I've been playing around with some macros and supplements the last few weeks and have made some discoveries and decisions.
I upped l-tyrosine and 5htp to 3000 and 300mg respectively. I took 1500 l-t in the morning with 200 5htp and other aminos. I took the second dose of aminos in the afternoon, but I was taking the last 100mg 5htp at about 9pm . I definitely felt better with the higher doses, but my sleep was suffering. As an experiment, I decided to take my meds and the second dose of 5htp no later than 6pm. Now I am sleeping well again. I was always afraid to take 5htp during the day due to the possible sleepiness, but it is fine.
I've been attempting to do ADF again with clean low carb Primal. The thing is that I think my body is telling me to feed it. My DDs have been extremely hard. I have ended up overeating on the last three. Yesterday I ended up in a full blown binge. I felt exhausted and emotionally down yesterday afternoon. Today, post carb binge, my mood was elevated. I am temporarily dropping any kind of fasting. I am going to aim for 20% below my TDEE, 1900 cals. I will eat at least 100 grams of carb. I will aim to get 135 grams of protein or one g for each pound of LBM. The rest of my calories will come from fat, around 100 grams. I will track on MFP.
I will do this "feed myself" experiment for 30 days starting tomorrow. Hopefully I will be able to binge less and keep emotions in a more stable place. I hate to think that there is no hope; that just because I am a middle aged, peri menopausal woman I have to keep suffering with the hormonal upheaval and binging. It may be absolutely true, but if I stop trying, I'll just end up back at 280lbs again.