Benjamin Shine Posted September 28, 2012 Share Posted September 28, 2012 I started my second Whole30 yesterday. My main health complaint is persistent fatigue and brain fog. My body composition complaint is persistent abdominal obesity -- even though all my other markers of health are getting better. I've been mostly paleo for about two years now. My big struggle is dairy, and I haven't been able to put it down *except* for during my first Whole30. My other big struggle is sleep: I spend a lot of time doing it, but don't feel rested. I wake up 2 or 3 times a night to pee. On days that I drink less caffeine, that doesn't happen as much, but I'm super-fatigued without tons of caffeine. I crossfit 2-4 times a week. I'm 37, m, 5'2", 178, of the fire hydrant variety. (Deadlift 305, bench 185, squat 285, clean 135, 5 strict pull-ups in a row.) Waist is stuck at 37" (size 34 waist in Levi's) and hasn't moved in 6 months. This time will be a good bit easier than last time, because my employer (Twitter) has moved into a huge new office with an amazing restaurant-quality kitchen. The amazing chefs cater to all different sorts of food allergies & preferences, and they focus on high-quality, local, organic food. All of our beef is grass-fed, for one (amazing) thing, and there's always a powerful salad bar with lightly-steamed broccoli, shredded carrots, cucumbers, arugula... plus there's berries almost every day in summer. We get breakfast every day, which always has hard-boiled cage free eggs and some sort of fresh fruit -- when I'm ambitious I do scrambled pastured eggs at home. Two things I've changed recently: 1) My thyroid medication went from being 137 mcg synthroid to 112 mcg synthroid (T4) and 5 mcg cytomel (T3), and I'm taking it in the morning, instead of bedtime. 2) I take supplemental testosterone (I'm f2m) and for years I've been applying the gel at bedtime. I finally checked the prescribing information, and it says "apply every morning." So I'm trying that now -- it's more in line with the natural rhythm of testosterone production in men with built-in testosterone. I'm also waiting for the results of an adrenal stress index test. Thanks for listening... I'm excited to see how this goes. Job for today: throw out the hot fudge and gluten-free chocolate chip cookie dough in the fridge. -benji Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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