Young, enterprising Vice reporter David Allegretti was out of article ideas. He liked Nutella, he enjoyed eating it out of the jar. So he thought, what’s the worst that could happen if he ate nothing but Nutella for a week? He’d still be able to drink whatever liquids he wanted. Sounds amazing right?
He described it as being “led down a dark tunnel and into the worst week of my life”
We all think we could live on our favorite food, but this guy with nothing to lose (except for his digestive health) shot down our hopes.
Early days – a fool’s pride
David grabbed some Nutella for breakfast and he was feeling great. He scarfed some Nutella at the park. Life was glorious. At 7 PM, he vomited. On Day 2, diarhhea set in, and David couldn’t focus. Day 3, David “could smell every molecule” of food that was savory in any way. He couldn’t focus on work, and people told him he looked sick.
By Day 4, he had lost 5 pounds and couldn’t get out of bed
David cursed himself in bed until his editor called, telling him they were “concerned about his health.” David pushed on for pure glory, trying to change up his food of choice any way he could. He tried freezing nutella (rough) and melting it into coffee (delicious). By Day 7, David had lost 7 pounds, and the only thing that got him through was the promise of returning to normal food.
Variety is the spice of life, and it will literally keep you alive
David ended his experiment with a roasted pork sandwich. Three days later, he recalled the week as one of crazy emotional highs and lows: “‘I’d fall into pits of sadness for absolutely no reason at all, then I’d be joyful and hyperactive just as quickly. And I was so confused all the time.” Other people have tried to eat nothing but mozzerella sticks for a day, or only Olive Garden for two months. They go into it feeling confident but come out having seen things no person should see (like playing Trivial Pursuit with a ketchup bottle by yourself at TGI Friday’s).