Greetings all. I just started re-feeding this week. A bit of history / info about me:
I’m 72 and have been dieting off and on since I was in my teens. Most recently coming out of Atkins / Paleo. I lost 25 lbs in fall of 2011, felt the best I had in decades. Slowed, then stopped losing, started losing some of the benefits (esp. better sleep and more energy). Kept struggling to get back to where I started; finally said “I can’t do this again.” I had regained 10 of the lost lbs last time I weighed a couple of weeks ago.
My typical temp is in the 95’s or 96’s; occasionally see something in the 97’s. My pulse is in the 50’s. I have a family history of low thyroid, slow pulse, and lower than normal temp and mine have always been lowish but this 95+ business is new to me. I can only sleep 5 to 6 hours at a time and have some other mild low thyroid symptoms.
Since starting re-feeding I’ve had to double or triple my GERD med and yesterday and today have felt totally wiped out – so I guess it’s working :-(
My biggest question – at my age and history, what are the odds I will truly see significant health improvements???
Second question – I don’t especially notice cold hands and feet. It can happen, and I’m the only one in the office wearing a heavy sweater, but not as big a deal as I would expect from what I’ve read here. What does that mean???
Total body coldness is probably more significant than cold hands and feet specifically. If they are pretty warm you are probably not as chronically stressed as many with a low temp are. So that’s good.
I think at your age you are likely to see big and very powerful improvements. You should be getting back in a more anabolic state, refurbishing muscle mass and bone somewhat (at the very least stopping any losses), and that is extremely significant as you age. Your immune system should work better, sleep get deeper and longer… these things come with a tremendous preservation of the quality of life as one ages.