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    Bulletproof Coffee and Lady Problems (possibly TMI for the gents)

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    I started the Bulletproof thing about 2 months ago (starting at a healthy weight and bf%, looking to get leaner, yet it has not proven to be a magic bullet. Not that I am surprised. Feel good though, so not complaining). ANYWAY. Apparently a higher fat and protein diet increases hormones, which increases pre-menstrual and menstrual pain:

    Primal Wisdom: Diet and Female Hormone Balance

    Since starting Bulletproof, my fat intake has increased slightly from my usual PB levels (though I don't track so I can't give specific figures). What has also happened is that last month I had what I can only presume were labour-strength menstrual cramps. I have no kiddoes yet so I don't know what labour actually feels like but this was BAD. They were by far the absolute worst cramps I have ever had in my entire life. There was a 30-minute period on Day 1 during which you could have sawed my leg off and I probably would not have noticed. Or cared. Thank goodness I was at home when it struck, and there was no repeat of it on Day 2. Now I am supposed to get my period again in two days, but I have been having mild cramps since Monday. Has anybody else experienced something similar? This is so not cool, and if it keeps up I am not sure if I will keep up with Bulletproof.

    (And no, I am not pregnant. And I did have ovarian cysts in the past but they've been MIA for almost 2 years now thanks to Primal.)
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    Eating high fat should be balancing your hormones! This is strange.

    How's your omega-3 intake?

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    Quote Originally Posted by patski View Post
    How's your omega-3 intake?
    Probably not at levels to brag about. I avoid processed junk (obviously) but I am allergic to fish and can't take fish oil (I tried taking it for a while two years ago and gained 12 lbs of bloat). I take flax seed oil on and off.

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    Balancing your hormones is key. Make sure you get tons of vitamin A and D and DHA/EPA. Severely limit omega 6.

    Quick fix that worked for me GLA - get two little bottles of Evening Primrose oil. Down 1/2 to 1 bottle immediately depending on size of bottle and how much you can stomach. Then take a high daily dose of the other bottle until menses is over. Works for me.

    Don't get borage oil, it doesn't do the same thing for some reason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by souldanzer View Post
    Balancing your hormones is key. Make sure you get tons of vitamin A and D and DHA/EPA. Severely limit omega 6.

    Quick fix that worked for me GLA - get two little bottles of Evening Primrose oil. Down 1/2 to 1 bottle immediately depending on size of bottle and how much you can stomach. Then take a high daily dose of the other bottle until menses is over. Works for me.

    Don't get borage oil, it doesn't do the same thing for some reason.
    Thanks! I will try the Evening Primrose oil. Any suggestions of non-fish sources for DHA/EPA? I do eat a lot of eggs and I've been on and off on the flax oil because I keep hearing mixed opinions on it.

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    All I know, is that when I'm doing higher fat and higher protein, low carb - my periods
    are every twenty four days (january I got it TWICE) and they suck ASS.

    Now that I've lowered the fat, upped my carbs, kept protein the same, my period was
    actually, omg, for once in, say, 5 years - TWENTY EIGHT DAYS and it was a freaking breeze.

    4 days, nothing to write home about, and, with much benefit to my husband, no bitchy ass PMS
    either.

    Wha?

    I do about 1600 cals a day, 150g carbs, maybe 50/60g of fat and the rest
    protein.

    I'm 5'3 and about 120lbs if that matters.

    Julie

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    That confirms my experience! I usually get mild to moderate cramps but I find my periods most tolerable when I'm in the 100-150g of carbs a day range (which was most of last year). Since I'm not leaning out one way or the other, I may well go back to this.

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    Sounds like a plan.

    Or at least just give it a go for a month and see how LadyTime measures up this next time
    around.

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    Are you sure you don't have fibroids?
    Using low lectin/nightshade free primal to control autoimmune arthritis. (And lost 50 lbs along the way )

    http://www.krispin.com/lectin.html

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    On the omega-3's, to be honest, I can't think of any other source except really fatty cuts of grass-fed beef. Are you also allergic to shellfish? Shrimp & mollusks have a decent amount as well.

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