I really wanted Ray Peat’s work to be The Answer for me. I think Peat’s work benefits some people greatly – in fact, it may be the most brilliant nutrition and health advice ever. But when it comes to deciding what I should put in MY mouth at mealtime, I don’t think it’s for me. Here’s my analysis:
Progesterone – I had given up on sex hormone supplementation after my disastrous encounter with the Wiley Protocol. I blamed progesterone for the fact that I gained 20 pounds, had heart palpitations, and became so fatigued that I could barely get out of bed. At the time I concluded that progesterone was the culprit because I found a website on which a bunch of lay people decided it was so. I was so fatigued and depressed I would have believed anyone. Recently I’ve started supplementing with Progest E, the progesterone supplement developed by Ray Peat himself. I find Progest E alone – without the estrogen that Wiley had me taking – to be wonderful, balancing, and soothing. I imagine I’ll take it for the rest of my life. Estrogen, not so much.
Liver – I’ve gone on and on about how eating liver once a week has made my skin look great. This week I tried eating all 4 oz raw, washing it down with milk. I thought it was a lot easier than trying to eat it cooked. I’m considering just having an ounce or so raw every day or two.
Shellfish, bone broth, raw carrot, coffee, aspirin, vitamin K2 – all of these things I don’t mind taking or using and will continue to do so, just because the promise of better health is worth the effort. I also love the smell of broth cooking in the crock pot.
Sugar – Yesterday I tried all kinds of things. I tried a teaspoon of granulated fructose with breakfast and tested my blood sugar after – it was up 25 points at one hour and up 35 points at 2 hours. That part was ok, but also I felt hungry soon after, despite eating a 300 calorie meal. So I ate ANOTHER 300 calorie meal and paired it with the smallest wedge of an orange ever. It was a clementine orange – small as a baby’s fist, and I ate one small section of it. An hour later my blood sugar had dropped 50 points and I was hungry again. I then ate several hundred calories of protein/fat along with a very small amount of sugar (cuz Ray Peat said to), and within 45 minutes I was hungry. Now, keep in mind, a pure protein/fat breakfast – without any sugar – normally keeps me satisfied for hours.
I thought about eating for 5 hours straight.
This is what pisses me off about those who say people get fat because of “food reward and palatability” (translation: fatties get fat because they eat too much cuz food is so damn tasty). I HATE BEING HUNGRY AND WANT NOTHING MORE THAN TO JUST BE DONE EATING ALREADY. IF I DIDN’T GET HORRIBLY UNCOMFORTABLE I’D BE CONTENT TO NOT EAT AT ALL.
So at that point I was fed up (not literally) so I got fed up (literally). I ate a huge meal that would keep me satisfied for the rest of the day – it included all kinds of terrible things, including mayonnaise (PUFAs!), bread (gluten! starches!), and industrial meat (inhumane! hormones! antibiotics! PUFAs!). Some might call it a binge. It was less food than I used to eat back in my binge-eating days, but I guess it was a binge. And FINALLY, I was done being hungry. That meal lasted through the rest of the day, all night, and well into today. I didn’t get hungry again till 1:00PM – almost 22 hours later. It was wonderful.
Dairy – I’ve had some sort of nasal congestion or phlegmy cough for the last…oh, about 6-7 weeks. About the same amount of time I’ve been following Peat’s dietary recommendations. I thought I was just getting one cold after another. But it occurred to me today that maybe the addition of lots of dairy into my diet was causing this. I’m going to take a break from dairy for a few days and see if my forever-cough clears up. Then I’ll add it in again to see what happens.
So what’s next for me? I’m fairly desperate to lose the 5-or-so pounds that I’ve gained in the last 2 months since eating carbs. As well as the 20 pounds I gained following the Wiley Protocol. As well as the 40 pounds I was overweight when I started this blog. So now, I’m going back to eating what makes me feel good – mostly low carb with small amounts of potatoes here and there. I know low-carb isn’t ideal. But what I’m doing now – getting fatter and hoping there’s magic in milk – isn’t doing my health any favors. No more fruit. No more sugar. Maybe no more dairy. I’m going to stay away from PUFAs as much as I can. I’m going to exercise at least 30 minutes a day to manage my blood sugar. I’m going to count calories again, and stay at or around 1500/day. Finally, I’m going to continue to supplement with thyroid hormone, so my broken metabolism has a shot at making it’s own steroid hormones.
It’s possible my body will be running on cortisol till the day I die.
Right now, I’m ok with that.