Friday, February 12, 2016

Glitz-O-Rama! Vintage Costume Jewelry

I'm getting ready to list these beautiful estate pieces of costume jewelry I've collected over the past decade. I have to keep cash coming in while I work on my cook book and continue to blog. I wanted to share their glitzy glory with you!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

"The reason why American women didn't get fat in the 1950s is because they all smoked!"

Click here for the 1930 ad image source and to see more in this collection of "keeps you slim" cigarette ads  from The Stanford School of Medicine.

In my book American Women Didn't Get Fat in the 1950s I debunked the claim that the reason women weren't obese in the 50s is because "they all smoked" as some have commented in response to my book (but apparently didn't read it.) In the Beta version of STAT: Reporting from the frontiers of health and medicine, Sharon Begley does a "gut check" of Fewer American Smoke. More Are Obese. Is There A Connection? What did her research reveal?

Monday, February 8, 2016

54 million Americans labelled as fat really aren't!

That's what this study would like for you to believe when in fact the opposite is likely to be the case. In my book I talked about the problems with BMI, and how women are more likely to be "normal" weight by BMI standards but overweight with the metrics from MetLife. This sounds convincing:

To find out whether BMI correlated with actual markers of health, a team of UCLA researchers analyzed data from 40,420 individuals who participated in the 2005-2012 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. They looked at individuals’ blood pressure, triglycerides, cholesterol, glucose, insulin resistance and C-reactive protein data — markers that are linked to heart disease and inflammation, among other issues.

However, that never happened. No one looked at the participants medical records for the survey. It's all self-reported by the survey participants.  Even weight is self-reported. Besides, the whole fat but metabolically healthy argument doesn't hold up.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

My 1924 Lemon Sponge Pie is a success!


This gluten-free lemon sponge pie recipe will be in my Thrifty Vintage Recipes book. It's been a long day in my test kitchen. This was one of three recipes for today!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

New for Spring & Summer 1952: Cool, Sunfast, Washable Skips

As inspiration for not just spring, but beautiful classic fashions that would look great worn today, I'll be scanning style picks from my 1952 Montgomery Ward catalog. I'll begin the series with these cotton braid "vamps":

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The "Why I Failed Department" Weight Loss Edition


I love this 1913 solicitation for The Country Gentleman magazine! What a great idea! I was thinking it can be applied to many things, not just problems of the gentleman farmer. "Crops that grew and flourished but yielded little" made me think of when I had lost weight on a gimmicky diet. It felt like winning but success was always fleeting. "Extensive plans that were intensive failures" is so epic-sounding! I can think of some examples in my own life; I'm sure we all have them. Sticking to weight and eating healthily, I'm thinking of everything I tried up until my success that I've shared extensively in my blog and book. It's very true that my past failures are complete motivators and indicators of what can never work for me.

What about you? What would you submit to a Weight Loss Edition of the "Why I Failed Department" as an example of what led (or can lead) to a more informed and successful next attempt?

Monday, February 1, 2016

What a peek into my closet reveals about my weight and self-image, past and present

Those of you who have weight to lose or who have lost and gained more than once understand the expense and challenge of maintaining a wardrobe that fits. By fits, I don't just mean in size, but what also matches our self-perception.

Friday, January 29, 2016

I count calories and I let it control me!

I just read a comment by a woman; she stated she sometimes will count calories but doesn't allow calorie counting to control her. Well I do! That's exactly why I count them! It helps me distinguish between real hunger and some internal smooth or crazy talk that has nothing to do with my need for food: "I see I already had over 2,000 calories today, so chances are good that this is PMS telling me I need a steak and baked potato RIGHT NOW (at bedtime) and I will make it through the night just fine."

(Sometimes I really do need that, though!)