The dog food diet? This woman managed 6 X 24 hours of kibble

by Rashmee

Posted on November 9, 2014

img_0626The OZY article is very clear why we should all care that NYC columnist Anne Kadet decided to eat nothing but dog food for an entire week.

“Because maybe a doggie bag is the next natural extension of the food-crazed world?” runs the blurb at the top of the piece.

I like the question mark at the end of that sentence. Clearly, Ms Kadet was not sure a doggie bag really is the natural extension of the food-crazed world. Nor was OZY.

But it wasn’t a fad or a dare. Perhaps a weird way to get everyone’s attention? She says the trigger was her paleo diet. Meat, eggs and vegetables were fantastic but cost a fortune and took a lot of cooking. She says she “couldn’t help notice that my dog’s high-end kibble —like my paleo diet — is high in protein, grain-free and gluten-free. It’s made with ‘simple, holistic ingredients’. It’s fortified with omega-3 and omega-6 and antioxidants. The best part? Canidae is an expensive dog food, but at 85 cents a meal, it’s a lot cheaper than eating paleo.”

So she switched to the dog food diet. So what if it makes her pre-lunch excitement taper off “a bit like going to call a friend and realizing he is still dead”. So what if it requires heavy duty chewing. So what if it’s “dry and gritty, has a nutty, slightly sour taste, like a healthy breakfast cereal.” So what if its super-uber dog stew tastes as follows: “metallic and disturbingly bland. If North Korea produced a canned chicken dinner, it might taste like this.”

At the end though, two pounds lighter (and having spent many more dollars than on a paleo diet) Ms Kadet decides it’s pricey and socially impossible to carry on with dog food.

Now for the cat food experiment? Should make for another OZY piece.

Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK

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