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  • Hi All,

    Introductory post here. I've been lurking around MDA for about a year now. Lost my way late last year and just got it back together again about two months ago.

    I'm 47, perimenopausal, dealing with hugely stressful issues in my life, but so thankful I feel in control of my eating by eating paleo/primal.

    I don't normally weigh myself, but I had an emergency surgery 4 weeks ago today and I weighed 175 in the hospital. As of last week when I had to be weighed again for a preop check for yet another surgery, I weighed 165 I'm 5'7". I don't normally have any medical issues except for anxiety ~ this was just a really strange month.

    I live with my dh, two adult daughters and SIL, none of whom are paleo/primal. My daughter and her dh are vegetarians and my dh and other daughter are junk food junkies. It's basically each man/woman for himself/herself with regard to meals around here, which is good because it helps me remain paleo/primal.

    I'm not allowed to resume any strenuous activity until next week, and I'm hesitant because I've been battling tendinitis in my right elbow for several months, but exercise is the next step I need to take.

    I've enjoyed reading through this thread and getting to "know" you all.

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    • Originally posted by teach2183 View Post
      The more artificial hormone you pump into your body, the more trouble your body will have regulating itself without them. They suggest women wait 6 months before getting pregnant when coming off the pill and warn you that your body may take a while to have regular cycles. Grokette certainly wasn't pumping artifical hormones into her body.
      I "heard" this, as well, and I really think it varies. I was originally put on BCP because I had an irregular period; I was a nightshift worker, and I would skip months, and this makes doctors nervous. Later I switched to the version of the pill that eliminates your period completely.

      Fast-forward 11 years, and I got off the pill because a) I wanted to see how it affected my overall health and b) we had decided we wanted to start a family. Also, since I went primal, I had started having periods despite being on a continuous dose...kind of defeats the purpose.

      The month I stopped taking hormonal birth control, my period picked up like nothing had happened. Seriously, I could have probably gotten pregnant right then and there (well, two weeks later when I ovulated...you know what I mean).

      I've been on the Pill since I was 19, with a few skipped years between 21 and 24. If it had a negative impact on my fertility, I don't see it. I do think primal has been a tremendous boon to my fertility. My periods from July to May arrived like clockwork, had minimal cramping, and weren't overly heavy. There'd be one heavy day, then everything lightened up. Couple that with a divacup, and it was practically like nothing was going on. This is a huge change from the painful mess I experienced in my 20s.

      As always, YMMV.
      Steph
      My Primal Meanderings

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      • I charted successfully to get pregnant. My story was that I was on the pill for a decade and got off to get pregnant. Through charting I realized that I was having annuvalatory cycles. It took over a year to get my period back. I have never been regular and I am not convinced we are supposed to be so regular... Anyway it took 26 months after my first was born to get my period back. I tracked my temps after that and my cervical fluid. Thanks to that I figured out I ovulated on day 60. I caught that egg and created my son! He is now 26 months old and I still don't have my period. And that's fine. I don't want more kids. I am 41 (so I had my son two weeks before I turned 39). I am tandem nursing and I do fast 5 and still make milk. I am in the best shape of my life. Hear me roar
        Home birthing legal mama. Unschooler. Jewish Intactivist (step away from the foreskin!). Full-term breastfeeder. Kettlebell padawan.

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        • Originally posted by LearningCurve View Post
          Hi All,

          Introductory post here. I've been lurking around MDA for about a year now. Lost my way late last year and just got it back together again about two months ago.

          I'm 47, perimenopausal,
          Welcome, Learningcurve! Glad to hear you're back on track. The conversations on this thread are a mash up of all that happens in a womans life. Jump in when ever you want. Don't be afraid to change the subject and bring in something new.

          Happy to have you!
          1. Love ME no matter what noises are screaming at me, or who is trying to tear me down.
          2. Eat to heal
          3. Move to live
          4. Embrace today
          5. Live with intention
          6. Respect my body
          7. Cultivate joy
          8. Find my passion
          9. Meditate on peace in my soul

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          • Hey Ladies ....

            I'm on to day 3 of primal eating. 2 questions for you:

            1. Yesterday there were a couple times I felt nauseous between meals (had a piece of fruit both times, it helped first time. second time it didn't but coffee with milk did...?) I assume this is normal when starting primal...?

            2. when just starting pb, if you're (me) coming off a high carb, processed, crappy diet and start eating proteins and fats what is your body using for fuel in those beginning stages? Curious.

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            • In the initial stages I don't think your body is using anything for fuel. That's why you feel so crappy.
              Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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              • Hi Cactusflower

                Yeah those first few weeks are a bit tricky. I know I felt hungry all the time, had headaches, insomnia all sorts of vague symptoms. Make sure you eat good large meals, snack if you need to and make sure you get plenty of good fat. Try reducing the fruit and replacing this with say a boiled egg, or a handful of nuts. But do this slowly, don't get all overzealous and push yourself too hard to start with. Some of the men on this forum will give you a hard time about being 100% with the 'programme', but don't let that worry you to start with (they're right pillocks!). Your body will adjust to your new way of eating it just takes a while to iron out the kinks.

                Good luck.

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                • Originally posted by teach2183 View Post
                  Any of you experience more erratic periods by eating this way? Used to be 28 days exactly and today is day 34 with nothing. DH hd a vasectomy over a year ago, so I can't be pregnant.
                  Mine have gotten much more erratic as I got older. They were like clockwork for years, then in my 40's got shorter, and now they are all over the place. 19 days, 21 days, 28 days, 35 days. I just love that. Not! I'm 51, btw. My GYN said it's not unusual for that to happen in perimenopause.

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                  • Originally posted by RitaRose View Post
                    I'm constantly posting this, but it's especially applicable here in a women's thread:

                    Is the use of cholesterol in mortality ris... [J Eval Clin Pract. 2012] - PubMed - NCBI

                    It basically says that higher total cholesteral in women is inversely proportional to mortality. In other words, the lower your total cholesterol, the more likely you are to keel over. Higher total cholesterol and you might live a little longer.
                    Thanks for posting this. This is great! More evidence to fight my doc when she spins up the whole cholesterol/statin thing. She still spouts the saturated fat canard every year. Sigh.

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                    • Originally posted by sharoninboulder View Post
                      Thanks for posting this. This is great! More evidence to fight my doc when she spins up the whole cholesterol/statin thing. She still spouts the saturated fat canard every year. Sigh.
                      I stopped fighting my doctor about my cholesterol, I just told her I'm not taking statins! Period. I took them for 20 years - and I quit. Yes, my cholesterol is high, even on primal. Triglycerides are low, but everything else is high - I still won't go back on them.
                      1. Love ME no matter what noises are screaming at me, or who is trying to tear me down.
                      2. Eat to heal
                      3. Move to live
                      4. Embrace today
                      5. Live with intention
                      6. Respect my body
                      7. Cultivate joy
                      8. Find my passion
                      9. Meditate on peace in my soul

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                      • Hey all,

                        I know a lot of you have been complaining about the success stories that have been posted. In a crazy moment, I decided to write something down and sent it in, with some pictures. Mark just emailed that he is going to be posting it tomorrow. I am feeling a little sick- because it's not a typical "Success" story by any stretch, but maybe that's why he chose it. I am worried about the potential reaction to it, because- well, I put it all out there. But I feel like it could potentially help other people, as we aren't all 25 year old guys with computer jobs and 30 lbs to lose that crept on a couple of years ago. So: to quote good old Bartyles and James, "Thank you for your support!" And I hope you enjoy reading it.
                        With Mark's help, I've conquered depression, acne, rosacea, scale obsession, migraines, and lethargy. Who knows what tomorrow will bring?

                        http://www.theladygrok.blogspot.com/

                        My Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread8215.html

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                        • Originally posted by tomi View Post
                          I stopped fighting my doctor about my cholesterol, I just told her I'm not taking statins! Period. I took them for 20 years - and I quit. Yes, my cholesterol is high, even on primal. Triglycerides are low, but everything else is high - I still won't go back on them.
                          With a strictly primal diet, carbs under 30 gr a day I get a 480 total cholesterol, low TG count abnormally high LDL (380). Statins are needed sometimes, when something doesn't work somewhere in the metabolism of cholesterol -in my case apparently the liver receptor which clears out oxidized LDL in only marginally present so it keeps on running around my bloodstream a lot longer than it should. That's not good for my arteries, neither for my new kidney: being a foreign organ blood supply depends on a tiny attachment and if that got clogged I would be swimming a pool full of pooh. Bad pooh.
                          I feel like shit since I started them up again (I tried to live with no statin meds for a couple of month and those were great: flab lost, more energy, no muscle pain and no post weight lifting muscular distress at all) but I won't be discussing further this with my doctor right now. I just wish I could try again crestor 10 and see if it works a bit better than lescol 80.
                          No limits, only my will and the worlds I build.

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                          • The straight dope on cholesterol

                            I just hope there will be something better available, or a way to really know what's wrong because I already underwent dialysis for years and I really don't want to end up on LDL apheresis.

                            And I'm primal, if I was not with medicines like prograf and medrol I guess my numbers would be even more screwed up.

                            If I give it another thought I will probably end up crying.
                            No limits, only my will and the worlds I build.

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                            • Lady Grok I just read your success story. I relate to it so much. At times I thought I was reading my own story. I had almost all those same things happen to me. Especially sneaking food as a kid, not being able to breathe through my nose and a huge period of time in my 20s/30s where I was barely awake and barely able to stay awake and all the while every test the doctors gave came out as normal and healthy, nothing is wrong with me. Maybe there was something in the air/water/food back in the 70s and 80s. Thank you so much for sending that in to Mark.
                              Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                              • Can someone send me the link to Lady Grok's story. For some reason I can't find it.
                                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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