>Chileans are blunt when it comes to physical appearances. I should be used to it by now, but it still sometimes comes as a shock.
Last night at F.’s birthday party as we were all waiting for him to arrive, his cousin came up to me and asked how I was doing, I said fine, then she said, very bluntly, “Estai más delgada, no?” (You’re thinner, right?) Then she asked what diet I was on.
I had no idea what to say. I didn’t know if I was skinnier, but I did know that I had just spent two days in bed with a stomach bug and had eaten about 2 soda crackers and 1 piece of toast. So I told her that was my diet secret. She looked slightly horrified but then replied that I looked good.
F.’s aunt is also after my diet secrets. She is crushed to know that I don’t have any. I don’t diet. What’s true though is that I eat less now than I did in the US. In college, the all-you-can-eat buffet style meal plan was NOT good for my figure. Especially the delicious deserts. All that combined with a pretty sedentary lifestyle had some negative effects. But now that I have to buy my own food, I think about portions and buying economically. Today I had to throw out some food because after not eating for 2+ days, some things in the fridge went bad. It broke my heart! Also, I don’t keep snack food in the house, so if I’m hungry between meals I’m pretty much forced to eat something healthy like fruit. And I’m no longer sedentary. I walk A LOT and ocasionally muster up enough will power to schlep around Ines de Suarez Park a few times.
And so far, it’s been working to my advantage, especially if you ask the women in F.’s family.
I wouldn’t know. We have a fat mirror here in the casita and I don’t own a scale.