My book-in-progress, formerly The New England Diet, is now titled The Retro American Diet™. While Wayne and I live on a traditional New England diet, the principles and practices also draw from national sources. My first vintage diet book, American Women Didn’t Get Fat in the 1950s, was an in-depth look at the marketing of obesity to American women, the complicity of the medical profession and softening of metrics used to determine healthy weight. The Retro American Diet is going to be a “how to” for both men and women with clear guidelines and meal planning suggestions. It’s not just a book about eating, but about living! Eating retro is a lifestyle filled with gratitude, simplicity and accountability.
But there will be something big missing from the book. Also, who am I, anyway, to write such a book?!
There will be no gimmicks.
Why I’m uniquely qualified to write this book:
Masters-level educator skilled with motivating people to make positive changes with an emphasis on and experience with recovery from addictions and eating disorders.
Vintage diet nerd with her own personal library filled with hundreds of books, booklets and articles pertaining to diet and health published prior to 1970.
Keeper, tester and re-creator of old and antique recipes, both from vintage cook books and handwritten recipe sources numbering in the thousands.
Proven winner in the weight-loss arena by losing and keeping off 10% of my body weight for ten years (with a few pounds of fluctuation).
Eating retro has changed my life! I am healthier, more alert and have a healthy relationship with wholesome food.
Why I sometimes want to give up writing it:
I don’t have an advertising budget.
It’s labor-intensive with no guarantee of earnings.
Why I’m writing it anyway:
Because I found something that changed my life! It changed Wayne’s, too! I believe it can benefit many others!