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The diet that shouldn't be

by VM Brasseur on March 31st, 2007

I almost didn’t post this. It’s just asking for a certain retired Navy Commander to put on a shit-eating grin, turn to his poor beleaguered wife and say, “I told you so!”

Unfortunately, these things hold such a place of distinction in the life of the family that I really had no choice. The little pack of gum. The spoon. The adorable little bottle of Tabasco sauce. The book of industrial-strength matches. These are icons around our house, so the story below is one which has to be shared.

The United States Combat Feeding Directorate* is once again revamping the justifiably maligned MRE. Not because the things taste, at best, like dog food. No, they need to rearchitect the “meals” because the soldiers are losing a disturbing amount of weight from eating them.

That’s right. It’s the MRE Diet. Of course, part of the diet plan is spending months in the desert avoiding snipers and roadside bombs, so you ought to consult your physician before undertaking this or any weight loss program.

* Is that a great name, or what? Sounds like it’s straight out of Brazil.

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  1. suomynona permalink

    I once was on that diet. In grad school. It was cost effective and tasty. MREs yum!

  2. Your Folks permalink

    You will be happy to know that I have done as directed – shit-eating grin et. al. Personally, I always preferred the C Rations, as you could make neat things out of the contents. We got very good at making fudge and other delicacies in the field. We still have a case of MRE’s (AKA: Meals Refused by Ethiopians, Meals Rarely Edible, etc.) in the basement, just in case.

    James Brasseur
    CDR, USNR, Retired
    Fleet Marine Force Hospital Corpsman & Medical Officer

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