Leptin Reset Update #2
You can see my other posts about the Leptin Reset here
I feel like a new day is dawning for me but it is like this picture. Just barely visible. Hard to know how long till full light arrives. Of course I am a perpetual optimist so take that with a grain of salt. I always think that health is always over the next horizon.
This is a bit of a disjointed update. I apologize for that. I have been busy on other blog and family business and realized today that I hadn’t updated my Leptin reset situation lately so I have dashed this off and am hoping I don’t miss too many typos and sentence fragments.
It has been more than 2 months since I started the Leptin reset. Among other things I am hopeful that following this protocol will fix my reverse t3 thyroid problem. I also was hopeful that it might help me heal my adrenal fatigue. I wasn’t terribly confident when I started but gave it my best shot. Nothing else was working so I had to try this so that I could feel like I had tried everything. I had already tried increasing my carbs like several people say is necessary with a thyroid condition, esp a rt3 one and had minimal benefit if any.
About a month ago I switched from my T3 only thyroid medication that I had been taking for many months to a regular natural thyroid medication that contains both t3 and t4. Today I got a blood test done to see what has happened to my RT3 and FT3 levels with this change. This is a real trial to see if my RT3 problem is corrected like I think it may be. Testing adrenals is harder.
I keep trying to remember to take my temperature 3x a day to chart it and see what that tells me about my adrenals and my thyroid. For more information about how that works go here. Hopefully posting this here will give me the boost to actually get it done starting tomorrow. I just need to do it for 5 days to establish a pattern. If you are going to chart your temeperature it is important that you have a very accurate thermometer. Either this one with glass Geratherm Thermometer or this Basal Digital Thermometer are good to use for this. The Geratherm is a bit better for accuracy but harder to use.
Back to the leptin reset. I have found that as long as I continue to eat 50+g of high fat protein for breakfast I feel better than if I don’t and not hungry till bedtime. I don’t know why I am always hungry at bedtime but I ignore it and it doesn’t bother my sleep. I also am quite, ahem, regular if I keep up the BAB (Big A$$ Breakfast) but backing off even by 5 grams of protein will stop me up. I can’t figure that one out at all but my body seems to really like it. I am still staying at nearly zero carb for breakfast and very low carb for other meals and generally not snacking either. I find that not snacking avoids many of the carb foods I would otherwise be eating. I do occasionally try to go with a lower protein breakfast or add some carbs to it but I don’t feel nearly as good those days and get hungry between meals so for now I’m sticking to the 50+g of protein daily.
I am continuing to detox at a high rate. I assume this is because my liver gets a break from digestion between meals and this means that I am wasting a lot of minerals (they get used up in detox processes). I have developed muscle pain and cramping because of this. It took me some time to figure out how to address this but yesterday I began taking Bioplasma and already am noticing an improvement. I have now ordered all of the ingredients for Dr Ben’s MTHFRade from Amazon and expect them later this week. I’m skipping the vitamin C because the body converts it to oxalates but I’m getting everything else. I’m thinking the E-Lyte Balanced Electrolyte Concentrate should be particularly helpful for this muscle problem. You can go to this post to read about MTHFR mutations. MTHFRade is supposed to benefit people with these mutations. 40% or more of the population so not a small group.
In other news my 8 year old is now completely off her adrenal support. She was getting close before and the BAB seems to have pushed her over the edge. I may need to invest in pork bellies to keep us in bacon (the only food she will eat in huge quantities for breakfast.) She is also in a new round of die off/detox and I wonder how much the BAB and snacking less is playing into this for her. Today she didn’t eat her breakfast quickly and it showed in her attitude the rest of the day. She just wasn’t feeling right.
I have a local friend who has only implemented the BAB part of the leptin reset for herself and has found it to be very helpful for her hypoglycemia. She is no longer on the carb roller coaster all day long ,but instead is feeling good even energy, even without going paleo and low carb the rest of the time. So even if you can’t do the whole protocol just implementing the BAB may be beneficial and help you feel better day to day.
I made a fun BAB breakfast this morning that switched up our eggs and sausage a bit. I took a muffin pan. I put a dollop of lard in each cup and put the whole thing into the oven to melt it. I pulled it back out and put some cooked sausage crumbles in the bottom of each cup and then cracked an egg into the cup. A sprinkle of salt on top and pop it back into the oven for 10 min or so at 350. Done perfectly and fun to eat. I made this in part because I had to do a fasting blood draw this morning and I didn’t want to be smelling the breakfast cooking if I couldn’t eat it. (Mom never gets a day off does she). I got the idea on Pintrest.
I ate my bab when I got back from the blood draw, about 2 hours after getting up, and actually had one of the better days I have had lately. It is hard to know if it was the waiting 2 hours for breakfast, the bioplasma, or what. I’ll go back to breakfast at the normal time tomorrow and keep up the bioplasma and see what happens.
The girls and I have a confounding issue here which is my chronic Lyme disease. My immune system, upon last check, was severely suppressed so my body is working quite hard all the time to try to keep me well and a little bit of stress sends me over the edge. One interesting thing is that, despite all the warnings that low carb diets are stressful, simply going very low carb hasn’t caused me to get ill. The stress of Christmas and another more recent stressful situation each have caused me to get get ill but starting the Leptin Reset didn’t. Plus I am now on just 2 Isocort a day for adrenal support most days. That tells me that my adrenals are healing. I don’t have any hypoglycemia issues ever now. I have struggled with hypoglycemia since I was a child. Having that gone is wonderful. This past spring, when I finally went on hydrocortisone for my adrenals, my hypoglycemia symptoms were out of control (and yet my blood sugar readings were always normal, yes I even bought my own FreeStyle Lite blood glucose meter to check my own blood sugar). I am so glad to no longer have that problem. I accept that although my adrenals are now producing adequate cortisol for daily tasks they don’t seem to have any reserves for when life gets stressful and I fully intend to stress dose when those days come with my hydrocortisone to prevent a relapse. I didn’t end up in this place overnight. It is going to take time to heal it.
I am hopeful that as the days lengthen and get warmer I will be able to eat less protein and more carbs, esp with my breakfast. Dr Jack Kruse says that in the winter he goes to zero carb but in the spring eats quite a few more carbs. If you go with the paleo theory of eating what ancient hunter gatherer man would have been eating, then the winter would have been a time to eat mostly animals since nothing else would be living. Obviously the further away from the equator you travel the more true this is.