Happy New Year to you all!
I have been ashamedly silent for the past month. This has been because of the manic activity surrounding Christmas. Church services, school events, family get-togethers... it has been non-stop. Now it feels odd to be so quiet. Do any of you feel the same - that you just don't know what to do with yourselves now that you're not rushed frantically off your feet? I always dream of these times - to sit down and read a book or do some writing. But when it arrives I find myself toe-tapping and fidgeting. So really, I had no excuse not to update my blog and start this year off as I wish to continue.
Since new years are synonymous with diets I thought I could dedicate this post to that very theme, especially since the BBC has some juicy articles on the subject. The first was this piece on Lord Byron - first of the faddy flab-busters. Mind you, his diet sounded appallingly awful for the man who advocated hedonism and pleasure in many of his writings. I wonder if he had a special exercise routine that he could have made a DVD from nowadays - Look Pale and Interesting in a Month! This is what a fascinatingly named Victorian had to say about it all:
[Dr George Beard wrote] "Our young ladies live all their growing girlhood in semi-starvation...[in fear of] incurring the horror of disciples of Lord Byron". It didn't help that Byron himself had suggested that "a woman should never be seen eating or drinking, unless it be lobster salad and champagne, the only truly feminine and becoming viands".
To be honest with you, a diet of lobster and champagne sounds rather delicious, and certainly much more interesting that rice cakes and miso soup. And as for women never to be seen eating, well that could explain a lot behind secret snacking nowadays. But was Lord Byron anything to write home about? Judge for yourself from this image: