slacker wrote:How frustrating! What is different about what you were eating late last year (before the holidays), and what you are eating now? What are your macronutrient percentages now per Chronometer? Are you getting enough calories for your activity level?
For starters, I wonder if the smoothie breakfast is not giving you enough fat and/or calories to last very long. A cup of blueberries may be causing a glucose spike and drop. Have you tested your blood glucose 1 and 2 hours after you eat?
PS. What is Pirate's Booty?
Julie G wrote:I'm also wondering about hormonal issues. What is your current stress situation? High cortisol can play havoc with metabolism. Remind me of your hormonal status. Are you using bHRT? I ask as estrogen appears to help carry glucose to the brain. A precipitous drop can exacerbate the neuronal fuel shortfall that E4 carriers already exhibit, naturally worsened with age and insulin resistance.
I'd personally ditch the smoothie and maybe eat the nut, seed and berry ingredients whole - put them in a bowl and cover with a little almond or coconut milk. Here's a "super food cereal" recipe I found online and modified a bit:
½ oz. raw cacao nibs
½ oz. unsweetened coconut flakes
½ oz. sliced almonds
¼ oz. chia seeds
¼ oz. hemp seeds (I usually use slightly ground flax)
1 oz. blueberries
unsweetened almond milk
Place cereal bowl on scale and measure out ingredients except for blueberries. Add almond milk and let sit for 5 minutes to thicken a bit (I usually make it before I go take a shower). Top with blueberries.
Lol, you and me both... WIPStress is okay at the moment, although meditation is always on my to-do list (that sounds like an oxymoron, doesn't it?) and never gets the priority it deserves.
Julie, my hormone situation is actually something that has changed since my Nov/Dec successes. I'm on a .050 estradiol patch now, and doing 100 mg of progesterone each night. Sleeping MUCH better. Maybe had some difficulty adjusting to the .050 level on the patch (increasing from .025 coincided with a weird week of nausea). Because the hormone situation seems to be working well enough, I'm hoping to leave that stable till I see Dr. Hathaway (for the first time!) in mid-April and get some actual labs.
Susan, I'm eating the cereal. At first, I looked in the bowl and thought, "This isn't very much. I'll be hungry again in five minutes." But I've been chewing and chewing and chewing, and it seems to be filling me up nicely--and evenly.
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