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help me figure out my next improvements, please

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created June 13, 2012 at 9:27 PM

I have steadily been reducing carbs since the beginning of the year. Over the past month I have kept them to to about 25g daily (40g including fiber). I feel so much better, I have more energy, and more stable energy. I have more patience for my kids. Once a week I will have a little treat (involving almonds & dark chocolate usually), and a couple of times per month I will have something more substantial (last time was wings with sauce, hard cider, and ice cream).

I still get frequent migraines, though I find them easier to get through. I still also have significant hormonal symptoms throughout my cycle (PMS, pelvic pain, menorrhagia, and a weird nerve pain/upset stomach thing that happens for days in the 2nd week of my cycle).

I want to see how else I could improve diet & exercise to improve these things, and lose some more weight (currently 5'5", 191 pounds)

I eat eggs, fish (various white fish and salmon), shrimp, beef, pork, and the occasional chicken. I eat lots of spinach, plus broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, asparagus, brussels sprouts, kale.

I am now giving up nuts, and am doing a trial of giving up dairy (which is mostly hwc in my coffee and quiche, and some cheese here and there).

I am adding coconut oil for cooking, and in my coffee, and adding MCT oil on my salad.

I take magnesium, and a general multivitamin. I have recently stopped taking the birth control pill, and spironolactone for PCOS. I do still take metformin.

I walk for over an hour a day, do HIIT jogging a couple of times per week, and some body weight training.

I am glad to see the improvements in my health, but I need more!! What else could I change?

Ab0369a70755bd07f44292b4ca8b2260

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

The difference is cows produce milk naturally ONLY after giving birth. Not year round. The cows that continue to produce milk for resale are given hormones. It is NOT natural. To CJ, chicken and other birds DO produce eggs year round whether they are fertile or not…so it would make sense that they would be a natural item available for other species to eat.

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on June 14, 2012
at 06:59 PM

Not all bovine animals are given hormones to continue milk production. Your assumption is TOTALLY incorrect. I say this with experience having grown up on a dairy farm and knowing many farmers who produce commercial milk and don't use hormones. Plus a dairy cow will continue to give milk until which time a farmer dries up her milk supply prior to calving (only about a month or so) so that she can gain in preparation for the birth of her next calf and further milk production. I'm not sure how this plays out in the wild, she probably weans her own calf in preparation for the new one.

Bece741db5f5fed6bafa12e3548f973f

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on June 14, 2012
at 11:27 AM

Other fermented things can be migraine triggers. If you Google low tyramine diet for migraines there is a pretty good list. Vinegar, pickles etc.

Bece741db5f5fed6bafa12e3548f973f

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on June 14, 2012
at 11:23 AM

Thank you mmartian. Glad someone stepped up to that. Weasels and rats break into chicken houses and eat eggs, maybe we should stop eating them. Might not be natural. Whether one believes in a created order or not, it isn't hard to see that mankind has dominion over the food chain, to pick and chose what to eat. Making products from milk or drinking milk is part of that. Has been done for thousands of years. As far as adult creatures and milk, fact remains, adult dogs, cats and even pigs (and probably other animals) will drink milk if given the chance. Is it really unnatural?

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on June 14, 2012
at 10:54 AM

I agree with rebecca!!! Human milk is the perfect ratio of fat and protein for us humans, but not skim milk- especially milk pumped with antibiotics. Not everyone does well with dairy so I would take it out for a month and re-introduce and if symptoms worsen then you know the culprit.

D2936f57e5478aa96837a3fdb4691f57

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on June 14, 2012
at 02:07 AM

Ugh! Can we quit it with the whole "humans are the only animals to consume milk after weaning" bullcrap. Humans are also the only animals to COOK FOOD. Should we stop doing that too? Dairy is basically the perfect food: protein, sugar, fat.

Ab0369a70755bd07f44292b4ca8b2260

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on June 14, 2012
at 12:51 AM

Humans are the only animal on the planet that consume milk after they are weaned as babies. I don't think it's natural to be drinking/eating another mammals milk. Most people are not going to make their own home made goat kefir.

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on June 13, 2012
at 11:54 PM

My migraines have eased up a lot...I found out dairy (especially fermented) was a trigger on top of the usual suspects. I won't eat cow cheese or any kind of yogurt again. I seem to be doing ok on a trial of goat cheese though. I load up on calcium and magnesium after ovulation to help with female issues, pain, and hormonal migraines.

C8549e3ab0e3d77910e72c87cb5e0918

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on June 13, 2012
at 11:42 PM

Thanks. I cosleep with a toddler, so it will be a few months until I can improve sleep more. The supplements I can definitely try. Exercise I need to see what I can add over the summer when kids are home and time is more limited. I was thinking maybe adding some yoga for variety.

C8549e3ab0e3d77910e72c87cb5e0918

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on June 13, 2012
at 11:26 PM

My energy has improved, but between migraines, pelvic pain, and nerve pain, I am very rarely not in pain. I'd like that to change too.

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on June 13, 2012
at 10:33 PM

I highly disagree. This is my opinion on dairy, and apparently many people who are intolerant, can manage to *build* tolerance under specific conditions: http://chriskresser.com/rhr-what-science-really-says-about-the-paleo-diet-with-mat-lalonde#comment-19409 When I don't eat dairy (there was a period that I tried that) my sensitive teeth complain about it highly (and consider that I take D3, Mg, K2 and eat sardines/spinach and other high-calcium foods). The magic words here are: home-made goat kefir. Magic.

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on June 13, 2012
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Why do you need "more?" It sounds like your body really appreciates the changes you've made to it and if you're seeing improvements with the way you're eating/exercising now, why change it?

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0d892cb232c3c7d59699fd10c995595a

on June 13, 2012
at 10:18 PM

Add Vitamin D3, minimum 8000 IU's daily. You mentioned nothing of your sleep patterns and schedule, but make sure 8hrs nightly minimum, in a completely light-free room. Dont eat less that 3 hours before bedtime. Dont know how much fish you are eating, but add some high grade fish oil to your supplements.I'm not big on multivitamins, I prefer taking D, C, and B complex separately for better dosing control, better absorption, and better use (example--I never take B vitamins late inthe day, because my energy skyrockets from them; I usually take Vit C after workouts for better recovery).Depending on your endurance and HIIT schedule, perhaps add another day of this inyour week, or extend the duration of the current sessions. No diary. Mainly, keep rocking...looks like you're on the right path altogether.

C8549e3ab0e3d77910e72c87cb5e0918

(435)

on June 13, 2012
at 11:42 PM

Thanks. I cosleep with a toddler, so it will be a few months until I can improve sleep more. The supplements I can definitely try. Exercise I need to see what I can add over the summer when kids are home and time is more limited. I was thinking maybe adding some yoga for variety.

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Ab0369a70755bd07f44292b4ca8b2260

on June 13, 2012
at 10:03 PM

I'd suggest getting rid of the dairy???all of it.

Bece741db5f5fed6bafa12e3548f973f

(715)

on June 14, 2012
at 11:23 AM

Thank you mmartian. Glad someone stepped up to that. Weasels and rats break into chicken houses and eat eggs, maybe we should stop eating them. Might not be natural. Whether one believes in a created order or not, it isn't hard to see that mankind has dominion over the food chain, to pick and chose what to eat. Making products from milk or drinking milk is part of that. Has been done for thousands of years. As far as adult creatures and milk, fact remains, adult dogs, cats and even pigs (and probably other animals) will drink milk if given the chance. Is it really unnatural?

93eea7754e6e94b6085dbabbb48c0bb7

on June 14, 2012
at 10:54 AM

I agree with rebecca!!! Human milk is the perfect ratio of fat and protein for us humans, but not skim milk- especially milk pumped with antibiotics. Not everyone does well with dairy so I would take it out for a month and re-introduce and if symptoms worsen then you know the culprit.

3eca93d2e56dfcd768197dc5a50944f2

(11697)

on June 13, 2012
at 10:33 PM

I highly disagree. This is my opinion on dairy, and apparently many people who are intolerant, can manage to *build* tolerance under specific conditions: http://chriskresser.com/rhr-what-science-really-says-about-the-paleo-diet-with-mat-lalonde#comment-19409 When I don't eat dairy (there was a period that I tried that) my sensitive teeth complain about it highly (and consider that I take D3, Mg, K2 and eat sardines/spinach and other high-calcium foods). The magic words here are: home-made goat kefir. Magic.

Bece741db5f5fed6bafa12e3548f973f

(715)

on June 14, 2012
at 06:59 PM

Not all bovine animals are given hormones to continue milk production. Your assumption is TOTALLY incorrect. I say this with experience having grown up on a dairy farm and knowing many farmers who produce commercial milk and don't use hormones. Plus a dairy cow will continue to give milk until which time a farmer dries up her milk supply prior to calving (only about a month or so) so that she can gain in preparation for the birth of her next calf and further milk production. I'm not sure how this plays out in the wild, she probably weans her own calf in preparation for the new one.

Ab0369a70755bd07f44292b4ca8b2260

(1579)

on June 14, 2012
at 12:51 AM

Humans are the only animal on the planet that consume milk after they are weaned as babies. I don't think it's natural to be drinking/eating another mammals milk. Most people are not going to make their own home made goat kefir.

D2936f57e5478aa96837a3fdb4691f57

(28)

on June 14, 2012
at 02:07 AM

Ugh! Can we quit it with the whole "humans are the only animals to consume milk after weaning" bullcrap. Humans are also the only animals to COOK FOOD. Should we stop doing that too? Dairy is basically the perfect food: protein, sugar, fat.

Ab0369a70755bd07f44292b4ca8b2260

(1579)

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

The difference is cows produce milk naturally ONLY after giving birth. Not year round. The cows that continue to produce milk for resale are given hormones. It is NOT natural. To CJ, chicken and other birds DO produce eggs year round whether they are fertile or not…so it would make sense that they would be a natural item available for other species to eat.

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C01904880647c71d8454b2df524c83e1

on June 22, 2012
at 05:32 AM

I've been getting migraines my entire adult life. Since I was a teen. I could write for a week here about some of the ER visits. First, I am a male over age 50. I stopped eating yellow cheese 3 years ago. I still get migraines, but they were less severe. I am trying to completely stop eating dairy, including ice cream. I have not given up any of my fave nuts, only peanuts as I think they are a trigger. I eat the following nuts. Pistachios, almonds, macadamias, walnuts, pecans, chestnuts. I also stopped eating pasta under advice from my actor friend Daniel. My migraines continue, but they have been less severe and I no longer get super nauseous and start vomiting for 15-30 hours. By the way, I am on Tylenol #3 for pain management. I have a bulging disk and I have been on the Tylenol 3's since 2006. I take about 3 per day. This helped with my long term pain and my migraines. I don't recommend this for anyone, unless you consult your doctor. None of the sumatriptan class of drugs are effective on me anymore. I self-injected myself for many years when injectable Imitrix came out. So I am experimenting with a change of diet. I exercise and I'm careful of my caffeine intake during the day. That includes Coke and chocolate. I'm not giving up dark chocolate, just moderating intake. My dad and my late aunt both were migraine sufferers. I also suffer from 2 other ailments, both of which may be linked to migraine sufferers. I have had bouts of chronic fatigue since I was a teen and I have a mild case of fibromyalgia, which flares up now and then. I do eat eggs, because I eat cake. I do not know if I eliminate eggs from my diet if my migraines would cease. I've cut way back on all dairy, including ice cream and my migraines are less sever and less frequent, so there may be a link. Good luck.

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Bece741db5f5fed6bafa12e3548f973f

(715)

on June 14, 2012
at 01:38 AM

Write down every mgraine you get for several months and any associated symptoms. You might get a better idea if there is a pattern. I'd also wait to see how you do off the pill for a few months before you get drastic with dietary changes. I kept dairy in. Some nuts I did decide to take out. Peanuts give me a terrible migraine and even low back inflammation. The funny thing with migrines is the pain signal can affect other parts of the body. Abdominal pain is not uncommon. I've even had severe leg pain. I'll also get severe ataxia. When I went to paleo I noticed a change very quickly. Vit C With D3 seemed to help. I also take magnesium. Are you drinking decaf? That also helped but was the hardest to do. Keeping sleep/wake as consistent as possible is tough with little ones (I'm beyond that now) but to the extent possible, it is an amazing help. Patience is key. I've lost 32# in 6 months, but have stalled out several times. A 24 hour fast got me over one hump. Would never have done it when my kids were little though.

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