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Part iii

From High To Low Without A Blow

“If I knew I was going to live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself.”
Mickey Mantle (1931–1995)


Live To Eat, or Eat To Live? Both!

Good news: After reading the preceding chapters, you’ve decided to reduce fiber in your diet. Bad news: It’s not going to be easy. As this book explains time and again, fiber is an addictive substance.

Good news: An addiction to fiber is easier to break than an addiction to drugs or cigarettes. Bad news: If you’ve been using fiber as a laxative for some time, or have a history of chronic con­sti­pation, it’s not going to be as simple, because your colorectal organs have been irreversibly transformed by large stools and straining.

Good news: Fortunately, it’s possible to gradually overcome most of the obstacles presented by colorectal damage. Bad news: Unfortunately, you’ll need to make a lifelong effort to manage this situation.

Good news: Your quality of life and overall health will improve a great deal. Your digestive organs will not incur additional damage. You may recover some or most of your normal intestinal functions. Bad news: there is no bad news, unless you decide to do nothing. In that case, please return to page one and start reading anew; other­­wise here is what you’ll learn from Part III:

This chapter often refers to a low-fiber lifestyle rather than just to a low-fiber diet for a reason: who can really diet for long? Besides, this book isn’t about what to eat. It’s about what not to.