Following in the footsteps of the famous

Following in the footsteps of Liz Taylor and Betty Ford,  when we return home, we will need to check ourselves into a rehab clinic followed by one of those weight-loss spas where they feed you carrot juice for breakfast, a piece of celery for lunch, and a head of lettuce with a tsp. of balsamic vinegar for dinner. Dessert is a quarter of a grapefruit.

“But we’re walking a lot,” say my traveling companions. “We’re burning those calories we’re eating.” Only if we’re walking from Madrid to Granada and back I say to myself, thinking how could we possibly burn enough calories to overtake the following single meal: leek and pepper salad, potato croquettes, crusty bread, Spanish tortilla, roast suckling pig, about a bottle of wine per person, cake, flan and sorbet, and a glass of limoncello. In addition to these banquet-style events, we’ve sampled a bit of everything, starting with tapas of foi gras; eggplant, red pepper and olive; chicken on skewers; roasted asparagus, duck and mussels. Then there was the paella, the potato and crab salad,white bean and partridge stew, and lots of ham and cheese and multiple desserts.

Fortunately, we may have a solution to our problem. We just learned this evening that one member of our tour group is a surgeon who specializes in lap band treatments for weight loss.

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About stillalife

I retired June 30, 2010 after working for 40 years in the field of education and most recently doing school public relations/community outreach in a mid-size urban school district. I wrote for superintendents and school board members. Now I'm writing for me and I hope for you. In this blog, I offer my own views coupled with the latest research on how to preserve our physical and mental health as we age, delve into issues most of us over 50 can relate to like noticing wrinkles and forgetting where we left our keys, discuss the pros and cons of different ways to engage our minds and bodies after we leave the workplace, and throw in an occasional book review, all peppered with a touch of humor, irony, and just plain silliness.
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One Response to Following in the footsteps of the famous

  1. travelnwrite says:

    Oink! It makes me long for Spain just reading your list of culinary treats (not to mention the photos).

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