But all of this discussion is missing one very important point. Paleolithic humans had no access to airplanes. So they couldn’t eat an avocado all year long, if at all. While all whole food approaches are much better than any SAD diet, the one thing they don’t talk about is eating according to your latitude and and longitude. Paleolithic humans would eat whatever was available to them where they lived at that time of year. So if you want to know what’s healthy to eat, take a look outside. Go to a farmers market. Would you be able to eat fruit in the middle of the winter in Minnesota? No. But probably things like squash, kale and legumes. Your diet would be much higher in carbs during the summer and fall, and much lower in carbs during the winter and spring. But you could get away with bananas pretty much any time you want in Hawaii. Check out Jack Kruse’s blog. He refers to this as a circadian mismatch. Perfectly healthy foods might not be perfectly healthy depending on where you live. If you read the book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by Weston A Price, you will see many societies thrived on various high and low-carb approaches, depending on where they lived. (But IMO the Weston A Price Fountation spends too much time promoting animal foods. Maybe because they are so often unfairly attacked as an unhealthy food (they are not.) But it translates into people eating too much of it.
Low-carb diets have become increasingly popular in recent years, largely among people trying to lose weight. But Banach’s research — which comes shortly after a Lancet study that found moderate carbohydrate intake is best for longevity — suggests that weight loss achieved through a low-carb diet may come at the expense of general health, at least when it’s followed for a long period of time.

thank you for this site. it is a godsend. i’m a kiwi too, and always found it so frustrating in the past trying to find ingredients/brands that don’t really exist here, then trying to find an alternative, and then ultimately quitting and going back to the low fat “healthy” misery, haha. i’m just wondering if you could suggest any recipes or alternatives to wraps? we do have these https://gerrys.co.nz/shop/lowest-carb-wrap/, and i do eat them, but i have to travel a ways to the supermarket and sometimes they haven’t got any. so being able to make my own would help out a lot. i’ve tried some recipes in the past but they all came out to “eggy” for me.
This is a great site…. Thank you for all your hard work , with recipes, writing, sharing and more… Am I the o my one that is having a difficult time starting this LCHF eating way of life? I just do not seem to get on it correctly, either I eat too much good food? Or not the right food? Today I read that cashews are the highest carbs, who knew? Not me! I need something repeatable and easy to prepare for 3-5 days to get me started ….. Any thoughts? This may be on your site already, and I am just missing it! Thanks ahead for you answer….
We need to make a critical point up front: every headline using the words “low carb” was wrong. The first sentence of the paper was “Low carbohydrate diets…” This was also wrong. The full paper used the words “low carbohydrate” 40 times. That was also wrong – 40 times. Low carb diets have not been studied by this paper. Full stop. The average carbohydrate intake of the lowest fifth of people studied was 37%. That’s a high carb diet to anyone who eats a low carb diet. As we will see below, the researchers managed to find just 315 people out of over 15,000 who consumed less than 30% of their diet in the form of carbohydrate. The average carb intake of these 315 people was still over 26%. Not even these people were anywhere near low carb eating. Hence, if you do eat a low carbohydrate diet, don’t worry – this paper has nothing to do with you.
A low-carb diet can be extremely effective for dropping excess fat, and studies show it may also help reduce the risk of insulin resistance and diabetes. Since it eliminates foods that we have a tendency to overeat (can you say bread basket?), you end up saving yourself tons of calories. And since carbs spike blood sugar, you'll have more stabilized levels, too.
I was very interested in your comment about mucus production. Throat cancer treatment from 3 years ago left me with impaired salivary function. I went on a keto diet about a month ago, and about a week later got a sore throat that wouldn’t go away. A strep test came back negative, and i have no other viral symptoms. Could this be simply irritation from dryness? Can you point me to more information about how mucus production becomes difficult in ketosis?
But perhaps most importantly of all, these studies didn’t simply find that low-carb diets were universally bad. People who ate plenty of plant matter were healthier and had a lower risk of mortality than average, even if they didn’t eat many carbohydrates. It was the people who consumed more animal products, especially red meat and animal fats, who were less healthy on a low-carb diet. It’s only when you look across a population, as both earlier studies and new research has, that you find an increased mortality risk for low-carbohydrate consumers.
Shying away from fat is as detrimental as over-consuming it as healthy fats are a crucial component of a healthy diet. Despite the fact that the "low-fat" fad has been widely discredited and healthy fats have been shown to improve everything from high cholesterol to brain health, hardly a day goes by that you don't see or hear a negative message about fats in the diet. This, and a desire to drop weight fast, may cause you to attempt a low-fat version of a low-carb diet.
Low carb high fat diet have one more problem. I think this is the big problem. I had before couple of months of a strickt LCHF diet for about 3 years. I do hidrocolontherapies once a year. My therapist says that people that eat too much meat and protein as all have big chances to stick foot in the gut or colon. We need to eat potatoes/starches/ only for one reason , our body cant digest starch and the main purpuse of the gut is to remove these starches from the body. And the starch is used as transport for the other food that is in the gut. Also other foods are not digested and used for transport – cellulose, onions and others.
Start the Atkins 40 program by eating 40 grams of net carbs, 4 to 6-ounce servings of protein and 2 to 4 servings of fat per day. As you approach your weight loss goals, start to increase your carbohydrate portion size. By offering flexible eating options and a variety of food choices, it is simple to follow and easy to lose weight on Atkins 40 from day one. Your daily carbs can come from all food groups and you can choose to eat anything from the Acceptable Foods list below. With Atkins, you have the opportunity to customize your diet plan to achieve your weight loss goals in no time.