Blanket woots to everyone for their ongoing pursuit of health, happiness and success! This is such an inspiring crowd.
And now, something to share.
As I mentioned upthread, I was experiencing a significant loss of appetite as a result of being pretty deep in to NK. That kind of threw me a bit because I could feel I wasn't eating enough, or getting the right nutrition, but didn't want to force myself to eat without appetite. That culminated in strong low blood sugar cravings yesterday. After a bit of a wrestle with the inner me, I ate some high fat ice cream, some higher sugar content chocolate and baked potatoes in butter for dinner. By the time I hit dinner I couldn't finish all the potato. So I didn't force myself. I ate till I was satisifed and ditched the rest.
This morning I've worked out, I'm experiencing a comfortable level of normal hunger -- and I don't have the least desire to eat anything with sugar, or another potato. I also have good levels of energy.
So this leads to me think that I was letting my macros get too low. While the body doesn't need a lot of glucose it does need some, and I think I was so carb restricted and so low on protein (so no protein conversion) that the inner alarm bells triggered. Which means I need to reassess my macros, because I don't want to be cravings carbs.
Main lesson learned for me is -- treat this as an inside-out journey, not an outside-in. Don't fall into the trap of imposing a program on myself and then ignore the clear signals my body is sending me that something's not working. Instead trust my body to guide me to the optimal way of eating for me. Up till now I have always put myself inside the 'diet mentality' straitjacket, rigidly sticking to the external rules, refusing to deviate out of fear of failure. This time I feel far more relaxed, and I'm really working hard to trust myself, trust my body, and know that I can and will succeed by being open to adjustments.
Has anyone else reached this point? Any other suggestions?