FAQ: Is your book a diet book?
"Diet" literally means "the kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats." In my book I go into detail about food groups, methods and vintage guides for deciding what to eat and how much is right for you. "Diet" is NOT the same thing as what was referred to as a "reducing diet" in the 1950s or what we know today as "Weight Watchers" or "Nutrisystem."
There were plenty of gimmicky reducing diets in the 1950s only it was a tiny fraction of today's billion dollar industry because the overall need was significantly less. It would be a disservice to my readers to offer you those plans that tell you EXACTLY what to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Why? They didn't work then in the long run and they won't work now. We have no shortage of specific plans that are NOT tailored to individual dietary needs. I feel comfortable stating that if I included a specific eating plan with recipes that that would become the focus, and the temptation would be to simply follow it and not think more deeply about our relationship to food and our health, clothing, and moving. Also, we all have unique health issues and demands that call for different choices. If you watch Cheers for Chubby you will notice that the solution was a diet of general guidelines recommended by a doctor, counting calories and making permanent lifestyle changes.
Our culture of dieting has become so twisted that we now think "diet" always means a magic plan to follow instead of an overall lifestyle of relating to food in a balanced and healthy manner.
My book outlines the average 1950s diet and compares it to what and how the typical American woman eats and evaluates her health today. The 1950s diet worked for millions of American women-- a decade of hard evidence of an overall thinner nation is hard to dispute! It also promotes a healthy lifestyle and by applying it to my life I lost weight as have many of my readers. Making permanent lifestyle changes is what works, and my book gives readers the tools to make those changes.
So, is my book a specific plan with detailed recipes and rules? No.
Is it a diet book that can help you lose weight by giving you the tools to make healthier choices, the most important tool and weapon in your arsenal being your attitude and understanding of fit living with the motivation to follow through with behavioral changes? I hope so!