The Grady Diet (Part 1 of 2)
This diet that be summed up in two easy to remember words: anything goes. And it had pedigree, for it was established in emulation of that chameleon-like method actor, Robert DeNiro, who transformed himself for every role, especially for his portrayal of Jake LaMotta in Raging Bull, where he chose to put on real pounds instead of a fat suit.
Gradually, I had to let my belt loops out, and strained the seams of my shirts. I accomplished this dietary feat by becoming the character I was playing. In a profound way, I became Larry Cartwright, prevaricating, beer-swilling, charming con-artist. And Larry would never have given two hoots in a hollow about what he ate. He was the kind of guy to make goats look like picky eaters.
Filming progressed at a workmanlike pace throughout summer. Then, as fall turned the foliage to brown in
To be truthful, the Grady Diet could be termed the all-bread diet. German monks considered it liquid bread and in ancient times brewed it as a supplement in times of fast.
After the humongous Christmas repasts and posadas, even Three Kings Day on January 6 features a wreath-shaped sugar-frosted bread, crossed by red and green strips of jelly, that contains a fingernail-sized doll and according to tradition, whoever gets the doll in their piece, is obligated to host a party on Candlemas, February 2 (a.k.a. Groundhog Day). At Easter time appears capirotada, a Lenten bread pudding combining cheese, brown sugar, and French bread.
All these remarkable breads helped contribute 20 or 30 pounds, according to the occasional drug store scale. (That is one of the prominent features of the Grady diet: whether you are gaining or losing, it is far better to have no scale or other weight-measuring device (i.e. a scale) in your domicile.)
My biggest thrill, after the long journey from
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