Saturday, December 5, 2009

Mary Duncan's Diet


Madame Sylvia created a diet for Mary Duncan she described as "A diet for adolescents inclined to plumpness" (Hollywood Undressed, Page 186).



Breakfast
1/2 Grapefruit
2 slices of crisp rye toast with thin butter
1 cup coffee, clear




Luncheon
1/2 Cantaloupe
1 broiled lamb chop
4 heaping Tablespoonfuls of Cauliflower
2 heaping Tablespoonfuls of Summer Squash
2 Leaves of Lettuce
3 slices of Tomato, diet dressing
1/2 slice whole wheat toast, no butter
1 cup coffee, clear




Dinner
1 Tomato Juice Cocktail
Russian Salad, Diet Dressing
1 slice of Roast Beef or 2 slices of Roast Lamb with "lean" gravy
3 heaping Tablespoons of Spinach
2 heaping Tablespoons of Brussel Sprouts
1/2 slice of Whole Wheat Toast
1 small dish of Strawberries
1 glass of Skimmed Milk
Demitasse Coffee

I think Madame Sylvia's diet for Mary Duncan sounds pretty decent. Some of the quantities seem strange like only 2 leaves of lettuce with lunch, but there must be some reason for it.


For a good post on Mary Duncan, check it out from one of my fav sites, Allure:
Next up - Why does Lawrence Tibbett need 2 diets?

4 comments:

Gingeyginge said...

thank you for stopping by...

The Lucy and Dick Show said...

Isn't it funny how all the diets prescribe more food than most people eat in a day?

Lapetitemort said...

I could do this one! It seems like a lot of food though.

LPM

Jessica Cangiano said...

I'm usually not a very big eater myself (growing up my mom would always say that I "ate like a bird"), but I can't help but feel hungry just reading the diets these poor Hollywood stars and starlets had to endure (this one though is a bit more filling sounding then some of the others). They must have been staving around the clock!


Have a splendid evening, sweetie!
♥ Jessica

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