I am still "trying" Ray Peat's methods, and have been since August 2011. (I consulted with him via email). Everything from the dietary suggestions to the supplement suggestions.
I am trying to get rid of some digestive issues (Gas, burping, bloating), which nothing else has worked on. Ray Peat's theory on low thyroid causing bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine is what made me want to try to it. It gave me a "cause" to my symptoms, so I could treat the cause instead of just the symptoms.
Pro's: Warmer all the time!! My hormones seem to be balancing out nicely. I get up in the morning with ease (for the first time in my entire life!!). Intestinal(?) inflammation I had been experiencing for years is GONE. (learned from peat about pufu in poultry and pork -who knew that soy feed made for a soy filled animal! I am super allergic to soy).
2/27/12 I just got back a CBC blood test (last one was pre-peat but years into paleo): So much improvement!! Paleo didn't improve my OFF results in any way, but eating Peat-style has done something amazing with my blood results. Improvements across the board and I am no longer technically anemic! (Which I have been since a teen!). I am just a few point off normal in only a few portions -versus nearly all of em.
Con's: My digestive issues are the same.
Issue's: The milk component was a problem for me. I am technically "allergic" to casein, and am lactose intolerant. I gradually added milk to my diet, and my GI symptoms got worse, big-time constipation started, and acne from hell. (Normally I have super clear skin). I tried switching brands including trying raw. The only thing I didn't try, at the time, was supplementing Vit A, to help counter it. (Although I am taking a small vit A supplement now). I might experiment some more in the future. I do eat a ton of cheese and heavy cream in my coffee daily without experiencing ANY of the above mentioned effects.
Verdict: Was it a fail? In a way, but I sort of like eating this way anyway (I hate eating a ton of veggie's) so its something different, for now. With no other hopes, currently, on the horizon, for solving my issues, I am sticking to it, and trying to tweak it for improvements.
UPDATE: Per request -here is a typical days food.
Breakfast :Large Americano with gelatin, coconut oil, heavy cream, and honey.
Lunch :a combo of something like two boiled eggs, 12oz pulp free OJ, cheese slices, pemmican, gelatin, and orange.
Dinner :(I am rarely hungry for dinner)...more oj, shrimp & spag squash, or buttered potatoes, or more eggs, sometimes steak (with gelatin), cheese usually melted over some component.
I am going to be adding oysters as of this weekend -I am trying to eat more shellfish.
I would say Peat would want more of a real breakfast, like the eggs and OJ or something..and coffee drunk along with it. Coffee with meals really. Also more liquid milk obviously. He likes liver once a week -that is so not happening. If I eat muscle meat at all then I eat gelatin with it. I sometimes snack on 'enjoy life brand' chocolate chips. Sometimes I eat olives or ketchup. But for the most part I just eat what's listed. I am trying to eat more protein, but my complete lack of appetite makes that difficult.