Reader Auti emails in:
You look 30 years younger and absolutely amazing! I am impressed with your results…
I am a 31 year old nurse. I follow Marksdaily apple as well as Arthur De Vany. I have dabbled in low carb only to go on a splurge by the end of the night when my cranky mind is driving me toward that oh so yummy and deadly cookie.
Not that I am over weight, because I am not but I followed a low fat calorie counting diet for a long time and it made me very food obsessed. I want to find the joy again and I definately found that once I stopped dieting.
However, now I want that energy, clear thinking, drive, reduced risk of cancer, no risk of diabetes, and youthful aging. I am sure it is a low carb diet but I have yet to perfect it.
Can you offer any advice as to what you have learned and how you have stopped cheating…
OH my goodness, you eat so much fat. I am not a fat free person (I used to be) but I would be scared my ass would grow bigger if I did that. Do you think that this diet is ok for women as well as men or are we different in some way?
First of all, notice how you recognize the food obsession. This is key. Hunger (see here too). The truth is, the paleo way is the only way I know to cure the obsession and get control of hunger. I think this is why many low-carbers fail. Low carb is a fine approach, but not fundamental. A true paleo diet can vary widely in terms of carbohydrate, because that's not fundamental or essential. Eating foods we evolved to eat is essential, and for most people (obese and/or diabetic would be an exception), that in itself will be enough to utterly transform them.
And it's not just on the outside, but also on the inside where these obsessions live. I have found personally that I not only look younger, but I feel far younger and my attitude is far closer to the way it was when I was back in college. To some extent, I have become somewhat carefree in the sense that I no longer obsess about much of anything. I think modernity has set us up in such a way that we grossly overestimate the quality of our own knowledge; and worse, we put far too much effort into trying to predict and control future outcomes. You simply have to adopt and take care of sound principles, and then see what the future brings.
So, though I still do cheat, it is truly becoming less frequent because I'm not hungry and I'm not obsessed. When I do eat, I replace the normal low-nutrition foods like bread, pasta, rice, legumes, and sweets with more meat, more fat, more veggies, or some fruits or nuts, or a combination of all. So, just my very exercise of eating, in itself, gives me 100 – 300% more nutrition for the same calories as what most other people eat. Could it be that's why paleo eaters experience a wild taming of hunger and other obsessive behaviors? That would be my speculation. Having a fully nourished body would naturally balance hormones. I'd have to say that my guess would be that food obsession is rooted in hunger, and hunger in malnourishment. Even if one is getting sufficient energy on an average diet, they are most likely malnourished in a number of important nutrients. When that happens, I would speculate that it sets off cascades of hormones that result in a person becoming ravenous and obsessive about food.
I think this diet is perfect for both men and women. It's nature's diet. How else can it be? And besides, you're only 31. There are disputes about fat content and saturated fat. I uniformly think they are all wet and I think Loren Cordain is dead wrong, both about protein and fat proportions, and about saturated fat. Fat is king. If someone thinks they are going to get 35% of energy from protein so they can watch the fat, I think they are fooling themselves. Fat is king. Fat is what makes this work. We simply must get over the notion that natural fats are anything but very healthful and nutritious.
Americans are so fat for one primary reason: fear of fat. That is the dammed truth.
Later: A friend just emailed this article about the differences in hunger between men and women. What I take from that is it's even more crucial for a woman to be on a Paleo-like diet.