So Ive read the information on the blog, tried to get through a good chunk of te MdA pages and gone through here but hasn't quite food the answers to my questions. As a quick background I started the RX 1.5 weeks ago- I used the fact that I have horrible body comp despite rigorous weight training and exercise for years, inability to lose weight unless doing PSMF but even then I gained fat back despite strict adherence to paleo/primal and VLC, and my free t's were both in the bottom/out of range although my blood level of leptin measured fasting did not seem to be elevated and my reverse T3 was 185 with a range of 90-350. Just started compounded natural T3/T4 2 weeks ago and started seeing a naturapth who said I have adrenal fatigue (I also have a lupus DX from 2 years ago), she put me on several herbal and vitamin supplements, high dose prescription probiotic, and 5-htp so far for 2 weeks now. I am 5'6.5 and weigh around 155-160 right now (I don't weigh due to extreme anxiety re: cortisol issues related to the number) and I have a mesomorph frame so this is not crazy overweight for me nor do I look it- but ideally I think 145 or really around 20% BF would be ideal.
My questions are:
1) with adrenal fatigue I'm told you should not skip meals (ie IF) as it raises cortisol, but what often happens (and what is said to be a positive aspect of the RX) is that I forget about lunch or just am not remotely hungry until say 4 but I'm told to eat every 4-5 hours for adrenals. So, if leptin is truly the master, can I disregard the eating frequently for adrenals or should I force myself to eat something unless I'm completely LS at which point I'm assuming my adrenals should be healed?
2) As a follow-up, does the adrenal issues resole with regain of LS or will I need to avoid HIIT or any cardio until they are even after 8 weeks? Right now I have no desire to workout as I hit a wall a month ago physically and mentally (my job is also very labor intensive- I'm a chef). I do do yoga as I firmly believe in it as a regular form of moving meditation and body awareness. I will of course first start with weight training again, I've always done low rep high weight, but from what I understand right now I need to avoid exercise until I feel like it as opposed to making myself do it and then feeling like crap afterwards. Of course I'm paranoid I'll just lose more of what little lean mass I have left.
3) How are people upping carbs after the 8 weeks or are they? I read on Dr. Kruse's blog that VLC leads to serotonin issues and as someone with a history of hospitalization for depression and chronic low mood since I'd really like to rejoin the human race and feel more like myself- this could also be tied into my chronic excessive exercise, eating issues, and resulting horrendous energy.
I appreciate any and all insight!