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    Will the Leptin Reset fix thyroid problems? If you read the Hormone 101 blog, you’d know this answer already. Shame on you! Anyone with a leptin problem has a thyroid problem by definition. So if you fix leptin, you can easily fix the thyroid. If you have an extreme case, you may need a doctor to help guide you back to optimal.
    Will the Leptin Reset fix adrenal problems? It depends on the severity of the condition, as most are tied to cortisol issues. High cortisol levels are harder to treat than low cortisol levels. If they are really bad, I treat both the same time. Most often though, with adaptogenic support and some good doctoring, you can fix most adrenal problems.
    Primal since March 5, 2012
    SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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    • Jenn, dairy also has a bad effect on insulin, so it could actually be the greek yogurt that makes you tired!
      My Journal: Candy in Primal Wonderland
      My Blog: Candy in Wonderland
      Goal for 2012: keep weight steady (+/- 74 kg): check
      Goal for 2013: lose 10 kg and keep new weight (+/- 65 kg)

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      • Hi,

        Must say this is my first post so bear with me, just found the forum after playing primal for few months and saw today posts, start to read (beginning of your threat) and do also struggle with my DH to accept this lifestyle, however in our case the aim is my DS to gain weight and fight eczema ( which did worked!) as long we stuck with it.

        This weeks must say for nextmonth too we are sky high stressed cos of my uni, last year rain of projets and with a toddler and baby there is no time left to think about food nevermind cooking plus this brain is asking for carbs like mad. All I can do is stick with fruits and dark chocolate and let my DH cook which is real food but not primal anyhow I choose to don't stress about that too.

        Also I cannot believe how little people eat on this forum, maybe because I am full on breastfeeding and I need an extra 500 cal but man I more than two people and still only a belly showing up lately.

        I found eating fruits with fat does stops somehow the sugar high after.

        Also we do not afford grass fed either only mail order around here (London UK) so we stick with organic and free range when even organic is not available. Oh well...

        Why don't you try a smoothie mornings can make it with coconut milk some greens and banana as long you keep greens 70% and rest fruit will be great.try it

        Have a nice day!
        Ionela

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        • Hey Jenn, read this post Guest Post: Alison from PaleoNonPaleo | Paleo Parents and thought about the problems you have with your DS. Could it be food-related? Can you see his behavior is better/worse when (not) eating certain things?
          My Journal: Candy in Primal Wonderland
          My Blog: Candy in Wonderland
          Goal for 2012: keep weight steady (+/- 74 kg): check
          Goal for 2013: lose 10 kg and keep new weight (+/- 65 kg)

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          • Jenn- that hot chocolate and cake on the weekends can cause problems later in the week, too. Seems like a shot of sugar messes me up for days, and makes my system go out of whack. Something to consider. That said, I think a mostly protein breakfast might be the right thing for you, going my your experience.

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            • Hello ladies. Welcome to the tribe, Ionela. We're always glad to accept another!!

              Candy, you make a valid point that I hadn't thought of. Of course, dairy is full of sugar and that's the whole reason people say to avoid it - insulin response! Geesh. Thanks for reminding me. I hadn't even thought of that.

              Today, so far, I have had my regular protein breakfast - 3 sausage links, 3 boiled eggs, copious amounts of vitamins - but I did also add a cup of coconut milk (yum) to wash down the vitamins. Oh, and my salt flush is done too. Man, that is one gross drink!! lol

              We were up way late last night b/c we had some bad weather and tornado warnings and what-not. We were fine - the tornadoes died before they go close and we only got the outer band of the storm it seems. But, regardless, we spent a good hour in the basement waiting it out. There were 3 confirmed tornadoes. I don't know the extent of any damage yet... This is all I can find: Storm damages farmsteads in southeast Iowa

              Despite that, I am feeling well today! Not sleepy at all (yet... that is still up in the air, considering I just ate breakfast).

              I will work on the leptin reset starting Monday. I'm kidding... I'm starting today, really. Based on my breakfast anyway. I brought half a green pepper with me to work too b/c it just sounded good, but I might save that for later today - like a lunch snack or something. I'm not fully prepared for the reset and can't even say that I would be after this weekend b/c I am limited in my ability to follow the primal lifestyle perfectly. No grass-fed meat, no grass-fed butter, no raw dairy, none of that stuff, so I suspect it's going to take longer than 6-8 weeks to reset my leptin response. I am planning on 12 weeks to get things straightened up. During that time, I'll eat as primally as I can. I might even eliminate dairy during that time for better effect. I'm still thinking about that.

              Anyhow, I'm off to find the journal about the girl who resets her leptin and talks to much (that's the title of her journal).

              It's Friday and I'm HAPPY about it! Setting up for the garage sale tonight at my SIL's house. I should probably take a half day off work... will see what this afternoon brings.
              Primal since March 5, 2012
              SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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              • Jenn~Good luck with the leptin reset~I had a horrible experience with it!! I kept gaining weight and being told to eat more fat and the more fat I ate the more I gained!! I ended up with about 20 extra pounds by my third month and I gave up. It just never really made sense for me. The entire time I was foillowing it things kept changing, and it seemed everyday more stuff got added, the amount of supplements was just mind boggling for me. BUt it seemed to work for a few people. So I will cross my fingers that it works for you.

                I am ot sure anymore how I feel about all of the different resets, iodine protocols, etc.. It seems the more of those things I did the more out of whack I got! Maybe it's just me..*figures*Good luck honey!

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                • Everything is an experiment. The VLC was working for me when I started with Primal and then I got worried about my thyroid, but it seems I would have probably been alright. I'll give it a try and see what happens.
                  Primal since March 5, 2012
                  SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                  • Hello ladies (and any gents). Today is Leptin Reset Day 1. And thank mama it's here! I went on a sugar bender this weekend!!! I saw the behavior, I knew what I was doing, but I didn't care. I ate 15 girl scout cookies yesterday alone! FIFTEEN!! Had probably four 20 oz mountain dews (three of them yesterday!), and 4 servings of ice cream. Today is going to be a bad day... it's going to suck. All that sugar yesterday. Holy withdrawals! Oh, and I had french fries on Saturday... the rest of the food was very primal.

                    I'm glad it's over... *sigh*

                    So, like I said, today is leptin reset day 1. My intent with this is to reduce fatigue, primarily and improve my weight secondly. I will do the reset for a minimum of 6 weeks, possibly 12 since I don't follow primal 100% (i.e. still not eating grass-fed meats) and Dr. Kruse says that if it's not followed as closely as possible, it could likely take longer for the reset to be achieved.

                    My mornings will be VLC, if any carb at all. Recently I've been drinking coconut milk with my vitamins, but aside from that, unless I get an omelet for breakfast, the morning will be VLC. Lunch will be skipped unless I'm actually hungry, in which case I'll get a salad with some protein. (note to self - make your own dressing) Dinner will consist of meat and carbs. Veggies, veggies, veggies. I will also continue my drinking of yummy unsweetened lipton tea. Snacks in the evening, if there are any, will be strawberries and/or raspberries with coconut and heavy whipping cream. I'm a very poor judge of serving size, so I'll need to measure everything that needs measured. I fully intend to track using my fitness pal to verify that I'm doing what I need to do.

                    There ya go. That's my plan. Easy peasy. (Sure... I say that now... lol) I can't think of any birthdays or other celebrations in the next few weeks that could cause me any trouble. The only thing I worry about (now) is the weekends b/c I sometimes lose my discipline. I had been treating myself to Mt. Dew on the weekends (only one b/c it was sickeningly sweet and it made me super thirsty), but now I'm going to have to put an end to that in order for this reset to work.

                    My hope is that before long I'll feel more energized in the morning. I hate dragging in the morning. It makes the morning stressful b/c I'll hit the snooze for entirely too long (sometimes I hit it so long that I can't even take a shower... Bad Jenn! *slapping wrist*), fall behind and then have to rush to get out the door in time to leave for work and not have to worry about being late. (Luckily, the last few times, the bridge span has been open, and the bridge delays are 'forgiven' at work - the bridge to the island we work on is low and barge traffic will delay us b/c the bridge has to be opened to allow the barge to pass).

                    Today I am also breaking down and going to see Dr. Lake (aka Dr. Torture) to have my foot looked at. This plantar faciiatis has gone on long enough. It's making other things hurt b/c I'm favoring the foot. Not cool. I see her at 10 and am NOT looking forward to it b/c I know it's going to hurt like a bitch when she starts manipulting the connective tissues. Ow ow ow... I'm cringing already.

                    Food plan:

                    B: 8:30
                    2 egg omelet with mushrooms, onions, green peppers and ham
                    3 sausage links
                    vitamins
                    salt flush

                    L: nada

                    D: 7:30
                    ribeye steak
                    grilled asparagus

                    S: 9:00
                    strawberries/raspberries
                    coconut
                    heavy whipping cream with vanilla

                    I hope everyone is having a great start to their week. I wish I was still sleeping, but I'm sure I'll survive.
                    Primal since March 5, 2012
                    SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                    • Oh my goodness.
                      First, congratulations on posting that. I know when I have gone on a bender, the last thing I want to do is write it down.
                      I pass over the events of this last weekend: it happens to everyone. But when I read that you have been 'treating' yourself to one Mountain Dew per weekend, I had to wonder.
                      How does that still even taste good to you? Is your appetite ever adjusting after getting a weekly shot of corn syrup or what-have-you? I am boggling.
                      Good luck with the leptin reset. Hope it goes well for you. Don't give up if that huge breakfast is hard to get down at first. You DO adjust. (Although you may find yourself not eating much dinner out of self-defense-- which isn't a bad thing, necessarily.)

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                      • I have a BAB every morning, usually - as long as you consider 3 sausage links and 3 eggs to be a BAB... I do.

                        You know, I don't know why it still tastes "good" to me... I wish it didn't. Maybe after the 6-12 week reset period I won't be interested anymore. I hope not because I know it's not good for me. But you will be proud to know that on Saturday morning I had a bottle... then Saturday evening when we were headed to the track, we stopped at the gas station to get some little bottles of milk for the wee one. I grabbed a dew. By the time I got to the checkout line, I turned around, put the dew back and grabbed two bottles of tea instead. The thought of drinking the dew made me thirsty - not like thirsting for the dew, but thirsting for water. The tea was a much more satisfying option.

                        I don't think I'm powerless to the dew... I just think my mind, much like the mind of a former smoker or former drug addict, sometimes craves it and I give in.

                        Part of the problem, too, is that on Saturdays, when I usually partake in my dew drinking exercises, we are at the race track. The race track doesn't offer anything except soda and water. They don't have my tea and I can't bring any in... I know water is the very obvious better choice.

                        I logged my food for the day:

                        Todays Meals.jpg
                        Primal since March 5, 2012
                        SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                        • I've just come to a realization of sorts. I knew I screwed up this weekend. Sugar bender and all... but I didn't realize the effect it would have on me other than weight gain and possible cancer in the future (hahaha jk). Today my gut has been active... not active in the "going to the bathroom a lot" way, but in the gurgling way. It's not a very comfortable feeling. I wonder... was it the sugar or the wheat? Girl scout cookies have come a long way for celiacs, but the coconut and caramel dealies still have wheat in them... hmmm.

                          I left said cookies out on the counter over night. with any luck, they'll be stale so I don't feel guilty for tossing them.
                          Primal since March 5, 2012
                          SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                          • I love it when I get those not so good feelings from eating something not so good. They usually really help me stay away from that kind of food in the future. Sweets tend to give me sores in my mouth (not from small amounts, but getting even a little carried away will do it) and lately they make my tongue hurt. It's to the point now that my chocolate can barely even tempt me; I'm tired of a sore tongue.
                            5'2", 55 years, Primal since April. Pre-Primal weight loss, from 216.6 to 157.8
                            Primal low: 140.2 (Dec. 3) Goal weight: 135?
                            Main Primal goal: beating back my CFS enough to function more normally and start writing again

                            More and more, our life has been governed by specialists, who know too little of what lies outside their province to be able to know enough about what takes place within it.
                            - Lewis Mumford

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                            • Went to my other chiropractor (the one who turned me on to the paleo life) for my foot. I thought I had plantar faciiatis and wanted to have her correct it since it's been 3-4 weeks with no relief. I gave her my list of complaints (hip pain, hamstring pain, foot pain - figuring all started as a result of the foot pain it must be b/c I'm favoring my foot). She said "Sounds like nerve pain. Lay on the table face up". She didn't even TOUCH my foot and it's 90% better already! I had heal pain about a year ago and I don't know why I didn't remember this. Anyhow, the sciatic nerve travels from the low spine, through some muscles in the butt, through the hip bone, down the back on the thigh and calf, and into the heel of your foot where it ends. Mine gets pinched in my butt. My piriformis muscle (deep butt muscle) gets inflammed and then pinches this nerve. This nerve then sends a shooting signal down my leg and into my foot. Or sometimes my foot will just hurt or my hamstring will feel like it's being stabbed.

                              So, she did her Active Release techniques magic and made my foot feel better without even touching it. I had forgotten how terrible ART feels. It hurts SO bad. It's like getting a snake bite (from your friends when you were kids) while someone is also pushing with all their force into your leg. Ow. It hurts. In reality, she's pressing really hard on trigger points to break up the adhesions in the muscles to allow the muscles to glide freely along one another (kind of like the muscles get snagged on each other - imagine trying to rub two pieces of velcro together... they don't slide. this is what the muscles do at adhesion points). Anyhow, she worked out a bunch of spots and my foot feels quite a bit better. My end of the bargain is that I have to do my nerve flossing again (this helps the nerve glide in and out of the muscle without snagging), low body yoga stretches to keep everything loose and limber, and stick to my paleo/primal diet.

                              Last year I saw her 40 times for these treatments. Insurance would only cover 20... I owed her almost $600 by the time we figured out insurance was done paying... Dang! This time, she says b/c I gave up the SAD, I can probably get away with only 4 visits.

                              She offered to give me a $125 gift card to her crossfit gym if I was serious about wanting to do crossfit. I wish I was more serious about it right now. I'm not even sure where I would fit it into my life at this point. My current gym is free and I do it over lunch. Plus with the leptin reset, I'm not supposed to do any heavy/hard workouts. Walking is the most I'm supposed to do. I told her I'd have to pass on the gift card right now. I guess she's training to become a certified crossfit instructor and I'm super excited about that! I'd LOVE for her to be my instructor!

                              I added a salad for my lunch today. I wasn't really hungry but couldn't stop thinking about food and knew that if I didn't intervene I'd do something stupid. So, I opted for a salad tossed together with stuff on the salad bar - I found they have oil in the sandwich shop in our cafeteria, so I opted for that as my dressing. I hope to beat hell it was olive oil and not some other crap. It was a yummy salad and right now, at this very moment, I have 49 grams of carbs planned/accounted for. I wish MyFitnessPal would allow me to input the exact number of carbs, protein and fat I want to consume and then tell me what my calorie goal should be. the way it's set right now, I'm over my calorie "goal" by 277 calories. I don't care. It's the others that matter, right?
                              Primal since March 5, 2012
                              SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                              • HA! YELLING THIS FROM THE MDA ROOFTOPS!! MY SISTER-IN-LAW JUST ASKED WHAT BOOK I READ TO LEARN ABOUT PRIMAL!!!

                                haHA! I think she's coming around!!!

                                Lending the book to her and told her to feel free to ask me any questions she might have. Don't want to push her, but I am soooo excited!!
                                Last edited by jenn26point2; 05-07-2012, 02:05 PM.
                                Primal since March 5, 2012
                                SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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