Winners Diet

Running for high political office requires a high degree of mental fortitude and a huge appetite.

Candidates who bite the bullet and prostrate themselves and their family in the race for the presidency are required to eat almost anything and everything except humble pie.

And quiche.

Real Men Don’t Eat Quiche.

Pity.

We, the people, love quiche.

In Presidential contests, the undisputed winners are diners and restaurants. Many major decisions and big deals take place in private — in public — in places where green is the color of choice.  This fact of life is gaining strength as the virtues of green are extolled by Alice Water, Michelle Obama and The Naked Chef.

Candidates promise their listeners red meat — and the other white meat —  in the form of pork. They say they will bring home the bacon as a way to butter up their constituents.

Biting the Bullet

Luciano Pavorotti wrote: “One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.” True. True. Future leaders must express their willingness to bite the bullet and swallow their pride, all the while keeping tongue in cheek.

“Politicians’ culinary preferences may seem like small potatoes when there are bigger fish to fry in this electoral race – the national budget, say, or foreign policy or immigration. Yet in campaigns where all other details are staged and spin-doctored, food choices can provide voters with a glimpse of the more human side of candidates,” says Matthew Jacob, co-author of What the Great Ate: A Curious History of Food & Fame. As any chef or home cook can attest, food tells a story about who you are, where you come from, what your values are and how you live.”

Vegging Out with the Vegetarians

Today vegetarianism is becoming ever more mainstream. Millions of Americans have adopted this diet and the converts are growing every day. Even those who still enjoy meat are giving vegetarians greater respect, although we still find it difficult to imagine that a superstar athlete or a commander in chief would, or could, get to the top on a diet of beans and rice.

The myth took root in the belief that we could get our strength, our agility, and our ability to soar to unimaginable heights only if we consumed the flesh and bodies of animals. Much later, in the early 19th century, when scientists identified protein as being more or less equivalent to the flesh of animals they worshipped, it was heralded as the treasured nutrient. In the words of famous chemist Justus von Liebig, it was none other than the very “stuff of life itself.”

Yet…

When Djovak Nokovic stopped eating pasta, pizza, beer, French bread, Corn Flakes, pretzels, empanadas, Mallomars and Twizzlers—anything with gluten, he conquered the tennis world.

It seems there is a connection between what we eat and whether or not we win. Unfortunately, no one is quite sure what the connection may be. It may be the willingness to devour bagels  with lox and cream cheese, and hot dogs, Buffalo wings and Philly cheese steaks, Maryland crab cakes or corned beef on rye and fried macaroni and cheese or like President Clinton, a passion for cheeseburgers and perhaps after all the secret of President Ronald Reagan success was — jelly beans, (no cheese please.) Or broccoli.

Food Job: Serious Researcher.