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Friday, 22 April 2016

How old do you thing "diet" is?

Hello everybody.

I have been thinking a lot about food lately (not "lately", but today!) since I have had to "crash" my lent and abandon it entirely - due to a chronic condition that I felt coming (but ignored) and that cam full-speed last night, leaving me sleepless and waging what's more important: staying diligent or staying healthy? What matters more: food or health?
Hippocrates understood that the underlying principles of health were food and exercise, he said: "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." - and that was the 3rd century BC.

How about this: 
Can we name 20th centuries most famous diets?
Let's see..

Fletcherism, early 1900s
At the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th century, Horace Fletcher, an American entrepreneur, gained the nickname the Great Masticator. His diet, which Foxton called a "chewing craze", involved eating as much as you liked, but each mouthful had to be chewed a minimum of 100 times (the idea being that the food would become liquid, and weight gain could not result from undigested food).

Calorie counting, 1920s
The fashion for thin, boyish figures for women took hold in the 1920s, and so did fad diets, such as the cigarette diet (one Lucky Strike advert read "reach for a Lucky instead of a sweet"). Numerous products, such as diet pills, chewing gum, laxatives and contraptions made outlandish fat-reducing claims.

Hay diet, 1930s
The diet established by William Hay, an American doctor, became one of the most famous early fad diets. It was based on Hay's idea that food was either protein, starch or neutral – protein and starch, he believed, should not be eaten in the same meal.

Cabbage soup diet, 1950s
The creator is unknown, but its popularity has continued to the present day, even though it appears to be nothing more than a recipe for flatulence. Usually a seven-day diet plan, consisting of mainly cabbage soup, supplemented with fruit and vegetables and a small amount of meat.

The Atkins diet, 1972
Robert Atkins devised the diet based on his own weight-loss experiments, and by the late 1960s it was gaining attention. In 1972 he published Dr Atkins' Diet Revolution, which would go on to sell tens of millions of copies.

The Beverly Hills diet, 1981
The book, published in 1981, showed people how to follow a highly restrictive six-week food-combining regimen and turned its author, Judy Mazel, into a Hollywood diet "guru". Mazel, clearly inspired by William Hay, believed that the order in which we ate food was the main problem, "confusing" the enzymes in our bodies that digest the food and leading to weight gain. She advocated the eating of rather a lot of "fat-burning" pineapple. For the first 10 days of the diet, only fruit was permitted; gradually other foods were introduced, but protein and carbohydrates were eaten separately.

Blood Type diet, 1997
In Eat Right for Your Type, Peter D'Adamo, a naturopath, claimed that people should eat foods compatible with their blood type. Under his regimen, those with the O blood group, for instance, should follow a higher-protein/lower-carbohydrate diet, while those in the A group should be mainly vegetarian. He claims his diet will "lead you back to the essential truths that live in every cell of your body and link you to your historical, evolutionary ancestry".

The calories that most of us consume are just not the same from a nutritional standpoint as those calories from decades and centuries before. Though it can be argued that a high-calorie diet will cause weight gain and a low-calorie diet will lead to weight-loss, the body's health does not solely rely on this aspect of nutrition. If the body is constantly supplied with calories that have no nutritional value, the body will want to eat more, causing weight gain, obesity and disease.
I do not stand behind ANY of these diets, and I can not claim ANY of them will make you any different than you are right now. And what you are right now is GORGEOUS!
Have a great Friday.


  1. Oh dear, I'm very sorry to hear that you've been feeling poorly, honey. Wise move on putting your health first. That really does need to be one's priority at all times.

    Objectively, I think that people have been dieting to some degree for about as long as we've lived in anything even remotely resembling agricultural societies. As soon as people had even quasi-regular access to decent amounts of food, I'm sure there have been those who gained excess weight and tried to shed a few pounds, if they could. If no one has written a whole book on the history of dieting yet, it would make for a very fascinating topic to pen one on, as this post does a good job of demonstrating.

    Sending tons of healing wishes and hugs,
    ♥ Jessica

    1. THANK YOU, my dear friend.
      (not to make this comment long and overly personal, I'll head over to my mail and send you few words). But still, this needs to stay in history: I am grateful to have you as a caring friend.


  2. The earliest weight-loss diet I've heard of is "Banting", named after William Banting, undertaker to the royal family in Britain.

    He was very obese and his doctor recommended that he eat a very low-carb diet. Banting lost weight and wrote a booklet about the diet and Banting was a very popular diet of it's day (1860s-70s).

    1. Oh, Yes, yes.. you are so true.
      I have came across that data, dear Dawn.
      And, as a matter of fact, ever since Mr. Banting's works, it has always been just some thing or other, spinning in cycles of "what not to eat" :)


  3. Sadly, I think at one time or another I've tried most of these.

    1. Goody
      (friendly hug!)
      It's not sad, it's fashionable.. and it's a way to test our bodies.. there is a perfect way to feed ourselves and feel healthy & good - we just need to try&test until we find it. :)


  4. I hope u feel better soon. I love love and live to eat. So the only diet for me us more walking

    1. Hello dear.
      You are such a dear.. I, too absolutely LOVE to eat, but that is exactly the problem.


  5. Your health is definitely the most important thing. It's not as though you have forgotten the meaning of Lent, and the purpose of Lent is to bring a person closer to God - though not by being ill!

    I try to eat healthily, with lots of vegetables, though I know my diet suffers badly when I get stressed, as then I long to eat things like bread and cheese and potatoes. It is hard.

    1. Oh, Mim.
      I stand alongside you on this one. Once stress hits me, all the healthy food choices become less interesting, and my body craves all the heavy carbs.. So, we should stress less, I suppose. :)