Wednesday Updates

A couple of updates:

  • I confronted my sister who has Hashimoto’s about her diet.  I gave her my most heartfelt plea that she at least do some research on what may have caused it.  I included links to this most excellent podcast I listened to a couple days ago on autoimmunity, as well as a bunch of links and book recommendations. She emailed back at 2:00AM (hm…not sleeping well?) and made it clear that she didn’t care what I had to say and plans on continuing along.   I didn’t think she’d believe me.  After all, who would believe a non-doctor (or even a doctor for that matter) who says the medical establishment and it’s standard diet and chronic disease management strategies are all bullshit.  I said what I had to say though, and that’s all I can do.
  • My hormones are on the way.  I should have them this week.  Looking forward to starting them.  I’ve been getting a little weepy in the last 24 hours…my TOM may be around the corner.  But really…who knows.
  • BAB this morning:  Baked salmon with eggs and a few shrimp.

I have to go already.

Bye.

Leptin Rx: Week 10, Day 1

Ok…a few updates.

The Good:

  • Sleep is excellent lately.  I’ve been falling asleep easily and sleeping 8 hours a night.  Usually I wake up around 2 or 3 but I go right back to sleep.  I wake up feeling rested.
  • I’ve lost a couple pounds over the last week or so.  We’ll see if it continues.
  • I was near a World Market store over the weekend and bought a bunch of 99% chocolate bars.  Dr. K. says he eats these.  I have a hard time believing they’re really 99% cocoa because they’re so good, and taste sweeter than that.  The label says the ingredients are “chocolate liquor” and sugar, with a total carbohydrate count of 14 per serving (half a bar), 7 of which is fiber and 1 of which is sugar.  I wonder what the other 6 is?  Anyway, they’re pretty yummy.
  • Fasting blood sugar continues to hover in the high 90s.
  • I’ve ordered another test kit from ZRT to test progesterone and estrogen again, this time paying closer attention to the day of the month.  I’m reasonably sure I’m estrogen dominant, but I’d like real numbers to compare over time, not guesses.  It should arrive this week, and perhaps I’ll have results in a week or so.
  • I’m developing a plan of action, once the test results are in.  If I’m low progesterone I’ll be supplementing with progesterone cream.  If I’m not low progesterone but I am high estrogen I’ll probably take DIM and/or Calcium D-Glucarate.  DIM is a phytonutrient found in broccoli and other calciferous vegetables that promotes healthy estrogen metabolism.  Calcium D-Glucarate keeps estrogen from being reabsorbed and aids the liver in detoxification to get rid of excess estrogens.  In any case, I’ll wait and see what the labs say.

The Bad:

  • The DHEA was really a bad idea for me.  I learned a valuable lesson in all this.  Just because someone on the internet says something is a good idea, doesn’t mean you should just blindly go out and try it without doing your own research.  Dr. Kruse actually says within his recommendation of DHEA, “DHEA decreases IL-6 in a dose dependent fashion but its use must be done with consultation with a physician,” so this is completely on me.  What I’ve learned is that DHEA is actually a pretty powerful hormone and probably shouldn’t be taken without testing to see if you actually need it.  Many people report great effects, similar to those you would expect when first taking anabolic steroids – improved performance and energy, increased sex drive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound…that kind of thing.  For me, however, I think it may have been responsible for my exceptionally erratic moods and weird/irregular cycle last month.  DHEA increases testosterone and estrogen (which I don’t need).  It made my breasts sore too.  And it made my bras tight.  Yuck.  Anyway, I think Dr. Kruse’s recommendations are generally good…but as he says himself…question everything.  The half life of DHEA is 10-12 hours according to various sources.  I’m hoping most of it is out of my system when I do my progesterone/estrogen testing this Friday.
  • I was unusually hungry yesterday.  Could it be the 99% chocolate that I ate in the morning?  I did it again this morning to see if I have the same experience today.  Also just cuz it’s yummy chocolate.
  • I had a conversation with my mom and dad over Easter about nutrition.  I don’t expect them to go all Paleo or all Leptin Rx or anything, but I was hoping to introduce them to some ideas that might improve the quality of their life.  I brought the abstracts from 12-15 scientific articles about coconut oil, many of which focused on the cognitive benefits of consuming medium chain triglycerides (MCTs).  I also gave them Wheat Belly and The Trans Fat Solution.  I showed them my own lab work and told them my life and health was getting better, not worse, by eating lots of fat.  My dad was very much interested in all of this.  That made me feel great.  He also loved the Nutiva Coconut Manna.  My mom was still eating margarine when I left on Sunday.  It took all of my self restraint to not throw that damn trans-fat in the trash before I left.  But this isn’t about me.  As I told them, my interest lies in just getting the right information into their hands.  They can make their own decisions.  Still, it would be nice if my mom gave my opinion and research a wee bit more credit.  Maybe she’ll come around.

I guess that’s it for my current updates.  Continuing on with the Leptin Reset…indefinitely.

Leptin Rx: Week 7, Day 7

I haven’t had much to say lately so I haven’t been writing so much.  I guess I could do a quick good/bad segment.

The Good

  • Finally started my cycle…only 3 weeks late.  I wonder what’s up with my hormones? Looking forward to seeing the results of hormone (and other) testing this week.
  • My husband is getting healthier by following a mostly-Paleo template.  He’s been tapering off of his high blood pressure medication because over the past few weeks he’s been getting dizzy when standing up.  His blood pressure is normal now.  We’ll have to continue to monitor.  He’s also lost about 10 pounds.
  • My fasting blood glucose has stayed low.  Today it was 90.  This is a 30 point drop from my average when I started out.
  • I actually don’t think about eating.  The first few weeks it was a relief to not be hungry all the time, but I was constantly aware of being not hungry all the time, because it was so new.  Now I am just getting to a point where I’m forgetting about it – I look up and 6 or 7 hours has passed since I last ate.  It’s becoming a non-issue.  I’m afraid to skip a meal though, because when I’ve done that in the past I’ve gotten hungry at an inopportune time.  I’ll probably try it soon.
  • Talked to my dad last night about the evils of wheat.  I’m not even trying to alter his behavior or anything, I was just talking about what I’ve been up to lately and this is the direction it went.  He was very interested.  I think I’ll give him Wheat Belly to read when I’m home for a visit.
  • Made bone broth last night.  Trying to heal a leaky gut.  I’m not sure how leaky it is, but it can’t hurt.  I’m also eating lots of pickles (hello, water retention) and sauerkraut.  I may look into a probiotic.
  • More labs tomorrow – My husband and I have to drive an hour to get to a lab that will process our order from DirectLabs.com.  It’s less expensive and a lot more comprehensive than trying to do it all through the mail with ZRT labs.  Sometimes I don’t love living in the sticks.  But a family road trip is something to look forward to!  Will be a fasting road trip though…no eating my BAB tomorrow till after testing.  Good thing I’m never hungry anymore.
  • Don’t need much caffeine anymore – I’ve skipped it completely a few days last week.  The first 2 days I did that I was tired all day…but the third day (not in a row), I felt great.  When I do use caffeine it’s only 50mg once in the morning.  I hope this is a sign of improved adrenal function.

The Bad

  • Moods all over the place.  I’m looking forward to getting hormonally stable.
  • Feel like I’m missing out a bit – watching all the folks at Dr. K’s site experimenting with Cold Thermogenesis.  I am committed to giving the Leptin Rx a good 8 weeks and seeing where it gets me, before trying the cold. And I have to admit I’m not looking forward to the detox.  I’m sure I’ll end up going this route eventually though.
  • Have to go to work.  Ciao!

Leptin Rx: Week 5, Day 7

So what’s going on for me…

The Good:

  • Not hungry
  • No cravings
  • No snacks necessary or missed.  I love that food now has taken the back seat in my life, where it belongs.  It now fuels me rather than runs me ragged.  I used to think about food all the time.  I used to worry about being out and about and having my blood sugar drop.  I used to bring a whole cooler of snacks and diet pop with me to work.  Now…nothing.  I just eat my meals and I’m done.  No middle of the night hunger pangs (well, except this one weird day).  Just 3 meals and done.
  • Almost 5 weeks with no soda – diet or otherwise.  I’m not sure why that was so hard to do before.  It really does taste kind of crappy once you’re off it for a while.

The Bad/Neutral:

  • Sleep is just so-so.  Last night was better, but I still woke up in the middle of the night.  I was able to go right back to sleep.  I just feel like I’m sleeping lightly lately.
  • I miss going to bed with my husband.  I think for years I’ve been losing sleep so I could go to bed when he goes to bed.  Late.  Also I like being up late.  Since I started the Leptin Rx I always go to bed earlier, and therefore always alone.  My health has become more important to me than that aspect of my marriage, I guess.  And it should be…because over the last few years my health has done plenty of screwing with my marriage, in the form of a low sex drive, mood swings, depression, fatigue…none of that is good for any marriage.  Maybe I’ll ask him to come to bed and keep me company for a while while I wind down at night.
  • Fatigue and mood swings – some nasty ones the last couple days.  I think it’s hormonal.  My period’s late.  It’s been off schedule for the last year though.  Get here already, would ya?  Let’s get past the P in the PMS.
  • A little confused – The comments over at Dr. K’s site are making me scratch my head.  Now he’s saying no exercise is necessary to become optimal…whereas before he was recommending HIIT (high intensity interval training) once you’re Leptin Sensitive.  I guess once you’re doing Cold Thermogenesis (CT) there’s no longer any need to exercise, in order to be optimal.  Hm.  Well, ok.  I wonder what else I won’t need any more if I do the CT.  I think Dr. Kruse is great, sharing his ideas and theories with the world…for free, especially, which lends to his credibility in my opinion.  But I do find him confusing.  I suspect his own practice and CT training has been evolving over the past 6 months, so comments he made on the Leptin Rx post last June may no longer reflect his current opinions.  Guess I’ll just keep reading.
  • Sub-clinical cold symptoms for the last week – just enough to be a little annoying at night, but not enough to miss work or even take medicine.  Maybe it’s allgeries, which have also been driving me crazy.  My eyes have been itching every day.
  • Weight has returned to 187.  Haven’t lost anything in about 3 weeks.  I do know that’s not the point of the Leptin Reset.  Sure would be nice though.

I was reading about Tim Ferriss, who also recommends ice baths for fat loss.  This guy is no doctor…just a smart dude who has tried a lot of stuff on himself, and has written a book about it.  His explanation of the benefit to using cold is much shorter than Dr. Kruse’ – Ferriss says,

I interviewed a lot of brown adipose tissue specialists (BATS) and became pretty interested in the hormone adiponectin, which you’ll be hearing more about soon. You can tweak it using cold and speed up the fat loss process.

He also recommends taking cinnamon in coffee for a “lowered glycemic response” to whatever you’re eating, stating that some folks lose 2-3 pounds of fat in a week by replacing the cream in their coffee with cinnamon. Sounds like a stretch, but I thought I’d try it.  Had it this morning in my tea.  Tasted really good, actually.  Like Kruse, Ferriss also recommends a high protein breakfast first thing in the AM.  Here’s a site for people following his plan.

Guess I’m out of stuff to say.  Not feeling great lately.  Hoping it gets better soon.