Me either. But you're about to. Me too, since I'm the guy. That's right. During the month of October, I'm only drinking beer and eating sausage. Yeah. I'm serious. And yes, I'm being monitored by a physician.
In case you hadn't heard, I like craft beer. A lot. I've been pondering the idea of a "beer fast" for sometime now and am ready to give it a shot. Oktoberfest seems a good time to try it. And unlike those who've attempted to re-create the monks' habit of fasting with beer-only, I'm playing fully into the spirit of the season, adding sausage to my diet. Hey, my doctor says I need a little protein to retain muscle mass, and who the hell am I to argue with a doctor? Especially when he says I need to eat sausage!
My plan is pretty simple and is as follows:
- Keep the protein intake to about 30 grams daily. That's not a lot. According to MyFitnessPal, that's about one big sausage link.
- Drink beer. I only drink quality craft beer, and they bring their own protein to the party. Not much, but some.
- Keep total calories around 1700 per day. With the kind of beer I drink, that roughly becomes 5 or 6 beers, plus a sausage. A day. Every day. Morning. Noon. Night. Oh, and three other times. Life is good.
And I'll keep it up for the entire month of October. Which, with client meetings and travel, will be interesting. But I'm nothing if not tenacious.Yes, I'll drink plenty of water. And I'm rather addicted to my morning yerba mate, so that's continuing. But other foods are out. Call me crazy.
Follow my progress
I'm also reaching out to the fine folks that run Untappd, a beer check-in app that I've been evangelizing for a while. I'm hoping to convince them to make a special badge for people who drink along with me. No, I don't expect you to try and keep up with me. But maybe you win a badge if you drink one beer with me each day, or maybe 5 of the beers I check into each week. Not quite sure how that all works. I'll leave it to them.
Untappd is the best place to keep up with my daily drinking, though I will try and post a daily re-cap of everything here as well. I'm picking #brewdiet as my hashtag and have already secured the domain, pointing it right back here. So if you already follow me on Twitter (hint: I've moved recently) or are my friend on Facebook, you'll see the Untapped postings show up there.
Calling all Magic Fridge supporters...
For those of you who have been following me for a long time, you'll recall something called "The Magic Fridge" from years ago. I'd like to kick that off again, as I have a mostly empty refrigerator just waiting for a chance to shine. Should you wish to contribute to my month-long experiment:
1849 E. Guadalupe Rd
Tempe, AZ 85283
Please be advised that there may be laws against shipping beer from your state. I'm pretty sure there's no law against me receiving beer, as I've had it shipped to me before. Wrap bottles in bubble wrap and pack tight with more wrapping on the box sides (all six of them) and the bottles should make the trip. Please include a note so I can give credit where credit is due. While our grocery bill will go down, our beer bill will certainly go up. Your support -- should you choose to give it -- will be much appreciated.
Someone get a doctor!
And as I said earlier, I am doing this under doctor supervision. I'll see Dr. Terry Simpson (MD, FACS) each and every week. Quite possibly at his place while he's cooking up some sausage dish for me. He says he has reindeer sausage. How can I pass that up? Terry and I are both skeptics, so we're looking forward to gathering some data on this process. Yes, we realize the sample size is a touch on the small side, but a sample size of one will still gather more data than the Paleo diet has acquired.
And speaking of data; here's where I'm starting:
Body Type: Standard
Height: 5'10" (though my license says 6' even, because I am still a growing boy)
Weight: 199 lbs
Fat %: 25.3
Fat Mass: 50.51 lbs
That's me. Not too shabby. I've never been what you might call a thin or athletic man. Hell, not even when I was a kid. But all things considered, I could be in worse shape.
Weekly, I'll post the new numbers. I don't really have a weightloss goal with this, though Terry thinks I'll shed at least 8 pounds and drop a few percentage points. I suppose that all depends on how well I stick to the plan, right? Here's to hoping.
Wow. A post this long is making me thirsty. Anyone got a beer?