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    Hello Everyone
    This is my first post on the forum, and I'm here because I'm in desperate need of some help! I know there are many knowledgeable people in this forum because I've been reading for a while, so please don't hesitate to give your opinions or experiences.

    I have recently discovered Dr. Kruse's blog about leptin, and I'm wondering if a leptin reset would be appropriate for my situation. I'm currently struggling with an ED (bulimia), and I want to get this under control. I have been following the Specific Carbohydrate Diet since May 2010 for treatment of SIBO, but I've been Primal since March 2011. Shortly after going Primal I felt amazing. No cravings, stable blood sugar, and no uncomfortable stabby hunger. Recently I've had serious trouble with binging/purging, I think partially due to emotional stressors in my life, but I know the underlying cause of ED's are not exclusively emotional. I know there is a neurotransmitter issue in there too. I'm currently in therapy, and I've been taking Prozac for the last month (just upped to 20mg) for some situational depression, and to help with the bulimia. So far I've only noticed that my sleep has improved and I cry less, but it seems that the binge/purge cycle has only gotten worse. I want desperately to be free of this, it's so terrible for my body.

    Anyway, I'm wondering if a leptin reset would be beneficial in helping me to recover from the ED. I'm also considering going off the SSRI in order to try 5-HTP and amino acid supplementation. I've read about it on here and heard that it's been helpful for some people. I'm apprehensive to jump into the leptin reset because it would be a big change from my routine now. I currently follow the leangains eating window protocol, and exercise according to the Primal Blueprint Fitness. I'm scared to start eating a lot while decreasing the exercise aspect.

    If anyone has any insight on the leptin reset, or possible supplements that may be helpful, it would be appreciated. Thank you!

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    While I don't know about your situation specifically, I can say that IF was a disaster for me. A good way to get depressed and get an eating disorder for sure! Please read what DrK has to say about IF before you continue with it. If you read through the leptin reset thread, you'll see examples of others with ED and gut issues who have done well on the protocol. You will really want to work with your own doc to wean yourself off prozac.

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    • #3
      here's a good post: INTERMITTENT FASTING and LEPTIN | Jack Kruse Read the comments section, too.

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      • #4
        Thanks for your feedback Paleobirdy, I checked out that post. Man, if I wasn't confused before I am now! I'm wondering if the leptin reset will help, or if I just need to chill out and not follow some kind of "plan"...maybe that's what's making the ED worse? I want to be able to stop obsessing!!

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        • #5
          The leptin rx will help you get your testosterone better and E2 lower. It will not hurt at all. But ithink you need testing to see what is at root cause. Dhea, free and total testosterone vit d levels and big time usemof k2 resveratrol and turmeric. Lots can be done. What is the cause of the ED? Do you know? May need salivary cortisol done too.

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          • #6
            DigitalSurgeon- Sorry but I'm a little confused....are you suggesting I supplement with vitamin d, K2, resveratrol, and turmeric? I should have also mentioned that I'm female, my name doesn't make the obvious Does that change anything you said about testosterone? Sorry if these questions are basic, but this is all so new to me. Also, how would exercise fit into all of this? I'm not overweight right now, but I don't want to gain weight and I'd like to continue with strength training as I've been noticing improvements. As far as the cause of my ED, it began in my teens after my mother died. There were several years that it wasn't an issue, but it's been back in the last year as I dealt with a tough breakup, moving x2, and grad school among other personal/emotional issues.

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            • #7
              IMO, the original LR thread is huge now, full of lots of great information and experiences but also discussion, digression, diversions. So, I would go to Dr K's site (jackkruse.com), find the basic rules, the supplements to take (covered above) and the FAQ's - I frequently find the answer to something I don't understand by reading the comments. When you feel ready, dive into the original thread for further info.

              I have a binging mentality going back to childhood - the LR protocol is allowing me to control the eating side of my emotions hopefully leaving me stronger to work through the rest of the crap. Good luck to you

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              • #8
                al09, while I can't help in terms of leptin, I am a former bulimic. So I just want to say hi, and wave my pom poms, and tell you that you absolutely can get through this. You're stronger than the ED. You are. You rock. (And you Grok!)
                F, 44 years old, 111.8 lbs, 4 feet 11.5 inches (yes, that half inch matters!)

                **1st place sparring, AAU TKD regional qualifier, 2/15/15 - It's damn good to hit like a girl!**

                **First-ever 5K race 11/28/13: 37 minutes, 18+ seconds, no stopping**

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                • #9
                  Thanks for the support! It means a lot to me

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                  • #10
                    While I have never been into purging, I am a recovering compulsive binge eater. I binged for most of my life for various reasons. I have now been in recovery for 6.5yrs. I just wanted to say hi and wave my pompoms too. I do not know anything about the lepton reset...but I can definitely see how IF and/or a strict eating window could set you up for a binge/purge.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by al09 View Post
                      DigitalSurgeon- Sorry but I'm a little confused....are you suggesting I supplement with vitamin d, K2, resveratrol, and turmeric? I should have also mentioned that I'm female, my name doesn't make the obvious Does that change anything you said about testosterone? Sorry if these questions are basic, but this is all so new to me. Also, how would exercise fit into all of this? I'm not overweight right now, but I don't want to gain weight and I'd like to continue with strength training as I've been noticing improvements. As far as the cause of my ED, it began in my teens after my mother died. There were several years that it wasn't an issue, but it's been back in the last year as I dealt with a tough breakup, moving x2, and grad school among other personal/emotional issues.
                      No....im saying test then consider action. ED has lots of causes. Most are very treatable

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                      • #12
                        I've been reading another thread that talks about using 5-HTP and amino acids in ED recovery....I guess it's based on the book the Diet Cure. I haven't read it yet, but does anyone have any info/experience with this method?

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                        • #13
                          The leptin reset is a bad idea for someone recovering from an eating disorder. You shouldn't be following any sort of plan if you are recovering from an eating disorder.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by al09 View Post
                            I've been reading another thread that talks about using 5-HTP and amino acids in ED recovery....I guess it's based on the book the Diet Cure. I haven't read it yet, but does anyone have any info/experience with this method?
                            There are a couple of really good, lengthy threads about that somewhere. I tried it, only found benefit from 5-HTP, but I know others have found it very effective.

                            I would definately not recommend fasting whilst recovering from an ED. Eat real food, regularly (at least 3 meals a day). Don't weigh. Do activities you enjoy. Sleep. When you slip up, don't worry, just carry on. Very basic I know, but a good starting point.
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                            • #15
                              I think you're right. I've been focusing on not restricting and thinking more positively about my food and the choices I make, and I feel a bit better. Thank you

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