Rough Day

I felt terrible yesterday.  I attribute it to taking NAC the day before. Nothing else was different.

Why did I take NAC?  Well I decided to take N. Acetyl Cysteine for several reasons.  First, I had a bottle of the stuff I got a while back.  I don’t remember why…I think I was concerned about detoxing estrogen more quickly or something, so I got this as well as DIM and Calcium D-Glucarate, in the interest of helping my liver to function more effectively and eliminating excess estrogen. Well, my “enlarged spleen” is no longer enlarged most days, but I noticed it was back to being enlarged on Monday.  Monday was Day 14 of my cycle – estrogen was probably at its highest and maybe my liver was having trouble detoxifying everything.  I really have quite the fantasy life about processes I know little about.

Anyway, I decided to take NAC on Tuesday.  The next day (yesterday) my lymph nodes were swollen and I became very depressed…just like the pre-garlic days!  Awesome.  I  guess maybe I stirred things up and increased endotoxin in the blood stream or something.  Anyway, it was a complete waste of a day.  I got no work done, I did almost nothing productive, my concentration was terrible and I managed to delete the text of a file I needed for work, I had massive food cravings…just a mess all around. In the midst of my feeling like a squashed bug yesterday I entered “cysteine” into the search box on Ray Peat’s site.  Guess what!  Cysteine, like tryptophan, is anti-metabolic and anti-thyroid.  NICE TO KNOW!

I feel better today but won’t be taking NAC again.  In fact, you know what else?  I won’t be taking ANYTHING again that Ray Peat doesn’t explicitly recommend (exception: dill pickle with liver gets to stay). I’m going full-on Ray Peat Groupie.  Peatarianism.  I’m gonna be a devoted cult following, light-bathing, orange juice guzzling PEAT FREAK. When I do what he says to do I feel great.  When I start second guessing it because of labs or because someone on the internet has some great idea, I lose my footing and feel like crap again.

All you non-Peat internet people, I’m not listening to you anymore!!!

Edited to add….

Ok, I just remembered Ray Medina’s work has been immensely helpful to me as well.  Ok, he’s the only non-Peat internet person who is an exception to my new rule.  Basically if your name isn’t Ray, your authority is suspect!

Recent Wins and Fails

Hm….It seems it’s been a week since I’ve written anything!

Time for an update post.  This will be disjointed and possibly rambling.  I just haven’t been struck by the literary genius lately.

  • Depression is still gone.  Yay for garlic!  If I wouldn’t have been screwing around with starches (a la the Perfect Health Diet and the Resistant Starch craze) I wouldn’t have needed it. But I did. So I did.
  • I’ve eliminated starches again…not because I have to but because I want to.  It’s time for me to get serious!  I can’t be dilly dallying around any more!  Ray Peat says starches aren’t optimal food, so I’m done with them for a while. Plus someone on the internet told me he fixed his high triglycerides by eliminating starches…and I believe everything I read on the internet.  So I’m in!
  • I’ve increased my magnesium supplementation from 200mg/day to 600mg/day in the last few days.  My blood pressure has dropped 10 points.  I’m going to keep increasing and see if it improves further.  I figure I’ll get up to 1g a day, and if things aren’t better I’ll drop back to where I am now.  Blood pressure today was 138/88.  Yesterday it was 132/76.  Crazy low for me!  I took it 3 times to make sure it was right.  By the way, I stopped taking my blood pressure medication 5 days ago.  I’m done with it.
  • Still taking niacinamide and aspirin 3 times a day.  I find it very relaxing.  My pulse dropped into the 70s from the 80s when I started that.  I attribute that to reduced stress hormones (thanks, niacinamide).
  • I’ve had some real culinary FAILS lately.  I tried making liver pate using beef liver.  So awful.  I tried making pancakes out of 1 banana and 2 eggs…cuz I saw it on the internet. It tasted like a flat hot banana.
  • A culinary WIN today.  This video:

I never liked fruit much (and perhaps this contributed to my current state of poor health).  But through sheer will and determination I’ve found a few items I can tolerate.  Watermelon is one of them.  I actually really like it.  OJ also….excellent.  Grapes can be good too.  The rest of them…ok in a smoothie, and that’s about it.

  • Another culinary WIN, learned today.  I figured out how to eat liver without gagging.  For a while there I was eating it raw.  Sounds gross, but actually much easier for me than chewing it cooked. It was the perfect way to avoid both the taste and the texture of liver. Then I learned that there are some pathogens (e. coli, for example) that can survive being frozen, so I stopped eating it raw.  The last couple of weeks I’ve just choked it down.  But today I decided to eat it with pickles.  Crunchy, strong-tasting Vlassic dill pickles.  Every bite of liver has a pickle companion.  Like this:

pickle

The pickle completely kicks the liver’s ass!  The crunch and sharp pickle taste overpowers the liver’s ick!  I’m not afraid of you anymore, Liver!

Hm….what else…I guess that’s about it.  No starches, yes fruit and honey.  Yes magnesium.  Yes pickles and liver.  I guess that about covers it.

Till next time!

High Carb Low Fat – Day 7

Fasting blood sugar this morning: 125.  Heading in the right direction.

Hot flashes – almost gone.  Had 1 early this morning, and one about 5 minutes ago.  I completely skipped the niacinamide today in order for my body to stop doing whatever weird thing it was doing. I was feeling achy yesterday and today, as well as fatigued and a little irritable earlier today – around 7:00PM all of that stuff went away.  I’m wondering if the problem may not have been the niacinamide itself but some extra ingredient in the tablet. I did go ahead and buy pure niacinamide powder and received that in the mail yesterday…but over the past week I’ve been taking these tablets because I already had them. The ingredient list on the bottle states that it also contains “cellulose, stearic acid, silica, and magnesium stearate.”  I’m suspicious because niacinamide has a very short half-life, like it can be measured in minutes (about 45).  250mg was not a particularly big dose, even 3x a day.  I just don’t think the niacinamide itself would have continued to be problematic all the way into today.  Oh well…I’ll be increasing slowly to see if the hot flashes and other symptoms return. Starting tomorrow I’ll be using pure niacinamide powder – no weird ingredients.

Macros and nutrition today:

crononutrients

I really felt like I needed more fat today, so I did have a little more than I’m shooting for these days.  Fat was 27% of calories.  Calcium to phosphorus ratio wasn’t awesome today – I was about 600mg of calcium short of a 1:1 ratio.  Carb to protein ratio was not quite 2:1 – I was short about 30g of carbohydrate.  I could probably just go drink some juice…but that’s getting silly.

Liver for dinner tonight.  I have to say, soaking liver in milk makes it so much better.  I got out of the habit of doing that for a while and liver was starting to really bother me – the smell, the taste, plus sometimes I’d feel nauseated after eating it.  Then a few weeks ago I started soaking it in milk for a few hours while it thawed in the refrigerator, and then rinsing the liver before cooking it.  No more icky smell and the taste is milder.  Today I actually ate it raw.  Just easier that way sometimes.  Washed it down with a cold glass of milk.

Till tomorrow.

Update: I woke up at 12:30AM hungry, so I added 1/2 cup of orange juice and 1oz cheese to the above totals. It might make sense for me to post these the following day, to ensure all food consumed is accounted for.  But really….by the next day I don’t want to think about what I ate yesterday.

I’m Due

Due for a post.  I’m not sure what to write, but I have things spinning around my brain, so let’s see what comes out.

Liver

I must talk some more about the difference eating liver has made to my skin.  Did I mention that years-old acne scars have completely disappeared? I don’t even feel the need to wear makeup anymore – my skin just has this amazing glow all the time now. It’s not oily/dry in places the way it used to be, and the color/texture is perfect.  Eat your liver!  It’s chock full of Vitamin A (as well as many other nutrients).  Only 4-6 oz, once a week.  I noticed a difference within 2 days of eating it for the first time.  I should mention I’m eating grass-fed beef liver, but until a couple weeks ago it wasn’t grass-fed – it was just regular “organic” beef liver.

I still struggle with the taste a bit.  I’ve doused it in organic ketchup and various curry sauces.  No doubt about it, it’s difficult.  It’s much less difficult if it’s soaked in milk for a couple hours, then sliced thin and cooked to just medium-rare.  If you over-cook that puppy it turns into glue once you start chewing.  Ugh.  I found these tips by Chris Masterjohn to be very helpful.  I also tried eating a bite of it raw this last time.  It was surprisingly easy.  Just put a small bite on your tongue and wash it down with milk or water.  No taste at all!  Delightful!  I’m thinking of doing the whole darn serving raw next week.

Steroids

To treat my freaking weird adverse reaction to Lisinopril, I was prescribed steroids.  I like to call them ‘Roids (as does probably everyone who gets prescribed steroids for a short period of time, I’m sure…cuz it’s funny).  This was a really interesting experience for me.  I felt fantastic while taking them.  I had lots of energy and felt alert but calm.  I slept like a rock at night.  Also, oddly, in the 6 days I was taking my ‘Roids I lost 5 pounds, even though I was eating normally.  I wasn’t even avoiding carbs.  These factors, as well as a comment on my last post, made it very clear to me that I’m deficient in thyroid hormone – a precursor to pregnenolone, which is a precursor to the steroid hormones that our bodies make naturally.  Like this:

Hormone Cascade

I’m getting plenty of Vitamin A (see “Liver,” above) and Lord knows I have plenty of LDL cholesterol to spare.  What’s missing is Thyroid (T3).  So 3 days ago I started taking T3 again.  I’ve learned from Ray Peat that taking too much T3 too soon, or increasing too quickly can backfire.  Regarding T3, he says:

If too much is taken suddenly, a person who has been deficient in thyroid is likely to experience an excess of adrenaline. Since the body normally produces about 4 mcg of T3 in an hour, taking 10 or 20 mcg at once is unphysiological.

Last time I attempted to take T3, I wasn’t being very mindful of how powerful these incredibly small tablets are.  You really do have to be very careful by starting small and increasing very conservatively.  Signs of adrenaline (heart pounding, insomnia) are indicators you’ve done too much too soon.  That’s what I did last time. This time around I’m cutting these itty bitty pills into eighths, and taking only 3mcg a day.  I’ll do that for 10 days or so, and at that point I may try a second dose in the afternoon.

Also, last time around, I wasn’t eating a particularly nutritious diet.  When supplementing with T3 you need to have a nutrient-dense diet, because nutrients are used up more quickly.  In fact (and this one had me going “a-ha!”), my current metabolism and endogenous T3 production is likely directly related to my historically poor nutrition.  No nutrition, thyroid health suffers.  In other words, my metabolism and thyroid function slowed to meet my poor nutrition halfway.  So nice of it.

Vitamin K

I’ve decided to start supplementing Vitamin K.  Apparently this is the vitamin that helps calcium get into your bones/teeth and stop wandering around in your bloodstream.  Ray Peat says you can get K from well-cooked greens or veggies, or even by drinking the broth they’re cooked in.  I might get around to that…but my motivation to do so is low.  I just don’t like them much. I’ve decided to try Thorne Vitamin K drops.  It seems expensive, but there are 1200 1mg drops in each bottle, bringing down the cost per mg and making it competitive in price.

Guess that’s it for now.

Ciao.

Progest E and Milk

My cycle is super screwed up.  If you’re male or otherwise offended by discussion of my period, I give you permission to leave.

Ok, where was I?  Yeah.  My cycle.  In the last 2 months I’ve had my period 3 times.  And before that it was 10 weeks with no period.  So a bit unpredictable.  I’m not sure what’s up with the current extremely short cycles I’ve been having lately – 3 of em! – since October 1st…but I’ll tell you what.  I don’t like it.  And it’s not like they’re these cute little 3-4 day jobs either – no, they last 7 or 8 days each.  So I pretty much have my period, have a 10 or 12 days off, and then I have another one.  Awesome!

It wasn’t always like this.  For a long time I had 25-day cycles.  Every 25 days I’d get my period.  It was a bit shorter than most people – I guess the average cycle for most women is 28 days – but it was predictable.  Then almost 3 years ago I had a miscarriage.  Since then they’ve been all over the place…sometimes long cycles, sometimes short.  It makes it very hard to predict exactly when I’m going to be really really moody.

Well today was 10 days after day 1 of my most recent period.  My mood was not good.  I felt like killing someone.  I had a headache.  These are not common things for me anymore, especially since I started eating Peat-style.  I took a guess and decided that maybe I’m ovulating today – it’s exactly halfway through a 20 day (ridiculously short) cycle, so maybe…?  I just ordered Progest E, which Dr. Peat recommends for balancing excess estrogen in the system, particularly beginning on ovulation day and throughout the rest of the cycle.  So today I took 3 drops of it.  My wanting to kill someone went away within 10 minutes.  All of my other obnoxious hormone-related symptoms went away within a couple hours.  I feel back to normal.  Placebo effect?  Maybe.  Or maybe it actually did what it’s supposed to do.  I’ll keep taking it for the next 10 days.

In other news…my fasting blood glucose was 129 today – higher than I like it, of course – but I’m not surprised.  I find it’s higher in the AM if I don’t eat in the middle of the night, due to the release of stress hormones.  Still, my body isn’t storing enough glycogen to get through the night.  It’ll come in time I’m sure.  But today I decided to test my post-prandial blood sugar to see if I’m actually showing signs of insulin resistance.  From what I understand, you want your blood sugar to be below 140 after 2 hours.  So I ate breakfast (orange juice with sugar added and cheese), and tested it 2 hours later – it was 118.  Oh good.  Well, I’m not too worried then.  I’ll keep tracking my fasting blood glucose though because it makes a nice graph.

So I took my little girl off of milk about 6 months ago.  I did this because Jack Kruse told me to and I trusted him without requiring much explanation or proof.  I no longer feel that he’s trustworthy, and I now realize there are a lot of nutrients in milk that she should have access to.  So I’ve been gradually introducing dairy again into her world – first with butter, then with cheese, and a few days ago I started mixing regular cow’s milk in with the flax milk she currently drinks.  In the last few days she’s developed skin problems – 2 different rashes on her face and a small rash on her arm.  She tolerated the cheese and the butter really well, so I think there’s some additive in the milk that isn’t working for her.  I hope that’s all it is.  I’ve been giving her liver to make sure she has enough Vitamin A – and oh my god, she loves it!  She never asks for more meat, and she asked for more liver twice!

Speaking of Jack Kruse, I prowl around his forum now and then to see what he’s up to.  He seems to be recommending the use of crystals now.  *shm*  I could say more, but it seems pointless and a little mean.  I will say this though – several of the regulars over there have been complaining of iodine supplementation causing thyroid problems.  Be careful with that stuff, people.  High TSH is not as meaningless as some people would have you believe.  (To Jack’s credit, he doesn’t recommend iodine supplementation, so I can’t point the finger at him for that one).

Vitamin E and Thoughts So Far

The article I read today by Dr. Ray Peat is entitled Vitamin E: Estrogen antagonist, energy promoter, and anti-inflammatory.  Here’s my paraphrasing of the article:

Vitamin E prevents inflammation and oxidation.  It functions as an antioxidant in many environments.  Government and industry have been “hiding, destroying, or ignoring” information about vit E for a long time. Industry controls the journals and funding for research, and in the 1940s vitamin E research was having a negative effect on the synthetic estrogen industry.

In 1933 physician R. J. Shute was studying preeclampsia (a circulatory problem in pregnancy).  Vitamin E had been found to improve fertility, whereas estrogen was causing problems (infertility, miscarriage, excessive blood clotting).  Shute and his sons considered vitamin E to be antiestrogen and prevented clotting diseases. The Shutes started giving vitamin E to treat circulatory diseases in general – hypertension, heart disease, diabetes – all did well with large doses of vitamin E.

The estrogen industry wasn’t happy.  They started marketing estrogen as “The Female Hormone”.  Lies were told.

Not much vitamin E research was allowed to be published.  To accomplish this, vitamin E was called dangerous and worthless.  JAMA published an article about the toxic nature of vitamin E.  The journal also sported cigarette ads.  And estrogen ads. (OMG…Really!?!?)

Estrogen makes implantation of an embryo difficult (This is interesting because this, in part, is why I couldn’t conceive without medical assistance.  They gave me large doses of progesterone to make my uterus “sticky”.  It worked.)

In the 1940s vitamin E came to be defined as an antioxidant, preventing the oxidation of unsaturated oils. The medical establishment said animal studies weren’t relevant to humans and so discounted vitamin E’s significant benefits.

The estrogen industry started promoting themselves for preventing miscarriages.  The meat industry started using PUFAs for fattening livestock.  Ironically, at the same time, vegetable oils were marketed for humans as being “heart healthy.”

Big Food discouraged anti-PUFA research.

PUFAs and estrogens are additive in their damaging effects, and are antagonized by saturated fats, progesterone, thyroid hormone, vitamin E, and aspirin.  There are enzymes that would be helping us moderate our stress response, but because we’re eating PUFAs these enzymes actually promote inflammation.  Progesterone helps counter this.

Inflammation is increased by estrogen, and decreased by vitamin E.  Estrogen causes leaky capillaries and blood clotting.  Vitamin E does the opposite.  Clotting leads to fibrosis, Vitamin E prevents/cures this.  More examples are given, but in general, estrogen does lots of icky things and vitamin E has the opposite effect.  PUFAs magnify estrogen’s effects.

Vitamin E lowers concentration of free fatty acids (FFAs) in the bloodstream, many of which are PUFAs.  Vitamin E destroys linolenic and linoleic acid, which would otherwise go on to become problematic.  The requirement for vitamin E decreases as PUFAs in the diet decrease.

Tocopherols (vitamin E) have been marketed in different ways over the years – changes in mixtures, impurities.  One study found a mixed tocopherol preparation to be superior to others.

It’s better to avoid PUFAs than to try to take tons of supplements that counter their effects, considering the inconsistency of what’s on the market.  PUFAs cause cancer.  Studies indicate that restricting calories extends lifespan.  This may be because doing so prevents the lipids in the organs from becoming more unsaturated over time.  Cells that are “deficient” (lacking PUFAs) are resistant to injury.

Excess insulin or prolactin or not enough vitamin E increases enzymes that produce unsaturated fatty acids in the body. Excess insulin and prolactin are involved in many degenerative diseases.

Supplementing vitamin E is not as effective as avoiding PUFAs (He said it more than once so I’m guessing this is important!)

Liver is a good source of vitamins A, E, and K.  Makers of synthetic vitamin A campaigned in the 70s to get people to stop eating liver, saying that natural vitamin A was toxic.  Actually their stupid supplements were toxic.  (Ok, I added the word “stupid”).

The takeaway message: Vitamin E mitigates some of the damage caused by estrogen and PUFAs.  Still, it’s better to avoid vegetable oils altogether because vitamin E can’t undo all the damage.  Eat liver.

Dan Wich came up with this awesome Vitamin E reference page, so you can see what you’re getting if you choose to supplement.  A lot of folks in the know seem to like A.C. Grace’s Unique E.  I think I may order some immediately.

So let’s talk about how things are going so far with my Peat-inspired lifestyle:

The Good

  • Eating a lot of sugar does not seem to affect my blood sugar. Amazing!  It’s contrary to everything I’ve ever heard about sugar!  Don’t get me wrong, I still pre-diabetic, but I expected things to get worse and they’ve gotten slightly better.  Last night I ate about a cup of Haggen Dazs vanilla ice cream about a half hour before bed in an effort to prevent stress hormones from kicking in overnight.  My fasting blood sugar this morning was 109.  Two days ago I ate some gluten-free pizza (with crust made with brown rice flour) and my FBG the next day was 128.  Hm…Eat fructose or table sugar = lower blood glucose.  Eat starches = high blood glucose.  I don’t claim to know why this is the case…just that it is.  Maybe I’ll read/summarize Peat’s article on diabetes tomorrow.
  • My body has no problem with orange juice now.  I guess it just took some getting used to after 2 years of being afraid to eat fruit.  Even store-bought juice is ok.
  • Some acne started showing up on my face yesterday – Peat says this is a common consequence of increased metabolism, as the body goes through nutrients faster.  I was curious to see if eating liver (high in Vitamin A) would have an effect.  Today, the acne is less inflamed looking and smaller.  It seems to be going away –  just like he said it would with adequate Vitamin A. Cool!
  • The folks who follow Peat are largely scientific-minded, curious, and generous with their knowledge.  I feel like I’m among really great people.

The Less-Good

  • I’m really not sure what to eat.  I miss hot food.  OJ and milk are delightful and all…but it’s freaking snowing out.  I don’t want a cold glass of milk.  I want toast!  I want macaroni and cheese!  I’ll figure it out.  At least coffee is encouraged.  I think it’ll help to make bone broth.
  • I wish Peat was a little more thorough with his referencing in his articles.  He does have extensive references at the end of each article.  However, in my opinion, a well-referenced article includes little numbers placed appropriately throughout the article so it’s clear which reference applies to which bit of information.  He just lists all of them at the end.  At some point I’ll go through them, but it could have been a little easier.  Currently it’s not clear how much he’s referenced from other sources and how much he’s pulling out of his memory…or even out of thin air.  Still, his articles are referenced, which is more than I can say for SOME PEOPLE on the interwebs making diet and lifestyle recommendations.

More to say tomorrow.

Like Being In School Again

Ray Peat has written a lot of articles outlining his views on physiology and nutrition.  I’ve tried sitting and reading them but they require a certain amount of attention and concentration, especially if you’re not yet familiar with some of his ideas (like me).  I find that I hit a sentence or two or three that I don’t understand and my mind starts wandering.  I suppose it is a defense mechanism so my ego doesn’t have to feel so STOOPID.

I’m really more of an auditory learner, so podcasts are ideal for me.  Fortunately he’s got a lot of those too, and I’ve listened to several.  They’re time consuming but great for long drives in the car (as long as I’m alone….I’m pretty sure no one else in my life wants to hear Ray talking about cholesterol and pregnenolone for 90 minutes). Fortunately this awesome site has links to many (if not all) of the podcasts on which Ray Peat appears.

Still, I want to read the articles because he’s taken the time to organize them and provide citations that support his conclusions.  I’ve decided that I’m going to read each article but rather than just trying to plow through them and feel STOOPID when my mind keeps wandering to my shopping list or whatever, I’m going to take notes on them.  Just like in college.  I kept myself focused on the endless readings by taking notes, paraphrasing, and putting things into my own words.  That way when it comes time to review them or look something up I can reference my own notes, which I understand because I wrote them.

I read and paraphrased one today.  I’m just randomly selecting from the list of articles on his site, according to what sounds interesting in the moment.  Today’s article was called Progesterone, not estrogen, is the coronary protection factor of women.  I’ll paraphrase what it says here (partly to share with other reading-challenged folk, but also to review the content again for myself.)

He starts with a bit of history – back in the 1940s research began demonstrating that estrogen was tied to excessive blood clotting, cancer, PMS and other problems, but this wasn’t widely accepted because people believed estrogen was protective – after all, fewer women died of heart attacks than men.  A study was done in which men were given estrogen to see if they could have these protective benefits too, but they ended up having more (not less) heart attacks.  Oops.  The study was stopped early.

In the 40s it was also learned that the negative effects of estrogen were made worse by unsaturated fats (vegetable oils) in the system. Vitamin E, fortunately, was shown to protect against the negative effects of estrogen and also of unsaturated fats.  Huzzah!  Around this time the seed industry started promoting itself as having the healthy alternative to butter.  However, science continued to find that vegetable oils caused more heart attacks and cancer.

Estrogen lowers cholesterol in the blood.  (I can personally attest to this – when I was having fertility treatments and taking estrogen supplements my cholesterol numbers dropped 40 points. I had no idea why that happened.  My doctor was so happy! I let her think I was following her “heart-healthy diet” recommendations.)  This was important because people believed cholesterol caused heart disease. Also, the vein-dilating effect of estrogen was seen as a way to avoid high blood pressure.”Yay for estrogen!”  they all said.  Actually, the vein-dilating effect of estrogen causes blood clots, varicose veins, and other problems.

It was discovered that nitric oxide – a free radical – is associated with estrogen and increases as estrogen levels increase.  Women ovulating breathe out much higher quantities of nitric oxide than women with lower levels of estrogen.  Nitric oxide interacts with unsaturated fats to reduce oxygen, damage mitochondria, and cause edema.  Basically, it causes aging.

Then he gets pretty science-y, which I don’t mind and which is understandable, but it would take me a long time to paraphrase it.  Essentially, hypothyroidism causes a chain of physiological problems related to stress hormones being high.  Estrogen in the system makes everything worse.  Progesterone is antagonistic to these effects, however, which is why non-menopausal women don’t have many heart attacks.  Progesterone decreases nitric oxide, decreases edema, strengthens the heart beat, relaxes the arteries.

Takeaway point: Progesterone is protective against vascular and heart disease.

I ordered some Progest-E today.

Reading this made me think back to my experiments with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy.  I gained weight, retained water (edema), developed high blood pressure, and became (more) hypothyroid during that 8 months.  I thought it was because of the progesterone, but I don’t remember why I came to that conclusion – probably because of the edema which felt similar to being pregnant, which is a high-progesterone biological condition.  After reading this I think it was the estrogen that was the problem. Since I quit the hormone protocol I no longer have massive violent mood swings.  It wasn’t good for me.  I’ll be interested to see the effects of supplementing with just progesterone.

By the way I felt awesome today.  Tons of energy.  Started the day with 16 oz of milk and 8 oz of orange juice.  Did the same thing 4 hours later.  Ate a typical lunch (chicken, more juice, more milk), a date bar for a snack, and had liver (with lots of ketchup) and grapes for dinner.  Tried a bamboo shoot and hated it.  Spit it out.  Will stick with carrots.

More tomorrow.