Probably nothing in the world arouses more false hopes than the first four hours of a diet - Dan Bennett
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At a health farm in the 1980s, I counted, with horrified fascination, the number of ways the chef served raw carrot. Grated, sliced, shredded, diced, whole, juiced, julienned ...Compiling this catalogue helped keep my mind off the more onerous aspects of the menu, such as no salt, sugar, alcohol or caffeine and, according to the notes a friend scrawled for me during a workshop I missed (I was nursing detox nausea), "definitely no nuts: too oily".
It was my first encounter with the Pritikin Program, founded by Nathan Pritikin, an engineer who, after suffering a heart attack in his 40s, refused to accept the prevailing view that heart disease could not be prevented. He studied cultures…