I wasn't always the healthiest person throughout most of my life. Nope! I was overweight, lethargic, asthmatic, and always having allergies. Why? I was one of those picky eaters who ate so much modern-processed meals that were designed to "taste good" but provided no benefits. Also I would eat a lot of pasta, bread, potatoes, corn, and not enough nutrient dense meats or produce. I knew I was overweight, and trying to do something about it, I was always trying to "cut the fats, sugar sweets, portions" and exercise, but it never worked. My parents put me in different programs or made me play outside to be more active, but I had never had the energy to keep up. I was always convinced that "I just didn't have willpower and need to man-up", but that wasn't really the case. Later on when I was 19, I became more aware that refined carbohydrates were responsible for weight gain besides just sugar alone. So I began removing wheat, corn, rice, potatoes, and even though I was always good about limiting sweets, I did eliminate them as well. I did drop the weight drastically, felt great, and it gave mixed feedback from people from friends, family, co-workers, and my own customers at work. Most people looked at me and asked if I had lost weight since I looked slimmer, and I began to realize how well removing foods that raise insulin will put your body into fat-burning mode. Also I found I was no longer having asthma, allergies, and I was barely getting sick anymore! So my asthma specialist took me off the medicine I was taking for the last 17 years of my life. Some though questioned if what I was doing was a safe approach because "it looked like I wasn't eating much" along with many misconceptions. I gave some answers, but I didn't have as much knowledge as now on the science to answer better. But I discovered Fat Head documentary on Netflix the following year and it talked about how the conventional wisdom of the low fat diet and health we have been taught...was wrong. It all had to do with vegetarian organizations like the CSPI, lawyers, and politicians who got the USDA to start that trend without any real scientific background of saying "saturated fat is bad and grains are good" which then recommended a low fat diet which is high in carbohydrates. Same went for how there were myths about cholesterol how it proved that cholesterol is very imporant for us. We do need to keep triglycerides down but also make sure HDL is up and LDL are large particles, not the small dense BBs that are oxidated by high blood sugar or trans fats. Also from more information the film provided from various sources along with other sources I read, I found more and more information to show how not only are grains and sugars are bad, but processed vegetable oils and fats like soybean oil, corn oil, canola oil, cottonseed oil, safflower oil, and the partially hydrogenated oils (margerine and shortening) are chemically processed and pro-inflammatory. After that, I immediately switched to using natural fats and oils from lard, butter, olive oil, avocados, nuts, and coconut oil as those have positive benefits of helping and preventing bodily inflammation. Also I took the approach of never using modern-processed low carb junk foods like low carb wraps, all-purpose mix, Atkins bars, shakes, pasta, artificial sweetners, and Carbsmart ice cream. Why? Our bodies are not adept to handling those and they might make you sick if you react to it. They either use products from artificial sweeteners or sugar alcohols and/or soy depending on the product and that is not natural for human consumption. But I did figure out it was mostly the wheat was was hurting me more than the other stuff because today's wheat is engineered genetically to be mass produced but also has out-of-proportion proteins like gluten that most people's bodies can't handle.