I just noticed the quote in your signature.
"Sometimes eating the wrong food with the right attitude is a better choice than eating the right food with the wrong attitude... That’s how powerful the mind and the heart can be in the healing process."
- Chris Kresser
- Chris Kresser
Depression is a real downer, parden the pun, there's a few individuals around me punching it out with the "Black Dog" and I had routine bout's that I just thought were normal, I'm pretty convinced mine were related to Grain carbs/gluten et al, particularly as I lapsed a bit diet wise before the xmas and invariably found myself in the Black hole for 2 weeks, the connection was too strong to ignore.
There is no denying that your cholesterol is high, but irrespective of that cholesterol it self is nothing but good, the question is why your body feels the need to have high cholesterol, more than likely we are talking system wide repairs. I can envisage a situation with your past process that could have precipitated this, fighting with the ED, enforcing veganism, low carb etc. whatever we do to our body it will try to cope in the best way it can, going from Veganism to VLC Paleo is paramount to jumping from the frying pan into the fire, so your body will take drastic action to defend itself.
Outside of the elements we aren't aware of, we do know that your body was not fat adapted, and to get the supply of glucose your body was used to you would have had to have had a massive ramping up of gluconeogenesis along with a number of other hormonal adjustments to lower glucose demand, metabplic downregulation.
That's not to say that VLC is not right for you, just means your body needs time to adjust before you can know that answer.
My tastes have been gradually changing towards higher fat, and so have my partners but not as quickly for her, it's been well over 12 months now for us and we are only at the moderate carb level. Pushing back a spoonfull of coconut oil like medicine is completely different to savouring it with lip smacking goodness, when you get a taste for fat, then you'll know your body is getting fat adapted and is looking for more.
The only thing that I would be wary of is the refined sugars and other sweeteners, they are concentrated and most of us have a taste for them, it's an ancestral taste urge, but they weren't on the shelf, so if you want a big spoon of honey go climb a 60" tree first.
The journal is great, my partner has been keeping a symptoms journal where she notes diet and bodily symptoms as well as her twite dailt temp and pulse rate, she's got 3 years of records now, the other aspect of this is when she notes down daily changes temps etc before bed, she is focussing on her body and how it is feeling, this directed awareness is getting her more tuned with her body and also setting the appropriate mindset for healing before going to sleep which is when much of the work is done.
Get more testing to determine where your issues lie, but remember most of the results will just be clues and not the actual cause.
Have you had Leptin tested?
It'll probably be a pay for, but when all is said and done and everything else is in place, getting leptin right will be a strong indicator of good health.
My partner had hers tested, she was high, just out of range, we will do it annually as a marker of overall healing.