Googled By Vegan Envious Of Low-Carb Success
May 24, 2006
The following is a reprint from the blog "Livin' La Vida Low-Carb":
It's funny how the ripple effect of just one blog post can continue to make waves long after it was written.
Ever since my book review of the anti-Atkins book called "Skinny Bitch" back in February where the authors wrote "you are a total moron if you think the Atkins diet will make you thin," the vegans have come out of the woodwork to attack me and the livin' la vida low-carb personally in e-mails, posts and now on other blogs.
A vegan blogger named Beth Kujawski wrote on her Finding My Voice blog recently about discovering my book review in a Google search looking for a web site about the "Skinny Bitch" book.
I Googled "Skinny Bitch" to see if the girls have a web site, and ran across a blog entry that reads, in part, "... I guess you're gonna have to call me a 'moron' because that's exactly what the Atkins diet did for me! I was transformed from a 410-pound ticking time bomb on the verge of a certain heart attack down to an athletic and healthy 225-pound man ready to live a long and healthy life in just ONE year. Now I'm 'Livin' La Vida Low-Carb' (my autobiographical book is available at Amazon.com) and I'll never be the same again!"
Kujawski goes on to deride my hometown of Spartanburg, South Carolina by opining that it is "where barbeque is a way of life" (what the heck is that all about?!) and then demands me to "Use your head."
Declaring that she "tried the low-carb, high-protein thing once for a couple weeks" and even "lost weight" on it, Kujawski said she somehow "knew what I was eating couldn't be good for me."
Does anyone honestly believe that they can eat steak dipped in butter for the rest of their life and be healthy? Apparently, some people do.
Yep, you've got us low-carbers pegged, Ms. Kujawski. We can wait to wake up in the morning and start grilling up that pound of bacon we eat with our dozen eggs and block of cheese on top. Then we go for our bunless hamburgers for lunch along with a stick of pepperoni. For supper, we can't wait to eat a big fat juicy steak swimming in 5 sticks of butter to end off our day on low-carb.
Do you honestly believe that is what livin' la vida low-carb is all about? Oi! No wonder you've got people wanting to run away from the "low-carb" label in favor of something less abrasive with such idiotic and mindless thinking as this. If people think this is the Atkins diet, then it is obvious they've never read the book. To call someone a "moron" for following a diet plan that they haven't even read about is the height of ignorance.
Kujawski goes on to point out that "the Atkins craze has abated" because "we're not hearing about it every day on the news."
We're not seeing Atkins-approved products sprout up in every section of the grocery store anymore. Gee. Why is that? Maybe it's because people started to think that: 1) Eating nothing but protein is really frickin' expensive, 2) Maybe it wasn't the end-all, be-all path to wellness, and 3) They didn't want to live in a world without a potato.
While the media has hurled insult after insult against the low-carb lifestyle, that hardly means nobody is doing it anymore. This Ask Men column reminds people that there are still millions of people following this way of eating and it is making them healthier, lighter and better than ever! We don't need any vegans to tell us how rotten our nutritional approach is when the proof is in the results.
To supposedly make her point, Kujawski said she had a friend who was a "full-fledged Atkins prophet."
She would write e-mails, at length, about how great she felt - how clear-headed - and I watched as the weight dropped off. She wore smaller and smaller jeans. She tucked in her shirts. She faithfully ate her Atkins bars and meat. Atta girl.
A couple months ago, I ran into her, and she was heavier than she was when she first started the Atkins diet. Uh oh.
What "uh oh?" The friend was going along great livin' la vida low-carb and obviously hit a major bump in the road in her quest to get healthy and stay healthy. It reminds me of the "friend" of another anti-Atkins advocate I blogged about recently. You can't blame the Atkins diet for causing these failures.
If low-carb is working well to keep your weight and health under control, then why would you ever eat any other way? The answer is YOU WOULDN'T! That's what these vocal opponents of the low-carb lifestyle can't seem to understand. We're not talking about a temporary "diet" here. We have found a LONG-TERM solution to a LIFETIME problem that so many of us have to deal with.
So you wanna suck on veggies as your permanent lifestyle choice? That's fine with me. But don't try to guilt-trip me with your "oh, but the animal feels such pain" argument. God gave us the animals to eat and enjoy as part of our HEALTHY diets. I gladly enjoy being one of the People Eating Tasty Animals, thank you very much! And YES, it's keeping my weight under control and I've never been healthier in my entire life!
Why don't we educate Beth Kujawski further about how healthy the Atkins/low-carb approach really is by sharing with her how this way of eating has changed our lives? Send her an e-mail at .