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  • Well fudge! I'm peri-menopausal and on librel (I chose not to deal with mother nature) and I just started. Of course I've got to travel Thursday. This sucks!
    Female 55
    Starting wt: 198, Goal: 135, Current with PB: 165
    Started at a size 16 down to loose 10

    With PB my asthma has improved, low back pain is gone, & I've got more energy

    My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread60175.html

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    • Glad to hear you are moving towards getting off meds as warranted. Good on you.

      Looking a little closer at my latest blood work I seem to have something really weird going on with my lipoprotein (a). It has always been in the teens and this last test it jumped up to 117. I am really puzzled at this one. The only thing I can think of is that I took low dose aspirin for years as a precautionary measure since there is so many heart issues in all my female relatives. After getting such good results with Primal eating I stopped taking the aspirin about a year ago.

      Anyone else had something like this happen or have any other ideas on what might have caused this when everything else is doing so well?? I am stumped.

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      • I am 69 and just started this Primal way of living as of today. I have about 50 pounds to shed and am fed up of diets that ofer lots and do nothing.

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        • I've been primal for 5 weeks and just found this thread - yay! another good fit for me! I will be 55 in less than a month.

          Welcome Loraine, you are in the right place. I have lost +10 lbs so far, improved my sleep and energy level, and am making progress towards improving my health. There's a thread for newbies here: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread15853.html which has a lot of good tips and I have been searching Mark's blog when I have questions about specific options on PB. Tons and tons of useful information. There's also a before and after pics thread for when I need inspiration. Happy exploring!
          My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread57034.html

          "...since our orthodox theories have not saved us we may have to readjust them to bring them into harmony with Nature's laws. Nature must be obeyed, not orthodoxy." Weston A. Price

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          • Hi, all. I wonder if I can put my question here, please. My own post keeps disappearing under the weight of subsequent posts, and I am really looking for some answers.

            I got my bloods done this last week, and everything came back ok, except for an almost non-existent testosterone level. I am a post menopausal woman in my 50s and need some help on how I can raise this level. I seem to have all the symptoms of low testostone, and would like to deal with it naturally.

            Any suggestions please, folks?

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            • Wow, lots of newcomers on this thread over night. Welcome all.

              Pollyanna12, I am not sure how to answer that since I have not encountered that one myself. I will have to think about it and get back to you.
              I am sure someone here will have a suggestion but for starters, how long have you been eating primal? I would think this would help a lot. I have heard several folks talk about improved sex drive with this lifestyle and that usually can be tied to testosterone levels among other things.

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              • Originally posted by Loraine2271 View Post
                I am 69 and just started this Primal way of living as of today. I have about 50 pounds to shed and am fed up of diets that ofer lots and do nothing.
                Hey Loraine, First off I felt the same way you do when I started with this 2 years ago. While I have only lost 30lbs so far I find this way of eating more natural which is why I still eat this way. There are many more benefits here than just losing weight as you will read about if you spend time surfing the threads.

                If you have yoyo dieted your entire life like I did you might find losing the weight takes a bit longer but you will feel better almost immediately. I lost 15 lbs the first couple of months then did not lose any more till this past few months when I lost another 15 pounds.

                I think it takes time for us older gals to heal our bodies after all the ups and downs and the lack of nutrient dense fats and other foods that were always on the tabu list like avocados etc.
                Good luck on your journey and keep us posted on how you are doing.

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                • Awe figierdos I am so sad to hear that.

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                  • I think we also have to figure out the best way to work this plan for our individual bodies. I started primal a few weeks ago and i have to confess I was not happy. I never got my energy back (was tired after walking 10 blocks!), i was having trouble sleeping and thinking and i gained 5 pounds! I cut way back on meat and fat and practically quadroupled the amount of vegetables i'm eating and stopped denying myself fruit....within 48 hours of doing that I have amazing energy (i can now easily work out and walk a few miles as well) and am clear headed and 8 days later I'm down 10 pounds. I was locked into the idea that "primal" had to be tons of fat and meat....it doesn't!

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                    • hello ! what a great thread. I'm 59 nearly 60yo. Ive been over weight all my life and was darned if I was going to hit 60 like that. Ive been low carbing since January and lost 10lbs ,that was with the Dukan diet which looking back was such an unhealthy diet .Low carb ,low fat,high protein. Anyway the food was awful and I fell of the wagon and put a couple of pounds back on.
                      Ive recently come across BP and decided this was for me.I've had a lifetime love affair with very fatty streaky bacon !
                      Surprisingly though,Ive not felt too good, Ive been low in energy and felt like I was wading through glue despite being a previously fast walker. I think maybe I took the carbs too low and have eased them back up again. Ive had to supplement potassium too as I was having rapid heart beats which even seemed to bang in my ears. Ive always had low BP but was worried that the diet wasnt suiting me.
                      Ive tweaked with things a bit and have cut my calories a bit as I had actually gained three pounds. I'm feeling better on slightly more carbs and time will tell if I lose some weight now.
                      The only negative thing is that my bunion has started twinging again ,ha ha and the same toe on the other foot is 'stirring' .It might be nothing to do with my diet.
                      Anyway, ladies, keep this up and I shall go back and read the archives.

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                      • Hi Marthat, I beleive my hot flashes have worsened again. They had been getting further apart. It may just be coincidence though. Vaginal dryness has been an issue too. Ive not used any hormone treatment.
                        Barbara

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                        • Hi Barb , I see this post is two years old so dont know wether you'll pick up.
                          I recognise some of your symptoms I think, I'm a bit too stressy for my own good. I have a friend who is just completing her degree in Oriental chnese medicine.
                          I get a burning pain ,bloated feeling right under the ribs.I was told that 'pain in the hypochondria is caused by stress or' Qi stagnation' . I generally relieve it with a formula called ' Suan zao ren tang' with some added xiang fu. Probably a chinese practioner would add more but it works for me. I also take valerian/hops/passiflora ,a couple of tabs before bed. Its helped with my broken sleep pattern.
                          another Barb

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                          • iateallthepies, I'm thinking maybe you aren't at the end of the thread, if you're replying to posts that are two years old?

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                            • Originally posted by Jodis View Post
                              iateallthepies, I'm thinking maybe you aren't at the end of the thread, if you're replying to posts that are two years old?
                              Hiya, well, I'm nearly at the end,I started at the beginning and worked my way through.
                              Barbara

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                              • hahaha... lolx ... you joking... gals over 50 ... dude girls not exceed their age from 25. They remain 25 after 35 years .... hehehe. jokes a part. some girl do tell the right age . when girls become 50 or over 50 they become genius & emotional .

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