4. What books or people were most influential in guiding you to this way of eating?
Initially, the writings of Vince Gironda and Rheo Blair. Once we began the zero-carb diet, and saw how successful it was we read everything we could get our hands on that was low-carb, very low- carb or zero-carb. We were fascinated as to why this diet would produce such significant improvements in Charlene’s health. We read so many books, articles and web-sites! Here is a quick list of works that stood out the most:
“Neanderthin” by Ray Audette
“The Fat of the Land” by Vilhjalmur Stefansson
The Type A / Type B Weight Loss Diet by H. L. Newbold
“Calories Don’t Count” by Taller
“Not By Bread Alone” by Lutz
“Strong Medicine” by Donaldson
“Eat Fat Grow Slim” by Mackarness
“Nutrition and Physical Degeneration” by Weston A. Price
“Hormonal Enhancement” by Rob Faigin
Although not a book, Stefansson and Andersen’s 1928 Bellevue all-meat diet study was fascinating to read as well!
5. Do you eat only meat, or do you include eggs, cheese, and cream in your diet?
We only eat meat. I had used eggs and cream early on when I was lifting heavy and working out. But I noticed that eggs and dairy gave me puffy eyes, frequent headaches and a stuffy nose. It wasn’t difficult to stop eating them!
6. What percentage of your diet is beef verses other types of meats?
We are 100% beef and have been almost from the beginning. If I have a desire for chicken or pork I’ll eat it but the desire is seldom if ever there. We didn’t set out to be “beef only”. When we started we ate fish, bacon, chicken and lamb as well. However, we quickly noticed that we never felt as good with other meats as we did with beef. The more we ate beef the less we desired other meats.