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    TMI : My journey to get my womanhood back.

    Ever since I started going primal in September 2010, I've only experienced ONE menstrual period.

    I've always had irregular periods growing up, but it would never stretch longer than 2 months. I've never taken birth control and my gynecologist is recommending I should now consider. For someone who has avoided advil and throughout her whole life used nutrition to heal her ailments, it gets painfully frustrating confounded by this abstruse endocrine system...

    My transition from vegetarianism to primal was a positive one, other than this single hormonal problem, which adversely is also affecting my skin. My acne is slow to heal, but I find it gets worse if I indulge in nuts.

    It hurts my pride to admit this, because I once had incredible self control since discovering crohn's less than 3 years ago, but I've been secretly having carb affairs after picking up dope smoking again. It doesn't help that I live with the world's best baker either. Of course these munchies inject a "carb hangover" that lasts a few days, and I wouldn't be surprised that having a series of carb binges has lead to insulin resistance.
    I impress people with the amount of food I eat. I don't eat until I'm full; I eat until I'm sick. It stems from psychological problems aplenty. I think I have low seratonin levels which explains why I'll still keep eating even though I feel physically full.

    All of my symptoms, including constipation, slow healing wounds, and moonface, seems related to thyroid issues. I'm now taking D3 supplements and Vega wholemeal (protein/multivitamin). This journal is to document my commitment to proper supplementing and a more stringent paleo lifestyle.
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    Yesterday (which drew the final straw)

    3:30 pm - 6 pm : Half a steak, four cupcakes, half a box of shortbread cookies.
    In despair, I took two probiotic caps and one ALA to stabilize glucose levels.


    Today

    Fasting for the whole day, take Vega and coconut oil to relieve constipation.

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    Porcelain, I can totally relate. I discovered primal because I was trying to get back on track hormonally. Hadnt had a regular period since going off BC nearly 2 years before, and struggling with moon face, sudden onset acne, and general malaise. At first the doc said PCOS, even though I'm a healthy weight, but we eventually discovered I was hypothyroid due to Hashimoto's (an autoimmune condition). Still trying to get right, through acupuncture, nutrition, and, now, meds. It took thyroid replacement therapy to get my cycles going again, and that also helped me sleep, but I'm having a harder time managing my weight suddenly, and still don't have the right dosage of thyroid meds. One thing that helped immediately was going 100% gluten free. But, my understanding is this is primarily useful for folks that have autoimmune thyroid stuff going on, so might not be the right next step for you. Good luck!
    My primal journey involves a lot of (chocolate) slip-ups. But, I'm all about getting back on the horse!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sashi View Post
    Porcelain, I can totally relate. I discovered primal because I was trying to get back on track hormonally. Hadnt had a regular period since going off BC nearly 2 years before, and struggling with moon face, sudden onset acne, and general malaise. At first the doc said PCOS, even though I'm a healthy weight, but we eventually discovered I was hypothyroid due to Hashimoto's (an autoimmune condition). Still trying to get right, through acupuncture, nutrition, and, now, meds. It took thyroid replacement therapy to get my cycles going again, and that also helped me sleep, but I'm having a harder time managing my weight suddenly, and still don't have the right dosage of thyroid meds. One thing that helped immediately was going 100% gluten free. But, my understanding is this is primarily useful for folks that have autoimmune thyroid stuff going on, so might not be the right next step for you. Good luck!
    Oh being gluten free is actually what I need for keeping me on track! I've gotten amazing advice on taking D3 supplements for your thyroid. For me, more so since I can't get it from fish or dairy due to allergies.

    Vitamin D Deficiency Can Effect Thyroid Function
    This might help you shed some light on aiding your symptoms (no pun intended).

    Thanks Sashi and I wish you luck on your journey as well. Feel free to follow my journal, hopefully I can learn from yours too!

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    May 18

    11:00 - 11:30 am : Half a steak, shredded carrots.
    4:00 pm : Celery sticks, Vega wholemeal + K2 + D3
    4:45 pm : Two boiled eggs
    5:30 - 6:30 pm : Cardio - jogging
    9 pm - 9:30 pm : Chicken, lettuce, mushrooms.
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    May 19

    8:30 am : Vega wholemeal + K2 + Seal Oil
    12:00 - 12:30 pm : Chicken, celery sticks, mushrooms.
    3:15 pm - 3:45 pm : Cardio - jogging
    5:30 pm - 6:30 pm : Deep breathing, meditation - hatha yoga
    7:15 pm - 8:15 pm : Posture strengthening - iyengar yoga
    8:45 pm - 9:45 pm : Short ribs, chicken salad, some more chicken in delicious thai sauce with mushrooms [restaurant outing which definitely gave me my unhealthy dose of hydrogenated oils]
    10:30 pm : Beef meatballs, mushrooms
    1:30 am : Hazelnuts, walnuts

    I almost cracked yesterday after coming back from Saigon restaurant... even after eating copious amounts of meat. It must've been something in the oils that made me ravenous, in particular for something flour dense! Or it could've been the combination of physical training and IFing (8h) together. Either way, I kept tossing and turning at 1 am until I finally got up and grabbed three things from the pantry: walnuts, hazelnuts, and shortbread. I ate half a cup of hazelnuts and half a cup of walnuts before my sinister side kicked in and I reached for the box of cookies. Fortunately I chose a box that must've been really dated because there were covered with DEAD ANTS. I was so disgusted and the first thing I could think of is how these insects probably died from eating the processed junk, and here I was about to be one of them, potentially nurturing a sugar addiction again.

    I already don't feel so great about eating nuts, but I couldn't sleep for some reason and sadly my mind is linked to my stomach. I try to avoid nuts because of their high omega 6 content, even though walnuts are the safest ratio of them all... they promote bigger appetite, sugar cravings, and acne in my case.
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    Is it possible your body fat percentage is too low, or you are exercising too intensely, or are not sleeping regularly or enough?

    I have been on paleo/primal several months but haven't had a period in over a year (once hitting BMI of about 19-20%). It happens at different times for different people, it seems. I did an experiment to gain about 5 lbs back (while still staying primal), and to stop exercising for a month - I got it back (for that month only) but felt quite awful with the excess weight (higher blood pressure, joint pains, fatigue from no exercising). Went back to exercising once in a while, cut some carbs, upped the healthy fats and protein, and I lost my period again after that. But I feel great - somehow my system 'works' better without it. Maybe your ratio of muscle to fat is actually higher than you think, or your testosterone levels are too high, or your dietary fat intake is not saturated enough, but I'd recommend trying to put on some weight (in a primal way) and cutting out stress as much as possible, and see if it comes back. I know cortisol levels can affect periods and for some of us it takes very little (for me, apparently, even light exercise does it).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mammoth toppler View Post
    Is it possible your body fat percentage is too low, or you are exercising too intensely, or are not sleeping regularly or enough?

    I have been on paleo/primal several months but haven't had a period in over a year (once hitting BMI of about 19-20%). It happens at different times for different people, it seems. I did an experiment to gain about 5 lbs back (while still staying primal), and to stop exercising for a month - I got it back (for that month only) but felt quite awful with the excess weight (higher blood pressure, joint pains, fatigue from no exercising). Went back to exercising once in a while, cut some carbs, upped the healthy fats and protein, and I lost my period again after that. But I feel great - somehow my system 'works' better without it. Maybe your ratio of muscle to fat is actually higher than you think, or your testosterone levels are too high, or your dietary fat intake is not saturated enough, but I'd recommend trying to put on some weight (in a primal way) and cutting out stress as much as possible, and see if it comes back. I know cortisol levels can affect periods and for some of us it takes very little (for me, apparently, even light exercise does it).
    I had the exact opposite experience! I wasn't completely primal because beans were incorporated in my breakfast, but my lunch and dinner always had either chicken or steak. I would never skip a meal and my appetite was ridiculous, I'd still want another steak immediately after finishing one (and often I did). I also didn't exercise at all. I gained at least 5 lbs and this is when I started getting moonface. My only period 4 months later, came once I started increasing carbs into my diet.

    I am at the lower end of the normal BMI. I used to be underweight and going primal has definitely helped my weight gain.
    I don't think however that exercise should ever be omitted from the health equation. I know it elevates testosterone, but it's far too critical for our joints, cardiovascular system, and not to mention our brain in general. I feel better mentally when I exercise.

    Mammoth, this is still confounding for me as it is to you. It's truly difficult to grasp the complexities of hormones and even specialists have no idea where to look. All my symptoms point to excess cortisol, yet my lab results and doctors say I'm fine.
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    I almost didn't want to make this post because I only got 4 hours of sleep yesterday and I'm not proud of my deteriorated will power...

    12:30 pm : Vega wholemeal + seal oil
    3:30 pm : Beef meatballs, mushrooms
    4:30 pm : Blueberries, chocolate banana bread
    5:00 pm : Ground pork in tomato sauce, two slices of eggplant/zucchini lasagna
    6:00 pm : D3 + probiotics, washed down with kefir and lychee jello

    Okay, two things. One; the first time I took seal oil I developed a redness flush an hour in, so this time I noticed it again and I'm suspecting it's my body's sensitivity firing up. I want to experiment again solo next time without the Vega to be certain...
    Two; my lack of sleep must really be demanding energy because I binged the second I ate and I didn't stop until 6:30 pm! I ate three illicit items; lychee jello (artificial sugar), lasagna (flour and cheese), and chocolate banana loaf (sugar and wheat).

    I am sleeping early tonight.

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    Boy does my social life have an impact on how I eat. No wonder I find it easier being a hermit... but it was such a beautiful sunny day!

    10:00 am : Vega wholemeal + K2 + D3
    11:00 - 11:30 am : Cardio - dancing
    12:30 pm : Two hardboiled eggs, lettuce
    2:30 pm : Chicken souvlaki
    8:00 - 8:30 pm : Chicken salad
    10:30 - 11:45 pm : Green tea, apple, cheetos, kimchi, shortbread, almonds
    2:30 am : Banana

    That morning I was too nervous to take seal oil again. My gut was telling me it's no good... I need to find another omega3 source. Maybe I should give fish oil a try; the worst that can happen is I get the flush like the seal oil affected me.

    I had dizzy spells all day yesterday and my mom told me it's because I have low blood sugar. I never get dizzy and I've done 24 hour to 58 hour fasts so this was very strange. I also have this dry tickle in my throat that makes me cough, even though I'm not sick, it started a three nights ago... I wonder if these symptoms are related... I keep my routine intermittent so it's hard to say what is causing this. The only thing new I've experienced are some mosquito bites I obtained on my legs which are swelling and itching like crazy.

    I had my fair share of cheats that night. I didn't fall asleep until 4 am on my friend's sofa because my head kept spinning when I closed my eyes and I'm sure the caffeine from the tea didn't help either. Let me tell you, I'm not off to a good start this morning... :[
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