I was at one time a regular poster and had my own journal on Jimmy Moore's low carb forum. I was fairly active on that forum, posted a lot, and really enjoyed the folks I met there. I had joined in December of 2008, only 1 month after beginning my low carb diet, this time around. (That's another story for another day). My weight loss at the time was great. I was losing at a good clip and happy with my progress. Then came my first true stall. Weeks of no weight loss was frustrating although I new I would never give up. I did however start trying various strategies for getting my weight loss going. One of the strategies I looked at was lowering my daily carb intake to zero to get the weight loss going again. I was familiar with the meat and egg fast so popular on Low Carb Friends (LCF) forum which is essentially zero carbs. Only a few from the eggs. I began having an occasional day of zero carb eating. So my diet was Very Low Carb (VLC) and an occasional ZC day. I posted this in a message saying something like "Well I eat very low carb and sometimes zero carb" When I viewed the message I had posted it read "Well I eat very low carb and sometimes very low carb" The filter on JM's site had changed the words in my post. The phrase now made no sense. And I was very upset. Some questioning led me to the reason. The banishment of the ZC folks from JM's site. And the ZC forum that was created as a result.
I became increasingly dis-enchanted with JM and his forum and blog as I began reading his menu and the kind of food this man was consuming everyday. This is a low carb leader. Someone people look to for advice on eating right to lose weight and gain health. Some of his days food was nothing but pizza topping and ice cream with diet sodas thrown in. I was appalled. It was how a child left to their own devices would eat. I stopped posting on his site and went back to LCF. The censorship of thought and the bad example left me completely disillusioned. It also got me to start reading at the ZC forum.
I was still flirting with the idea of eating some form of ZC diet. I knew that I would never commit to eating that way forever. Or maybe I would. I was undecided. I would occasionally read the ZC forum but didn't really jump in until I registered and discovered and entire thread dedicated to JM's menu blog and his eating habits. It was almost 500 pages and read like a soap opera. I read the entire thing in a little over a week to get caught up, posted a couple of comments, but really stayed out of site for the most part. My interest in that way of eating led me to do some research on the First Nation people in Canada and Alaska. Specifically the Inuit of the west coast. They are probably the most famous of people who's native diet is completely based on consuming animals. They eat no plant material. They eat fresh killed meat, usually seal, and consume the entire animal. Raw. Meat, fat, and organs. Although their diet is ZC, it's quite different from the diet advocated on the ZC forum which is beef and water. I brought this up in a thread in the Newbie section of the forum and that's where I caught a glimpse of how the people there view their diet.
My first post on that thread: