Welcome back to the jungle ommy, I've missed you.
Sorry 'bout your energy or the lack thereof, but to tell you the truth adequate or at least something close to it sleep is the key for me. I feel like crap all day if I had only gotten few hours the night before and no amount of coffee can help.
I like your food plan. Yes the minimal food combining is working great for me currently.
By leaning out, roughly about how many lbs are you looking to lose? Your mid-section the way you describe it, could that be a bloat but not necessarily fat deposits? I know, I know, it sounds like a dumb question.
Okay, I understand Peat is anti probiotics and fermented foods - clean colon and all that, but what is your reasoning for not consuming them? Ha, you've probably explained that a million times already.
I no longer take any, but they were very helpful for my digestion a while back.
Sleep is really important and I'm one of those people who needs a lot of it, so you're right. But I do notice a distinctive crash after meals at times that seems somewhat unrelated. However my body may be able to handle digestion better if I was more rested in general.
Have you noticed any food combos that are particularly difficult or easy on you?? I don't have very much to lose. I would need to lose about 10lb to get back to where I was pre- EAT. Maybe a little less. So I think exercise is probably going to have to do it. That's not a stupid question haha. I know exactly what bloat vs fat looks like - I used to be 10 lb lighter and twice as bloated. But this is also in my hips, my arms, my upper body. I need to lose a bit of weight everywhere...
I stopped taking them because they were making my bloating worse. But I wonder if they were benefitting me in other ways? I don't really subscribe to Peat's clean colon thing necessarily.
Thank you for all your thoughts <3
Oh, I almost forgot about the food I have been eating while on vacation: lots of elk and buffalo, roadside cherries, huckleberry everything: huckleberry ice cream, huckleberry fudge, huckleberry lemonade, huckleberry BBQ sauce (slathered on buffalo spare ribs, omg), huckleberry shrimp (just kidding, Bubba Gump), actual huckleberries which are akin to crack, by the way. Today's breakfast before we got on the road was salmon with orange marmalade and fried duck eggs whose yolks were about the size of a fist and the consistency of molasses. I've been pretty brave with my food choices: cheese on burgers (and other dairy), vegetables, certain fruits, weird sauces and sweets, etc. Some went surprisingly well, others ended quite poorly... I've just gone with it. But after a full summer of being more lenient with eating out, I am done with other people touching my food. It wasn't even a slow progression, I just kind of snapped. I'm ready to resume healing my gut.
Is it weird in here, or is it just me?
I know girl - I seriously understand how you feel. It feels SO GOOD to finally be able to live my life! When I read your reply to Graycat, I realised that since I started eating like this, I have had no major energy crashes after eating. I've had a few big crashes related to TOM stuff, but not food. The way I'm eating works so well for me in that sense. And exercising really boosts my mood. I bet once you figure out the energy you'll feel a lot better in every regard.We're on the same page. In the past couple of months I actually have shifted my priorities with energy now situated pretty much at the top. Not too long ago digestion was my main concern and for good reason; Only visiting the restroom once or twice per week did in fact create its own debilitating side effects; I literally felt septic. It lent to the bloating, the fatigue, and I believe acne as well. Now that I'm pretty regular as long as I have coffee and gelatin (and alcohol ;D ) I am shifting focus. The bloat is just obnoxious but, like you said, survivable at certain levels. Before I cut out vegetables and other things that I know to be huge issues for bloat, it was debilitating in a way because I was so uncomfortable I could barely move. I never wanted to go out because I would constantly be pulling at my pants or trying to catch my breath because my diaphragm felt crushed. Now it is much better and just annoying but not so uncomfortable that I can' be out and about and doing things that I love.
You know, I feel a real obligation to visit people's journals, and I feel guilty if I don't check in. I know this is a pattern with me in my life - always feeling like I need to give more and more, and worrying if I don't, and I really needed a break from it for a few days, which is when I was MIA. Right now I'm posting all the time because I'm working at my desk, trying to get a project finished, and the little snappy posts I make are like 20 second breaks that I need to gather my thoughts from the creative process (if that makes sense).Of course! In all of this busy-ness (both of us!) recently we have been a bit out of touch and I've felt it :/
Ha, don't worry! Nothing of import going on in there Though you may have missed - I'm now seeing the yoga guy He broke up with his girlfriend so we could get together.P.S. I just got back into civilization but I will catch up on your journal as soon as I can! <3
"I think the basic anti-aging diet is also the best diet for prevention and treatment of diabetes, scleroderma, and the various "connective tissue diseases." This would emphasize high protein, low unsaturated fats, low iron, and high antioxidant consumption, with a moderate or low starch consumption.
In practice, this means that a major part of the diet should be milk, cheese, eggs, shellfish, fruits and coconut oil, with vitamin E and salt as the safest supplements."
- Ray Peat
Re molasses: It's not that it's more processed, it's just heated very high which might degrade the sugar into something that is allergenic to others. I personally don't get any reaction from it, so, it's all good.
Starch blows, but it hits the bloodstream really quickly which can cause issues, and it leaves behind undigested particles, which harm digestion, as you said, digestion issues. It can elevate serotonin, and attribute to brain fog this way.
You might try raw, or find something without added vitamins, or keep experimenting. The vehicles used for those vitamins cause a lot of problems. Though, keep in mind, genetics and race plays a large part in how well you're able to handle dairy. We're not equal this way, remember, lactose intolerance is pretty common amongst der Juden. It probably does exist, but, given your track record with starch and stuff, you might have problems just breaking down more complex sugars, so try to drink it alongside a simple sugar(this is the same theory behind those Lactaid products)Which leads me to....
I'm willing to give organic milk another try. Cheese and yoghurt are too much for my stomach (the fat? The cultures? Being non-organic / full of hormones?) I only tried milk for 2 or 3 days and was consuming it by mixing it with gelatin, sugar, and cocoa. Evidence has now led me to believe that cocoa powder irritates my stomach (it is a bean, mustn't we forget) , so I've convinced myself that I should at least try milk without the cocoa before I knock it. Right?
I think red meat is less taxing than eggs, egg protein has a weird reaction, and drastically messes with blood sugar cause of it. At least it's feasible to drink alongside juice though. Other than that, it sounds good, but add some oysters.My proposed plan for food/beverage is:
- coffee with sugar and gelatin every morning as I've been doing
- mostly liquids (milk and juice), fruit, and easily digestible proteins (eggs, fish, gelatin) during the day with minimal food combining.
- As I require or desire, more digestively taxing foods like red meat and sweet potatoes / more complex food combining at night so the effects won't ruin my day.
Does that sound reasonable? And what have you guys noticed about certain food combinations already?
The organic low fat milk I tried did have vitamins added. Is it really a problem? And yes I was and will continue to add simple sugar. What is the mechanism behind that exactly? The more complex sugars get carried along in the simple sugar breakdown process?You might try raw, or find something without added vitamins, or keep experimenting. The vehicles used for those vitamins cause a lot of problems. Though, keep in mind, genetics and race plays a large part in how well you're able to handle dairy. We're not equal this way, remember, lactose intolerance is pretty common amongst der Juden. It probably does exist, but, given your track record with starch and stuff, you might have problems just breaking down more complex sugars, so try to drink it alongside a simple sugar(this is the same theory behind those Lactaid products)
The whites, right? I have noticed hypoglycemic symptoms when I eat eggs alone and thought I was crazy until I read a Peat quote about it. And I haven't been able to find oysters in anything but seed oil so I've been eating clams instead. I've also been eating liver 1x per week.I think red meat is less taxing than eggs, egg protein has a weird reaction, and drastically messes with blood sugar cause of it. At least it's feasible to drink alongside juice though. Other than that, it sounds good, but add some oysters.
Thanks for all the info, D-Mix. It really helps! <3
Yoyo, I will reply to you when I'm in a place to think <3
Is it weird in here, or is it just me?