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Leptin Reset Update Part 2 March 2012

Probably way too many carbs in this lovely meatloaf! 🙂

Yesterday I shared my progress on the first eight weeks on the leptin reset. Today I will share what's been happening since.

MONTH THREE – January

On January 2nd, I wondered if my leptin was reset and went through the signs Dr. Kruse says you should see if you are leptin sensitive again. 1) I lost 10 pounds, 2) I did notice a change in mood and my sleep did eventually improve, 3) I wasn't sure about the changes to my sweating pattern, 4) my energy levels were better, but not where I hope they will one day be (is this ALL I get?), 5) cravings completely gone and I'd even been able to skip lunch several days in December which was quite a difference for me, 6) I wasn't sure if I wake feeling refreshed. So, four out of six ain't too shabby, right?

However, on January 4th, I decided I was going to continue the leptin reset. This was mostly due in part to getting only 29 grams protein with breakfast and then spending the day feeling hungry. It is so interesting to me how we think something isn't so bad when we're coping with it every day, all the time. Like my food cravings, I really didn't think I was experiencing food cravings prior to the leptin reset. But after being on the leptin reset 8 weeks, and then experiencing food cravings with a vengeance? I was not about to go back to having to fight food cravings all day long, when all it takes is getting 50 grams protein for breakfast to completely annihilate them.

So I decided I would stick with the big protein breakfast, and about midway through January I relaxed on my carbohydrates and also stopped using My Fitness Pal to log every morsel of food going into my mouth. I also stopped trying so hard to eat by 7pm, and decided to eat within an hour of rising (instead of 30 minutes). Throughout the entire time on the leptin reset I have had great difficulty getting to sleep by 10pm – Dr. Kruse says “Lights out by 10pm.” I have tried and tried and tried (and stressed about it), but one of the main reasons I cannot is because my husband interprets that as, “Get into bed at 10pm and as long as the lights are out you can talk and spend time together until 11pm or midnight.” I keep telling him we need to go to bed by 9pm at latest, but just the thought of going to bed that early kills him.

Since for the better part of last year he was not home at night, but instead was out working, I am just thankful he is home almost every night now and tries to make it to bed by 10pm. I have to be thankful for the small things.

I lost 3 pounds in January, in spite of loosening up on the carbs. This, of course, gave me the green light to go hog wild with carbohydrates, woohoo!! I must be doing EVERYTHING right!! Surely I'm leptin sensitive now and the weight is just gonna drop off no matter what I do! Also Valentine's Day was coming, so I had to have some special goodies to celebrate! 😉

MONTH FOUR – February

I am sure this won't stick with me because I seem to have selective memory when it comes to carbohydrate consumption. For one thing, it's like a slippery slope. Wait, let me back up a bit. Before I started GAPS, I had problems eating fruit or sweets alone. I had to be sure to eat them with a meal that had protein, otherwise, eating fruit all by itself would cause me to have an uncomfortable blood sugar drop which resulted in feeling tired, agitated and grumpy. After I had been on GAPS for a few months, my blood sugar normalized and wow, I could have a banana all by itself and not turn into an ogre! Awesome! Back to the slippery slope, I can have a banana one day, and I'm fine. And I think, wow, this is great. So I have another banana the next day, and maybe some peanut butter [affiliate link] with honey [affiliate link]. And then the next day something else, and more the following day. When I have carbohydrates progressively it seems as each day passes I begin to feel morose and start to have a lot of negative thoughts, but I'm not really aware that this is happening. Eventually I'm feeling really depressed, my sleep is affected quite terribly, which I'm then not able to cope with hardly anything, can't get up to go to work. I'm a basket case.

Throughout February I stuck with the big protein breakfast, but was very loose on my carbohydrates, not paying much attention and eating more vegetables with dinner, and feeling a lack of joy for life, which grew progressively worse.

I gained 3 pounds in February.

MONTH FIVE – March

I blogged about the depression funk I went through in my blog post I Feel Better Than I've Felt in Weeks!

With this most recent depressive period, I was stuck inside, unable to see clearly what was happening. Everything seems worse when you are depressed. Finally, I realized I had to stop eating the cashew milk yogurt, bananas, honey, nuts and everything else I'd been eating (remember this: Pink Blossom Mini Cupcakes, Coconut Pecan Frosting, Coconut Almond Candy Clusters, incredible lemon curd, chocolate hearts – all GAPS legal, mind you!), and once I did, within 24 hours the depression had lifted noticeably but I was still feeling negative. Within another 24 hours, the negative thinking left also.

I decided I had to get serious about sticking to the leptin reset again, mostly the part where I need to stay low on my carbohydrates. Even now I find myself questioning exactly what happened? Maybe it's not truly the carbohydrates… maybe it is the nuts in which I was overindulging? All those Omega 6s, not being balanced by enough Omega 3s? Or maybe it's the raw, unpasteurized, unfiltered honey? Why suspect the honey? Well, our coop manager just learned, after watching the documentary Vanishing of the Bees and calling our honey source, that he uses corn syrup and/or high fructose corn syrup to feed his bees, and allows them to pollinate on crops that are sprayed with pesticides.

It just seems safer to stick to meats, vegetables, fats and limited amounts of carbohydrates for the time. I'm gradually sleeping better, and feeling much more able to cope with life in general. Unfortunately, I have a great deal of stress in my job, mostly because I'm overworked due to additional burdens placed on me by outside vendors and their new billing requirements, but I have no control over this, and we can't afford to hire additional help so I just need to figure out how to manage the stress which comes with perpetually running around putting out fires after the fact.

I also started the Cold Thermogenesis. I think with going back to the limited carbohydrates, and doing the face immersion into ice water, I am feeling better. I am improving, and I have even been forgetting to use my hydrocortisone. This is a good sign, indicating that I can drop my dosage, which I have. Dr. Kruse says in his post Evolution of the Leptin Rx:

This blog is designed for those who have been previously left out of the the reset protocol. Those people are gastric bypass patients, HCG users, those on exogenous steroids, chronic pain patients, and those with T2D and metabolic syndrome as a few examples.

In the article I've linked to explains what exogenous steroid use is, and the use of hydrocortisone to support the adrenals is one.

Now I just need to find the time to read Dr. Kruse's lengthy, information filled blog posts on Cold Thermogenesis. He also says to be sure to read the comments for “gold nuggets” of information.

Here are my posts about the Leptin Reset:

Are you doing the Leptin Reset? What about the Cold Thermogenesis? Are you interesting in trying either one or both?

 

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50 grams protein via chicken thighs

Leptin Reset Update Part 1 – March 2012

50 grams protein via chicken thighs

One of my readers asked if I was still doing the leptin reset, and would I post an update.

I started the leptin reset on October 31st, I was apprehensive initially but I could stick with the full GAPS menu so I decided to go for it. A lot of what concerned me was the fact that at the time I was still trying to rise every morning at 4am to get to work by 6am (my commute is an hour long). I wasn't sure how I was going to do the leptin reset “correctly” if I were getting up at 4am. Dr. Kruse says he is up to see the sunrise every morning, and he says lights out by 10pm so I didn't know if I'd be messing things up by going to bed so early and getting up so early. I asked my boss on October 30th if I could start working 6 hours a day to use up some of my vacation time and she said that was a great idea and relieved that I had thought of it, and she also told me to make my own hours.

I think she's growing a little weary of the “make your own hours” bit because the earliest I make it to work now is 9:30am. She's there at 6am and I know she is throwing me under the bus to everyone about this situation but I think I need more time to heal my adrenals and sleep is on the top of the list.

WEEK ONE

In the first week my sleep went wonky. I had a few good nights, then a few nights where I had to get up to pee many times (my normal is once or twice) started to sleep better. I managed to eat by 7pm each evening (which is sometimes hard since “making my own hours” sometimes my day runs late) and was also able to wait 4-5 hours between meals with no snacking. On November 7th I began tracking all my food intake using My Fitness Pal because I started to realize how many carbohydrates I was eating on a regular basis. It was nothing for me to eat 2-3 or even four cups of vegetables with my dinner meal. Since Dr. Kruse said if you have over 30 pounds to lose go to less than 25 grams carbs I wanted to do things right, so I began tracking diligently.

WEEK TWO

During the second week because of the big protein breakfast my cravings were completely obliterated. I hadn't even realized I was having cravings! Once they were completely gone the difference was quite noticeable.

WEEK THREE

By three weeks into the leptin reset I was still trying to adjust to the big protein breakfast since I've never been much of a breakfast eater to start with. I got over it because now I have no problem whatsoever, and if you click on the link you will see a list of some of the things I was having for breakfast to meet the 50 grams protein requirement.

WEEK FOUR

In November, one month on the leptin reset and staying under 25 grams carbohydrates for three weeks, I lost 5 pounds. My weight had pretty much stayed the same during the first ten months of the year, so this was a nice reward (not that being on GAPS has ever been about losing weight!). I noticed food had become less important, with more of an attitude of eating to live, rather than living to eat. I also made it through Thanksgiving without indulging in too many carbohydrates. I calculated 53 for the entire day, which was pretty darned low in comparison to Thanksgiving 2010 on GAPS (I have no idea how many I ate, but I made a lot of carbohydrate-rich dishes and dessert), and monumentally low in comparison to Thanksgiving dinner pre-GAPS (which was a typical Thanksgiving carbohydrate-laden meal).

MONTH TWO

Things went along pretty much the same during December, with the marked change in being able to skip lunch some days which meant I was going without eating for about 10 hours during the day. This was a remarkable feat. Bear in mind that I will not force myself to go without eating, so this was definitely not something I imposed upon myself, but was simply able to do. Amazing.

I was able to go some nights without eating all night long and feeling full of guilt when I had no other choice but to get up and eat. I noticed a pattern in where if I had a stressful day, it could affect my sleep at night. If I didn't sleep well, then I was less able to cope the next day, then I wouldn't sleep well. It is a vicious cycle. I lost 5 pounds more in December, and continued to track every bite of food using My Fitness Pal. I wrote a post on December 31st, thinking my eight weeks was up and I'd go off the leptin reset.

I didn't feel I'd done the leptin reset perfectly, some days I had trouble sleeping and was unable to get to work until so late in the day that I was not able to eat dinner by 7pm. I tried really hard, and one night I even stopped at Costco and bought myself a rotisserie chicken and ate that sitting in my vehicle, feeling sorry for myself. But then I read Mastering Leptin the authors of which also have their rules, one being you need to wait 11-12 hours in between meals. After reading that, I stopped trying as hard to eat by 7pm – meaning I still made a point to eat by 7pm but if I was unable to eat until 8am, then I would just wait to eat breakfast at 7am, instead of freaking out and worrying myself that I was blowing the entire leptin reset. Also, I was still having cortisol issues which were causing blood sugar issues in the middle of the night and I would wake up with the feeling that I needed to eat. If I don't eat, I cannot get back to sleep. If I can't sleep, I can't get up and go to work. I have to work, it's a fact of life.

Dr. Kruse says if you mess up on one of his rules, you set yourself back 12-14 days. But again, in reading Mastering Leptin I found something that led me to believe I wasn't doing myself that much harm. Because the fact of the matter is I'm not perfect, and if I was truly setting myself back 12-14 days each time I ate after 7pm, or had more than 25 grams carbs in a day, or ate in the middle of the night I'd be back at the start every few days. I don't need any more stress in my life than I already have to deal with, so I can't fret over doing things imperfectly. Here is what I found in Mastering Leptin that allowed me to relax a bit. Yes, they are talking about fat burning and Dr. Kruse is talking about resetting our leptin but this stuck in my mind as reason to not create anymore stress for myself than necessary:

ONCE YOU ACCESS FAT-BURNING MODE, STAY THERE! Following the Five Rules and accessing fat-burning mode creates a wonderful feeling of energy and well-being. However, when individuals have been in fat-burning mode for a few days and feel great, it does not mean their underlying issues with leptin resistance are solved. There may be numerous temptations that divert people from fat-burning mode. Such temptations cause them to violate one or more of the Five Rules. Beware: fat cells lurk in the wings, ready to refill themselves at a moment’s notice. While it may not seem like a big deal to occasionally go out of rhythm, unfortunately it is. If a person is in a good fat-burning mode and then violates one of the Five Rules, fat-burning mode will stop. However, even if the individual goes back to the Five Rules the next day, it may take two to five days for fat-burning mode to resume. During that time, the individual will have to wrestle with the additional urges of leptin resistance and previous compulsive eating patterns that did not exist in fat-burning mode. Unfortunately, when a person tries to lose weight and is in a good pattern, any violation of the Five Rules can slow progress for a few days. Sometimes extra exercise can get you back on track faster. Once in fat-burning mode, stay there!

Richards, Byron J.; Mary Guignon Richards (2009-02-17). Mastering Leptin: Your Guide to Permanent Weight Loss and Optimum Health (pp. 162-163). Wellness Resources Books. Kindle Edition.

I lost five pounds in December.

This is getting to be a pretty long post, so I'm going to share the rest tomorrow.

 

Here are my posts about the Leptin Reset:

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Sleepy = Leptin Sensitive?

I decided this past week that I had to do more in an attempt to sleep better. I have been putting on magnesium oil (this is the brand recommended to me: Ancient Minerals Ultra Pure Magnesium Oil 8 oz.) most nights after my shower but I wasn't sure if it was helping or not. I remembered something about taking magnesium at night to help to relax and have better sleep, so in addition to the mag oil I started to take a teaspoon of Peter Gillham Natural Magnesium Calm and finally I decided to try this time release melatonin that a friend of mine had given me a few tablets so I could try it out. Now melatonin is supposed to lower cortisol, so I had been reluctant to try it and also I had read somewhere that it's not a good idea to take melatonin since your body could become reliant upon it.

It used to be when I didn't get enough sleep I would and could simply by sheer will force myself to get up and get moving, get dressed and go to work. But in the last few months it has gotten to the point where not only can I not force myself up and at 'em but if I do manage to do so then I am a train wreck. I can't cope with any little bit of stress at work, I can't think clearly, I'm a mess. So I decided to try the melatonin, rationalizing since my cortisol saliva test showed my cortisol was high in the early morning, maybe taking melatonin at night would put a damper on that 4am cortisol and help me sleep through the night.

Also, last Monday I told my mom I'm going to just accept the fact that I may need to eat at night past 7pm, even if Dr. Kruse says it's going to mess up the leptin reset. I have to sleep. If I have to eat after 7pm to sleep, then I have to. I'll just have to be patient and wait for my body to heal so that I can go all night without eating. Also, for what it's worth the authors of Mastering Leptin say this about eating just before going to sleep:

I must eat something before bed or else I can't fall asleep. Does this mess up the Leptin Diet?

This is a sign of a stressed liver that is responding to nerves that are running too hot (too wound up). In this situation, the hormone glucagon is stimulating too much liver production of sugar – which is itself working in a stressed manner. Normal is that glucagon stimulates the release of sugar from the liver (about 60% of calories being used for energy) while simultaneously burning fat (about 40%) – which begins happening when a person hasn't eaten for three to four hours.

An uncomfortable hyper feeling (in response to stress on an empty stomach) or before bed resulting in trouble sleeping, is a sign the liver is out of shape and producing too much sugar compared to the amount of fat being burned. Eating raises insulin, which turns off glucagon, and stops the liver from doing this.

Eating in this situation is one way to get to sleep, but it is not helpful for weight management. On the other hand, not sleeping well isn't helpful for weight management either. One temporary solution is to find the smallest amount of carbohydrate that works, like a few crackers or 1/2 piece of fruit.

That helped me feel a bit less apprehensive about breaking the rule of nothing to eat past 7pm. I should also note that eating carbohydrates at bedtime, or with night waking has never helped me to get back to sleep, if anything it only made me feel worse. I have found I need to have protein and fat. Before GAPS that was some yogurt or a hunk of cheese (GAPS allows both these foods but I have been off dairy due to reactions when trying to introduce back into my diet), so it became a little harder to figure out what to have on hand so I could have protein readily available.

It was on Monday that I decided to take the magnesium oil, CALMS and melatonin. I remember climbing into bed and yawning, feeling relaxed and sleepy. I assumed it was the melatonin I'd taken twenty minutes earlier. It likely was. I slept well all night, in spite of having to get up to pee a couple times. I repeated the same routine on Tuesday night, and again slept well, even though I had to get up twice I still got back to sleep shortly after climbing back into bed. The same thing on Wednesday night, and good sleep again. This is great. I'm getting 8 hours of sleep on the nights I have to work the next day. Even though I'm still not getting to work until about 9:30 or 10. I would sure like to be able to get up at 6am and get to work by 8 but I don't want to push it yet.

So last night, Thursday night, I decided I wouldn't take the melatonin. As I crawled into bed I felt sleepy and relaxed. It must be after effects of the melatonin, I thought. Or maybe it's the CALMS. I slept well all night long from about 11pm until 7:30am.

The really awesome thing is on these nights I did not wake up with hypoglycemia and hunger. I was so pleased about that. A part of me wonders if it was psychological? Did giving myself permission to eat change everything? Somehow I don't think so. I did continue to have some mild hot flashes each night and had to throw off the covers, but usually they are much worse and then I wake up fully and I'm lying there with hypoglycemia.

Then today I remember that Dr. Kruse says as one of the signs of regaining leptin sensitivity: “B. Women will notice mood changes first (calmer/sleepy) and their sleep will improve.”

This is exciting. I hope this new trend continues.

Tonight I've felt sleepy since about 8 pm. I could have gone to bed then, but I'm trying hard to stick to a regular schedule. That means I have to get off this computer and climb into bed because it's 9:45. Nighty-night.

 

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Is My Leptin Reset?

These are the signs that leptin sensitivity has returned, according to Dr. Kruse:

  1. Men will notice quick weight loss.
  2. Women will notice mood changes first (calmer/sleepy) and their sleep will improve. Their clothes will fit differently but weight may not change drastically initially because of effects on the pituitary. This will change too if they continue moving forward.
  3. You will notice a change in your sweating pattern.
  4. You will notice you have better recovery from exercise and your energy levels seem to have risen.
  5. Your hunger is gone and so are your cravings.
  6. When you awaken you will feel very refreshed like you slept well.

Generally when the signs are all present, I then really push HIIT exercise with heavy weights.

Number 1: I'm not a man, but I lost 10 pounds in eight weeks doing the leptin reset. In December 2010 I was at 181 pounds, and during 2011 I was at one time as low as 176, but by October 31st I was at 184.4. I am now at 174.2.

Number 2: I have noticed mood changes, and my sleep has improved. This got worse before it got better. My clothes are fitting differently. I'm not sure if 10 pounds would be considered drastic, but after maintaining my weight for the entire year I'm happy with ten pounds.

Number 3: I still am not sure how to notice a difference in my sweating pattern. Should I be sweating more or less? We aren't supposed to work out or exercise during the leptin reset, and it's winter here in Arizona so maybe once the summer rolls around I'll find out if my sweating pattern has changed. Again, should I now be sweating more? I've never sweated heavily so it will be interesting to see.

Number 4: My energy levels are better, not anywhere near where I hope to see them but better than before the leptin reset.

Number 5: This one, definitely yes. It has been so exhilarating to get to the point where I can skip lunch, and I'm not a slave to food. For someone who for years had to eat every few hours, and bring food with me everywhere, this is huge. Now I should say that being on GAPS for about one year brought about the freedom to eat only three meals each day, but there were often days where I needed to have a fourth “meal” or a snack, and night hunger happened fairly regularly. The night hunger is still an issue, although I have had several nights where I did not have to eat during the night.

Number 6: As I laid in bed this morning, having slept for more than nine hours, having woken only once to urinate and was not hungry during the night, I tried to assess if I felt refreshed. When I think of feeling “refreshed” after waking, I tend to think of what I've probably seen on television… the person is lying there sleeping and they wake, sit up and stretch and jump out of bed, eager to start the day. I'm not to that point yet. But I do feel better these mornings when I've had plenty of sleep. Right now I am waking up each morning with a sore throat but it seems to go away after a few minutes, so I'm not sure what is going on. Maybe my body is fighting a virus.

I have just been taking it easy today since New Year's fell on Sunday it is a paid holiday for me.

I still haven't decided how to proceed with the leptin reset… while I ponder what to do I think I will relax a bit on the carbohydrates but continue with the big protein breakfast.

I've updated my About Us page and have added a recent photo. 🙂

 

 

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How to Treat a reverse T3 Problem

Over the years I've suspected I had a thyroid problem, and I always thought it would be so simple. Find the right doctor to test appropriately and then go on natural thyroid replacement, namely Armour.

But now I know that Armour is roughly 80% T4 and 20% T3 and since my T4 levels are high, taking Armour would not be the right solution. I might feel better for a little while, maybe because my body would be getting some T3, but eventually I would feel worse because my body would be getting too much T4.

So… the course of treatment suggested at Stop the Thyroid Madness is to take a prescription drug called Cytomel. This page explains how this reverse T3 problem is treated with Cytomel. Cytomel is a name brand product… the generic is not recommended by patients at Stop the Thyroid Madness. Apparently the generic is less effective, some say they felt nothing different when taking it.

In reading this page at Stop the Thyroid Madness, I learned some things that need to be in addressed before I even  even consider starting on Cytomel (T3). “You will also need to correct what is causing the excess T3 in the first place, whether ferritin/iron or adrenals. Without correcting these, you will be asking for trouble with the very powerful T3.”

Correcting Adrenal Dysfunction

I've been taking my temperature faithfully for the past week, and will continue to do so because it is an effective way to confirm what is happening on with adrenal and thyroid function. I believe I have stabilized my adrenals because my temperatures are steady from day to day. In the past seven days I've had mostly 98.3°F.

Correcting Low Ferritin Levels

You should also be looking at Iron Binding Capacity (TIBC), UIBC, Iron Serum and Iron Saturation percentage, and The Stop the Thyroid Madness site talks about low ferritin/iron levels.

Here are my results from September 30:

  • Iron Binding Capacity (TIBC) 284  range 250-450
  • UIBC 130  range 150-375 (mine is lower than the range)
  • Iron, Serum 154  range 35-155
  • Iron Saturation 54%  range 15-55
  • Ferritin 195 range 130-150 (mine is higher than the range)

In looking at these three sources, I have found that the numbers should look like this: Thyroid RT3: Iron, Adrenals Web Ferritin and Iron; Stop the Thyroid Madness Ferritin, Iron and Hypothyroidism.

  • Iron Binding Capacity (TIBC) 259 is good 250-450
  • UIBC 165 is a good number 150-375
  • Iron, Serum 154  should be at least 90 range 35-155
  • Iron Saturation should be between 35% and 45%
  • Ferritin should be 70-90

My ferritin levels are high.

Stop the Thyroid Madness says this about high ferritin:

What if I find my ferritin is super high? High levels of ferritin can point to an iron overload, such as the inherited disorder called hemochromatosis, which you can read about here. Your doctor will usually direct you to give blood in order to lower these harmful higher levels. With hemochromatosis, you can have a low TIBC or UIBC.

Are men different than women in their iron lab results? Yes. Men normally have higher levels of ferritin than women without having an infection. It’s common to see healthy men with a ferritin over 100.

Well, I'm not a man, and my ferritin is 195, almost double what is seen in a “healthy” man, so I'm thinking my level is “super high”.

And my UIBC is low, but I don't think I have hemochromatosis. I went in to have more blood drawn this past Friday, and two tests we are running are to look for inflammation. One is CRP (C-Reactive Protein), the other is ESR (SED Rate).
 

According to Dr. Kruse, the Leptin Reset will fix this reverse T3 problem. I am hoping it works for me. I would still like to get the Cytomel from my doctor in case I decide to try the protocol outlined here. I spoke with my doctor's partner last week since she is on vacation, and he is reluctant to prescribe T3. He does not think I have thyroid problems, because I do not have two of the most common symptoms: cold hands and feet, and hair loss. I am a little frustrated by this because I believe I've had low thyroid issues for at least two decades, and when you don't address thyroid problems your adrenals have to take up for them, which eventually exhausts them. So I believe it would be a mistake to continue to only address my adrenals, without looking into my thyroid.

On the other hand, maybe the Leptin Reset will fix me right up. I found this very interesting explanation for what Leptin Resistance is, how to fix it and the signs of Leptin Resistance and Leptin Sensitivity in the comments at Dr. Kruse's blog: Leptin for Dummies.

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