Last year I made the decision that for a year I am not going to eat any potatoes. Just to see what would happen. Would I lose weight? Would I get really sick? Would I stay the same? Would I turn into a superhero with vegetable powers like laser broccoli and ultrasonic Jerusalem artichokes?

Well…I’m about 10 days through my potato fast. So far, I have to be honest, in those 10 days I’ve had 3 chips (Freedom/French/fucker fries whatever you want to call them) and they formed part of a meal that I could not finish anyway due to my sickness this weekend. Apart from my dodgy tummy this weekend (probably brought on by some cheese or some chorizo I’ve had for a bit longer than I should have) I haven’t noticed any ill effects. Other than my bad guts this weekend I’ve felt perkier and I’ve enjoyed creating and eating my oat substitutes.

One such oat substitute was a savoury oat porridge thing cooked with onions and tomatoes. Quite nice really. Another was an oaty paste made with beef stock which didn’t really taste good but I only made 2 mouths full worth so I didn’t mind. The real crunch comes at lunch times. I’m kind of missing my beef crisps but not if you get my meaning. Because I’ve been off my food anyway I’m not really bothered by not eating them but theres a little voice in the back of my head saying “mmmmmmmm beef hula hoops” but this is the same voice that says “Mmmmm smoking is nice” and I’m learning to ignore that voice at the moment.

Also the wife mentioned my usually blackheaded nose is unusually clear and my skin is looking “nice and soft” (her words). Now this could be because of the large volumes of water I’ve been drinking over the last 5 days or it could be something else. I asked “Does it look like a potato?” she said “No”. I think its the lack of spuds….See scientific me 😉

So I suppose you’ll want some control statistics…..well…in all the fun and games I’ve not made any before I started but as we’re only 10 days through the experiment I don’t suppose that will matter too much (unless by April I’ve withered away into some stick insect weighing 10 ounces….

As of 10th January 2007 I am 5ft 11inches tall – I weigh (naked) just over 15stone. My waist is about 40cm.

Yeah that makes me a chubber….but maybe my spud free diet will change that.

Xposted to muckybadger