The Dude Diet: Sandwich Fix

dude-diet-sandwich-fixDude loves sandwiches.I am relieved to report that things have been pretty solid for The Dude Diet since Memorial Day. Logan has been working from home for the past few weeks, so I have had the great pleasure of closely monitoring his food intake. With the exception of a few minor slip-ups involving a recent barbeque and a dining out disaster, the Dude has been limiting himself to mostly beach body-friendly fare. However, he is currently on his way to the Mountain Jam Music Festival, so I can only imagine the debauchery that will be taking place on all fronts in the next 24 hours.After spending so much time observing Logan’s midday eating habits recently, I have become increasingly aware of the threat that sandwiches pose to The Dude Diet. If left to his own devices, Logan would crush “a...
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The Dude Diet: Grill Master Edition

 the-dude-diet-grill-master-editionGrill Master.This week has been touch-and-go for The Dude Diet. Last weekend was rough, since Logan's well-deserved graduation extravaganza included friends, family, and enough champagne and finger food to sustain a small army of dudes. Although he did try to adhere to the Beach Body Blitz Plan earlier this week, his very busy social calendar required heavy cocktail consumption, which led to some seriously questionable decisions regarding mid-afternoon buffalo wings and quesadillas. Luckily, it’s supposed to rain through Memorial Day, so Logan has at least another week to get his beach body in check.As you know, Monday officially marks the beginning of summer, which brings with it a very specific set of challenges for The Dude Diet. While most people tend to eat lighter food due to the heat and the abundance of fresh...
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The Dude Diet: Beach Body Blitz

I don’t even know where to begin in terms of the ways that Logan has internationally shamed The Dude Diet over the past three weeks. Although I anticipated some standard Dude Diet deviation, he really went above and beyond in terms of his “vacation eating.” I am sad to report that Logan’s South American extravaganza put China-fest, Christmas, and Hippie Fest 2013 to shame. If I weren’t so horrified, I’d actually be impressed. the-dude-diet-beach-body-blitzSince leaving New York, Logan has pretty much been on a straight-up diet of meat and booze. I’m ashamed to say that I did nothing to curb this behavior while I was with him. He just seemed so high on grass fed beef and Malbec that it broke my heart to kill his buzz. However, I should have known that things were...
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The Dude Diet: Plenty of Fish in the Sea

the-dude-diet-fish-editionDude is smiling, but he hated that (very small) fish.Thankfully, things have been pretty solid on the Dude Diet front this week. With graduation on the horizon, food seems to be taking an unfamiliar backseat to Logan’s schoolwork, and I’ve never been so grateful for his busy schedule. Despite a sizeable Chinese food slip-up on Wednesday evening, the Dude has been keeping it surprisingly tight. However, Logan is currently on his way to Atlanta for yet another Widespread Panic show (sad, but true), and he just called from the airport to tell me about the meatloaf sandwich he had for lunch. Apparently, it’s going to be that kind of weekend.I also feel that it’s important for you all to know that the Dude and I are going to South America on Sunday. Logan’s vacation eating habits are questionable to say...
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The Dude Diet: Sugar Rush

I am pleased to report that The Dude Diet has been chugging along this week without any major nutritional disasters. In fact, besides attempting to order a sloppy joe for dinner on Wednesday based on the argument that it was healthy “because it had avocado,” the Dude has been doing a relatively decent job of staying on the straight and narrow since returning from Chicago last Sunday. He even went for a run this week...the-dude-diet-dessertsI was on a walk when the Dude ran by me. I chased him for 20 seconds.I’m actually very proud of Logan, since he’s clearly been missing his “glory days” of crushing “dank shit on the reg.” I know this because a.) he frequently mentions how he wishes he could just “eat dirty,” and b.) he seems to have developed selective hearing recently when it comes...
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The Dude Diet: Burger Bust

I’m pleased to report that things in Dude Diet land have been relatively unobjectionable this week. Logan has been unusually busy with school and various other projects, which has helped divert his attention from procuring ridiculous quantities of food. However, he is about to board a plane to Chicago for the weekend to kick off Widespread Panic’s spring tour, so shit will be hitting the fan soon enough. I’m trying very hard not to think about all of the things he’s going to ingest over the next 48 hours. Don’t ask, don’t tell.the-dude-diet-burger-editionDude and Cheeseburger.Logan’s impending doom trip to Chicago got me thinking about the subject of burgers, since he has been anxiously anticipating getting down with the cheeseburger at The Drake Hotel all week. Burgers, like pizza and barbecue, are one of the sharpest thorns in...
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The Dude Diet: Pizza Party

It’s been a so-so week for The Dude Diet, but I’ll take mediocre over “complete and total shit-show” any day. Needless to say, the enormous candy-filled Easter baskets from my mom didn’t exactly bolster my efforts to get Logan back on the wagon. He’s apparently incapable of eating jelly beans and bite-sized candy in any way other than by the handful and in rapid succession until he makes himself ill. However, Logan’s diabetes-inducing sugar consumption is a subject for another time. Today, I would like to focus on a food that is pretty much the bane of The Dude Diet’s existence…Let’s talk about pizza, dudes.the-dude-diet-pizza"I smell pizza."I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Logan loves pizza. He loves it more than any other food and most of his friends and family. Sadly, pizza is one of his favorite...
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The Dude Diet: The Yo-Yo Effect

chipotle-pork-tenderloin-with-mango-avocado-salsaThe dude is out of control.It pains me to admit this, but Logan seems to have lost his way in the past couple of weeks, and The Dude Diet is in a dark place. You are all familiar with Logan’s propensity to go off the wagon, but his eating habits recently have been particularly upsetting. Between an unsupervised spring break and an incredibly disconcerting feeding frenzy last weekend, Logan has definitely been “getting loose."the-dude-dietLoose.I began to realize the extent of Logan’s deviation from the Dude Diet last Friday evening when he took me to a very fancy birthday dinner. Logan “celebrated me” with a giant steak and French fries, after which he ate my birthday dessert. He then spent Saturday afternoon drinking beers and eating God knows what while watching the...
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The Dude Diet: Pasta Edition

I’ve been separated from Logan for most of the past week, but I like to think that he’s keeping it tight and sticking to his maintenance plan. I’m slowly starting to trust his eating habits more and more, but he did send me the following picture of the braised short rib grilled cheese from my last post. Not one, but two of them…Scary. And burnt.So, needless to say, I’m slightly concerned. Logan is also on spring break this week, which doesn’t bode well for The Dude Diet or “the outline of his six-pack.” However, he will be spending the next five days in Lake Tahoe rather than on the beach, so at least his boat drink consumption will be kept to a minimum. Thank God for small miracles.Logan...
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The Dude Diet: Cocktail Edition

I am pleased to report that Logan is doing very well on The Dude Diet maintenance plan. The post-bet victory binge was not nearly as extensive or terrifying as Logan threatened it would be, and after a relatively subdued barbecue dinner and a Saturday afternoon Dominos delivery, the dude got himself back on track. While Logan’s eating habits have improved by leaps and bounds over the past few months (there was no place to go but up), one thing continues to thwart his dieting progress…ALCOHOL. I’ve been so focused on Logan’s solid food intake that I‘ve completely neglected his liquid calorie consumption, which is equally (if not more) disturbing.  Considering the fact that Logan is going on Spring Break next week, it’s the perfect time for The Dude Diet to tackle the cocktail conundrum.the-dude-diet-cocktail-editionMer-MAN!First things first:...
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