If You Are What You Eat, You Won’t Believe the Marilyn Monroe Diet

by Sarah Celebrity HealthComments: 96

Marilyn Monroe diet

At the height of her career, Marilyn Monroe was undoubtedly considered one of the most beautiful women in the world. The curvaceous, full figured actress certainly represented the antithesis of the scary thin, androgynous models of today.

The drastic change in society’s view of female beauty over the past 50 years has coincided with an equally drastic change in diet.

Artificially made “health” foods, powders, bars, drinks, mixes and supplements take center stage instead of the basic, traditional and highly nourishing fare such as what Ms. Monroe preferred.

The September 1952 edition of Pageant magazine highlighted the Marilyn Monroe diet, which was comprised of extremely simple fare, written in her own words.

For breakfast, Ms. Monroe whipped two raw eggs into a glass of warm milk to drink.  Eggs and milk were her favored morning fare even while traveling and staying in hotels.

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Dinners were equally nutrient dense. Instead of opting for the best restaurant food which she undoubtedly could easily afford, Marilyn would stop at a market near her hotel and select steak, liver, or lamb chops for dinner. She would even broil them herself right in her hotel room with an electric oven!

Ms. Monroe also especially enjoyed raw carrots and usually ate several along with the meat she had chosen for the evening meal.

For treats, ice cream sundaes were the favorite on the way home from her evening drama classes. No mention of any bread, cakes, cookies or pies.

A diet focused on nutrient rich animal foods with a notable absence of grain based and starchy foods was likely a key reason she only required light exercise to maintain her enviable figure. While this doesn’t work for every woman, it does for many, even a curvy one like Ms. Monroe.  She spent only 10 minutes each morning working out with small weights. Light jogging, yoga and horseback riding were other active pursuits she enjoyed.  No special trainers, heavy lifting or sweaty workouts of the day were a part of her life.

Does the Marilyn Monroe Diet Offer Any Wisdom for Today’s Generation?

There has been renewed interest in recent months in the Marilyn Monroe diet with the marking of the 50th anniversary of her death last August.

While many would find the very simple Marilyn Monroe diet unbearably boring and uninspired, the basic premise she followed was sound albeit controversial and perhaps even quirky for her day.

  • No processed foods with the exception of an occasional ice cream treat.
  • Minimal inclusion of starchy, grain based or sugary foods like bread, pasta, bagels, cereal, crackers, cookies or other refined carbs.
  • Frequent consumption of liver, the number one nutrient dense food on the planet and nature’s multivitamin.
  • Balanced exercise without undue focus on constant or excessive working out to maintain one’s figure and muscle tone or to overcome poor dietary choices. As Paula Jager CSCS, Fitness Editor for this blog is fond of saying, “You can’t outwork a bad diet!”  Clearly, Marilyn Monroe’s focus on simple, self prepared, whole, nutrient dense foods afforded her the luxury of not having to find this out the hard way.

Could women both young and old derive some helpful pointers in their own diet and lifestyle regimens through knowledge of the Marilyn Monroe diet?  I, for one, believe they could!  What about you?

Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

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Comments (96)

  • Rachel

    Actually in 1952 Marilyn would have had no money of her own, she earned $750 a week because she hadn’t yet gone through the battle with her studio for a contract which gave her what she was worth. Most of that money went straight away on paying for her mother’s psychiatric care, her acting coach and her hotel fees. She basically relied on friends to keep her afloat. Also, some time in the late 50s, when she desperately didn’t want to have to do Some Like It Hot, she started gorging on meat and burgers and really unhealthy amounts of high cal, high carb, greasy food – she thought that if she got ‘fat’ no one would want to put her in a film! That period didn’t last too long, though.

    August 4th, 2014 9:00 am Reply
    • Anna

      Does how much money she had really make a difference, she still had a healthy diet and a beautiful figure.

      July 29th, 2015 12:13 pm Reply
    • Sway

      II just read on another site that her diet when trying to lose weight did include a cracker twice a day with a beverage (milk I believe) and she did eat bread with butter and she did have other fruits in her diet.

      April 20th, 2016 6:29 pm Reply
  • zosia

    or maybe she just liked carrots!

    you won’t know cause you never knew her personally.

    celebrity-obsession is so funny…GET OVER IT!

    January 18th, 2014 6:18 pm Reply
  • bea

    also she had endometriosis

    January 18th, 2014 1:02 pm Reply
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  • Maderetha

    I have read that MM had Endometriosis and that was the reason for her not being able to carry to full term. This apparently was also the reason why she started taking pain killers which in the end caused her death. Who knows? One of the things I do find interesting is the mention of her eating raw carrot which is well known to help wash access estrogen out of the body so maybe there is some truth in her having Endo.

    January 5th, 2014 9:03 pm Reply
    • Anna

      It was actually sleeping pills that killed her.

      July 29th, 2015 12:15 pm Reply
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  • Lisa in TX

    Am I the only one that read that in Marilyn’s voice? Lol! I love her movies.

    November 2nd, 2013 1:46 am Reply
  • Kathy

    I think according to the 1950s standards of thin, Marilyn would have been considered a bit heavy. Look at most others in photographs of the time and in general women were thinner.

    Also I truly believe we are all genetically different and have different nutritional needs. What worked for Marilyn may not work for others. Some of us stay healthy by minimizing carbs and others can eat breads, pastas, etc and not gain weight and maintain good health.

    More and more we are finding that diet is not one size fits all.

    November 1st, 2013 1:09 pm Reply
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  • Cathy F.

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    July 30th, 2013 2:36 pm Reply
  • Cat

    I think it all depends on your individual body. I, personally, don’t process grains very well. I also don’t handle dairy, beef or corn well. When I stopped eating them, I regained vitality and dropped pounds without much exercise – it was all inflammation! But inflammatory autoimmune disorders run in my family. My dad, on the other hand, gets anemic the second he stops eating red meat. I have friends who’d lose their minds if they didn’t eat whole grains every day. Marilyn’s diet sounds awesome to me – healthy fats, fruits and veggies. But I’m sure some people wouldn’t thrive on it. It’s hard to judge someone else’s diet when you don’t know their personal constitution or dietary needs.

    July 29th, 2013 3:22 pm Reply
    • Melissa

      I love this comment. I get tired of reading everywhere that grain is the ultimate evil, because I don’t feel well when I go without properly prepared grains. I don’t consume processed grains, rather soaked, sprouted, or soured grains — I feel much better this way than I did when I had cut out grains. Thank you for being so open to the fact that what is good for some isn’t good for all. I hope more will catch on to this idea.

      January 14th, 2014 3:29 pm Reply
  • TJ

    And, actually, back in her day, (and possibly depending on where), the ice cream treats could have even been good for her because things weren’t as processed (and in some case never processed) then. If she got it from a local mom and pop shop, it could have been made with fresh raw eggs, whole fat cream, and real vanilla beans. Same with chocolate–all real ingredients. :-)

    July 29th, 2013 2:52 pm Reply
  • Erica

    I can’t let Ken’s comment about Dr. Atkins lie there unchallenged. Dr. Atkins died from a fall on ice, not from his diet. See here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Atkins_(nutritionist) and here: http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/atkinsdiet/a/dratkinsdeath.htm

    July 29th, 2013 2:23 pm Reply
    • Bianca

      Thank you for this. I was going to comment earlier. Dr. Atkins was years
      ahead of his time. He had it figured right. His only downfall was substituting
      artificial sweeteners for natural ones. But he was on the right track.
      His wife is (was?) Tres French and they ate very well. indeed… and yes, he did die from fall on ice. If anyone cares to read his earliest books, you will discover what
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      carbs to the point that ones body could handle. Unfortunately, his ideas were
      convoluted by people who never even read his work or understood exactly what his premise was. He was a pioneer in his time.

      July 31st, 2013 9:34 pm Reply
  • Rebecca I.

    I am confused as to why people are saying she was carb deprived. There are plenty of healthy carbs in a glass of milk!!

    July 27th, 2013 3:04 am Reply
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  • barb

    me and my husband has been on this traditional foods for over a year my husband had a heart attack was on low fat diet loss a lot of weight then gained it all back plus some we felt bad no energy then I was listen to the radio she was talking about Weston a price wow a lot of questions was answered thank u oh by the way lost 13 pound on the way feel so much better my husband had his checkup doctor about had a heart attack him self he said its all wrong diet but no heath problems yet all is clear

    July 24th, 2013 10:03 pm Reply
  • Tammy

    I did a Google search on her measurements and I’m pretty close to what she was (a little less in the breast but spot on for waist and hips) I’m pretty sure I have never been categorized as curvy – more like thin.

    July 22nd, 2013 11:17 pm Reply
  • Ken

    (Website in previous post is incorrect). Basically, Marilyn was living on the Atkins diet. She was carb-starved, which no doubt contributed to ultra-low levels of seratonin and her depression bouts. Healthy forms of carbs include fruit, sweet veggies, and a limited amount of whole grains…unhealthy forms include white flour, white sugar, and processed foods made with these (breads, pastas, cereals, cookies, crackers, etc.). Please don’t peddle the Atkins diet, since it not only helped kill Marilyn, but also Dr. Atkins himself. Even the Atkins foundation today recommends fruit and veggies to balance out the animal food, and is more of a Paleo approach (which I still disagree with as optimal for humans). Americans eat a diet of about 25% animal food while all other primates each 4% or less animal food. We have chronic disease; they don’t. The ideal diet for humans is primarily plant-based, as whole plant foods reverse disease rather than cause it, regulate body weight, and stabilize brain chemistry. If you want to learn more, check out my website or Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/phoenixway) or watch the movie, Forks Over Knives (there is a link to a free version of it on my FB page). Good eating! :)

    July 22nd, 2013 7:22 pm Reply
    • cave horse

      Ken, there is not a single statement in your post which is factually correct.

      July 22nd, 2013 7:30 pm Reply
      • Sandy

        Ken, reading your dietary beliefs, I feel sorry for you.

        July 23rd, 2013 12:00 am Reply
      • Ken

        Cave horse…come out of the cave? Seriously. Barbie Doll…not sure if you’re a woman or a man…but you seriously lack in seratonin. Sandy, when you stop feeling sorry for yourself, you can feel sorry for others, dear. Have I stepped into some kind of Paleo WPF bees nest? Meat-lovers anonymous? Is this the place where you all come and deny EVERYTHING that’s going on around you today, right now…1/2 the population, huge, fat people walking around strung out on meat, dairy, white flour and sugar? Seriously??! Your own families and friends…maybe you yourselves? Will steak and pie really help you deal with that? Personal, slanderous attacks in response to research-based information presented in a neutral, factual manner are immature and unhelpful and show both a lack of confidence and real knowledge. I would challenge anyone to contradict a SINGLE piece of information presented in my post. I have been studying this field for 30 years and enjoy a healthy life free of any kind of drugs or medications or procedures and am 12 years older than Marilyn was when she died. If you want to live in denial and explain away Marilyn’s death as just murder and/or drugs and not face the fact that she was also destroying herself, physically and mentally, with her poor diet on top of the drugs, then please go back in your cave and play with your dolls. Otherwise, do some actual homework other than the WPF. Have you looked at Grandma Sally Fallon lately? You can see a video here of her, looking like Marilyn would have on that diet 20 years later: http://tv.naturalnews.com/v.asp?v=740B7987404AC33550331594DE9C45E0. Try rather reading the likes of McDougal, Campbell, Esselstyn, Barnard, Cousens, Fuhrman, Graham, Robbins, Gerson, Ehret, Ornish. I wonder why all these writers are healthy in middle and older age? Hmmm. Let me know when you’ve defeated all their arguments, research, and positive results saving lives and curing chronic disease caused by the Marilyn Diet and its like. Then go out and find people who live to be 100 living on eggs, milk, and meat. Find a lot of them, and write a book about it. Otherwise, please don’t waste people’s time with your rantings. Good luck…and try to have a nice day…for all of us. :)

        July 24th, 2013 11:47 am Reply
        • Barbie doll

          Ranting Ken? You first question my sexuality and then tell me I am lacking serotonin. I wonder what that type of mentality says about you and your inadequacies. Sorry you have no facts that make any sense. If this is a fact – “Americans eat a diet of about 25% animal food while all other primates each 4% or less animal food” then so is this – “Americans have about 4% of their body covered by hair while for other primates its 90% or more”. Neither says anything about the suitability of the diet of each.

          Let’s get some facts straight. I’m 49, have no maladies, weigh as much as I did at 20, take no medication and eat a predominantly meat and fat diet. My family all do the same and live long lives. My Aunt just turned 90, still drives her car, shops and lives on her own, and eats plenty meat and organ meats along with her rice, potato and vegetables. My father worked till he was 74 and my mother continues to work at 68.

          I am not American (I’m inclined to see that as a virtue these days!) but can clearly see why Americans are so unhealthy – too much sugar, too much trans fats, too much refined grains, too much factory farmed meat. It’s not the meat Ken that makes you guys so unhealthy it’s the other garbage.

          I am not sure why you veggie-zealots have this need to demean all others and your pointing to a video of Sally Fallon is a prime example. Please tell me what you see wrong with Ms Fallon in that video – she looks normal to me. Your friend McDougal is always at great pains to point out that nobody but the anointed veggie intellectuals know anything about diet and all others must kiss their feet or hold their tongues.

          Lastly why do you and your type find it necessary to troll websites like this with the zeal of Paul, trying to convert all the non believers to your cause. Frankly I don’t have a need to go onto your or similar websites and leave self promoting nonsense trying to convert people who are happy following their own belief’s. Now leave us alone and do your own thing and respect that some of us don’t need your religion, we are quite happy with our own.

          Good luck to you to – enjoy your day further!

          July 25th, 2013 8:59 am Reply
          • DD

            This is not researched based in anyway, but it is based on my human experience. I’m currently 40. When I was much younger, late teens to early twenties, I began starting to eat less meats. In my early twenties I finally went vegetarian. This was mostly due to feeling horrible after eating meat. (Back then I was consuming all factory farmed garbage from the grocery store.) I had felt fantastic at the time by cutting that out. I would eat veggies, carbs, and of course the soy alternatives and still felt great for a bit. My doc was even pushing low fat all the time and i went with it. The whole thing turned out to be a bad choice for me.

            A few years later, I ended up with endometriosis. I had problems from the beginning with my cycle, but it definitely escalated during my vegetarian stage. I ended up having the doc tell me it was an emergency and I needed to take care of this ASAP. Afterwards I continued with my current eatng habits. As the years went on I felt worse. I was in a constant fog and couldn’t concentrate on anything. It just kept getting escalating and I was sick all of the time.

            Years later, I was told I’m almost anemic while I was finally able to get pregnant. The doctor recommended I start eating some meat. So I did; however, I wasn’t serious about it. Just enough to not take iron supplements and make sure the baby was healthy. After my daughter was born, I kind of kept eating meat, but not much. I was definitely in a fog all the time and shaky constantly even after meals. Then, a few years later I slowly started to incorporate more meats, mostly grass fed, pasture raised with no antibotics, etc. after reading about how much better they were. The more I did that while still eating a good serving of veggies, the better I felt. I eventually cut out all of the plant based oils too, canola, soy, etc., and only used olive oil, coconut oil, butter, etc. I rarely touch refined carbs. When I do use carbs it’s quinoa, rice, sprouted grains, etc. We do not over do carbs in my house. We DEFINITELY do not go near soy. As soon as I consume soy I gain 5+ lbs in water weight overnight and feel horrible for days.

            This is definitely the clearest and healthiest I have felt for as long as I can remember and my cycles are completely normal. I’ve never had this much energy before, except for maybe when i was in grade school. Previous to this, all I ever wanted to do was sleep until noon or later. Now I’m up at 5 or 5:30 every morning.

            I will every now and then do a cleanse with all veggies for a short time and feel great; however, I can’t continue with it. When it goes beyond the cleanse stage, I get foggy and shaky again.

            For me at least, there’s a lot to be said for consuming quality meats and fats in conjunction with many veggies and some fruits. A “whole” foods non processed way of living has been wonderful with all the right ingredients.

            July 25th, 2013 6:22 pm
          • Diane

            You said it! :-)

            July 25th, 2013 8:45 pm
        • Lauri C

          My two cents: I went on the McDougall diet in the mid 90’s and my health pretty soon started going down hill. I eventually lost my gall bladder, and I am convinced it was due to this diet. I have also come across others who have had similar problems on the McDougall diet.

          July 25th, 2013 5:21 pm Reply
  • Ken

    Basically, Marilyn was living on the Atkins diet. She was carb-starved, which no doubt contributed to ultra-low levels of seratonin and her depression bouts. Healthy forms of carbs include fruit, sweet veggies, and a limited amount of whole grains…unhealthy forms include white flour, white sugar, and processed foods made with these (breads, pastas, cereals, cookies, crackers, etc.). Please don’t peddle the Atkins diet, since it not only helped kill Marilyn, but also Dr. Atkins himself. Even the Atkins foundation today recommends fruit and veggies to balance out the animal food, and is more of a Paleo approach (which I still disagree with as optimal for humans). Americans eat a diet of about 25% animal food while all other primates each 4% or less animal food. We have chronic disease; they don’t. The ideal diet for humans is primarily plant-based, as whole plant foods reverse disease rather than cause it, regulate body weight, and stabilize brain chemistry. If you want to learn more, check out my website or Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/phoeixway) or watch the movie, Forks Over Knives (there is a link to a free version of it on my FB page). Good eating! :)

    July 22nd, 2013 7:21 pm Reply
    • Barbie Doll

      Hell Ken, you may get a better audience for your views with less zeal, more actual facts rather than beliefs, and a little less self promotion. You are just another “the Atkins diet killed someone” zealot who bases their argument on their belief. It’s quite easy to spot the veggie zealots commenting here and using your type of analysis I can make the following statement of fact; “Veggie and healthy(sic) whole grain eaters are deficient in nutrients which allow for fair assessment of others views and the males commonly show the effects of their estrogenic diet by being particularly bitchy to those who have different views to their own”. If you are so correct then clearly evolution will destroy the meat and Atkins adherents and your type will inherit the earth, but I would not bank my life on that happening anytime soon. Keep believing though …..

      July 24th, 2013 7:15 am Reply
      • Brittany

        Thanks for posting this so I don’t have to! :)

        July 26th, 2013 9:11 am Reply
  • Crystalina

    How about the Audrey Hepburn diet?

    July 22nd, 2013 5:02 pm Reply
    • Michelle

      Unfortunately, Audrey herself admitted that in times of stress, she stopped eating. She was a beautiful and incredibly amazing woman, but that behavior was not healthy and she knew it. She talked about it so other woman would realize that she was not perfect and perhaps not always the best role model. As a side note, with her body type, she could have eaten McDonald’s day and night and stayed thin.

      January 18th, 2014 1:20 pm Reply
  • Leah

    when I was a kid in the early seventies, the ” diet plate” at every restaurant was a hamburger pattie , cottage cheese with a pineapple ring and a salad. No bread. When the low fat craze began that changed of course.

    July 22nd, 2013 4:01 pm Reply
  • Diane

    The human body doesn’t have a requirement for carbohydrates. It’ll burn them if it gets them, but we are fat burners, naturally. That’s what our bodies prefer. Fat produces all the energy our bodies need and give us satiety when we eat. http://www.marksdailyapple.com/a-metabolic-paradigm-shift-fat-carbs-human-body-metabolism/

    July 22nd, 2013 3:47 pm Reply
    • Crystalina

      We were meant to eat veggies.

      July 22nd, 2013 5:06 pm Reply
      • Chalcedony

        We are meant to eat a variety of foods.

        July 22nd, 2013 8:18 pm Reply
        • AmandaonMaui

          I second this statement! We are omnivores.

          July 29th, 2013 3:29 pm Reply
  • Smudge

    And it was all organic, grass-fed, free range everything in those days. Lucky her!

    July 22nd, 2013 3:28 pm Reply
    • Ellen

      You would have to go back in time even more to be *sure* it was clean meat. There were feedlots in the 50s, cattle was given drugs and pesticides (DDT) and chemical fertilizers were used. Even then, you had to know your farmer.

      July 22nd, 2013 5:11 pm Reply
  • Lana

    I have to wonder if she was carb deficient. Consider the research uncovered by Paul and Shou-Ching Jaminet. Seems that “safe starches” could have been the missing piece for MM. See perfecthealthdiet.com for reader results of eating an appropriate amount of “safe starches.”

    July 22nd, 2013 1:40 pm Reply
  • Carmen

    She did not have drug or alcohol problems until later in her career. HBO has a very interesting documentary on her right now.

    July 22nd, 2013 1:32 pm Reply
  • Ellen

    She was so beautiful but was never able to carry a baby to term.
    Something was missing in her (or her mother’s) diet.

    July 22nd, 2013 1:00 pm Reply
    • Rosemary C

      Diet is not the only reason for miscarriages! And while Marilyn was seen as ‘curvaceous’ in the lean 1950s, I think she would look slim to most of us today. I wonder if we can believe what stars tell journalists they eat, but it’s interesting that she preferred to cook for herself even in hotels.

      July 22nd, 2013 2:22 pm Reply
      • Ellen

        Endometriosis can be corrected by diet.

        July 22nd, 2013 4:39 pm Reply
        • Mali Korsten

          Not in all cases. It can certainly help, and can relieve symptoms somewhat, but a good diet isn’t a miracle cure for all Endometriosis sufferers, especially if the condition is already severe before dietary changes are made. Emotional stress and environmental toxins are also factors, and they are distinct from diet.

          July 23rd, 2013 6:46 am Reply
        • Ashley

          It cannot always be helped by a diet. Stop spreading lies and making people feel bad about having a medical condition

          July 27th, 2013 4:54 pm Reply
          • AmandaonMaui

            Thank you! I keep reading stuff about how a proper diet will cure this that and the other. Yet, even when one has a very healthful diet it is still possible to deal with a variety of medical, and psychological, conditions. I have celiac disease, which is treatable with a gluten free diet. I also eat a healthful diet, but I still have anxiety and depression I am dealing with. So, clearly a healthful diet is not a panacea or cure all.

            July 29th, 2013 3:28 pm
      • Foxylibrarian

        I suspect her inability to carry a baby to term most likely was due to a history of botched, back-alley abortions, not her diet. Her biographer Normal Mailer claimed she had 12 abortions by the time she was 29.

        November 10th, 2013 12:14 am Reply
        • Don Delaney

          Norman mailer only saw her from a distance. He never knew her. She never had 29 abortions.

          March 16th, 2014 8:44 am Reply
    • Susannah

      She could have also had other anatomical anomolies that could have caused the miscarages. My mother had a lot of trouble carying a baby to term due to a bicornis uterus and only was able to keep a baby to term with almost exclusive bed rest. Also, medicine in the 1950s and 1960s was not what it is today (good and bad).

      July 27th, 2013 2:23 pm Reply
  • Carol

    If it’s true we are what we eat, I’m fast, cheap, and easy!

    Just kiddin’, all!! ; )

    July 22nd, 2013 11:44 am Reply
  • April

    I don’t believe she was a drug addict. That’s what they always say about those they want to silence for one reason or another. she looked pretty healthy to me to be a drug addict. IJS.

    July 22nd, 2013 10:54 am Reply
    • Chalcedony

      Yes. Finally, a sensible comment about that.

      July 22nd, 2013 8:14 pm Reply
    • Sherry

      there were people that were very close to her that said she would poke hole in her barbiturates so they would work faster

      October 19th, 2013 3:09 pm Reply
  • Joanne HC

    Ha, that article made me laugh. Yes, I am sure anyone would be hungry if you ate breakfast at 9am and then dinner at 8:30PM! While I take the whole Marilyn Monroe diet with a grain of salt, it does show how our nutrition has changed. The egg thing aside, she was able to just pick up liver at the regular ole grocery store. Nowadays, eating liver is seen as gross and the article writer had to wait for it to come in.

    July 22nd, 2013 10:23 am Reply
  • Anna

    That’s reallly interesting…. read the articles on the real reason why she was depressed on vigilantcitizen.com …. Its an eye opener as to why a lot of stars lose it!

    July 22nd, 2013 10:22 am Reply
  • heather

    not surprising. simply low carb, then high protein & fat. perhaps what’s surprising is that she already knew about this.

    July 22nd, 2013 10:02 am Reply
  • Tara

    Did she eat lunch?

    July 22nd, 2013 9:48 am Reply
  • Ashley Brown

    Its been a great read. She was tremendous actor and a truly inspiration for the people. :) :)

    July 22nd, 2013 8:53 am Reply
    • Rebecca C

      she wasn’t that great of an actor and hardly got any great roles. it was all about the looks and the publicity.

      July 28th, 2013 3:44 pm Reply
      • Sally

        Of course her looks were a major part of her appeal but she also had acting chops.

        October 7th, 2013 9:07 am Reply
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  • Chandelle

    I’m sure the speed helped, too.

    July 21st, 2013 4:47 pm Reply
  • Anne

    I wonder how the persistent use of drugs and alcohol played into her general state of health?

    July 21st, 2013 4:35 pm Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      This article is based on her diet from 1952. No doubt 10 years later at the time of her death it was a far different story after years of abuse by those surrounding her and her emotional difficulties adjusting to being a movie superstar.

      July 22nd, 2013 12:08 pm Reply
  • Ashley

    Nevermind the fact that she needed speed and barbituates to get on day to day and suffered from depression and mood swings. This woman claimed to have very low energy levels and was woozy on the Marilyn diet. http://nymag.com/thecut/2012/10/raw-eggs-in-milk-marilyn-monroes-diets.html Probably would’ve felt fine if she’d just added that speed to the regimen.

    July 21st, 2013 3:54 pm Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      No doubt being in the constant limelight and being a superstar unable to live a normal life would have been such a terrible burden for her. Many in this situation find it difficult to deal with long term without some form of emotional problems of some kind.

      July 21st, 2013 4:47 pm Reply
      • Annie

        I eat low carb and high fat and I have more energy than I ever had on a high carb diet. Carbs are definitely not the answer. I would say most women would do better on a low carb diet, I did!

        July 23rd, 2013 4:34 am Reply
    • Veronica

      Totally Ashely!!! Instead of drugs she could have used carbs for energy. Photos in early of her career she was voluptuous and then she started to get really thin. I wouldn’t use Marilyn Monroe for a healthy role model. I don’t think that High fat and low carbs is good for any woman. We need our carbs!

      July 22nd, 2013 10:42 am Reply
      • Susannah

        I think what people forget is you can get carbs from things other than grains. Fruit, vegetables, and dairy products are all full of carbohydrates. Many people find a low carb/grain diet to be exceptionally healing. What many people often find is that when they first start a low carb/grain diet, your body goes through an adjustment period. Many people quit at that point, but if you stick with it, many people find their body is much happier without it. I think what happend to Marilyn was a tragedy. The studios owned her and the pills were often perscribed to people in and out of the lime light. My own grandmother (a stay at home mom) was given uppers and downers to “cope” with the stress of raising 7 kids on her own after a divorse.

        July 27th, 2013 2:19 pm Reply
      • Skye

        She grew thin when she had her appendix removed. Also, most likely from having her miscarriages. Some women tend to lose a lot of weight after pregnancies.

        October 22nd, 2013 7:37 pm Reply
    • Karly

      I agree, I don’t see why people idolize her so much. She had multiple failed marriages, had relations with a married man and committed suicide. Hardly a candidate for being “healthy” if you ask me.

      July 22nd, 2013 11:06 am Reply
      • Bianca

        Agree !

        July 22nd, 2013 3:55 pm Reply
      • Susan

        Well, she was used by a lot of men, including the saintly Kennedys, who passed her back and forth. AND it’s never been totally confirmed that it was suicide and not murder….just sayin’.

        July 23rd, 2013 12:06 am Reply
      • Lisa

        People respect her because she was clearly beautiful. Beauty is what we all want — go on ahead and deny it! She was mentally troubled because she was like all the other MKultra mind controlled celebrities of today — pushed, paranoid, and possessed — but still BEAUTIFUL.

        July 26th, 2013 5:53 pm Reply
        • Milissa

          I agree Lisa; some say she was the first MKUltra pres. model.

          December 6th, 2013 12:08 am Reply
      • Marie

        Can’t find fault in the diet so you’ve gotta attack the person, huh? Classic.

        July 26th, 2013 9:44 pm Reply
    • Rebecca C

      if you do any critical reading about marilyn monroe you will see that she was isolated and kept on those drugs prescribed to her by at least two psychiatrists who were in constant contact with marilyn and even lived at her house or vice versa much of the time. she was being controlled by those people, sadly. they even got her fortune when she died. any altered state she was in was due to that mistreatment, not her diet, if her diet was as described.

      July 28th, 2013 3:40 pm Reply
      • Cheryl

        Exactly. That psychiatrist (Greyson I believe) would have lost his license today. She also tried to talk about her childhood sexual abuse but was discouraged. She did alright for herself anyway and won her fight against the studio at the time of her death. She created a persona (and maintained) star quality unsurpassed to this day. She had many Black friends (especially Dorothy Dandrige) was active in civil rights and saw gay as normal. Norma Jean was tough, smart, down to earth and a bit of a bitch; along with all the bad stuff. You don’t get to be Marilyn Monroe by being too weak to stand upright. Get real.

        December 3rd, 2013 8:54 am Reply
  • Andrea

    And then there’s Sophia Loren who said, “Everything you see I owe to spaghetti.” Just saying, different strokes for different folks. And I happen to be one who loves spaghetti!

    July 21st, 2013 2:01 pm Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Is that perhaps a joke or a misquote, because I read that Sophia Loren said she avoided bread and starch like pasta (she does eat some) as it makes her fat.

      July 21st, 2013 3:40 pm Reply
      • Bianca

        Sophia Loren has always loved her vegetables, and often-times
        would have a plate of broccoli with oil/garlic for a snack !

        July 22nd, 2013 3:54 pm Reply
        • zosia

          do any of you actually KNOW her personally…this is a ridiculous conversation between you two! hahahaha

          January 18th, 2014 1:49 pm Reply
    • Emma

      That was a cute answer but there is very little truth to it. Sometimes we just need to use logic and take things with a grain of salt :) I think the beauty she has is just what Italian genes gave her and she represented it by spaghetti. I’m sure she was not talking about consuming spaghetti.

      July 24th, 2013 1:45 am Reply

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