Hi Mia: No, the meals are not complex! There are lots of awesome yummy, healthy, and quick recipes in both books (“Choose to Lose” and “Choose More, Lose More for Life”), and you might be able to find them in your library. There’s an awesome graphic in this post (as well as some other helpful info) that shows you how to put all your carb cycling meals together as well as calorie recommendations: http:///4514 . And follow the links in this post for ideas on foods you can choose: http:///2713 . And congrats on losing all those pounds – that’s awesome!
Theoretically, if someone wanted to let the T3 level steady down as much as possible, one could argue that the patient should remain off the T3 for about two weeks. Even so, most of the steadying is probably accomplished within about 10 days, so there is probably not much added benefit in staying off the T3 for much longer than that. This approach is indicated when one would like to eliminate the unsteadiness as much as possible to see if the patient will respond well to treatment. It also underscores the importance of not taking a steady start for granted, since if the T3 levels are destabilized (muddying the water, so to speak) right from the start, it would take quite a bit of time to reproduce another opportunity with that patient at so steady a start.