Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

gals over 50?

Collapse
X
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • #61
    Originally posted by HBarrett View Post
    Latecomer to thread -- 63 yrs. old, primal since July. All went well (inches lost, if not too many pounds) till October when my body dried out and I got the first yeast and urinary tract infections I'd had in decades. It seems I'd gone too low in carbs. Tweaked PB with a few more safe starches and felt better. Gained 5 lbs. and am now testing a few ideas:

    1) Even the sugar in coffee or lemonade is too much.
    2) I can't eat all the fat I want -- above a certain point, calories count. In fact, I need to watch food portions even of PB foods.
    3) Am resuming a pilates class along with tai chi practice -- my aging metabolism is so slow I need to move as much as I can.

    I liked what you guys wrote about expectations. Having gone through a learning curve, I'm now just thrilled with any improvement and the whole process is much more fun.

    Holly
    Holly, what you wrote about getting your first urinary and yeast infections in decades...from my research this is often related to a drop in systemic estradiol, and your estradiol level could have been impacted by your weight loss. Estrone is produced in fat cells and the body can convert estrone and estradiol back and forth. So if you empty out a significant % of your fat cells, your estrone factories are shut down in those cells, which lowers the effective amount of estradiol in your system. Low estradiol is associated with urinary tract infections and yeast infections. The other major cause of those two conditions in undiagnosed Diabetes or pre-diabetes (per Elizabeth Vliet, MD.) Just thought I would throw that out there.
    I'm a quitter...but I'm back now.

    Comment


    • #62
      Originally posted by janagram View Post
      wow, that is amazing about the teeth. I hope I stop grinding!!
      I hope you do too, Jana! I had ground my teeth for years and years . . . my dentist said if we didn't do something, he'd end up capping every tooth in my head! Lots of damage because of it, and frequent cavities. He fitted me with a mouth guard, and while maybe it protected what tooth enamel I had left, there were unintended consequences of creating fine lines around my mouth, and rearranging the spacing of my teeth, not in a good way. I had also developed a nasty thing (probably from trying to unconsciously get rid of that thing between my teeth while I was asleep so I could grind) of not being able to unlock my jaw in the morning for a half an hour or so.

      I don't wear the mouthguard anymore, and I haven't had the jaw locking problem. If I've eaten grain for a few days, as when we've been travelling or something, it sometimes feels like I've been grinding in the night.

      I've told this story to my dentist, but I don't think he's convinced. Just think of all the money and time and tooth enamel that could be saved if people knew this.

      Comment


      • #63
        "Lady silver-backs," LOL! I love it!

        Possibilites for office exercise:

        Get standup desk.
        Sit on big exercise ball and move around on it instead of sitting in comfy chair.
        Bicep curls with heavy stapler or other weighty object.
        Get into the stairwell and go up and down during coffee break or if you're going between floors.
        Wall pushups anywhere.

        Would they let you install a chin-up bar?

        Comment


        • #64
          Originally posted by Barb View Post
          During those months I completely stopped all strength training and sprints. I figured there was no point in adding physical stress to my body when it was already overly challenged by mental and emotional stress.
          I really needed to hear this. Thank you, Barb! I was a competitive athlete when I was young, and some part of me still thinks I can be that physical . . . but it's different now. It takes longer to recover from even pretty mild workouts. I'm doing Mark's fitness program, and thinking maybe I can't do the weekly rotation. I might need to spread it over 10 days, or maybe I could just cut back on reps? I would like to be able to do a pull up some day, am working toward it, but I might just be stressing myself out thinking I HAVE to be able to do one.

          The big PB challenge for me now is the stress management. I'm wondering whether having "fitness goals" or "weightloss goals" might actually be doing more harm than good?

          Anyway, thanks, Barb. That seems very simple: if your body says "no," take a break from the goals.

          Comment


          • #65
            Shrinking skin

            Thanks Inquisitiveone, I use coconut oil inside and out regularly so maybe my rolls and flaps will recede! Have been pushing the greens. Also find a small amoun of dried fruit helps (think prunes but I have been using dried cherries)

            Originally posted by inquisitiveone View Post
            I'll be 50 this fall, and am postmenopausal since 43 or so. I'm only one month in to my primal adventure, and I think I may still be consuming too much fruit and dairy, but I'm seeing positive results. Best of all, I'm feeling good about the changes I'm making in my life.

            @Dabblertante: welcome! My understanding is that skin can shrink. Factors influencing whether it will (and by how much) include genetics, how quickly one loses weight, and how well one cares for one's skin. I've read that coconut oil can help rejuvenate skin, and keep it supple, which should help it bounce back as one loses weight. Regarding the bowel issue, sometimes a significant change in one's diet is enough to trigger constipation. Maybe drinking more water will help with it; eating vegetables—especially leafy greens—will help offset the absence of beans and oatmeal.

            Comment


            • #66
              Holly, what you wrote about getting your first urinary and yeast infections in decades...from my research this is often related to a drop in systemic estradiol, and your estradiol level could have been impacted by your weight loss. Estrone is produced in fat cells and the body can convert estrone and estradiol back and forth.


              Thanks, Canarygirl! My doctor has prescribed estradiol cream for me but I am not always conscientious about using it -- I'll be mindful now!

              Comment


              • #67
                New to PB but amazed already

                I'm 65 and only discovered PB a week ago. Just reading the book I knew this was for me because I have an "anthropomorphic" body, love meat, love fat, and felt so relieved that I didn't have to be perfect! I had been about 97% on for about 3 days when I woke up in the middle of the night feeling rather "funny". I discovered that my blood sugars were very low. I am on a lot of diabetic medicine and thought that I would have to lose a lot of weight in order to get off them. Not true. I am so encouraged that I will be able to get off all medicine, and I actually enjoy eating with out guilt - probably for the first time in 55 years. This alone is why I stay primal with great ease. I hope to loose some weight, but already I have experienced many benefits of primal living and can see many more on the horizon. Thanks to all of you for sharing your stories. They are encouraging.

                Comment


                • #68
                  I love this thread. We women of a "particular age" need to share more with each other. After all, our issues differ from younger people. I'm 67, I lost my husband of 48 years 3 years ago. I miss him so much but I still have a lot of living to do. I intend to do just that as soon as I get out of this wheelchair (broke my leg need to stay with my daughter and son-in-law till it heals). Let's keep this thread going!

                  Comment


                  • #69
                    Trying again!

                    Hey y'all!! I love this thread - it is so motivating! Anyway, I am 51 and just went PB exactly one week ago. I have lost 5 lbs so far and I am very motivated to go the distance.

                    As far as my background, I did Atkins about 9 years ago and it worked extremely well for me until I remarried 5 years ago. I went off LC while trying to cook and eat with my DH. He is a marathoner so carb loading is the norm at our house. So in 5 years I have added back about 30 lbs. While I knew that I needed to go LC again, I didn't like the thought of giving up my fruits and vegetables. Then I read Gary Taubes book which lead me to Mark's Daily Apple. The PB is exactly what I was looking to find.

                    My goals include better health, shed those 30 lbs, and to get my groove back! I don't feel 51 so why should I look like it???

                    Comment


                    • #70
                      I'm 52...I blog at pinesiskin. About my struggles with overeating...which I am hoping will soon turn into a journal of primal triumph! Would love to see you there and hear your comments.

                      Comment


                      • #71
                        Back in January, I posted here among the mature and womanly Primal types. At that time, I was a Primal noob, having started eating right and exercising right in November. At that point, I had lost about ten pounds. As of today, I am seventeen pounds down, not eating to satisfy purists (I like potatoes; I have cheats), not doing that much exercising.

                        Right now, my biggest issue is stress from work that leaves me exhausted at the end of the day, the kind of exhaustion that has me putting my head down on the dining room table for half an hour or more when I come home from work. I read a comment somewhere in one of the forums that someone found a lot of stress relief in exercise. I need some kind of stress relief to free up energy to exercise. A couple of weeks ago, I was getting up early every morning to ride an exercise bike, alternating fairly strenuous exercise with fairly gentle for ten to twenty minutes. That went well until work started to kick my butt.

                        Now I'm back to being tired when I wake up, tired when I get home from work. I'm managing to do well as far as eating goes. I just wonder what in the Primal lifestyle might really help with stress.

                        The fastest way I've ever known to relieve stress and tension at the end of a long day is a shot (or two) of good rum. Bam! Immediate mellowness. If I could find some Primal way to get that immediate kind of stress relief--or the nearest thing to it--I would be happy happy happy.

                        Any suggestions for doing the impossible?

                        Thanks,
                        Edith

                        Comment


                        • #72
                          Hi, gang! I'm 50, 5'6", somewhere around 140-145 lbs (I'm currently half way through Whole 30, so I haven't weighed in 2 weeks). I have a very fine frame, so my ideal weight (to get to 25% BF) is actually around 129-132 lbs. I have struggled to get below 150 for most of my adult life. I am in the throes of menopause, regular hot flashes, only 1 period in the last year, on bio-identical progesterone cream (a life-saver for hot flash symptoms!)

                          Three years ago, I discovered the Shangri La Diet and lost about 18 lbs, down to a range I had never managed to achieve before. I stayed in the 130's for over a year, then some of the weight came creeping back. I am a runner and was training for and running half-marathons in the spring and fall. Last spring, I injured my Achilles tendon, but kept running. It stayed mildly inflamed for months and months, never getting better. My weight crept upwards again as I trained for long races and let myself eat more than I should. Last fall, we travelled to Germany and Spain for 2 weeks, and by the time I returned from that trip, rolled right into Halloween and both my son's birthdays, I was topped out at 156 and not fitting into any of the clothes I had. I had actually gone out and bought "fat pants" for the trip!!

                          In November, I got my act together and started eating more Primal, but with the support of the Shangri La oil to help with appetite suppression. It was a great combo. Cutting out the bulk of the grains and sugars helped me to lose 10 lbs by Christmas, to 146. Much better, but a long way from my goal. Since Christmas, I have fluctuated between a lowest point of 143 and a highest point of 151. Now, with firm commitment to Primal eating and Whole 30 for April, I can tell that I'm losing weight and inches.

                          It's great to find this thread of "Masters" Grokettes! Wisdom and beauty come with age.

                          Comment


                          • #73
                            If I could find some Primal way to get that immediate kind of stress relief--or the nearest thing to it--I would be happy happy happy.
                            Try EFT.
                            Ancestral Nutrition Coaching
                            Pregnancy Nutrition Coaching
                            Primal Pregnancy Nutrition Article

                            Comment


                            • #74
                              I'm 47 and have been paleo since Jan 4th 2011. It's made me feel so much better - so much more in control - I have much of my confidence back. I used to be one of those people who was hungry and hour after I ate and couldn't even go out to breakfast without eating first. Now I can IF with out any trouble and have lost 75 lbs in the past year - 50 since becoming paleo this year. I was also having lots of anxiety - probably due to high insulin levels (which also made me have hunger "emergencies"). I've had a very stressful Spring and feel that paleo has helped me deal with it without the help of drugs.

                              I lost weight last year after removing nightshades from my diet. I was in so much pain all the time I was mostly curled on the couch waiting to feel better - taking lots of Ibuprofen and needing narcotics to sleep. It was so bad I was wondering if I would see my 2 yr old sons 5th Birthday and highly doubted seeing him become a teenager. I went to the Dr. and asked about a diet for arthritis and he said there was none (and then gave me more narcotics). About a week later I was asked to research nightshades for my brother and decided to avoid them too. Within days I was pain free.

                              Based on my research about nightshades and lectins, I believe the paleo way of eating is essential to feel my best and now look forward to a long life.

                              Comment


                              • #75
                                Originally posted by Rosemary 231 View Post
                                I love this thread. We women of a "particular age" need to share more with each other. After all, our issues differ from younger people. I'm 67, I lost my husband of 48 years 3 years ago. I miss him so much but I still have a lot of living to do. I intend to do just that as soon as I get out of this wheelchair (broke my leg need to stay with my daughter and son-in-law till it heals). Let's keep this thread going!

                                I was thinking I was the oldest 50 + woman here, then I read your post, Rosemary231. So sorry you lost your best friend. Mine is still here and doing Primal eating with me, after 45 years of marriage. I will be 67 in June, was born on the original D-Day!!
                                I had done Atkins about 10 years ago and had lost 30 lbs and let my Dr talk me out of Atkins, now 15 lbs heavier than when I started Atkins, I am back to serious low carbing, Phooey on the Dr, and shame on me for letting him rule.
                                I started PB the first of April, and have lost 7 lbs since then. We have had a few non primal meals since then using up food that I refuse to throw away.
                                I had a couple of reactions to some of it with grains at first, and wondered if I was gluten intolerant or grain intolerant. Toed the PB food line since then. I will give it a test after a month of compliance. I am probably 100% food compliant now. DH is not. He still has his full grain bread with breakfast, and occasionally a burger roll, but eats everything else I put before him.

                                In the almost 3 weeks I have noticed the following: I sleep better, I have more energy, I do not get up fog brained, my ears do not itch and flake half as much, the external yeast infections are almost gone, and the weight is down 7 lbs. That is a big deal for me as I had been steadily gaining a pound here and another there, and was almost scared skinny at where it might stop. Oh and I am drinking water like crazy, I want it in the mornings, beside my bedside and am trying to sub it instead of an alcoholic drink or 2 before dinner. Some days I am more successful than others.

                                I am not big on exercise, I have one replacement knee and the other is ready for replacement, but doesn't hurt nearly as bad as it did pre PB. And most of my other aches and pains are gone, gone, gone. I will start swimming laps when we get the pool open in another month or so, and will walk our 2 acres with our greyhound on paths DH made for us, as soon as the ground dries some. Kind of muddy mushy now.

                                I am awaiting the arrival of the PB cookbook in the next few days and have read the Primal Blueprint book cover to cover. I am trying to get our son to try this too. He is single and lives in Mannasses Va where there are many, many great ethnic restaurants, which he frequents. They are delicious, but definitely not Primal, tho I suspect he could find some of the meals that are closer than what he eats now. How I envy him his minimum of 3 days a week eating sushi. Sashimi would be a better choice.....I could eat it every other day, no problem. DH & I go get a pound or so of raw salmon and have a feast of it, salad, and a miso soup I make at home.

                                Looking for this to be the change I need for finishing my life in a healthy way. And lose about 100 lbs along the way.

                                Comment

                                Working...
                                X