Confession: I’ve been feeling very nostalgic lately. I think it all began last Wednesday when I found an old Joy of Cooking 1946 Edition at THE BOOKSHOP, one of my favorite used bookstores. I’ve been having fun reading through all its simple old-fashioned recipes.
So, I gathered together all my other vintage cookbooks from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s and placed them on my kitchen cookbook shelf. I keep thinking that within their pages lie the solutions to simple cooking, healthy eating and sustainable weight loss I’m seeking: simple recipes using basic ingredients, a focus on nourishment rather than variety and convenience, and smaller portion sizes.
Why Were Americans Less Heavy in the 1940s, 50s and 6os?
Have you ever noticed that we Americans were a lot less heavy in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s than we are now? Is sustainable weight loss as simple as returning to the dietary habits of those decades? It seems a lot more appealing to me than eating like a caveman 🙂
Things we did right to manage our weight back then include:
- Eating mostly food prepared at home.
- Smaller portions.
- Focus on real foods, not “diet” foods.
- Eating at the dinner table as a family.
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That led me to a GOOGLE search of ‘1940s diet’ and ‘1950s diet.’ ‘1940s Diet’ took me to a wonderful blog, 1940s Experiment, where a British woman lost 100 pounds on WWII rations and recipes.
‘1950s Diet’ led me down the rabbit hole to the 1950s diet tips of blogger, Averyl Hill. I’ve spent the better part of the past two afternoons taking in her vintage wisdom and discovered an unexpected gem: “Cheers for Chubby.”
In 1952, Metropolitan Life Insurance Company offered suggestions for weight management in a “Cheers for Chubby” ad chronicling one man’s effort to shrink his waistline. It appeared in print…
1950s Weight Loss Tips from Cheers for Chubby
- Avoid Quick and Easy Ways to Reduce
- Consult Your Doctor for Reducing Advice
- Follow a Balanced Diet
- Develop New Eating Habits
And as a cartoon reel that was shown in American movie theaters, then later adapted for TV. I feel like its message is still relevant today. What do you think? I’d love for you to watch it and share your thoughts…
Notes from the Cheers from Chubby Video:
- Consult your physician.
- There’s a close relation between weight and health. The longer the belt line the shorter the lifeline.
- Excess food is stored as fat.
- Eat a balanced diet.
- Get together with a group of others trying to lose weight.
- Watch out for hidden calories.
- Resist temptation.
- Avoid second helpings and push yourself away from the table.
- It’s not easy but worthwhile.
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