Ok, it’s Day Three. Good, bad, and ugly. My skin is improving right away as it did before. No wine and more water, partly. More fat maybe. There is also this “feeling” my body is detoxing, maybe even resting. Sort of. I guess I mean my digestive tract feels quieter and maybe even my nerves are slightly steadier.
However, I woke with a massive headache and allergy type symptoms. It IS September and August until the first freeze has always been my worst time. However, one of my readers brought up the fact that she has suffered from severe “oxalate dumping” when she tries to go carnivore too fast. Headaches and more are common when you stop eating foods high in oxalates which include not only fruit but the nightshades I love: green and red peppers, hot peppers (yes!) and my lovely garden tomatoes above. They were not plentiful this year, but they taste just fabulous. (I must admit, though, that I never completely lose nightshades because I cook with hot pepper on things like my chicken wings). Other symptoms of oxalate dumping: itchy histamine flares, all-over feelings of cold, fevers, week-long sinus drainage, and many other seemingly random symptoms. Aches and pains.
When I started carnivore before I’d already been on keto a year, so I wasn’t eating fruit. But I did eat nightshades. I had headaches that lasted about a week, but I still plan to go cold turkey since that wasn’t such a long time and I’m really excited about feeling good soon.
I was also experimenting with my heavy witch make up and maybe didn’t remove quite all of it, got a bit of sticky eyes from that as well. We’ve had a plumbing leak that was just yesterday resolved, a fan running to dry out an access area–all possibilities along with seasonal allergies. But I remember well the headaches the last time I started strict carnivore.
I will have a glass of wine or two on Saturday as well. I will reserve that for only going out and mostly special occasions and no more than once/week if that. (Mikhaila Peterson drinks whiskey I understand, so most of these carnivore types have a bit of an exception). As I said, I will also be using spices and most of all: drinking coffee. It appears lots of carnivore types still drink coffee–I am nearly certain that the type of person who loves black coffee thrives on carnivore. But I did very well for two months with just coffee, a few spices, and about four glasses of wine in that time frame.
Saturday we are attending the Redwings prospect tournament in Traverse City, my son and his girlfriend are coming up. I may sip a touch of wine, but we are eating at one of my favorite spots: Mode’s. I’ll be able to get a huge slab of prime rib and a shrimp cocktail. They have the best shrimp I’ve ever tasted.
Also, I wasn’t taking Berberine when I did Carnivore last time and my cholesterol shot up to 440. Berberine brought it right where I want it: 240. So I will continue with that. That was with a few limited salads and broccoli, too. So I may watch both eggs and bacon a bit. I am ok with it climbing toward 300. Take a look at other posts regarding cholesterol: there is an inverse relationship with mortality and high cholesterol. People live longer with high levels. All causes. And of course, my high cholesterol derived from pastured eggs, bacon, grass fed beef cannot compare to someone with high cholesterol eating donuts and trans fats. No studies on any of this. I have a doctor who (if slightly reluctantly) is willing to work with my alternative diet lifestyle.
So long and short of this is I am on Day Three. I am hoping to feel a bit better by Saturday so I don’t have to take antihistamines or Ibuprofen. But worst case, I should be rolling sometime next week.
Today is gardening. We finally have a good day. I will do a full body workout and strength yoga today, so sure hope my head clears. (I care for my 88-year old father who has Parkinson’s and he’s still sleeping. He had a big four/five days). Football starts tonight. We’ll get a look at those cheese heads and Bears. My daughter now lives in Green Bay married to a cheese head, a mixed marriage, but he is a good fellow, so we’ll keep him.
Diet: Bacon and eggs, a bit of smoked salmon, a New York Strip and maybe a couple shrimps done scampi style (another place I often use hot pepper spices). Oh, and organic dark roast New Guinea Papuna coffee. Lots of it. My gang will be eating garden tomatoes.
Happy Thursday! Are you experimenting with diet? Anyone else have ideas/pointers on oxalate dumping?