A. J. Jacobs

I’m all for cafeteria religion. I think there’s nothing wrong with cafeterias – I’ve had some great meals at cafeterias. I’ve also had some horrible meals, so it’s important to pick the right things. Take a heaping helping of compassion and mercy, and leave the intolerance on the table.

I tried the paleo diet, which is the caveman diet – lots of meat. I tried the raw food vegan diet. And I tried the calorie restriction diet, which is the idea is that if you eat very, very little – if you’re on the verge of starvation, you will live a very long time. Whether or not you want to, of course, is the idea.

There’s a lot of food restriction in the Bible, but it does say you’re allowed to eat crickets, grasshoppers, and locusts. I decided to take advantage of that and eat a cricket. It was chocolate-covered, and I’m not sure that’s the way they were served in Moses’ time. But this was a rule that seemed crazy on the outside, then actually turned out to be pragmatic and compassionate.