Tired of diets that exclude or restrict? Bored by eating plans that don’t suit your tastes?
Living Slim: A Canadian Woman’s Way offers a joyful and profoundly encouraging approach. Filled with stories of maple syrup, Jiggs’ Dinner, beets, Banff, and hockey, it’s a weight management book like no other.
A Canadian answer to French Women Don’t Get Fat (Mireille Guiliano, 2004), it recounts the author’s own experience of weight gain and weight loss plus the lessons of her mother who “lived slim” her entire life, seemingly without trying.
Beginning with a walk through a typical Canadian grocery store, Salmon highlights the mountains of apples always fresh, always available, and always replenished. Linking these apples to the memories of her mother’s home and her own upbringing in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley, she begins her discussion of the wonderful, good, and good-for-you foods most Canadians have access to, and begins the parallel exploration of why, despite all this good and healthy food, so many Canadians struggle with excess weight.
Salmon discusses the impact of the commercial food industry and its great ally mass marketing. She explores the practices of her slim mother, contrasting them with her own struggles with weight. She muses on the many ways to practice moderation, as well as the deeply important need to confront addiction. And she looks at the value of taking moments to ourselves – personal “tea ceremonies” which can soothe our souls, quiet anxieties and keep us centred in a too busy world. A positive, supportive and also kindly discussion.
Along the way, she shares memories of delicious steamed salmon on the Vancouver Island ferry, succulent lobster by a Prince Edward Island riverside, ripe cherries in Magog, and delectable salads in the grand old hotel in Banff.
In chapters like “Dianne’s Story: Cranberries in Alberta,” “Amélie’s Story: The Lonely Carrot” and “Being Jamie Salé,” she also shares the insights and experiences of other slim-living Canadian women.
“I believe the imagination is a powerful and sometimes overlooked tool in helping individuals who struggle with weight,” says Salmon. “I hope the food-loving stories in my book will prompt people to think positively and creatively about the possibility of living slim in our challenging North American environment rather than simply dieting to become slim.”