Have you ever heard of William Banting? In May of 1869 his "Letter On Corpulence" was published. It's a sensible treatise on dieting and being obese.In the preface and the actual open letter his tone is humble and self effacing. He writes about his battle with corpulence and all the things he did to lose weight. Finally, he gets put on a plan by a doctor who specializes in the treatment of diabetes. Essentially, he went on a high protein low carbohydrate diet and lost 50 pounds in about a year. He even includes what is probably one of the first actuarial tables for ideal weight according to height. It's an amazing work, his ideas while couched in wordy Victorian style seem so modern, he repeatedly advises checking with your physician before starting any plan, that I thought maybe this is an elaborate hoax.
According to the Wikipedia article his name became synomous with dieting, people asked each other "Do you Bant?". Banting is very appealing to me but the amount of alcohol he drank on a daily basis would have my head reeling.
When I was vegetarian, I used to jokingly say that I was a dairy-a-terian because I lived on cheese and pasta (I guess I could have styled myself a Pastafarian, but that was already taken). Looking back I realized that I really ate a lot of quiche and broccoli with cheese sauce, Frances Moore Lappé was my idol. Diet for a Small Planet and Recipes for a Small Planet shared space along side of Laurel's Kitchen. I had the complementary protein chart memorized and always tried to combine my proteins. In spite of all that cheese, I was thin then.
While I have no interest in becoming a vegetarian again, I am interested in eating in a more healthy way. I think I shall Bant but with a slant. Nothing new here, no resolutions just a confirmation on the views that I have been slowly building up to.
Speaking of resolutions, I decided that I was going to eat more soup. I have an old paperback cookbook. I bought it while I was in Junior High School in the 60's from the monthly book fair. We'd get a catalog and order books in our homeroom. This book has the my sort of title. "Soup" by Castle is all it says on the binding. I have no idea what Bogracs Gulyas means but it's billed as a Hungarian soup. Up to now the only things I associated with Hungary was Paprika, goulash and the Folkwear pattern for a Hungarian Szur that I gave away when I moved here.
I hope all your resolutions as as delicious as this soup.