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    Women...is there a need for potatoes for fertility health?

    How many of you require potatoes or some starch for your menstrual cycle and hormones? Is it possible to have a healthy cycle without starch? Several paleo sites like paleo for women say you need it. Others say you don't. I wish there was a good answer besides more experimentation.

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    I have no personal experience. I have read some research indicating that fat was important for fertility. But I have never read anything about carbs in that respect.

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    I've been under 100 gm carbs for the last 3 years of Primal eating. Regular cycles, and I just turned 50 years old. In fact, all of my perimenopausal symptoms disappeared on Primal. I eat potatoes occasionally, but I feel better on lower carbs.

    I do make sure to eat lots of nutrient-dense foods like grass-fed red meat, liver, free-range eggs, wild-caught seafood, and hard cheese as well as bone broth. I eat 60-70% fat from pastured lard, butter and coconut oil as well as fattier cuts of meat.

    Making sure my D3 level is on the high end of sufficiency (almost 80 ng/ml) ensures that I have the precursors necessary for hormonal balance. I also supplement krill oil and Magnesium.

    Here's a blog post I wrote that may be helpful:

    Optimum Fertility ~ Nutrition - Sondra Rose: Happy Mind
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly View Post
    I've been under 100 gm carbs for the last 3 years of Primal eating. Regular cycles, and I just turned 50 years old. In fact, all of my perimenopausal symptoms disappeared on Primal. I eat potatoes occasionally, but I feel better on lower carbs.

    I do make sure to eat lots of nutrient-dense foods like grass-fed red meat, liver, free-range 9eggs, wild-caught seafood, and hard cheese as well as bone broth. I eat 60-70% fat from pastured lard, butter and coconut oil as well as fattier cuts of meat.

    Making sure my D3 level is on the high end of sufficiency (almost 80 ng/ml) ensures that I have the precursors necessary for hormonal balance. I also supplement krill oil and Magnesium.

    Here's a blog post I wrote that may be helpful:

    Optimum Fertility ~ Nutrition -Sondra Rose: Happy Mind
    Thank you! That was helpful. The blog post does mention starches in moderation so I guess you eat bananas and such more often than potatoes? thinking of cycling starches every three days or so because I figure better safe than sorry. I don't feel well eating them every day like some paleo people suggest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldensparrow View Post
    Thank you! That was helpful. The blog post does mention starches in moderation so I guess you eat bananas and such more often than potatoes? thinking of cycling starches every three days or so because I figure better safe than sorry. I don't feel well eating them every day like some paleo people suggest.
    It really depends on your metabolism/activity level.

    I eat rice crackers a few times a week (12 g carb per serving) and a banana twice a month, but I am FODMAPS-intolerant, so I don't do any other fruit, sweet potatoes, etc. I do better with sucrose, so dark chocolate is my main carb source.

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    I developed amenorrhea after eating essentially zero carb, so in my experience, yes they are needed in at least some amount. My cycle came back after a couple of months of eating at least 1lb of starchy foods (sweet potatoes, rice, etc.) per day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ombat View Post
    I developed amenorrhea after eating essentially zero carb, so in my experience, yes they are needed in at least some amount. My cycle came back after a couple of months of eating at least 1lb of starchy foods (sweet potatoes, rice, etc.) per day.
    How did you choose to eat a zero carb diet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by eKatherine View Post
    How did you choose to eat a zero carb diet?
    Attempt at dealing with digestive issues. Caused a few for problems than it helped.

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    I eat HFLC (I have a brain issue... not saying it's for everyone, but some do very well on it.) and my cycles have become more regular during that time (about a year now)... from VERY irregular, sometimes skipping months, to pretty much normal 28-30 days.
    I'm 40.
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    “You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.”
    ~Friedrich Nietzsche
    And that's why I'm here eating HFLC Primal/Paleo.


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    After reading Wheat Belly I went very low carb for about 6 weeks. At first it was fine, but then I became severely depressed. With 2 small kids that each just as I do, this also wasn't very useful. So now I am sure to serve rice or portatoes at least 5x/week. I have much more energy and no longer think about running away from my family. It's crazy how eating a small amount of carbs impacts my mental health so much. Can't say much about fertility... we conceived 2 kids with 3 months of trying total, but that was before I knew about Primal.

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