I've been doing a lot of research on Ray Peat's and 180degree health (Matt Stone)'s stuff, among experimenting with other things (paleo, GAPS, WAPF, raw primal, ray peat, RRARF, etc) over the past few years. I want to learn the best way to lose weight (and keep it off), and heal from multiple sclerosis....basically, to be healthy and feel great!
From what I know now (from learning from all those different diets and theories), it seems like the best thing to do is heal yourself (metabolism, thyroid --->gut, digesting ---->autoimmune problems etc, kind of a cascade of healing that ALL goes together--you can't just do one part!!). The best healing diet seems to be all whole, REAL foods consisting of~~ (obviously, eveyone is different, but this is just my general ideas)
- carbs (mainly from simple sugars like fruit, fruit juice, honey. Ray Peat and GAPS both advocate cutting out the harder to digest starches until the gut is healed, and after experimenting on myself I tend to agree)--also fruit-veggies like zuchini, squash, cucumber.
- protein (grass fed meat, but not too much muscle; accompany it with gelatin in the form of powdered (great lakes), bone broth, oxtail soup or offal. Also, dairy in the form of greek yogurt (strained of the whey = which has lactic acid = stressful to the metabolism), raw milk, and cheese. Also, eggs if they're acutally free range.
- saturated fat, (and as LITTLE polyunsaturated fat as possible) in the form of butter, refined coconut oil, fat from meat and whole milk. Also, egg yolks.
It seems like in order for healing and weight loss to "stick", you have to fix your metabolism/thyroid first, so your body is in the right state to support its health. So the list of stuff above would be the "healing diet", with the eventual goal being, to be able to eat a much wider variety of foods (pretty much ALL whole healthy foods including grains, beans etc, restaurant and junk food occasionally etc.) and digest them easily and not have them cause any problems like weight gain or digestive distress. Although a major thing I learned is that restrictive diets aren't usually sustainable long-term, and are essentially like a "band aid" over the REAL problem (for ex: super-low-carb/fat/calorie, all liquid, all raw meat etc etc) becaues you can't do them forever or you'll screw up your metabolism. So, if you lose weight or cure a health issue on one such diet, and then add back in the restricted thing, a lot of times the weight/health problem/etc will come back because you didn't fix the underlying issue, YOU! haha ;-)
What do y'all think about my conclusions? Anyone tried something similar and got good results? Sorry this is so long, but I just kind of wanted to get my ideas written down and out there and get some feedback. :-)