I'm always on the lookout for a new diet. One that miraculously sheds pounds with zero to little effort on my part. I'll admit that's sad, unrealistic and just plain wrong, but hey, at least I'm being honest.
The latest, an all potato diet, where it's spuds for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with potato snacks in between, sounds a bit dramatic, right? And it is. This is a protest diet. One conceived to make a point, rather than reduce waistlines.
Chris Voigt, 45, Head of the Washington State Potato Commission, began his spuds-only regimen two months ago to protest a U.S. Department of Agriculture rule barring low-income recipients of food vouchers under the federal Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program from using their benefits to purchase white potatoes.
Having just ended his diet, Voigt does not recommend it as a "healthy sustainable" weight-loss plan, but admits it did help him lower his blood sugar, cut his total cholesterol by over a third, and reduced his weight from 197 to 176 pounds.
Impressive, but I'm still gonna pass. Although I have to hand it to him in terms of creativity. His all potato version of turkey, something he dubbed "tur-tato", sounds like pure fiction. Don't be surprised if one of my characters in the Muriel Reeves Mysteries steals that idea. Tur-tato sounds like fun!