Monday, January 24, 2011

The Awl Says the Mean Thing I Was Sort of Thinking About Jack LaLanne

Posted By on Mon, Jan 24, 2011 at 11:16 AM

Alex Balk at the Awl:

Here is what his typical day was like.

He ate two meals a day and shunned snacks.

Breakfast, following his morning workout, usually included several hard-boiled egg whites, a cup of broth, oatmeal with soy milk and seasonal fruit. For dinner he took his wife, Elaine, to restaurants that knew what he wanted: a salad with raw vegetables and egg whites along with fish — often salmon — and a mixture of red and white wine. He sometimes allowed himself a roast turkey sandwich, but never a cup of coffee.

So nearly 80 years of that and you still die anyway? Thanks, but no thanks! I'd rather a good forty-year run of booze, cigarettes, caffeine and hot wings and never going to the gym than 90-odd whatever years of egg whites and salad. I mean, different strokes and everything, but we all end up in the ground at the end. You might as well liver. (Haha, get it?)

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