I’ve been gradually adding in foods to see what I do and don’t tolerate. I’ve had a few bumps along the way, specifically when I ate some nightshades. The following foods seem to be thumbs up so far:
- Meat (all kinds)
- Coconut (all forms seem to be ok – I’ve had coconut oil, coconut butter, coconut milk, and coconut aminos)
- Macadamia nuts
I’ve decided to start adding whole fruit into my diet again, starting with having one apple every day for the last 4 days. I wasn’t sure if the fiber in the apple was going to cause me problems so I’m starting slow (and so far, so good). My plan is to gradually add and see at what point my blood sugar and/or mood start to struggle. Watermelon is the next one to try. So why am I adding sugary fruit? Well, I’ve been noticing loose strands of hair on my shoulders and and shirt a lot lately – I’m not sure if I’m losing hair because my thyroid is suffering (my high reverse T3 would suggest that this is indeed the case) or perhaps because of the physical stress associated with losing weight. In any case I would like to test the hypothesis asserted by Ray Peat that diabetes is not caused by sugar – rather, it’s caused by high PUFA consumption. As I’ve been losing weight I’ve been presumably detoxifying some of the stored PUFA, and I’ve been avoiding it in my diet. If what Meme wrote was true, then I should be able to tolerate more sugar and eventually be CURED of diabetes. Wouldn’t that be something? Now, that would be worth blogging about.
On another topic, I’ve been learning more and more about MTHFR mutations and their impact on health. According to 23 and me I’m heterozygous for the MTHFR C667T mutation (as is my daughter) while my husband is homozygous. I’ve been taking methylated B vitamins as part of my Nourish Balance Thrive protocol, but I wanted to see what would happen if I started them on something similar. Here’s what we’ve found so far:
- Husband (homozygous for MTHFR C667T) – Started him on Methylfolate and he got really mellow. He described it as his adrenaline being turned off. I added Methyl B12 and he got irritable for several days in a row (unheard of for him). I was starting to take it personally, and then I remembered reading that people who also have a COMT mutation (he does) don’t always tolerate methyl B12 well. So then I swapped that out for hydroxy B12, and he’s doing well on this. I’m interested to have some basic testing done in a month or two and see if it’s affecting anything for the better.
- Daughter (5 years old) (heterozygous for MTHFR C667T) – Started her on a methylfolate and methyl B12 lozenge. She was doing great on this. She became calmer and less interested in television, more interested in playing quietly. I always knew she wasn’t an “easy” kid, but now I think this mutation may have been causing her to run a little hyperactive. Well, this went so well that I tried to add in a multivitamin that also had methyl folate and b12, in addition to some other things she may need. She started having nightmares almost every night. Huh? I checked the label and the form of B6 in the multivitamin is Pyroxidine Hydrochloride – not the P5P (bioactive) form of B6. I remember hearing/reading that B6 can be related to dream recall and too much or the wrong form can cause nightmares. So we stopped the multi and she’s back to sleeping through the night most nights again. Still continuing on with the folate/b12 lozenge. I’d like to find a kid’s chewable vitamin that has the P5P form of B6, but so far I haven’t found one. B6 doesn’t get as much press as the folate and B12, I guess. Or maybe it tastes bad so they don’t put it in chewable vitamins.
Here’s another twist on the genetic whirlwind I’ve been researching. I put my genetic data into Nutrahacker, which is free for some reports, including one that tells you which substances/supplements to use and which to avoid, considering your genotype. I found out that B2 in its active form (Riboflavin 5′-Phosphate, or R5P) can be helpful for lowering blood pressure in people with my genetic profile. So I got some and have been trying it for the last few days. There’s already some in the multivitamin I take but the supplement by Thorne includes an additional 36mg per day. Well today, after taking this for 2 or 3 days, my blood pressure dropped from around 136/84 (medicated) to 118/80 (medicated). Something shaved off almost 20 points from my systolic BP. Unprecedented. Hoping its the R5P. I’d like to stop supporting Big Pharma. I’d rather support Big Vitamin.