My husband has been driving the elderly couple around for eight years. From a common background in London, they had plenty to talk about. Although he's retired from work as a cab driver, my husband still helps them when called. Lately, Steward has asked Brian to deliver cooked fish from a shop about five miles away, once or twice a week. Each time, he's cajoled my husband to share the meal. I've learned that the Jewish people's generosity with food stems from the time when they were lost in the wilderness.
At Steward's insistence, we divided one piece of plaice, fried in a crispy batter of superb quality, between us. Since then, he's passed on the message through his wife that he wants us to order some fish for ourselves. Each time, my husband has refused on the grounds that he'd just cooked us a good meal.
Yesterday, I answered the phone and found myself unable to refuse their generous offer. They would eat their meal early so we could partake. What could I say? I accepted, although I didn't want the fish, which, although delicious, contained tons of fat which I found swilling around the backing sheet after the last portion I'd reheated.
The experience taught me how much I appreciate my husband, and also, how I like my life the way it is. Right, I know life is change—that we must bend before the wind like bamboo to avoid snapping—that something will force change in time. But I don't want to. And I don't want to be force-fed fish.
Anyway, all the fat content is bad for the health.
The Atkins Diet is still the source of unending controversy. If Dr Robert Atkins has instilled one message into the mind of the weight-conscious layman, it is that carbs make you fat. A decade after his death you'll still hear people attacking bread, pasta and potatoes as the root of all rotundity.
That's because the Atkins diet, first devised in 1972 but made famous by his second book, Dr Atkins' New Diet Revolution, in 2002, advocated a drastically reduced carbohydrate intake. Followers of his high-protein diet could eat unlimited meat, eggs, cheese, fish and shellfish.
There is no perfect plan for losing weight. A person has to balance calorie intake against exercise and life-style. Let me say it again: Nobody is going to force-feed me. I'm in charge of my own body.
I feel better after that rant. And slightly silly. Are you happy with your normal diet?