The Vegan Prodigal
Every now and then I read an article that just makes me smile. This one did the trick. Here is the story of John Nicholson, who returned from his vegan ways to embrace the wisdom of his grandmother. The new diet is not ZC however the same principles are involved. He significantly cut his carbohydrate intake and ate animal products. He particularly removed breads and starches from his diet although his rationale concerning sedentariness (as the reason to avoid carbohydrates) is flawed. Nevertheless, Mr. Nicholson lost a good deal of weight, reversed several troubling health issues, including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and even regained some libido. Hard to argue with that!
He also makes a point similar to those I have been making in this space for the past few years. There is no connection between the cholesterol in our blood and the cholesterol that we eat. I argue the same is true regarding dietary fat. The fat we eat has nothing to do with the fat in our bloodstream and in fat tissue. In fact, if you switch to a high-fat diet and avoid carbohyrdrates, there will no longer be a connection between food intake and fattening. You can eat all the meat you want and you will have great difficulty increasing your weight, although it is possible but only so much.
Several things stood out to me like the fact that after only 24 hours, this man began to feel relief. This quite particularly resonated with me because it describes my experience:
Twenty-four hours after eating meat again, all my IBS symptoms had gone. As the weeks and months passed, every aspect of my health improved dramatically. I became leaner, shedding body fat and becoming stronger and fitter. My headaches went away, never to return. Even my libido increased.
It felt like being young again, like coming back to life. But though I felt energised, I was also furious.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2105132/Damn-low-fat-diet-How-reformed-vegan-John-Nicholson-gorges-foods-granny-enjoyed–felt-better.html#ixzz1nDlGULnH
I remember as a child growing up, I ate meat and vegetables plus the occasional bread. Some in my family liked to have bread with every meal but not me. We didn’t have sweets very often although my grandmother made up for the lack of sweets when I visited her on
Sundays. When I got married, my new wife made dinners with pasta, breads, cheeses, etc., which were rare in my diet. I enjoyed these foods immensely but they did not like me. I gained some 46 pounds over the course of 18 years until I learned about carbohydrate restriction. That was a life-changing discovery.
He makes many other points which I encourage you to read and to consider for your own lives. Regardless of whether you eat like me or this gentleman, understanding the principles that lead to good health is most important. I argue that if most people ate like John Nicholson, we would reverse the chronic disease epidemic that grips all civilized countries.Share on Twitter
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