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Jane Austen, A to Z: The Jane Austen Diet

The Jane Austen Diet

For the last few days, I have been listening to the audiobook of The Jane Austen Diet by Brian Kozlowski. Time is short and my list of things to read for this A to Z Challenge is long.

I think that the last time I listened to an audiobook, it was actually called books on tape. My friend and I were listening to an Anne Rice book while on a road trip to New Orleans. Good times.

It’s been nice to be able to some gardening and listen to the reasons why people in Jane Austen’s novels weren’t usually too fat or too skinny. They didn’t worry about carbs or gluten.

We forget what it was like to be active and not always snacking or drinking excessive coffee or alcohol. According to Kozlowski, our sedentary lifestyle and always having snacks has led to many of us being overweight.

Also, sugar is easier to attain. In Jane Austen’s time, sugar was usually kept under lock and key rather than sitting in a container on the kitchen counter.

Our eating schedule is also different than those who lived and ate during the Regency period. They tried to eat a decent breakfast a bit later in the morning. Lunch was usually for the upper class. Dinner was sometimes held as early as 3 p.m.

Early morning coffee may not be the best thing since it could interfere with cortisol production. Cortisol is a hormone that regulates stuff like our metabolism. So if we can wait until 9:30 then we won’t be messing around with cortisol.

The author points out that none of the female Jane Austen characters are alcoholics. In fact, the women think that drinking is extremely distasteful. I guess being teetotalers kept them skinny. You can drink and not necessarily get fat. However, alcohol and drink mixes contain sugar and calories. It’s something you forget when you are on your second or third margarita.

Kozlowski notices many interesting things about the eating and exercise habits of the characters. If it weren’t so interesting, I think I wouldn’t want to listen to the audiobook at all.

I would totally recommend reading this book or listening to the audiobook. If you are a Jane Austen, then you will probably enjoy all of the insights into health and exercise.


The Jane Austen Diet on Amazon

Four Wellness Lessons We Can Learn from Jane Austen

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter

Keeping Resolutions: NaBloPoMo

Are you still keeping the resolutions you made at the beginning of the month? Why or why not?


Believe it or not, my dedication to my New Year’s resolutions are intact and so is my pride.
My main goals were to lose weight and start doing yoga again. I’m not on any fancy diet. I’ve just cut out junk food and pop. I also added more salads and vegetables.
I miss French fries but I don’t regret exchanging them for healthier food. I think sweet potato fries could be added to the diet soon.
So far, I don’t feel cranky. There were a few days without coffee but that problem has been solved. Everyone at home is thankful for the reappearance of coffee into the diet.

Eating Habits of A Former Skinny Girl: NaBloPoMo


Tell us how you eat: do you sit down to three meals, eat several small meals, or grab a granola bar on the run?

Welcome to NabloPoMo for May! The theme this month is “Nourish.” So the prompt asked to tell you about how I eat. I will try not to bore you. My diet has varied over the years. My college friends will tell you that I ate Three Musketeers and Dr. Pepper for breakfast and popcorn for dinner. I also ate pasta and rice. I didn’t eat much of anything – good or bad.
Then I became pregnant and developed gestational diabetes. So from now until whenever, I will be a borderline diabetic. If I get lazy and eat chocolate for breakfast, then the diabetes will arrive sooner than expected. My doctor also said that I’m hypoglycemic, which means I tend to have low blood sugar. I try not to skip meals because my sugar will drop and that is never fun.
These days I eat a cereal bar or a breakfast shake on days that I work. On my days off I might eat cereal. If my boyfriend is feeling generous, he makes eggs and bacon.
Then there is lunch. I try to remember to pack my lunch when I go to work. It seems that the food at work does not agree with me. I’m hoping that I haven’t ticked off the chef so much that he is giving me bad food. Here is a tip: Do not tick off your waitress/waiter. They have control over your food. Just sayin’.
For dinner, it’s sandwiches, pasta or whatever my boyfriend cooks. Sometimes it’s still popcorn if the kids are way but not as often as it used to be. Carbs are my frenemy.


Here is a link about hypoglycemia: