This Is Why We Do What We Do (Part Two)

I received one of those hate mails this week, full of the usual brilliant observations: 

Your film was obviously paid for by McDonald’s … Super Size Me was awesome and a really important film because it alerted people to the dangers of fast food … your on-camera experts must be beef-industry hacks if they say saturated fat isn’t bad for you … you think you’re funny but you’re not, you’re just really annoying … your film sucked so bad, I stopped watching before the end … etc., etc., etc.

People have asked me how I deal with those hate mails.  The answer:  I laugh them off, and find it increasingly easy to do so.  Because while I know Morgan Spurlock has plenty of die-hard fans and admirers, I’ll bet you dollars to donuts (and you can keep the donuts) he never received a letter along the lines of:

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Dear Morgan,

Thank you so much for making Super Size Me.  After watching it, I finally understood what’s been wrong with my diet all these years.  Like you, I was eating three huge meals at McDonald’s every day, along with several desserts and a couple of milkshakes.  It never occurred to me that eating this way could make me fat and sick, so I just kept doing it and getting bigger and bigger year after year.  It was really frustrating.

Then in your wonderful film, you explained to me that I’m really, really fat and stupid, but it’s not my fault because McDonald’s should have taken more responsibility for my eating habits by not offering me so much food.  Now there’s hope.  Thanks to your efforts, perhaps someday McDonald’s will stop selling sodas, french fries, desserts and milkshakes, and then I’ll be able to stop stuffing myself with them.  In the meantime, I know my lousy diet isn’t my fault — it’s theirs.  I can’t tell you how much better that makes me feel about myself.

I’d also like to thank you for explaining my post-meal puking problem.  About 20 minutes after every meal, I puke violently.  I thought it was some kind of serious medical condition.  Then I saw how you puked after stuffing yourself at McDonald’s and began to wonder if perhaps it’s the food that’s causing my puking.  When you showed a close-up of your own puke with bits of french fries sticking out, I knew for sure it must be the food.  It’s a real comfort knowing I probably don’t have stomach cancer or something like that, so the puking no longer worries me so much.

Sincerely,
One of the really fat and stupid people you care so much about

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Yeah, I’m pretty sure that letter has never been sent.  If Spurlock did receive a sincere fan letter, it would be something like:

Dear Morgan,

Thank you for confirming my cherished beliefs that McDonald’s is evil and fat people are stupid.  Now and then I feel a need to be reminded of my own superiority.  Your film did the trick nicely.

Around the same time I received the hate mail mentioned above, I also received this message from a gentleman named Cary:

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Dear Tom,

Where do I even begin? I don’t want this letter to turn into a novella so I will attempt to limit my typical long-windedness.  I was always a guy with an average-looking build. I’ve never been muscular and really never had the desire to be so. My frame was more typical of a lean, athletic basketball player. I was always fairly active until moving from Ohio to Georgia 12 years ago. After moving here, I became less and less active. That change to a sedentary lifestyle combined with my general poor eating habits quickly caught up with me in my early thirties.

For the past seven or eight years I have struggled mightily with my weight, general mood, and energy level. I’ve tried numerous diet plans and exercise routines with limited-to-no results. If anyone tried to categorize my frame of mind about this uninterrupted string of failures, the word “frustration” would be an understatement. I have chided myself so many times because I couldn’t lose weight or because I didn’t have the energy to exercise.

Basically, for the past 5 years I’ve felt like a “fat cow” with no motivation or energy to do much of anything to change my situation. I mean, I limited my calories and ate lots of carbs (you know… “your body’s fuel source” according to the so-called “nutrition experts”). And yet I felt tired ALL THE TIME. It didn’t matter how much sleep I got, I was ALWAYS exhausted upon waking. I went to see a sleep specialist because I thought I might have sleep apnea. Nope. I had my thyroid checked because of my weight gain. No problems there. I was at a complete loss as to why I went from an active 190 pound guy with tons of energy to a lazy 266 pound guy with no energy. For the past few years I’ve been rationalizing to myself that it was simply a product of “getting older.”

Then in mid-April I was on the Netflix website looking over their recommendations for me and your documentary “Fat Head” was listed. I read the brief description and it piqued my interest. I noticed that it was available through the Instant View so I added it to my queue and watched it later that week.

Watching your film was one of those ultra-rare moments in a person’s life when the vastness of the entire universe seems to scrunch together to form a lens of lucidity through which one can view the senselessness and mysteries of life with complete and life-altering clarity. Over and over again you and your interviewees made points and revealed facts and used human biology and physiology to explain things. Being a science geek, this caused me to become absolutely transfixed on your film. As more and more information was presented, a smile of empowerment and discovery kept involuntarily finding its way onto my face. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing and hearing. This was way too good to be true. It’s as if you made this documentary with me specifically in mind.

After the film had ended I sat there on the couch with an overwhelming sense of hope and resolution for what seemed like an hour. THE VERY NEXT MORNING I changed my diet to match the one you practiced in the film – meats, cheeses, vegetables, lots of saturated fats, and hardly any sugars, carbs, starches or the like. I’m eating meals that fill me up and that I ENJOY! No more disgusting “diet food.”

Within the first three days I noticed a serious change in my mood and energy level. Rather than feeling run down and tired I was feeling awake, alive, alert, focused, and energetic. I began exercising to get rid of the excess energy I had… and I’ve been exercising four or five days a week for 60-90 minutes each session ever since! And that still doesn’t tire me out! I am overflowing with energy now. I never wake up tired any more. I feel full between meals instead of feeling hungry all the time. I used to snore… not anymore! I’ve had an embarrassing facial skin “condition” for the past six or seven years… it’s almost completely GONE! And in the first month of this lifestyle change I’ve lost 20 pounds! If anyone had told me 6 weeks ago that something like this could happen, I’d have told them they were certifiably crazy.

Tom, I don’t know how else to say this except to say that YOU HAVE GIVEN ME MY LIFE BACK. I can’t begin to put a price on what you have done for me. I’ve been sharing your worldview-changing documentary with everyone who will listen to me. I’m eagerly awaiting the continued transformation of my body and mind back to what it was before I started doing what the “experts” told me to do.

Tom, from the deepest depths of my mind and soul… THANK YOU!

Cary

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Maybe it was Cary’s obvious sincerity, maybe it’s that I have my own clear memories of feeling like a frustrated “fat cow,” or maybe I just happened to read this one at the right moment, but by the time I read the last line, I had a lump in my throat.

This is why we do what we do … and it’s why anyone who thinks he’s going to wound my ego with a snarky little hate mail is dreaming.


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90 thoughts on “This Is Why We Do What We Do (Part Two)

  1. Rebecca Latham

    That’s such a great and moving letter. How I hope that you will receive many letters like it in the future, and that we’ll see this thing turned around in our lifetime. Long live Fat Head!

    It was a touching message, largely because Cary expressed his frustrations with his weight so honestly and clearly. All of us who’ve had those self-loathing moments in front of the mirror know exactly what he was feeling.

  2. Jeanmarie

    “Watching your film was one of those ultra-rare moments in a person’s life when the vastness of the entire universe seems to scrunch together to form a lens of lucidity through which one can view the senselessness and mysteries of life with complete and life-altering clarity.” WOW!
    I loved the movie, too. Keep up the good work.

    WOW was my reaction as well.

  3. Firebird

    I wrote just such a letter to Morgan Spurlock…then woke up and recorded it in my dream diary over my protein powder/whipping cream mousse breakfast.

    LOL.

  4. Amy Dungan

    Wow. I could cry tears of happiness for this man! That is just so fantastic. Sending your more pats on the back Tom. You certainly deserve them for helping so many people.

    Thank you.

  5. Be

    I am so happy for you Cary! Keep it up – you won’t believe that it keeps getting better!

  6. Jimmy Moore

    You just never know how much you can be loved and hated until you put yourself out there in a blog, podcast, book or making a movie. It’s not for the feint of heart. Kudos to you, Tom, for knowing how to deal with it so brilliantly. 🙂

    I know you feel the same way I do about it: one letter like that negates every hate mail you could ever receive.

  7. Rahul

    Dear Tom,
    I love this post, and while I can’t express my gratitude in such a nice letter like Cary I’ll try my best. I will say you have been the core reason for my own amazing change in my life, its like I was walking a unknown path where nothing I did gave me a sense of understanding and helped me learn from my mistakes, like all the bad diets and failed exercise attempts, it never gave me a good reason except for I’m too fat and lazy, but that explanation always confused me as even in my best state of dieting I would still have problems losing weight effectively, and more importantly any real weight-loss I had rarely showed significant result in my body and how I looked in the mirror.
    This just made the whole process worse as I have always needed visual proof of my growth to feel motivated. Then when your film came along on the “Documentary Channel” in NZ the first time I just stumbled on it and only started watching from second part of it but I was hooked as just like Cary said your documentary just provided validation and clear science behind every statement you claimed through the film which is exactly what I was looking for. The one that was by far the best proof or validation of your claims was “mother nature isn’t stupid” and what was our primary food source before farming was introduced in human history. That alone was enough for me to say DUUUH, how the hell did that never strike me lol.
    In conclusion, I would like to say THANK YOU VERY MUCH TOM, your film picked me up from that unknown road and let me start my journey to fulfilment on the right path and I’m sure it was a lot of hard work putting that film together but that film is your masterpiece. It has been the biggest contribution you have made in my life and I’m sure in most of the other Fat Head fan’s lives. I wish you good luck for all your future journeys.

    Warmest Regards,

    Rahul

    Thank you. I hate that DUH! moment during my interview with Dr. Al Sears. I pointed out that we read and hear all this conflicting advice, and he was the first who explained it to me in terms of “Mother Nature isn’t stupid.” Then he talked about what humans ate for most of their evolution. Light. Bulb. On.

  8. Phocion Timon

    One of my favorite activities is reading the hate mail occasionally published by the blogs I follow. I am always amused by the complete cluelessness and lack of critical thought by the writers of the hate mail. I know why you bloggers don’t publish more of the mail but I get a kick out of them.

    I recently had lunch with a writer for Dave Ramsey, whose books, lectures and radio shows about personal finance have helped lord-only-knows-how-many people get out of debt and get their lives together. We talked about the hate-mail issue, and apparently Mr. Ramsey likes to read his hate-mail aloud at staff meetings so everyone can have a good laugh.

  9. Alexandra

    Wonderful post! Cary has even more good things to look forward to as he progresses.
    I have transformed myself from a way overweight always hungry sugar eater to a happy to forget about food for 5-6 hours at a time slender person (about 15-20 lbs to go!).. it took several years but I am over 100 lbs lighter so far, full of energy and I feel much younger than my years.
    Eating very low carb and high fat has changed my life.
    Thank you for spreading the word in such an approachable and easy to understand way. I only talk about the subject of weight loss if asked…that’s when I suggest your movie as a good place to start.

    Thank you.

  10. Dana Carpender

    😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

    Tom, you’re changing lives, even saving lives. You can be justly proud of your work.

    As can you. Humbling, isn’t it?

  11. Phyllis Mueller

    “Watching your film was one of those ultra-rare moments in a person’s life when the vastness of the entire universe seems to scrunch together to form a lens of lucidity through which one can view the senselessness and mysteries of life with complete and life-altering clarity.”

    It just doesn’t get better than that, does it? Congratulations, both of you!

    Thank you.

  12. Rebecca Latham

    That’s such a great and moving letter. How I hope that you will receive many letters like it in the future, and that we’ll see this thing turned around in our lifetime. Long live Fat Head!

    It was a touching message, largely because Cary expressed his frustrations with his weight so honestly and clearly. All of us who’ve had those self-loathing moments in front of the mirror know exactly what he was feeling.

  13. Jeanmarie

    “Watching your film was one of those ultra-rare moments in a person’s life when the vastness of the entire universe seems to scrunch together to form a lens of lucidity through which one can view the senselessness and mysteries of life with complete and life-altering clarity.” WOW!
    I loved the movie, too. Keep up the good work.

    WOW was my reaction as well.

  14. Firebird

    I wrote just such a letter to Morgan Spurlock…then woke up and recorded it in my dream diary over my protein powder/whipping cream mousse breakfast.

    LOL.

  15. Sam Elowitch

    You rock, Tom! You’ve made an invaluable and brilliant contribution to the world by spreading the low-carb, real-food, science based message in a manner that is humorous yet also intellectually rigorous. Letters like these should make you feel like a million bucks!

    It sure helps to stand on the shoulders of giants. Then I poked my head up just far enough to be spotted by a lot of people, and I’m grateful for that.

  16. Amy Dungan

    Wow. I could cry tears of happiness for this man! That is just so fantastic. Sending your more pats on the back Tom. You certainly deserve them for helping so many people.

    Thank you.

  17. Be

    I am so happy for you Cary! Keep it up – you won’t believe that it keeps getting better!

  18. Jimmy Moore

    You just never know how much you can be loved and hated until you put yourself out there in a blog, podcast, book or making a movie. It’s not for the feint of heart. Kudos to you, Tom, for knowing how to deal with it so brilliantly. 🙂

    I know you feel the same way I do about it: one letter like that negates every hate mail you could ever receive.

  19. Rahul

    Dear Tom,
    I love this post, and while I can’t express my gratitude in such a nice letter like Cary I’ll try my best. I will say you have been the core reason for my own amazing change in my life, its like I was walking a unknown path where nothing I did gave me a sense of understanding and helped me learn from my mistakes, like all the bad diets and failed exercise attempts, it never gave me a good reason except for I’m too fat and lazy, but that explanation always confused me as even in my best state of dieting I would still have problems losing weight effectively, and more importantly any real weight-loss I had rarely showed significant result in my body and how I looked in the mirror.
    This just made the whole process worse as I have always needed visual proof of my growth to feel motivated. Then when your film came along on the “Documentary Channel” in NZ the first time I just stumbled on it and only started watching from second part of it but I was hooked as just like Cary said your documentary just provided validation and clear science behind every statement you claimed through the film which is exactly what I was looking for. The one that was by far the best proof or validation of your claims was “mother nature isn’t stupid” and what was our primary food source before farming was introduced in human history. That alone was enough for me to say DUUUH, how the hell did that never strike me lol.
    In conclusion, I would like to say THANK YOU VERY MUCH TOM, your film picked me up from that unknown road and let me start my journey to fulfilment on the right path and I’m sure it was a lot of hard work putting that film together but that film is your masterpiece. It has been the biggest contribution you have made in my life and I’m sure in most of the other Fat Head fan’s lives. I wish you good luck for all your future journeys.

    Warmest Regards,

    Rahul

    Thank you. I hate that DUH! moment during my interview with Dr. Al Sears. I pointed out that we read and hear all this conflicting advice, and he was the first who explained it to me in terms of “Mother Nature isn’t stupid.” Then he talked about what humans ate for most of their evolution. Light. Bulb. On.

  20. Phocion Timon

    One of my favorite activities is reading the hate mail occasionally published by the blogs I follow. I am always amused by the complete cluelessness and lack of critical thought by the writers of the hate mail. I know why you bloggers don’t publish more of the mail but I get a kick out of them.

    I recently had lunch with a writer for Dave Ramsey, whose books, lectures and radio shows about personal finance have helped lord-only-knows-how-many people get out of debt and get their lives together. We talked about the hate-mail issue, and apparently Mr. Ramsey likes to read his hate-mail aloud at staff meetings so everyone can have a good laugh.

  21. Alexandra

    Wonderful post! Cary has even more good things to look forward to as he progresses.
    I have transformed myself from a way overweight always hungry sugar eater to a happy to forget about food for 5-6 hours at a time slender person (about 15-20 lbs to go!).. it took several years but I am over 100 lbs lighter so far, full of energy and I feel much younger than my years.
    Eating very low carb and high fat has changed my life.
    Thank you for spreading the word in such an approachable and easy to understand way. I only talk about the subject of weight loss if asked…that’s when I suggest your movie as a good place to start.

    Thank you.

  22. LISA

    I can relate to his letter because I felt the same way the first time I’d seen FatHead. I literally sat there with my jaw wide open.

    But Tom, it goes beyond the information, it’s your process. I had read studies about low carb, had friends on Atkins, even heard lectures by Gary Taubes on the radio. I remember thinking that it was interesting, and leaving it there. Not until I saw your documentary, did it ALL CLICK. It’s the way you present the facts that cause such an epiphany for so many people.

    It is the voice of truth that comes through, backed up by all that science and presented in such a viewer-friendly way, that it is impossible not to have an ‘aha’ moment. I could literally see the light bulb come on over my head during your movie.

    I appreciate that. I couldn’t do any of this without all the outstanding work by those authors, lecturers and researchers. I figure my job is take what they’ve done and try to make it entertaining so people who aren’t natural science geeks will pay attention.

  23. Dana Carpender

    😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

    Tom, you’re changing lives, even saving lives. You can be justly proud of your work.

    As can you. Humbling, isn’t it?

  24. Phyllis Mueller

    “Watching your film was one of those ultra-rare moments in a person’s life when the vastness of the entire universe seems to scrunch together to form a lens of lucidity through which one can view the senselessness and mysteries of life with complete and life-altering clarity.”

    It just doesn’t get better than that, does it? Congratulations, both of you!

    Thank you.

  25. Chloe

    I love it when people think they can hurt me with insults. It’s so amusing, because even if they care, I certainly don’t. My first name actually means “rock” in Gaelic and I’ve always said that mentally, it’s completely accurate because I’m both stubborn and impossible to insult.
    Great letter. I still find it hard to believe how many people believed low-fat was the way to go. For years, I thought low-carb was the only way to diet. When I was 6 my mom and sister would go on Atkins all the time, Paleo, South Beach, ect, and that’s how I grew up. It’s simply odd to consider eating any grains and high-carb fruits in attempt to lose weight.

    I learned both as a college newspaper columnist and as a standup comedian that you will ALWAYS make some people angry when you express an opinion. If you can’t take an occasional insult from the anger-issues people, you’d better choose a career outside the public view.

  26. Chris

    Cary sure tells it beautifully! And ditto, my story is definitely his! And I owe you an enormous thank you! I think one reason your movie “clicks” with people is how at the very beginning, you tell us ” we’ve been fed a load of balogna” and we’re like…”I KNEW IT!” because we’ve been doing what “the experts” told us for years to just feel older and tireder and fatter and sicker, and you start talking, and the scales start falling off our eyes. The wonderful and personable doctors, scientists, and science journalists you brought together in your film sure laid it out very logically. And your blog is super to continue learning and to be encouraged, and to not feel crazy because most people around you think yer nuts that you eat fat instead of “heart-healthy Oatey-O’s w/ skim milk. Fantastic work your doing, Mr. Tom!

    Thank you, and of course I can’t say enough about the people who agreed to be interviewed for the film. They didn’t know me from Adam, and it’s not as if I could send samples of my previous documentaries. When Dr. Eades pointed out some errors in the first edit and then offered to serve as a technical adviser to help me get the medical science right, I knew I’d met a real mensch.

  27. Ellen

    That guy ought to write for a living.. wow, powerful stuff. Congrats on making a difference! That should keep the glow on for at least a few days. 🙂

    I didn’t ask what he does for a living, but it wouldn’t surprise me if he’s a writer. I think that’s partly why he managed to put a lump in my throat; he expressed himself with such grace and sincerity.

  28. LISA

    I can relate to his letter because I felt the same way the first time I’d seen FatHead. I literally sat there with my jaw wide open.

    But Tom, it goes beyond the information, it’s your process. I had read studies about low carb, had friends on Atkins, even heard lectures by Gary Taubes on the radio. I remember thinking that it was interesting, and leaving it there. Not until I saw your documentary, did it ALL CLICK. It’s the way you present the facts that cause such an epiphany for so many people.

    It is the voice of truth that comes through, backed up by all that science and presented in such a viewer-friendly way, that it is impossible not to have an ‘aha’ moment. I could literally see the light bulb come on over my head during your movie.

    I appreciate that. I couldn’t do any of this without all the outstanding work by those authors, lecturers and researchers. I figure my job is take what they’ve done and try to make it entertaining so people who aren’t natural science geeks will pay attention.

  29. Chloe

    I love it when people think they can hurt me with insults. It’s so amusing, because even if they care, I certainly don’t. My first name actually means “rock” in Gaelic and I’ve always said that mentally, it’s completely accurate because I’m both stubborn and impossible to insult.
    Great letter. I still find it hard to believe how many people believed low-fat was the way to go. For years, I thought low-carb was the only way to diet. When I was 6 my mom and sister would go on Atkins all the time, Paleo, South Beach, ect, and that’s how I grew up. It’s simply odd to consider eating any grains and high-carb fruits in attempt to lose weight.

    I learned both as a college newspaper columnist and as a standup comedian that you will ALWAYS make some people angry when you express an opinion. If you can’t take an occasional insult from the anger-issues people, you’d better choose a career outside the public view.

  30. Chris

    Cary sure tells it beautifully! And ditto, my story is definitely his! And I owe you an enormous thank you! I think one reason your movie “clicks” with people is how at the very beginning, you tell us ” we’ve been fed a load of balogna” and we’re like…”I KNEW IT!” because we’ve been doing what “the experts” told us for years to just feel older and tireder and fatter and sicker, and you start talking, and the scales start falling off our eyes. The wonderful and personable doctors, scientists, and science journalists you brought together in your film sure laid it out very logically. And your blog is super to continue learning and to be encouraged, and to not feel crazy because most people around you think yer nuts that you eat fat instead of “heart-healthy Oatey-O’s w/ skim milk. Fantastic work your doing, Mr. Tom!

    Thank you, and of course I can’t say enough about the people who agreed to be interviewed for the film. They didn’t know me from Adam, and it’s not as if I could send samples of my previous documentaries. When Dr. Eades pointed out some errors in the first edit and then offered to serve as a technical adviser to help me get the medical science right, I knew I’d met a real mensch.

  31. Ellen

    That guy ought to write for a living.. wow, powerful stuff. Congrats on making a difference! That should keep the glow on for at least a few days. 🙂

    I didn’t ask what he does for a living, but it wouldn’t surprise me if he’s a writer. I think that’s partly why he managed to put a lump in my throat; he expressed himself with such grace and sincerity.

  32. Gerard

    Hey – after quitting the booze for just 5 days and keeping my carbs down to 20g a day i’ve lost 4cm around my gut. That is INSANE!!!! Booze must be really screwing me right up. I reckon for morons like myself the paleo community should really come down hard on alcohol and label it as what it is. As bad as fructose….both are exempt from the GI/GL indexes too but do far more damage then glucose.

    Great news on another convert! Your speeches, blogs, and movie are rippers…. A grade mate!…..I can identify with this bloke. While its nice to receive I don’t think you need re-enforcements from your fans… I think your too intelligent to let even 100 hate mails with no rationally constructed argument get in the way of objective truth & the affect its had first hand on so many people you know in person and on cyberspace.

    I suspect a lot of hate mail comes from vegans. Which is ironic. Vegans spreading hate and violent intent. Its a mad world.

    Yeah, booze can torpedo weight-loss efforts, no doubt. A glass of wine or two is fine, but if the goal is drop some pounds, even that should go for awhile.

    I may not need reinforcement from fans, but believe me, a letter like Cary’s is a real day-brightener and motivator.

  33. Torstein

    Hi Tom.

    When I discuss the topic of food with friends, I sometime make it kinda historical argument.

    As an example to get them to think I tell them that archeologists are really trying but having a hard time finding any of these light-margarine and no-fat products that we know are so “heart-healthy” in archeology-digs. They only seem to find marrow-eaten bones and lots of fish and animal-bones.

    I’m sure it must be possible to make a funny line about the nonsense that is creationism with the lack of light-products in archeology 🙂 It seems they (proponents of fake foods) have a bit of the same attitude to (historical) science?

    Cheers,
    Torstein

    The usual comeback is that people only lived to around age 25, so heart disease didn’t have time to develop. That figure is, of course, based on an average that’s skewed downwards by lots of infant deaths and childhood deaths. When we adopted agriculture, the average lifespan went down to something like 19 or 20 for a long time.

  34. Laurie

    Welcome Cary. Tom’s documentary is a treasure! I’m so thankful for it because some of the people I blather to, aren’t able or won’t slog through GCBC, but the documentary form, and ‘Fat Head’ in particular is rapidly powerful. In the era of ‘instant gratification isn’t quick enough’ (Carrie Fisher), even the most harried and the busiest can veg out for long enough to sit through a movie. After ‘Fat Head’, they won’t be veg any longer, they’ll be carn. Justin and Tom Timberlake. “I’m going to have you carni (vorous) by the end of this song”

    Never thought I’d be mentioned in the same sentence as Justin Timberlake. Maybe I can participate in a wardrobe failure at some future Super Bowl.

  35. Gretchen

    I want to add my reaction to first watching Fat Head. My daughter was gung-ho about it, so I watched it with her. I enjoyed it for sure because of the comedic style, and the science was clearly presented and easy to understand. But at the end of it I have to admit I was angry. Seriously angry at being lied to by the “experts” for so long. And in a way I was also skeptical because it didn’t seem possible that I’d been lied to for so long. But then about two weeks later I watched Fat Head again and that’s when it all clicked. I began my low carb journey, tried to slog through GCBC with some success, read your and Dr. Eades’ blog, bought a book about low carb, bought my own copy of Fat Head to immediately begin to disseminate through my extended family, and switched the way I cook and prepare meals. I will add my voice to the many who have said it has been life-changing. I was carrying around about 12 extra “mid-life” pounds and those are gone now, and I’ve never felt better. I hit the milestone 50th birthday a couple months ago and know that I am healthier than ever because of finally eating right! I also especially appreciate your active blog and frequent posts. Cheers!

    I must say, I’m pleased at the number of people whose kids either told them about the film or watched it with them. Those are young people who won’t become type 2 diabetics.

  36. Janey

    Thank you for mentioning the eating-till-vomiting in “Supersize Me!”

    When that movie came out people everywhere were heaping praise on Morgan Spurlock and exclaiming over how eye opening it was for them. I was dumbfounded. I wondered if we had seen the same movie. How could anyone overlook the VOMITING? If McDonald’s is so addictive and fat-inducing, then why did he need to FORCE himself to eat to the point that the food wanted to come back up? Who does that in real life? And how could that type of experiment reveal anything except the stupidity and bias of the experimenter?

    I wondered about all the praise myself and concluded some of the reviewers must not grasp basic logic. If the food is making the guy sick, if he’s celebrating at the end because he doesn’t have to eat it anymore, then how the heck is it addicting?

  37. Alllen

    Great post Tom. I loved the “Dear Morgan” letters. That should be a weekly feature!

    And yes, Dave Ramsey’s team reads the best hate mail aloud in our staff meeting. Nothing diffuses someone’s pitiful attempt at hate and disdain like having 300 people laugh at it altogether! I’ve heard Dave say that, if you’re doing something significant, expect resistance. If no one disagrees with what you’re doing, you aren’t trying hard enough. We bail our hate mail around Dave’s place. 🙂

    I was surprised when you told me Dave Ramsey receives hate mail — what’s to hate about a guy who teaches people how to get their financial lives in order? — but of course he’s right; put yourself before the public, and you will draw some haters, no matter what message you deliver.

  38. Gerard

    Hey – after quitting the booze for just 5 days and keeping my carbs down to 20g a day i’ve lost 4cm around my gut. That is INSANE!!!! Booze must be really screwing me right up. I reckon for morons like myself the paleo community should really come down hard on alcohol and label it as what it is. As bad as fructose….both are exempt from the GI/GL indexes too but do far more damage then glucose.

    Great news on another convert! Your speeches, blogs, and movie are rippers…. A grade mate!…..I can identify with this bloke. While its nice to receive I don’t think you need re-enforcements from your fans… I think your too intelligent to let even 100 hate mails with no rationally constructed argument get in the way of objective truth & the affect its had first hand on so many people you know in person and on cyberspace.

    I suspect a lot of hate mail comes from vegans. Which is ironic. Vegans spreading hate and violent intent. Its a mad world.

    Yeah, booze can torpedo weight-loss efforts, no doubt. A glass of wine or two is fine, but if the goal is drop some pounds, even that should go for awhile.

    I may not need reinforcement from fans, but believe me, a letter like Cary’s is a real day-brightener and motivator.

  39. Julie

    Now you went and made me cry.

    Thanks for what you do.

    We can have a little cry together.

  40. Torstein

    Hi Tom.

    When I discuss the topic of food with friends, I sometime make it kinda historical argument.

    As an example to get them to think I tell them that archeologists are really trying but having a hard time finding any of these light-margarine and no-fat products that we know are so “heart-healthy” in archeology-digs. They only seem to find marrow-eaten bones and lots of fish and animal-bones.

    I’m sure it must be possible to make a funny line about the nonsense that is creationism with the lack of light-products in archeology 🙂 It seems they (proponents of fake foods) have a bit of the same attitude to (historical) science?

    Cheers,
    Torstein

    The usual comeback is that people only lived to around age 25, so heart disease didn’t have time to develop. That figure is, of course, based on an average that’s skewed downwards by lots of infant deaths and childhood deaths. When we adopted agriculture, the average lifespan went down to something like 19 or 20 for a long time.

  41. Laurie

    Welcome Cary. Tom’s documentary is a treasure! I’m so thankful for it because some of the people I blather to, aren’t able or won’t slog through GCBC, but the documentary form, and ‘Fat Head’ in particular is rapidly powerful. In the era of ‘instant gratification isn’t quick enough’ (Carrie Fisher), even the most harried and the busiest can veg out for long enough to sit through a movie. After ‘Fat Head’, they won’t be veg any longer, they’ll be carn. Justin and Tom Timberlake. “I’m going to have you carni (vorous) by the end of this song”

    Never thought I’d be mentioned in the same sentence as Justin Timberlake. Maybe I can participate in a wardrobe failure at some future Super Bowl.

  42. Gretchen

    I want to add my reaction to first watching Fat Head. My daughter was gung-ho about it, so I watched it with her. I enjoyed it for sure because of the comedic style, and the science was clearly presented and easy to understand. But at the end of it I have to admit I was angry. Seriously angry at being lied to by the “experts” for so long. And in a way I was also skeptical because it didn’t seem possible that I’d been lied to for so long. But then about two weeks later I watched Fat Head again and that’s when it all clicked. I began my low carb journey, tried to slog through GCBC with some success, read your and Dr. Eades’ blog, bought a book about low carb, bought my own copy of Fat Head to immediately begin to disseminate through my extended family, and switched the way I cook and prepare meals. I will add my voice to the many who have said it has been life-changing. I was carrying around about 12 extra “mid-life” pounds and those are gone now, and I’ve never felt better. I hit the milestone 50th birthday a couple months ago and know that I am healthier than ever because of finally eating right! I also especially appreciate your active blog and frequent posts. Cheers!

    I must say, I’m pleased at the number of people whose kids either told them about the film or watched it with them. Those are young people who won’t become type 2 diabetics.

  43. Janey

    Thank you for mentioning the eating-till-vomiting in “Supersize Me!”

    When that movie came out people everywhere were heaping praise on Morgan Spurlock and exclaiming over how eye opening it was for them. I was dumbfounded. I wondered if we had seen the same movie. How could anyone overlook the VOMITING? If McDonald’s is so addictive and fat-inducing, then why did he need to FORCE himself to eat to the point that the food wanted to come back up? Who does that in real life? And how could that type of experiment reveal anything except the stupidity and bias of the experimenter?

    I wondered about all the praise myself and concluded some of the reviewers must not grasp basic logic. If the food is making the guy sick, if he’s celebrating at the end because he doesn’t have to eat it anymore, then how the heck is it addicting?

  44. Alllen

    Great post Tom. I loved the “Dear Morgan” letters. That should be a weekly feature!

    And yes, Dave Ramsey’s team reads the best hate mail aloud in our staff meeting. Nothing diffuses someone’s pitiful attempt at hate and disdain like having 300 people laugh at it altogether! I’ve heard Dave say that, if you’re doing something significant, expect resistance. If no one disagrees with what you’re doing, you aren’t trying hard enough. We bail our hate mail around Dave’s place. 🙂

    I was surprised when you told me Dave Ramsey receives hate mail — what’s to hate about a guy who teaches people how to get their financial lives in order? — but of course he’s right; put yourself before the public, and you will draw some haters, no matter what message you deliver.

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