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    Hi everyone,

    I’m in my early days of eating the food… postead an intro a couple of weeks ago. I have low temps (high 35 degrees C most of the time) and what I am pretty sure is adrenal fatigue- a textbook case of it from the look of things!

    Anyway, I’m still very much in the land of crash and burn, but am now eating when I get cold, eating more food etc and sometimes I am feeling better but a lot of the time I still feel awful! I have struggled this week with crazy insomnia- not the usual classic 4am wakeup, but more like a midnight wake up after 9pm bedtime and then not being able to doze off at all for the rest of the day. Has this happened to any of you?

    My basal body temp graph has also gone completely unstable- I mean it looked strange before, but now it looks wonderfully zigzaggy from one day to the next, much like the adrenal fatigue pattern here: . The variation is about 0.6C/1.1degF. I don’t know if this means I have improved (I am certainly warmer even if my graph doesn’t say so yet!) or things have gone even more crazy? FWIW, if I ovulated this month (my body certainly tried but don’t know if it actually got there) it was Day 26.

    July-August BBT chart

    I feel confused about this whole process… I know it’s going to take a while, and I feel frustrated that I still have heaps of things to do (like painting my newly-sanded timber house this weekend by myself because my husband is away and it needs doing before the fresh timber weathers.. ugh… am totally burnt out on house renos!) and have just passed the 2 year mark of my PhD. Stress.

    But it would be really nice if I could sleep.


    Matt Stone

    If you’re feeling warmer that’s a good sign. I would need to know more details about what it is you are doing and what else is going on to really offer up any specific things though.


    I did read that the unstable temps in the luteal phase is related to stress and/or luteal phase deficiency and/or hormone imbalances and the messed up follicular phase is probably hormonal imbalances too.

    I ended up going to the doctor. This morning I had the giant suite of pathology- they suspect that there is a problem with my adrenal glands or pituitary gland.

    On the upside, I’ve slept most of the night for the last few nights which has been excellent. Still feel awful though! :( Should have the results by next week so will find out if it’s something that needs something other than eating the food to fix.


    I know this is your decision, but from my experience, I got put on all the meds for Panhypopituitarism, it worked in the beginning, but then my body kep on needing more hydrocortisone, then more thyroid, then more hgh, then more hydrocortisone, then more thyroid, ect just to stay feeling ok. That is NOT normal.

    And yes, I would go to say if u feel horrible and fatigued, and more symptoms of adrenal fatigue, you probably do have adrenal fatigue. However, unless you are near death (like I was) I would Advise you to not go on HC or anything else. But, remember I am someone off the Internet who dosn’t know your whole story, lab work, ect. So take all of this for what it’s worth.

    Things to consider:
    -HC will help probably (if your cortisol values are low), however it is horrible to get off! HORRIBLE!
    -your probably going to be sick for a while (sorry); however, mericals do happen :). So when your deciding what to do, think of the long run… Do you wana be on HC forever and band-aid your problem, or fix it.

    I will be praying for you, best of luck!


    Thanks Matt & godschild. I’m very much determined to tackle this naturally so if the pathology is bad I will be asking the doctor whether he thinks a good month or two of rest will help (I am doing my PhD, renovating a house, and haven’t rested properly in about 3 years!). I really feel like I need rest, not medication.

    I guess I still haven’t learned what works well for me yet. I tried the reduce liquid thing and sent my body crazy because I got a bit dehydrated, oops. I’ve stopped craving salt like I was which is great (for a while there I’d eat it out of the jar). I eat sugar whenever my body says it’s a good idea (which isn’t very often, but sometimes it just wants some lemonade, and now it can have it, and it helps). I really really really warmed myself up this evening by eating chicken casserole + rice (dinner), a couple of glasses of full-fat milk and then finished with some scones (I think Americans call these biscuits?) with jam & cream that my hubby made. So I’ve a long way to go, but I’m learning, slowly!


    Sounds like you’re making progress. One thing to avoid in the beginning is making too drastic a change from what your norm has been. Although your previous “normal” may not have been good for you, it was still what your body was accustomed to. So, if your thirsty, drink. If you’re hungry, eat. Gradually incorporate more warming, calorie dense foods into your diet, and don’t push anything. Beyond forcing yourself to chug water all day, you aren’t doing much damage by drinking what you want. Just look to make gradual improvement. I think what many people forget, and what I forgot initially, is that forcing your body to do anything against its own innate wisdom is usually a bad idea.


    Thanks hazmatt- that is some good advice.

    Actually, the thing I’ve found most interesting in the last few weeks is the amount of food that I need to eat while what I consider sedentary (yknow, things like going to work, doing a bit of painting of my house this afternoon (basically standing), grocery shopping, walking to the train etc)… puts me at about 2600 for this. I’d previously eat that much while working out 4x/week doing heavy strength training plus all of the above. No wonder I have ended up in this place!

    This week I’ve seen improvement- I nearly feel well enough to go to the gym again. Amazing what a bit of rest and food does for someone!

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