It seems several people I’ve met in Ray Peat land have digestive disorders that they didn’t have when they started eating Peat’s recommended low-fiber high-sugar diet. And please, if I hear one more time that Ray Peat doesn’t recommend any diet in particular….Yes He Does. He recommends a high carbohydrate, low fiber diet that keeps phosphorus low and calcium high. He recommends dairy, fruit, and orange juice. He recommends keeping meat intake on the lower side but is not opposed to meat consumption. He recommends eating sugar when fruit is not available. Does he recommend the exact same foods in the exact same proportions for everyone? Well no – but neither does Paleo or Low Carb or Low Fat or the other big Ways of Eating.
I notice a lot of the Peatarians are worried they might have SIBO, though few are willing to test and find out for sure. There seems to be a mistrust of testing among the Peat crowd. Maybe they figure they can’t trust modern medicine so why bother with the testing made available by modern medicine. This is one area in which we disagree.
If it can’t be expressed in figures, it’s not science, it’s opinion.
– Lazarus Long
I was one of them, waited about a year before testing, found out I didn’t have SIBO. I have something though – and after much trial and error with diet, probiotics, antibiotics, and prebiotics – I’ve come to the conclusion that the dysbiosis in my gut wasn’t caused by following a Peat diet, but it may have been made worse by it.
In the health world everybody seems to have grabbed part of the elephant and is certain their part is the truth, the entirety of the story:
For example, low carb helps some people for some period of time so some people decide low carb is the way to go. In a subset of those people they remain low carb forever, and it never disagrees with them. Maybe they have just the right combination of genetics and the stars aligned just perfectly on the day they were born, and now low carb makes them feel awesome forever. I’d put many of our low carb gurus in this category – not all of them – but many of them. And then some of them do better on low carb or Paleo than on anything else they’ve tried, so they’re still waving the low-carb flag even when it doesn’t seem to work anymore, as evidenced by fatigue, hair loss, and other thyroid problems. It’s the same thing with our high carb or vegan gurus – I’m looking at you, Durianrider – great that you’ve found what works for you, but really – stop trying to make everyone else eat 40 bananas a day.
Isn’t it possible, everyone, that what works for you doesn’t work for me? And it’s not just that I’m doing it wrong or I’m not committed enough or didn’t yet read that latest study on rats getting itty bitty microbiome transplants?
Anyway, I’ve gotten off track a little.
I appreciate what I’ve learned from Ray Peat but I find his followers to be unwilling to discuss alternatives when Ray’s recommendations don’t work. Similarly, I appreciate what I’ve learned along the way about Low Carb and Paleo, but those aren’t really working for me either. I’m going to stop looking for a guru at this point and continue to experiment and find my own way.
I’m on Day 4 of Alt Shift right now. It’s basically a schedule of macronutrient cycling but I haven’t seen one just like it before and people are having good results. I’m not counting calories but I am following the general guidelines of the program. A lot of the women following it and speaking up on the Facebook group are having trouble getting in enough food and they’re “stuffed all the time”. Geez, that’s never been my problem. I’m amazed I don’t gain weight at an alarming rate with the amount of food I need to eat to avoid hunger. Even when in the process of losing almost 20 pounds last Spring I’m sure I was eating about 2500 calories a day.
It’s really not about the calories. FOR ME, anyway.
And on that note, I’ll /end this aimless rant.