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New Year, New Diet?


New Year, New Diet?

As January comes, so do New Year’s Resolutions. But they won’t last. According to the U.S. News & World Report, those non-binding personal resolutions fail at a staggering rate of 80%. Your local gym will briefly see a boost in members and attendance. Customers will drift to the fresh veggies aisle from the candy section and the tempting freezers filled with microwaveable, pizza-infused, carbohydrate creations. You get the idea. But by the second week of February, most people will have dropped the ball.

What is interesting though is that half of the population actually wants to be healthier! As reported by Statista, a leading provider of market and consumer data, America’s top New Year’s Resolutions for 2020 were as follows: managing finances better (51%), eating healthier (51%), being more active (50%), and losing weight (42%).

There are obviously many different approaches to weight loss and it’s really about what works for you. But if you want to know how to be “90-60-90,” the supposed measurements of a perfect woman, you may want to look into a diet of the woman who started the craze: Marilyn Monroe!

According to “The Bombshell Manual of Style,” a 2001 book by Laren Stover, Marilyn Monroe’s diet plan went as follows:


  • 8:00 A.M. Orange juice or stewed prunes
  • Cereal, well-cooked
  • Toast (white), 2 slices, crisp, with butter
  • Milk or weak cocoa, 1 cup
  • 10:00 A.M. Milk, 1 cup, and 1 cracker

Lunch or Supper

1:00 P.M. Choice of

  • Egg, 1 (boiled, poached, shirred or scrambled)
  • Or cottage cheese, 2 tablespoons

Choice of

  • Potato, 1, baked or mashed
  • Or spaghetti, boiled with tomato or butter (no cheese)
  • Or noodles, ½ cup (boiled), add milk (no cheese)
  • Toast or bread (white), stale, 1 slice, with butter
  • Jell-O or cooked fruit

3:30 P.M. Milk, 1 cup, and 1 cracker


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6:30 P.M. Choice of

  • Lean beef (boil, broil or roast)
  • Or chicken
  • Or lamb chop
  • Or sweetbread
  • Or fish
  • Or chicken liver
  • Potato, 1(any way but fried)

Choice of

  • ½ cup of tomatoes, beets, carrots, spinach, string beans or peas, pureed or strained
  • Bread (white), 1 slice with butter
  • Dessert: junket, custard, tapioca pudding or rice pudding or baked apple

11:00 P.M. Eggnog

Finishing the day off with eggnog strikes me as a particularly seasonal thing to do. But remember, you don’t have to be “90-60-90.” You just have to be you.

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