The Salami Way of Thinking

After much chatter and speculation, I am about to come clean on the Salami Diet. This is deep, deep stuff. But I feel it is only fair that I share my Skinny Secrets with the world and beyond (in case anyone from another galaxy would like to wear a size 6).

Let me just say something. I have not always been skinny. I mean, I was once, then I got married and I wasn’t. Then I got pregnant, then I got even more not skinny, then I got skinny, then I got pregnant again and skinny again, then I moved and got fat and got pregnant and fatter and had the baby and have been getting skinny ever since. Got it?

Now I can share with you how I have found eternal skinny-ness. There are two parts to the Salami Way of Thinking. First is the eating and second is the mind power.

Part I – How to Eat Salami

The eating is simple. I eat half (sometimes a fourth) of what I used to for meals, and fill in the snack gaps with power foods like salami. Salami is fantastic because it’s high protein and high fat. They say when you hit a diet plateau it’s smart to up the fat intake so your body thinks it’s getting something great. That’s where the salami comes into play. As long as I continue to eat it on a regular basis, my body seems to think we’re not really dieting. See the smartness here? All that fat went right to my brain and tricked it good like. Besides, I don’t feel like I’m dieting. I’m just eating salami and I love it.

Breakfasts consist of either a protein shake that I find repulsive but choke down anyway because it is actually quite filling, or a few bites of whatever my kids are eating. When I say a “few” I mean a “few”. Not two pancakes. I chase brreakfast with a jug of water and promptly forget about food for the next few hours. (You have to work your portions down slowly, by the way. Otherwise your body gets mad.)

Salami at 10:00. Or a handful of Wassabi Clean Out The System nuts, or a piece of California Roll with brown rice (piece? slice?). I just make sure to limit my calorie intake and still eat something that has a punch of flavor and protein. And fat. Gotta have the fat.

Lunch is usually a salad or something comparable, whatever I have time for. Just don’t think too much about it. Another snack, a lean cuisine for dinner (or a salad or soup), and a few sugar free candies thrown in throughout the day when I need something sweet. In case you’re wondering, I don’t hit the carbs very often. Think 80/20. Carbs and sugars only 20% of the time. Never after 3 pm.

Oh yeah, Diet Coke. Not everyday, but now and then. Or caffeine free Diet Dr. Pepper.

Part II – Salami Mind Power

Your brain has three parts (according to my sister Jenny). The first is our conscious brain, the second is our subconscious brain. You’ve all heard about the importance of using your conscious brain to tell your subconscious brain what you want it to hear, right? Like saying to yourself, “I am skinny and hot. I am a size seven. I am a zombie talking in front of the mirror like an idiot”.

The problem with this is that most people don’t access the third part of their brain: Mr. Emotion Man. If you don’t throw a real honest to goodness positive emotion into the equation, nothing happens. So, when I decided that I was tired of being periodically fat, I started to access this third chunk of brain power. I’ve been doing this for eight months now. How? I NEVER talk about how much weight I want to lose or how fat I am. I NEVER talk about my weight stalling. Heck, I try not to talk about my weight at all unless it’s to say something like, “Well, I just love it when I weigh 130 pounds, yep, I’m so happy there.” Then I change the subject. Or I say something like, “It’s so easy to be skinny, my body just wants to be 130, what can I do?” In fact, 130 is the only number I ever use in casual conversation.

While these phrases started out as figments of my conscious imagination, they have successfully worked and tricked my body into total body belief. December 3, 2007 I weighed 196 (the day before Junie came). This morning I was 132. Go ahead, tell me the Salami Diet doesn’t work.

The last thing you have to know is this: You have to pretend you’re an actress. You must stop at every mirror in your house regularly and say out loud, “Man, I look so hot today! I can’t believe how skinny I’m getting!” Suck in, tuck your pelvis under (as my sister Koni would say) and stroll over to the fridge for some salami. Do this repeatedly all day.

In a few weeks you won’t have to do it anymore, your body will be a believer. Have a friend who doesn’t care that you call and brag about how skinny you are (thanks Tricia). Even if it isn’t true, you must attach that excitement to the words. The happy, joyful, I love my body excitement. Only then will your subconscious mind believe.

And then you’ll get skinny.

And that, my friends, is the Salami Way of Thinking.


  1. Alison Wonderland says:

    “Tuck your pelvis under and stroll to the fridge for some salami.” That my friend, is priceless.
    And you are the queen of positive thinking, I love that!

  2. McFarland Family says:

    Wonderful. I’m not so nice as to share my secrets. OK, you know everything anyway, but I have to have DDP (12 oz/day) and ice cream. That’s how I do it.

  3. Thanks for sharing Annie, I actually have a draft of almost this exact post-maybe I won’t have to use it now! Ever heard of The Secret? It’s the exact same thing-Whitney saw it on tv and I googled it and it’s author and after using her methods, well (I don’t have to tell you),it’s amazing what you can accomplish!

  4. by AnnieValentine says:

    The Secret isn’t really a secret, it’s the same idea repackaged. We’ve been hearing it for years.

  5. SevenVillageIdiarts says:

    Hey there!! I’ll make sure my OREGON friends read this, but I think they’re already addicted to you, so they probably already have!

  6. Hmm—this all sounds relatively nice. Minus the part when I don’t like salami. Bother. But I’ll try and find something else instead. Say—Reese’s?

    That probly won’t work—but I’ll keep thinking:)

  7. Oh I know, but didn’t they do a good job repackaging it? Besides, it needs to be brought out every few generations, because the idea of the Law of Attraction gets overlooked again after awhile.

    Where have you been hearing it for years at? I’d never heard it before except my mom telling me, you think your reality. Which I never really believed because if that was true all my pessimistic thoughts would have materialized years ago and they never have.

    By the way, how’s my goddaughter doing? Has she been sufficiently drooled over yet?

  8. Is this really salami, or just Bologna? I at least admire the attitude.

  9. Ok Annie…..You need to post a cute skinny picture of yourself. Some of us never get to see you:( I want so see what I will look like after I have this baby!

  10. I’m going to have to reread this a few time to digest it all. I wonder if there’s another food that would work besides salami–there’s gotta be!

  11. So cool! I’m gonna work on this…I need to start with paring down my food intake. Then I’ll work on what I eat…ask me about it soon, will ya?

  12. Can I write you and tell you I’m skinny. People will just laugh if I tell them now! 🙂

  13. This is a totally clickable title. I’ve been thinking about the power of a good title lately and this, my fellow Annie, is a good title.

  14. Doh! And a really old post! How did I get here?! Hmmm… I know. I followed a link from my statcounter here. Okay, I’m off to find something more recent.

  15. i know you wrote this 2 years ago, and i should probably be commenting on your current post that sent me back to this post, but i just had to tell you THANK YOU.
    i’ve been craving salami lately too, which is hilarious cause i am HATING how i’ve been looking and feeling lately. so now that i know the trick i’m gonna have a go at it!
    you. are. the. best!

  16. You are too cute ! Great post ! 130 won’t leave me too 🙂
    Stars are not what they look like ! They use photoshop for pictures !
    We are all human 🙂


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