My Diet: Snatching my Health from the Jaws of Decay

Bacon wrapped shrimp and green salad with vinaigrette.
It's on the diet; eat it every day if you want.
My diet is low carb, high fat, high nutrient, mostly paleo. I came up with it in 2011 because of cavities that formed on my old high-carb diet. I had only one cavity before I started a program called Body for Life (a high-carb, high-protein, low fat diet and exercise program similar to today's nutritional Zeitgeist); after six years, I had a mouth full of fillings and my teeth were getting sensitive and dingy despite diligent daily cleaning. I also had occasional TMJ pain from an old injury and other health problems that are often blamed on aging.

My tooth decay stopped when I started a low-carb diet.* The only dental problems I've had were from a bike accident in 2012. Even then, with limited ability to clean my teeth (I fractured my arm and broke a tooth), there was no tooth decay. At the oral surgeon's office, I took two shots in the gums without flinching--this from someone who could barely tolerate vinegar before. Now, I rarely have TMJ pain and never opened the bottle of Vicodin prescribed after my bike wreck. I wasn't being tough, I just didn't need it.

June 2013. All fixed! No whitening appointments needed.

Originally, I started a low-carb diet in 2010 to cure my GERD. If you've never had GERD, it's hell in your stomach and throat. In my case, it was so bad that I developed an esophageal ulcer. I thought trying to cure my GERD with a low-carb diet was a crazy idea, but I was in so much pain that I was willing to try anything. I was already wheat free in an effort to lose weight (yes, wheat is an appetite stimulant). It worked, and I never looked back. Besides being rid of my dental and GI problems, I have almost no allergies, no congestion, no painful gas, clearer, smoother skin, better sleep, more energy and normal appetite. At this writing, I'm 46 years old, take no medications, need no regular medical care, and I'm close to my high school weight. Of course, some people need medications and medical care or are heavier than they wish through no fault of their own, but a lot of common health problems are down to poor diet: too much carbohydrate, too little fat, too few nutrients, inflammatory seed oils, and too much wheat and dairy, which some of us don't tolerate well.

The diet I follow is below. Use it as a template if you're interested and tailor it to your needs.

What I avoid:

Grains (I'll rarely have a gluten-free dessert or a little rice)
Carrageenan (a thickener)
Fruit (if there's a little bit in a dish, I won't pick it out)
Industrially made oils (I'm not strict about this if I'm eating out)
Dairy except butter

What I require:

Red meat daily
1/2 pound calf liver per week (it's Mother Nature's multivitamin)
6-8 oz oily fish per week (sardines, salmon, herring, or kippers)
Lard, butter, coconut oil, olive oil or other natural fat
Non-starchy vegetables daily
Supplements (iron, magnesium, D3, K2, a multivitamin--your needs may vary)

Other things I eat:

Dark chocolate
Pork rinds
Diet soda
Low-carb, grain-free goodies (like coconut flour muffins)
Coconut milk
Various spices, flavorings, xanthan gum, coconut flour, Splenda, stevia and baking powder

*My former dentist said I had developed a small cavity that needed to be filled. My new dentist didn't find any cavities.

Last edited 2/23/2016

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