"The Bear" advocates eating less than 5g carbs daily for health
One of my regular readers sent me an e-mail today after listening to the debut episode of my new podcast show and suggested that I consider interviewing the man who calls himself "The Bear." I responded that I may do interviews once I get a few more shows under my belt, but that I would be open to having him do an interview at my blog.
You might recall that "The Bear" is the man behind the zero carb diet that our friend Rob from The Zero Carb Daily blog so strongly advocates. In fact, you could almost consider Rob the long lost stepson that "The Bear" never had considering how much he so closely emulates the nutritional ideas of this former member of The Grateful Dead.
When I got in touch with "The Bear" today, he responded to me rather quickly by basically declining my request stating he does "not have the time to waste on a 'blog' on any subject, but particularly on one which in fact would only cater to food-obsessives who want a constant stream of 'reasons' to eat the right food and 'proof' it is good for them."
Ooooookay, I can understand not wanting to agree to an interview with me if the premise of his reasoning is sound. But anyone who knows me and the nature of my blog is abundantly aware that I am willing to hear new ideas to further broaden my knowledge about what is right, especially on the subject of diet and health. I think an interview would have been quite fascinating for you to read, but "The Bear" was simply not interested.
Nevertheless, although he didn't want to be interviewed, "The Bear" did share a little bit about why he believes the way he does regarding an almost totally carniverous, nearly zero-carb diet. It's a fascinating concept to think about from a man who has lived this way for decades. See what you think of the brief remarks he made to me.
"You will find everything I have to say on my totally carnivorous WOE in my closed forum thread on lowcarber.org.
I have found that people are so socialized to eat vegetable rubbish that the number of people who can actually permanently get onto the carnivorous path is maybe one in fifty thousand or less.
Our bodies are those of carnivores. Carbs are damaging to us, both in making us fat and in causing insulin release. Our minds and the acculturation which we receive from birth overrides instinct and provide the only reason we eat anything. If you are unfortunate like virtually everyone in today's society and receive early training to eat primarily vegetation with high amounts of carbs and avoid fats, then you are unlikely to ever adapt to the proper human diet.
So, I have to tell you that I do not have the time to waste on a 'blog' on any subject, but particularly on one which in fact would only cater to food-obsessives who want a constant stream of 'reasons' to eat the right food and 'proof' it is good for them.
Trust me, I have eaten as a total carnivore for 48 years, I am nearly 72 and I still have much the same body as I did at 30. Experience is the ONLY proof. The rules of the path are so simple as to be a no-brainer.
They reduce to the following:
- Eat only food from animals
- No vegetables
- Limit liver intake
- Avoid liquid milk (except for butter and cheese)
- Eat as much fat as you like
- Don't cook your food much
- Avoid salt
And the most important one: Eat your meals as a matter of course, don't waste any time thinking about food--it is merely a way to stay alive, and must not rule your life.
By the way, for many obese people "low carb" does not work--only "zero carb" does (defined as less than 5 g/day).
I will agree there is some truth to the dietary principles that "The Bear" espouses and I am happy to know it has helped him remain happy and healthy for most of his life. I know he doesn't care what anyone thinks of his way of eating which is why he turned down my request for an interview. So with my almost-not-quite interview with "The Bear," we have learned to each his own when it comes to the diet that's right for you. May you have many more years of health and vitality!