I don't know why, but this whole topic makes me feel sad...
Ookay, I'm not an expert but here's what I'm observing:
- You feel great low carb. You have lots of energy, can maintain weight loss, and it helps you control your (Aspergers?) symtpoms. All positive, valuable stuff which can't be knocked.
- You feel you are ageing suddenly and prematurely. Apparently this is not uncommon when people are VLC for a long time (don't kill me low carbers!) but you also have an erratic sleep schedule. Stress is incredibly ageing. How are your stress levels? I personally couldnt cope in ketosis cos I found it so stressful. Lack of sleep is even worse.
- You are quite forceful in how you implement dietary changes (because you want to see results quickly?). You're currently eating more fruit than I ate when I was a vegetarian!
- You're now experiencing a lot of bloating.
In Carb Wars I am generally in the 33:33:33 camp, but this is because I really believe that everyone is different and needs to find the balance that works for them.
Based on what you've explained I think you could:
- Place your focus on the sleep schedule. Be patient. Give it a week or two and see how you're looking and feeling after that. I know people might say that's not enough time, but if you spend two weeks where your focus is relaxing instead of trying to "fix" something I think you should see changes (if lifestyle stress is in fact the problem).
- dial back on the fruit (maybe to just three pieces a day?) and also experiment with the kinds of fruit you are eating. Maybe some agree with you better than others. I'm not great with blueberries or sharon fruit, some people have difficulty with cherries etc. etc. Find a fruit that you find easy to digest. Apples are notoriously bloating. Pineapple is apparently anti-bloating. Keep a diary and see if some effect your aspie symptoms.
- N=1 isn't effective if you change too many things at once. See how your bloating and skin react to the moderate-fruit-more-sleep regime. If you're not seeing an improvement then you could experiment with adding in a tiny bit of starch. White potatoes mashed with butter and bone broth might be easier for you than just boiled.
- Ultimately I think the most important thing is to be patient
FYI - I noticed that my skin aged quite suddenly on two occasions in my late twenties. Once when I was a low-carb veggie, once when I was vegan. These days my skin is glowing, and I'm noticing it looks best when I'm eating small amounts of rice (cooked in bone broth) and gelatinous cuts of meat. Chicken thighs are my friend
And eat them afterwards...! lol.
Originally Posted by GoJenGo
Last edited by YogaBare; 01-09-2013 at 08:08 AM.
Reason: Forgot about KG's dairy intolerance.
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