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Kurtis - Progress Report

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Hi Kurtis it sounds like you are making progress with your low vA diet. Everyone needs to find the diet that suits them best but I wondered if a couple of your choices were delaying improvements. My knowledge largely comes from Garrett Smiths Low vA programme & I highly recommend it as a cheap way of getting a whole lot of extra knowledge. White rice depletes B1, as does being vA toxic, therefore you could end up with B1 deficiency symptoms. Onions & garlic are high sulphur foods. These may not be a problem & are indeed very healthy for most, but some people over react to sulphur foods & form too much hydrogen sulphide (see Greg Nigh’s book - the devil is in the garlic). Also you don’t seem to eat much soluble fibre - this seems to be very important to ensure that the toxins in the bile actually leave the body rather than being recycled (by enterohepatic circulation). Karen Hurd has done a lot of work on this. 

Just wanted to mention these thoughts as they could provide (or not) the missing piece for your improved progress. Good luck. 

Thank you, Kurtis, for the update!  I read every word and enjoyed it immensely.  I was shocked to hear that you are so young because your writing voice is very mature. 

Jenny's ideas above interest me because my diet is similar to yours.  Hubs misses flavor so I do use onions and garlic.  I find that I can use about half the amount that I used to use and not miss it.  Maybe things don't have to be all or nothing.  Hubs thinks garlic helps one of his concerns.  The fiber idea that Jenny brings up has helped me a lot, I try to make beans once a week and we do eat some salads made with white veggies.  I'm still on the white carbs even though I'm sure the B1 thing is an issue.    Ah well. 

I look forward to bean night, actually!

I thought about it and another difference between our diets is fish.  I use tuna as a fast food now and then, and one night per week I have been buying filets of a white fish (wild caught) and I gently saute and serve on a roll as a sandwich.  I'm really excited about fish sandwich night, LOL. 

Thanks for your thoughts @lil-chick @jaj

I'm changing my diet to strictly red meat for the majority of my calories, with white carbs only prior to doing physical activity. I may need a fiber source but I would rather go without if possible

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quote from Kurtis on February 23, 2021, 4:49 pm

Thanks for your thoughts @lil-chick @jaj

I'm changing my diet to strictly red meat for the majority of my calories, with white carbs only prior to doing physical activity. I may need a fiber source but I would rather go without if possible

 

I would be careful with "beef diet" you want end up with iron toxicity? Where is copper, molybdenum, vitamin B1, B2, iodine etc. etc.? This type of diet can do more harm than good for sure..

 

@jiri Iron metabolism is complicated, more complicated than dietary intake vs excretion, and I think it is quite easily controlled by blood donations if it does become a problem

I'm not concerned about vitamin/mineral deficiencies from eating primarily red meat either, I think eating the cells from a once living animal is probably the most nutritious and bio-compatible food there is, as long as the animal wasn't sick itself. Or if the liver/organs is consumed where the animal stores toxins like VA

I can see vitamin deficiencies arising when consuming white/refined carbs as they probably pull existing vitamins and minerals out of body stores just to be able to be metabolized which is why I've decided to only eat them when I need the energy

 

@kurtis " I think eating the cells from a once living animal is probably the most nutritious and bio-compatible food there is""

If you talk about whole animal? Yeah you will probably find almost all essential micronutrients, but if you talk only about muscle meat that is very unbalanced nutrition. Amino acid balance is of(high methionine low glycine) minerals are of(basically no copper, molybdenum, chromium, vit B1, magnesium, iodine). Not to mention using muscle meat as main source of energy is really bad idea. It's even worse idea than keto/low carb.. What exactly you think this diet will achieve? Slowing down your metabolism and increase systemic inflammation? Yeah that's great diet for that for sure..

+ high stress hormones (chronically elevated cortisol), future carbs intolerance as a bonus

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