There are quite a few out there that do zero carb...we actually do quite well without carbohydrates...I think we are pretty similar to dogs...they are like wolves in that they function great on just meat...but they can handle fruits/vegetables pretty well.
Ideal diet for dogs is raw meat....I'm guessing optimal diet for us is actually raw meat. I think if you eat offal, bone broth, and many different types of meat you can satisfy all nutritional requirements well. Assuming of course you're eating grass-fed/wild caught....lets just say naturally raised meat. Saying that though..doesn't mean I'm planning on doing it because the logistics are crazy to think about....learning to like raw meat....probably even high meat...which basically sounds like eating rotten meat but its not the same. I'm sure you can google it...and/or look at the following video.
Video - me eating high meat. So good for our gut!!
Video of someone eating high meat...may be disturbing lol...don't know if I will ever do that but it has tons of beneficial bacteria and if you do the process right bad bacteria isn't an issue as long as your source is good meat.
BRAIN GUT 5:PARADIGM DRIFTS PARADIGM SHIFTS:EPI-PALEO? - Jack Kruse
Really good blog. Main points are Seafood is especially important with tons of reasons given especially shellfish ie oysters etc..If you haven't checked out Jack Kruse its a great information source with a ton of blogs. Page 21 is the first page starting with his success story. Pretty inspiring stuff. Raw seafood is also highlighted in the blog. Also if anyone happens to have not found out yet Mercury isn't the major problem some have said it is. Mercury binds to Selenium and so takes away much of the issue. I asked Jack in the comments if having plenty of Selenium in the diet does for us what it does for fish..binding the Mercury..haven't looked to see if he answered yet but I'm guessing so..it makes sense.
Its true that convincing someone especially Vegans can be pretty hard...or nearly impossible..and trying if you know them might strain the relationship. If you want to try I would recommend being clear that your not saying her diet is bad...but that it could be better.
Should all animals eat a high-fat, low-carb diet? - Part One: The Basis for a High-fat Diet
I don't know if pointing this out might be helpful but from what I've heard about Vegans they tout how Primates our nearest relatives and what they eat...and mention teeth structure etc... The fact is even Gorillas and Ruminants...don't eat tons of carbohydrates...
Did I just say that? Yes, I did and in a sense that is completely false they do eat tons of plant matter that consists of a decent amount of carbohydrates if you break down their diet you get a high carbohydrate low fat moderate protein diet...if you exclude the fact that their guts breakdown the massive amounts of Fiber they get into Short Chain Fatty Acids ie fats. Their diet ..or at least what they actually get their energy from is high fat, low carb, moderate protein the exact opposite of what they eat.
Humans do not do this conversion in the gut. Humans can be decently healthy with a good amount of carbohydrates if they have enough activity to utilize the carbohydrates and keep them from going to fat stores and upping insulin...not so easy to keep up with though.
Doing the deficiency test would be a good start...when she comes back with the results and is low in things related to eating meat such as fat soluble vitamins/b 12 etc.. etc. you can bring up this other stuff and start there.
Good luck hope things work out whatever you decide.
Last edited by Raiken3712; 07-20-2012 at 08:38 AM.
Primal start date: July 1st 2011
Start Weight: 275
Current Weight: 248
Stats below as of September 1st 2011 Tested via BodPod
Body Fat 25.4%
Fat Mass 63.721
Fat Free Mass 74.6%
Fat Free Mass 187.087
Goal weight: 180-200 lbs(Recommended weight is around 180 for my height but that sounds low)
Total lost so far: 27 lbs