CINCINNATI – Some don’t give up soda. Others stay away from social media. But one tri-state man decided to take it a few steps further this Lent and forgo food for a liquid diet — just beer.
Del Hall has made liquid nutrition an annual tradition for four years. He says his 46-day food fast is all about renewal.
“It’s a way to get back to a healthy mindset and look at food in a healthy way,” Hall said. “I decided to turn this into a beer diet to show people that there’s a healthy way to consume beer and not denigrate it as this evil alcohol.”
He is 31 days on the “diet”. Hall has lost 25 pounds.
Tim Luken, a Cincy Winter BeerFest attendee, said Hall’s dedication to his craft beer is impressive.
“This is crazy. I couldn’t even do that when I was in college,” Luken said. “This is absolutely crazy. I need a break here and there.”
The question comes up. Does Hall ever spoil too much?
“We’re into artistry,” Hall said. “The love and passion for beer, (I’m) not out there just to get drunk.”
Granted, Hall said drinking the same beer can get a bit boring. He likes to mix what’s in the cup.
“Sweet? I’ll have a milk stout or a pastry stout,” Hall said. “If I want something fruity, I’ll have one with raspberries. There are so many things that can satisfy your cravings when you’re hungry.”
It’s not just beer, however. Hall said he drinks with water and takes a multivitamin every day. Doctor’s orders.
What is the medical community’s stance on this type of diet? dr Mercy Health Cincinnati chief clinical officer Steve Feagins said a “beer diet” is not recommended.
“There are known to be liquid diets of all kinds. You don’t see books on the beer diet. It’s not sustainable. Luckily this is a fast thing. Nothing for eternity. It will certainly not be a bestseller.”
Feagins said it’s important for people to be aware of alcohol use disorder — 14 drinks a week for men and 7 drinks a week for women, he says, is the difference between moderate drinking and drinking too much.
Back at BeerFest, the self-proclaimed “Ohio Beer Fasting Man” said his diet also raises money for charity. This year he is collecting donations for the Ken Anderson Alliance, an organization that helps people with physical disabilities. Hall said it’s arriving near home.
“I have a 15-year-old daughter who has cerebral palsy,” Hall said. “Although she is a teenager now, she will be an adult with a disability. The Ken Anderson Alliance is an amazing foundation that supports adults with disabilities. I have a feeling that one day my daughter will want to use these services from Ken Anderson.”
So far, they’ve raised $5,000 for the cause.
The grand finale for Hall will be a tour of the brewery on April 24 at 12 noon. Many local breweries will take part. He hopes the event will help raise $25,000 for the Ken Anderson Alliance.
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