Laws Of Diet
( Originally Published 1914 )
YES, the list of things one must not eat may seem rather appalling when one looks at it for the first time. Soup and bread and potatoes and bacon and sweets and one's wine or beer seem almost a necessary part of the daily meals to one who has never done without them. Bread perhaps is the hardest thing to do without, but after a while the stomach ceases to demand it and one does not miss it from the daily diet, when gluten bread is used as a substitute.
When one is in the habit of drinking with one's meals it is at first difficult to do without every kind of drink even water but after a few days "dry eating" becomes a matter of course; and it will be found that a much smaller quantity of food satisfies the appetite.
The list of things one may eat is far longer than the list of forbidden things. For breakfast there is fruit, fresh or stewed, and twice a week boiled or poached eggs may be served; coffee or tea without cream or milk, of course, but sweetened, if desired, by crystallose or saccharine. Then in the menus given for luncheons and dinners there will be found:
All kinds of meat (except pig in any form)
All kinds of game.
All kinds of sea food fish, lobsters, oysters, etc.
All kinds of fruit (except the banana and grape)
All kinds of salad except those made of forbidden vegetables. All kinds of meat jellies.
Mushrooms, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, olives, celery, pickles, chili sauce, Worcestershire sauce.
All green vegetables, such as string beans, spinach, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, celery, beets, beet-tops (cooked like spinach) , turnips, carrots, squash, celery root, salsify, cabbage, endives, artichokes, radishes, lettuce (which may likewise be cooked like spinach), parsnips, egg-plant, tomatoes, onions, asparagus, escarole (also cooked as spinach or eaten as a salad) —and any others mentioned in the list of menus.
It is evident that one's choice of appetizing dishes is not greatly restricted and that one may eat very well with the happy certainty, also, of growing thin.
The food that has been selected in the accompanying menus for daily consumption contains all that is needed for the sustenance of the body everything needed to strengthen brain and body and no needed food value has been neglected or overlooked. Each menu is composed of an agreeable variety of specially selected and specially tested dishes and, by adding a plat of forbidden food (if one wishes to fatten a lean guest) one may give a dinner of which Voisin or Durand would boast. The hostess has only to hand the book of menus to her cook and think no more about it.
There are many things to consider in preparing a diet, beyond the mere elimination of non-fattening foods. These menus have been arranged not merely to make you thin (any starvation diet will do that) but to build up the tissues and give perfect health. To gain this end you must eat and eat well, and that is what you will do when you begin to follow the menus.
It is almost as important to guard against fat as it is to get rid of it, so these menus will prove useful to many who have not yet crossed the border line of corpulency. And to the corpulent it should be said : "Never under any circumstances even when you have reduced to the desired weight and have, to some degree, discontinued the diet never eat potatoes, rice, white bread (toasted gluten bread is much more nourishing and not fattening) , macaroni or sweets.
Recipes for the less common dishes are given. The others are in all cook-books.
Regarding the Turkish, Spanish and Russian dishes given, they may be eaten or not, as you wish. For in-stance, the Dolmas or Turkish mutton is a very nice dish, and it has nothing fattening in it, but plain boiled mutton with mint or caper sauce will be simpler and answer the purpose quite as well--if not better. The same applies to the Stasis or veal, Polish style. Plain roast veal can be substituted, though Srasis makes an agreeable change.
Barsch, also, may be too complicated for some kitchens. In that case re-place it by serving plain roast duck.
Baked or steamed apples and pears are recommended.
Use crystallose or saccharine to sweeten the water used in the cooking with the addition of a sliced lemon and some nutmeg. For those who are already very stout, I would suggest a lunch consisting simply of salad and fresh, ripe fruit several times a week.
For all salads use the Diet Dressing. It is really excellent. For coleslaw use the boiled dressing -(without the flour) given in some of the cookbooks.
All the vegetables should be boiled in water and seasoned with salt and pepper. Paprika is very flavorsome and rare meat juice of any kind (if lean) poured over the vegetables adds to their flavor. Chili sauce and similar sauces add to the flavor of the vegetables.
Those who select the plainest dishes in the menus will reduce the quickest.
It is true of course that the nutritive value of food lies in the relation which the several substances bear to the organism they are to nourish. No two human organisms are exactly alike and the thinning diet laid down in these menus must be like any diet of what ever nature more or less modified to suit individual cases, but such changes are easily made. If the mutton in one day's menu does not agree with you, you have but to replace it with beef ; and if you do not like duck you may take a fowl instead. Sut in most of the menus no substitution will be necessary; they are ample enough to permit you to pick and choose.
This natural, simple method of curing obesity has brought health and happiness to hundreds of the corpulent and, wherever it has been tried, it has proved unfailingly successful. You have but to follow it faithfully and loyally, and it will do for you what it has done for others for men and women and for children. You have only to persevere and week by week and month by month you will see that you are going back to your healthy, normal condition, having lost all superfluous fat and recovered pristine energy.
Above all, be cheerful. Try and SEE yourself growing thin. Remember the mind exercises a powerful influence on the body. And do not for-get that an indolent, indoor life--the breakfast in bed and afternoon nap kind of life slowly but surely increases flesh.
In addition to eating the right food try and lead the right life.