Primal For PCOS
Starting Primal/Paleo tomorrow and stopping by to say HI!
As a seasoned low carber, I wanted to switch to Paleo for 2011. Its going to be bare bones for a while without my beloved dairy, but thats why I am here! I have so much weight to lose, and dealing with severe PCOS every day is very frustrating in the weight loss department. So, this time I am focusing on eating for health and healing my hormonal issues first and hoping the weight will come off at the same time. Here are the answers to the intro questions:
Your location: Michigan
Age (If you want): 32
How Primal are you: primal with select legumes (mainly green beans), limiting fruit for now to once or twice a day,meats,eggs,non-starchy veggies,oils
Do you consume dairy: Only Butter on cooked veggies
Do you drink coffee or tea: tea only...(can't drink coffee without all of the extras!)
Motivator for switching to Primal: changing things a bit from Atkins, trying to get "off" dairy
Favorite exercise: swimming...just can't do it much around here!
Favorite Primal food: Beef tenderloin
Best part about being Primal: setting a good example for my young children
Worst part about being Primal: can get expensive in winter with no local foods or my garden
Happy to meet all of you and always looking to give and get support!
Visit my personal blog! Its new so bear with me http://perfectlyprimal.blogspot.com
I've been around here a long time *gets up from rocking chair in the corner* but I tend to vanish for a few weeks at a time.
In terms of hormones and all that gubbins, have you found Cillakat yet? She has a lot of very detailed info on things such as vitamin D (you need more ) - following her advice I managed to manage my pcos in the most successful way so far. If that even makes sense!
Hi, and welcome...
I haven't been around all that long, but Northern is very right. Cillakat is full of great info.
I have PCOS too and have found my hormones begining to balance out for the first time in many years. I've been primal for about 3 months now and feel so much better.
Enjoy the ride, and ask all the questions you want. Everyone is very helpful around here.
We could be twins, I'm 32 live in Michigan and have PCOS too, haha!! I just joined and posted a brief intro about myself and what I'm hoping to gain (or actually lose) while transitioning over to a paleo-ish lifestyle. (I say paleo-ish because most dairy doesn't bother me, so I'll still be consuming that, just in limited quantities, but regular milk wreaks havoc on my intestines, so I drink organic soy milk for that, even though everything I've read says soy is basically the devil, guess that will just have to be part of my 80/20 principle!)
Originally Posted by reba627
La tristesse durera toujours...
Welcome! What part of MI are you in? I'm originally from Traverse City and Grand Haven
It would be great if you could find a practitioner of "functional endocrinology", as PCOS is never a stand-alone condition. It's often linked to other metabolic/autoimmune disorders like Hashimoto's, which can be a big part of the weight loss puzzle: http://www.ovarian-cysts-pcos.com/ne...s-thyroid.html
You can get a list of practitioners if you email the folks over at www.thyroidbook.com. If there's no one close to you, a number of them will work with you long-distance (ask them to specify who will do that)
wow...we COULD be twins! I live near GR. I eat a lacto-paleo diet as well...my dairy is cream and butter, a little sour cream here and there. And Cheese
Originally Posted by reba627
Soy IS the devil....for us even more so! Have you ever tried unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk?
Thank you SO much...I would LOVE to find a DR who understands....not happening so far! At least I am a nurse and can find my own way.
Originally Posted by hazyjane
I have pcos too. And I can say this way of eating really does help.
I vastly improved my pcos and thyroid issues years ago when I gave up grains and switched to all organic dairy. Now taking it steps further with primal, I hope to make it easier.
And yes, soy is the devil.
Giving it up did amazing things for my T3 levels.
Others with PCOS!!!! I guess you could say I'm the Buckeye here lol. I was diagnosed with PCOS in 2007 at the age of 31. At that time, I was doing body for life and lost about 50 lbs but felt like crap still. Then right after diagnosis, my mom passed away so I have taken almost the past 4 yrs off from doing anything to lose weight. A friend recommended the daily apple to me back in october and I've been hooked ever since.
I never had ovarian cysts but since 2007 I have agonizingly painful cycles. Not sure if any of you have given birth, but my period pains are worse than labor pains and I have asked to be killed because they are so bad. I would pass out from the pain around that point. At that time, I was put on Necon to help with "pain management" and now it doesn't seem to be helping as much. Been told by other friends that I could have endometriosis, but my doctor won't diagnosis me with it so it's constantly a vicious cycle.
The symptoms of PCOS that I've had is darkening of the skin, cystic acne, hair loss and male pattern baldness, all my fat is in my stomach and some IR. I've found that since starting a primal/paleo lifestyle, my hair is growing very fast, coming in more thicker and my bald spot is going away; the acne is virtually gone, and I have way more energy than I've had in years. That's just happened in the past 3 months! Excited to see what the PB has in store.
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