Bulletproof Works! But Will It In The Long Term?
I am a 35 year old woman. I'm 5ft and 121 pounds. I used to strength train 3 times a week (strength levels always got stronger, or I pushed through to complete my sets)
Although, I used to always have headaches - bottom left side of head, a knee pain that wouldn't go away, and foot pain (right foot) and very very slight hair thinning. Always tired, but I made sure I slept 9 hours every night because my goal was to build strength and I know that for growth hormone to kick in we need to sleep more.
The hair thinning was barely noticeable except to me because I am weird about noticing little changes in my body
In the past month, my insurance finally kicked in and I was able to see a doctor. I did a complete blood test (12 vials of blood) for complete analysis ..
and it showed everything includingn thyroid levels and testosterone levels as normal.
The only numbers that were off were: [this was taken april 25th 2013]
Red blood cell count 3.46 (normal range is 3.80 - 5.10)
Hemoglobin 11.3 (normal range 11.7 - 15.5 g/dL)
Hematocrit 33.7 (normal range 35.0 - 45.0)
Ferritin 30 (still in normal range 10 - 154 but on the low side according to doc)
and low vitamin D levels of 18 (normal range is 30 - 100)
.... then I hear about the bulletproof diet. Been doing the coffee and butter with mct and I have energy through the afternoon etc.
This is what I eat/drink now: [since I got my results on May 1st 2013]
Morning 6:15am - Jarrows brand of probiotic 1 capsule + Bulletproof Coffee with butter and mct (sometimes adding cardamon and cinnamon in the grinding process) #100 calories
Walk to work (takes an hour)
10:30am - May be snack on chicken with hummus, cucumbers and peppers #300 calories
A walk in the sunshine for about 10 minutes (hard to do everyday cause I love my work)
12 noon - Fermented cod liver oil, Steak with white rice, bok choy in mild curry sauce #450
I have no cravings! In fact after going bulletproof I have an annoying habit of snacking because I used to but
not because I actually crave anything. Its a mental shift I need to make to constantly tell myself I have permission
to just eat real food and not snack because my coworkers are eating. (this is a work in progress,
although if I do snack its on some kettle chips 1 serving around 4pm) I have no sweet cravings. Keep a 85% Lindt bar
in my desk just in case
Sometimes I go to the gym and just lift heavy for 5 minutes. One body part a day. Weekends OFF!
7pm - 1 Digestive Enzyme (Nutrasummit brand) LARGE MEAL!! of yummy 100% grass fed steak from Prather ranch, lost creek. with sweet potato, or cream of broccoli,
or curry bok choy sometimes with rice. #600 - 800 calories depending on my level of hunger.
Sometimes I do wake up feeling a little tired like I need to stay in bed but once I'm up I'm generally energized and ready.
My mental focus is awesome! I'm generally creative, but now I have ridiculously great focus!!!
and i have been eating this way for over a month. I walk to work listening to Dave on the podcast which makes me feel inspired for the day.
I love how his passion for eating for both eating good food and quality is important to him.
I'm at 24% body fat. Will I ever be able to get to 20% body fat? I know its vain to ask that but I love how I look at that percentage and I wouldn't have to buy new clothes since 5 years ago I used to be at 20%.
and lastly... After how long will my blood tests improve? I'm open to trying new things.