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Overeating and gaining back menstrual cycle?

Answered on June 06, 2014
Created February 19, 2014 at 11:58 PM

16 yo, 5'.5.5", 14% BF. Use to have eating disorder issues, never quit eating but lacked calorie dense food. Was at 93lbs.

I have since gained weight and am at 110lbs. I have educated myself on proper nutrition and want a career in it. I cook ALL my food healthy at home. But how can I help others when I am still sick?

I havn't had my period in 3-4 years and before that it was FINE for years. I lost it when I started having eating problems. The gyno says all blood work is good, I just need to gain more weight. This scares me to death because it was hard enough for me to gain up to where I am now. I did it naturally, because I believe in whole foods opposed to pills and supplements. I am scared I will never quit gaining weight and loose control!

I use to be awful at overeating (healthy foods. I could eat a whole lb of beans at a time!). I have improved, but often still feel I have eaten WAY too much. I try to be mindful when eating. I just think my body might be recovering still, trying to heal.

Do you think this is overeating? I naturally eat A LOT, but is this okay because of my age and activity?

Also, I need advice on how to regain my menstrual cycle. I also want to GAIN MUSCLE and not fat. That is my goal!

Breakfast/post workout: whole roasted carrot, 4oz sweet potato, lettuce, 2 strips organic turkey bacon

Lunch, whole roasted carrot, 2 boiled eggs

Dinner: TSP homemade mayo, large roasted chicken breast, 4-5cups coconutoil saute veggies

Snack/Dessert: medium frozen banana, 2 TBSP almond butter, 2/3 pan healthy brownies made from SQUASH, HONEY, NUTS, COCONUT FLOUR, FLAXSEED, COCOA POWDER

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on February 22, 2014
at 01:59 AM

You said I may be undereating still. Does today's menu look better?

Postwork/breakfast: 2 eggs, 2 roasted carrots

Lunch: 1/2 avocado, raw veggies

Snack: Large baked sweet potato

Dinner: Soaked and sprouted brown rice (I would say equal to 1/5 cup dry), soaked and sprouted pinto beans (equals about 1/2 cup dry), veggies like carrot, tomato, mushroom, yellow squash, tomato paste

Dessert/Snack: Medium apple, 3-4 TBSP homemade almond butter, a few TBSP raw local honey

Snack: 1/2 avocado, some paleo thin bread made from eggs, flaxseed, and coconutflour

7163e886634e71777acad417e676a614

on February 22, 2014
at 01:53 AM

I eat lots of avocado! :)

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on February 22, 2014
at 01:53 AM

I've read some stuff from their blog and like parts, but I am not in agreement with many of their ideas about "recovery".

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on February 21, 2014
at 12:23 AM

@joanna 4 That's what I do too! The only time when there are leftovers is when we buy a whole chicken, and even that goes fast!

@natiann123 No worries. It's hard readjusting to listening to your body and not worrying too much about food after under eating. I used to think I was eating too much too, but in reality you should give your body whatever it needs regardless of how much it is because if you need it, it's not too much.

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on February 20, 2014
at 11:26 PM

Thank you so much for your comment. I always feel as if I have eaten WAY too much. I use a meal tracker and it usually comes out at about 1600-1800 a day, give or take depending. I guess I need to allow myself more food if I want!

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on February 20, 2014
at 11:24 PM

Thank you so much for your support. It really means a lot and I hope to improve as time goes on!

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on February 20, 2014
at 09:45 PM

those sound like my meals, too!! i always buy the 5 pack of drumsticks or 4 pack of thighs and eat it all at once. i never have leftovers. it tastes SOO good with fried plantains and butter.

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on February 20, 2014
at 05:07 PM

@natiann123 I know powders aren't totally Paleo, but I typically have my protein shake immediately after my workout...shower, get ready and commute to work then I eat my frittata (eggs + ground beef), sweet potatoes and almonds at work (plenty of fat with the almonds and ground beef).

I used to worry a lot about exact timing etc, but in the end, your body is very smart and will not toss away the protein with some fat in there. I've found my method works quite well for me and have been able to put on a lot of muscle in the last few months.

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on February 20, 2014
at 01:07 AM

well, then i guess you have your answer! gain more weight! it will come back when you are healthy enough to have period.

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on February 20, 2014
at 01:02 AM

I have been to a gynecologist and had blood work done. Hormones are fine... I just need to gain weight, according to the doctor. But from research I have read that many people still don't get back their period after gaining weight. :(

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on February 20, 2014
at 12:20 AM

Fat post workout? Interesting, I have been advised to avoid fat post workout as it inhibits proper absorption of protein and nutrients for your muscles. I would love to eat fat post workout, would make things easier!!

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on February 20, 2014
at 12:09 AM

While I am very focused on trying to get my period back, I also do not want to gain weight and become jiggly or pudgy like I was in middle school. I worked so hard in the gym to loose weight and get in shape. While at first it was done in an unhealthy fashion, it now is not... and I know it sounds very vein, but I am so scared to gain fat back. I think this is my biggest issue.

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on June 06, 2014
at 06:20 PM

Hey there @natiann123

I had Dr. Justin answer your question on BWR. Your question was answered at (24:40)

http://beyondwellnessradio.com/beyond-wellness-radio-episode-4-listener-questions/

I know this is super late, but I hope it is helpful.

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on February 21, 2014
at 06:25 PM

I would look into your eatopia, its a blog that goes into a ton of information for people recovering.

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on February 22, 2014
at 01:53 AM

I've read some stuff from their blog and like parts, but I am not in agreement with many of their ideas about "recovery".

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on February 21, 2014
at 04:23 AM

Just a thought - I've read monounsaturated fat increases estradiol, which is about the most necessary estrogen for reproductive-aged women. Maybe add in some avocados or olive oil.

I don't mean to sound like a broken record but try to stop stressing about how much you're eating. Get your mind off it and look for support from friends or family.

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on February 22, 2014
at 01:53 AM

I eat lots of avocado! :)

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on February 20, 2014
at 08:53 PM

the biggest thing you need to overcome is your fear of gaining weight. You won't lose control. Remember, it is a gradual process and you'd have to constantly be gaining for years and years to get close to being overweight. You're trying to live a healthy lifestyle so you would definitely notice it before it ever reached that point. Try to relax and stop worrying about it.

Secondly, I think you still might not be eating enough. I'm 16, 5'2 and this is an example of what I eat:

3-4 chicken drumsticks (about 12-16 oz. of meat) OR 3-4 chicken thighs (about 10-14 oz. meat) OR 1-2 chicken breasts (about 10-14 oz. meat) + about 12-18 oz. sweet potato + 2-3 tbs butter

That is one meal. Another example:

10-12 oz. ribeye steak + spinach (I don't know how much... Maybe 3-4 cups?) or mushrooms (I just get a bunch so I don't know how much either) + cheese (maybe 2-4 oz)

I usually eat two meals a day and sometimes a snack if I'm hungry.

I lost my period from under eating too. Try to heal your body as much as you can, okay? I'm rooting for you, I know you can do it. Good luck.

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on February 21, 2014
at 12:23 AM

@joanna 4 That's what I do too! The only time when there are leftovers is when we buy a whole chicken, and even that goes fast!

@natiann123 No worries. It's hard readjusting to listening to your body and not worrying too much about food after under eating. I used to think I was eating too much too, but in reality you should give your body whatever it needs regardless of how much it is because if you need it, it's not too much.

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on February 20, 2014
at 11:26 PM

Thank you so much for your comment. I always feel as if I have eaten WAY too much. I use a meal tracker and it usually comes out at about 1600-1800 a day, give or take depending. I guess I need to allow myself more food if I want!

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on February 22, 2014
at 01:59 AM

You said I may be undereating still. Does today's menu look better?

Postwork/breakfast: 2 eggs, 2 roasted carrots

Lunch: 1/2 avocado, raw veggies

Snack: Large baked sweet potato

Dinner: Soaked and sprouted brown rice (I would say equal to 1/5 cup dry), soaked and sprouted pinto beans (equals about 1/2 cup dry), veggies like carrot, tomato, mushroom, yellow squash, tomato paste

Dessert/Snack: Medium apple, 3-4 TBSP homemade almond butter, a few TBSP raw local honey

Snack: 1/2 avocado, some paleo thin bread made from eggs, flaxseed, and coconutflour

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on February 20, 2014
at 09:45 PM

those sound like my meals, too!! i always buy the 5 pack of drumsticks or 4 pack of thighs and eat it all at once. i never have leftovers. it tastes SOO good with fried plantains and butter.

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on February 20, 2014
at 12:51 AM

i have been going through this problem for years- i'm 24. when i was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 2011, my period stopped and at my lowest, i was 84 lbs at 5'5". i am 107 lbs now but feel the same- how much more do i have to gain for it to come back? i'm sure my hormones are a mess from all my medicines/steroids, but i feel good/look good at this weight.

have you seen an endocrinologist? i made an appointment because i need to get my hormones tested and i have a feeling they will do more specialized testing, too. i was also just diagnosed with osteoporosis. this, i'm sure, is due to malnourishment and steroid usage. have you had your bones checked? it's so important to get your period since it impacts your bone health, too.

i think it could take a while if your body was in a malnourished state- at least that's how it's been for me. i've probably only felt good for about a month and a half so it might just take time. especially since it's been gone for so long, your body isn't used to shedding the uterus lining because that wasn't important at the time. your body was just working on staying alive.

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on February 20, 2014
at 01:02 AM

I have been to a gynecologist and had blood work done. Hormones are fine... I just need to gain weight, according to the doctor. But from research I have read that many people still don't get back their period after gaining weight. :(

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on February 20, 2014
at 12:22 AM

it's not letting me hit reply, so I'll put my response here:

I totally understand the fear.

Here's the thing: your body will protect any fat at all costs if it's being starved. If you relax and give it what it wants for a little while, you will have energy and it will let go of the excess. BTW, the hormones involved with your period are part of what makes your skin youthful and so forth.

It feels backwards to say eat what you crave, I know. Right now the fear feels like the biggest issue. I'd say your ability to live long enough to see how strong you really are is way more important. You have gifts to bring the world that no one else has...if you obsess on one aspect then your gifts will be squelched.

Think about someone in your life who makes you feel loved no matter what...picture him or her.

What did you see? Their kind eyes, their smile?

Beauty is you loving yourself and other people. Confident people are beautiful. Love yourself exactly the way you are. That is what the world will sense.

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on February 20, 2014
at 11:24 PM

Thank you so much for your support. It really means a lot and I hope to improve as time goes on!

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on February 20, 2014
at 12:14 AM

Eat more post workout! Add in a few eggs...maybe some more sweet potato...cook it all in some coconut oil. Change the turkey bacon to uncured pork bacon to add some calories. Throw in an avocado throughout the day and you will have some good healthy calories to help gain some weight.

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on February 20, 2014
at 12:20 AM

Fat post workout? Interesting, I have been advised to avoid fat post workout as it inhibits proper absorption of protein and nutrients for your muscles. I would love to eat fat post workout, would make things easier!!

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on February 20, 2014
at 12:05 AM

sweetie, you need to eat anything you can right now. Your body needs easily usable foods, so give it whatever it's craving, not what your brain says is "good". Your period will come back once your body knows it's not starving. Listen to your real self--it's far wiser than you know.

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on February 20, 2014
at 12:09 AM

While I am very focused on trying to get my period back, I also do not want to gain weight and become jiggly or pudgy like I was in middle school. I worked so hard in the gym to loose weight and get in shape. While at first it was done in an unhealthy fashion, it now is not... and I know it sounds very vein, but I am so scared to gain fat back. I think this is my biggest issue.

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