Reviewed in the United States on February 22, 2020
I thought I was “healthy.” I had no idea how much my life was going to change, or how good I could feel.
When I met Cyrus at a wedding 4 years ago, I asked him what he did. He said something about “doing retreats, and coaching people with diabetes on what to eat to improve their diabetes and health.”
“Oh,” I said, “You must feed them some kind of low-carb, paleo-type diet, right?”
He looked me right in the eye and said “Nope, on retreat they eat a LOT of fruit. Like, piles and piles of fruit the whole time.”
I just stared at him. “Uhhh, some kind of low-glycemic fruit?”
“Nope,” He replied, “any kind of fruit, bananas, dates, papaya, mangoes, veggies, and almost no fat.”
I was kind of bewildered and horrified, and figured he was a little off his rocker. I politely said, “Uhh, ok, nice to meet you,” and walked away thinking he was really weird.
At the time I was quite a devotee of a high meat, high fat, butter coffee, paleo-type diet, and had read a ton of books on it. I also have a degree in biology, and was sure that “paleo” was the best and most logical nutrition. I didn’t feel great, didn’t have great energy, but I figured I just needed to do the low carb thing longer, be more strict with it.
A couple drinks later in the evening at the reception, my politeness was overcome by my curiosity. “Ok,” I said to Cyrus, “You feed diabetics piles of WHAT??” But then he explained, and my entire life changed. He explained to me, like he explains in this book, how the fats block the ability of the nutritious and high quality fruit sugar to get from the blood stream into the brain and muscles, and block up the ability of your insulin to do its job, so people require more and more insulin. He explained all of his research, all of the evidence, all of the trials. How he studied mice, and found that feeding the mice fats could make them diabetic, but feeding the mice just sugar never did. How the sugar spike in the bloodstream was a symptom, not a cause of any problems. He told me about the real “paleo” diet, and how we are descended from primates that thrive most eating eat high fruit, high carb, low fat diets. He told me about how great he felt when he started eating this way, how he never got sick with colds anymore. And he explained why I currently felt like crap eating piles of meat and butter coffee.
And I did feel like crap. If I was honest, I really didn’t ever feel very good. I was tired. All of the evidence he presented made enough sense that I tried it. I switched my entire diet, ate mostly raw fruits and veggies (including piles of fruit!), and kept my fats to 15% or less of my daily calories. And within DAYS my energy started to skyrocket, and was really steady. My head was clear, my body felt fantastic. I stopped drinking coffee because I just didn’t need it. I started running, just because it felt good. Within two months of that meeting, I started tapering off and was able to discontinue my postpartum depression medication that I had needed for almost two years.
Today is over four years later. And just like he described, ever since I changed my diet, I rarely get sick. My migraines went away. Skin issues went away. Even stretch marks from my first pregnancy suddenly disappeared. The depression never came back, even after I had my second child. I haven’t had a sinus infection since then either, which I used to get several every year. My energy is consistent and strong, even with small children and little sleep. I’m still eating piles of fruit every day, and I love reading about how to use fruits, veggies, potatoes and herbs to continually improve my health.
This information isn’t just for diabetics. Since not everyone has the luxury to meet Cyrus or Robby, I’m so glad everyone has access to this information now, and can cure their fruit/potato fear once and for all. Try eating piles of fruit with salad and steamed veggies and potatoes with basically no fat for a week, and just see how great you feel. Get your A1c tested, try this way of eating for a month, and test it again. The results are just so clear and easily measurable. Try it. I didn’t know my body could feel this good.
I attached a photo I took about 3 months after I met Cyrus, 2 years after the birth of our first child. I had never felt so good in my life.