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The enemy within.
Diabetic transforms his health with a low-carb diet, and his doctor
urges him to eat more carbs:
"I had my 6 monthly diabetes check-up last Wednesday. The diabetes
consultant was really happy with all of my figures on cholesterol,
triglycerides, blood pressure, weight (I’ve lost another 4 kg since
February without really trying), kidney and liver function are
excellent – in fact he was really impressed and asked me what I was
doing to get these improvements.
"Simple, I said, I’ve stopped eating wheat in all its forms and
grains in general, I avoid rice and all potato products. I eat animal
fat and the only oil that I use is extra virgin olive oil. Breakfast
is typically a one-egg omelette and with a small amount of bacon,
smoked salmon or Parma ham. I have spinach or other leafy greens and
tomatoes. Lunch is often not taken as I do not feel hungry until 6.00
pm when I have my evening meal. Another small portion of meat and
plenty of veggies. The only fruit that I have are a few blueberries,
wild strawberries (when they are available) and raspberries – and I
mean a few.
I sleep better than ever, don’t feel tired and have lost weight. I
really ought to exercise though, that is the only flaw in my regime.
“No, you MUST eat some carbohydrates” he said.
“I do, I told you, I eat plenty of vegetables.” I said.
“No, no, starchy carbohydrates, you NEED them”
“Why do I NEED them?”
“For energy, your body needs carbohydrates for energy” came his
“How do you think that I’ve managed to survive since you last saw
me then? And, you told me how pleased you were with all of my readings
– doesn’t that suggest that I’m doing fine without refined, starchy
"He had no reply other than to repeat to me that I MUST eat
carbohydrates for energy.
"I urged him to read Primal Body, Primal Mind by Nora T Gedgaudas
and made him write it down. I could see that he wasn’t convinced. So,
I told him that the bull**** that he’d been taught by the food
industry-research funded nonsense that the Government taught him is
causing all of the major health problems that he has to deal with
"I also said that I throw a fat-fuelled log onto the fire in the
morning rather than the carbohydrate kindling throughout the day to
keep me provided with energy and avoid the feeling of hunger. Again,
nothing seemed to penetrate that simple head of his; it was full of
the guff that he’d been taught not to question."
"I have approximate answers and possible beliefs in different degrees of certainty
about different things, but I'm not absolutely sure of anything" - Richard Feynman
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