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Chlofloso wrote: So, how come the inuits were so healthy and didn’t get any negative effects from the high amount of protein? Or do you think that fish protein is different than meat and egg protein?

They did get diseases, just not the so-called Western diseases – diabetes, heart disease etc – that us carb-fiends die from in the millions every year. I’m not so sure about protein, but processing triglycerides (fat) for energy is taxing on the liver and kidneys, and it’s diseases of these organs the Inuit suffered from. While carbs may not be necessary for survival, I think they’re necessary, in their most natural form (unprocessed wholegrains, legumes, vegetables, fruit etc) to some degree for optimal health.

You don’t need to worry though. I’ve seen studies that showed the health of Atkins dieters improved over the course of a year, and that diet is ridiculous. The emphasis on vegetables in this diet means you’ll be getting regular carbs anyway, especially if you’re including buckwheat, oat bran, coconut, Granny Smiths etc. The other components in these foods (vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytochemicals etc), few of which Atkins dieters consume, help your liver and body in general function better too, so you’re at even more of any advantage to those steak and cheese gorging buffoons, and you may not even need the 12-months the study group was tracked for (this isn’t a life sentence).

At some point you’ll be able to think about optimum nutrition (and hopefully will instead of returning to bad habits), but right now you need to be thinking anti-candida nutrition, because candida is taxing your body much more than copious amounts of fish and eggs will ever do. So stay focused and enjoy your boiled eggs and salmon salads 🙂

Edit: I just came across an interesting article that might offer some insight on the optimum nutrition question (click the quote).

Science Daily wrote: “Both low-carb and high-carb diets are wrong,” says Johansen. “But a low-carb diet is closer to the right diet. A healthy diet shouldn’t be made up of more than one-third carbohydrates (up to 40 per cent of calories) in each meal, otherwise we stimulate our genes to initiate the activity that creates inflammation in the body.”