paid for by the capitalist patriarchy.

What would your dream diet spa be like? Please share in the comments below. I’m listening.

 

Fan Fiction

By now, I was hoping at least a few people would have commented on my blog to start a discussion. Since that hasn’t happened, here is a fictional transcript of a conversation between Dr. Frasier Crane and Pam, a caller to his show.

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Frasier: Roz, who do we have on the line?

Roz: We have Pam from Marysville on line four.

Frasier: Hello, Pam! This is Dr. Frasier Crane. I’m listening.

Pam: Hi, Dr. Crane! Thanks for taking my call.

Frasier: Yes. What can I help you with today?

Pam: I’m calling because I’m trying to lose weight, but nothing I do seems to work! It’s very frustrating. Help me, Dr. Crane!

Frasier: Ah, yes. Well, Pam, this is a very common problem that a lot of people struggle with. Weight loss is actually a relatively simple science. It all comes down to consuming less calories than you expend, but that does require a commitment. One approach people often use is counting calories. While it may seem quite time consuming and complicated at first, eventually, you gain a sense of what’s in the food you eat and it does get easier. If you do it long enough, it becomes a habit.

Pam: I’ve tried counting calories! I’ll stick to my diet all day, but then I get home from work and snack all evening after dinner.

Frasier: I see. In that case, maybe you should examine why exactly you do this. Is it boredom? Fatigue? Stress? If it’s the former, you might benefit from a new hobby or activity. Take on a new project like starting a blog. Even a simple activity like taking evening walks can certainly help with your goal. If you’re tired or stressed out, focusing on getting more sleep or tackling the issues causing your stress might help. Getting at the root of why you overeat is important on any weight-loss journey.

Also, it’s important to set realistic goals and acknowledge your habits and lifestyle. If you do tend to eat more in the evening, try to consume fewer calories during the day. You want to work with your habits, not against them.

Pam: I guess I just get bored at night, and keep heading to the fridge.

Frasier: Well, if you just can’t resist snacking, you might try keeping less unhealthy snack foods in the house. If you stock your fridge with fruits and veggies or foods that require preparation, you’re less likely to be tempted. And if you do give in and eat, say, an apple, that’s not so bad.

Pam: I guess that’s true. Thanks, Dr. Crane! I’ll try that.

Frasier: You’re welcome. Best of luck to you, Pam! Well, that’s all the time we have for today. You’ve been listening to Dr. Frasier Crane, KACL 780.

 

Any real-life person struggling to lose weight? Please respond in the comments below. I’m listening.

Morning

“Let us get something clear: I am not a morning person. I have to ease into my day slowly. First, I have my coffee, sans eggshells or anything else one tends to pick out of the garbage. Then I have a low-fat, high-fibre breakfast. Finally, I sit down and read a crisp, new newspaper. If I am robbed of the richness of my morning routine, I cannot function. ( … ) I’m sorry if this may sound priggish, but I have grown comfortable with this part of myself. It is the magic that is me.”

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The magic that is me needs a latte and a cup of coconut Greek yogurt with berries every morning.

Lunch is usually a spinach salad with whole-grain toast and cream cheese, and dinner is where I mix it up a bit.

Like Frasier, I have a strict routine, which makes weight loss so much easier. I don’t have to think about it too much. I eat breakfast, pack my lunch, which takes a second to throw together, and go.

My sister told me about a study recently, which said that when people are asked in advance what they would eat the next day, they make healthy choices. When they’re asked what they want to eat right now, they make less healthy choices. So, packing lunches and planning meals is a great way to go if your goal is weight loss. That’s easier said than done for a lot of people though.

Just like Frasier eases into his morning, you have to ease into a new routine. Trying to change too much at once often doesn’t work. My routine was a gradual thing. It started with just being conscious of the food I was eating. Then a commitment to packing a lunch just a few days a week. Then I started counting calories to get an idea of how much I was actually eating. Then I started counting calories with the specific goal of weight loss, and so on.

My co-worker looks at my lunch and says she couldn’t eat the same thing every day. It does get boring, but I find dieting kind of boring anyway. And when I don’t feel like my usual salad, I get something else. As long as it’s just sometimes.

What is the magic that is you? Please share in the comments. I’m listening.

On Sherry

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I had a friend in town this past weekend, and we drank too much. Calories in alcohol aside, I felt like garbage the next day, ate a million pork dumplings and felt bad about the whole thing. Pizza and nachos were also involved. I try not to be too hard on myself when this happens, but it’s hard not to when you’ve been working hard to lose weight. And because alcohol leaves me feeling tired for days, it often leads to days of poor food choices. This time, I got back on my diet and am feeling good about it.

If your friends are anything like mine, socializing often just means eating and drinking. Part of my success in losing weight has been due to just staying home and watching Frasier. While that hasn’t been too hard in the cold winter weather, I can’t avoid my friends forever. When I have ventured out lately though, it’s been for more reasonable activities that leave me feeling good.

A lot of weight-loss articles tell you to pair up with a friend and exercise together. Most of my friends wouldn’t be interested, and neither am I. But there are plenty of things to do that aren’t just eating and drinking. While Frasier Crane likes to indulge in a nice glass of wine or sherry and try new restaurants like Le Cigare Volant, his social calendar is also filled with events like the symphony, theatre and opera. Going to the movies followed by one drink, for example, is a much healthier way to spend time with friends. Also, your friends will likely agree to do this with you.

And if you do spend a night out drinking Ballantines and eating junk, it happens.

Has anyone else had a hard time being social while dieting? Please share your tips or experiences! I’m listening.

Intro

Hi, and welcome to my blog! After a couple months of dieting, I’ve lost some weight, and have been feeling good about it. I’m hoping to lose a bit more. I also recently started re-watching an old favourite, Frasier. I’ve also been eating plenty of tossed salads and scrambled eggs, both excellent diet foods.

With the help of an app, I’ve lost weight through counting calories and trying to be a bit more active. I still eat an entire (small) pizza on Friday nights, because while I enjoy the finer things in life like the Crane brothers, I’m also a bit of a Martin. Generally though, I try to eat light, healthy meals, without cutting out any particular category of food or depriving myself too much.

In this blog, I’ll be reflecting on life, food and Frasier, all while trying to lose weight. I should mention that I think people can be healthy and look great at any weight, and no one should feel like they have to go on a diet. Personally, I was feeling uncomfortable in my body and wanted to change that.

While I have no official expertise, I’ve dieted before (successfully and not), and have learned a lot about what works for me and what doesn’t. If any of my readers have any questions or comments, I’m listening.