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I thought I’d share some interesting financial data with you today. Yes! It’s show me the money day – a pretty compelling look at the difference in my healthcare costs before and after I fired my traditional doctor and my psychiatrist.  Instead, I went to see a Naturopathic Doctor and a Doctor who treats his patients with nutrition.


2013, 2014 & 2015 Healthcare Costs

$8,000 – 10,000 a quarter or $35,000 – $40,000 per year which is an average of $3125 per month

  • Psychotherapy, psychiatry, and general practitioner visits for managing Bi-Polar II Disorder
  • Emergency Room visits for uncontrollable migraines
  • Prescription medications for Bi-Polar II Disorder, nausea, ear infections, and sleep disorder
  • General practitioner visits for recurrent ear infections, exhaustion, sleep disorder, migraines, constant headaches, psoriasis


2016 Healthcare Costs

So far this year $1001 which is an average of $125 per month

  • Check-ins with Naturopath on diet and supplement plan plus electric current treatments for my tennis elbow

Note: I no longer suffer from migraines, headaches, ear infections, a sleep disorder, nausea, psoriasis, or any symptoms of Bi-Polar II Disorder.  Further details of the seemingly endless positive health impacts of changing my health care providers.


Show me the money | Carrie Brown


So, yeah. If you want to know the reasons why I no longer give one Scottish Highland Games toss what mainstream doctors (or anyone else) thinks of Naturopaths or doctors who treat patients with LCHF and KETO diets, I can give you approximately 39,000 reasons every year for the last 3 years.  Science schmience.  Show me the money.  Give me my own anecdotal evidence EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.

Do I give one flying ring-tailed lemur whether there is any scientific evidence to back any of this up?  Do I give one fat, juicy Mediterranean fig how or why it works?  Do I need to get a second opinion from anyone anywhere about the efficacy or validity of any of the protocols I am currently using or used to figure out WTF was wrong with me?  Do I care one iota if any “expert”, scientist, doctor, or other “suitably qualified” person tells me I need to see a traditional Doctor or Specialist because I am endangering my health?

No. NO.  No, I don’t.  All I care about is this and the incredible improvement in my quality of life since I changed tack and stopped listening to (and paying) the vast majority of ‘healthcare’ providers.  Oh, and I care about the $3000 per month I am now NOT spending on healthcare.  Because guess what?  I am healthier *by far* now than I have been since I was 11, or maybe even younger than that.

And that is all I need to know.

Also, don’t talk to me about organic being more expensive, or the cost of grass-fed beef, or how it’s too costly to eat healthily, because I can assure you that while my grocery budget *might* have gone up a little, it certainly has not gone up up $39,000 a year.  Or even $1000 a year.  I’ll take spending $1000 a year on great real food v. $39,000 a year on ‘sickcare’ any day of the week.

Happy Labor day, Americans!  Happy first Monday in September, everyone!













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  • David Williams - Yeah! WHat she said!!!ReplyCancel

  • Sylvia Murray - AWESOME news, Carrie! So happy for you. xxReplyCancel

  • Susan - Wow, what an amazing transformation for you! Thank you for sharing. Happy Labor Day to you as well.ReplyCancel

  • Richard Bauer - LCHF has not alleviated my clinical depression one iota. I do not have the strength or energy to get through the day without at least one nap, nor does it calm my thoughts. $125/mo for a naturopath is still expensive for those of us on disability. Also the LCHF diet has not alleviated me of the feet, ankle, knee and elbow joint pain I experience…gelatin has not helped. Neither has bone broth.ReplyCancel

    • carrie - Hi Richard,

      I am sorry you’re not finding any relief from LCHF. To be clear, I didn’t get relief from ONLY LCHF either – it was LCHF combined with figuring out other issues that my Naturopath uncovered from various tests and DNA data. You can read about all of that by following some of the links in the post.

      I don’t think LCHF is a global panacea for everything that ails humankind, but from my own experience and research, and studying the effects it has had on others it is obviously hugely beneficial to a large % of people.

      Yes, $125 is a lot if it’s money you don’t have, but the point of my post is that it’s $3000 less money than I was spending previously to get zero relief.

      My health has changed ENTIRELY due to LCHF and working with a Naturopath, as well as saving me $39k each year and this post was an encouragement to people to try something different than traditional medicine and approaches if they weren’t getting the results they need.

      One year ago today I was where you describe you are, so I understand your pain, and I very much hope that you find the solution that works for you.

      This has been life-changing for me.

      Love to you.ReplyCancel

  • Is Low Carb Expensive? - Health Services Online - […] Carrie Brown: Show Me the Money! […]ReplyCancel

  • Jayme - Carrie,
    I first heard of you on Keto Evangelist when you spoke of ice cream. I love ice cream, but I have been sorely disappointed in any Keto recipes thus far. I finally understood why after listening to you and purchasing your book. All of my Keto ice cream recipes used Erythritol and were as hard as a cement block.
    Now to my question, in your book you recommend Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Whey. I checked the ingredients and it contains soy and sucralose. I do not want to use anything with soy or sucralose. You mention in your book you are not being compensated which I totally believe. Therefore, would Jay Robb’s whey protein work for the recipes? Thank you for any direction as I am looking forward to making but the soy and sucralose are show stoppers for my family.ReplyCancel

    • carrie - Hi Jayme – let me know if my email helped!ReplyCancel

      • Jayme - Carrie, I cannot thank you enough for replying to my question. I couldn’t get over that I received an email from you personally! I absolutely love the book, have gathered the ingredients and plan soon to make my first batch. My wish is that people who buy this wonderful book understand the amount of time and testing that is put into these recipes that are low carb. This is high quality ice cream. I have made ice cream before with erythritol and it was as hard as cement. You address all those issues and people need to understand that xylitol is NOT FAKE. Thank you Carrie, I am a fan forever.ReplyCancel

If I had a dollar for every time someone has asked me when I am going to do another podcast I’d be a wealthy woman by now.  So I am thrilled to introduce you to Brain Williamson who decided that I had enough interesting things to say that it would fill up an hour.  The result: Podcast with The Ketovangelist.

For those of you who have been following along on my WTF is wrong with me? journey the past year you will have heard me mention a KETO diet more than a few times, and very soon I am going to go into a lot more detail about the whole KETO thing because so many of you have asked me to.  I’m here to serve!  And just to clear up any confusion about whether I have jumped from the SANE ship to the KETO ship – no.  I am on both ships.  All foods on a KETO diet are also SANE.  I promise I’ll explain this all very clearly very soon.  Stay tuned!

In the meantime, listen along as Brian grills me on how I became the Anti-Pastry Chef after being the Top Pastry Chef in England for my graduating year, how ice cream works, what I eat these days, and why being a perfectionist can be a great thing.

Enjoy Podcast with The Ketovangelist!  Just click here to listen in.

We had a blast recording this – Brian is a ton of fun – and we’d love to know what you think in the comments below.


Podcast with The Ketovangelist

If you have dabbled with the KETO diet and have questions – or have heard about it and want to know what it is – please leave them in the comments below or drop me at email so that I work the answers into my series of KETO posts that are in the works.







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  • Debra sanders - Just listened to the podcast and it motivated me to get out my Eat Dessert First! Ice Cream book. I think I’m going to make the Butter Pecan today(:ReplyCancel

    • carrie - Good call, Debra! Wow – that was the limited first edition – go you for being one of the first people on earth to get your healthy ice cream making on!!! :-)ReplyCancel

      • Debra Sanders - I was an earlier follower of Jonathan Bailor. I got all of your books when they first came out?ReplyCancel

        • carrie - So tell us what your favorite recipes from each cookbook are?!!ReplyCancel

  • Donna - When eating Keto, are you still getting in the recommended number of SANE veggies and protein? Looking forward to hearing more! Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • carrie - Hi Donna – protein yes, veggies no. KETO is very strict low-carb and higher fat.ReplyCancel

  • Teresa - Hi Carrie, I listened to the podcast and then bought your book and am so looking forward to making ice cream BUT…. Unfortunately, hemp milk is not available in New Zealand so could I use something else? Please!!!!ReplyCancel

This is a tale about happy, healthy cat litter, so if you don’t have a cat(s) or don’t know anyone who does, this post is probably going to be of absolutely no use to you whatsoever.  I suspect it will also bore the pants off you.  Cats: if you don’t have one there’s nothing to see here.

Along the same lines as my recent post about stinky pits and other things I don’t miss, I also do not miss stinky cat litter. Wait. What?  Did I adopt out all my ‘children’??  Has Mr. McHenry escaped over the back fence never to be seen again??  Did Florence wander off the back step in search of a bigger water bowl??  Fear not, lovely readers, my brood of four-legged furry friends is alive and well.

It’s hot today and right now Daisy is sprawled out across the desk, Florence is flat on the kitchen floor wedged up against the cabinets, Penelope is spread-eagled under the ceiling fan, Zebedee is upside down with legs akimbo on the terrace, and Mr. McHenry is collapsed under the dining table looking like he’s about to expire from the weight of all that fluff he drags around with him.

Cats: if you don

Given that all my ‘kids’ are present and correct, how come I no longer have stinky cat litter?  Have I trained them to use the toilet?!  (I wish).  No, it all started when I was going through the process of finding out WTF is was wrong with me.  Having discovered that I have a genetic wrinkle giving me a reduced ability to de-toxify my body when it’s assailed by all the icky modern day stuff like the chemicals in paint, plastics, petroleum products, cleaning products, blah, blah, blah, I started working on replacing all the chemicals in my home with natural products.

Now, I’ve always been averse to using chemicals for cleaning and personal care products so there wasn’t a huge amount of things I needed to research and swap out in those departments, but one day while I was scooping the {kitty} poop I realized how much dust was stirred up and I started wondering what was in that dust and how much I was breathing in and whether it was harming us in some way.  Sure enough it turns out that clay litter is no bueno, so it had to go.

Cats: if you don

Off I trundled to the fancy-pants pet store where I found litter made from all sorts of wheaty, corny, piney things.  I grilled the store clerks (no not that kind of grilling) and eventually decided on one particular pine litter – Feline Fresh by Planet Wise – mostly because it was biodegradable and  flush-able.  Flush-able!!  No more sacks of kitty-poop to save up and toss out with the garbage!!  WOOHOO!!  I cannot even tell you the transformation that this pine litter wrought on the Brown House.

It smells like a pine forest, it is really light, it clumps like nobody’s business, it has unbelievably magical odor control, and you can flush the clumps straight down the loo.  If there is any downside it is that it tracks a bit because it is light and fluffy.  The kids loved it.  The only other downside (for me) was the cost. Although you end up using way less than regular clay litter it still gets pretty pricey when you have 20 little feet traipsing through it every day and night.  So I tried some other pine litters – and none of them came even close to the clumping, odor control or flush-ability of the Feline Fresh by Planet Wise.  If I didn’t have quite so many super-users at my house this is the litter I would use.

Cats: if you don

My next task was to find something that was just as good as the Feline Fresh by Planet Wise but made of something other than pine that had a lower price point.  I went to a different store and grilled their store clerks.  I researched on The Interwebs.  Finally I settled on Blue Buffalo Naturally Fresh walnut shell litter. I know, right? Who knew?!  Who even thought up using walnut shells for cat litter?  Anywho – give that person a medal.  Because AWESOME.

It has a slight walnutty smell, it clumps like the Dickens, it has unbelievably magical odor control, zero dust, and hardly tracks at all.  It is a miracle. The only downside is that it doesn’t flush, but it is so much lighter than clay and has no odor when wet so it doesn’t even feel like a downside.  The kids love it, and one 26lb bag lasts 5 cats a whole month.  I kid you not: 5 cats for 1 month only takes 1 bag, and that’s with two super-peeing kitties on the team (*ahem* Florence and Penelope).

Cats: if you don

So Blue Buffalo Naturally Fresh is now the litter of choice over here at Life in the Sane Lane HQ.  I should note that Florence will simply not pee in a litter box that is not pristine, and despite my not cleaning the trays any more frequently than I did when we used clay litter, there have been no Florence ‘accidents’ since we switched.  I credit this to the magical odor control that Blue Buffalo Naturally Fresh has over regular clay litter.

When I posted about my enthusiasm for Blue Buffalo Naturally Fresh on my Facebook page (which, incidentally you should join because we’d love to have you there) a bunch of people said, “Oh! We never thought about getting cat litter from Amazon!”

Cats: if you don

Well here’s why you might consider doing that:

  • Cheaper – YAY! Plus when it is on sale buy it in bulk and by the time you’ve run out it will be on sale again. Winning!
  • No driving to the store – dunno about you but I have *way* funner things to occupy my time than shopping for cat litter. Even vacuuming is funner than that.
  • No lugging heavy bags of litter from store to car and car to house – especially if you’re a single gal who just did her eccentrics the day before. Ouch.
  • Free shipping – and no gas in the car either. Winning!
  • Delivered to your door – does it get any simpler?


Happy, healthy cat litter for one and all!

Photo credits from the top:  Mr. McHenry – Daisy – Zebedee – Penelope – Florence


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  • Vanessa - You’ve got me thinking about trying this weird walnut litter…

    Would you name the pictured kitties from top to bottom? I recognize Mr. McHenry, of course.ReplyCancel

    • carrie - Photo credits from the top: Mr. McHenry – Daisy – Zebedee – Penelope – Florence :-)ReplyCancel

      • Vanessa - I’m pleased to meet them! :) You have a new fan, cats of Carrie.

        Daisy looks particularly stern in her picture, but she looks so GOOD doing it.

        Zebedee and my eldest cat, Yin, appear to have the same philosophy that humans working on the computer are in need of a cat draped across their arms. Or lying on the keyboard.ReplyCancel

  • Sue - Carrie: Thank you for the cat litter review. I also have 5 cats. And, I have a sensitivity to all those nasty added-chemicals. For a few years, I’ve been on a quest to replace my surroundings with natural products. No scents, no dyes, no perfumes, etc, etc. And I wouldn’t think of exposing my kitties to anything that I don’t tolerate. >^..^<

    Have you found the BBNF litter to be dusty? Or attract ants? )I once tried the corn-based cat litter and found it attracted ants. Ugh.)

    As always, thank you for your blog and your cookbooks and sharing your all stories with us. I've been a fan for – I think its been – 4 years now. You're a friend from afar.


    • carrie - Sue! No dust on the BBNF litter. No ants either. I am completely in love with this stuff and so are the “kids” :-)ReplyCancel

A few weeks 7 months ago I shared my word for 2016: STOP.  Well now I have another word to go right along with it: CONTEXT.  Between you and me I think I like this second word even better than the first.  The more I use “CONTEXT” the less I have to remember to STOP.  Context: what you see is not always what you get.

After spending the last 7 months year perusing the interwebs in search of health truths in order to fix WTF is was wrong with me it’s become clear to me that one of the biggest reasons that we’re all so horribly confused about what the right way to eat is, what works and what doesn’t, and what is truly healthy in the food department, is that there is an almost complete lack of context.  I blame Twitter (somewhat).  You just cannot adequately explain anything in 140 characters (unless you’re Ted Naiman, in which case a few words on a meme can replace an entire book) so you’re left to use keywords which regularly impart some of the truth, a little of the truth or exactly none of the truth.

Add to that the love of bait-and-click headlines by anyone who stands to earn a cent off of your arriving on their website, the marketing ‘gurus’ and shills who take anything out of context to get a sale (often touted as The Silver Bullet), plus our absurdly sensationalist media who will say anything to get you to push that link.  The other side of the context coin is people taking snippets – or in trendier terms soundbites – from an article which can then be entirely misunderstood or misconstrued once they are removed from the entire piece.  And unless you listen to or read the entire piece it’s highly likely that you’ll walk away with the wrong end of the stick. To your detriment.  And often to someone else’s gain.

So without context what do we end up with?  An entire world full of people who wouldn’t know what was truly healthy if their life depended on it.  Which is the sad, sad irony in all this: our lives DO depend on it.  Context: what you see is not always what you get.  One of my favorite people on Twitter is Bill Lagakos, partly because he is such a huge fan of context.  I think he must use #context more than anyone else in the Twitterverse.  I do believe that a lot of context is lost merely through lack of time and space rather than a conscious attempt to mislead people.  A lot of tweets and soundbites are shared with all the right intent, but the fact remains that folks can easily walk away with the wrong idea.  I am not saying that lack of context is necessarily deliberate.  I am just saying that it happens all the time and it is adding mightily to the swirling mists of dietary confusion.

Here’s just a few examples of stuff we see every day online:

  • You have to eat fat to lose fat.
  • Calories don’t count.
  • Carbs make you fat.
  • Eat more to get thin.
  • Eat as much as you want and lose weight.
  • Lose weight without giving up all the foods you crave.
  • Vitamin [insert letter here] will [insert benefit here].
  • Butter makes your pants fall off.
  • To lose weight eat more fat.
  • Eat less, move more.
  • Eat more, exercise less.
  • Calories in, calories out.
  • LowCarbHighFat
  • Too much protein makes you fat
  • Raspberry ketones for fat loss

Now some of these are just plain wrong, but I’ve another post lined up for those and their click-bait cousins.  Today I just want to wax lyrical about context, because if you take the above bullet points at face value – and therefore out of context – they can lead you down entirely the wrong path.  And it’s super easy to take these headlines at face value because who has the time to read about this stuff in detail in the midst of their crazy busy life?

1. I have a crazy busy life but I don’t have a ‘normal’ crazy busy life with a spouse and children and family to tend to, and 2. Getting to the root of all this was my #1 priority after the mortgage was paid and the ‘kids’ were fed and watered, so I have made it my business to read it all this past year. The good news is: because I have, you don’t have to if you don’t want to.

Anymore I feel like my purpose on this earth is to help as many people as I can – or maybe I should say as many people who will listen and are ready to change – find and get on the right path.  I’ve been on the wrong path soooooo many times and if I can help in saving you from that misery I’d like to.  I used to think I was here ‘just’ to give you delicious recipes that actually worked and that didn’t take a ton of time and a degree from the Culinary Institute to make, but I feel increasingly compelled to also help you navigate the vast vats of crapola that is the diet and nutrition landscape.

Maybe it’s just because I’ve spent the last year completely immersed in what The Internet has to say on the matter, but from my perspective that landscape is getting greyer, and murkier, and uglier every day.  Because $$$.  I have no skin in this game.  My only motivation is to save you from the utter frustration of conflicting information that all the so-called experts, scientists, doctors, dieticians and nutritionists put out there like it’s gospel, and that leaves you – after all these years – still not knowing what the hell you are supposed to eat.  Context: what you see is not always what you get.

Context: what you see is not always what you get | Carrie Brown


So let’s contextualize a few examples:

  • You have to eat fat to lose fat / To lose weight eat more fat.
    • No, no you don’t. You have to eat the right kinds of fat to be optimally healthy, but you don’t have to eat fat in order to lose body fat.  Moreover, if you just add more fat to your current diet you will more than likely gain body fat. Eating fat does not make you magically lose body fat.  However, if you change your diet to eat very few starch and sugar carbs you can eat more fat and still lose body fat – hence the “you have to eat fat to lose fat” statement.
  • Calories don’t matter / Calories in, calories out.
    • Yes, yes they do.  If you are trying to lose weight and you are consistently consuming more calories than your energy requirements you will more than likely gain body fat or at least not lose any body fat.  Having said that, what the calorie is made of is far more important – if you just count calories in order to lose body fat without taking into consideration what they are made of you may lose body fat but you are also likely to be tired, cranky, sad, sick, and then get fed up and go back to whatever you were eating before.  And then you’ll gain body fat at a faster rate than ever.  Calories do matter, you just don’t have to count them if you are eating the right foods – hence the “calories don’t matter” statement.  Conversely, losing body fat is not just a simple case of mathematics.  300 calories of doughnuts and 300 calories of protein will bring completely different results to your body despite the calorific value being the same.
  • Carbs make you fat.
    • Yes they do and no they don’t.  Eating carbs triggers the production of insulin. Insulin’s job is to shuttle excess starch and sugar carbs into our fat cells.  If insulin is not triggered this does not happen.  It is true that if I eat starch and sugar carbs I get fatter.  But is it the carb that makes me gain body fat? No, it’s the insulin doing it’s job.  The remedy is to not eat starch and sugar carbs that will trigger insulin production, but that doesn’t mean it’s the carbs that are actually making you gain body fat.
  • Eat more to get thin / Eat as much as you want and lose weight.
    • Yes and no.  If you have body fat to lose and you just eat more of what you are currently eating you will just gain more body fat.  However, you can eat more of the right foods and lose body fat.  As well of eating more of the right foods you have to eat less of the wrong foods.  You can’t just eat more and get thin. What you eat is critically important if you are going to eat more and get thin.  With no context the “eat more to get thin” and “eat as much as you want and lose weight” statements are just misleading at best and dangerous at worst.
  • Lose weight without giving up all the foods you crave.
    • No and yes.  It all depends on what you crave.  If you crave eggs, carry on eating them.  If you crave doughnuts, the chances are you will have to give them up if you want to lose body fat.  You absolutely cannot continue to eat all the starchy and sugary things you crave and lose body fat. Run far, far, far away from anyone who tells you that you can.  If they will flat-out lie about that then they will lie about anything to get your $$$.  If you crave chocolate, as long as it’s 85% cocoa or higher and you’re not eating a whole big bar every day the chances are you’ll still be able to lose body fat.
  • Vitamin [insert letter here] will [insert benefit here].
    • No and yes.  Vitamins do not typically work in isolation, so unless you have a deficiency that needs to be addressed the chances that adding a single vitamin in isolation will give you any appreciable benefit are very slim.  In my experience the only exception to this is super-dosing with Vitamin C, which has brought benefits far and wide to my body (losing body fat is not one of them).  I also have to take methylated B vitamins because my body cannot process B vitamins on it’s own (but taking them does not make me lose body fat).  Outside of specific deficiencies that are unique to you, adding a particular vitamin to your diet won’t make you magically lose body fat.
  • Butter makes your pants fall off.
    • No, no it doesn’t, and if you add butter to your current diet you will almost certainly gain body fat not lose it.  In fat, consuming high starch and sugar carbs and high fat at the same time will have disastrous consequences.  However, it you switch to or are eating a low carb diet you can happily eat butter (but NOT in unlimited quantities!) and still lose body fat.  Eating butter in and of itself does not make you lose body fat. No really, it doesn’t.  And “Butter” Bob Briggs would agree with me wholeheartedly on this!  He goes to great lengths on his videos to explain that this catch-phrase is only within the context of an LCHF, Lowcarb, or KETO diet, but if you’ve never seen Bob’s videos and don’t have that context then you would miss that key piece of info. I love Bob. Bob has done a ton to help folks get healthier, but anyone who sees this catchphrase out of context could get entirely the wrong idea.  This is a perfect example of how lovely, well-intentioned people can have their wonderful message misconstrued by others through lack of context.
  • Eat less, move more / Eat more, exercise less.
    • No and yes. Yes and no.  It very much depends on what you are eating and what exercise you are doing. If you are eating the wrong foods and doing most types of exercise you have to eat less and move more if you have any hope of losing body fat, and then you will likely still fail long-term and you almost definitely will not experience optimal health.  If you are eating the right foods and doing eccentric or bodyweight or HIIT exercising then you can eat more and exercise less, lose body fat and experience optimal health.
  • LowCarbHighFat (LCHF) for weight loss.
    • Yes and no.  It is the low carb of LCHF that (mostly)  causes you to lose body fat, not the consumption of high fat.  So as Ted Naiman likes to say, “If you have a body with high fat, all you need is the low carb”.  In other words, if you want to lose body fat it’s not eating high fat (HF) that will get you there fastest, it’s the low carb (LC).  You have all the fat you need for energy in your ‘on-board pantry’, so you don’t need to add large amounts of dietary fat to get the high fat (HF) part of the equation.  The reason it’s called high fat is that because you are not eating any starch and sugar carbs you have to replace those calories from either protein or fat.  Once you have eaten your daily protein needs the rest of the calories comes from fat, so it can seem like a lot of fat relative to what you ate before you started LCHF.  However, to lose body fat faster, lower the amount of dietary fat you eat so that you burn more from your ‘on-board’ pantry.  Note: I said “lower fat” not “zero fat”.  You need to eat some of the right kinds of fat to be healthy.
  • Too much protein makes you fat.
    • No and yes.  “Too much” means nothing out of context.  Also, if you are trying to lose weight and you have eaten your body’s daily protein requirements and eaten enough calories to meet your daily energy needs then yes, eating more of pretty much anything except water and fiber will make you gain body fat.  Protein in and of itself does not cause body fat gain.
  • Raspberry ketones for fat loss.
    • No and kind of.  I remember recording a podcast with Jonathan Bailor where he went on an epic rant over Dr. Oz promoting and selling Raspberry Ketones on the basis that it was an amazing fat-loss product, because as Jonathan says, “No one ever gained weight because they were deficient in Raspberry Ketones”.  Consuming Raspberry Ketones while you continue to eat your current diet will not make you lose body fat.  Consuming Raspberry Ketones while you eat a low carb high fat diet will not make you lose more body fat than if you just eat a low carb high fat diet.  However, Dr. Oz wasn’t all BS, because raspberries do contain high levels of ketones so consuming them will raise the amount you have floating around in your blood stream.  But, and it’s a big but – it’s not high levels of ketones in your blood that cause you to lose body fat, it’s the absence of starch and sugar carbs.  The body will always burn starch and sugar carbs provided by your food before they will start burning ketones or body fat for fuel.

I could go on and on with more examples but I hope you have enough here to stop you in your tracks the next time you see a one-liner, tweet, or soundbite without context, because as you can see, once you add context the message can change entirely.

Context: what you see is not always what you get.

And, just so you have this all in the right context, this post is written with folks who are looking to lose body fat in mind.  If we change the context of audience or goals then some of the above applies and some of it doesn’t.  This does not necessarily apply to people who are at their goal weight, athletes, or people who need to be in therapeutic KETO, for example, because there is not one size fits all when it comes to this whole diet thing.



















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  • Andy - Great summary Carrie – you have cut through all the fluff and guff. Love your work!ReplyCancel

  • Debra - Great content?Keep it coming.ReplyCancel

  • jonny D - I don’t know about the lot of them, and I do get your point, but in the case of ‘Butter makes your pants fall off’, Bob makes it very clear that this “catch phrase” is only relevant in light of following a LCHF diet. If you’ve watched his videos, you know he goes to great lengths to explain that obesity is an insulin problem first and foremost, and getting it under control and then coupling it with the power of fasting, is an unbeatble strategy to lose body fat. ReplyCancel

    • carrie - Jonny – YES! YES! YES! And that was my whole point. For the loads of people who haven’t watched the videos etc and don’t understand the context they could get completely the wrong idea. This post was in NO WAY poking at Bob! I love Bob! I don’t think for one second that Bob is trying to mislead anyone. Bob is awesome and has done a load of good for people’s health. Maybe I need to edit the post a little so that is clearer. I think lack of context is typically a side-effect of not having enough room or time to give the full explanation – not a conscious attempt to mislead people. Now click-bait and headlines…that’s another story. Does that help clarify my intent here? Thanks for posting so I had the chance to make the post better!ReplyCancel

      • tracy - Who is Bob and where can we see these videos?ReplyCancel

      • jonny D - Haha – it’s all good, Carrie. Didn’t mean to get all defensive, it’s just that Bob’s first video “Butter makes your pants fall off” is what got me started on this journey in the first place. I do understand your intentions for writing this article, it’s needed in the world of click-bait we live in and there’s a lot of bs that you have to wade through to find the gold nuggets. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • jonny D - Tracy, his name is Bob Briggs. Here’s his video upload list on youtube:

  • Wren Tidwell - good one Carrie! I’m with you on all of this. All of your time and research has paid off.ReplyCancel

  • Julie - Love this post Carrie! I’ve been fed up with these sources of information, like JB, turning into used car dealers. Do you have a good source for figuring out daily protein needs? Looking forward to more posts on the subject. What worked for me after kid #1 isn’t working after kid #2 and I’m feeling a bit lost.ReplyCancel

  • Emma - Love this post, Carrie!

    Having been on your journey vicariously since your early ‘duet’ podcast days, & some ensuing confusion about that info on my part as you moved forward on your own path and unpacked a whole load more info through your necessary & drastic experiments on yourself (!), your posts of the last 2 years have been the most honest, most useful, amd definitely the most inspiring & reassuring of the entire webiverse for me. Thanks for the time you give to share all the info you collect & test, and for the CONTEXT of the real world that you always add!

    I’m so very glad you have found a route to real health, and have shared all the information about the incredible changes you had to make, and the real, amazing results you’ve had personally. Wishing you continued health improvements as you no doubt pursue more info & more tweaks :) Thanks for sharing everything xReplyCancel