Tri-state man ditches food for all-beer diet this Lent

CINCINNATI — Some are giving up on soda. Others stay off social media. But one Tri-State man has decided to take it a step further this Lent, ditching food for a liquid diet – just beer.

Del Hall has made the liquid diet 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, to look at food in a healthy way,” Hall said. “I decided to turn this into a beer diet to show people that you can use beer in a healthy way and not vilify it as that evil alcohol.”

It is 31 days of “diet”. Hall lost 25 pounds.

Cincy Winter BeerFest attendee Tim Luken said Hall’s dedication to his “craft” beer is impressive.

” It’s crazy. I couldn’t even do that when I was in college,” Luken said. “It’s absolutely insane. I need a break here and there.”

This begs the question. Is Hall doing too much?

“We’re for the art,” Hall said. “Love and passion for beer, (I’m) not in it just to get drunk.”

Granted, Hall said drinking the same beer can get a little boring. He likes to mix what’s in the cup.

“Sweet? I’ll drink a milk stout or a pastry stout,” Hall said. “If I want something fruity, I’ll drink one with raspberries in it. when you’re hungry.”

But it’s not just beer. Hall said he hydrates with water and takes a multivitamin every day. Doctor’s orders.

How does the medical community react to this type of diet? Dr. Steve Feagins, clinical director of Mercy Health Cincinnati, said a “beer diet” was not recommended.

“There are liquid diets of all types. You don’t see any books on the beer diet. It’s not sustainable. Luckily, it’s a Lenten thing. Not a thing forever. It will certainly not become a bestseller. »

Feagins said it was important for people to be aware of alcohol use disorders – 14 drinks a week for men and 7 drinks a week for women, he says, is the difference between moderate drinking and excessive consumption.

Back at BeerFest, the self-proclaimed “Ohio Beer Fasting Man” said his diet also raises money for charity. This year, he is raising funds for the Ken Anderson Alliance, an organization that helps people with physical disabilities. Hall said he hits close to home.

“I have a 15-year-old daughter with cerebral palsy,” Hall said. “Even though she is a minor now, she will be an adult with a disability. The Ken Anderson Alliance is an amazing foundation that supports adults with disabilities. I feel like one day my daughter will want to use these services provided by Ken Anderson.”

So far they have raised $5,000 for the cause.

The grand finale for Hall will be a brewery walk on April 24 at noon. Many local breweries will participate. He hopes the event will help raise $25,000 for the Ken Anderson Alliance.

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