My nutrition experiments

The Peat-itarian experiment

My version of Ray Peat’s recommendations:

Carbs- rice krispies, potatoes, white rice, fruit and fruit juice.

boiled potatoes and eggs, fried in coconut oil, buffalo cheese

I have the rice krispies most mornings, with fruit and a glass of OJ, lunch is either fruit and something or leftovers from dinner, and potatoes or rice for dinner. I have a dessert including fruit a few nights a week.

ground lamb with a packet of gelatin stirred in, spinach and mashed potatoes

Protein: milk, gelatinous bony lamb or beef, or added gelatin into ground lamb/beef, white fish and shellfish, eggs.

frozen blueberries and homemade custard

I have full fat milk for breakfast and drink milky coffee a few times during the day. I’ve swapped out yogurt for making custard with cornstach, sugar and milk- I have that a few evenings a week. Most nights I eat either white fish or a bony, gelatinous lamb or beef stew. I eat some vegetables with it, and usually potatoes or rice and butter.

Fat: coconut oil (straight off the spoon and cooking), butter, tallow, cheese

I eat about a tablespoon of straight coconut oil a day and if I’m frying I use the coconut oil or occasionally tallow (more for roasting). I use butter for serving on hot rice or potatoes and I often eat a couple of ounces of cheese with fruit for lunch.

I’ve just started taking some supplements mostly based on what the Jaminets recommend, although this isn’t really recommended by Peat. I’m taking 2g Vitamin C with another 80mg along with the 10mg zinc, 200mcg selenium, 10mg vitamin B6 and 75mg vitamin K, 5mcg vitamin D and 800mg calcium. I take about 40 drops of an agnus castus tincture everyday. Probably about twice a week I take 2-3g of magnesium citrate. I’m adding about 5g a day of sea salt to my food and drinking about 2.5 cups of drip or pressed coffee a day.

So far, only changes to my symptoms- improved sleep and a slight increase in how warm I feel, but axillary temps, both on waking and throughout the day, are still fairly low (34.5-36 degrees Celsius). I also seem to be losing weight as my clothes are looser (I don’t know what I weighed either before or now so I can’t tell for definite) despite the fact I’m eating more calories. Hopefully this won’t continue much as I can’t imagine it’s going to improve the amenorrhea. I thought my carb percentage was higher but when I checked, I’m still getting quite a lot of calories from fat (no bad thing). Some days, 50% as fat, and other days that’s the carbs. Even at that much at, PUFA is usually around 4g/day (less than 2% of calories). Protein is about 20%, although it can be as low as 15% and as high as 35%, from what I’ve seen. I don’t have the time to track my intake every day, although it’s instructive especially from the micronutrient perspective.

Out of frustration, I went to my GP this morning, and she’s going to do a hormone profile including thyroid. She said if they came back in the normal range she would refer me to an endocrinologist or gynaecologist to find out why my amenorrhea is so persistent. For the constipation, she gave me a commercial form of psyllium husk. Pretty benign, so I’m giving it a shot. I should have long before now, as my girl Anney at Farty Girl has used it with success. The only problems with it are the quick gelling, and you need to drink plenty of fluids and probably make sure you get enough fat in the diet too (no prob for me there). The raw grated carrot didn’t make my constipation any better, although it’s not a bad thing to take anyway, so I should get back into it. It’s just a bit fiddley and time consuming when you can’t see the benefit.

Anyway, it’ll be three weeks before I have any blood results, and that’s another few weeks to see if the Peat-itarianism is helping me.

I should also note, that posts are going to be pretty infrequent:( I’ve just started a degree on top of my job, so blogging is a bit squeezed.

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4 responses

  1. hey i am very interested in hearing and following your progress! i have amenorrhea as well and am trying to find some help :)

    October 6, 2011 at 17:15

    • Hi Malpaz, I think I saw your comments on a few threads on paleohacks about amenorrhea. I’ve written about what I’m doing from a nutrition point, but I suspect the lifestyle stuff like dealing with stress, getting plenty of sleep and properly winding down are at least as important as all that stuff. I’m not blogging as much as I’d like to because I’m doing my best to strip back on all the non essential to-dos in my life, but I will definitely post an update on the diet stuff and what comes out of the doctor stuff.

      October 6, 2011 at 20:07

  2. Thanks for the shout!

    Psyllium can be kinda scary, but if you drink enough water – which I know you do – you should have okay results. The trick is to make sure there’s enough ruffage around the psyllium. That’s why the apothecarians have told me. I konw that you have your own system for dealing with fiber. Have you tried triphala? It works okay for me; it’s a little weak, I actually prefer the violent cleansers! But if you want to get through blockage in a gentle way, it might work for you. Make sure you get the pills, not the tea. The tea is GROSS!!! :-)

    What degree are you working on?

    Thinking of you… gonna backtrack and find out about this amenorrhea jawns.

    October 21, 2011 at 16:24

    • So far the psyllium hasn’t worked, but I think the stuff I’m taking doesn’t have enough, it comes in sachets and it’s ground psyllium husk, rather than whole husks. How do you mean, lots of roughage around the psyllium, as in, the husks themselves, or you need to eat psyllium with something else fibre rich?
      Good news (sort of) re the amenorrhea, I was waiting on hormone test results when I got my period. I think low carb was maintaining the amenorrhea, although it started when I went vegan. Eating more fruit and more starchy stuff and eating more in general seems to have done the trick, although I think I’ve gained a few pounds. I was shocked it came back, as my stress levels are ridiculously high atm.
      I’m doing a biology degree, btw. I want to do the final year of dietetics when I’m done, the full dietetics course is a bit sucky, so doing it this way means doing real science but getting into the job at the end of it.
      How are you keeping?

      October 21, 2011 at 23:58

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