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How to Slim Down in 1595


Friday, August 30, 2013

How to Slim Down in Fourteen Days, 1595





"An excellent and approved thing to make them slender, that are grosse. Let them eate three or foure cloves of Garlick, with as much of Bread and butter every morning and evening, first and last, neither eating nor drinking of three or foure howres after their taking of it in the morning for the space of fourteene days at the least: and drinke every day three draughts of the decoction of Fennell: that is, of the water wherein Fennell is sod, and well strained, fourteene dayes after the least, at morning, noone and night. I knewe a man that was marveilous grosse, & could not go a quarter of a mile, but was enforst to rest him a dosen times at the least: that with this medicine tooke away his grossenesse, and after could iourney verye well on foote."

Thomas Lupton, A Thousand Notable Things (1595)

I don't think "as much of bread and butter" every morning would take away my grossenesse, but it's intriguing that slimming was written about so early. I thought it started as a 19th century phenomenon with Banting.
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KRZYKAT3 9/18/2013 9:15PM

    very enlightening, thanks for the tidbit!

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SARAWALKS 9/7/2013 8:25PM

    I do love fennel and garlic...hmmmmm...
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MONETRUBY 9/5/2013 8:57PM

    Fascinating!

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MINANCY 9/4/2013 9:21AM

    This was delightful!

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SHIRAZSOLLY 9/2/2013 12:35PM

    Hmmm... I think all that garlick would make him quite grosse indeed.

They used grape diets in France - nothing but grapes - about the same time period. Intestinal worms were popular in the Victorian period, as were vinegar and perfume.

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HIPPICHICK1 8/30/2013 4:29PM

    If you took your three or foure cloves of Garlick with (as much of) bread and butter the same size as the cloves, that wouldn't be a large amount.
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Fennel tea is a great detoxing tea.


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TWNOMWE 8/30/2013 4:04PM

    Fat diets started long ago!!!

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MADEIT3 8/30/2013 3:27PM

    Gosh - it didn't work for Henry VIII.

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LISBETHSALANDER 8/30/2013 3:18PM

    Thanks for sharing this. I should be drinking me some "decoction of Fennell". Best wishes to you.

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DR1939 8/30/2013 10:28AM

    Are you sure this isn't to keep away vampires? All that garlic!

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SARIANEC 8/30/2013 9:24AM

    That is funny and interesting. Thanks for sharing

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KIT-CAT-KLOCK 8/30/2013 8:46AM

    I love reading this sort of thing. Thanks for sharing!

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TEKRU1 8/30/2013 8:24AM

    Huh. Fennel and bread and butter. Who'd have thought?

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POPSY190 8/30/2013 3:47AM

    Fascinating. I believe Byron used to eat potatoes and vinegar to lose weight and the Empress Elizabeth of Austria drank blood and other revolting things to remain slim!

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OPTIMIST1948 8/30/2013 2:48AM

    Interesting!

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IDICEM 8/30/2013 1:53AM

  I love it! Thank you for posting this gem.

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LEZASEDAI 8/30/2013 1:31AM

    Bwahaha. Fad diet 16th century style. emoticon

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MEDDYPEDDY 8/30/2013 1:25AM

    Thank you, thank you, thank you ! I Lovr this kind of facts that I never heard of and it gives A LO of food for thought. Have a wonderful day!

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TRYJESUS2DAY 8/30/2013 12:57AM

    Interesting!

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