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I had planned to blog this weekend but then my computer went and got sick. My son works as a computer technician and specializes in removing viruses but he was unable to conquer this particular beastie. Something about a root kit and Google redirector… he decided it would be best to replace my hard drive so I've got a lot of work ahead of me to get everything back to way I need it to be in order to function.
My blog also had issues and I decided to hire someone who comes highly recommended to deal with the problems, instead of stressing out over it and trying to fix it myself, which is what I would usually do. I am trying to remove all the stress from my life that I can, basically hibernating to conserve energy. I rarely blog on the days I'm working, and almost always if you see a blog post come out during the week it's because I wrote it in advance and scheduled it to publish at a later date. If you comment to my blog I may not get to it immediately so please don't think I've decided to not let your comments go through. Also in case you don't know, there is a tool called a spam catcher which sometimes mistakenly catches legitimate comments. If you ever think I have not let your comment go through, please send me a polite email and let me know you commented. You may have fallen into my spam catcher. I am bombarded with hundreds of spam comments each week and I cannot keep up with looking over every single one that lands in there. I know many of you are right here in this GAPS boat with me and you understand that regaining health is important and comes first over blogging.
As for what's going on with me… my doctor isn't back from vacation, and I'm still trying out Dr. Jack Kruse's Leptin Reset Protocol. I can't seem to get it perfect, partly because I have questions with no answers. I still have not been able to ascertain if I'm supposed to be taking in less than 25 grams of net carbs (carbs minus fiber carbs), or just plain carbs. I also keep waking up hungry, but more on that in a bit.
I can say that it has helped since several days each week I am able to eat only two meals a day because of the large protein breakfast, I am simply not hungry for hours and hours and hours. This is quite amazing to me. For years before GAPS I had to eat every 3-4 hours or suffer from symptoms of low blood sugar. After doing GAPS for a year I found I could manage to eat only three meals each day, that was great. It's a pain to have to bring not only lunch to work, but a mid-morning snack and on the way home snack. I've had to do that for many years before GAPS. It has been nice in the last year on GAPS to only have to bring LUNCH with me.
On the days I don't have to go to work I am not getting up as early, and eating usually around 8am so can go through the day without hunger. On the days I work, I eat by around 6am so it is a longer day and find that I still need to eat at by noon or 1pm while at work.
I had a chance to experiment with this hunger and food cravings. On Friday the 4th I had blood drawn and had to fast and could not have my big protein breakfast and spent the day feeling uncomfortably hungry, there was no way I could even begin to wait four hours, let alone 6 or 7! The lack of hunger and cravings is quite dramatic in contrast. I think that means something good is happening. I think. 🙂
My mom is also trying out this leptin reset with a few tweaks. At the start she was having to eat every two hours, around the clock! Within two or three days she was able to eat every four hours and a couple of nights ago she was able to go through most of the night without eating. So she is pretty convinced there is something to this protocol.
I continue to have trouble sleeping, and it seems to have gotten worse in the last week or two. Thankfully my husband has been home every night to sleep for the past couple of weeks. On the one night that he was not home, I woke several times in a panic and with adrenaline rushes. I really have no idea why this happens but it is uncomfortable – I mean, I understand it is a cortisol problem, but why does it only happen on the night he was away from home?
The trouble I'm having with my sleep now is mostly waking up to urinate many times, as often as once an hour. This could indicate an aldosterone problem, but I don't have any of the other symptoms. Maybe it's part of the leptin reset. I don't know. I also am waking hungry after being asleep for a couple of hours, and tomorrow I have a post scheduled which will outline some of the reasons I've found for insomnia. I've experienced it over the years, not regularly, but enough to be an annoyance.
I hope you are doing well and continuing on your GAPS Journey. I'd love to hear from you in the comments.