I asked Chef AJ and will let you know.
As an FYI, I appreciate Chef AJ telling her story.
As many of you all know, I have never been a fan of any of the foods that were made with a high fat/high nut content as always spoke out about it and cautioned against them. However, my comments were never about Chef AJ personally but about the food and its calorie density and % fat.
However, it seems like many have taken this opportunity (of Chef AJ telling her story) to speak out about her personally in this forum and in other forums. In fact, people have signed up to this website for the sole purpose of ridiculing Chef AJ and then raising a ruckus when their posts are deleted. Sorry, that behavior is unacceptable here.
As she posted last night...
"First of all I am advising nothing. I am not telling anyone what to do. Jeff Nelson asked me how I lost weight and I told him and he asked me if I would contribute a blog post. Second, fat is actually the LEAST SATIATING of all of the macronutrients (Blundell JE, Lawton CL, Cotton JR, Macdiarmid JL. Control of human appetite implications for the intake of dietary fat. Annu Rev Nutr 1996; 16: 285-319 and Rolls BJ, Kim-Harris S, Fischman MW, et al. Satiety after preloads with different amounts of fat and carbohydrate: implications for obesity. Am J Clin Nutr. 1994 Oct; 60 (4) 476-87)
The amount of fat needed to increase nutrient absorption is actually quite small, something like the amount of fat in ONE TABLESPOON of avocado. More Americans, vegans included, are suffering from the effects of obesity much more than they suffer from caratenoid absorption problems.
Again, I never told anyone not to eat nuts and seeds and I will definitely add back a tablespoon of ground flax seeds once I reach my ideal weight. And after 6 months without a single nut or seed I did have my Omega 3 fatty acid levels tested and they are fine."
And, while some of her reasoning for losing the weight seems to have struck a nerve with many, let's remember, people cut their hair, grow mustaches, whiten their teeth, buy a new dress, put on makeup and do whatever they feel works for them for the same reasoning. So, if someone wants to lose weight for the sake of making themselves feel better (and does it in a healthy way while still remaining in the healthy range), more power to them.
While she may not have mentioned it, she also has other health issues associated with the extra weight including a knee problem that almost required surgery. And, as anyone familiar with my forum knows, a BMI in the lower range of healthy (18.5-22) is considered optimal.
You may disagree with her and her story but do it respectfully and do not make it personal.