Wednesday, February 25, 2015

1950s Diet: Day 3 (No-Chicken Soup and Teen-Age Exercises)

Hey All!

Day 3 was relatively uneventful, but on the upside, I think I'm getting the hang of things and it's easier to put together the meals without having to meticulously consult the book. Another plus is that I am majorly saving money eating breakfast at home and bringing my lunch a few times a week. With the rent increase notice I received yesterday, this is definitely one part of the experiment I will carry on doing.

Since I had oatmeal the day before, yesterday was an egg day. So breakfast was: 1 piece of whole wheat toast, 1 scrambled egg (no oils of any kind added), banana in place of the grapefruit, and as ever, that faithful glass of milk. I also had some (plain) black tea at work, getting used to it.

Lunch was a glass of milk and sandwich from home (Monterey Jack , Lettuce, mustard, since mayo is against the rules!), plus a fruit cup and two hard boiled eggs (both purchased at work).   

Dinner was just the same soup as yesterday, I didn't bother taking a picture. Here's a simple recipe if you're interested, it's a great filling recipe and totally customizable to your taste. Plus it's a one-pot meal, can't beat that!
  • 1 package (12 oz) egg noodles
  • 3 or 4 fresh carrots, chopped
  • 3 or 4 stalks of celery, chopped
  • About 1/2 chopped onion (add more or less to your taste! For me, this seems to be the best balance of flavor without being overwhelming)
  • For the broth: use a mix of Imagine's No-Chicken Broth (2 boxes), and whatever vegetable bouillon cubes you like. I use a mix of Knorr and HerbOx (I usually do about 3 Knorr and 1 HerbOx)
  • Seasonings: salt and pepper, and either thyme (for a more authentic "chicken noodle soup" flavor), or sage (which makes it taste like delicious Thanksgiving stuffing!)
*Slightly under-cook the egg noodles (in salt water), drain and set aside. (you'll want to cook them in a BIG pot)
*In that same pot, dump your carrots, celery and onions. Drizzle with olive oil and sauté until the onion is a bit translucent. 
*Add the boxed broth, and bouillon cubes/water. Bring to a boil, then add the egg noodles back in. 
*Turn down the heat to a simmer, add herbs, salt and pepper. Let everything simmer, covered, for about 20 mins (or longer if you like, depends how saturated you want the flavors), and enjoy! :)

Now for the exercises! Nightly, I have been doing the suggested "Teen-Age Exercises listed at the back of Betty's guide, and let me tell you, I was sore the next day. Either they really work your muscles, or I am even more out of shape than I thought! ha 

Here are the exercises if you'd like to give it a go:

You can say that again, Betty. I'm tryin', I'm really tryin'. 
Ok, that's it for today guys and gals! See you tomorrow for Day #4! (Or if you want to read from the beginning click here!! )


  1. I love that 50's teens were on cankle watch. How do feel? Trim? Fit? Ready to take on a sock hop?

    I am so into this experiment!! Except the milk thing. I feel like that would be too much milk for me.

    1. Cankle watch is my new favorite phrase hahaha. I'm feeling pretty good actually, I think cutting out the oil in my daily omlette has helped the most. Oh I was BORN ready to take on a sock hop!!

      It's definitely a lot of milk, I am doing less than the recommended for sure. It's totally making my nails shoot out though!!

  2. I love all the vintage stuff you post about. Been enjoying reading your blog :-)

    1. Aw thanks so much Paris!! So glad you're liking it! <3