So, Brian, what do you eat?

I’ve lost 28 pounds in the past 6 months while eating as much as I want and with almost no exercise. Friends and colleagues that notice my leaner physique often ask me how I did it. When I explain that the biggest factor is diet and that the most significant change is the elimination (or at least limitation) of grains, “white” starches, added sugars and other processed foods, the inevitable follow-up is, “so, like the Atkins diet?”

“Well, kind of,” I say. “It’s not unlike Atkins. But there are important differences.”

This post is the first in what will likely be a series. Here, I will answer the most common question I get from friends and family who are curious about my diet and/or interested in experimenting with this way of eating — “What exactly do you eat?” In future posts, I will reveal how I arrived at my diet and why I believe it is so critical that the scientific information supporting it be spread as quickly as possible to as many people as possible (hint: it’s a matter of life and death).  Continue reading

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Why “Against the Grain”?

Clearly, I am fascinated by how often our most widely accepted beliefs lay at the foundation of the behaviors that serve us least. So why “Against the Grain?”

Because what’s a good blog title without a clichéd double entendre?

The foolishness of official doctrine can be seen with devastating clarity in the effects of United States nutritional guidelines and food policy over the last 40 years. Indeed, there may be no realm in which supposedly well-intentioned, state-promulgated wisdom has proven more disastrous to human health.

History of Obesity Rates, by State (1990-2010), click to enlarge:

Obesity Map - 1990Obesity Map - 2000

Obesity Map - 2010

Nevermind the corporate-sponsored, convenience-centric mentality that now informs most Americans’ moment-to-moment decisions about what to put in their mouths. Even folks who go out of their way to “eat healthy” are often doing themselves more harm than good. Continue reading

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