There used to be a rather unkind picture in this post of Dr Gillian McKeith and Nigella Lawson.  They were shown side by side: the picture of Nigella was flattering and that of Gillian McKeith significantly less so.

There was a an unkind caption, too, the implication being that if you wanted to look more like Nigella you would be eating the full spectrum of foods available (and I mean food, not “food-like substances”) but that you’d look significantly worse if, Like Gillian McKeith, you were a vegetarian.  That picture has now been removed by whoever originally posted it, and when I saw that it had gone I felt a little guilty at using it.

I was a vegetarian for many years.  Even followed “Dr” Gillian McKeith for a while (never occurred to me to check if she really was/is a Dr).  I stopped at a time when I had agonising knee joints and couldn’t walk.  I had a dream that I needed to eat meat and fish (really surprising: I have hated fish all my life!)  That was on a Sunday: by Wednesday I was cycling off-road in the hills.

I have admired Nigella for ages, but had been sold on the low-fat idea.  Now I know that it’s all a Big Fat Lie,, as Gary Taubes has explained, I’m free to enjoy many of Nigella’s recipes (but I will stay clear of the carbs!)

PS Only watch the Nigella’s Recipes video if you’re particularly broadminded!

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6DXz0MZP0E

If you would like to hear Gary Taubes’ ideas in detail, here is an interview with [simpleazon-link asin="0970557469" locale="us"]Dr. Joe Mercola and his Total Health Program[/simpleazon-link], on You Tube, in six parts:

  1. What If It’s All Been a Big Fat Lie? (Part 1 of 6)
  2. What If It’s All Been a Big Fat Lie? (Part 2 of 6)
  3. What If It’s All Been a Big Fat Lie? (Part 3 of 6)
  4. What If It’s All Been a Big Fat Lie? (Part 4 of 6)
  5. What If It’s All Been a Big Fat Lie? (Part 5 of 6)
  6. What If It’s All Been a Big Fat Lie? (Part 6 of 6)

And if you haven’t seen Gary, and/or don’t know about his books, check out this previous blog post of mine about Gary Taubes’ book, Why We Get Fat.

And if you want to decide for yourself:

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