The trend from the 13th century onward was toward a more legalistic interpretation of fasting. In times of grain shortages or outright famine, grains could be supplemented with cheaper and less desirable substitutes like chestnuts , dried legumes , acorns , ferns , and a wide variety of more or less nutritious vegetable matter. Even if most people respected these restrictions and usually made penance when they violated them, there were also numerous ways of circumventing them, a conflict of ideals and practice summarized by writer Bridget Ann Henisch:. Meat, and animal products such as milk, cheese, butter and eggs, were not allowed, only fish. According to Galen 's dietetics it was considered hot and dry but these qualities were moderated when wine was watered down. Some prepackaged meals that you buy in the supermarket or online are better than what I was eating when on NutriSystem. Porridge, gruel and later, bread, became the basic food staple that made up the majority of calorie intake for most of the population.
It is possible that some individuals can in fact lose weight with this supplement, although it doesnt seem to work very well on average. At least, Garcinia Cambogia appears to be safe. There are no serious side effects, only some reports of mild digestive issues (14).