About Jim Stone
Hi. I'm Jim. It's a pleasure to meet you : ) (That's my son Nate.)
Let me tell you a little about myself. I am 35 years old and am about to get my PhD in Philosophy. I have read widely about low carb, high fat, and paleo-type diets.
I enjoy weight training, chess, and would like to learn Brasilian Jiu Jitsu.
I am also blessed with genes that allow me to store calories very efficiently when eating the typical American diet : )
I am now a low-carber. I have found low carb dieting to be a life-changing experience.
When I was 24 I weighed 180, which was a pretty good weight for me. Then I proceeded to gain ten pounds a year, until I stood at 243 when I was 30 and my son was born. That's when I discovered low carb eating.
A low carb diet helped me lose 25 pounds.
But I wasn't a success story right away, because, actually, over the next three years I lost at least 20 pounds three different times!
You see, I had this habit of gaining the weight back when I got stressed and started eating carbs again.
But just the same, my ups and downs proved to me that low carb dieting works. How do I know? Because ...
...when I succeeded in eating low carb, ...
...I did lose a substantial amount of weight. And ...
...when I gained the weight back, ...
...it was because I start eating a high carbohydrate diet again.
What more proof do I need?
OK, so the trick was to figure out how to stay on the low carb diet,
and not slip back into eating the high carb way again.
I didn't figure this out until I started applying the lessons I learned while working on my Ph.D. Dissertation, which
deals with topics involving human motivation.
I am thrilled with the low carb way. At the rate I was going, I would have weighed 290 by now. Instead, I am relatively lean and fit. I'll never be a fitness model. I don't have the genes for that. But I'm in a very comfortable place right now, and couldn't be happier.
"Why did you start a website?"
So why did I start a website? Basically, I wanted to participate in the ongoing low carb conversation.
It has been my experience that low carbers are the friendliest people on earth.
I think it's because we're the kind of people who tend to go against the grain. -- pun intended : )
Even as I have been putting up pages the last year or so,
I often imagine sitting down over coffee with a visitor to my site -- you, in this case.
I would share stories with you, and would tell you about recipes that have helped me.
And you would share recipes with me, and tell me your success stories,
and tell me about the books and friends that have helped you.
And if I let my imagination run wild, I start to imagine meeting you for coffee maybe six months from now.
We would greet each other like this:
You: Is that really you? You look so good. What have you been doing to get in such great shape?
Me: Me? You're the one who looks good. What have you been doing?
OK, so I have a vivid imagination. You get the point.
I want to have a site that allows me to do my part in a friendship with other low carbers.
I want to share stories, and recipes, and other resources with you, my friends.
"OK, so what are your favorite low carb books?"
I have many favorite low carb books of all kinds.
The way I see it low carb books usually do any of three things. They present recipes. They present diet plans.
Or they present theory. Some books do more than one of these.
My favorite recipe book is "Nourishing Traditions" by Enig and Fallon. It's not strict low carb, but it's pretty close. Enig and Fallon are basically against refined carbs and bad fats, which they define as polyunsaturated and transfats. They promote eating more naturally and eating more animal products including all the saturated fat. It's a great cookbook and even has stories about the origins of certain foods.
My favorite diet plan book is Life Without Bread. Though Atkins, The Paleo Diet, and Carbohydrate Addicts are all good.
My favorite theory books include Mary Enig's Know Your Fats, Bruce Fife's provocatively titled Saturated Fat Can Save Your Life (He's big on coconut oil), and Natural Hormonal Enhancement by Rob Faigin.
I also have to add to my list of theory books a book I recently purchased and read.
It's Lyle McDonald's book The Ketogenic Diet. Lyle is best known to the strength training crowd, but he should be known to every low-carber.
Unless you're wealthy you have to buy the electronic version of the book (It's hard to find a used copy of the print version for under $100). The night I bought it I downloaded it and stayed up the whole night reading it. I made notes in the margins and highlighted it all over the place. It's great. It's full of detail and I treat it as kind of a reference manual now. It's also very balanced and gives both the pros and the cons of doing a ketogenic diet. I printed it out and put it in a three ring binder, and it sits on my shelf right above my computer (I'm looking at it right now as I type this, in fact).
"What are your favorite websites?"
OK, so what are my favorite low carb websites?
This one, of course ; )
I'm not serious. This site is just getting started.
My favorite site is www.beyondveg.com.
It talks a lot about what palolithic people ate, and about the evolutionary adaptations that humans have made for digesting and processing various kinds of food.
Well, that's enough about me for now.
Best wishes with all your goals.