Most people know the story of Willie Loman from Arthur Miller’s drama, “Death Of A Salesman.” In his final scene, he speaks to a group of young men and women who have been watching him throughout their lives. They are impressed with what they see as his success in life up until this point- but at the end of it all, they tell him that giving up is not an option. This passage resonates deeply with me because I think society often tries to convince us that yielding is necessary when there may be other options available for continued growth.
I recently read 《Losing Proposition by Lee Pitts》 and was moved by its message about how we can’t always just give in. We need to keep fighting even if we feel like our battle has no chance against something bigger than ourselves:
Lee Pitts is a columnist for The and Paso Robles Press who can be reached at [email protected]
Long before Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, or Oprah Winfrey, people were on diets. William the Conquerer’s all-alcohol diet was most likely the first. William, who had been dangerously obese, had shed so much weight that he was able to resume riding his beloved horse. After that, he perished in a horseback riding accident. In the 1960s, two writers resurrected the alcohol diet and created two books titled “The Drinking Man’s Diet” and “Martinis and Whipped Cream,” proving that everything old is new again. My grandfather remained on the same alcohol diet for the whole time I knew him, and he shed 200 pounds of unsightly fat in one day!
People who are desperate to lose weight resort to colonic cleanings, enemas, and disgusting green milkshakes. My buddy hangs himself upside down every day to redistribute his weight, but now he has a 46-inch neck instead of 46-inch hips. To show he wasn’t a racist, another acquaintance went on a no-white-food diet. On January 1st, he set a goal of losing 30 pounds by 2021. He simply needs to lose 50 pounds.
Many physicians have become wealthy as a result of diets they created. Around the same time, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, a staff physician at the Battle Creek Sanatorium, was preaching vegetarianism, pure food, calorie counting, colonic cleanses, and slow chewing, Dr. Edward Dewey developed a no-breakfast diet. Dr. Kellogg was odd, but he could afford to be since the toasted flakes and granola he devised earned him a fortune. Another 19th-century oddity was a preacher known as Dr. Sawdust, and you’ll see why when I give you his name: Reverend Sylvester Graham. He taught that overeating was a sin that resulted in ill children being raised. The Reverend recommended eating Graham Crackers, veggies, and water as a diet. I don’t believe you’d live much longer, but it definitely would feel like it.
Dr. James Salisbury devised a diet consisting of hot water and minced beef patties, which became known as Salisbury steak. If you bathe it in gravy and serve it with a baked potato stuffed with butter, it’s very good. But I think that defeats the idea entirely.
We’re going to get through this together, Atascadero
Horace Fletcher, who was refused life insurance because he was too overweight, founded the “slow-chewing movement” over a century ago. He advised that you chew your meal until it was liquid in your mouth. Dr. Kellogg even devised a slow-chewing song to sing between bites to promote his theory, which became known as “Fletcherism.”
Many diet cookbook writers just rehashed previous concepts, since it has been stated that if you want a fresh idea, read an old book. Lose Weight With Apple Vinegar was a popular diet book in 1998, but Lord Byron initially bathed all of his meals in vinegar in 1811, and he dropped from 194 pounds to 130 pounds while becoming an old sour puss in the process. You may believe that Dr. Atkins invented the high-protein diet, however the notion was originally popularized by a London undertaker in 1860! Since the first commercially published diet book was written in 1950, selling diet books has been a get-rich-quick scam for physicians. The Pritikin Program for Diet and Exercise, Sugar Busters, Protein Power, The Carbohydrate Addict’s Diet, The Scarsdale Diet (written by a man who was murdered by his lover), The South Beach Diet, The Beverly Hills Diet, and Calories Don’t Count by Herman Taller, who was convicted of mail fraud for selling worthless safflower pills.
Some of the diets were simply hazardous. Robert Linn, an osteopath, marketed beverages concocted from animal tendons and skins in 1976, which killed an estimated 58 individuals. Thirty individuals died as a result of the Cambridge Diet, which consisted of protein drinks marketed via a pyramid scheme.
I’ve considered creating a diet book and have a few ideas, such as the If It Tastes Good, Spit It Out Diet, Keep Your Mouth Shut Diet, Eat All You Want of Everything You Don’t Like Diet, and Lee Pitts’ Don’t Diet But Die Happy Cookbook.
As an example:
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