Some weeks ago, I boosted my iodine dose to 1,000 micrograms a day (over Dr. Davis's program recommendation), and for the first time in several years, I've sustained a workout program. I'm back to lifting weights a few times a week and found a dance exercise channel on YouTube I like. I even overdid my workout one day--I had a pounding heart that night and felt jittery--but you don't know your limits unless you push yourself.
As most readers know, iodine is needed for thyroid function; without enough of it, you can suffer from fatigue, cold, depression, mental fog and weight gain.
|Meals will be looking a lot more like this. Photo from Unsplash.|
Despite the extra iodine, I gained some weight. Last week when my pants were uncomfortably tight, I had acid reflux, and my face looked like the moon, I stopped ignoring the fact that nuts and cheese put weight on me. I'd been eating biscuits and gravy and an apple-cranberry tart. These were made using compliant recipes...but they're full of nuts and cheese. I went back to bunless hamburgers, salad, sausage, eggs, coleslaw, etc. instead--and dropped three pounds in two days. The acid reflux is gone.
I'm also a lot less hungry. Ricotta cheese (a major ingredient in the tart) contains a lot of whey, which provokes insulin in some people. Insulin lowers your blood sugar, making you hungry. Nuts have a lot of omega 6 fats, which is inflammatory in too-high amounts. The combination was a recipe for puffing me up like a dinner roll. So it's back to a more caveman style diet of mainly meat, eggs and vegetables, with lard, bacon grease and olive oil for my main fats. Hard cheeses and butter have little to no whey, and I'll probably use them in small amounts. I'll still eat the yogurt and prebiotic fibers like green bananas and inulin too, of course. But I really need to leave the nut-flour goodies for special occasions.
I have a new video, too, this one on forum tips and tricks. It's really a template for finding out anything:
- Read the directions.
- Search for an answer.
- Then ask for help.
- Make it easy for people to help you instead of communicating in dribs and drabs or expecting them to do detective work. And read their responses.
Dr. Davis's forum is better than most. Elsewhere, people will supposedly ask for help, but really want justification for choices they've already made. People at Dr. Davis's actually want to get better.