|MEET KELLY WRIGHT, AUTHOR OF
THE BENJAMIN FRANKLIN DIET
Thank you for visiting the official web site for
my new book, The Benjamin Franklin Diet.
I'd like to share with you how the diet was
developed and how it has changed my life.
The best way for me to explain how it came
about is to share the following excerpt from
the Introduction of the book.
"This might sound odd, but I’m a big fan of
Benjamin Franklin. It all started when I picked
up a copy of Franklin’s autobiography in an
airport many years ago. Believe it or not, the
story of his life is a page-turner and I found
myself reading it over and over again
whenever I needed a lift or a little bit of
inspiration in my life.
I recently celebrated my fortieth birthday.
Besides a few gray hairs, I noticed that I was
gaining weight faster than I used to, and that
I had less energy. While I’ve never been
obese, I was getting dangerously close to
wearing plus-size clothing and my level of
physical activity was almost nonexistent. The
time had come for me to make some major
changes in my life. But what was I to do?
Like most people, I’d tried dieting and would
lose the weight only to put it back on again. I
didn’t want to go back on a low-carbohydrate diet, but what choice did I have? I’d lost
up to thirty pounds doing this in the past and it was the best solution I had.
Soon after this fortieth birthday, I put myself on a strict, low-carbohydrate diet. I lost
five pounds within a couple of weeks. But as I dined on meat, cheese, fat, and
artificial sweeteners, I noticed I had no energy and it seemed like the food I was
eating was making me sick. This diet can’t be healthy, I thought, but I wasn’t really
sure what I should be eating or how to go about achieving long-term good health.
Here I was at forty years of age asking the same old question, what am I supposed
That’s when Benjamin Franklin’s autobiography came to mind. I remembered that he
had written various things about diet and nutrition. So once again, I picked up the
book and took notes on every reference Franklin made to food, diet, nutrition, and
exercise. Then I went through letters and other documents he’d written and did the
same thing. I began implementing Franklin’s advice on what to eat and started to see
immediate results. That was the moment I knew I’d stumbled onto something big.
Benjamin Franklin lived twice as long as the average man of his time and enjoyed
good health throughout the majority of his life, which he credited to his diet. But it
wasn’t the typical colonial fare of red meat and ale that kept Franklin in good
health—he developed his own diet which was quite different from what everyone else
was eating in eighteenth century America. Unlike most people of the time, Franklin
wasn’t gorging on wild game and alcohol. He was practicing a simple diet that
consisted mainly of whole grains.
A case can, in fact, be made that, besides this legendary polymath’s genes and his
natural brilliance, Benjamin Franklin was able to do so many things so well because
of his exceptional style of living. It was foundational. It didn’t weigh him down and,
unlike many in his century, he wasn’t walking around in a stupor from excessively
heavy meats and fats, not to mention intemperate alcohol consumption.
Clearheaded, he had the energy to be all he strove to be. His eating and exercising
habits were light-years ahead of his time—he subsisted very well on a diet that, 200
years later, is scientifically recognized as a boon to good health and longevity. When
he passed away at eighty-four, his lifespan was almost twice that of his
contemporaries who usually died from sickness and disease in their forties or fifties,
victims of the debilitating diet of the time.
Think what a ripple effect there would have been if Franklin hadn’t followed a sober
diet and had been a drunk or died of disease at age forty-two like the average man.
Just imagine that.
Once I had pieced together the basic principles of Franklin’s diet, it was time to start
developing the recipes. It wasn’t long before I came to the conclusion that our food
today is drastically different from the food of Colonial America. We’ve got fast food
and processed foods that are tainted with pesticides, herbicides, chemicals, artificial
sweeteners, hormones, and God only knows what else. Knowing that today’s run-of-
the mill food wasn’t going to cut it, I began another research project to find out
exactly what foods were available in the eighteenth century and how they were
prepared. Then I set out to recreate Franklin’s healthy diet for today’s world.
My research for The Benjamin Franklin Diet has been a cross-country adventure.
Over the space of a recent summer, I took myself on a self-guided tour of eighteenth-
century taverns, which was something like traveling back through time. I sat in real
taverns in the original colonies, sampling authentic cuisine, and I haunted the dusty
aisles of rare bookshops in search of long-forgotten cookbooks. Eventually I came
home and put on my apron. Armed with a few kitchen utensils and a stack of colonial
cookbooks written in ye olde English, I spent months in the kitchen testing authentic
eighteenth-century recipes, which were more like guidelines than actual instructions.
But after hundreds of test batches, I developed over fifty authentic colonial recipes to
go along with Franklin’s dietary recommendations.
Throughout my research, I ate nothing but my test recipes and lost all the excess
weight I’d packed on over the previous years. After a few months of following
Benjamin Franklin’s diet, I was as thin as I’d been in high school and had never felt
better in my life. It was more than just a diet for me. I had stumbled onto a whole new
way of living.
As a bonus, I discovered that each of Benjamin Franklin’s recommendations about
nutrition had been scientifically proven through contemporary clinical research
studies. Every time I came across a new reference on food, I would check it against
medical studies and was able to verify that his recommendations are in alignment
with today’s research on healthy eating.
Besides changing my diet, I began following Franklin’s exercise advice and found
myself growing stronger every day. I had an incredible amount of energy, so much
so that my dogs had a hard time keeping up with me on our daily walks.
Through my personal researching into what to eat, I found the answers in the
writings of Benjamin Franklin. It is my goal to share this information and help other
people get on the road to real and lasting health. The majority of Americans are
overweight and unhealthy, and they don’t know what they’re supposed to eat.
Franklin’s advice solves all of these problems."
The Benjamin Franklin Diet
"Look no further than this book to lose weight." DR. DAVID ALBIN, M.D.
The information contained in this web site and book is based upon the research and personal and professional
experiences of the author. It is not intended as a substitute for consulting with your physician or other
healthcare provider. Any attempt to diagnose and treat an illness should be done under the direction of a
healthcare professional. The author is not responsible for any adverse effects or consequences resulting from
the use of the suggestions, preparations, or procedures discussed in this web site. Should the reader have any
questions concerning the appropriateness of any procedures or preparation mentioned, the author strongly
suggests consulting a professional healthcare advisor.
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