i started off VLC, and did a few whole 30's too. then i brought dairy back into the game, but stayed VLC for the first eight or nine months. i was a keto-adapted inuit-like beast. until that utterly stopped working and yeilded some not so fun side effects.
then i just decided i wanted fruit back in my life. slowly at first, one piece a day. made me feel calmer and a helluva lot better. then, i discovered paul jaminet's website, and his book perfect health diet. for a while after that, i got a bit obsessed with counting everything, to hit my 100 grams of glucose per day, and keep all my macros perfectly consistent. it's kinda fun for a bit, but completely dominates your life, especially if you're slightly OCD like me.
then i got over me fear of fructose, and my need to hit some magical macro count. now i count nothing, eat some fruit and starch on most days, but definitely have higher fat days and higher carb days as my appetite guides me. some days i eat only fruit for carbs. other days, only starch. but most days, i mix it up. and i'm happy!
"dean ornish and dr. davis think the palmitic acid our bodies use for fuel while we sleep is poison if we eat it. zero-carbers like charles washington think the oldest fuel in our evolutionary history – glucose - used by organisms a billion years ago and without which the brains of modern mammals cannot survive for more than a few minutes – is an unnatural toxin if you eat it. both views ignore basic facts of medical physiology and defy evolutionary history." - kurt harris