Why am I calling this blog “Low Carb Lifeboat”? Well, as I was surfing the internet the other day looking for inspiration, I came across a post in dietdoctor.com titled The Ultimate Guide to Low Carb Living In a High Carb World. It really grabbed me. It was written by Jeni Calahan who has a blog called Eat The Butter. Here are the first lines:
“America, like most modern nations, is like a bad cruise ship headed into bad weather. The buffets on-board are overflowing with processed food — sugary drinks, starchy snacks, and meals dominated by additives, refined vegetable oils, and more starch. The restaurants are always open and the all-you-can-eat buffets encourage large plates piled high with food.
The cruise director promotes the ever-present food and drink over the ship’s loud speakers, reminding you to head on over to the restaurants, anytime. Whether you are hungry, bored, or lonely, the answer is a visit to the ship’s bars, buffets, and snack stands. Occasionally the Captain ruins the mood — he picks up the microphone and admonishes, “Passengers should eat less and exercise more.”
And so it goes — the endless cycle of heavily marketed and ubiquitous bad food, weight gain, ill health, misguided scolding, and guilt. This is our crazy (dare I say hellish?) world…
The ship is sinking. Over half of adults in the US are overweight or obese. Type II diabetes is rampant. It’s no longer called “adult onset diabetes” because of the great number of children who now have it. Twenty years ago, that would have been unthinkable. As if that’s not bad enough, I’ve seen it predicted that 20 years from now, Alzheimer’s disease will begin to be seen in children as well because of it’s strong correlation with diabetes. And how about this for a total downer? For the first time in the history of humankind, today’s children are expected to have shorter lifespans than their parents. Un.be.leiv.able.
Why are we in this boat? I think a big part of the problem is our food choices. We stuff ourselves with sugar and chemical laden processed “foods”, we believe that grains are healthy, we believe that we can’t live without bread and pasta and cereal. We think butter is bad and canola oil is good. We went from eating 3 meals a day to 6+ meals. We followed our low fat diets and believed in the atrocious food pyramid, and in the process we got sicker and sicker and fatter and fatter.
I for one am jumping this ship! For 2 months I’ve been low carb. Since September I’ve gone Keto. I’ve lost a dozen lbs so far, my blood sugars have stabilized, I’ve lost my cravings for sugar, I’ve lost the desire to eat constantly. I have more energy than I’ve had in years. I’m sticking with this lifeboat.