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The Green Face Diet

I began the Green Face Diet after Dan John came and taught a kettlebell workshop in Salt Lake City. He taught a block on nutrition. Dan nearly always mentions Alwyn Cosgrove when talking about food and strength training, but this was the first I had heard of Alwyn’s Green Face plan.

The first time I wrote about this, a commenter called the diet the most perfect inadvertent case for becoming a vegetarian that he had ever heard. Here’s why:

The Green Faces diet plan stipulates that you can eat anything you want, under two conditions:

1. It is green

2. It had a face at one time

In other words, most green food is probably going to be a vegetable, unless you do some semantic wiggling and call Diet Mountain Dew a green food. So if it is a vegetable you can eat it. Nothing new about this when compared to the annals of traditional bodybuilding and fat loss diet literature.

As far as it having a face, well…now we’re obviously talking about meat. I doubt many people have confused themselves and starting eating clock faces.

The commenter did not necessarily say that he was against eating meat, but he said that the thought of eating something just because it had a face was repulsive. It sounded more predatory than pleasurable. Eating a steak is one of life’s great joys. Finding something that had a face to chew on doesn’t sound quite as nice.

I will tell you that, when I have made myself stick to it, the Green Face diet works pretty well. The funniest effect has been that I am increasingly aware of how much green food there is that is not vegetable. The wonders of chemicals and food coloring! Green Doritos, green cereals, green sodas, green candy, etc…but although the strength community loves to over-analyze and re-interpret everything they do, I have a hard time believing that any of them will try to shoehorn guacamole Doritos into the diet.

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  • Kristin at greenfacesdiet.com June 26, 2011, 10:15 am

    I’m a 34-year old woman, wife and mother, starting the “Green Faces Diet” for the first time after seeing a friend and her mother have great success with it. There isn’t a whole lot of information on it, other than what I’ve read here and as a newbie, I wanted to know what I was in for, get some recipe ideas and just get some encouragement. I couldn’t find anything directly related to the GFD, so I started a blog to document my 21-day journey as I’m learning and tweaking it (not changing the foods, though.)


    I hope that someone will find it helpful!

    -Kristin in Austin, TX