How to Eat Like Marilyn Monroe

Story from 1952 shows the icon favored eggs, steak and ice cream

by Lesley Kennedy • MORE.com Reporter

Forget about Atkins, Ornish and Pritikin. The diet plan we’re currently crazy about is Monroe. As in Marilyn Monroe.

Days after the 50th anniversary of the icon’s death, the Daily Mail in London notes a 1952 story titled “How I Stay in Shape,” published in Pageant magazine, in which Monroe, then 26, shares her diet.

Breakfast? “Before I take my morning shower, I start warming a cup of milk on the hot plate I keep in my hotel room,” she says in the story, according to the newspaper. “When it’s hot, I break two raw eggs into the milk, whip them up with a fork, and drink them while I’m dressing. I supplement this with a multi-vitamin pill, and I doubt if any doctor could prescribe a more nourishing breakfast for a working girl in a hurry.”

Dinner? “My dinners at home are startlingly simple,” Monroe says. “Every night I stop at the market and pick up a steak, lamb chops or some liver, which I broil in the oven. I usually eat four or five raw carrots with my meat, and that is all. I must be part rabbit; I never get bored with raw carrots.”

And, oh yes, there is dessert: “It’s a good thing, I suppose, that I eat simply during the day for, in recent months, I have developed the habit of stopping off at Wil Wright’s ice-cream parlour for a hot fudge sundae on my way back from my evening drama classes.”

As for exercise, Monroe kept it simple, using five-pound weights, the Daily Mail reports.

“I spend at least 10 minutes each morning working out with small weights,” she says in the story. “I have evolved my own exercises for the muscles I wish to keep firm, and I know they are right for me because I can feel them putting the proper muscles into play as I exercise.”

Eggs, steak and ice cream sundaes? Ten minutes of exercise a day? For curves like Marilyn’s? The new routine starts tonight—as soon as the ice cream softens.

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First Published Mon, 2012-08-06 21:12

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