Some criticize Jimmy for his seemingly endless advocacy of a low-carb diet in spite of perceived and cited evidence and experience (In the opinion and judgment of some). All the while, I’m in the midst of blogging about LC criticism and speculation. And yet, I have no need of attacking Jimmy or LC folks at all.
I get it. He, in that capacity of his podcast, is an advocate. But—and I listen to most of his shows (I do skip over a few) even if it takes me months—he is fearless when it comes to contradictory views, opinions, perspectives.
What more can you ask for?
Would you prefer a guy who only has on guests that tout his own prescriptions and proscriptions? Say, as they change? So, Jimmy is livinlavidalowcarb one month, livinlavidarawfuit the next, and so on?
It is what it is.
Jimmy gets lots of people to listen to his shows (100-150K downloads per episode), and if you do the easy math, it means that if you get to be on the show he’s worked tirelessly to build, you get to have a lot of people listen to you. Who loses? Who gains? Who cares about the general welfare of people who are so far off the mark that a reasonable portion means substituting low fat milk for whole in their their 3rd Starbucks sugar coffee of the day?
It’s not only an easy equation, but an easy tradeoff, to me. Some might criticize me for my lack of principles, so perceived. But then again, I don’t vote: because I’d never do that to you (I’m a non voter on principle). And while I have differences with Jimmy…and if he asked me, would admonish him to do some different things—including mind oriented things…. I could never, ever deny the huge value he has been to the paleo community. I have benefited from both the low carb and paleo communities and I’m adverse to purposely tossing the butter and jelly side of my toast face down on the dirty carpet, since chances are, that’ll happen easy enough anyway.
It’s a simple realization. Just like a nasty divorce makes me instinctively flinch—wondering how in the world people who’ve shared the deepest intimacy possible can instantly turn and act as though that same person is the most vile on Earth—I cannot support a blanket dismissal, trouncing, disrespecting of those I may have discovered disagreements and differences with.
In the end, I can’t predict divorce or reconciliation vis-a-vis low carb and paleo. But I hope I came off reasonable.
Now, go listen to my 40ish minutes on the line with Jimmy.