Jesus Christ and Carbohydrates

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Preface:  When I first told my husband that I was thinking about writing a post about religion and a low/zero-carb diet, he froze, stared at me, nodded slowly, and said, “You should know…this makes me very nervous.”     


As James already wrote about on his blog, people get pretty uncomfortable when discussing diet.  It’s personal.  And if there’s a subject that’s any MORE personal than what we put in our mouths, it’s what we put in our souls.


The truth is, I sincerely hate making people uncomfortable. I don’t discuss politics, and I can’t stand to even make anyone “feel funny.”  I have very strong beliefs, but I don’t enjoy pushing those on other people.  And that is definitely not what I am trying to do with this blog or with this particular post.  


But I have a desire to write about this very personal part of my journey, which does indeed include my choices about food and my own religious beliefs, so I’m going to write this post with the hope that we can still be friends.  🙂 


Hallelujah! Where’s the Fried Chicken?


20150305chickenI’m not sure why, but leaving carbs out of my diet felt a little, well, un-Christian at first.  Maybe it was because my sweet, Jesus-loving parents taught me truths from the Bible while also teaching me to eat my vegetables and whole wheat bread.  Or maybe it was because I grew up Baptist in the South, and every meal we shared in our church’s fellowship hall included sourdough bread, fried chicken, sweet tea, and tables full of cherry-yum-yum and pound cake.


Of course, there’s also the fact that God gave us a bounty of beautiful fruits and vegetables, so how could they possibly be bad for us?  Further, didn’t Christ even call Himself the “Bread of Life”?!


So, the question arose in my mind:  Would Jesus approve of a low/zero-carb diet?


Religion isn’t just a concept or a set of rules for me.  It’s a relationship with Jesus Christ.  So, naturally, I began by talking to Him about the issue. When I prayed for guidance, I felt a lack of conviction that I was sinning by leaving carbs out of my diet.  But frankly, I didn’t really feel led either way, so I went to the Bible for answers.


Most of us are aware that The Bible is often used “prove” an endless variety of points by taking verses out of context and manipulating them for peoples’ own motives.  I don’t want to play that game, but I do want to share some verses that discuss dietary choices.


Genesis 9:3 

“Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything.”


1 Corinthians 8:8 

“Food will not commend us to God. We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do.”


Deuteronomy 12:20 

“When the Lord your God enlarges your territory, as he has promised you, and you say, ‘I will eat meat,’ because you crave meat, you may eat meat whenever you desire.”


1 Corinthians 10:31 

“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”


Colossians 2:16 

“Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath.”


These verses affirmed for me that God is far more concerned with my soul, my actions, and even my words than He is about the food that I eat.


Well, that’s a good place to start, right?



But wait, didn’t God give us the produce aisle?


There are several questions that I’ve been asked regarding religion and a low/no carb diet.  One of them is, “Do you take communion?”  Yes, I do.  Communion is the only occasion in which I eat outside of the animal kingdom, but Christ commanded us to “do this in remembrance of me”, so I gladly oblige.  Plus, it’s a tiny, flat wafer and a sip of wine.  I’m not going to stress about it.


I’ve also been asked by MANY Christians why God gave us fruits and vegetables if He didn’t intend for us to eat them.  And I think that’s a fair question.


First of all, God also gave us poison ivy, but I don’t think I’m sinning if I avoid eating it.


Secondly, I do think God intended for us to eat some fruits and vegetables.  The bible certainly says so in Genesis 1:29:  And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.”


And, had I not caused myself to become insulin resistant by eating cookies, refined sugar, grains, sodas, etc. it is conceivable that I would not have trouble consuming a little fruit and vegetables alongside of my meat. As it is, they make me feel bloated, give me cravings for other carbs, make my stomach hurt, and lead to weight gain.  So, I’ll pass.


Something else to consider:  In biblical times, people certainly lacked a supermarket full of produce all year long. The apostles ate unenhanced, seasonal, local fruits and vegetables—not piles of giant, wax-coated, genetically engineered apples, not cans of fruit swimming in corn syrup, and not produce shipped overseas twelve months of the year.  They certainly wouldn’t have shoved strawberry flavored jam in a Pop-Tart and called it a “fruit.”


A short history of bread…


So, what about all that “Bread of Life” and “Let us break bread together” business from the Bible?


Regarding grains, the Wonder-Bread eaten today is NOTHING like the bread eaten back in Bible times.  To quote Wellness Mamma (website: ), “In Jesus’ time, there were only three major types of wheat in existence: Einkorn, Emmer, and later Triticum aestivum along with simple, non-hybrid varieties of other grains like barley, millet, and rye. These grains had (and still have) a higher protein content and lower anti-nutrient content than grains of today.  This is a stark contrast to the 25,000+ species that exist today, most of which we created in a lab to be disease resistant or produce high yields. In order to achieve these traits like disease and pest resistance, scientists had to enhance the part of the grains that naturally resists disease and predators: mainly, the glutens, lectins, and phytates- the most harmful parts of the grains to humans.”


So, yeah, Jesus wasn’t eating a PB&J on white bread back in the day.  He ate fish and some VERY basic, high-protein, gluten-free bread. Leavening optional.


In my heart, I truly believe that God wants me to feel my physical best.  I know that this isn’t His primary concern.  He is mostly concerned with my spiritual well-being and my ability to glorify Him. He is far less concerned with how long I live on this earth and is more concerned with how prepared I am for eternal life.  He is less concerned with the size of my pants and more concerned with the size of my heart and my desire to please Him.


That said…


If you’ve read my blog, you know that eleven years ago I weighed over 260 pounds.  I was self-conscious, unable to participate in most physical activities, infertile, and generally miserable.  Is THAT the life that God would have me lead?  I don’t think so.


And after I began eating a LOW-carb diet, I still craved carbs so much that it was hard for me to focus on anything other than how to get a sweet fix.  I spent most of my day thinking about sugar-free Jello.  Splenda became a sort of god for me.  I spent my time counting carbs and feeling hungry all day long.  A Christ-centered life, it was not.


My next obsession was working out.  I was exhausted and sweaty, and I spent two hours a day at the gym. My thoughts were perpetually fixed on how many calories I had eaten verses how many I had expended on an elliptical machine.  I was miserable and incredibly obsessed with food and weight. My joy was determined by a number on the bathroom scales.  Still a Christian? Yes.  Bringing much glory to God?  No.


With carbs out of my life now, I have stopped thinking about food all day long.  I don’t have to worry about restricting my calories, spending time at the gym, or trying to get “treats” to satisfy a sweet tooth.  (WHAT sweet tooth?!)  I no longer feel self-conscious about my size.  I’m physically able to enjoy playing with my children, and I feel prepared to do anything God calls me to do.  I eat high-fat proteins when I’m hungry and do something else when I’m not.  My mind is clear, and I am energetic and strong.


I finally feel that I am mentally, spiritually, and physically able to become the Daughter of the King that I am called to be.  And I believe that God is pleased with this, with or without my consumption of spinach, mac and cheese, or even a piece of fried chicken in the church fellowship hall.









123 Responses

  1. Gwen

    what a well thought out, elegant, beautiful post. Thank you. (even though I’m not zero carb myself.) (yet…?)

  2. Esmée La Fleur

    “It is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth.” (Matt 15:11)

    Christ left us with a new commandment that superseded the all the commandments of the Old Testament. He said, “Love God with all our heart and mind and soul, and love your neighbor as your self.”

    Being a Christian is not about what you eat, but about who you are.

  3. Diana

    Thank you for sharing – I have come to many of the same conclusions!


    • Talisha

      Love it! Thanks for sharing and being bold about your relationship with the Lord! That does please Him for sure!!

    • Jennie

      I cannot express how unbelievably grateful I am that you wrote this! I felt this in my soul. It was just the thing I needed to hear to get over this hump I’m in. Thank you!

  4. Eri Bastos

    You nailed it.

    Just want to add that we live in a fallen word, universally corrupt by sin, which affected all creation including our food sources and our bodies. Well, my fallen body does not deal well with fallen carbs…

    And if that was not enough, as you pointed, current grain sources are pretty much all GMO and nothing like the grains back from biblical times.

    I’m reading a book called “Heaven” from Randy Alcorn where he made a point that appeled to me: You probably haven’t tasted you favourite food yet. And I’m pretty sure everything will be heatlhy there. So I won’t worry too much during this life.

  5. Susan

    Solid theology, as well as solid culinary thinking. Thanks for daring to write this!

  6. David Porter

    For me, the key is the Cain and Abel story. God did not like the sacrifice of the agriculturist, because it was no sacrifice at all. Giving up your meat – that is a real sacrifice. So the agriculturist kills the pastoralist. This is a metaphor for how human society has gone so very wrong since we started eating carbohydrates (cf Jared Diamond’s “The Worst Mistake in the History of the Human Race”). God’s punishment to the agriculturist was, “When you till the ground it will no longer yield up its strength to you. A restless wanderer you will be on earth” (Genesis 4:12). The products of agriculture can no longer (if they ever did) not keep us strong. Sure, we don’t wander physically, agriculture forcing us into dehumanizing cities. But we wander restlessly mentally, becoming restless, irritable and discontent.

  7. Dawn

    Beautifully said and you answered a ton of questions I’ve struggled with regarding what I eat and my Christian Southern Baptist beliefs. *waves from South Carolina* I always felt so guilty about cutting out carbs when I did it because “God gave us everything.” This makes so much sense! Thank you!

    I was wondering if you could do a few posts on several topics I have questions about? 1. Sleep on zero carb, do you sleep less, more, ever had a hard time sleeping? 2. Women’s stuff, like your cycles, are they normal, skipped occasionally, etc. If abnormal, how do you remain convicted about ZC, etc?

    Thanks again!

  8. Dawn

    Beautifully said and you answered a ton of questions I’ve struggled with regarding what I eat and my Christian Southern Baptist beliefs. *waves from South Carolina* I always felt so guilty about cutting out carbs when I did it because “God gave us everything.” This makes so much sense! Thank you!

    I was wondering if you could do a few posts on several topics I have questions about? 1. Sleep on zero carb, do you sleep less, more, ever had a hard time sleeping? 2. Women’s stuff, like your cycles, are they normal, skipped occasionally, etc. If abnormal, how do you remain convicted about ZC, etc?

    Thanks again!

  9. Karen

    Thank you so much for writing this! I know that my obsession with food and wanting to lose weight the past few years did not glorify God in any way. Zero carb has changed my life and touched every part of it. Even how I live as a believer, because it both freed up the time I spent obsessing about my diet as well as the way it helped me to be well physically (able to attend church regularly, etc). I appreciate your boldness for addressing a topic that’s oftentimes uncomfortable!

  10. Awilda

    Hello! All the best in everything you do! I have sort of a dilemma, I sometimes go to mass with my friend, I used to always have know the wafer symbolizing Christ’s body, and I really enjoyed that part of the Mass, but recently I haven’t partaken because I’m so afraid to put any sort of carb in my mouth..haha! Do you think I’m being extremely paranoid? I’ve lost 150 in the last 15 months through low carb, and now no carb and I’m afraid to cross the line even with a tiny wafer..

    • Janet Gardner Weiss

      Awilda, I’ve had the same question when I’ve been on a total fast – what to do with communion when my body is in shut-down mode. I came to the conclusion that by faith I would honor what Jesus had told us to do, and let Him take care of my body. I never had any negative repercussions physically.

  11. Dr.Laura

    Beautifully stated. And, I’m sure your husband’s anxiety has now been replaced with pride and admiration.

  12. Anita Breeze

    And yet one more reason to like you! 🙂 This was such a beautiful post, I can’t even describe how full of Spirit it makes me feel. Thanks for addressing this issue for those of us who care and wonder about these things.

  13. Angel

    WOW —What a great Post……. I really enjoyed it and feel the same as you —carbs make me feel like crap and crave more carbs —-when I eat meat I feel empowered and awesome not all bloated ……I am definetly severely carb sensitive—–Thank you for this awesome blog……

  14. Shannon

    This is such amazing timing. This appears to be the answer to many prayers I’ve sent up as of late. Thank you for writing this as it gives me comfort in knowing I’m still on the correct path – ZC has released me from the bondage of self-absorbant behaviors that have left me so spiritually empty. Now, I feel I can finally reconnect with God.

    • Alice Alice Campbell

      Thankyou. This has helped free me from condemnation on a low carb diet

  15. Heather

    I just read through all your posts. Thank you for sharing your journey! And I love this post! So true that God is much more concerned about our souls than our bodies. But He has also instructed us that our bodies are temples for Him and to be good stewards of what He has given us. So yes, He definitely wants us to take care of ourselves and be at our best so we can serve and honor Him. So, right on!
    Random question: how do you handle all the fellowships and church functions that have tons of food? I have found there is rarely anything that is just meat. So don’t eat?

  16. Jeri

    I love this post. Your whole blog, really BUT, especially this post. 🙂 Thank you.

  17. Sarah

    Well done!! Incredibley concise…. Thank you for your thoughts on this. You only succeeded in making me love you more!!

  18. Phoebe

    I love that you are brazen enough about your belief to put them out there in such a wonderful way. Brilliantly written. Beautifully stated. I believe that God gets the glory here. I have been struggling on low carb, also considering no carb. I have a large church family and have wondered how they will respond, because we eat together with many of them. You have written such wisdom here, that I am not going to fret about it. Thank you. You have helped me in this. God bess and keep you.

  19. Sabina

    WOW. I stumbed upon your blog, and all i can say is WOW. Your story is so close to mine. My peak was also 26something, and due to some external stressors, lost ~40lbs, that motivated me to see a dr and i’ve been working with him since on a low carb diet. I’ve lost ~ 50 lbs, but now am plateau’d. Im piqued by the zero carb and will discuss with my dr at the end of this week. Can’t wait for your next post! Thank you so much for sharing!

  20. sharon

    wow! so looking forward to your next article. you are gifted. thank you.

  21. Sue

    If I ask God for help in losing weight and He leads me first to low-carb, then to zero-carb and it feels right and does what I have asked Him to help me with – then how can it not be of God?

  22. Laura

    Thank you for this post! I am obese (about 250 lbs) and your story encourages me so much! My doctor also told me to lose weight. She gave me no guidance other than: track your daily calories on myfitnesspal! My heart sunk. I tried the low carb high protein diet and lost 10 lbs, but the cravings for sweets killed me and I stopped the diet. I believe zero carb is for me. You inspire me, and, as a Christian, I SO appreciate this article!

  23. Stacy

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts and opinions on this matter! I’ve been struggling with this very concept over the past few years. Your post was very helpful in giving me some added perspective for my own life and dietary choices!

  24. Diane

    You did a great job of sorting out some of the dilemmas we face as Christians trying to honor God in our bodies while faced with problems the average eater doesn’t seem to face. I’ll be adding your verses to those I had collected already. Here are mine:

    I Cor. 6:12-13a, 14-15a All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. Foods for the stomach and the stomach for foods, but God will destroy both it and them… And God both raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ?

    I Cor. 8: 8,9 But food does not comment us to God; for neither if we eat are we the better, nor if we do not eat are we the worse. But beware lest somehow this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to those who are weak.

    Hebrews 13:9 Do not be carried about with various and strange doctrines. For it is good that the heart be established by grace, not with foods which have not profited those who have been occupied with them.

    Overall, the message I take away is that anything that preoccupies us with food has the danger of turning our hearts away from trusting God. Sometimes the only way to stop being preoccupied with something is not to eat it!! There’s plenty of value in fasting, even from a food group.

  25. Jasmine

    Amen sister!!! THANK YOU for writing this. I’m ready to try this zero carb lifestyle. I have RA and did paleo a few weeks and a lot of my inflammation went down. I started looking into Keto and then came across this. I actually threw my scale away and said I would never allow a number to determine how I feel about myself. But at the same time…with throwing that scale out I would committ myself to getting healthier with Gods help FOR God. So that I can be healthy energetic and virbrant enough to do His will and all He has called me to do. I am 5’10 and am at my heaviest 208. So I have about 50-60 pounds to lose. And I will….in time. I will be able to focus on how I FEEL and look rather than a number now. I had the breakthrough of truly accepting myself because I am accepted in the beloved. Self rejection is what I believe led me to eat so badly and not embrace health sooner. Thanks again for posting this. I really appreciate it and it truly inspired me even more.

  26. Nicole

    Hi there, just read your entire blog in minutes! Very interesting. On this topic though, I would like to point out that being a Christian Orthodox (I’m Greek), I’m required to spend around 7 weeks before Easter and something less before Christmas, fasting i.e. no meat, cheese, eggs etc. Any views on that?

    • jamesdhogan

      What about fish? A lot of fasting requires you to eat the foods you normally eat on a different schedule–before dawn, after sunset, etc. Be creative if you can–but know that it sounds like I’d probably make a bad Greek Orthodox!

  27. Elaine M. Andolino

    Thank you for helping me see the light. I am ready to make corrections where needed. I have been doing low carb for about 6 months, but not successfully. in addition to keeping my addiction alive with excessive consumption of fruits and veggies. I am also using heavy amounts of the sweetener stevia. I was even addicted to weight, tracking, counting carbs, proteins, fats, along with weighing on the scale. . My every thought and action had connection to food. There seemed to be no time left for anything else, least of all God. Thank you for posting your journey. It will help others to get healthy, and will definitely save lives. Elaine

  28. Elaine M. Andolino

    Thank you for helping me see the light. I am ready to make corrections where needed. I have been doing low carb for about 6 months, but not successfully. in addition to keeping my addiction alive with excessive consumption of fruits and veggies. I am also using heavy amounts of the sweetener stevia. I was even addicted to weight, tracking, counting carbs, proteins, fats, along with weighing on the scale. . My every thought and action had connection to food. There seemed to be no time left for anything else, least of all God. Thank you for posting your journey. It will help others to get healthy, and will definitely save lives. Elaine

  29. Elaine M. Andolino

    Thank you for helping me see the light. I am ready to make corrections where needed. I have been doing low carb for about 6 months, but not successfully. in addition to keeping my addiction alive with excessive consumption of fruits and veggies. I am also using heavy amounts of the sweetener stevia. I was even addicted to weight, tracking, counting carbs, proteins, fats, along with weighing on the scale. . My every thought and action had connection to food. There seemed to be no time left for anything else, least of all God. Thank you for posting your journey. It will help others to get healthy, and will definitely save lives. Elaine

  30. Jen

    Very inspiring blog. I appreciate your sharing your faith with us too. It is a big part of my life as well.

    I have tried LC off and on for the past 3 years and have not been able to get past 35 lbs lost…and of course when I stall for months on end, I get frustrated and gain it all back. I need to lose about 150 so you can see how this is a problem for me. My doc gave me a metabolism booster and appetite suppressant. It’s working for now. Huge numbers lost in the first 4 days but then 3 days after that, I went back up 2 lbs with very little variation to my eating…which I know can be just normal fluctuation. My doctor promotes a Paleo lifestyle which, I know, is not carb-free and sometimes it’s not even low carb, but it can be. I am also on an anti-depressant which has completely killed my cravings for breads and sugars. I have never really been a fruit eater and there are very few veggies I like on a regular basis. I imagine this WOE would prove rather easy for me. I just pray that it works.

  31. Stephanie

    Oh, I love this site! I am devouring every post, and will be sharing with others. As a Jesus-follower myself, I am fascinated with this particular post. Been searching the scriptures myself with similar questions. Loved your thoughts, but still working on the Lord’s prayer question. Was hoping you would address that one. 🙂

    • jamesdhogan

      Kel’s husband James here. I’m no theologian, but I’ll take a crack at it. When Jesus pray’s the Lord’s prayer and petitions God for “our daily bread,” I don’t think he’s being literal here. My best guess is that the original form of this prayer looks toward something even more fulfilling–maybe literal, maybe spiritual–and not necessarily WhiteWheat.

    • Leigh Webster

      From my catechism:


      Give us today our daily bread.

      What does this mean?

      God surely gives daily bread without our asking, even to all the wicked, but we pray in this petition that he would lead us to realize this and to receive our daily bread with thanksgiving.

      What, then, is meant by daily bread?

      Daily bread includes everything that we need for our bodily welfare, such as food and drink, clothing and shoes, house and home, land and cattle, money and goods, a godly spouse, godly children, godly workers, godly and faithful leaders, good government, good weather, peace and order, health, a good name, good friends, faithful neighbors, and the like.

  32. Peter Defty

    An alternate title for this post: “Hallelujah” or “Hallelujah, The Promised Land”……or, to flip this on its head why not a book end post titled “The Devil and Carbohydrates”…….

  33. Patti

    Thank u for speaking on this subject. My very first thought when I heard about 0 carb was God, is this what HE intended???? I think youve put a lot of thought into this and given me a lot to pray about over the next few days. Thank you for this post!!!

  34. Marilyn

    I think the word “meat” as used in some Bible translations actually means “food.”

    Also, the word translated as “bread” in “daily bread” might not be what we think:

    I don’t think we can ask, “Why did God give us fruits and vegetables if he didn’t intend for us to eat them?” There’s such a vast variety of foods available worldwide — real foods, not the processed stuff — we couldn’t begin to eat all of them, or even know that many exist. We would need to choose some over the other. You’ve chosen to eat all meat. As have many others past and present. My hunch is that God would have no problem with that.

  35. kris

    Wonderful. I have had every single question that you addressed float through my mind. Thanks for providing such great answers to those questions. I’m just doing LCHF right now…I started on Dec 9 of last year. At some point I may very well progress to a zero carb life. But, just cutting all the grains out of my life and increasing the good fats have done miraculous things for me…I do not miss grains at all and I feel so much better in so many ways. This was a wonderful post. Thanks again.

  36. Pray for me

    I just happened upon this blog today while to trying to concentrate on my work after inhaling a steak and cheese sub a bag of chips and a soda for lunch. So often I give in to the constant cries of my fellow co-workers, “I’m hungry, what’s for lunch”? Out of pure convenience and laziness we pull together and order in, it’s always something gooie and fattening and full of carbs. I am so over feeling like this! I myself am over 260 lbs., in my 40’s and have lost weight in the past on the low carb diet but somehow those dang pastas always pull me back in. I have prayed for the Lord to bring me strength and determination but fall short every time due to my lack of obedience not His. After reading your journey today I have been inspired to fall back down on my knees and ask God to guide me through a life change not another diet. He has promised to give me back the years that the devil has stole from me and I intend to enjoy those years with a healthy body and soul. Thank you for the encouragement.

  37. Brie

    Like so many others, I really loved this post. Brought a few tears, actually. I’m 24 and have struggled with my weight my whole life. I started zero carb today after discovering your blog last night. I have always felt like I could do so much more for the church if only I were comfortable in my own skin. I’m very lucky that my husband is doing this with me, too! I can’t wait for the results! 🙂

  38. Anna

    I just love this! I’m on my own LCHF journey now. So many of your posts describe the current me to a T. I feel that I am unable to serve The Lord to my fullest potential because of my weight. My goal is to become a pleasing and worthy vessel for HIS spirit. Both on the outside and inside. Thank you so much for the inspiration.

  39. Shannon Roberts

    On my long drive in to work today I had an overdue talk with God. I was led to this zero carb life and blog in February of 2015. I read this blog a few times over the course of last year. I followed zero carb haphazardly, falling off, cheating, binging on carbs, blah, blah, blah…but I couldn’t get this concept out of my psyche. I have been spiritually barren and it certainly shows mentally and physically. I had to revisit this post today because it popped in to my head when I asked God, “what is it that you need me to do to be closer to you?” Thank you for writing this. Looking forward to meeting you, Kelly at the Meat up. 🙂

  40. Sarah

    Thank you…..stumbled upon zero carb, then found your story….what a blessing, you’ve answered my questions😊

  41. Tiana

    I’m soooo glad I, too stumbled upon your blog here at work. Thank you!!!

  42. gilehondo

    It is good to hear from a Christian talk as a Christian, reaffirm their beliefs, yet Not coming off sounding like a preacher. Good post Sister!

  43. Rks

    It’s like you read my mind! Been doing Keto for 3 months and the scales are barely moving. I wonder if I need to give this a try till I get to my goal, and then go back to Keto. I can’t get over (mentally) eating only meat/eggs/fat. I think after the first week it would all make me want to gag. I want to try though.

  44. Denise

    I actually cried while reading this post! God bless you and thank you so much for sharing your journey. I am doing low carb at present and don’t get the cravings for sweets as long as I eat just berries and I don’t think sugar substitutes are healthy at all so that’s not a problem. I am considering zero carb, though, and this post especially spoke to many of the same concerns I have.
    Thanks again!

  45. Candace

    All of the links to your husband’s site give me an error message:

    This blog is open to invited readers only
    It doesn’t look like you have been invited to read this blog. If you think this is a mistake, you might want to contact the blog author and request an invitation.

    Is there a way to be able to read these?

    • jamesdhogan

      Thanks for catching that–I’ve updated the link. //james

  46. Janet Gardner Weiss

    As a food addict (and why did it take so long to realize that?), I’ve often said that it’s easier to fast than it is to eat, because once you’re in to the fast, there are no cravings, and there’s no rationalizing – you either eat or not. But when you eat, you deal with cravings every day, all day. This zero-carb is a brand-new concept to me, but I feel the Lord leading me into it, and I, like others, cried when I read this post. Thank you for your openness and love for Him.

  47. Monique

    Thank you so much for writing this post. I’m a Catholic – and honestly, I have wrestled with consuming the host, etc. I’m so glad I’m not alone in that! I’m also glad that you make it clear that God wouldn’t want you to be fat, unhappy, unhealthy. Of *course* not! But the whole “Bread of Life” thing has been a stumbling block for me, and I certainly don’t want to be left out of Communion.

    But once a week, a thin wafer and a sip of wine – and you are doing fine. So I can go back to my regularly scheduled week, and drop another thing off my list of things to stress about. 😉

    Thanks for sharing this!

  48. Aldert

    Kelly and James, great post!

    Genesis 4:3-5 Abel offered the best of his herd and the fat…
    Romans 14, the whole part!

    Don’t be too shy to share this post from time to time on social media, so that there is also some good content on it!
    Spread His word!

  49. J

    Love this! I became vegan after developing health issues to then only have more health issues. Thinking of trying lchf because I know I can handle asparagus, spinach, lettuces basically any green veggie but legumes, grains and other carbs are not my friend. Organic slow cooked oatmeal even with protein puts me to sleep.

    The wonderful thing is this – no two Christian people in the Bible were the same or have the same story but they all loved God and put Him first. We can easily get off focus. God cares about our hearts. He doesn’t care so much about what we eat as long as He is first.

    I have been praying Lord help me figure out how I am suppose to eat because clearly what the doctors have told me doesn’t work. I even lost 80 pounds in 7 1/2 months being vegan to weigh in at 132 to 136 and guess what I became even more ill. All I ate was healthy organic vegan fresh foods. No junk food.

    Do what works for you that goes for everyone. There is no one eating plan that fits all but thank God, Christ fits us all.

    Congrats on all your success, happiness, kids and joy. May God bless you & your family.

  50. Chantal E Fontenot

    I was feeling the exact same way lol.
    Been doing low carb and it just doesn’t work being insulin resistant 🙁
    I’m about to start this ZC life.
    Pray for me <3 Thanks for this beautiful post.

  51. Kay

    Great Job Kelly Hogan! Jesus gluten-free bread! Love it.. the post was awesome… I’m a Christian with celiac and sometimes feel bad that I can’t eat bread products etc.. everyone say to me “ you’ll be able to eat bread again someday” but I just realized through your post I don’t even want to eat that gmo bread again .. it was killing me! It not the same bread.. I’m with you Zero carbs for life.. may God continue to bless you! That really blessed me tonight.

  52. Lisa Beebe

    Great Read! I’ve enjoyed reading your “journey” on ZC and am thankful for your boldness for Jesus Christ! Keep up the good woe and your faithfulness to God!
    Lisa B

  53. Samantha

    Thank you so so much for writing this! I know it has been a few years now that you have written this, but I believe God has directed me here to read it. I have been consumed for too long about what my body is doing that God has been telling me that it’s not about my body, it’s about my heart. I want to keep my body healthy for Him, but I know now that it should NOT be my everyday focus. I feel good now and at peace about where God is leading my fork now since reading your blog post. Thank you for listening to His promptings and witnessing through this blog post. Thank you!

  54. Angela Alale

    Excellent post! I’m a Christian too so this post spoke to me deeply. I’m currently keto and I recently ran across your blog in hopes of getting more insight into this carnivorus way of eating. Thanks for sharing and being a light!

  55. Sarah

    I love this post! Thank you for being brave and obedient, as this helped me a lot by answering some questions I’ve had. I would like to be a missionary someday, and I have been seeking God about my diet. “How can I travel and live in a country with all these diet restrictions?” Especially when meat may be a very precious commodity where I want to go. I don’t have the answer for that yet, but He’s got it figured out!

  56. Aleasha

    Thank you for posting this! I’ve been low carb for a little over a year now but still feel like I’m not in control of my eating, I know it’s not Christ like to be gluttonous but also not to obsess/count every calorie. I’ve been researching the zero carb WOE and this helps a lot with making up my mind to give it a shot. I’m ready to stop thinking about food all the time and be able to serve my family and go where good leads.
    Thank you

  57. Ana

    I love this so much. WOW! You are truly a wonder. God bless you. And thank you for this absolutely fascinating blog!

  58. Brett

    Absolutely beautiful post, Kelly.

    1st time I went to Mass after I decided to live ZC I paused for a moment to wonder about Communion but then I remembered we are to treat our bodies as Temples of Christ & eating meat is doing exactly that. Receiving Him is “true food” as Jesus told us.

    For me this WOE is just another Blessing from on High and another reason to Praise God Almighty. Peace be with you & yours always. 🙂

  59. Sandra

    I’m so grateful to you for writing this post! As a christian woman ( Hey, from South Carolina!) I have certainly wondered why my God created body didn’t work right with all God created and approved foods. Well, I never thought of it this way! Thanks for the reference verses! It all makes so much sense .! I have been low carb for years and a few months ago went keto and have now adopted zero carb in an effort to correct my morbid obesity, TII diabetes and a multitude of other ailments..

  60. patty batten

    After Jesus raised a young girl from the dead, is one command was ” give her meat “. I Think Jesus knew something we don’t.
    Luke ch. 8 vs. 49 to 56

  61. Will

    Great post. Being a Lutheran, I believe that I’m eating His body and His blood when I commune. Problem solved! 🙂

  62. Karin

    I just came across your blog today for the first time and although I almost always do NOT respond, I truly felt led to share what an inspiration your story is! If we were face to face I think we would be friends! And since you are my sister in Christ, maybe someday we will cross paths… All of that said, I wish I had found you 15 years ago when I became pregnant with my daughter. To know then what I know now about LCHF and No Carb eating would have changed our lives. But, I am here now and truly thankful for your inspiration. Thank you for being so open and transparent! God bless you!

  63. Nats

    “My thoughts were perpetually fixed on how many calories I had eaten verses how many I had expended on an elliptical machine.  I was miserable and incredibly obsessed with food and weight. My joy was determined by a number on the bathroom scales.  Still a Christian? Yes.  Bringing much glory to God?  No.”…This could be me down to a T. I found you as I embark on my first carnivore /zero-carb adventure. I gave myself 7 days to “check it out”. You have inspired me to carry on and see…I am 54 years old.

  64. Barbara Wood

    I just found this today. I have been struggling with taking communion and eating lchf. That little piece of bread had me scared! So ridiculous! Thank you so much for writing this. It was so timely for me. I know now that I can eat in a way that makes me feel good and take communion too. Blessings!

  65. Khrystina

    Thank you for taking time to write out this beautiful post.
    So much love to you and your family.

  66. Bev Robertson

    Wow. Love this post. I’m non Christian but I found it really very interesting. Thank you for sharing you thoughts. I’ve been on the lchf journey too for 11 months.

  67. Darla

    We all need To read John Chapter 6. There Christ talks about himself as food for us. At Mass I consume Our Lord, body, sould, blood divinity……..that’s way more complex, simple, than bread or a wafer cracker.

  68. Jeff

    While I’m not a religious person, I respect and admire your beliefs and the way you used research through the Bible and your prayer to reach a conclusion you feel comfortable with. I know that the fact that you rely on your faith to help you with these decisions will make many others considering zero carbs find you more relatable.

  69. kelly

    Thankyou, I believe God in all his wonderful Glory has led me here to hear this.
    Thankyou Thankyou Thankyou xoxoxo

  70. Shawna Grouns

    I’m way late to but wanted to share… I love how you pointed out that our fruits and veggies ARE NOT the natural goodness God made anymore and our bread wasn’t Jesus’s bread. His came from unhybrid grain that was grown in soil that wasn’t depleted and most importantly it was naturally levened . This levening/fermentation is what made it possible to get every nutrient from the grain. We could actually live on a sack of grain and water in His day.

    I too am on a low carb diet… but wanted to add this info as I found it super interesting.

  71. Bobbie Paul

    Kelly I am so happy I found you. You are truly my hero! I thank God for having your story enter my life. I love love love the Jesus and Carbs post, I have shared it on my page. Thank you for sharing your story and for touching so many peoples lives. You are a true blessing. God Bless You my friend.

  72. Renae

    Thank you so much for your bravery in writing this entire blog and this post in particular! I am reading through all your posts and am noticing that you haven’t written any new posts for a couple years. I’d (and many others, I’m sure!) would love more posts!

  73. Gale Penny

    Wow, you clarified so many things for me. I found you via Biohackers Lab. I am currently binge reading/listening to your blog and I am so happy to have found you. Two days ago I started on zero carbs and I was wondering if I can sustain such a lifestyle but your blog is encouraging. I will continue. Thank you and many blessings for taking the time to blog your story.

  74. Keith

    I don’t know how to do a thumbs up emoji, but, if I did, it’d be right here in this post.

  75. Catherine

    Amen! Wow, thank you so much for sharing this! I can resonate with it as I am starting out on carnivore. 🙂 Thankful that God led me to your site and post! ❤️

  76. Lynn

    Wow! Well researched and thoughtful. New to eating ZC, walking in faith. I’m old, if it kills me, I will see Jesus sooner. If I live, hope to keep my faculties, Barbie I will never be.

  77. A. Jane

    Lovely post my dear christian sister! Found you on YT, thanks for your life. Same here i’m a christian that constantly thinking about food and my husband weigh 282lbs and stressed me out because he has hyperthyroidism and ashtma. We do the low fat also exercising and wore us out. I am the slim one 126lbs however i want to help my husband coz he has a lot of issues until i got an answer from God after 11 days of fasting worrying about my husband’s health coz he is still young (30yrs of age) battling his weight. Found this low carb diet and after 2 weeks he lost 15lbs! I was so happy coz i knew his carb intake made him very huge! I know its always a battle coz he has sweet tooth and im not but i love the way he let me do everything for him to keep his food on track. I know God said Man shall not live by bread alone. Ironic isnt it! I know for sure God gave everything for us its just up to us which one is good and which one isnt and that is our will. Same living in sin or give it up to him! I know this isn’t one size-fits-all but its good to know that carbs is not life at all lol .. There’s something more than that to please our almighty God. I do carnivore like you after 2 weeks of Low carb now i got to realized that its better and more satiated for my body! Got no cravings at all just to feel satiated! Thank God i still have more to do than thinking what’s my next meal! lol I love to keep it simple ribeye steak and some 3tbs of coconut oil. Yeah a lil bit of that lol

  78. Juanita

    Hi Kelly,

    I know you still drink coffee. How do you drink your coffee? Sugar, cream, etc.?

    That’s the only thing I haven’t been able to get away so far. Gotta have my mocha with that orange syrup, still, and that chocolate panettone, yumm, although that can be done away with after Christmas. And I am fine with that, but that coffee, Kelly ….. that coffee …. well, mocha with orange syrup to be precise. Within 2 days, I’ll be a month on mostly carnivore, except for the above mentioned.

    • jamesdhogan

      Kel’s husband James here–a typical coffee for her involves a generous pour of heavy whipping cream. 🙂

  79. John Batiste

    As a Believer I soooo LOVE this! When I hear make statements like: “We were never meant to eat meat.” I always point to scripture, He practically laid out a meat buffet on what was good to eat…Deuteronomy 14:4-6 “These are the beasts which ye shall eat: the ox, the sheep, and the goat, The hart, and the roebuck, and the fallow deer, and the wild goat, and the pygarg, and the wild ox, and the chamois. And every beast that parteth the hoof, and cleaveth the cleft into two claws, and cheweth the cud among the beasts, that ye shall eat.”

  80. Betty Russell

    Thank you for this info and inspiration of the carnivore diet. Big question. What are you teeth like for the result of 15 years mostly carnivore? I know doing vegan and vegetarian teeth starts rotting. Thanks again betty

  81. Adrienne

    Thank you for sharing this. I’ve been trying to find a way to explain it to others. Especially family. I’m going to have them read this.
    Thanks again!

  82. Jim Crowe

    I just discovered your blog today. Heard you doing an interview and somehow heard you mention the spiritual side of this for you. I didn’t stop til I found this post and now want to read a lot more. Thanks much.

  83. CDB

    I heard you on the Carnivore Cast podcast and found your blog today. I really appreciated this particular post. God Bless you for all you doing to help people. Thank you.

  84. Mable

    Thank you for speaking about this topic. I have come to the same conclusions. 5 years later and This is still relevant and you are still helping people. Keep going!

  85. Sarah

    I really appreciate this post. It was one of the things keeping from just deciding to be totally zero carb.
    Thankfully our elements are gluten free… or I really wouldn’t be able to take it. You are an inspiration.

  86. Christine Horne

    I just started no carbs. I have been low carbs, FODMAP, histamine intolerant. Symptoms have been itching with no rash, gerd, aches, my whole life been an overeater… I was able to do above changes attending Overeaters Anonymous. Not a Christian group but allows me my Jesus, understanding, lots of support!
    I found this article for I wondered what other Christians thought about the Carnivore diet. I agree with many of your thoughts and those here on the comments. I would love if you would do another Bible blog on how we need to think about the whole ancestor discussion.
    I know this topic is sadly debated amount Christians. Jesus believed in Genesis! We did not evolve from monkeys. We are God pinnacle of creation, very good! There is the fall! So we live in a fallen world or bodies are no longer perfect. One talk I heard said that each generation out gens are more and more messed up. On top of our food being tinkered with and not the same, maybe we are genetically unable to eat everything God made. I recommend talking to several people on this before you blog it. I personally could chat on the phone with ideas.

  87. Sherri Marshall

    Tears… this is an answer to prayer…. thank you for writing it

  88. Wendi Young

    Beautifully written, Kelly! I have pondered the same thing, so thank you for this post! As a Catholic, communion is an integral part of every mass (except during this whole Covid pandemic). I have often wondered what damage that little wafer is doing inside my body, but now don’t sweat it at all. I’m in week 9 of zero carb and have lost 20 lbs with 15-20 to go. I feel great, have zero cravings, and all my “itises” have disappeared. I truly feel this is the best WOE for me since most veggies don’t agree with me (make me bloated and miserable). Thank you for your continued efforts to make a positive impact on our lives. God Bless you!

  89. devonnejoy

    Thank you Kelly for posting this – so happy you did! It truly blessed my heart. I have watched every one of your videos this week, in reverse order – and have enjoyed each one. I have learned so much this week alone, thru your various interviews. You are a blessing and encouragement to me as I continue to learn and improve upon my own carnivore journey. Your light shines indeed!

  90. Krystyn Cornelio

    Just now I have been struggling with staying a zero carber. I had a cheat day and have struggled to get back on track. Thank the Lord He brought your blog into my life. I’m exactly 262 and insulin resistant. We have so much in common and now I’m so excited to continue my zero carb life. I’m on day 2 of zero carbs. Thank you for all you do.

  91. Kim Peek

    You are very courageous to discuss this topic with such candor! I believe you have spoken truth here & your braveness will liberate others. Thank you for listening to your heart & speaking words that mend instead of divide. God bless you and many blessings on you and your family!

  92. Suzi

    I cannot begin to express my appreciation of your beautiful blog and this one, in particular. It brought tears to my eyes. In a world that is increasingly anti-Christ, and the amount of hostility even the mention of His beautiful name elicits – it makes me cry. Yet, people will not even take the time to find out who He is. It breaks my heart that they are missing out on the greatest love that they cannot even imagine. So thank you for having the courage and the love to share this – I have just found your blog – and I thank God I did. I will be a follower as long as this blog exists. Thank you so very much. May our Lord Bless you and your family in every way.
    Much Love and Thankfulness,

  93. Deb

    Such a great perspective! Thank you for your shared wisdom & graciousness. Very helpful!!!

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