This archived forum used to be called 'Peatarian' (in reference to Ray Peat).

Incredibely bad brain fog (I think it's fat related)

Anyone know what could be the culprit? I'm on this diet and whenever I start eating large amounts of fat, I start feeling like such a space case. I had to drop the diet last year due to this last year, but I tried to come back onto it because I thought I could try it again. I feel like shit on this diet man. I feel so spacey it's ridiculous. I cannot think straight at all. My memory starts fading and I can't concentrate at all.

Anyone know what type of doctor I can goto to investigate it? Every doctor doesn't seem to be able to help. My libido also tanks to nothing. I feel like I have a lot of estrogen or something because of this.
asked Apr 23, 2015 by kingsanders
What's the diet?  The Danny Roddy interpretation of Peat and others? Give us some deets about the actual diet.

2 Answers

if you are talking about a stereotypical peat diet which was created on the internet by "fans", then all of your symptoms are very common.  if you feel you need a doctor or help, i would recommend the Rubins of East West Healing & Performance - who teach you to perceive and think for yourself when it comes to your own dietary protocols.  This is a Peat principle, though they wouldn't call themselves Peat practitioners.  I would not trust anyone who identifies as a "Peat Practitioner" or any other mainstream practitioner (even if they call themselves holistic) because they are just going to make you a slave to a diet or try to push their experience onto your experience.  Ray Peat speaking about food and diet is probably less than 10% of all his writings and research.
answered Apr 24, 2015 by Nicholas
I think Peat's mentioned a few things it's helpful to look for.

One would be body temperature, since a cold brain is a slow brain. But body temperature may be hard to measure reliably, and so another approach is to raise body temperature gradually with heat (especially very bright redlight) until you're perspiring copiously. Peat's notion is that as the body warms, the brain's activity should, too.

A second thing to check for is reaction times on a computer.

If you had a bad night's sleep, your reaction times will be slower than usual, and you'll be likely to feel brain foggy.

One more thing is to prick your finger and check your blood sugar levels with a meter. If you see your blood glucose is low, then you're likely to have brain fog that can be relieved with orange juice.

Finally, how is your gut production? If you're straining, and there's too much bulk, you might want to try eliminating fiber and starch from your diet and using quinones (like cascara) and anti-microbials.

The gut-brain connection may be profound, and Peat describes how serotonin and endotoxins play a crucial role.
answered Apr 24, 2015 by visionofstrength
I think we produce like 95% of serotonin in the gut, that's pretty telling imo.
@fat cat, yes, it feels like goings on in the gut affect my dreams. Peat writes that that waking consciousness is a kind of dream, and so, it's not too much of a leap from there ...