Should I Feel Like Crap?

edited July 2012 in Detox
Hello all. I'm new and have just started following the Bulletproof Diet (with the exception of not-so-great meats when my boyfriend cooks and still not-so-great coffee). I'm taking the basic supplements (selenium, magnesium, D3, K, cod liver oil, krill oil, B12).



I start the day with (bad) coffee with 2 Tbsp Kerrygold butter and ~ 1 Tbsp of coconut oil, and then I eat Bulletproof (green and yellow) for 2 meals, with the exception I mentioned of when I visit my boyfriend (he buys crap meat, but I still don't have any gluten or sugar). I also eat up to a half a bar of Lindt 90% chocolate most days.



I've been doing it for a couple weeks, and I feel like ass. I've had headaches and a sore throat, and I am very tired. I should probably mention that I used to smoke (still use Swedish snus) and drank heavily for many years (12-pack of beer or 2 bottles of wine per day), so some of the problem may be alcohol withdrawal. I have slipped twice, but I drank potato vodka. The good news is that I am dropping weight rapidly (my clothes are already too big).



Is this common? How long should I expect it to last?



ETA: I forgot to mention that I also have almost no appetite. I am forcing myself to eat (not to overeat, but just to eat). Sometimes I substitute a couple of dark chocolate squares for a meal.

Comments

  • Hi,



    Supplements: looks good, consider adding iodine.



    Bad coffee, suboptimal in terms of bulletproofness, but…my coffee is far from bulletproof to. I feel great. Perhaps, doing everything else as close to bulletproof as possible is what really matters.



    “Feeling like ass”



    Many possible reasons.
    1. Coconut oil - can be problematic to some degree, if one did not consume coconut oil or mct oil before. Was true in my case. Lasted for a week depending on the amount of coconut ingested in one setting.
    2. Smoking and alcohol consumption - in general are not bulletproof. Alcohol - perhaps some degree of fatty liver may be present. Due to dietary interventions it may be resolving. Which possibly means the liver is working hard to de-fatten its self…and in addition to detox the body, considering you are loosing weight, which is most likely body fat Solutions to consider: B vitamins, choline (Chris Masterjohn talks about this here: http://chriskresser.com/chris-masterjohn-on-cholesterol-and-heart-disease-part-3 ), vitamin C (a lot), glutathione (potentially expensive).
    3. Toxins - Detoxification - quite possible, as you are loosing weight. Using activated charcoal may be beneficial to bind toxins which are excreted with bile acids. Perhaps this recent post may be of use: http://www.bulletproofexec.com/remove-toxins/
    4. Adaptation to a low-carb diet. A possibility, depending on the amount of carbs you´ve been consuming pre-bulletproof diet. In my case it took me 3 weeks to feel good on low carb.




    To sum it up: in my opinion your current situation is not uncommon. Time to fully adapt - individual - depends upon many factors. Perhaps two more weeks will do the job.



    Considering the “no appetite” thing. Personally, I do not have any experience with this type of situation. Perhaps, someone with a similar experience may give some advice. Depending on how long you had no appetite and if this continues for more than a week, it may be a good thing to seek an advice of a medical specialist.
  • Thank you DagothUr!



    I guess I'll keep on keeping on. I added el cheapo vitamin C this morning, and I've ordered a small amount of glutathione to use until the bottle is gone (hopefully I'll feel better by then). I will pick up some activated charcoal today.



    I got some iodized sea salt, and I salt everything heavily. I was hoping that would work since the iodine I found was expensive and I was already loading up on supplements. Opinion? I will add eggs for a meal a day for the choline.



    My diet had been tons of fast-food, so I'm sure my liver is nearly pickled.



    On the bright side, my skin looks much better and I am losing weight at a ridiculous pace. I'll keep this thread updated.
  • CSp8CSp8
    I had been drinking a half gallon of whiskey every 2 days or so when I decided it was time to clean up my act and my liver. I started out doing a liver cleansing regimen and eating low-no estrogen containing foods as outlined at www.sensiblehealth.com. Even after doing that for a month or so, I had a bit of a tough time adjusting to being mostly BP. I have a detoxing post in the same category if youre interested in reading.



    It might take a while to adjust, but every day after a month should be easier for most people. I would definitely find a way to drop 75 on a 5 lb bag of upgraded coffee or switch to green tea with butter and MCT oil in the meantime. MCT oil comes $15 a bottle from bodybuilding.com (a great site for well priced supplements). If youre interested in exercise, I recommend T-tapp.com. No impact and extremely energizing/detoxing.
  • DagothUrDagothUr
    edited July 2012


    Thank you DagothUr!



    I guess I'll keep on keeping on. I added el cheapo vitamin C this morning, and I've ordered a small amount of glutathione to use until the bottle is gone (hopefully I'll feel better by then). I will pick up some activated charcoal today.



    I got some iodized sea salt, and I salt everything heavily. I was hoping that would work since the iodine I found was expensive and I was already loading up on supplements. Opinion? I will add eggs for a meal a day for the choline.



    My diet had been tons of fast-food, so I'm sure my liver is nearly pickled.



    On the bright side, my skin looks much better and I am losing weight at a ridiculous pace. I'll keep this thread updated.




    Hi again,



    Vitamin C: I think any will do (except the buffered type), unless for some reasons it contains soy, gluten or any other totally non-bulletproof components in it.



    Iodine: in form of iodized salt - personally, I use this variant as well, in addition to drinking around 500 microliters of iodine tincture one or two times a day with a lot of water. My gut-brain suggests that this may be suboptimal in bulletproof terms. However, I think it’s sufficient in terms of getting that iodine. In this post on supplement optimization Dave recommends kelp powder or potassium iodide capsules.



    Good luck with everything!
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