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I just don't get it... any ideas? Red meat, butter, eggs, walnuts (complicated).

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 17, 2012 at 9:26 PM

I am used to having severe food sensitivities and energy fluctuation. When I discover that any particular food gives me problems - it is nothing new to me - most foods do.

However, I still don't get it...

I was put on a low-carb version of Paleo (below 50 grams, and above 50 every third day). I am allowed to have very few carbs (ideally 5) for breakfast, 5 grams for lunch and make-up carb grams for dinner.

My daily menu pretty much consists of bone broth (meat broth) and some protein for breakfast, sometimes with small amount of liver, liver and sauerkraut for lunch and bone broth with vegetables and some protein for dinner.

I felt I was not getting enough fat so I have decided to make an experiment.

Today I had a chance to buy some pastured eggs and grass-fed butter.

So these are my observations so far:

  1. Eating too much red meat (more than 2 oz at a time) lowers my energy levels. WHY???

  2. I react to butter and eggs. I cannot have them. WHY??? What is it about butter and eggs that makes me react to them?

  3. When I eat walnuts, I have a slight stomach ache but then I get a huge burst of energy. I am thinking of eating them on a daily basis - I feel so good. I used to react to them, but now they give me energy. WHY???

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on October 18, 2012
at 07:28 AM

I had them over easy.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on October 18, 2012
at 05:26 AM

I have tried coconut oil - it makes me really sick (so does olive oil and flaxseed oil).

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on October 18, 2012
at 01:39 AM

Are you cooking the egg yolks? You should eat the yolks raw.

76211ec5301087de2588cfe3d6bccba9

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on October 18, 2012
at 12:25 AM

maybe you like them a lot? maybe the fat they carry agrees with your system? maybe it's placebo?

Fa666905e4ed72858084dbcfed164daf

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on October 17, 2012
at 10:51 PM

Consider MCTS or coconut oil as your balancing fat as people claim those medium chain fats give quick energy. I don't know for sure though.

Fa666905e4ed72858084dbcfed164daf

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on October 17, 2012
at 10:49 PM

Sorry I was not suggesting you were diabetic. the "inject insulin" statement should have been prefaced by "For example, take someone who injects insulin..." It is my thought that after being low carb for some time you will have depleted your liver glycogen stores so if you eat too much protein alone you can experience a dip in blood sugar. So if you are avoiding carbs, some people find that eating less protein at a time but never alone - in your case you may wish to balance it with a good smack of fat. I have no ideas about the butter. Maybe caein like the other poster mentioned.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on October 17, 2012
at 10:39 PM

I am not a diabetic - I was put on this diet to reduce inflammation. I am sorry, I did not understand - should I eat meat with some carbs? What should I do? Thanks for the answer.

Fa666905e4ed72858084dbcfed164daf

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on October 17, 2012
at 10:27 PM

Oh, and the walnuts are mainly fat and fiber neither of which spike insulin so maybe that's why you fell more even and energized with them.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on October 17, 2012
at 10:01 PM

That's what I was thinking. Maybe I should wait a bit before re-introducing them. But why in the world walnuts agree with me?

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76211ec5301087de2588cfe3d6bccba9

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on October 17, 2012
at 09:54 PM

perhaps your gut flora have changed? I don't have an answer for you, but you should try raw egg yolks and ghee and see if they bother you as much as eggs and butter. if they don't, the irritants may be milk solids (casein, whey, lactose) and avidin

76211ec5301087de2588cfe3d6bccba9

(1178)

on October 18, 2012
at 12:25 AM

maybe you like them a lot? maybe the fat they carry agrees with your system? maybe it's placebo?

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on October 17, 2012
at 10:01 PM

That's what I was thinking. Maybe I should wait a bit before re-introducing them. But why in the world walnuts agree with me?

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on October 17, 2012
at 09:51 PM

I notice weird things about my body too... The only advice that I have really is to keep observing your reactions to things and eat whatever you do well on.

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Fa666905e4ed72858084dbcfed164daf

on October 17, 2012
at 10:26 PM

I notice that you mention #1 red meat and #2 eggs. I wonder what you are eating alongside these proteins. These protein sources, like many proteins, are cause insulin secretion, a totally normal thing to happen since the insulin has to help the aminos go somewhere. However, from what I gather they do not increase your blood glucose, or if they do it is not immediate or substantial. So what happens if you eat these proteins alone or not adequately balanced with a carb source (some might also say fat source here as well)? You get a major drop in blood glucose.

Inject insulin but do not take in a corresponding amount of glucose or carbs. I think it might be sort of similar which is perhaps why you are seeing a dip in energy.

Fa666905e4ed72858084dbcfed164daf

(649)

on October 17, 2012
at 10:51 PM

Consider MCTS or coconut oil as your balancing fat as people claim those medium chain fats give quick energy. I don't know for sure though.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on October 17, 2012
at 10:39 PM

I am not a diabetic - I was put on this diet to reduce inflammation. I am sorry, I did not understand - should I eat meat with some carbs? What should I do? Thanks for the answer.

Fa666905e4ed72858084dbcfed164daf

(649)

on October 17, 2012
at 10:49 PM

Sorry I was not suggesting you were diabetic. the "inject insulin" statement should have been prefaced by "For example, take someone who injects insulin..." It is my thought that after being low carb for some time you will have depleted your liver glycogen stores so if you eat too much protein alone you can experience a dip in blood sugar. So if you are avoiding carbs, some people find that eating less protein at a time but never alone - in your case you may wish to balance it with a good smack of fat. I have no ideas about the butter. Maybe caein like the other poster mentioned.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on October 18, 2012
at 05:26 AM

I have tried coconut oil - it makes me really sick (so does olive oil and flaxseed oil).

Fa666905e4ed72858084dbcfed164daf

(649)

on October 17, 2012
at 10:27 PM

Oh, and the walnuts are mainly fat and fiber neither of which spike insulin so maybe that's why you fell more even and energized with them.

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