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1. What kind of diet do you think was "Jane Austen Diet"?
2. Would "Jane Austen Diet" works in our time now?
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I sometimes wonder how they stay hydrated. Did they drink water in the country (though they avoided it in the city) or did they mostly drink tea and fermented beverages?
Two of my favorite tidbits about Jane is that she brewed the family beer and once wrote a letter to Cassandra whilst hungover (she said something to the effect of drinking too much wine the previous night).
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I agree about exercise, at least for people who did not own their own carriage; walking would be a more common way to get places when feasible. There would be less sugar in their diet, especially during the fight for abolition when there was a sugar boycott, but also because there would be no processed food like there is today (almost all have salt, sugar or both). And I believe that sugar was locked up with the tea in the Austen household, so it must have also been expensive. The types of meat people ate was more varied than most of us eat now (there are recipes for calves head, pigeons, and mutton in Marha Lloyd’s household book). Salting meat would also be more common. Vegetables would only be in season, unless canned. No (or rarely) exotic fruits (pineapples, bananas, maybe even oranges, although lemons seem more common) except for the rich. Tea rather than coffee, although both were drunk at the time. Wine and beer, potentially home made. Also homemade bread (yum!).
Jane Austen was able to live a middle-class lifestyle. Poor people mostly relied on bread.
I think it's a mindful diet. Since there was no TV or Social Media. People ate very mindfully, taking their time to enjoy their meals.
Organic, since I doubt there's many pesticides or GMO then
Active lifestyle, seems like they walk a lot then. Lizzy (Pride & Prejudice) is very fond of walking.
Less stress, reduce inflamation anywhere. Since life moves in slower pace. How I would like to live like that.