A friend of my parents, who is one of the few people I know in person that advocates Atkins, discussed some of her specifics with me on Thanksgiving. While I didn't talk about my unusual high fat approach, it was surprising that we eat very differently. Every time one of us volunteered something, the other didn't like it. She offered that she used high fiber bread, I replied that I don't eat any breads. She told me about her granola and bran she eats. I replied that all that probably had a lot of fiber, but that I don't eat any kind of cereal. I commented that I didn't mind cheese and salami for breakfast, then added that eggs are good. She said she is allergic to egg yolks, but that she sometimes cooks egg whites. I replied that I had tried egg whites by themselves and thought they tasted nasty. (I was polite and didn't say that the yolk was the best and most nutritious part.) She explained that she is lactose intolerant. I suggested that heavy cream does not have much (if any) lactose. She seemed horrified and said that she was raised on a dairy and hates anything creamy. I didn't tell her that I buy about a gallon of heavy cream a month. She says that she has only gained 3 pounds in the last year, but it looks by eye like she has gained about 15 pounds. The conversation stopped abruptly as we both realized our former sense of being allies in dieting had evaporated. I think she is trying to do a low fat, anti-sugar, and good carb vs. bad carb approach to LC. I suppose I should have asked if she actually read the book, but I didn't want trouble. Her husband was listening and grinning from ear to ear. She commented that her daughter had a knee problem that prevents her from taking walks, and explained that is the reason her daughter has gained a lot of weight. I haven't seen her daughter in about 10 years. About 20 years ago her daughter and I went on one polite date. I refrained from telling my parents' friend that I do no exercise, as such. My 2.25 year old niece was there. She gets very upset when people tell her to say hi to me. Given my change in appearance, she doesn't believe I am me, and thus she gets upset. She is very bright and using sentences already.