I was asked to speak to a group of 400 physicians about low carb and paleo diets. I’ll be preceded by a doctor talking about vegetarianism and plant based diets. I’m by nature an introvert and a perfectionist so since I was asked to give this talk I’ve been researching, reading, researching reading, working on diagrams and charts and presentation slides, researching and reading and asking for help. First I went to two colleagues and asked them about research, where to start, when to stop… got some good sound advice on where to start but if they told me where to stop I didn’t hear it. Every article I read causes me to have more questions. An article on paleo brings up the question of dairy, so now I’m researching to find out if there are actual studies to back up the current government recommendations for three cups of milk ( or yogurt) per day. A review on improvements of cardiovascular risk markers sends me off on a search for information on glycemic index and glycemic load research. A review on saturated fat intake sends me looking for articles on grass fed vs grain fed cows and ratios of omega 3 to omega 6. Which sends me off to read about wild vs farmed fish and olive oil, and after endless hours I’m thinking the greek diet, if I can go to Crete and drink wine and take three hour breaks during the middle of the day to enjoy the sunshine a bit of feta cheese and olives and the company of good friends sounds like a great strategy. Short of being able to do that, perhaps I could have a very large plate of pasta? Will I gain weight researching nutrition? I’ll keep you posted.