Hey yall, hoping for some feedback here on what Iâ€™m doing as far as diet/supplementation, what I need to consider in your guysâ€™ view as far as next steps I can take to continue the improvement of my health. A bit of an exploration into my life this will be, though I intend to write it up well enough that other people searching through the forum can find useful info for themselves as well.
Right now Iâ€™m tracking a few issues, namely:
- constipation, having about one BM per day in the morning, but I find myself straining. I feel backed up, sometimes a bit distended even. (I must mention though that, for the most part, eating BP has graced my life with the elusive daily one-wiper - thank you Dave Asprey!!)
- dark circles under eyes seem to have returned
- dandruff/excess skin on my scalp has also returned
/ Food /
1tsp Himalayan sea salt in water upon waking
1.5-2cups BP coffee (without MCToil so far b/c Iâ€™m still waiting to get it in the mail)
I work at a deli and although Iâ€™ve been avoiding eating pretty much everything there, some things still find their way into my mouth, like bacon, carnitas, the occasional piece of grilled chicken thigh, possibly some pastured but grain-finished beef tri tip, and other crap Iâ€™ll now be totally cutting out because I quit that shitty job earlier today, in the words of Bravehart: FREEEDOM!!
I cook for myself, almost never eat out. Iâ€™m lucky to have a very awesome connection to a nearby 100% grassfed beef/poultry/eggs/pork operation run with Joel Salatinâ€™s farming model, which Iâ€™m immensely thankful for. I have a buddy that works the farm stand there who hooks me up. I still stick with the less in-demand cuts b/c I need to be thrifty, I buy liver, heart, tongue, chuck roast, bones, shanks, some pork parts like the feet and ears and belly b/c I like to cook and have learned how to make magic with what most modern people turn their nose up at. Those less-than-meaty cuts also have the most flavor, lend themselves best to slow, wet, low-temperature cookery which is green-side BP cookery, and eating pigâ€™s feet makes me feel like a barbarian which I enjoy occasionally and in moderation.
Bone stock is a staple, I always have a mason jar of that in the fridge that I use in everything. Iâ€™ve been eating a lot of venison since Xmas since I had a source and one animal can feed one person for a long time. I stay on the green side of the scale in terms of vegetables, cauliflower, broccoli, chard, kale, carrots, parsley and cilantro, fresh herbs, etc. Iâ€™ve been doing a bit of wild harvesting, mostly stinging nettle which makes a great cooked green, tea, medicinal tincture, even heard that you can dry it, powder it, and put it in capsules or into shakes, something I have not tried. Recently Iâ€™ve cut out the onions, garlic, shallots, the whole allium family, which is hard since theyâ€™re so prevalent and basic in almost all culinary traditions and they taste delicious. Iâ€™ll probably have 2 smallish sweet potatoes per week, rotated with butternut squash or pumpkin to get the carbs.
A slab of kerrygold goes on top of practically everything, and I cook with cold pressed coconut oil, EVolive oil, and kerrygold, maybe some pastured pork lard here and there.
One meal Iâ€™ve been doing a lot is what I call super fat smoothie. Itâ€™s half a can of coconut milk, 2 tbsp coconut oil, an avocado, a raw pastured egg yolk or 2, frozen mixed berries, some almond butter, occasionally a tbsp non-gmo soy lecithin granules, a tbsp of lemon-flavored fish oil, a squeeze of actual lemon juice, stevia, and a little pink sea salt. Crazy sounding but really good. Iâ€™m concerned about developing a coconut allergy though, so Iâ€™ve cut back on these (was having one every day for about a week) until I learn more about the integrity of my GI system, maybe taking BetaineHCL with things will help minimize potential leaky-gut issues?
I also eat maybe 3 bars a week of 85% dark chocolate, green & blacks or divine.
/ Supplement routine /
6000IU D3 [Genestra] daily
1g vitamin C [Thorne, Now] daily
600mg NAC [Now] one week on, one week off (just started this, interested in supporting liver function, glutathione production, donâ€™t know if its smart to have added this w/o understanding things more)
4mg Astaxanthin [Now] sporadically (bought because it was on sale - heard about it via Dave talking abt. krill oil, I donâ€™t know if I should continue this either)
Occasionally with meals Iâ€™ll take some Betaine HCL with pepsin, usually around 4 capusles ~2500mg
300mg Magnesium [Magnelevures] daily (contains some B vitamins, 20mg L-glutathione, 200mg taurine)
200mg Potassium Citrate [Now] daily
15mg Zinc [Scientific Botanicals] less than once /week
1g vit C [Now] daily
A few days ago I scored a bottle of Vinpurazine, a huperzine A and vinpocetine herbal supplement. Brand is Health Concerns - Chinese Traditional Formulas. I donâ€™t really know how to take this stuff or what I need to know about it, aka I need to do more research, but Iâ€™ve taken one about 3 different days with BP coffee and possibly have noticed a slight cognitive enhancing effect, but not much more than a placebo-type effect, and hard to differentiate from the effects of the upgraded coffee + butter which is new to me. Does anyone know about this brand? According to the label it contains just rosemary extract, club moss extract, and vinpocetine, but thatâ€™s according to the label.
/ other stuff /
3 nights ago started putting up a blanket in my windows and blacking out my room for sleep. Now I wake up pretty heavy and groggy, like Iâ€™m waking out of a coma. Although this morning the feeling was less than after the first night. I must be catching up on deep sleep? Donâ€™t have no zeo as of yet so I really have no idea what sleep is doing. I also havenâ€™t had vivid, memorable dreams in months. I go to bed typically between 10 and 11 and wake up automatically at 6-6:30.
I try to drink at least 3L of water a day but lately I let myself get somewhat dehydrated at work + the addition of coffee = I need to drink moar water. The standard formula for amount of water intake per day which I was taught is your body weight in lbs /2 in liquid oz, so I weigh 153lbs and I need to drink ~75oz or just over a half gallon of water every day. Bulletproof or no?
Iâ€™m not a drinker but Iâ€™ll occasionally have some vodka, never beer sadly as I used to love good IPAs. Have largely stopped smoking tobacco, although I still from time to time enjoy an american spirit.
Iâ€™ve had 2 blood panels, a heavy metals test, and a food allergy test. This is what I know:
Iâ€™m allergic to gluten, whey and casein protein (cow and goat), eggs (chicken and duck), and I have high levels of lead and mercury in me. I stopped eating all the allergens maybe a year and a half ago, and have yet to do a chelation protocol for the metals, itâ€™s on my list. I can put up the numbers on my blood test if anyone cares to see.
I did a pretty intensive detox protocol last June which I think kicked up a lot of scum off the bottom of the lake, so to speak. Immediately afterward I fell into a 5 month depression which almost got the best of me. I have a hunch that this episode of depression was linked to my past SSRI use, which Iâ€™d been on in several combinations of different drugs from age 18-22. In hindsight I can see that perhaps the detox cleanse I did in the summer kicked up a bunch of stored toxins, heavy metals and psychiatric drugs being the hard hitters.
Iâ€™m very wary of doing this again, and Iâ€™ve basically fired the natropathic doctor Iâ€™ve been consulting over the past 2 years.
All in all Iâ€™m incredibly grateful for the work that you guys and Dave and the BP team are doing here, shortly after I read Primal Body, Primal Mind by Nora Gedgaudas in December which was my initiation of sorts into deeper levels of health awareness and action I happened across Bulletproofexec on the Fat Burning Man podcast. All I can say is the actionable knowledge Iâ€™ve gleaned from the podcast and the blog hasnâ€™t just saved my life from being a train-wreck, itâ€™s given me my life back and has put me in a position to express my gifts to the world in the best way I can.