The Leptin Reset: Week 1 Results
As usual, I’m experimenting with ways to improve my health. Â Â Over the next month or so, I’ll periodically cover my results from the Leptin Reset as described in Dr. Jack Kruse’s Â It’s my July Health Project, with an option for the August Health Project. Â If you’ve never heard of it, check it out atÂ http://jackkruse.com/my-leptin-prescription/–he gives the details far better than I do.
Experience has taught me NOT to leave my health in the hands of physicians…even well-meaning ones who don’t accept “gifts” from pharmaceutical reps, a practice that in my career field would be considered unethical. Â Even great doctors miss things–especially when their PPO’s or HMO’s expect them to listen attentively and Â render a diagnosis process patients in 2 minutes or less. Â With only 2 minutes to hear all the symptoms and make a decision (this according to physicians I’ve dated in the past), it’s just too easy to pick the most likely cause and write a prescription. Â If I’d not railed against flippantly distributed prescriptions in the past and doctors who were too busy running off to their next patient to hear what I was telling them, I’d be on multiple damaging prescriptions for the rest of my shortened lifespan and feel like crap every day. Â Instead of medicating symptoms, I’ve gone after the causes, and that takes a whole lot more effort than writing a prescription or filling it or swallowing pills every day. Â The result? Â I’m feeling pretty danged good and my “numbers” back it up.
Of course, I don’t want to stop there. Â I feel good and want to keep feeling good. Â I also want to find ways to improve on how I feel and continually improve my quality of life. Â Â At this point, I am already gluten-free, sugar-free, weight is stable, Â BP in the 105/63 range, pulse steady and down. Â Â And as long as I stay away from gluten and dairy, I feel daily as though I’m guzzling 5-Hour Energy drinks. Â Â So what to do to improve next? Â I’m still working on balancing hormones–particularly insulin.
For all my life, I have had to eat every 2.5 to 3 hours or else I turn frantically in need of food and allllll I can think of is food. Â It’s a blood-sugar/insulin problem. Â I’m always hungry and always fighting cravings. Â So to reset and get rid of cravings, I’m following Dr. Kruse’s “Leptin prescription” for the next month or so to see if I notice any changes. Â The foods are very similar to my current diet–mostly protein, healthy fats, and veggies but the difference is in the timing. Â No more 6 little meals a day!
In fact, most of this week (week 1), I’ve eaten only two meals a day: Â the Big Ass Breakfast within 30 minutes of waking and the Big Ass Supper around 4 Â PM. Â I’ve done similar protocols before but I’m noticing a difference in following Dr. Kruse’s prescription more rigidly.
Here are the biggest differences after 1 week:
1. Â That Big Ass Breakfast (usually 10 ounces of grilled salmon or grass-fed ribeye) holds me well into the afternoon. Â I am NOT even mildly hungry for 6 to 9 hours–and that’s a far cry from the I-will-eat-my-colleagues-if-I-sit-in-this-meeting-one-minute-more need to eat every 3 hours or having nausea and the shakes at the 4-hour mark.
2. I have few to no Â cravings all day. Â I am still getting some minor cravings around 11 PM if I stay up too late. I’m not craving sugar or carbs, though. Â I crave protein or macadamia nuts. Â This is the one place I haven’t been able to adhere strictly to the reset prescription yet and have on 3 nights of the past week had an ounce of nuts or 2 ounces of baked chicken. Â Yes, I need to force myself to go to bed on time and I need to get through this night-eating practice that has for years meant keeping my blood sugar even and my morning fasting glucose lower.
3. I am surprisingly able to hold out on two meals a day (big-ass meals) or 3 if the breakfast if big and loaded with protein and then the lunch and supper are very light. Â With the next work week being a stressful and busy one, I’ll need to take time out for a very light lunch and then make sure I leave work on time (even if I have to back later) to have my light supper 4-5 hours before bedtime. Â No more waiting until 8PM to eat because I’m too busy at work.
4. Â I can tell a shift in my hormones. Â Let’s just say I’m feeling ooh, so much friskier this week! Â I’m also having crazy-wild dreams that I used to get when I was pregnant or otherwise hormonally challenged.
5. Â Other than the fact that dream-life is pretty vivid and that my 100-ounces of water a day means I MUST wake up for 2-3 minutes about 5 hours into my bedtime, I am sleeping very soundly and feeling refreshed in the morning.
6. Â I am having a slight headache, but I’ve had that for over a week. Â This may simply be a result of the weather and mold-count (I tend to have allergies, though very manageable since I ditched gluten). Â I also wonder if there’s pollution in the air from the Colorado wildfires as I had similar allergy issues when oil from the BP spill was burned at sea two years ago.
7. Â My blood sugar has been steady and close to my preferred range. Â Morning sugar is still higher than I like. Â Working on that.
8. Â I am down an inch in the bustline and in the hips in the last week. Â Â When I showed up for my weekly TRUE BLOOD date with my buddy Tonya, she said I looked like I’d been deflated.
9. Â My weight is not only holding steady but I am down 2 pounds in the last week.
10. Â In the early afternoons, I am feeling a little tired. Â That’s a surprise. Â I’ll need to watch that.
11. Â My mood has been steady and happy all week. Â See the picture from my mood app? Â All those oranges are for excellent moods. Â The one day with the yellow was for “okay.” Â The external events of the day were frustrating emergencies in which the people I needed to be at work to get the job done were off celebrating the Fourth of July with family or friends. Â It could have been a very stressful time, and while that particular day wasn’t euphoric, it WAS …”okay.” Â Â Right now, my family life, my work life, my relationship, my social life, my home life, my creative life, and my spiritual life are all going just fine. Â Perhaps my moods would be swinging wildly if they weren’t. Â Or maybe I’m just feeling steadier. Â We’ll have to watch this one.
12. Â My exercise has been relegated to casual walks and stretching/yoga for now. Â It’s way too hot outside this week to do much more than leisurely walks. Â I have done some gardening and furniture moving, enough that I’m sore.
13. Â I have three bruises, which is unusual for me. Â One happened on the first day of the reset when my doctor accidentally gave me a black eye. Â Another was from moving furniture and another from gardening. Â Â These may be more klutz factor than anything to do with my eating habits.
14. Â I’m getting lots more light during the day and after sunset, turning down the bright lights in the house. Â This does improve my desire to sleep…even if I still find great reasons to stay up and do stuff.
Bottomline, I am seeing some positive changes even after a week and some other things to be watchful of to see if they improve. Â All in all, I am happy with the results after one week and most happy with not feeling like a slave to my food cravings from 9 AM until midnight every freaking day.