Hormones, Homeostasis, and Why You (Probably) Need Carbs :: stumptuous.com
This article is floating around the forums lately. I'll admit I didn't read a lot of it, but the beginning and end have some good basic information for anyone who is struggling.
My n=1 is that strict primal & low-carb really screwed up my hormones. My progesterone might've been low before (didn't have it tested until last Fall, after constipation started and low sex drive had been mostly dominant for a couple of years), but I didn't have signs that really indicated that until last Fall, when the intense PMS cropped up. Eating more starches HAS helped, over the past month or so that I've been trying this. My sex drive is much better and I'm not taking Vitex anymore (we'll see if the PMS occurs again though). I'm following more of a Perfect Health Diet plan. I eat rice with lunch, sweet potato after work, potatoes with dinner. I just need to incorporate starch with breakfast. My constipation HAS improved since doing this, albeit slowly. Time will tell, but I think this might be a good plan for me.
My favorite part
Stop saying “should” and start saying “is”. Maybe Dietary Protocol X should work according to Expert Y or Anecdotal Evidence Z… but if it doesn’t feel good for you, it doesn’t fucking work for YOU and YOUR body. That is what it is. If you argue with reality you will always lose.