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  1. #721
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    Feb 2010
    Northern Virginia
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    Sorry, my answers are embedded in the quote above!

  2. #722
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    Jul 2012
    United States
    I'm approaching 50 (turned 48 in April), and have been in the midst of perimenopause for about 7 years. Cystic acne on chin/hairline (age 41), increase in anxiety/rapid heart rate (42-44), downy hair growth on cheeks/chin (46-now), fat gain around middle (46-now), inability to stay asleep (47-now), etc.

    I started getting hot flashes earlier this year. In March 2013 they were coming up to 24 a day! Right before the wave of heat I would get very alert which made for some poor sleepless nights. Not sweaty, just a heat wave.

    I removed all sugar (even most fruit sugar) for 60 days at the end of April. Within a week, my flashes were reduced by half. Within 3 weeks, they were gone. I actually did a Whole30 program, so I also removed dairy and gluten. I had been gluten free off and on for many years so I don't think it was gluten. I guess it could be dairy, but I suspect sugar.

    I'm trying to stay sugar free now. I am able to eat some raisins and I am hoping to add raw honey for cooking. I actually did eat some cookies today and did not get a hot flash, which was a very different story from the 4 times I cheated on the Whole30 with sugar (well, it was Whole60; cheated 4 times in 60 days and got hot flashes 3 of the times within an hour).

    My weight has stayed within 5lbs for the past 25 years, but it has shifted. I have a small belly now where I used to be quite flat. My thighs and butt are bigger. Not sure how that all happens when I really weigh the same that I did a few years ago when all was flatter/tighter!

    I am struggling to find a way to exercise well, since I developed a pelvic organ prolapse in November 2012 which has sidelined me (permanently?) from my cross-fit/heavy lifting days. Honestly, that level of fitness was partly to blame for my current condition. I also have slight scoliosis so my alignment is not normal for running/lifting/jumping, etc. Hoping to get my upper body developed again. Six months and I'm soft! Feminine, but I miss the muscles!

    I'm rambling. I may have posted here earlier. I cannot remember. Oh, and my mental clarity has SKYROCKETED since going sugar free. I highly recommend it for anyone struggling with hot flashes, brain fog and low level depression. 30 days should be enough of an experiment to see if it is for you. Removing all sugar is tough (brown sugar in bacon, fruits, dried fruits, honey, stevia; all of it).

    My skin looks amazing, too.


    Age 48
    Start date: 7-5-12
    GOAL: to live to be a healthy and active 100

    "In health there is freedom. Health is the first of all liberties."
    Henri Frederic Amiel

  3. #723
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    Apr 2013
    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew649 View Post
    I'm 47 on my way to 48, will that do?
    too young, too masculine to be a gal over 50 but what the hell
    When I'd had enough of the grain and starched based 'diabetic eating for health' diet (eating for health, my ass!) my weight was 242.5 lbs. On starting primal- 18th April 2013 weight : 238.1.
    27th July 2013. weight after 100 days 136.9 weight lost 101.2lb ; that's 105.6lbs since I stopped the 'diabetic eating for health'
    new journal

  4. #724
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    Oct 2012
    I'm 47 on my way to 48 too but I'm definitely female. So I'm gonna try and sneak in... I hope I can read this whole thing!
    Breathe. Move forward.

    I just eat what I want...

  5. #725
    Just found this thread yesterday though I've been on MDA for a while. I read about the first 20 pages or so, then skipped to the late 2012 posts. Glad it's still going!

    I turned 60 in May, have been mostly Primal for about 18 months. A couple of years before that, I had lost about 35 pounds on a low carb diet (still gone, but could lose 20 more). That was inspired by discovering that I qualified to be a Type 2 diabetic. I have also been diagnosed with Sjogren's, chemical sensitivities, and had a bout with breast cancer in 2012. I had a right side mastectomy with no radiation or chemo, and declined to take aromatase inhibitors.

    You would think me to be extra motivated to stick to the plan, but not so much lately. Too frequent intake of GF goodies, even the occasional pizza. A bit too much good wine. And I recently discovered that Costco has bags of organic popcorn cooked in coconut oil. Oh my.

    Anyway, some signs of inflammatory problems are creeping back in. Primarily joint pain, mostly in the hips. So I'm going to hang with you ladies and see if I can get back on the program!

  6. #726
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    May 2011
    northern Saskatchewan
    I'll be 62 in a few weeks, and have a story that may help you dancermom09. 22 years I wanted to quit smoking and happened to read a book about compulsive behaviours, by Janine Roth. In it she talks about how her compulsion to overeat led her to realize how critically she was hurting herself. So, she learned to ask herself "What is it about right now that makes me want to do something I know is hurting me?" I learned to ask this about smoking. One day a few months later (June 4, 1991), I was sitting on a lumber pile, decided I did not wish to smoke, butted out and have not craved a cigarette since. It is the same for me with grains for the last 2 years. Writing this I am reminded to not even have a little local honey for a sweetener, as I did yesterday. I function best with no sweeteners, perhaps a bit of Xylitol a few times per year. My journey is not over and I continue to learn about what works for my body, or not.
    It sounds like you have ready access to foodstuffs from large stores. Maybe I would be more tempted if I were too. We have what most folks in the paleo/primal world would consider the ideal circumstances for local, pastured meats, dairy, fresh water fish, active outdoor life, gardens and networks of people. Also, we live 30 minutes from the nearest stores and 1.5 hours to the nearest Costco I have not one excuse for still packing 25 extra pounds, but there you go....
    I am amazed by your resilience and happy for your successes, including dumping the cancer. I think women our age are at vantage points, in our lives, that provide all sorts of opportunities. We need to 'seize the day'.

  7. #727
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    Jul 2013
    Cottage Grove, Oregon
    I just turned 48 and started paleo lifestyle 3 months ago, my hubby thought it would help with my digestive has been a god send and I've went from 155 to 138 with simply eating clean and still doing my weights and more stomach aches, bloating, etc

  8. #728
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    Feb 2012
    Northern California
    That's great Alaska! I wish my sis who lives in your neck of the woods would get on board with primal, she has so many health problems I know she would get some benefit, but alas my success with it for the last 3 yrs. hasn't swayed her.
    Life is death. We all take turns. It's sacred to eat during our turn and be eaten when our turn is over. RichMahogany.

  9. #729
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    Jul 2013
    Cottage Grove, Oregon
    Yeah I have found when I talk about health and what has worked for myself and hubby nobody wants to hear about cutting sugar and processed food out!

  10. #730
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    Sep 2011
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    Hi's been a while since I posted, but I'm plugging along as primally as possible! I even started a new group on Facebook, mostly to offer a support group for friends who are primal--but we've grown nicely! ("Paleo/Primal on Facebook" I'd give you the link but my computer's hosed and I can't open FB right now...)

    ANYway, a lot going on with me...still trying to avoid knee surgery, so went for OrthoVisc shots in both knees (meh! Exspensive but not a great result), and have been having PT since late June. Sometimes good, sometimes not so great.

    Planning on branching out to Reiki and acupuncture, has anyone tried those for osteoarthritis? I have very little cartilage in my knees, and a few bone spurs to boot. I REALLY prefer to deal with this as naturally as possible.

    I take fish oil, turmeric, and nibble dried cherries...mainly would like to be a little more active and have LESS PAIN!

    Still Craving Pterodactyl--my Primal Blueprint blog

    70 is the new 50--without the hot flashes!

    Goals: Feel good, be stronger, and hopefully kick that arthritis in the backside! Oh, yeah, and losing more weight would be okay, too.

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