# 34 Ration Book Britain
I had an idea this week (one of many so don’t get any ideas). What if I could combine a bit of weight loss with an historical experiment. Programmes like Ration Book Britain and Supersizers bring it all to life and I felt a bit inspired. So I thought that if people managed to survive the entire war on it. Why couldn’t I?
And then I discovered Carolyn from Nova Scotia and ‘The 1940’s Experiment’. I shouldn’t be surprised that this had already been thought of. But that this woman is aiming to spend a year on a World War Two ration diet fills me full of horror. What no chocolate? Her website is however, very interesting and loaded with information about the diet she is on, the recipes she’s using and her progress, which is quite astonishing.
|A weekly ration (source)|
So, what was the WW2 ration diet like? Well Carolyn is using a typical weekly ration allowance of:
Meat to the value of 1 shilling and sixpence (around 1/2 lb minced beef)
|Carolyn’s impressive 4 months|
The key missing ingredient is of course processed food. Everything is from scratch or fresh. Even the recipes are devoid of artificial stuff but I suppose there was less around in the 1940s anyway. We live in a world of convenience, we’re used to living the quick easy snack way and accustomed to fake flavours and artificial colourings.
Going back to basics is an interesting alternative and I think once I can start planting in the garden and the hens are laying with more enthusiasm, this could be the diet challenge I was looking for – something with a bit of substance and meaning and it’s also a bit of a historical journey too.