Felt a need to come back and thank you again. I am SO grateful for your mention of leptin!
It appears that my unwitting routine that essentially mirrors the 5 rules of the leptin diet has actually lead to improved metabolism. I don't know how else to make sense of my experience in recent months. Honestly, I'm in shock.
My current weight, nutritional intake and activity level align with that of a 29 year old woman. And, I'm far from 29!
Although my injury has not allowed me to return to running yet, my metabolism is certainly behaving like I have!