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THE BEVERLY HILLS LADIES’ DIET

Take it off. TAKE IT OFF. TAKE IT ALL OFF!

2 pounds of chocolate and I gain 10 pounds

It’s that time of year isn’t it? Noble resolutions, staunch pledges, good intentions ––– the whole kit and caboodle. We’re going to do something this year that we didn’t accomplish last year! Now personally, I NEVER make any annual promises because I break them on the first day.  Maybe it’s the wild artist in me who can’t adhere to any commitment which is too alien to my basic nature or perhaps I simply have no willpower. But I’m thinking of you and want to help you face 2016.

Right up there at the top of most of our lists is usually the decision to lose weight in the New Year. I want to also, but I know I won’t. So this falls into the category of ‘don’t do what I do, do what I see all around me.’ Here it is: The Beverly Hills Ladies’ Diet.

Let me explain. This isn’t so much a formal diet, but rather how I see skinny people all around me eating or dealing with their dieting efforts. Little girls crying over scale

Here’s an example: I go to lunch with a dear friend and say, “I’ll have a Cobb Salad with the dressing on the side please.” I have some willpower, so rather than pouring all that mayonnaise and Roquefort dressing on top of the salad, I’ll just dip my fork in the dressing.

My girlfriend says, “I’ll have the Cobb Salad, too, but without the bacon, without the cheese, without the chicken, without the avocado, and only the white part of the egg! Oh, and could I have balsamic vinegar on the side?”

So what she’s left with is lettuce and hardboiled egg whites! I call that air.

Another dieting oddity appears when eating a bagel. One simply does not consume bagels unless they are scooped out. Not only gouged, but served naked: no butter or cream cheese allowed. However, there are exceptions. You may have a whole bagel on your birthday instead of a birthday cake, but that’s it. One bagel a year. 

Others I know diet by not telling the truth. I have a friend who is a world famous model. She is always asked how she keeps her weight under control? She very nicely tells the people who interview her that she eats very healthfuly and exercises. No she doesn’t. The truth is that she lost weight by only eating one meal a day. And exercising? Forget about it!

How

Yet another friend of mine has not gained a pound in years. I asked her how she did it? She said that for lunch, she eats only a tiny bite of something she really loves –– in her case, Brie cheese –– and nothing more. I admire her restraint.  If I take one bite of Brie I’m undone and the whole wedge will be devoured.  My lack of self-control is not to be underestimated.

quote "im on a seafood diet. I see food and I eat it."

Then there is the mother of one of my son’s friends. She loses weight by drinking ONLY Diet Coke ALL the time. Her entire garage is filled with cartons of  Diet Coke. I wonder if that affects real estate values?

Diet coke with bacon

This weight loss compulsion extends well outside the circle of the glamorous in Los Angeles.  I was having physical therapy on my wrist and I asked the therapist, who was young, how her friends kept their weight down. Without losing a beat, she casually commented, “Oh, they just starve themselves!”

Calories: tiny creatures that live in your closet

That reminded me of the story in the LA Times about Bryce Dallas Howard (an actress and director, Ron Howard’s daughter) who had to go to a department store in Beverly Hills for a size 6 dress to wear to the Golden Globes. The top designers, to whom she would normally turn, only have size 0 or 00 on their sample racks!  This is what you deal with if you’re not skinny.  So when you’re watching television or reading a magazine and see a gorgeous but impossibly thin person, I’ll wager that they’re on The Beverly Hills Ladies’ Diet and  starving themselves to fit into those clothes and to look slim for the camera. By the way, is size 0 bigger or smaller than 00? I’m not skinny enough to know the difference.

So, since few of us will ever achieve this usually impossible dream and since I cherish my Brie and Hagen Daz Chocolate Chip Gelato, (in fact I cannot bring it into the house) my resolution for the year is to exercise. To walk. And I’ve started again in the hills around our home doing about three miles a day.  I’m walking for my health. Not for the New Year and not to fit into a size 0 anything. 

Sandy hiking in Sun Valley. ID

I know I can do it. This is me hiking in the Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho many moons ago.

P. S.  Eat whatever you want, and if anyone tries to lecture you about your weight, eat them too!

All images appearing on THE BEVERLY HILLS LADIES’ DIET are the expressed property of Sandra Sallin. All rights reserved. In other words, don’t steal it!



  • LA CONTESSA - I think a OO is SMALLER than a plain old ZERO!!!!!!!!But what would I know I never HIT any of those sizes mentioned above!!!
    I have to say YOU KNOW EXACTLY what to do!WALKING is suppose to be the BEST form of exercise for us ladies…………..I NEVER DO IT!Maybe now that I know your walking the HILLS of BEVERLY HILLS I can walk the HILLS of BERKELEY!Wonder if WE could talk and walk………kind of defeats the purpose.We need to be looking around and breathing!
    Your comics are priceless……..I WANT TO KNOW IS THERE SUCH A THING AS DIET COKE WITH BACON?Or did YOU make that up!
    SMALLER portions……….is KEY.
    WALKING will help.
    And I suppose if I gave UP THE WINE pounds would be floating away……………………
    I will NEVER Know that answer!Just NOT going to happen!
    Wonderful POST.
    I Loved it!You made me laugh OUT LOUD!
    XXReplyCancel

    • sandra - Thanks, Contessa. I was talking with my daughter as I was walking and she was so frightened by my breathlessness, she asked if Bob was with me. I think she thought I’d collapse in the middle of the street. You’re right about smaller portions. Can I do it? No. I don’t think there is a Diet Bacon Coke. But if they can fry Snicker’s bars, why not put bacon in Diet Coke. I’m sure it’s an easy fix. Thanks for the fun comment!ReplyCancel

    • Penelope Bianchi - MY DOCTOR TELLS ME IF YOU WALK WITH A FRIEND AND TALK THE WHOLE TIME. YOU BURN UP TWICE THE CALORIES! WE NEED TO MOVE NEXT TO EACH OTHER! THE THREE OF US MIGHT JUST DISAPPEAR!!

      XXOO

      PENNY

      WE WOULD SURE HAVE ENOUGH
      TO SAY!!!!ReplyCancel

      • sandra - Ha! Perfect! “The Three of us just might disappear!” We certainly would have fun and never stop talking!

        Thanks Penny. You’re always so much fun.ReplyCancel

  • Mindy - Move it!!! That’s the only way to do it. And that is good for the body and mind!
    Size 00…are those people really breathing???ReplyCancel

    • sandra - Remember when Tom Wolff called them “social x-rays?”ReplyCancel

      • Penelope Bianchi - I STILL CALL THEM THAT!!!ReplyCancel

        • sandra - Are we the only ones who remember that? Good old Tom Wolff! Great books and his own unique way of seeing things.ReplyCancel

  • Carpool Goddess - Size zero, schmero! Scooping out a bagel? I can’t even wrap my hungry mind around that. As if?! Anytime you want to break bread with someone who will actually eat it, give me a call 🙂ReplyCancel

    • sandra - That’s what I like. A lusty eater!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Julie Russell - Love this post. Particularly your comments about what celebrities really eat – or don’t. Is there ever a magazine feature on a skinny-minnie celebrity that doesn’t mention her ‘healthy appetite’ while being interviewed over lunch or dinner?! One wonders if this is the only meal eaten that week. One also wonders other things, but will not start the new year by making snarky remarks.

    Post divorce, my mother, a skinny Southern belle, no longer felt the need to cook and subsisted on her favorite foods – brownies and sweet tea. It worked for her.

    Happy New Year!ReplyCancel

    • sandra - Thanks for visiting Julie. So you found one in the South, brownies and sweet sounds wholesome to me!ReplyCancel

  • Penelope Bianchi - I love this post! I can’t figure out if this is where I comment!?!

    How long does it take to walk 3 miles?ReplyCancel

    • sandra - You commented in the right place Penelope. It takes about an hour to do the 3 miles because I climb hills slowly so I don’t collapse.ReplyCancel

  • Heather in Arles - Thank you for the smiles, Sandra. I would love to see how your Beverly Hills ladies would do here in Provence. What would they eat?? An olive??

    Bisous
    HReplyCancel

    • sandra - Depends on how many calories are in an olive. Actually I found that when traveling in Europe in didn’t matter how much pasta or how many gelato’s I ate I never gained weight. I don’t know if it was ALL the walking or the lack of hormones in European food. I ate it all!!!ReplyCancel

      • Penelope Bianchi - MY OPINION IS IT IS THE LACK OF PRESERVATIVES…..ETC. FRESH FOOD…ORGANIC FOOD….I HAVE NEVER EATEN MORE AS I DO IN EUROPE……AND NEVER GAIN AN OUNCE! ALSO WALKING! I NEVER WALK ENOUGH…STARTING MORE. I LIVE NEXT TO THE MOST BEAUTIFUL TRAIL…..AND MY DOGS LOVE IT! ALSO A BEACH 5 MINUTES AWAY! WALKED YESTERDAY WITH ALL THREE DOGS….THEY LOVED IT! I WAS HUFFING AND PUFFING UP THE RAMP…..THIS IS RIDICULOUS!

        WALKING MORE! GOOD FOR THE DOGS TOO!!!!ReplyCancel

        • sandra - I agree with you about Europe. I think it’s the lack of hormones in the food and the constant walking. You do live in perfect heavenly hiking country. I agree about the huffing and puffing. I find that I enjoy stretching afterwards so that it doesn’t hurt as much. I bet it’s a lot of fun walking with the dogs. OK, neither of us has a good excuse not to walk.ReplyCancel

  • Marietta Leis - Love the P.S.but it might be a lot of calories!ReplyCancel

    • sandra - Ha!!!Love seeing your artwork around the world. Very impressive.ReplyCancel

  • Julie Guenther - Sandra, the hills make a 3-mile walk benefit as much as a 4-mile walk on flat land. That is why living and maneuvering around San Francisco enabled me to get in better shape. Yeah, those were the days.ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne Sears - A wonderful post !ReplyCancel

    • sandra - Thank you. I’m so glad you enjoyed it!ReplyCancel

  • art rosfeld - Well, you certainly were a healthy looking hiker “Many Moons ago”.Just keep on trucking!ReplyCancel

    • sandra - We had a very fun hiking group and would hike for hours and miles way up into the Sawtooth Mountains to magnificent lakes! Loved it.ReplyCancel

  • cindy hattersley - I tried to comment last night from my cell phone and it did not post. This post had me in tears! My ex sister in law followed the same diet. She looked fabulous but she smoked and drank diet coke. That was her version!! I don’t make new years resolutions either for the very same reason you don’t. I am posting this on my Friday favorites tomorrow! Loved every hilarious minute of this post!!ReplyCancel

    • sandra - Thank you so much Cindy. So glad you enjoyed. I guess we all need to focus on what is real as opposed to crazy diets and photoshop. Trust me I know what can be done with photoshop. I can make someone a 000 or disappear if that’s better! Love your linens and my apron!ReplyCancel

    • Penelope Bianchi - I DON’T MEAN TO BE UNKIND….IT IS YOUR EX-SISTER IN LAW!

      DIET COKE AND SMOKING….DID SHE DIE????ReplyCancel

      • sandra - No, the Diet coke lady was the mother of one of my son’s friends. My ex-sister in law is a healthy, intelligent and very vital woman.ReplyCancel

  • Anita Rivera - Good evening, BEAUTIFUL Sandra! WOW, back in the day and NOW you are beautiful and quite the inspiration (thank you for your mentoring!) – weight is a battle that so many women and I guess some men have to deal with. I say ENJOY what you eat (I DO!) and keep moving. Stay happy and active and never mind those youngins’ that DON’T eat anything! We are happy and healthy and as long as we keep moving in style and wear a smile, we are living the REAL LIFE. I often wish I could write a magazine called, REAL People to show how the real world lives instead of doctored up photographs of starving movie stars. Let’s live to the fullest.

    Much love! AnitaReplyCancel

    • sandra - Right on Anita! Today I parked my car a few blocks away from where I was meeting a friend. Then after lunch we walked around and did some errands. I walked 2.5 miles with out even noticing it and it was fun. It will cost me some money because I saw some things I want to buy!!!ReplyCancel

      • Penelope Bianchi - PS….I LOVE YOUR SHEETS!!!

        UH OH I AM NOT REPLYING THE RIGHT WAY! OH WELL.

        SHE KNOWS HER SHEETS….

        PENNYReplyCancel

        • sandra - Yes,I get the Rough texture blogs mixed up also. I need La Contessa to straighten me out!ReplyCancel

          • LA CONTESSA - ANY TIME!!!!
            This CONTESSA waiting in the WINGS ALWAYS!
            STAY OFF The computer and REST THAT EYE!!!!!!!!
            PEOPLE she had her CORONA POLISHED which means things will be a bit blurry for AWHILE.DON’t PANIC as she will be back with a BANG!
            Perhaps your next BLOG POST will be how to TURN OFF SOCIAL MEDIA TO MEND?!!
            What you did……….and how it drove you CRAZY!!!
            XO

          • sandra - I can see much better now Contessa. Still blurry but better. Thanks for your help.xoxS

  • Sheila Irwin - Sandra,

    That was such a funny post, so thoroughly enjoyed it! You had me laughing out loud thanks to Cindy Hattersley who sent me to you through her blog post. I work in “the business” in LA so I see/hear a lot of this crazy food/dieting on the set. The stuff I hear just cracks me up! Moderation in everything, I say. (well, maybe not with wine:))

    I also noticed (once I recognized your name) that you had been to my blog and commented – so thank you! And I am so glad I have found you.

    Thanks for such a fun post!

    Best,
    Sheila Irwin
    http://www.maisondecinq.blogspot.comReplyCancel

    • sandra - Thank you Sheila and thanks to Cindy also. Yes, I recognize your blog. Glad you enjoyed this.Being in the “Biz” I’m sure you see and here lots of crazy stuff, Be it diets or life. Do you think it’s in the L.A. River water? You have a very stylish and touching web site. Off I go to read more.ReplyCancel

  • Roshni - The diet seems pretty awful to me, especially since it’s just plain unhealthy! That diet coke lady? Does she have any idea what she’s doing to her insides?!!
    You look lovely in that photo, Sandra! Yours is truly the best way! No shortcuts! 🙂ReplyCancel

    • sandra - It is an awful diet. But it shows you to what lenghts people will go to lose weight! I wonder if she still has teeth?ReplyCancel

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