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I’m back in the U.S. after this year’s two-week trip to Greece. Went with my 80-year-old dad this time. We spent our time picking olives, getting them pressed into oil, pruning the trees, and burning the cuttings. I had fun. I hope he did too. 🙂 For example, in the Athens hotel the night before we left, we compared scars and scratches on our legs from all of the bramble on our land that we had to walk through.

Anyway, I didn’t mean to bore you with my dull personal life. Instead, I wanted to repeat an observation I made this time last year after last year’s trip to Greece. Just like during last year’s trip, during this trip I ate “terribly” by the standards I live by in America. That is, in Greece, I ate a LOT of sweets and bread, and drank much wine and beer, and even had a few shots of hard liquor at times. In America, I avoid these things like the plague. Observations over the past couple years have led me to the belief that my avoidance of these types of foods in America lets me keep my my slim girlish figure and optimal blood sugar levels.

But in Greece, I violated these rules of mine big time. In fact, this time, since my dad has a serious sweet tooth too, I ate even more sweets. Moreover, since we had our own pressed olive oil, I ate even more bread (for dipping into the oil). The last couple of days, one of the bakeries in town came out with these winter cookies called melomakarna. My mom used to bake them when I was a kid. From this bakery, my dad and I were buying them ten at a time, and I was eating more than 75% of them. Basically, I was out of control.

This morning, my first back in America, I weighed myself and took my fasting blood sugar readings. Results?

I’m down a half-pound since the morning two weeks ago that I left for Greece. And my fasting blood sugar is still optimal, and even a bit lower.

What the f#@k?! I don’t know what the hell is going on with that Greek food, but I gotta find a way to convince my wife to move there for at least part of the year. Who wouldn’t want to live in a place where the laws of nature don’t apply, and the variance cuts in your direction?

for the money has gone too far

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