I just wanted to email you
to say thank you SO MUCH for helping me regain my health and quite
possibly saving my life. Here’s my story: I
found you, along with High Carb Hannah, around this time last year. I
was living in Belfast, Northern Ireland while studying for my master’s,
and I was literally starving. I was about 210lbs (and have been over
200lbs since I was 12-13 years old) and still stuck in the low-carb,
high protein diet mentality. Meat in the UK/Ireland is crazy expensive,
and I could only afford the equivalent of about $20-30/week in food. I
was eating fatty chicken thighs and salmon and soaking my food in oil
just to feel satisfied. At one point, I counted calories and realized I
was eating less than 1000 calories a day. I lived off of the free coffee
in my university’s study halls. In addition to eating so little, I was
walking between 5-7 miles a day because I didn’t have a car and
Belfast’s public transportation was inconsistent and less than stellar. Despite
literally starving, I wasn’t losing a lot of weight. I had lost about
20lbs before then but my weight completely plateaued from there– for
obvious reasons. I knew something needed to change. I can’t remember how
it happened exactly, but I stumbled across one of High Carb Hannah’s
videos and from there found you two. I read the Starch Solution because
of you and my life changed completely! Not only did a lose a ridiculous
amount of weight– dropping from 210 to 155lbs– but I was finally
eating enough food! Although meat was expensive, guess what’s plentiful
and dirt cheap in Ireland? POTATOES. I started eating a high carb diet,
eating potatoes and porridge every single day, along with pounds of
fresh veg that I could pick up at my local farmer’s market for pennies. I
tracked my calories to make sure I was eating enough, and on just
$20-30/week I was able to eat over 2500 calories a day. I had tons of
energy and felt healthy for the first time in my life. I am FINALLY at a
healthy BMI (I’m 5'8’). I want to lose about another 15-20lbs, and I
know that I can without feeling deprived or miserable. I
want you to know that your message for WSLF is life-saving, not just
for health but also for people like me who were living below the poverty
line. I’m back in the United States for now, and I’m planning to work
with local non-profits in Orlando (where there is a huge amount of
poverty) to tackle the inadequate nutrition of the working poor by
encouraging starch-based diets. There is a misconception that the vegan
diet is one of privilege. And indeed, if you’re eating mock-meats and
Chao cheese or dining at expensive vegan restaurants, it absolutely is.
But a healthy, starch-based diet is not, and I can say I am proof of
Here’s my before and after, and you have my permission to share my story and pictures if you wish.
This ended up being a way longer email than I
intended, but I really felt like I had to reach out and share another
perspective/compelling reason to advocate for the starch-based diet.
Thank you again for doing what you do! You’re doing more than you can
possibly imagine, and I hope my story continues to inspire you.
hi!! just wanted to slip in for a moment to talk about Martin McGuinness (i'm from Northern Ireland & live in Belfast) that he was a part and a leader of the IRA but not really the provisional IRA (the ones who bombed etc.), and this sounds terrible i honestly don't mean it like it sounds, but when you say you can't get around his past, and yes it is very hard to deal with, the IRA was horrible and i agree but they were ighting against the horrible violence posed by the British sorry to bother!
I get that nonnie (and my mistake on McGuinness’ position in the IRA). I’m still personally not someone who approves of violence against violence. I don’t… I hate the British government. Believe me. I hate what they did. I hate that in NI there has been so much fucking pain and suffering because of the British government and what they pushed to have happen there.
I know that, when push comes to shove, there is a point where you just have to start fighting back. I just still don’t approve of the method of fighting back involving explosives hidden in public places with the intent to kill and seriously injure people who aren’t the ones pointing guns at you.