Maybe you know a thing or two about nutrition nowadays.
Like that according to experts, sugary drinks and processed foods probably aren't amazing for you.
But how much do you know about what nutrition experts advised ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO?
Add 100 to your age; subtract 30Multiply number of inches over 5 ft. in height by 5½; add 110Multiply your age by 3½; add 5 for every inch in height over 5 ft.For every year of your life over 18 add 2; then add 100Divide your height in inches by 2; multiply by 3
According to Hunt Peters, the rule for finding your ideal adult weight is to multiply the number of inches you are over 5 ft. by 5½, then add 110.
Minimize your intake of fatty foods after age 30Eat the bulk of your calories before 2 p.m.Massage your neck vigorouslyDo 30 jumping jacks before 12 noon daily
"To avoid slack in your neck, double, and triple chins, massage vigorously up and down, not crossways," says Hunt Peters.
Avoiding bread, only sleeping on soft surfaces, drinking only cold liquidsViolent exercise, prolonged Turkish baths, epsom salt bathsEating in the evening, consuming animal flesh, indulging in sweetened indulgencesMassage of the belly or abdomen, consume excess salt, bathing in too-hot water
"I have said that food, and only fat, causes fat...no drastic purges, no violent exercises, especially at first, and not too frequent nor prolonged Turkish baths. Epsom salt baths have little effect," says Hunt Peters.
Any woman with an occupation that requires strength should eat 2500-3000 calories per day.
8 glasses dailyThree gallons per week but no more than 24 oz. in a day3 to 5 pints dailyThe amount in ounces of your weight divided by two
In addition to the water contained in fruit and vegetables, "The average person needs, in addition, from three to five pints taken as a drink," says Hunt Peters.
10–15% protein, 25–30% fat, 60–65% carbs20–25% protein, 10–15% fat, 60–65% carbs30–35% protein, 30–35% fat, 30–35% carbs60–65% protein, 25–30% fat, 10–15% carbs
Those afflicted with obesity should abstain from eating until luncheonOne cup of clabbered milk, 1/2 cup of wheat germ cooked thoroughly, 1/4 pound of red grapesFruit (any), a cup of hot water, 2-3 exceedingly ripe bananas, eaten with raisins, nuts, and creamOne cantaloupe, soaked peaches, baked chestnuts, wilted greens
According to Christian, breakfast for anyone who is obese should consist of fruit, a cup of hot water, and two to three exceedingly ripe bananas served with raisins, nuts, and cream.
Drink 8 oz. of ice cold waterDrink 8 oz. of room temperature waterExercise vigorously for 10 minutesExercise vigorously for 10 minutes, then drink 8 oz. of room temperature waterEat an orangeEat an overripe banana
According to the Encyclopedia of Diet, an athletic person should have an orange upon rising.
Eating wheat germ before bedtime, drinking warm water upon waking, regular exerciseAbstaining from dairy, regular exercise, abstaining from sugarCorrect diet, regular exercise, sweet dispositionProper diet, vigorous exercise, regular attendance at church
According to Hunt Peters, the following can aid constipation: correct diet, exercise (especially brisk walking), regularity of habit, possibly the addition of bran, agar, or mineral oils, and a sweet disposition. "Mean people are always constipated," she says.
Talk less and/or omit details when talking. Talking uses energy and burns calories.Avoid drinking during meals (unless the beverage contains immodest amounts of cream or sugar).Drink a beverage made up of milk, syrup, egg, ice cream, whipped cream, and malted milk.Worry less. Worrying causes you to tense your muscles which burns calories.All of the above
Hunt Peters says that if you want to gain weight you should: worry less, talk less, avoid drinking with meals (unless you add a lot of cream or sugar to the beverage), and drink a beverage of milk, syrup, egg, ice cream, whipped cream and malted milk.
Fast for one day; no food, only 5–6 glasses of skim milk (hot or cold) or buttermilk drunk every three hoursTake up vigorous exercise upon rising and following any snack or meal consumed after 5 p.m.Eliminate all animal flesh from the diet until one's desired weight is reachedTell your clergy member that you are trying to reduce, so that he might hold you accountableJoin a patriotic women's group that supports the war effort, as it is immoral to not improve one's health when the health of so many are suffering during wartime
Hunt Peters says that "your stomach must be disciplined" if you're to lose weight. To show your stomach that you are its master, she recommends spending a day fasting, consuming only skim milk or buttermilk, drunk every three hours.
Two coddled (lightly cooked) eggs, one slice of cheese, one corn muffin, 1/2 a cantaloupeBaked beans, lettuce or celery with nuts, cottage cheese with whole wheat breadA poached egg, baked potato, cream soup, berriesA bowl of milk with boiled rice
According to Christian, a normal lunch for someone aged 20–33 would include baked beans, lettuce or celery with nuts, and cottage cheese with whole wheat bread.
TrueFalseWomen should avoid carbohydrates while men should avoid fats.
According to Hunt Peters, it's unhealthy to avoid carbs and fats for any length of time: "Any regimen which does not allow some carbohydrates and fats for the fuel foods is injurious if persisted in for a length of time."
White sugarHoneySaccharineIt's better to go without sweeteners
Although saccharine is lower in calories than sugar, Hunt Peters advises against using it habitually and instead recommends teaching yourself to like things unsweetened. "It can be done," she says.
Spray perfume or something else aromatic to stimulate smell centers and cause hunger pangs to subsideChew on a citrus peel, drink a cup of fat-free bullion, or eat half an appleEat 3–5 stalks of celery and drink black coffeeEat a serving of fat-free gelatin sprinkled with 1/2 teaspoon of sugar
According to Hunt Peters: "I find that dry lemon or orange peel, or those little aromatic breath sweeteners, just a tiny bit, seem to stop the hunger pangs; or you may have a cup of fat-free bouillon or half an apple, or other low calorie food."
Do You Know What It Was Like To Be Healthy In 1918?
So, you don't seem to know A TON about diet and nutrition in the nineteen teens. But, hey, that was, like, 100 years ago, so probably NBD.
You seem to know a bit about healthy eating and dieting in the early 20th century. Well done!
Wow, OK, are you, like, 100 years old? Because you know A LOT about the way people thought about healthy eating and dieting back then. Or maybe you're just super knowledgeable. Either way, we're impressed!