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The Marilyn Monroe Diet

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The Marilyn Monroe Diet
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What did Marilyn Monroe eat when she wanted to a few pounds ? Apparently, a very hearty diet. 

Hollywood's most revered actress kept her curves in good shape by following a high-protein and low fat diet. The kicker? The diet allowed her to enjoy a nightcap of eggnog. Let's not forget this was back in the 1950s.

When Marilyn wasn't trying to lose weight she had self-described bizarre eating habits like starting her day by drinking a glass of warm milk with two raw eggs beaten into it. But the starlet very much enjoyed cooking, she even took to jotting down difficult recipes like this stuffing recipe.

But back to Marilyn's weight loss plan. What did it consist of? You'll notice Marilyn drank quite a bit of milk and enjoyed simple vegetables like potatoes, carrots and peas.  Here's a sample of her diet, as noted by Jezebel:


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 noodes, 1/2 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

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:
1/2 cup 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

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