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That is neither a rhetorical question,  nor the set-up for a joke.  Think about it.  I did, while I was eating my typical nutrition-free brekkie of a toasted English muffin slathered with butter and strawberry jam and a cup of coffee, with milk and sugar. 

Someone very dear to me is gluten-intolerant and is/was trying to maintain a vegan diet as well as gluten-free.  I stand in awe.  I truly admire the self-discipline and determination that would take.  I tremble at the prospect of any dietary restrictions.  I’m of the Instant Gratification School of Health and Fitness.  It isn’t easy for me to imagine not eating my favorite things now so that I’ll feel good later.  I count among my friends a number of health-conscious individuals who do the right thing on a regular basis, and my husband of 28 years was a conscientious diabetic,  so I know a lot about what it’s like to be around someone who is constantly setting a good example.  If you, too, are a graduate of the School of Instant Gratification,  you know it sucks. 

But getting back to the question of what a gluten-free, vegan breakfast might consist of. . . Not much.  I worked out that you could have peanutbutter on rice crackers, and some fruit.   Or you could just start with lunch.  There’s plenty to eat for lunch:  fruit and vegetables, which would suit me fine.  And for dinner: fruit and veggis,  with maybe a bit of tofu or polenta thrown in. (I love polenta, but I’d miss the cheese.)  Don’t misunderstand me here.  I’m not hvng a go at either the vegan or the gluten-free diets.  I’m just in awe of people who have the discipline to follow them.  I don’t have any trouble being a vegetarian, (which I sometimes am…)  but that’s easy nowadays.  And for me I don’t have to give up anything I particularly want.   That’s my problem; I’m not good at saying no.  Diets of choice are one thing, but diets of necessity–that prospect scares me silly.  I admire those who deal with it day in and day out, usually without complaint. 

Diets that people choose to go on are another matter.  I admire their discipline too, so long as they don’t talk about it. 
That’s Rule Number 1:  If you decide to go on a diet,  keep your mouth shut!

The best weight-loss diet I know of is simple and straightforward.  You can eat anything you want, and as much as you want.  The only requirement is that you have to eat in the company of naked fat people.

I’m outa here.  I think my blood chocolate  is getting low.       MM

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