Steve Jobs’ Diet

My Twitter profile says I address “aberrant eating.”  Case in point: Steve Jobs’ Diet.

I (like everyone) am reading excerpts from Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson’s new biography. I had not realized that Steve had more than a bit of Howard Hughes in him.  It turns out that Steve was eccentric, obsessive–compulsive and all around bizarre about his diet.

Isaacson writes that Steve had “…a tendency to embrace extreme diets, which included purges, fasts, or eating only one or two foods for weeks on end.” In 1977, Steve was said to exclaim, “I’m a fruitarian and I will only eat leaves picked by virgins in the moonlight.” That was the year Steve ate only fruit. There is a story about Steve turning orange from eating so many carrots.  And “He would sanctimoniously lecture others at the table on the virtues of whatever regimen he was following.” What a bore.  Steve definitely “Thought Different-ly” about how the body works.  But, to be fair, he really believed in an ascetic route to enlightenment.

Steve’s tumor was caught very early, by chance on a CAT Scan looking for kidney stones. It was at an easily operable stage, but Steve chose to forgo surgery, treating it instead with a vegan diet, juice fasts, herbs, and other CAM therapies. (Disclosure: I am into CAM, but as an addition, not as a replacement for reliable therapies.)  Diet-wise, there was not a shred of proof that Steve’s regimens cured cancer, and any diet that omits major food groups is a potential danger.  But, until the end, against medical advice, Steve chose to follow a narrow, low protein, low fat diet.  And that’s too bad because RDs like me are trained to plan diets for malabsorption and cachexia  – if only he would widen his variety.

And so, in the end, Steve’s diet was a part of his undoing. He just kind of wasted away from cancer and malnutrition.  But he saw his actions as divinely inspired, and so do I.  On some level, he had to die young to fuel the eternal flame.

In Steve’s speeches, he had a line about connecting the dots.  He would say, “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards.”  From up there now in the higher dimensions, I want to know what Steve thinks about the dots that made up his lifelong diet.

I like this infographic from, Steve Jobs Cancer Timeline.

Question:  What does Steve think about his lifelong diet?  What do you think?

Ode to The Statue of Liberty

When I heard that it is the Statue of Liberty’s 125th birthday (I know how she feels), I decided to write my first blog.

I have always been in awe of Ms Liberty’s physical characteristics. (That’s the nutritionist talking.) She’s just so strong and so healthy and so perfectly proportioned. Even featured, truly physically attractive, but I especially love her arm.

Back in my Rhode Island office, I had a picture of the Statue of Liberty taped onto a mirror. I used her arm as a reference point for what an arm should look like. I figure that, if construction started in 1875, then there were no media (okay, photography was invented), but there were no bathroom scales and, seriously, how many people had mirrors?  And there was no processed food, and no super-abundance, and no energy-saving conveniences.  And that’s what the epitome of beauty looked like?  hmm-mm

I’d say the Statue of Liberty, has a BMI of 23-24, but who can say what’s under that dress, and as we all know, muscle-is-heavy.  But, really, her standard for beauty is no longer ‘in’.  How many media personalities have her arm?  None. Their BMIs seem to be 17-20. What a shame.

Either way, I hope that, going forward, you’ll remember the Statue of Liberty’s arm. I’m also glad I moved to New York City so I can be closer to her.

Question:  What’s your take on the Statue of Liberty’s arm?

Welcome to My Blog

Welcome to my blog. I have put this off for months because I’m not a writer: I don’t have to write and, in fact, I would rather talk. But that’s okay. It might be best to see it as a chore now, because don’t all bloggers learn that sooner or later?  But then, as I was writing my first blog (coming up), I began to see the advantages of being a blogger. Clean the kitchen? Sorry, I have to blog. It’s my job, you know.
There, I’m already loosening up….
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