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Marilyn Monroe Might Have Been Ahead of Her Time With Her High Protein Diet

Marilyn Monroe is arguably one of the most beautiful women in history. There is a famous internet rumor that said the 5' 5" 120 lb. beauty was a size 14, and some of her clothes did say that on the labels, however she was never the size 14 as we know it today.

Sizes were different back in the 50's and 60's and companies used different standards of measuring sizes. Measuring her clothes show that with her tiny waist and full hips, she was more likely a size 4 - 6 for most of her short life.

Apparently, Monroe had a routine that helped her stay in shape, which included a special diet and regular exercise. Recently, Elle dug up an old copy of Pageant magazine, and found an interview in which the 'blonde bombshell' revealed her secrets.

Paleo dieters might find it makes perfect sense that Monroe managed to stay in such great shape. She ate a high-protein diet.

The article, entitled 'How I Stay In Shape', was published in September of 1952. At this time, the actress was 26 years old and a rising star, but her biggest successes were still ahead of her. Apparently, Ms. Monroe didn't have to work very hard at dieting.

"Frankly, I've never considered my own figure so exceptional; until quite recently, I seldom gave it any thought at all... My biggest single concern used to be getting enough to eat."

The actress says in the article a typical breakfast would be warm milk with raw eggs.

"I've been told that my eating habits are absolutely bizarre, but I don't think so. Before I take my morning shower, I start warming a cup of milk on the hot plate I keep in my hotel room," she explained.

"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 recommend a more nourishing breakfast for a working girl in a hurry."

For dinner, Monroe's go-to meal is a piece of meat and some raw carrots. She didn't like to eat out much, even when she traveled. She preferred to just stop at a butcher shop for some steak, lamb chops or a piece of liver. She would cook it in her hotel in an electric 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."

Because of the daily way she ate, Monroe could afford to treat herself as well. "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 Will Wright's ice cream parlor for a hot fudge sundae on my way home from my evening drama classes," she said.

"I'm sure that I couldn't allow myself this indulgence were it not that my normal diet is composed almost totally of protein foods."

In addition to the high protein, carrot and hot fudge sundae diet, Monroe also exercised. She did what she called a 'simple bust-firming routine' on the floor. She'd lift weights above her head, slowly. She'd then hold her arms out, weights in hand, at a 45-degree angle and move her arms in circles until she got tired.

"I don't count rhythmically like the exercise people on the radio; I couldn't stand exercise if I had to feel regimented about it."

Source: News Hub
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