My time for writing has become very limited. I apologize to anyone who has emailed me for not responding quickly. I’m fatigued and not feeling well, and most hours of of my day are spoken for. I work full time and then play Mommy for 4-5 hours every night. At that point I’m usually ready for bed. The only time I have for myself is [ok, seriously? As I was typing this my daughter woke up, came out of her room, and climbed onto my lap. Apparently the only time I have for myself is never!].
So we’ll have to get to the point. No time for dilly dally.
Bye bye Ray Peat. My high blood sugar, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, low energy and low libido are just not that into you anymore. Thanks for the progesterone and the anti-PUFA information. I’ll take that with me. My body doesn’t handle all these carbohydrates well, and it’s about time I faced that. I’m dealing with constant bloating and fatigue whenever I eat any dense source of carbohydrate now. I can’t say that eating a Peat-inspired plan caused this, but it didn’t prevent it or fix it. I suspect Peat is right about a lot of things, but I don’t think he addresses gut health adequately. No carrot salad is going to clear this up (I’ve tried it).
I’ve moved on to something else. I’ve found a functional medicine practitioner to work with (or rather, she found me). I’ve started working with Amelia Luker through Nourish Balance Thrive. She’s an RN who studied the Kalish Method, which is apparently a respected functional medicine approach. I’ve already had my initial consultation with Amelia and my nutrition coaching session with Julie Kelly, and testing supplies are on the way. They routinely do the testing I’ve wanted to do for a while, but money got in the way, as well as my inexperience with interpreting results. I have the money now, and these guys seem to be good at the second part.
So far I’ve been very impressed with the Nourish Balance Thrive team. They’re professional and tech savvy, they seem very personable and competent in their areas of expertise, and everyone’s on time. When they say they’ll call me at noon, they call me at noon.
Anyway, I’m back to a low-carb nutrient dense diet, avoiding everything that bothers me, which is most carbs. In the meantime I’ll be getting tested with an Adrenal Stress Profile, an Organic Acids Urine Test (to test for nutrient deficiencies), and stool problems. Amelia and Julie will help me develop a diet and supplement protocol based on the results. So far I feel good low carbing again. Blood sugar swings have lessened considerably. I’m not constantly needing to eat. Appetite is dropping.
I’ll report as things go on.
Unrelated but interesting. My daughter suddenly decided she doesn’t want to drink milk anymore. So she’s been off milk for a week. Suddenly the constipation she’s had since she started drinking milk a year ago is gone. Amazing. She’s eating cheese with no problem, which suggests to me that it’s the lactose in the milk (as opposed to the casein) that’s the problem for her. I ordered some Lactase drops in case she wants milk again. I’m reluctant to discontinue dairy completely because a) she loves cheese, and b) it’s got lots of calcium, and I don’t think I can get her to eat enough dark leafy greens to make up for it. So this is the plan for now. The Peat folks always like to say try different kinds of milk till you find one that works for you – Well, we’ve tried many different kinds and never found one that didn’t constipate her. Conventional, organic, grass fed, lactose-free, goats milk. We don’t have access to raw milk and I’m not sure I’d give that to her anyway. I guess it’s weird that lactose-free milk didn’t seem to make a difference. Anyway, we never found an acceptable milk and she never developed the appropriate enzymes to deal with drinking milk (if that is, indeed, the problem). Probably because there’s a gut issue that’s unaddressed.
I’m rambling now. Time to go be Mommy.