Autumn Capsule Wardrobe

Due to my recent self-diagnosis of adrenal fatigue, I decided to make my fall wardrobe super simple.

Most of these items are a carry-over from previous seasons in neutral colors. Since I live in coastal Southern California, I can just add a cardigan to a short-sleeved top or dress to convert it to an “autumn” outfit.

This year I added a scarf, necklace, a couple tops and 2 dresses in shades of wine, dark red or cinnamon. The scarf & necklace are multicolor.

My wardrobe is mostly dresses as they are a ready-to-go outfit – less of a decision in the morning…

10 dresses, mostly neutrals
Slacks: black, beige, gray
Skirts: black, black/white glen plaid, khaki
Shoes: Black wedges, brown wedges, black heels, black booties, black ballet flats, gold ballet flats
10 tops, mostly solid colors
Black and brown handbags (satchels)
Teal silk & 2 multicolor autumn scarves
Loose jeans & skinny jeans
Khaki raincoat
Cardigans: black, light gray, cream, charcoal, red

This should make for easy modular dressing with a minimum of stress/decisions – I hope!

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Adrenal Fatigue

I’ve been doing some research online and it looks like I’ve got Stage 3 adrenal fatigue.

A couple of my co-workers seem to have the same issue and one is gluten intolerant also. So we’re on this journey together.

I’ll probably have some labs done but I’m a textbook case. I’m going to back off on any severe dieting and just focus on healthy Paleo eating and stress management for a bit.

Thank goodness I changed to a job that is 75% less stressful a couple months ago. My coworkers are not faring as well.

For the past few years, I was getting colds that lasted a couple months and then turning into bronchitis needing an Advair inhaler, but just realized that I haven’t gotten a cold since going Atkins and then Paleo a little over 6 months ago. So its clearly helping with immune support.

Reading a good book, “Adrenal Fatigue – The 21st Century Stress Syndrome,” by James L. Wilson M.D. I think I will modify their diet advice to be more Paleo, but the book does a good job of describing the syndrome. I think I was at Level 2 for several years. I basically was doing everything I could to kill my adrenals, but now I’m on the right track. Looks like I’ll need to be a bit more patient about weight loss since I think my rapid loss this Spring stressed what was left of my adrenals. It’s healthier to lose more slowly anyway.


Reading a great audiobook now also, “Tired and Wired,” by Marcelle Pick.

Did the “iris test” for AF and really freaked myself out – my pupil returned to full dilation in only 5 seconds. Not testing well on other measures either. At least this explains my premature hot flashes…

Found out I had misread my Biotin dose in my multi and it was still too low (it was mg not g). Added more and that’s making a huge difference – was able to cut my multivitamins from 12 pills to 6 now.

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Pieology – Gluten-Free Pizza

My co-workers and I went to Pieology today for lunch. I gave the gluten-free crust a try.

Verdict – very tasty!! You can get a personal size pizza and they let you choose your own toppings so it was cheese-free as well. I’m not celiac, just gluten intolerant, but the server still changed her gloves and used different sauces/utensils for my marinara sauce & herb butter. I think if you have celiac disease you could be confident eating there.

And it was delicious! I had chicken, bacon and veggies and the chicken was very fresh.

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Epi-Paleo Diet – Update

Still easing into the full Leptin reset. Doing the full 50 grams of protein at breakfast now. I backslid and had added more carbs since I had less appetite but it showed up in the scale. Starch just needs to be a moderation thing for me.

Doing the cold baths daily – I took 2 yesterday because it was around 100 degrees. The lipoma in my leg is getting softer and shrinking more. I had some borderline varicose veins that seem to be shrinking as well.

I got brave one day and added 2 trays of ice. Felt a sharp pain in my arm – kind of a tiny pop- and saw a green bruise forming about 1/2 inch in size. I think I burst a capillary, soooo foregoing the ice and just doing the cold baths. I can’t do a cold shower yet except at the end, which feels great.

Not eating between meals or after 7:30 pm AT ALL now. Feeling more in control. The carbs aren’t helping though – yesterday I got super hungry right at noon and felt I had to eat NOW. I think pretty soon I’ll try to cut back to 40 grams protein and then 30 at breakfast. The whey protein is messing with my sinuses and I want to go back to just eggs and bacon. If I eat a healthier lunch & dinner that will happen faster.

So the last part of the Leptin reset I need to comply with is 50 carbs/day. I’m nowhere near that right now – need to lay off the bananas and grapes for sure. I think next week I’ll start counting carbs.

Once I get done with the reset in November, I think I’ll settle into a Paleo diet 80/20 in a range of 50-75 net carbs. Seems like that’s the best formula for me personally for long-term success.

Did more research online and it appears I have the symptoms of stage 3 adrenal fatigue. Not at all surprised by this. So I’m backing off on the Leptin protocol and I’ll just do a moderate carb Paleo diet for now. I’ll continue to eat mainly protein at breakfast but if I feel I really need a snack I’ll have nuts or coconut butter. I’ll watch my carbs, but more through good choices rather than actual counting. Just going to focus on eating healthy and reducing stress. I might see if my endocrinologist or gyn can have a hormone lab work up done on me in the near future. I’m sticking with the cold baths though!

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Epi-Paleo Diet – UGH 50 G protein!!

OK, I am loving the Leptin reset so far but my digestive system can’t handle all the required breakfast protein. I can’t digest it all and I’m not even up to 50 g yet. Plus it’s so hard to eat all that food so early in the morning. I’m still basically in transition and not fully on the plan yet.

I don’t want to be dependent on laxatives – the whole point here is to be healthy. So I am switching over to whey protein again for a bit.

I’ll have either a double Primal shake OR 2 Quest almond protein bars, with either 2 eggs OR 4 slices bacon to get up to 50 g. OR 4 eggs, 4 slices bacon and a bar or shake. Still a lot of food!! I never though I could get sick of bacon….

I’ll have to count 50 net carbs/day instead of total carbs, since the fiber in the shakes/bars would comprise most of my daily carb allowance otherwise, and I’ll need some veggies too.

I did some reading and I might be ok with the whey protein despite my dairy allergy, but I’m still concerned about insulin stimulation. Guess it will be OK for 2 months. May have to occasionally do hamburger/eggs for breakfast sometimes to balance it out.

Off to take a cold bath – yay! Die, fat, die!

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Epi-Paleo Leptin Reset and Cold Thermogenesis

So….part of the Epi-Paleo diet I am starting now is about cold thermogenesis.

Technically, you’re not supposed to do this part until after Part 1 Leptin Reset but I’m impatient.

I am easing into the Leptin reset by eating a big protein breakfast and not eating after 7:30 pm. Last night I was successful and didn’t need to snack. Same with this morning.

I checked my protein grams today & still too low – only 24 grams instead of 50. I added some MCT oil also. I think I need to have hamburgers & eggs for breakfast.

So for lunch I went to In-n-Out & got 2 double hamburgers (they’re thin) without the buns. Definitely not hungry now!!

The cold thermogenesis idea is intriguing but potentially dangerous – I recommend you read the process carefully at if you want to try it. The idea is that fat dies off at low temperatures. Not sure if this will work, but feeling great after trying it. It seems to have stimulated my thyroid & circulation.

Again, I’m not following the timing or rules correctly so don’t copy me – follow the rules on the website. But my version was that I tried immersing my hands and then elbows in ice water for short periods the first day. Then yesterday I took a cold bath (no ice) just up to mid- thigh. Added about another inch of more cold water after about 10 min, then got out after another 5. I think it helped that the external air temperature was quite warm.

I slept really well – in fact I took a nap right after my bath and this morning I woke up refreshed before my alarm, which is not usual. My left foot is less numb today than usual also. Maybe it’s a coincidence, but I think I’m going to try to ease into more cold baths and raise the water level eventually. And this winter I will try not to turn the heat on unless it’s really cold. My office is also very cool so I’ll stop wearing a sweater/jacket. As long as I don’t get sick, it’s worth a try. We shall see!

Update: Took another cold bath again next day with same result – short nap after bath and very refreshing sleep at night. I was able to add more water this time. This will be part of my new daily routine!! My sleep has been poor for years, so even if it doesn’t melt the fat I’m already happy with the results. Further improvements reducing my foot numbness also.

OMG update: I have a hard 1/2-inch lipoma (fatty tumor) next to my left shinbone for past year. Was planning surgery once my circulation improves. In 2 days the lipoma is significantly softer!!!! This is a really big deal. I am liking cold thermogenesis in a big way!!! I am plagued with lipomas and would definitely prefer cold baths vs surgery!!

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Whole30 – the aftermath

So naturally, despite reading STRONG advice to the contrary, I added a bunch of foods back in right after Whole30. The results were dramatic.

Day 31 my treats included:

- Mini cheesecake (3 inches)
– 2 McDonalds Bacon/egg/cheese sandwiches with buns removed & organic Pico de gallo
– vanilla latte/McDonalds
– Diet coke
– individual bag Pop chips

Day 32 treats:

- Pint of Haagen Dazs dulce de leche ice cream
– Thai Food for lunch – garlic beef with white rice
– 1 1/2 strawberry pop tarts
– 1/2 cup sugar free jello
– pumpkin latte sugar free

After my sinuses backed up and my stomach protested, and after taking some Immodium AD (anti-diarrheal med), I’ve concluded that yes, I’m gluten intolerant and allergic to dairy. And still sensitive to carbs /sugar.

I tossed out the jello – it tastes disgusting now. Also anything with aspartame is yucky now. I went back to basically my Whole30 eating habits now as of day 33 (but I added cream & bacon back in). I think it was just being told certain foods were forbidden made me want them, but now I realize I don’t want them after all.

I got an Amy’s gluten free pizza and some Van’s gluten free waffles & Maple Grove maple syrup at the store in case I get junk food cravings again, but right now thinking about processed carbs makes me want to throw up so I think I’ll be good for a few days. I tried some Glutino gluten free pancakes made with almond milk & vanilla extract on Friday with a little honey drizzled on top and they were just ok.

I think this experience will make me more compliant going forward!! Don’t make the same mistake I did.

Next step: I am checking out Jack Krause’s Epi-Paleo Diet – just downloaded the Kindle book. You can also check out his Leptin Rx (leptin signaling reset protocol) at

I’m gonna ease into this Leptin Rx and not do it strictly right now since I just finished Whole30. But I’m starting with the very high-protein breakfast and so far no hunger mid-morning today. Last night I tried not to eat after 7:30 pm, but got out of bed around 12:30 am to eat a Larabar. So not quite there yet!

Update 9/9: OK, wow – Last night I went to a party and had just 4 cheese & crackers and 1/2 cup of pasta Alfredo. And 1 cookie. Today I have big hives on the top of my head – quite the allergic reaction!! Plus the sinus and tummy issues again. The party is over. I also found out my fab new shampoo has wheat in it, so will cut that out for a few days, but it wasn’t an issue before.

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