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    Saturday, January 05, 2013
    "As God Is My Witness, I'll Never Go Hungry Again!" Said the Dieter

    So I'm counseling a patient on weight loss. She mentioned that she goes to a fair number of social functions and has to eat what she's served there; which is often a problem.

    "You could always do a Scarlett O'Hara and eat before you go," I suggested.

    She looked blank. "Huh?"

    "Surely you know your Gone With the Wind?" She didn't.

    "Well, early in the book Scarlett O'Hara is getting ready to go to a barbecue at a plantation nearby. Apparently in those days ladies weren't supposed to have an appetite, or to eat much in public. So she eats a whole meal before she goes to the barbecue. Then she gets there, and the host is serving wonderful food that nobody's eating, and it's just like Beverly Hills!"

    She laughed with delighted recognition. That she got. And if I'm lucky, I may have even inspired her to read Gone With the Wind. (If you haven't, do give it a try; it combines the best qualities of the soap opera and the historical novel.)

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