The title is tongue-in-cheek, lifted from the second commenter. Read on. It’s pretty good.
James is up first.
The Potato Diet, and Elixa, has completely cured the chronic diarrhea I’ve had for many years. I started the Potato Diet about four weeks ago and it was slowly alleviating the problem. Today is Day 12 of the 24-day protocol of Elixa and the diarrhea has disappeared. Like, you know, gone, man. Vamoosed. Adios, muhfug. And I’m even losing weight again; six pounds in 10 days.
My practice is to roast the taters at 350°F for an hour then cool and store them in the reefer. I usually warm them in a bit of olive oil, sometimes sautéing onions beforehand. Minced fresh garlic always accompanies the meal. I often heat bone broth with mushrooms and onions, adding the cold, cubed potatoes as you suggest. Occasionally I’ll toss in 1/4-cup of black beans to the potatoes and olive oil.
I eat twice per day usually, occasionally only one meal. I usually take a quaff of kefir after the meal. Yesterday and today I’m drinking a mix of 3 quarts raw milk and 1 quart of kefir. I usually begin and end the day with a shake made of several prebiotics, including of course potato starch.
Tangential: For years I’ve had a small bump on my hip at the belt line. I had it surgically removed many years ago but it returned after a few months. Oddly, after starting the Potato Diet, the bump began to slowly shrink and I think with the addition of Elixa the shrinkage has accelerated.
I owe the paleosphere many thanks for improving my health but you and Karl Seddon are due the lion’s share of my gratitude.
Next up is NvN:
Got inspired by James’s comment. It’s high time I said thank you as well. My family and I went out to dinner tonight, and someone at the table made a remark about “all the carbs” we were eating. It took me a second to process it. Because to me, we were simply eating food. Not carbs, protein, fat, but food. It was really good Chinese. I was thinking about how much I was enjoying the meal when the carb comment came. The fact that it sounded so unnatural to me made me realize how far I have come. Mostly thanks to this blog.
I used to be a skinny kid before moving to the US. Once here, I slowly started putting on weight. I was never overweight but people around me finally managed to convince me that I should get in a better shape, so I started lifting weights and eating moderate/low carb. I got lean but my health wasn’t perfect. Like many readers here, at some point I discovered I was gluten intolerant. I gave up wheat and felt much better.
And then, a couple of year ago, I had a child. Because I couldn’t shake off those last 10 post-pregnancy pounds, my family got me to try keto. Slowly, I started being “that person”. Going on and on about macros, sugar, etc. Still, the weight wasn’t really budging in any sustainable way. On top of that, I had really low energy levels.
I don’t remember how I found FTA. But I did. I was incredibly impressed by the iron article, so I started looking through the archives.
Resistant starch supplementation? I’m always up for experimenting on myself, so I decided to try it. And that’s when I got my sleep back. The thing is, I had never realized how poor my sleep had been before. Restlessness, weird shaky leg sensations… Magnesium was kind-of/maybe-not-really helping. Potato starch fixed it. I was amazed. (And, whoa, those vivid dreams.) Something else got fixed, too. Prior to supplementing with RS, I was starting to have hypoglycemia issues. Initially, I thought it must have been because of pregnancy/nursing. I had no idea I was doing it to myself with all the low carb / keto silliness.
RS was a success, so I kept on reading. Next thing that caught my eye? The potato hack. Whoa, what an idea. I loved it. I tried it. Well, kind of. Ok, don’t laugh. I actually stuck to my usual eggs/seafood/vegetable/fruit/dairy/meat breakfasts and lunches. The plan was to have only potatoes for dinner and late night snacks. So, after 3-4 PM it was just potatoes. I was hoping it would work because I tend to eat most of my food at night. And work it did. The first week I lost 3 pounds. It must have been a fluke, right? Water weight? Natural fluctuations? The following week? Down another 3 pounds. Then 2. And then 2 again. I got leaner than I’d ever been, with some serious ab definition. On top of that, I felt fantastic. More energetic, happier and stronger than, well, ever. How was it possible? How could it be so easy? The line on my weight loss chart looked unreal. I felt like I belonged in one of those ads: “doctors hate her: a local mom discovers how to lose weight effortlessly with this one trick.” The only explanation that made sense was that all those carbs gave me some terrible disease, which caused me to lose so much weight so fast. Either that or, well, maybe low carb wasn’t all it was cracked up to be?
RS worked. Potatoes worked. So I kept reading. Elixa. That’s my current experiment. It’s been great so far. I have high hopes in terms of it making my food sensitivities go away. Most importantly, some things are starting to make sense.
I had hyperemesis in pregnancy. It was like having stomach flu for 16 straight weeks, but without the temporary relief that vomiting gives you when you have a food poisoning. It was 10 times more difficult than an unmedicated childbirth. I remember reading about how populations that ate more grains had less hyperemesis. And I remember thinking this couldn’t have been in any way a real effect. Grains are evil, right? Anyway, that was just a correlation, who cares. So I never pursued that lead. Maybe it could have helped me? Maybe it could have led me to starch, resistant starch, gut bacteria?
Then, I had antibiotics prior to giving birth and my baby was “colicky”. Despite my natural birth, nursing, etc. Maybe I could have helped him? Maybe if I had put my gut flora in order, I could have spared him some of the discomfort? I’m fixing it all now, and it’s benefiting him, too. I’m not sure how, but it is. I’ve noticed a big a difference. Especially ever since I’ve started Elixa. Does part of it make it to breastmilk? If it does, how does it make it where it needs to go? Anyway, we’re both healthier than ever and it’s thanks to RS, potatoes, Elixa and this blog. And I believe this is just the beginning. So much more to learn. (What if the microbiome is the answer to hyperemesis? Colic? Throwing it out there because these two are not likely to be problems Karl or you would be thinking about. But if Elixa, or some future iteration of it, helps with either of them, it will be huge to me and anyone who’s ever dealt with these issues.) So, again, thank you. And I’m looking forward to the microbiome book.
Well, so there.