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Is there a "Cortisol Reset"?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created April 17, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Just like with the "Leptin Reset" is there a "Cortisol Reset"?!

Ive been told by EVERYONE that my cortisol has to be through the roof...I work out 5 days a week, take the dog on 2 mile walks almost daily, have an active job, am a full time student, ride my horse...yada yada yada. I am very compliant with my diet and gained 10 lbs. in a span of 8 weeks. Almost everyone I have talked to has said "Your cortisol must be crazy high, you need to relax" However, I have yet to get my levels tested. With this said, is there a protocol/reset/method to lowering cortisol?

15e5f57b981183b21fff26ce815bf93f

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on April 18, 2012
at 03:41 PM

ouch, I didn't see xfit mentioned in the OP. best of luck Michelle!

273729a18d2f18903815d2644a4d64de

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on April 18, 2012
at 01:12 PM

ive been told to eat more, based on my food log (I weigh/measure everything)....well see what happens if i cut back on everything...working on sleeping more, relaxing more and doing less crossfit and have already dropped 4 lbs

273729a18d2f18903815d2644a4d64de

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on April 18, 2012
at 01:11 PM

@Knarf I like your style

Bfa1c9eacfc94a1b62f3a39b574480c6

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on April 17, 2012
at 09:59 PM

Bus. Tent. Hunting Knife. Matches. Nature. Friends. Go.

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on April 17, 2012
at 09:07 PM

I totally agree. I personally do yoga, walk, and try to get sleep. I was going to the gym 3x's/week, but have recently been skipping out and going to yoga instead because of my stress levels. It's made a HUGE difference, especially with extra sunlight (walking) and some sleep.

273729a18d2f18903815d2644a4d64de

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on April 17, 2012
at 08:24 PM

I actually have had back pain for about 8 months now...but it recently got worse about 5ish weeks ago.

E68bdbd83e45fd5be130e393ace9c9a9

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on April 17, 2012
at 05:52 PM

Good question! I'm working against my own Type-A tendencies as well and I'm curious about this.

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on April 17, 2012
at 05:03 PM

$250 will get you a heck of a camping trip in about any national park. i tend to sleep super deep outdoors too.

870fdea50f2a9f1cd2890c8e22549300

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on April 17, 2012
at 04:21 PM

Oh, and stuff in this thread might help: http://paleohacks.com/questions/32527/cortisol-reduction-success-stories#axzz1sJWXmmAw

870fdea50f2a9f1cd2890c8e22549300

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on April 17, 2012
at 04:14 PM

I "get" the anxiety thing, BTW. Would you say that you are more anxious rather than stressed? If you are racing around to manage high levels of anxiety you might also be eating more than you realize in attempt to manage high levels of anxiety through self-soothing. Meditation in general might drive you crazy, but have you ever practiced walking meditation?

870fdea50f2a9f1cd2890c8e22549300

(2056)

on April 17, 2012
at 04:11 PM

How long ago did you hurt your back? Eight weeks ago? Or more recently than that?

273729a18d2f18903815d2644a4d64de

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on April 17, 2012
at 04:08 PM

Im a high anxiety person...me without stress is like asking a fish to walk on land. I crossfit 5 days a week (just stopped bc I hurt my back), am on my feet walking around at work from 8-12, if the athletes cant sit neither can the trainers :P, the horse is necessary as we are hoping to get him competing and some value on him this next month, and obviously trying not to fail out of school is a good thing.... i usually sleep from about 10 PM to 6 AM, and will have one or two cups of coffee in the morning.

273729a18d2f18903815d2644a4d64de

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on April 17, 2012
at 03:43 PM

its definitely the spare tire....a little on the booty too.

8634d4988ced45a68e2a79e69cc01835

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on April 17, 2012
at 03:33 PM

Staycation! It's practically free!

273729a18d2f18903815d2644a4d64de

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on April 17, 2012
at 02:56 PM

vacation sounds nice...what can i get with my $250 of savings hahahaha

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9b0a4701e373d4dd13831cfb9b13f42d

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on April 17, 2012
at 01:10 PM

Yes its called taking a vacation. Ideally someplace sunny out in nature where you can sleep in.

8634d4988ced45a68e2a79e69cc01835

(1617)

on April 17, 2012
at 03:33 PM

Staycation! It's practically free!

9b0a4701e373d4dd13831cfb9b13f42d

(1677)

on April 17, 2012
at 05:03 PM

$250 will get you a heck of a camping trip in about any national park. i tend to sleep super deep outdoors too.

273729a18d2f18903815d2644a4d64de

(1683)

on April 17, 2012
at 02:56 PM

vacation sounds nice...what can i get with my $250 of savings hahahaha

Bfa1c9eacfc94a1b62f3a39b574480c6

(3700)

on April 17, 2012
at 09:59 PM

Bus. Tent. Hunting Knife. Matches. Nature. Friends. Go.

273729a18d2f18903815d2644a4d64de

(1683)

on April 18, 2012
at 01:11 PM

@Knarf I like your style

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on April 17, 2012
at 03:28 PM

Weight gain from elevated cortisol is generally around the middle???the ol' spare tire. If that isn't the case, perhaps you're putting on muscle and/or retaining water.

They say 7 minutes of meditation a day can reduce stress immensely and help with losing weight. I set my phone alarm for 7 minutes and just try???it's a challenge but each day is easier and it really is good for you when you're used to go, go go.

273729a18d2f18903815d2644a4d64de

(1683)

on April 17, 2012
at 03:43 PM

its definitely the spare tire....a little on the booty too.

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on April 17, 2012
at 02:41 PM

Holy Basil Helps me with my cortisol levels, but honestly stress management is the best way. Sleep, rest, relax. Yoga, walking,breathing. Do you have adrenal fatigue?

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on April 17, 2012
at 09:07 PM

I totally agree. I personally do yoga, walk, and try to get sleep. I was going to the gym 3x's/week, but have recently been skipping out and going to yoga instead because of my stress levels. It's made a HUGE difference, especially with extra sunlight (walking) and some sleep.

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on April 17, 2012
at 08:06 PM

Rest is as important as training. Prioritize rest days, 1 or 2 a week. If you MUST be active, then go for long gentle walks or hikes in a natural environment, not city streets.

Begin a consistent yoga practice. It doesn't matter if its once or twice or three times a week, the important factor with yoga and meditation is CONSISTENCY. I would recommend a very gentle or restorative style of yoga.

Goodluck!

*Edit - A vacation may be just what you need, but in the long run you will return to your old habits. Develop NEW habits, like the ones I have mentioned above.

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870fdea50f2a9f1cd2890c8e22549300

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on April 17, 2012
at 03:57 PM

"Cortisol" is not the first thing I thought of when I read your question.

When you say an "active job," what do you mean, and how many hours per week do you work? Also, when you work out five times per week, what are you doing? How much sleep are you getting, how much coffee do you drink?

Your schedule may or may not be stressful for you. Some aspects of it are certainly not voluntary. The dog has to be walked. Money has to be earned. School has to be attended. If you are actually feeling stressed, rather than other people looking at you and saying, "wow, you must be stressed," are the 5x weekly workouts and the horseback riding strictly necessary? Could you work out 3x/week and work out harder? If you are "lifting heavy," the rest between workouts is just as important as the workouts for optimum results.

If you are driving yourself, why are you driving yourself? Do you need a "cortisol" reset or an adrenalin one?

273729a18d2f18903815d2644a4d64de

(1683)

on April 17, 2012
at 04:08 PM

Im a high anxiety person...me without stress is like asking a fish to walk on land. I crossfit 5 days a week (just stopped bc I hurt my back), am on my feet walking around at work from 8-12, if the athletes cant sit neither can the trainers :P, the horse is necessary as we are hoping to get him competing and some value on him this next month, and obviously trying not to fail out of school is a good thing.... i usually sleep from about 10 PM to 6 AM, and will have one or two cups of coffee in the morning.

870fdea50f2a9f1cd2890c8e22549300

(2056)

on April 17, 2012
at 04:21 PM

Oh, and stuff in this thread might help: http://paleohacks.com/questions/32527/cortisol-reduction-success-stories#axzz1sJWXmmAw

870fdea50f2a9f1cd2890c8e22549300

(2056)

on April 17, 2012
at 04:11 PM

How long ago did you hurt your back? Eight weeks ago? Or more recently than that?

870fdea50f2a9f1cd2890c8e22549300

(2056)

on April 17, 2012
at 04:14 PM

I "get" the anxiety thing, BTW. Would you say that you are more anxious rather than stressed? If you are racing around to manage high levels of anxiety you might also be eating more than you realize in attempt to manage high levels of anxiety through self-soothing. Meditation in general might drive you crazy, but have you ever practiced walking meditation?

273729a18d2f18903815d2644a4d64de

(1683)

on April 17, 2012
at 08:24 PM

I actually have had back pain for about 8 months now...but it recently got worse about 5ish weeks ago.

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B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

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on April 17, 2012
at 03:11 PM

cortisol levels change throughout the day and can be easily tested via a saliva test if you are really concerned. yours may be okay if you are sleeping well and feel rested upon waking. personally i find a long walk relaxing and you may too, especially spending that time with your pet; another thing said to be stress relieving.

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15e5f57b981183b21fff26ce815bf93f

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on April 17, 2012
at 08:24 PM

Everyone may have no idea what they are talking about.

You mentioned you were compliant on your diet but didn't say what that was exactly. Walking a dog and riding a horse should be cortisol-lowering activities.

Perhaps you are eating too much.

273729a18d2f18903815d2644a4d64de

(1683)

on April 18, 2012
at 01:12 PM

ive been told to eat more, based on my food log (I weigh/measure everything)....well see what happens if i cut back on everything...working on sleeping more, relaxing more and doing less crossfit and have already dropped 4 lbs

15e5f57b981183b21fff26ce815bf93f

(444)

on April 18, 2012
at 03:41 PM

ouch, I didn't see xfit mentioned in the OP. best of luck Michelle!

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on April 17, 2012
at 01:30 PM

Yeah. Relaxation, in any form you can get it.

However, if you want a boost, there is a supplement by DSN called Lean Xtreme, which might help. Don't take the full serving though.

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