I’m permanently done with low carb eating.
I continue to be freaked out by losing hair. I wonder how long it’s going to take for this to stop.
N2P, I know you told me not to go low carb. I had to try it. It’s like a ratty old security blanket that I’ve come back to year after year since I was about 20 years old.
I remember my first low carb experience. I dropped 5 or 6 pounds quickly and was very motivated and excited to continue, but I was running across a busy street one day, probably a couple weeks into my low-carb experience, and I noticed my legs felt really heavy and tired. It took a lot more effort than it had previously. This was 1989.
Flash forward to 1997. Boyfriend tells me, “Oh no…you’re going on another low carb diet? You’re cranky on low carb.”
Flash forward to 2002. Lincoln Park Athletic Club in Chicago. I always wore a heart rate monitor, and had been taking spin classes for a couple of months. It was common for me to get my heart rate up to 140 or 150 during the class, and I loved the exertion. Then I went on my 428th low carb diet – you know, because the previous 427 had worked so well – and suddenly my heart rate wouldn’t go over 125 without becoming too tired to continue. I remember tapping on my monitor…because, you know, this thing must be broken.
Flash forward to 2006. Place: A hair salon in Buttcramp, IL. The stylist told me my hair is falling out. I ignored him and never went back, silently blaming him for my lack of lustrous locks. But I never forget that he had the guts to tell me that.
Why did I keep going back to low carb, given this pattern? Well, I always felt “better” on low carb. More energy. Less tired. Carbs always made me feel exhausted. I now realize the carbohydrates were lowering my stress hormones, allowing me to feel my true fatigue. The same thing that was keeping me alert was making my hair fall out and killing my sex drive. Cortisol and adrenaline.
I assumed a Ray Peat lifestyle in 2013 and within about 6 months my hair grew in nice and thick. Went back to low carb in February 2015 and now my hair is falling out again.
At least I know what to do to turn this around. I’m going to eat carbohydrates at every meal for the rest of my life. Now…which carbohydrates can I eat, being T2 diabetic? I’m formulating a new plan.
Thanks to my awesome commenters for reminding me that low carb isn’t right for me and for pointing me in a better direction.