Monday, February 23, 2015

1950s Diet: Day 1 !

Like most girls who struggle with their weight, I feel as though I've tried just about every diet out there in order to shed those pesky pounds. Slimfast, portioned controlled food delivery services, and various protein meal replacements all work, given you rigidly follow them, don't mind the "fake food", and the unsatisfied feeling you get after eating. Yeah, I can't hang either.

So after reading about the lovely Maya Van Wagenen who wrote, "Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek" , after deciding to follow the advice given by model/author Betty Cornell in "Betty Cornell's Teen-Age Popularity Guide" (circa 1953) for a school year, I was inspired myself. Now obviously I am not and haven't been considered "teen-age" for quite some time now, but if you read my last blog post, you know that I am really attempting to better myself this year, starting with my weight. So why not combine the need to diet with what I love most?! 1950s how-to's are right up my alley, so for a week (starting yesterday, Feb. 22nd) I will follow the "Figure Problems" chapter of Betty's book, and doing the "Teen-Age Exercises" listed at the back of the book, just for the heck of it.

Here is what the book has to say in the way of breakfast: (excuse the iPad "Library" links etc)
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I was home yesterday so I was able to follow this pretty closely, here's what my breakfast looked like:
I had to substitute half a banana for the half a grapefruit (couldn't find any at the store), but other than that, I followed sample breakfast #1 pretty much to the T. I took a "small amount of butter" to mean about 1 tsp (it felt so skimpy! oink). I'd say the hardest part about this breakfast was having my tea black. I'm used to some milk milk/sugar/honey/something in it, but it wasn't awful, and I should get used to less sugar in my diet anyway.

Well as cute as this was, I ended up being hungry about 2 1/2 hours later :(   So I consulted the book for lunch recommendations:

Here's what I went for, a sandwich on whole wheat bread, subbing Monterey Jack for Swiss (didn't have any but M. Jack was still around at the time) w/ lettuce and nothing else (!), the other half of that banana, and for my "small container of cottage cheese" I used 1/2 cup of 2%. That was one dry sandwich, let me tell you, but surprisingly yummy (maybe I was just that hungry?!), but anyway this meal kept me full for much longer thankfully. 

Dinner was a bit more of a challenge, I'm not into eating meat for moral reasons so I definitely had to make some adjustments for these very beef-centered suggestions:

I can relate, grumpy hungry girl.

My din: 2 "meatloaf" slices from Gardein (with 1 tbsp of their "gravy"), prepared on the stove I might add (no microwaves!), about a cup and half of spinach, a few chopped pearl tomatoes, with a lemon juice /salt dressing, and of course, another glass  (8oz) of milk. 

I had one last glass of milk before bed in an effort to try and reach their recommended 32oz, but I was still a glass shy. 

So there's the day's food (that clocked in at a total of 1, 532 calories in case you're wondering). It really wasn't that hard, just took some planning.  I'm ashamed to admit that as I was preparing breakfast, getting out the pan to boil the egg, toaster etc, I thought ,"Geez all this stuff, just for breakfast!", and right afterwards eye-rolled myself for being such a princess, it's really not that bad, get a grip! But it hit home just how much we as a society (me included!) are driving the packaged/convenience food industry, if we can't even be bothered to wash a few dishes for the sake of having a fresh, home-cooked meal. So note to self: cook more. 

Till tomorrow Daddy-Os, see ya then for a review of Day #2!


  1. I can't wait to see what you have for breakfast tomorrow! I love the way the bread holds up the soft-boiled eggs, and it makes me want to have a hard-boiled egg, too!

    1. You like my make-shift egg holder? haha I didn't have one of those little egg cups so I had to make do! ;)

    2. Oh, I didn't realize it was a make-shift egg holder! I thought it was part of the design and recipe! Egg cups are so awesome (and retro!).

  2. I'm soooooo excited for this!!!!!!!!! I love it.

    1. Yaaay thank you! I'm having so much fun doing this!