Ok…how about a general update.
- I’m sleeping well.
- I’m almost never hungry.
- I’m finding higher quality food sources right under my nose (grass fed beef, pastured pork and eggs just down the street at the farmers market every Saturday).
- My husband is completely on board with Paleo eating and research. We’ve been cooking together. It’s great to have a new common activity.
- My weight is dropping, albeit slowly. Today it was 185.8 – that’s about 7 pounds in just under 4 weeks. I guess that’s almost 2 pounds a week on average. I’m just impatient.
- My fasting blood sugar is stable, about 10 points lower than when I started. (I’d like it to drop another 20.)
- I have no cravings for carbs. When I was just eating low-carb, I was DYING for the crap my husband would bring in the house. It was so hard to not eat potato chips and chocolate or drink alcohol. I would feel completely deprived and angry that I couldn’t have them. I even made him put all the stuff in a cabinet that I couldn’t easily reach to make it harder for me to eat. Now I just don’t think about it. I don’t care. I. actually. dont. care. I always wanted to be one of those people who could have delicious food in the house that they just forgot about. Now I am that person. There has to be a biochemical change happening in me because I have no history of being this kind of person.
The Bad: None! Things are going great.
So moving on…
So Dr. Kruse has been unveiling his Cold Thermogenesis (CT) ideas on his blog. In a nutshell, he says if you routinely and systematically expose yourself to cold environments or stimuli (like cold baths or air) your body will begin to utilize a pathway in the brain that is currently lying dormant in warm-adapted mammals, which causes the body to generate a ton of heat and prevents/reverses all neolithic disease. He explains his reasoning and the biology behind it, and a lot of people are trying it (as evidenced in the comment sections of the blog). Dr. K. says in the comments that one needs CT to become “optimal” (e.g., an “A+” functioning human), but that CT is not absolutely necessary to be leptin sensitive (better and faster, but not absolutely necessary). Well, I’m not quite ready to take ice baths. I’m not opposed necessarily…and there’s nothing I want more right now than to be able to live a long and healthy life, to be here for my daughter (who is 40 years younger than me). It’s an exciting idea…and I’m currently in wait and see mode. I want to wait and see how far the diet and lifestyle changes get me first. One day…I may be sticking my face in icy water every night. But in the interest of not confounding my treatment variables, I will wait. Yeah…that’s it…it’s about controlling variables.