- February 13, 2016 at 10:54 am #5270
I am almost 60, my history is such that I’ve spent much of it with high cortisol output, resulting in health issues, including adrenal fatigue. I also have a history of hypersensitivity to candida which led to vulvodynia and IC. I am already on a highly modified food plan where I have had to eliminate many foods. Mostly I eat dairy, meat, vegetables and fats with some rice based carbs. One of the medications I used for vulvar pain caused me to gain weight. I’m off the meds now but I am having some big problems with reducing calories to lose the weight.
What happens is that every time I get my carbs under about 150 I get severe hypoglycemia symptoms–light headed, brain isn’t functioning, weakness, general shakiness. I feel best eating about 200 carbs but for an older woman who is overweight that is just too many carbs!
Also, whenever I reduce my calories I immediately get severe insomnia. I have recently been just gently reducing to between 1300 and 1500 calories. I immediately started waking up around 2:30 and can’t get to sleep until about 5am–right when I have to get up for work.
I really need to get some weight off, yet my body is not happy with me when I even make small reductions in calories or carbs.
Any hope? Any suggestions? Thanks!February 13, 2016 at 10:58 am #5271
Oh, and I forgot to mention. Every time I’ve reduced my calories, within about one week I start with a sore throat and swollen neck glands, which then moves into a full blown cold and I am sick for the next ten days. I’ve been struggling with all this for about two years now so the patterns are very clear.February 16, 2016 at 1:28 pm #5315MariaModerator
My doctor suggested the best carbs for adrenal fatigue are root vegetables, balanced out with a protein though. Carrots, beets, rutabaga(great for candida), parsnips, yams, and potatoes.
Are you exercising enough?February 17, 2016 at 7:03 am #5331
Thanks for the idea, I will make sure to follow this advice. No, not enough exercise, but about three times a week I take a 45 min walk, up and down hills, so that is something at least.
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