I learned this week that vitamin B6 increases serotonin. That’s why I was depressed last time – not because of estrogen, but because of serotonin. I think I’m going to have to pay more attention to my specific symptoms. Sore breasts = estrogen. Crying non-stop = serotonin. In any case, 10mg of B6 is a good dose, according to Peat (sorry, I don’t have a reference for this, but I know he said it). I was taking 200mg. 20x too much! Yeah…no more. As soon as I stopped taking B6 and DIM my mood returned to it’s (now) much higher baseline. I’ll probably experiment with lower doses in the near future, as I understand B6 can lower prolactin and is a dopamine agonist (more dopamine = more sex drive, more happy thoughts).
I’ve started a resistance training program at my gym. Had a program designed for me by a trainer, and I’ll be lifting 3x a week for about 45 minutes. Considering that my goals include weight loss (50-60 pounds, ideally), she’s also got me tracking what I eat and she has recommended 20 minutes of cardio on the days I lift, and 45 minutes any other day I come to the gym. I am currently trying to strike a balance between Peat’s recommendations and those of the trainer.
For the last 2 days I’ve been eating 1700 calories per day – that’s actually more than she recommended, but it’s what I can do. This would be a lot easier if I were eating starches…but I’m not. Starches (if you’ll recall) do a good job of keeping me full but they also make me lethargic and sometimes depressed. This may get easier…I’ll stick with it for now. I’m trying to eat all Peat-friendly foods to support my metabolism, but after 1 workout and 2 days of lower-cal eating my morning temp and pulse are already dropping (Previously around 98.4/86 and now 97.9/75). I’m going to continue to track, but also keep an eye on symptoms. Worst case scenario I’ll lift weights, eat more, and lose more slowly. I’ll get there eventually. I just want my clothes to fit again. Now.