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There seems to be a lot of money to be made out of diet books. The library’s full of them, and any bookshop will have an entire section devoted to them.

So I may as well join in the fun. My earlier post about this http://wp.me/p2C8Zz-Ct seemed to be well liked, so I’ll surf the zeitgeist a bit.

The Alphabet Diet has a simple premise. It lasts 26 weeks, and for a week you can only eat and drink only things beginning with a letter of the alphabet. So week 1 you can eat as much as you like of anything beginning with A, week 2 anything beginning with B, and so on. Week 3 has been covered in the post with the link above.

The interesting thing is that it leaves the field wide open for things that are bad for you or simply repulsive. They’re healthfoods in the context of this diet.

I don’t see this idea is any more ludicrous than any other fad diet, so let’s get started right away.

Week 1 – A

Absinthe. Not advised, but allowed

Advocaat. A Dutch drink apparently made from lawyers. Hideous, but allowed

Aero bars


All Bran

Allolobophora longa. A species of earthworm. The SAS swear by worm omelettes for survival in the field. I’d swear a bit too, I imagine.

Alphabetti Spaghetti. Allowed, but it’s not without some dangers. See http://wp.me/p2C8Zz-B8

Amaretti biscuits



Angel food cake

Angels on horseback


Ants. These aren’t bad, actually. They’re crunchy and a bit peppery. Also ants have a conversion rate of about 98%. This means that 98% of what they eat gets converted into ant, with only 2% wastage. Of course you may not want to think too hard about what ants eat.

Apricot brandy

Armadillo. Don’t laugh. They really do eat that in Texas. Armadillo chilli is a not-much-sought-after delicacy


Arugula (rocket in the UK.) May be a bit healthy.

Asti Spumante

Avocado. This might be a bit healthy too, I suppose.