As many have pointed out, there exist examples of whole peoples thriving on higher-carb such as the Kitavans. I don't doubt this for a second. Of course they didn't/don't consume grains or any appreciable amount of refined sugars. The thing for me though, is that the evidence which shows that other cultures thrived with practically zero carbs is also compelling. (Ie: Inuit).
I just feel that any kind of carb is simply not necessary. To me they are fillers. I do eat vegetables and nuts so that I don't look 'weird'. (I cut out milk, but not cheese and heavy cream, but am sad to say they will most likely have to go as I do believe I am still having problems with them. BOO!) I think that potatoes and root vegetables are fine and won't cause harm, so I don't mind eating those if I feel so inclined. (I just don't have a craving for them).
I do agree that grains, soy, corn and legumes and of course sugar are complete JUNK! *Note: Soaking and fermenting grains is a complete waste of time, and honestly tastes like crap. I rather eat refined white bread b/c it at least 'tastes' good. (I don't, b/c I stay away from gluten). Same goes for rice. Why bother with 'brown rice'? It tastes like card-board!
Finally, despite using a flawed logic here, saying "Well, for me personally," I am quite content eating a high-fat, moderate protein, and low carb diet for these reasons:
a) major digestive issues
b) improved health of my skin (this is why I will have to give up cheese and cream? Despite improvements in dryness, I still have a rash that's not going away).
c) More energy: As a person who trains in karate, I have noticed an INCREASE in endurance. I don't feel that panting out of breath, hunching over b/c I feel so winded.
d) I believe in the proponents on neurological health that is remedied by ketogenic diets. (I personally don't suffer from epilepsy or anything like that, but I feel like such a diet helps with overall brain function; no more mental fog, no headaches etc). d) As a woman, greatly reduced PMS, as well as better health during menstral cycle. e) Satiety/enjoy the foods I'm eating. I actually enjoy what I'm eating for the first time in my life. I don't feel 'starving' all the time, which is nice.
*Note: Weight-loss has nothing to do with this. You could consider me one of those 'eat anything and not get fat'. But honestly, at what price? I just prefer feeling good. It gets old real fast 'bragging' that you can eat x amount of chips, pop and ice cream. (Er, rather other people would always comment to me instead of me 'bragging'). *I'm not saying that I lived on chips, pop and candy. A typical day would have been: bagal w/ slathered butter or cream cheese: sometimes eggs, bacon and toast: or generic cereal. Lunch would be jamaican patty, or chicken burger of course with bread/bun. Dinner would have been chicken/beef/pork/fish, rice/potatoes, and some type of veggies. For beverages I drank water, milk, sometimes mango juice, sometimes coconut water. I would have desserts sometimes such as ice cream, some type of pie or cake etc. I really don't think this is that extraordinary compared to what a lot of people eat. Yet I was experiencing all kinds of problems. What? But hey, I was slim right? I worked out right? Of COURSE I was healthy...NOT! *Btw, I'm only mid-20s...
Anyways, what was supposed to be a quick post turned out to be a 'thesis'. I've given more than my 2¢, so I'm off and everyone enjoy the foods that they feel most comfortable eating!
p.s. I honestly didn't enjoy eating before. It felt like a chore, yet I felt addicted to certain foods (yet didn't feel like eating at the same time, weird). *I was addicted to pop for about a year, but forced myself to stop. This was several months before switching to high-fat etc. Mostly I ate because I felt I had to, to get nutrients and the fact I didn't want to be anorexic or anything like that. I enjoy eating now! The food tastes wonderful! I don't feel addicted and when I'm full, I don't feel physical discomfort.