Man on All-Spud Diet Wishes He Set 1-Month Goal

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The head of Washington state's potato commission is eating nothing but potatoes for 60 days.

The diet may sound extreme, but Chris Voigt says he's trying to show the federal government how nutritious potatoes can be. He's on a mission to prove spuds aren't junk food.

But Voight told the Tri-City Herald newspaper that - as good and healthy as potatoes are - there's only so many ways they can be prepared. He's had them boiled, baked, steamed, grilled, fried, marinated and mashed.

In order to get full, Voigt has to eat about about 20 potatoes everyday. He admits that about halfway through his goal he's had to get creative.

Voigt has eaten potato lasagna, pickled potatoes, and even potato ice cream. While his family doesn't share his love of everything potato, they do support his cause.

"I knew that I wanted to do something bold. Send a message to the people out there that the potato is so healthy you could literally live off of it for an extended period of time without impacting your health," he said.

"He's standing up for something he believes in again and I just so admire that and appreciate that's what he's doing," said Voigt's wife Stephanie.

The government has cut potatoes out of its Women Infant Child program and is considering doing the same for the federal school lunch program.

Voigt hopes that they hear his message in time.

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