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  • Women...is there a need for potatoes for fertility health?

    How many of you require potatoes or some starch for your menstrual cycle and hormones? Is it possible to have a healthy cycle without starch? Several paleo sites like paleo for women say you need it. Others say you don't. I wish there was a good answer besides more experimentation.

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    I have no personal experience. I have read some research indicating that fat was important for fertility. But I have never read anything about carbs in that respect.

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    • #3
      I've been under 100 gm carbs for the last 3 years of Primal eating. Regular cycles, and I just turned 50 years old. In fact, all of my perimenopausal symptoms disappeared on Primal. I eat potatoes occasionally, but I feel better on lower carbs.

      I do make sure to eat lots of nutrient-dense foods like grass-fed red meat, liver, free-range eggs, wild-caught seafood, and hard cheese as well as bone broth. I eat 60-70% fat from pastured lard, butter and coconut oil as well as fattier cuts of meat.

      Making sure my D3 level is on the high end of sufficiency (almost 80 ng/ml) ensures that I have the precursors necessary for hormonal balance. I also supplement krill oil and Magnesium.

      Here's a blog post I wrote that may be helpful:

      Optimum Fertility ~ Nutrition - Sondra Rose: Happy Mind
      Last edited by Dragonfly; 04-27-2013, 11:26 AM.
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      • #4
        I developed amenorrhea after eating essentially zero carb, so in my experience, yes they are needed in at least some amount. My cycle came back after a couple of months of eating at least 1lb of starchy foods (sweet potatoes, rice, etc.) per day.
        Is it weird in here, or is it just me?

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        • #5
          I eat HFLC (I have a brain issue... not saying it's for everyone, but some do very well on it.) and my cycles have become more regular during that time (about a year now)... from VERY irregular, sometimes skipping months, to pretty much normal 28-30 days.
          I'm 40.
          Last edited by cori93437; 04-27-2013, 12:05 PM.
          “You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.”
          ~Friedrich Nietzsche
          And that's why I'm here eating HFLC Primal/Paleo.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by ombat View Post
            I developed amenorrhea after eating essentially zero carb, so in my experience, yes they are needed in at least some amount. My cycle came back after a couple of months of eating at least 1lb of starchy foods (sweet potatoes, rice, etc.) per day.
            How did you choose to eat a zero carb diet?

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            • #7
              After reading Wheat Belly I went very low carb for about 6 weeks. At first it was fine, but then I became severely depressed. With 2 small kids that each just as I do, this also wasn't very useful. So now I am sure to serve rice or portatoes at least 5x/week. I have much more energy and no longer think about running away from my family. It's crazy how eating a small amount of carbs impacts my mental health so much. Can't say much about fertility... we conceived 2 kids with 3 months of trying total, but that was before I knew about Primal.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by eKatherine View Post
                How did you choose to eat a zero carb diet?
                Attempt at dealing with digestive issues. Caused a few for problems than it helped.
                Is it weird in here, or is it just me?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Dragonfly View Post
                  I've been under 100 gm carbs for the last 3 years of Primal eating. Regular cycles, and I just turned 50 years old. In fact, all of my perimenopausal symptoms disappeared on Primal. I eat potatoes occasionally, but I feel better on lower carbs.

                  I do make sure to eat lots of nutrient-dense foods like grass-fed red meat, liver, free-range 9eggs, wild-caught seafood, and hard cheese as well as bone broth. I eat 60-70% fat from pastured lard, butter and coconut oil as well as fattier cuts of meat.

                  Making sure my D3 level is on the high end of sufficiency (almost 80 ng/ml) ensures that I have the precursors necessary for hormonal balance. I also supplement krill oil and Magnesium.

                  Here's a blog post I wrote that may be helpful:

                  Optimum Fertility ~ Nutrition -Sondra Rose: Happy Mind
                  Thank you! That was helpful. The blog post does mention starches in moderation so I guess you eat bananas and such more often than potatoes? thinking of cycling starches every three days or so because I figure better safe than sorry. I don't feel well eating them every day like some paleo people suggest.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Goldensparrow View Post
                    Thank you! That was helpful. The blog post does mention starches in moderation so I guess you eat bananas and such more often than potatoes? thinking of cycling starches every three days or so because I figure better safe than sorry. I don't feel well eating them every day like some paleo people suggest.
                    It really depends on your metabolism/activity level.

                    I eat rice crackers a few times a week (12 g carb per serving) and a banana twice a month, but I am FODMAPS-intolerant, so I don't do any other fruit, sweet potatoes, etc. I do better with sucrose, so dark chocolate is my main carb source.
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                    • #11
                      The last time I menstruated was when I was much higher carb >200g. That was 7 years ago. I have tried to increase my levels since then but start feeling really crummy above ~150g. Right now I am happily sitting around 60-80g (with slightly more on days I run). I'm 5'4.5" 107lbs. I eat potatoes and non gmo organic corn occasionally. Lots of pumpkin, some squash & coconut flour and loads of veggies. When I'm ready to have a baby I may have to try to up my carbs to levels similar to the SAD but until I have to, I feel better this way.

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                      • #12
                        Meghanner- Does this mean you don't menstruate on a low carb diet?

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                        • #13
                          Yeah I'm in quite a pickle. I have digestive issues that caused me to do zero carb as well for awhile. Then it turned out to be fodmaps but it was too late. I had lost my cycle and ate SAD to regain it. Right now I want to have a second baby but I'm feeling crummy on a high starch diet and most fruit doesn't sit well with me which leaves me with very low carb or carb cycling perhaps.

                          I also took my fasting blood sugar this morning and it was 92.....another sign that things aren't going well. I used to be around 70 to 80 before pregnancy.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Meghanner View Post
                            The last time I menstruated was when I was much higher carb >200g. That was 7 years ago. I have tried to increase my levels since then but start feeling really crummy above ~150g. Right now I am happily sitting around 60-80g (with slightly more on days I run). I'm 5'4.5" 107lbs. I eat potatoes and non gmo organic corn occasionally. Lots of pumpkin, some squash & coconut flour and loads of veggies. When I'm ready to have a baby I may have to try to up my carbs to levels similar to the SAD but until I have to, I feel better this way.
                            How old are you? The older a woman is and the longer she goes without a period, the more likely she is to permanently lose reproductive capability. I read about a woman bodybuilder who, after being on a crazy shredding diet for many years, decided she wanted to conceive. I don't think her periods came back.

                            I don't think you should wait.

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                            • #15
                              I don't know if carbohydrates are necessary for menstruation but they're definitely not sufficient -- I lost my cycle as a teenager eating a nearly zero-fat diet.

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