I've just read this entire thread and am now all caught up. I am very impressed with the tenacity and discipline that has been evidenced by those who have posted. YOU are amazing!
I have had severe health problems these past 3+ years and I am currently on short term disability. I have a laundry list of issues but I am under the care of a wonderful Integrative/functional medicine doctor (this past year) and we have slowly been addressing underlying issues rather like peeling the layers of an onion.
A few things we have addressed: SIBO, Leaky Gut, and heavy metals. I have just finished 8 rounds of bi-weekly detox with dmsa. I have done the elimination diet, got an Alcat test and eliminated those foods and on and on. (I have also been taking armor thyroid for about 5 years now)
I have a significant amount of fat to lose. At one point I just stopped losing weight no matter what I did. My doctor assures me that once we sort out all my issues it should start coming off.
My husband needed to lose a few pounds so went low carb where he easily loses while I on the other hand do not. But, I have taken advantage of his diet. I also, added in some carbs (usually white rice) about 2 days a week so I wouldn't get discouraged about not losing any weight.
I am a biohacker and read everything I can (I'm obsessed, so my husband thinks ). I stumbled upon Bulletproof coffee a few months ago and love, Love LOVE! it. I bought Dave's book and wanted to see what my fellow gender were saying about it when I came across this thread. Skye, I bought your book!!! Wonderful! I wrote a review.
A couple of thoughts I had while reading through ( I had a lot actually but I made notes on these) was, about pain. I think Ubermama and some one else specifically mentioned these. One of the first things I did on my journey was up my D3. ( I take 10,000) and my pain significantly abated. It appears I don't process it very well. (I have recently added the V. K's)
The other one was regarding adrenal fatigue and coffee reactions. From what Dave and others have said a lot of this is due to the Mycotoxins in your coffee. If you are not drinking single source, wet processed, organic coffee that could be causing the issues. In Dave's book he does address adrenal issues.
Someone mentioned Piracetam. I love it. I had developed aphasia (inability to find words) and the Piracetam has helped that. You can get some good info on Reddit about Nootropics to help you decide which racetam is right for you. I take both Piracetam and Aniracetam but if I had to take only one it would be Piracetam.
Lastly: I am 60 years old and I have been in Menopause for 3 years.
Ahhh.. I can go on. Glad to be here.
Clemency a - don't panic!! It's a learning process next time you refers try to have AS LITTLE fat as possible - like 1 tsp or none at all. You want the carbs to spike your insulin so your fat burning hormones will keep chugging along. Also try to limit your olive oil (has a lot of omega six) and make sure that what you do consume is high quality. you may have seen the UC Davis study that showed about 66 percent (something like that) of oils labeled olive oil having vegetable oil in them - and that stuff is awful! I also noticed you seem to be measuring your food. Be careful not to get hooked on this as - and I speak from personal experience on this one - it can be hard to stop. It's easy to get anxious about food, but remember that's it's about weight loss only because it's REALLY about HEALTH! stressing out isnt healthy - and will actually hinder weight loss. I totally stress out too, but it's totally counter productive. Keep us posted on your progress! We're all rooting for you
Thanks for this I was going from Skye's book, where she says she has a baked sweet potato with a hunk of butter... :???: That's interesting re. the olive oil, I use a good quality one but clearly there is no guarantee. I'm not actually measuring my food but just estimated it because I wondered if there was a magic number of carbs I should be aiming for. I reckon I probably had 60-70g worth. Which in the grand scheme of things, considering I had no carbs other than that yesterday, is really not very much. In fact is that enough for a re-feed?!
Really appreciate your input, thank you. I am very excited to be doing this. Completed my first kettlebell workout yesterday too - this is quite something because I have not exercised in about two years and had become almost phobic of doing anything. I separated from my husband almost two years ago and the weight piled on. I'm finally feeling ready to confront my health and take care of ME - the past two years has felt like constant fire fighting and I've had to use all my energy to look after my twin 4 yr old daughters!
Clemency, be patient with yourself on this road! It's really amazing what kind of healing and recovery our bodies can do. Some changes you'll notice very quickly and others will take time, but you're pointed in the right direction. I've been paleo and pretty close to BP for a while, and I'm at the stage of making little adjustments and seeing how I feel. It's pretty fun and satisfying but it's taken a while - and various stages of making changes - to get to this point. For you, the IVF, motherhood of twins, a break up.... those are all pretty intense, so please be easy on yourself as make these changes.
Welcome, HMeyers and Angitrap! And everyone else, it's so good to see your updates. (Casey, are you still here? how's it going?)
KarenG - I think he plans to buy that book for my entire family for Christmas, lol. Nice to meet you
Clemency - great job with the work out! How was your form with the workout? I know if I let my core slack I can feel it in my lower back. Keep up the workouts, I started running just about 1.5 years ago, at 240 pounds, and trained and ran 4 half marathons, and was 40 pounds overweight for all of them. My body adapted, got stronger, and I learned the importance of form. If you've got the form, the speed and in my case, the distances, don't matter
Welcome Angltrap, HMeyers!
I had a busy weekend, weigh in day! In 8 days I lost 7.6 pounds, I don't have anything to analyze my body fat, so I'm going by the scale and measurements for now. I am pleased My 14's are getting big, and I have high hopes to be back into 12's in a week! (I went on vacation this summer and gained 20 pounds and no matter what I did, I couldn't lose more than 5 pounds of it, until now!) Also had my carb re-feed, ate some white rice with a stirfry. It was interesting, I felt fine, no bloating, but I also felt really full. Love the carb refeed. I was also building gingerbread houses with the children this weekend, oh the candy, I was surrounded. But I made it out alive!
I need to start doing the salt.
Hello all. I'm struggling a bit, had a slight blip yesterday, and also finding the BPC is not working at the moment - I'm getting daily headaches by about 2-3pm. I'm trying to up my water because I think that may be responsible, but the general 'zing' I experienced when I first had my morning BPC is not happening any more. One other change I made was to start adding 1 tsp of raw cacao to it each morning - I distinctly remember thinking that it was adding to the zing when I started it, but now I'm not so sure. I miss my zing!
Clemency, are you still in your 10-day depletion? I didn't think it would that big a change for me and I wasn't feeling great during it. I think that's probably the hardest part. Also - sorry I don't have time now to go through the old posts - have you already experimented with collagen in the coffee (as Karen mentions in the post above yours)? It seems to work better for a lot of women.
Hi everyone! Great to see all the posts since my last so now I feel all caught up lol.
Well I decided to do a an odd thing and eat a handful of chips on my carb re-feed day. I had my food journal nearby bc I like to take note of how different foods make me feel. Well it looks like chips are out of my life completely now as those made me sooo sick. And they werent even everyday run of the mill type but a smallish company that sells at local WF stores. I actually ended up throwing up bc my stomach was rebelling against them! Chips used to be one of my favorite occasional snacks but looks like the consistent protocols I've been following really have changed a lot of my old eating habits no matter how occasional! And I've made the decision to NOT try any of my old snack foods bc my body and emotions will not allow it!
Otherwise my energy has been pretty stellar, I've had to adjust the workouts to what my chiro has recommended (DDP style yoga) and swimming, not noticed a significant loss of extra weight but I am not concerning myself with that as of yet. I'm staying the course with this program and will only take measurements every 14 days. I know how my body takes it time to make the inner adjusts to show up on the outside. I feel stronger, a LOT stronger in fact, I sleep a lot better, I wake up almost always smiling and ready to get my day started, but I know I need to greatly up my water intake!
Still have a timer to remind me to eat but my appetite completely disappears around 4pm everyday and there have even been a night or two where it was a close call to get in my intake. Even the larger lunches are too much for me now, so I'm making adjustments to the number of smaller meals I eat to see if that helps?
And it was recommended that I have my thyroid or adrenals checked because of the amount of coffee I drink. (two 6 ounce cups one at 5 am and the other around 10 am daily) Anyone had adrenal or cortisol issues? Anything I should ask specifically about? See a specific type of doctor about?
Question.. yesterday I was nauseous off and on all day. I'm not getting sick, but just felt terrible. I upped my food yesterday, ate when I really just didn't want to, and made some soup which seems to have soothed my tummy. Anyone else experience this? I read a bit about salt, since I'm very prone to dehydration I used to do a electrolyte tablet (when I was running a lot) with contains sorbitol, a sugar alcohol, but will that offset ketosis?
KarenG - I'm impressed that you attempt this while travelling, I'm having a hard enough time going to my bf's on the weekend and keeping this up!
Sigh. What should I do. Yesterday I had some chocolate, after a day of feeling a bit crappy and this daily headache starting to really get me down. Today I went and had even more chocolate. I had a bad night's sleep last night and was very tired today (this is due to having caffeine late last night, what a fool), so with the headache too I just felt so pissed off.
Chocolate (milk chocolate at that, even if it is organic) is not the answer.
My second daughter has now just come down with the flu, right after my first daughter has improved enough to go back to school. This was a 5 day high fever, horrible for her, and worrying for us all. Now I feel so depressed at having to go through all that stress again, and on Saturday it's their birthday party (twins). Now have anxiety that she won't be better in time, will have to miss it, etc etc. I can feel the same old thing happening as has happened to me in the past, life gets complicated and I give up. Eating badly is not going to help.
I've been BP for about 3 weeks, and have lost 20 pounds in the past 6 weeks. I just ordered some new clothes which arrived today and I am feeling fantastic about the fact that I am looking better. So why this sudden sabotage? I want it to stop. I want to wake up tomorrow, have my BPC, and feel great and full of zing like I was feeling before.
I think to start off, I need to be asleep by 10pm. I'll see if I can get a good night's sleep. I'll also take a glass of salt water to bed to drink first thing.
Kasey - thank you for your thoughts. I have got some collagen, tried it for the first time a couple of days ago. Perhaps I should try it again tomorrow. I was so tired and stressed out today I also didn't exercise, today was meant to be my 2nd exercise day.
Perhaps I ought to start again for a 10 day detox? But then Christmas is around the corner and I can't see me staying totally BP throughout that.
So many chaotic thoughts!!! Any advice appreciated.
Clemency - You need to find something that will work for you, I have to admit my plan is to stick to this in a very strict way until December 18th, I know I can't sustain this through Christmas. Knowing I have an end date - 21 days from when I first started, has kept me sane. Once December 18th hits, I'm not going crazy, I plan to add some more veggies, bump up my carbs a bit, more so - be able to find ways to cope with how insane December is. Can you make alterations to this plan to make it do-able? As for the zing from the coffee, I haven't got it anymore either. Exercise, vitamin D, those will help as well. And know, you are not alone in this journey! We are here to help - the best we can December is my most insane time at work - I'm a retail manager, I feel like I'm at work 24 hours a day 7 days a week, and when I'm not at work? I'm getting constant phone calls. We can overcome this. And January offers us an opportunity with a clean slate. Hang in there!
Sorry for off topic , this message is really for Skye, i know she drops by on this topic quite regularly , I started a new topic titled
HELP !I AM GAINING WEIGHT ! ,i did not specify that i am female in that post , i have been following Skye's post here ,
i bought her book , i have been following Dave's and your book, i probably need some finetuning, I would appreciate
if Skye could read my post and give me feedback , I am just flabbergasted with my 20 lb weight gain since my lowest weight ,
really 10 lbs since starting bulletproof diet .
I hope you will read this Skye !
Wellbeing. Welcome. I'm sorry to hear about your gain. I have read your other thread so I know a little more about you. Well done on having the energy of someone alot younger than you! I'm 52 and despite what is said on these forums, I still believe a calorie is a calorie with my experience and it is hard post menopause - no room for slippage. I do think you are taking in ALOT of butter, but then again you don't say how many carbs you are eating. Fat and carbs in combo tend to equal bad things. The more fat you eat, the less carbs you should be eating (except on re-feed days of course). I only have a tbspn a day in my coffee and maybe another one one my veggies.
So why am I still here? Well people mistake me for being in my mid thirties, my skin is great and I feel fab. I tried the RFLP and couldn't hack it. Good luck to you if you get through it but you are probably better off working through Skye's protocol and make sure that your carb depletion for the first 10 days is below 30g. This means you have to count. I know I get attacked here for saying that - but how do you know what 30g of carbs looks like unless you count?
Tell us more about what you are eating and we will try and help you.