I was happy to spend some time with my long-time friend Meg while we were at "Cowboy Town*." She and I met in 7th-grade music class, almost FORTY-SEVEN YEARS ago! Now that's some connection....
Meg, whether because of my advocating it or because she heard about it somewhere else, has given up wheat-eating for the most part, too. She did an elimination/refeed experiment, and she finds that her minor health challenges are much better without it -- like so many of us do! She's one of these high-energy people I envy so, who has the power to "get things done yesterday." :-) Meg has always been slender, but nowadays wears very loose-fitting clothes because she doesn't like what mid-life has done to her shape.
We've corrupted her with our Sunnyland Farms nuts always in the house, and Meg sends off regular orders for them. She eats more fruit than I, but that's only fair -- I'm sure she burns a lot more energy. At "Cowboy Town" she rarely sits down for meals, but nibbles a little on-the-go -- for our Saturday night traditional steak dinner she usually sits, but this time she was a bit late, and the only steaks left were overcooked; she ended up circulating through the room, chewing off bones that were still pretty well-endowed with medium-rare meat. :-) They buy big bone-in ribeyes for us these days!
One thing that I do, diet-wise, that she doesn't ... is FAST. Meg feels the need to eat about a half-dozen small meals each day, as opposed to the two large ones that I prefer. Sometime, I need to quiz her on exactly why she does it -- does she feel poorly when she eats larger meals, what? I can understand that -- on the unusual event that I eat a little too much quantity, my digestion feels as though it can't handle it. Lettuce is frequently involved, or I've consumed too much liquid with my food (this is why I no longer like to order iced tea with meals -- if I can't have a glass of wine to sip, I order coffee). Perhaps Meg has a stomach-acid issue, or maybe a shortage of digestive enzymes...?
The short version (too late!) is that she feels best eating frequently, even though to most people she's a low-carb eater -- she evolved this style not because she ever needed to lose weight but because LC foods are what make her feel best. Before he retired, she had a wonderful holistic MD who encouraged herbs and "food as medicine," and she took that ball and ran with it. She's a middle-school science teacher by trade -- very much a cool scientific thinker. If it WORKS, then it doesn't matter to her that Conventional Wisdom is against it.
So "all middle-aged low-carbers are overweight, red-faced plodders" -- not quite! There are many reasons to go LC, and my friend Meg, just like Jan at thelowcarbdiabetic, finds that a low-starch and -sugar intake provides plenty of fuel for their high-energy styles. There's plenty of room in the tribe for their types, too!
here we are, with another friend...
* I'll call it what a friend's children used to, because I'd prefer to keep its true name quiet -- long story!