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Dear Bradshaw,

I’m bloated. No, not fat… well, actually, okay, yes, fat, but it’s not really fat because when I weigh myself I weigh exactly what I’ve weighed for the past twenty years = 132 pounds (60 kilograms according to the scale in our bathroom). I guess it’s just air or whatever but still, my stomach feels, and looks, fat.

I know what you’re thinking, Shaw, and I’ll tell you right now, you’re wrong. You think that because I live in Italy and the food is so fantastic I’ve been eating a lot of pasta, pizza, cheese, and gelato. But that’s not the case and that’s exactly why this situation is such a mystery. The fact is I eat very little, and not only that, I also do ten minutes of abdominal exercises every morning, and jump rope for fifteen minutes, and because I have so many private students who I teach in their homes and offices I even walk for at least an hour a day (sometimes two and on Sundays three or four) but apparently it’s a waste of time because in spite of all this I’m bloated, as if I’ve gained or am gaining weight, even though I haven’t and am not.

You might think I’m eating more than I think I am but you know me, Shaw, I eat like a bird and besides, I’m a vegetarian. For breakfast I have a small bowl of oatmeal (for my cholesterol) and a glass of freshly squeezed juice. For lunch, today for example, I had a carrot, though I often skip lunch. For dinner, Francesca prepares a modest plate of rice, pasta or tofu with vegetables, or some type of beans like lentils or garbanzos. And I never snack. Never. Now I ask you, Shaw, how can anyone gain weight on a diet like that, especially when that someone exercises thirty to forty-five minutes, every day?

I know what I said before, it’s only air, and it is, and I also know you think the wine drinking is a contributor to the bloated-ness, but I feel bloated no matter what I eat or drink and at any hour of the day so though that could be it, I like to think it isn’t. Meanwhile, I do have an espresso in the mornings, not every day, but some days I have one in the morning and another in the evening. It’s a small Italian espresso though, and without sugar.

So what do you think, Shaw? What’s going on with me? Middle age? Metabolism?

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