A long time ago, in the age PB (pre brewery), I read an article or had a drunken conversation with someone about stouts. The informant indicated that stouts were intended to be malty and more starchy because the Irish needed a nutritional supplement during the potato famine, and stouts were essentially liquid bread. In short, my ancestors used beer in place of meals.
|I call this picture "Irishman with a Potato"|
Now, I could Google this to find out just how true it is, but rather than attempt something rational, I am going to attempt something scientific. For the next month, I will be attempting the "Special Stout Diet." It derives its name from my head and the Special K Diet. This flies in the face of everything Hollywood (Hugh Jackman gave up beer when he toning up for XMen), but I want to know if it is possible tone up and lose the winter weight on a beer-based diet.
|What normal, healthy people eat...|
Like the Special K Diet, I intend on replacing two meals a day. However, rather than consuming something lame like cereal, I will be drinking 12 ounces of Oak Barrel Stout. The third meal will be a normal meal.
|...what I will be eating|
I anticipate many issues. Namely, scurvy. However, I think that the third meal can mitigate that risk if I make sure to eat foods high in Vitamin C, or even take Vitamin C supplements. I also think that Church might be an issue, as I will be rolling into services at 11am reeking of alcohol. Some are also concerned about my liver (Hi Mom!). To those naysayers I reply, I plan on having children that will have livers I can borrow later in life.
Prepare for tipsy posts, until I adjust to beer for breakfast. Also, start making bets as to how long I can last.
All that to say, hello, Breakfast. Bottoms up.