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Everything crumbling apart, I need some help.

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 25, 2012 at 4:14 PM

First of all, let me say hello :D also, thank you for taking the time to read my post, and if you reply, thank you in advance!

Many questions do not seem to contain enough information to warrant a response, or get a response that is "shooting in the dark" because of the lack of info. I truly would like help, so I am sorry if I OVER info.

First of all, I do not live with a lot of stress. Most all of my stress is only related to my body, but I do not let it get to me frequently. I am mostly used to the pain/ frustrations by now.

Here goes with my past, because I think it is very relevant. I obtained most of this fat in my teenage years, and since then have been on a very low calorie diet. In the beginning it was for weight loss (didn't work) and now it is just a lifestyle. I consume about 1200 calories normally in any given day, simply because that is what I have gotten my body used to. So. I assume I have a very slow metabolism. I never feel hungry, however...

I am a female, mid 20s. I am overweight, or rather "over fat". According to charts and such, my weight is perfectly normal, while my fat content is high. I weigh 129lbs, I am 5 foot 5 inches, but am about 29% body fat. I really don't care about the charts, but about how I feel. I feel heavy, lethargic, tired, inflamed joints, hair loss etc etc. The list goes on. I want to lose fat, not weight. I couldn't care less about that. I also want to clear up these chronic health problems...

I workout lightly 3-4 times a week. I walk about 3+ miles 4 times a week. I do the stationary bike lightly also about 2-3 times. Once a week, I do heavy lifting. In between I do light free weights, or freestyle dancing ;p.

I have been on this specific diet below for nearly a month. I calculate percentages, and keep it at Fat 50%, Carb 20% (or a bit below) and Protein 30%. Grams of carbs between 50-65.

A normal day in my diet is:

Breakfast: Greek yogurt a cup of berries, or 2 eggs cooked up in olive oil with a side of spinach.

Lunch: Ground beef with broccoli, or chicken with green beans. Both cooked with olive oil, or coconut oil.

Dinner: Chicken and broccoli (or green beans or spinach) cooked in oil, or ground turkey with tomatoes.

Snack: Almonds about 4x a week. Cheddar cheese, I also have about 4x a week. Every now and then I have a bit of dark chocolate. Sometimes I just eat raw spinach by the handful.

Supplements: Daily multivitamin, probiotic cap, omega 3 salmon pill (no omega 6).

Drink: Water, water, water. Now and then I also drink 2% milk infrequently, and full fat coconut milk.

Thats it really, I have no desire to binge, so I don't. I don't cook with sugar, and very little salt.

This all said, I have lost 4lbs, and am now dead stationary. I would be happy about this, but for the knowledge that this is probably nothing but water loss.

I assume I will hear that I need to eat more calories. Sure, I probably would agree, but I feel like my body (having been in starvation mode for so long) Is going to grab everything, every extra calorie I put in and store it as fat.

My diet before? Around 1400 calories of 70% carbs, 15% fat, 15% protein. This, on the advice of a personal trainer. A year later, ridiculous time spent in the gym and many, many tears of frustration... I lost 4lbs total.

I am frustrated, tired, sick, low libido, shedding hair like mad, chronic headaches, regular bowel problems, dry skin, problems maintaining deep sleep, the list goes on. I don't know what to do. I have had plenty of blood workups, and have no hormonal (that they detected..) problems, my thyroid, cholesterol and blood pressure are just fine.

Do I need to modify my diet or things it contains for fat loss, or to alleviate some of these symptoms? Do I just need to eat more? I realize I am not asking doctors for help hear, but you are all real people who have actually been through many of these things, and may be able to see what I am going through with greater clarity. To doctors, I am healthy, normal weight, nothing wrong with me at all. I also know I have only been on this new diet for a month, and everything takes time. I am not expecting a miracle. It took a long time to get here, and it will take a long time to get out. Time is not a concern.

I need to lose this fat, it is dragging me down. I also cannot continue on with this level of pain and problems. Does anyone have any advice?

Thank you very much, I am sorry for the length of the post, but with something such as this, I thought I may get more help, the more detailed I was.

Db4ad76f6f307a6f577e175710049172

(2297)

on June 30, 2012
at 04:41 AM

Sorry for taking forever to get back to you, but I like training 3 times a week. I really don't know enough to make a good recommendation for you though. Glad I could help.

6f37e54ebb15be863244de3245d4c01f

(100)

on June 27, 2012
at 02:41 AM

This is an excellent book/website http://www.thyroidbook.com/

E68bdbd83e45fd5be130e393ace9c9a9

(2063)

on June 26, 2012
at 05:00 PM

It's up to you, Anna, but with hormonal issues like hair loss, I think going higher-carb is safer. Just my opinion.

E68bdbd83e45fd5be130e393ace9c9a9

(2063)

on June 26, 2012
at 04:58 PM

I think I have been losing some extra hair too, but it's hard to say because my hair is long and pretty thick. I just feel like I've noticed a lot more hair in the brush. I have had my hormones tested too and the test showed I do have estrogen dominance (not too much estrogen, just a bad estrogen-progesterone ratio.) The problem is... how does one fix it? I think low-carb is very bad for me and made things worse. Now I'm just trying to eat whole foods and not stress too much about macronutrient ratios or supplements. I just hope that another few months will help even things out.

E2d4599284ebc1b58bc0c178d667d4de

(15)

on June 26, 2012
at 01:53 AM

Ahh more likely than not, you are right. I know I had atleast one done, but that was probably it. As the doctors I have seen believe there is nothing wrong with me... they really don't want to run any tests. The simple blood workup alone took some convincing. Perhaps I need to seek a new doctor...

E2d4599284ebc1b58bc0c178d667d4de

(15)

on June 26, 2012
at 01:51 AM

Gotcha, thank you for clearing it up. :) Now which one to do...

E2d4599284ebc1b58bc0c178d667d4de

(15)

on June 26, 2012
at 01:50 AM

I am sorry to hear this Cheryl! If I discover anything that works, I will pass the info on. One thing I have done, that I strongly believe will help is switching from chemical filled shampoos to something all natural. My scalp atleast is enjoying the change. :) It is not so dry as before. Will this help the hair loss in the long run? I have no idea, but it could be worth a shot.

4929a87e3f7438f18a0afbdde291ed5e

(752)

on June 26, 2012
at 01:45 AM

I am very interested in the hair loss thing as I am experiencing the same issue - and it's starting to really frustrate me. I believe it's hormonal imbalance that is causing it, but what that is I'm uncertain. I also believe that it's from being low carb - been trying to up my carbs, but scared of gaining weight back - I seem to be extremely carb sensitive. I've added in sweet potato puree a few times/week and cutting out the nuts as a way of exchanging calories. Still the hair loss continues... :(

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

(24286)

on June 26, 2012
at 12:44 AM

And what thyroid test did you have run? Rarely does anyone get an appropriate panel run. It can be like pulling teeth to get a general practitioner to order them so many, like myself, get them on our own. You need everything not just the TSH you most likely had run. You need TSH, free T4, free T3, and anti-thyroid (TPO and Tg) antibodies. there are online testing sites you can pay ~$85 to have these run yourself.

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

(24286)

on June 26, 2012
at 12:40 AM

They are suggesting you either go lower with your carbs or go higher but get out of the zone you are currently in. For me I can maintain at the carb levels you are currently taking in but to lose I must go to 20g. So pick one and do that. Go lower and become a fat burner or go higher and figure something else out. Good luck.

E68bdbd83e45fd5be130e393ace9c9a9

(2063)

on June 25, 2012
at 10:59 PM

If she has "subclinical hypothyroid" as suggested by Faith (an interesting idea that might explain the hormonal imbalance, and something I need to do more research on), higher carb would be better for her, right?

E68bdbd83e45fd5be130e393ace9c9a9

(2063)

on June 25, 2012
at 10:56 PM

Hmm, that sucks. If you figure out what's causing it, be sure to update us. I hope you figure it out soon and feel better.

E2d4599284ebc1b58bc0c178d667d4de

(15)

on June 25, 2012
at 10:56 PM

I am still getting over the "fat is evil!!!" thing. The thought of butter is so... difficult! That will be a work in progress, but I have seen it mentioned in other places too. Thanks for the info. :)

E2d4599284ebc1b58bc0c178d667d4de

(15)

on June 25, 2012
at 10:54 PM

Thanks for this little tip. I was actually wondering about this myself. I will just have to try it! :) Meat for breakfast just never sounded appetizing to me, but I have to get over that, especially if it could help!

E2d4599284ebc1b58bc0c178d667d4de

(15)

on June 25, 2012
at 10:50 PM

This comment was very helpful, thank you. I am getting conflicting info on raw veggies vs. cooked for my gut, but there is so much info out there, and also on a what works for the individual person basis. I think I will just have to try it both ways? :) I will get all those things checked up as well, who knows where the problem may stem from? Thanks much for the links.

E2d4599284ebc1b58bc0c178d667d4de

(15)

on June 25, 2012
at 10:47 PM

I suppose it really does need work. I hadnt thought of just rebuilding my health as a whole before, I have always seen it as knock one thing out, and then the next. :) Thats silly though, isnt it? Your whole body works together as one, doesnt it?

E2d4599284ebc1b58bc0c178d667d4de

(15)

on June 25, 2012
at 10:46 PM

Ohhh I really can agree with this. My muscles... rather I should say "what muscles?" Need some work. I am extremely weak. :/ Far weaker than I should be. How many times a week should I be weight training?

E2d4599284ebc1b58bc0c178d667d4de

(15)

on June 25, 2012
at 10:45 PM

Thanks for this suggestion. Its great to see what other would do in this situation, it offers me some clarity, and potential things I can do. I have never thought of doing a pesticide or lead check before either! Gelatin, that is a new idea to me also... hmmm :) I am learning much.

E2d4599284ebc1b58bc0c178d667d4de

(15)

on June 25, 2012
at 10:42 PM

Thank you for the info, and the offer. I had no idea that restricting sodium could be a bad thing! There are so many things that I need to look in to. Thank you for the advice. :)

E2d4599284ebc1b58bc0c178d667d4de

(15)

on June 25, 2012
at 10:40 PM

Thanks for your help and advice, its nice to have other people to bounce ideas off of, and to learn new things. I have been dealing with most of these problems for well over 5 years. Its just wearing away at me.

E2d4599284ebc1b58bc0c178d667d4de

(15)

on June 25, 2012
at 10:39 PM

Im sorry, but neither of these posts made terribly much sense to me. Thank you for answering and for helping.. but could I have a tiny bit more clarification? Thanks much. :)

E2d4599284ebc1b58bc0c178d667d4de

(15)

on June 25, 2012
at 10:37 PM

CrossFit hmm... I will find out about this for sure. Thanks. :)

E2d4599284ebc1b58bc0c178d667d4de

(15)

on June 25, 2012
at 10:37 PM

No, I have never heard of this before, but I am willing to try whatever it takes. :) I hope your sister feels better soon! Thanks for the info.

E2d4599284ebc1b58bc0c178d667d4de

(15)

on June 25, 2012
at 10:35 PM

I will certainly look in to this, thank you!

E2d4599284ebc1b58bc0c178d667d4de

(15)

on June 25, 2012
at 10:26 PM

Hair loss... major hair loss. I have gone from the loss of maybe 20-30 strands a day tops to.. well over 200. My brush is loaded, the drains are loaded, the vacuum cleaner too, so thats certainly not just in my head lol. I am getting thinning patches for sure. I think a great many things are going wrong right now, and that if I can start to fix even one, it may help with others.I actually switched to paleo/primal because of many of these problems, digestive included.

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

(8014)

on June 25, 2012
at 09:07 PM

How many posts have we read where all of someone's labs were "totally normal" yet they felt like they'd been run over by a bus? Let your OWN BODY be your guide. Numbers can be helpful, but ultimately you are the one who knows how you feel and whether something you try makes you feel better or worse.

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

(8014)

on June 25, 2012
at 09:07 PM

How many posts have we read where all of someone's labs were "totally normal" but they felt like they'd been run over by a bus? Let your OWN BODY be your guide. Numbers can be helpful, but ultimately *you* are the one who knows how you feel and whether something you try makes you feel better or worse.

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

(8014)

on June 25, 2012
at 09:06 PM

YES. THIS!! ---> "I would find a naturopath who can work with you to go deeper into your health issues. Many things can seem in range and look normal with a basic panel of tests, but if you feel unwell, you need to keep pushing to find out what is wrong, and the longer appointments provided by naturopaths (1 hour vs. the average ten minute MD visit) affords more time to work together and sort things out."

0d0842381492a41b2173a04014aae810

(4875)

on June 25, 2012
at 08:07 PM

For me personally: my body hangs onto more fat than I can explain when I'm eating dairy or fruit for breakfast. I make a point to have meat and fat for breakfast, and usually my starch or fruit comes mid afternoon or for dinner. It might be worth playing with that; some leftover meat from dinner plus an avocado makes a great breakfast.

Ccacf7567273244733bc991af4ac42ed

(5198)

on June 25, 2012
at 07:18 PM

This is what I was going to say, particularly for your size. 20g might help a lot, as might 100g.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on June 25, 2012
at 05:47 PM

+2 for weight training!

E68bdbd83e45fd5be130e393ace9c9a9

(2063)

on June 25, 2012
at 05:34 PM

As far as digestive issues go, many people switching to paleo have disrupted digestive cycles at first. My digestion got worse for a few months and then it got much better once I increased my carbs again. I wouldn't worry too much about the digestion unless it seems really abnormal.

E68bdbd83e45fd5be130e393ace9c9a9

(2063)

on June 25, 2012
at 05:32 PM

Hair loss is a bit troubling, though, and it usually points to hormonal imbalance (and you said your hormone levels were normal.) How much hair loss have you experienced? Do you have patches missing or just extra strands on your brush?

E68bdbd83e45fd5be130e393ace9c9a9

(2063)

on June 25, 2012
at 05:31 PM

It's just that shallow sleep, headaches, and dry skin are common problems that many people have, and they don't necessarily indicate some sort of larger health problem. It seemed as if the weight was what was bothering you most, based upon the proportion of your question dedicated to it.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on June 25, 2012
at 05:31 PM

Anna, then check with Korion (another paleohacker) for Ray Peat.

E68bdbd83e45fd5be130e393ace9c9a9

(2063)

on June 25, 2012
at 05:29 PM

How long have you been dealing with hair loss and headaches?

E2d4599284ebc1b58bc0c178d667d4de

(15)

on June 25, 2012
at 05:22 PM

Weight, means nothing to me. I could be 135 lbs or something and if a lot of that was muscle, I would be happy. The problem is the FAT content. That its self is very high. The fat its self however is not the main problem (though I wish I had less :) The main problem is all these weird health problems, and I wonder if they (the fat) might not be related. The 4 lb thing was simply me stating that I know dropping carbs, means shedding water weight quickly. I can assume thats what those lbs are. If I lost even 2lbs of FAT a month, that would be great. Even 1lb. I am also not on the pill at-least.

E2d4599284ebc1b58bc0c178d667d4de

(15)

on June 25, 2012
at 05:15 PM

Well, I have had my hormones checked, and everything came back all clear. I wonder what the doctors set their thresh-holds at for "normal" however. I am beginning to suspect estrogen dominance.

Ddfdaa75ac9f47e01fc71162dd0d38dc

on June 25, 2012
at 05:05 PM

High body fat, hair loss, tired etc - have you been checked for PCOS?

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on June 25, 2012
at 04:51 PM

Why can't I give more +++ for comments? +1M for link.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on June 25, 2012
at 04:50 PM

+1 For less cardio, more weight.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on June 25, 2012
at 04:42 PM

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Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on June 25, 2012
at 04:50 PM

Welcome!

Patience is needed here. Your body will require some time to heal. It took me about 6 months to turn things around and I had a really good diet (plus gluten) pre-Primal.

Agree with other posters. Stop counting calories & focus on nutrient-dense foods to replenish. Also gut healing. Hormonal balance will help you drop the fat & maintain the loss.

SLEEP is key.

Liver, eggs, salmon, hard cheese, gelatin. Kefir & kombucha. Drop the nuts & any raw veggies for now to help your gut to heal.

Get your D level checked & sun/supplement to 50-60 ng/ml. Do a zinc tally test (google it) you are probably deficient. If so, 50 mg zinc picolinate for 3 months & retest. Magnesium citrate 200-600 mg before bed for constipation. (Magnesium glycinate if constipation isn't a problem.)

Read my blog post for more suggestions (it's for fertility, but the same goes for hormonal balance.)

http://www.sondrarose.com/optimum-fertility-nutrition

EFT is a great self-help tool for stress relief.

E2d4599284ebc1b58bc0c178d667d4de

(15)

on June 25, 2012
at 10:50 PM

This comment was very helpful, thank you. I am getting conflicting info on raw veggies vs. cooked for my gut, but there is so much info out there, and also on a what works for the individual person basis. I think I will just have to try it both ways? :) I will get all those things checked up as well, who knows where the problem may stem from? Thanks much for the links.

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Db4ad76f6f307a6f577e175710049172

on June 25, 2012
at 04:35 PM

Definitely agree that you're going to have to rebuild your health. Make sure to get the sat fats, and don't do too much running, I'd say switch to more weight training, but actually lift some weight, don't stay light.

The sat fat recommendation is primarily for increasing hormones, since sat fats are the building blocks for hormones. Hit up some butter, like use it a lot, for the majority of your fats for a while.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on June 25, 2012
at 04:50 PM

+1 For less cardio, more weight.

E2d4599284ebc1b58bc0c178d667d4de

(15)

on June 25, 2012
at 10:46 PM

Ohhh I really can agree with this. My muscles... rather I should say "what muscles?" Need some work. I am extremely weak. :/ Far weaker than I should be. How many times a week should I be weight training?

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on June 25, 2012
at 05:47 PM

+2 for weight training!

E2d4599284ebc1b58bc0c178d667d4de

(15)

on June 25, 2012
at 10:56 PM

I am still getting over the "fat is evil!!!" thing. The thought of butter is so... difficult! That will be a work in progress, but I have seen it mentioned in other places too. Thanks for the info. :)

Db4ad76f6f307a6f577e175710049172

(2297)

on June 30, 2012
at 04:41 AM

Sorry for taking forever to get back to you, but I like training 3 times a week. I really don't know enough to make a good recommendation for you though. Glad I could help.

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5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on June 25, 2012
at 04:23 PM

Eat more. Track your nutrients on cronometer. You are probably really deficient at that tiny calorie intake with workouts and cardio. Forget about the weight for now. Your most important goal is to rebuild your health and provide your body with enough material to ramp up your metabolism. See a paleo-oriented nutritionist/dietician.

E2d4599284ebc1b58bc0c178d667d4de

(15)

on June 25, 2012
at 10:47 PM

I suppose it really does need work. I hadnt thought of just rebuilding my health as a whole before, I have always seen it as knock one thing out, and then the next. :) Thats silly though, isnt it? Your whole body works together as one, doesnt it?

5
6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on June 25, 2012
at 07:23 PM

The World Health Organization lists 21-33% body fat as the normal and healthy range for women aged 20-40. 29% is squarely within that range. Anything under 21% is considered under fat and should be avoided if possible to maintain hormone production. If the weight is mostly distributed in your lower belly and thighs that is a sign of health, people you've seen who have lost their thigh fat can get into trouble with bone density, mental health, and hormone synthesis. If you feel more jiggly than you want to be, like others have said, up the weight you are lifting.

Personally, I would find a naturopath who can work with you to go deeper into your health issues. Many things can seem in range and look normal with a basic panel of tests, but if you feel unwell, you need to keep pushing to find out what is wrong, and the longer appointments provided by naturopaths (1 hour vs. the average ten minute MD visit) affords more time to work together and sort things out.

Have you been tested for lead exposure, pesticide exposure, etc.? A heavy metal burden on the body can cause all of the things you have described, but so can anemia, b-12 deficiency, magnesium deficiency, food allergy or sensitivity, etc. You've begun your sleuth work on this, but you haven't completed it, keep looking.

When feeling unwell for any reason, I tend to hit the bone broth with sea salt pretty hard (headaches can be caused from lack of salt, and more health problems are caused by salt deficiency rather than too much, we are salt water batteries after all, and it is good to stay conductive). It couldn't hurt to add some broth or gelatin to your meal plan for a month if only to heal your gut a bit, tighten up the junctions, and make sure your misery isn't being caused by leaky gut.

Good luck, and I hope you feel better soon.

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

(8014)

on June 25, 2012
at 09:06 PM

YES. THIS!! ---> "I would find a naturopath who can work with you to go deeper into your health issues. Many things can seem in range and look normal with a basic panel of tests, but if you feel unwell, you need to keep pushing to find out what is wrong, and the longer appointments provided by naturopaths (1 hour vs. the average ten minute MD visit) affords more time to work together and sort things out."

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

(8014)

on June 25, 2012
at 09:07 PM

How many posts have we read where all of someone's labs were "totally normal" but they felt like they'd been run over by a bus? Let your OWN BODY be your guide. Numbers can be helpful, but ultimately *you* are the one who knows how you feel and whether something you try makes you feel better or worse.

E2d4599284ebc1b58bc0c178d667d4de

(15)

on June 25, 2012
at 10:45 PM

Thanks for this suggestion. Its great to see what other would do in this situation, it offers me some clarity, and potential things I can do. I have never thought of doing a pesticide or lead check before either! Gelatin, that is a new idea to me also... hmmm :) I am learning much.

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

(8014)

on June 25, 2012
at 09:07 PM

How many posts have we read where all of someone's labs were "totally normal" yet they felt like they'd been run over by a bus? Let your OWN BODY be your guide. Numbers can be helpful, but ultimately you are the one who knows how you feel and whether something you try makes you feel better or worse.

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Cf416725f639ffd1bb90764792ce7b8a

(2799)

on June 25, 2012
at 06:52 PM

65 grams a day sounds like a carb grey area. You might be just high enough to prevent yourself from becoming keto adapted, but not high enough to be a happy carb burner.

E68bdbd83e45fd5be130e393ace9c9a9

(2063)

on June 25, 2012
at 10:59 PM

If she has "subclinical hypothyroid" as suggested by Faith (an interesting idea that might explain the hormonal imbalance, and something I need to do more research on), higher carb would be better for her, right?

Ccacf7567273244733bc991af4ac42ed

(5198)

on June 25, 2012
at 07:18 PM

This is what I was going to say, particularly for your size. 20g might help a lot, as might 100g.

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

(24286)

on June 26, 2012
at 12:40 AM

They are suggesting you either go lower with your carbs or go higher but get out of the zone you are currently in. For me I can maintain at the carb levels you are currently taking in but to lose I must go to 20g. So pick one and do that. Go lower and become a fat burner or go higher and figure something else out. Good luck.

E2d4599284ebc1b58bc0c178d667d4de

(15)

on June 25, 2012
at 10:39 PM

Im sorry, but neither of these posts made terribly much sense to me. Thank you for answering and for helping.. but could I have a tiny bit more clarification? Thanks much. :)

E2d4599284ebc1b58bc0c178d667d4de

(15)

on June 26, 2012
at 01:51 AM

Gotcha, thank you for clearing it up. :) Now which one to do...

E68bdbd83e45fd5be130e393ace9c9a9

(2063)

on June 26, 2012
at 05:00 PM

It's up to you, Anna, but with hormonal issues like hair loss, I think going higher-carb is safer. Just my opinion.

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F0a3e3f17d9a740810ac37ff2353a9f3

(3804)

on June 25, 2012
at 05:26 PM

Carbs at 50-65 grams/day is low-carb by any standard. For that, you need to consult with experts on low-carb diets, not your average Paleohacker.

If I could recommend one source, it would be this (especially since you are exercising):

The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance [Kindle Edition], Stephan Phinney, Jeff Volek

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008BYG7RW/ref=docs-os-doi_0

The Kindle Edition is six bucks, but if you don't want to spend any money, email me at sam@aworldlymonk.com and I can loan you a digital edition for two weeks for free.

One thing that stands out is your low sodium intake. Restricting salt is one of the worst things you can do on a low-carb diet.

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(15)

on June 25, 2012
at 10:42 PM

Thank you for the info, and the offer. I had no idea that restricting sodium could be a bad thing! There are so many things that I need to look in to. Thank you for the advice. :)

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(644)

on June 25, 2012
at 07:22 PM

Hi Anna, that is interesting because it seems like you have a pretty good diet and exercise regimen going on. What I noticed is you didn't mention any raw vegetables- I would suggest adding lots of salads in with lunch and dinner as well as juicing- have a green juice every day which will help you detoxify- a simple juice is cucumber and lemon and ginger which always energizes me. I would also recommend adding some sauerkraut in there.

Have you heard of the Body Ecology Diet? Sometimes our gut is so damaged from previous foods/lifestyle that we need to rebuild it before we can be healthy. This was the case with my sister who despite eating a "perfect" diet- zero sugar, zero grains, all pastured-meats and fresh, organic produce- was still sick. She is currently a few months into the body ecology diet and finally doing better (on this you have a lot of bone broth/sauerkraut- the focus is on healing the gut).

Those are my thoughts- just don't give up- it can be really frustrating to feel like you are doing everything right and still not getting anywhere- i know the feeling :/ But if you stick to your goal of achieving better health you will get there!

E2d4599284ebc1b58bc0c178d667d4de

(15)

on June 25, 2012
at 10:37 PM

No, I have never heard of this before, but I am willing to try whatever it takes. :) I hope your sister feels better soon! Thanks for the info.

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on June 25, 2012
at 07:12 PM

My recommendation after a positive experience once I went paleo: replace your normal gym routine with CrossFit. Seriously changed my life and I go only twice a week...leaving me with 10+ hours (that I'd normally spend at the gym each week) to do other things I love.

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(15)

on June 25, 2012
at 10:37 PM

CrossFit hmm... I will find out about this for sure. Thanks. :)

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(2063)

on June 25, 2012
at 05:14 PM

1) Your diet and exercise schedule seems really good. I wouldn't worry about missing some tiny thing in terms of food or exercise right now -- it's too early, your body is still adjusting, you need to give it time.

2) Are you on hormonal birth control? If so, for how long? Some women just find it impossible to lose fat while they are on the pill.

3) 4 pounds in "nearly" a month is as much weight as someone your size should lose in a month. You should not be discouraged because you didn't lose more. If you are losing more than a pound a week when you are 5'5" and 129 pounds, you are probably losing too fast. You don't want to shock your body into starvation; stress will spike your cortisol. You want to aim for slow, steady fat loss, and for someone small like you, a pound a week is the most I would recommend.

4) It seems you are stressed out and suffering, and I wonder if you have a history of disordered eating? You say that you do not care about charts or what is considered the normal weight for you, you encourage us to disregard the fact that your weight is normal, and you seem very upset by the excess weight you believe yourself to be carrying. I'm concerned because you said that you "cannot continue on with this level of pain and problems." A few perceived extra pounds should not make you so miserable, and I have to think that some of the problem is in your head, not your shape. I also have a (mild) ED history and it's very hard for me to accept that my body is fine. I went to a few different doctors last year for various health problems, and they all mentioned that I was "thin" or "small" or "a stick" (not true). I was surprised each time because I just never, never see myself like that. Some days I will be very aware of the "extra" padding on my thighs and upper arms, and I will think that it's time to lose a few pounds, and then I'll go out and see my friends and they will say, "Have you lost weight?" and "Don't lose any more, you're getting too thin." I have to trust them and know that I do not need to lose weight and that the voice in my head is crazy and not to be heeded. I may have permanently skewed my perception of my own body, but my health no longer has to suffer for it. Just curious if any of these thoughts strike a chord of recognition for you. Good luck.

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(2063)

on June 25, 2012
at 05:31 PM

It's just that shallow sleep, headaches, and dry skin are common problems that many people have, and they don't necessarily indicate some sort of larger health problem. It seemed as if the weight was what was bothering you most, based upon the proportion of your question dedicated to it.

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(15)

on June 25, 2012
at 05:22 PM

Weight, means nothing to me. I could be 135 lbs or something and if a lot of that was muscle, I would be happy. The problem is the FAT content. That its self is very high. The fat its self however is not the main problem (though I wish I had less :) The main problem is all these weird health problems, and I wonder if they (the fat) might not be related. The 4 lb thing was simply me stating that I know dropping carbs, means shedding water weight quickly. I can assume thats what those lbs are. If I lost even 2lbs of FAT a month, that would be great. Even 1lb. I am also not on the pill at-least.

E2d4599284ebc1b58bc0c178d667d4de

(15)

on June 25, 2012
at 10:26 PM

Hair loss... major hair loss. I have gone from the loss of maybe 20-30 strands a day tops to.. well over 200. My brush is loaded, the drains are loaded, the vacuum cleaner too, so thats certainly not just in my head lol. I am getting thinning patches for sure. I think a great many things are going wrong right now, and that if I can start to fix even one, it may help with others.I actually switched to paleo/primal because of many of these problems, digestive included.

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(2063)

on June 25, 2012
at 10:56 PM

Hmm, that sucks. If you figure out what's causing it, be sure to update us. I hope you figure it out soon and feel better.

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(2063)

on June 25, 2012
at 05:34 PM

As far as digestive issues go, many people switching to paleo have disrupted digestive cycles at first. My digestion got worse for a few months and then it got much better once I increased my carbs again. I wouldn't worry too much about the digestion unless it seems really abnormal.

E68bdbd83e45fd5be130e393ace9c9a9

(2063)

on June 26, 2012
at 04:58 PM

I think I have been losing some extra hair too, but it's hard to say because my hair is long and pretty thick. I just feel like I've noticed a lot more hair in the brush. I have had my hormones tested too and the test showed I do have estrogen dominance (not too much estrogen, just a bad estrogen-progesterone ratio.) The problem is... how does one fix it? I think low-carb is very bad for me and made things worse. Now I'm just trying to eat whole foods and not stress too much about macronutrient ratios or supplements. I just hope that another few months will help even things out.

E68bdbd83e45fd5be130e393ace9c9a9

(2063)

on June 25, 2012
at 05:29 PM

How long have you been dealing with hair loss and headaches?

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(752)

on June 26, 2012
at 01:45 AM

I am very interested in the hair loss thing as I am experiencing the same issue - and it's starting to really frustrate me. I believe it's hormonal imbalance that is causing it, but what that is I'm uncertain. I also believe that it's from being low carb - been trying to up my carbs, but scared of gaining weight back - I seem to be extremely carb sensitive. I've added in sweet potato puree a few times/week and cutting out the nuts as a way of exchanging calories. Still the hair loss continues... :(

E2d4599284ebc1b58bc0c178d667d4de

(15)

on June 26, 2012
at 01:50 AM

I am sorry to hear this Cheryl! If I discover anything that works, I will pass the info on. One thing I have done, that I strongly believe will help is switching from chemical filled shampoos to something all natural. My scalp atleast is enjoying the change. :) It is not so dry as before. Will this help the hair loss in the long run? I have no idea, but it could be worth a shot.

E2d4599284ebc1b58bc0c178d667d4de

(15)

on June 25, 2012
at 10:40 PM

Thanks for your help and advice, its nice to have other people to bounce ideas off of, and to learn new things. I have been dealing with most of these problems for well over 5 years. Its just wearing away at me.

E68bdbd83e45fd5be130e393ace9c9a9

(2063)

on June 25, 2012
at 05:32 PM

Hair loss is a bit troubling, though, and it usually points to hormonal imbalance (and you said your hormone levels were normal.) How much hair loss have you experienced? Do you have patches missing or just extra strands on your brush?

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(100)

on June 25, 2012
at 06:51 PM

It sounds like you might have subclinical hypothyroid, which would mean your adrenals are most likely taxed also. Which also means your hormones are out of whack, despite what your dr's tests are saying. Google hypothyroidism and adrenal fatigue and see if it describes your situation. Dr. Lam has a great website http://www.drlam.com/articles/adrenal_fatigue.asp

E2d4599284ebc1b58bc0c178d667d4de

(15)

on June 26, 2012
at 01:53 AM

Ahh more likely than not, you are right. I know I had atleast one done, but that was probably it. As the doctors I have seen believe there is nothing wrong with me... they really don't want to run any tests. The simple blood workup alone took some convincing. Perhaps I need to seek a new doctor...

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(24286)

on June 26, 2012
at 12:44 AM

And what thyroid test did you have run? Rarely does anyone get an appropriate panel run. It can be like pulling teeth to get a general practitioner to order them so many, like myself, get them on our own. You need everything not just the TSH you most likely had run. You need TSH, free T4, free T3, and anti-thyroid (TPO and Tg) antibodies. there are online testing sites you can pay ~$85 to have these run yourself.

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(15)

on June 25, 2012
at 10:35 PM

I will certainly look in to this, thank you!

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(100)

on June 27, 2012
at 02:41 AM

This is an excellent book/website http://www.thyroidbook.com/

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