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I Blame The Peanut

A year ago after I lobbed a blog post at you and ran for cover, having thrown caution to the wind and introduced you to the elephant in the room, I got a lot of feedback.  The vast majority of it came in the form of joyful whoops and hollers, love, gratitude, and understanding.

“This spoke to me.”

“You got this!”

“You are such an inspiration to me.”

“I love that you are so real – sharing all the ups and downs and not making yourself out to be perfect.  You’re on a journey, just like the rest of us.”

“I suffer in a similar way – I am so thankful that you shared your journey.”

“It’s so reassuring to know that diet helps with even really tough situations like this.”

“I am so thankful to know that there are other people who struggle with the same things I do.  You give me hope.”

“Thank you for being so brave and putting this all out there.  It really helps.”


But there’s always one isn’t there.  In this instance there were a few.  A few dregs came from the thing that the Internet has aptly named The Troll.

“See!!  Low carb doesn’t work!  Low carb is dangerous!  Low carb makes people suicidal!”

“You should stop telling people about Low carb.  You’re bringing Low carb a bad name.  People are going to look at you and say you eat Low carb and you’re nuts.  You aren’t the poster child for Low carb after all.  You’re not perfectly healthy so you make Low carb look like a scam.”


I know what you’re thinking.  Yeah.  There was all kinds of stupidity and ignorance involved.

So consider this scenario and think about it for a moment.  You won’t need to think for long.

Esmeralda ate a spectacularly low carb, nutrient dense diet and was the epitome of glowing health, having transformed her life by choosing to eat in such an incredibly healthy way.  Then one day she ate a peanut and became so ill that she nearly died. 


Now The Trolls in this world would clap their hands in glee, shouting, “See!! Low carb doesn’t work! Low carb is dangerous!  Low carb makes people so ill they could die!” or “You should stop telling people about Low carb.  You’re bringing Low carb a bad name.  People are going to look at you and say you eat Low carb and you’re almost dead.  You aren’t the poster child for Low carb after all.  You’re not perfectly healthy so you make Low carb look like a scam.”


Hey, call me crazy but I blame the peanut.


{TROLL SPOILER ALERT!  Since the trolls are too busy clapping to actually think, I’ll give them the answer: Esmeralda is allergic to peanuts and her illness has absolutely nothing to do with anything Low carb}


Because no normal person could seriously believe that eating Low carb would either cause or cure a peanut allergy or a broken leg or an infection from a cut.  If people like Dr. Ted Naiman know that Low carb does not cure the world of all that ails it (and has never claimed otherwise), and celebrates and promotes my Low carb successes in spite of some of my body parts not working perfectly, are people really going to listen to the trolls when they spout forth ridiculous assertions of either Low carb being dangerous or me bringing it a bad name because I have Bi-Polar?



Now we’ve got that old chestnut out of the way, buckle up – we’re going on a journey!



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  • David Williamshahaha Carrie. Well said. Don’t worry about the trolls. I’m glad you popped your head up again.ReplyCancel

  • Dr Mike KeenCHOCKS GONE……READY FOR TAKE OFF!!!ReplyCancel

  • Helen OvertonHello from Australia – you are an inspiration and those people are jealous of your successes and would never learn from their own non–successes.ReplyCancel

  • Barbara in TxYou rock Carrie! Any new cookbooks in the works? I LOVE your recipes! Thanks for hanging in there with us. I’d not be as strong as you and would stay under a rock…….ReplyCancel

  • AllisonI always get excited to see a post from you in my inbox. Will look forward to more when you are ready. Life would be boring without a few Trolls. They’ll get what they deserve in the end. :) PS: Maybe you should make a trip to Panama…? They could use some education about SANE. Rice! So. Much. Rice.ReplyCancel

  • jonnyImperfect people who are in the daily struggle are the one’s who I’ve found most trustworthy. Those perfect bodied, perfect spouse, perfect life people are oftentimes the worst of the bunch.ReplyCancel

  • MindyI’m eating your Carrot Soup today, love your recipes and feel better than I have in years! You are benefiting so many people, please don’t listen to trolls.ReplyCancel

  • EllenSome people view everything with such a warped lens – and see exactly what they want to. You will never reach them, and you shouldn’t even give them the time of day. I think that the percentage of us who believe far outweigh those other creeps. :)
    Thanks to your giving nature, so many more people are enjoying health and wellness. You got it going on, Carrie Brown!! Hugs!!ReplyCancel

  • Wren TidwellCarrie, I believe that character flaws and physical imperfections, make us believable and someone that other people can relate to. Nobody’s perfect and if you try to convince the world you are, you will have lost your credibility. This has been one of my goals and struggles this year, to be more transparent. You cannot grow and learn unless you have a challenge to get over.

    Thank you for sharing. You inspire me.

    There will always be haters and trolls. One of the best pieces of advice I got for subbing a fitness class was to look beyond the skeptic and pay the most attention to those with a smile on their face. You have way more fans then skeptics.ReplyCancel

  • Maria PolczynskiSANE has totally changed my life! It has made me feel like a better version or the best version of myself! I never knew how much potential my body and mind had until I read “The calorie Myth” By Jonathan Bailor. I faced my fears and started going to the gym and to yoga. Had the best information and personal training from Wednesday Vail. I will never be or look like I did in my 20s but I actually feel better now than I did 20years ago! Thanks to Wednesday, Mr. Bailor and the wonderful recipes from Mrs. Carrie Brown. I couldn’t ask for a better team of experts!!!! Thanks to all!!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle VaccaroBeing Sane is the closest thing to healthy that I have been in a really long time. No offense to Jonathan, love him too, but if it weren’t for your part of the podcasts and your great recipes, I probably would have given up long ago. Thanks for being there with all of us less than perfects. ..ReplyCancel

  • TinaI can’t believe that the elephant post was posted already a year (!) ago! What had happened to this year? When had it passed? As for the trolls – some of them are even disguised as well meaning people – these are the worst. And for them you can’t do it right. If you loose fat fast it’s proof to them how unhealthy and unsustainable it is, and if you loose it slowly it’s proof that it “doesn’t work”.ReplyCancel

  • Denise“How people treat you is THEIR karma; how you react is YOURS.” Wise words from Dr. Wayne W. Dyer Sending you love from Canada!ReplyCancel

  • LisaYou go girl!!!ReplyCancel