As mentioned in the previous note, the main guidelines of eating according to Ray Peat’s ideas is to eat the foods which promote an optimal rate of metabolism (as indicated by body temperature and pulse which should tend towards 98.6F and 85 respectively)
Other important considerations involve a sufficient amount of protein (80-100g for most people), a high calcium to phosphate ratio, very low polyunsaturated fats (around 4g per 2000kcal), and limited starches and grains. Above all the foods must be easily digestible.
Grass-fed dairy (cheese, butter, milk), eggs, gelatinous cuts of meats and organs, along with shellfish are nutrient-rich and high protein foods. Dairy contains saturated fats and lots of calcium which helps with the Ca:P ratio. Shellfish (mussels, oysters, shrimps etc.) contains various trace minerals and vitamins and a good amount protein. Liver provides a lot of Vitamin A as Retinol (which can be readily used by the body).
It’s difficult to replace these foods. But there are still several foods/elements of a Peat-type diet which promote the metabolism and are vegan:
- Coconut oil
- Well-cooked mushrooms
- Cooked leafy greens (kale, spinach etc.)
- Well-cooked potatoes (with coconut oil)
- Carrot salad (Recipe)
- Ripe, juicy fruits and juices (Watermelon, OJ etc.)
There are many issues with trying to devise a vegan diet which can keep body temperature and pulse at an optimal level. However, I think there are possibilities. Beta-carotene, for example, is not converted to Vitamin A in an hypothyroid state, but when the thyroid functions well, it can be an adequate source. (McGavack, 1951) This can explain that how carrot juice seems to be helpful in some cases. It may offer a substitute for the vitamin A found in liver, provided the thyroid function is adequate (In fact, Max Gerson used thyroid supplementation along with carrot and other vegetable juices for cancer treatment.) Egg shells can be another valuable supplement to provide sufficient calcium in the absence of dairy.
That being said, it is important to recognize that high quality animal products can be extremely therapeutic, and that if you’re already in a state of illness and maladaptive stress, they can be necessary. Ray Peat has mentioned (From PMS to Menopause) that one of his first recommendations is to start supplementing with Progesterone to stop the degenerative effects of stress and illness, along with a high protein diet to stimulate the process of repair. There is a valuable section on the topic in Paul Pitchford’s seminal Healing with Whole Foods.
To be continued