1950s Advice from "Diet and Like it": Just say "No, thank you."



I have a charming little diet booklet from 1957 called "Diet and Like it." In it I found this advice: 

As a guest in a private home, you are somewhat at the mercy of your hostess. But no code of manners calls for accepting a second slice of cake and you can refuse without appearing ungracious. In fact, in this age of dieting, the ungracious one is the insistent hostess.

Have you ever had an awkward moment as a guest when you felt obliged to indulge beyond what you wanted to eat? Or maybe you are like me and have memories of wanting to eat (or actually eating) way more than beyond "polite!"

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  1. What sage advice!
    I often felt this way in Europe while visiting my boyfreinds family for the first time. The host would be visibly offended if you did not eat and drink everything offered!

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  2. Michelle, one thing I've come up with is to say: "Forgive me, but I am so full, dinner was SO delicious I ate more than I normally do. I would love to eat your dessert. May I take a slice home with me for later?" Then I can feed it to my husband. :)

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  3. wonderful advice!
    I was wondering when your book will be out? I am so excited to read it!

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  4. Thank you. I am actually working on it as I type this. It is such a labor-intensive process because I am doing a lot of research. I also keep having more ideas for chapters as I go! I also work full time (for myself) so finding time to write can be tricky! My goal is to have it ready for publishing by the fall. I'm very glad you are excited to read it!!

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  5. I really cannot wait! Women and men too are ready for this simplistic approach to happiness and life! Really, this whole industry built around diet foods, gyms, pills and gimmicks is dizzying!
    I crave a simpler life, I find happiness in items, books and articles about the past. My Betty Crocker cookbook has never steered me wrong!

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    1. It's a more simple and wise approach but in 2012 it's anything but easy to reach back to that wisdom. I hope to make it more accessible for people. : )

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  6. I have had both experiences. As a teenager I embarrassingly ate without leaving enough for others. I also had a friend who practically forced food on me and made me feel bad yet she always said how little she could eat.

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    1. Tosha I also can recall, when I was a child, eating embarrassing amounts of food at family gatherings. I would wait until everyone had left the dining area and then I'd help "clean up"-- literally!

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