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Infection - am I growing again?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 04, 2012 at 3:32 AM

I'm a 14 year old girl. 5'3", 147 pounds. Apparently I've grown 6 inches in a year. And, whenever I was growing, I would get ear infections, tonsillitis, chesty cough, you name it, for about 7 days, then I would be taller at the end. I have no idea why this is. I used to do a lot of intense training, so maybe that's why - but I've stopped now, for a bit, so I haven't run myself down.

I know it's the winter, and it's the prime time for getting colds, etc. but it's 3 o'clock in the morning and I just woke up with a sore throat that feels infected after feeling unwell yesterday, what feels like a double-ear-infection and the biggest craving for fat ever. Like, if you put a dozen eggs in front of me, I'd shove them in my face with my palms. I have a massive craving for butter as well.

I am trying to lose weight, however; and that's the main reason for me going paleo. So, should I trust my body, even when it's hungry after 2,000 calories?

This is what I ate yesterday; Breakfast: 3 eggs scrambled in 25g of butter, 2 slices of bacon Lunch: Ham, cheese, nut and avocado salad (didn't eat the ham because I didn't like it, a few cubes of cheese, 6 or 7 cashews, and half an avocado) followed by an apple. When I got home from school: babybel cheese, and a peach. Dinner: Chicken breast with peas, carrots and mashed cauliflower. Pear for after. Supper: 3 squares of 85% chocolate.

Is this a lot of food? Should I cut down on my intake? Also, what should I do to make myself feel better in terms of food, rest, etc? I can't get back to sleep now. I feel slightly high on paracetamol (it has made me feel better though)

Also, my period is highly irregular - I only started last year, so maybe that's why, but it used to be almost by the clock: the 13th of every month. I last had it a month-and-a-half ago, and before that it was just...missing for 2 months. Not that I'm complaining. But I've only been paleo for about a month, and I haven't had it whilst I've been on paleo. Not sure if it's related to paleo or not, though. I just want my body to sort itself out so I can go back to training and being slim, haha,

(I used to be skinnier when I had a terrible diet, I have belly, thigh, upper arms, upper back and forearm fat now)

Sorry for rambling, I feel slightly woozy.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on December 09, 2012
at 05:17 PM

I had a growth spurt in my early 20's - 2 inches, 1.5 shoe sizes, 20 pounds in appropriate places. Late bloomer. Women can grow well after getting their period.

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on December 04, 2012
at 07:34 PM

Then try incorporating dark leafy greens to your dinner every night. It's higher in fiber than grains, no fat except wht you add to cook it with, and a superfood. Your mom should approve and you will see results. Good luck!

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on December 04, 2012
at 06:11 PM

I wish I could be like your kids! Seems like whatever I do, I can't lose a desired amount of weight. Thank you for the advice, though. My parents are kinda on board, but they're not entirely convinced. My mum believes in low-fat, high-fibre so dearly that she won't even look at a paleo book.

B2379df17e386c4455996b186731db5e

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on December 04, 2012
at 06:09 PM

I can't have steak every night, parents are quite fat-phobic

B2379df17e386c4455996b186731db5e

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at 06:09 PM

Thank you Scratch :)

B2379df17e386c4455996b186731db5e

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on December 04, 2012
at 06:09 PM

I haven't trained in ages now. Just really want to lose weight. It annoys me how other people my age can eat anything they like :/

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on December 04, 2012
at 05:04 PM

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1070801/ Puberty is not a one time event - it is ongoing through the teenage years. Getting your period does not mean you stop growing - the average growth of girls after menarche is about 3 inches. There is no way to tell based on the information given to us by the OP that she has finished growing. I have two sisters that had late growth spurts and grew 5 inches between 14-18.

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on December 04, 2012
at 04:45 PM

unless you suffer from gigantism, that isn't possible.

Daf56fdc7582cca0f7f3b2ad6a5be798

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on December 04, 2012
at 04:37 PM

Uh, no. I grew 3 inches between 13-16 after I hit puberty as a girl.

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3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

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on December 05, 2012
at 10:52 PM

My daughter is turning 20 this month. At 16 she had an X-ray that showed her growth plates were closed--a concern since she is very small (4'10" at that time). But she actually grew another inch, which has made a lot of difference as far as reaching the pedals to drive a car! At 14, you're still growing, and the weight will redistribute as that happens.

You will continue to grow throughout your teens, and you need good nutrition to do it. Don't skimp on fat, eat when you are hungry, just don't overdo carbs.

Schools are full of kids with all kinds of germs and they don't all wash their hands. So it's not unusual to catch things. Plus, as a young woman, you haven't built up immunities to as many things as the adults around you yet.

Eat well, wash frequently, try to keep your hands away from your face especially at school, and when you get sick it's time for plenty of warm fluids (bone broth is best) and eat as much as your body wants.

Tell your mom about the periods. That should be checked out.

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on December 04, 2012
at 06:28 AM

EB, I hope that your parents know about Paleo and what your are trying to do. Most parents would be thrilled to have a child who is interested in nutrition and health. I have two teens, a girl and a boy, and observe what that eat everyday, closely. Here's what I think.

You are eating less than what either one of my teens eat and they are both tall and thin. I think you should eat more fat. Instead of chicken breast, eat the thigh or drumstick, or beef or pork. Instead of peas and carrots, eat dark leafy greens like spinach, kale, or collard greens. Leafy greens have calcium and magnesium, both important for growth and health. My son sometimes eat 5-6 drumsticks at dinner, in addition to the leafy greens. Your breakfast and lunch look fine, dinner is the only makeover I'd do. Once you eat a bigger dinner, you'd probably won't want the chocolate.

You might look bulkier now than before because you are entering puberty, your body is no longer that of a child's. Continue to eat healthy, non processed foods and you will thin out. My daughter only lost 5 lbs but 3 pant sizes after two months of 80 percent Paleo. My son is extremely thin so he eats as much grains as he can get his hands on in an attempt to gain weight and only backs off when his seasonal allergies become really bad. He's grown 2 inches in 6 months.

Don't work out too much because it will stimulate your appetite. Give it 3 months to work.

B2379df17e386c4455996b186731db5e

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on December 04, 2012
at 06:11 PM

I wish I could be like your kids! Seems like whatever I do, I can't lose a desired amount of weight. Thank you for the advice, though. My parents are kinda on board, but they're not entirely convinced. My mum believes in low-fat, high-fibre so dearly that she won't even look at a paleo book.

197651282ddd8d675b974ee811d2269e

(1836)

on December 04, 2012
at 07:34 PM

Then try incorporating dark leafy greens to your dinner every night. It's higher in fiber than grains, no fat except wht you add to cook it with, and a superfood. Your mom should approve and you will see results. Good luck!

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on December 04, 2012
at 04:08 AM

So you are

A. Fourteen B. Ravenously hungry for fat C. Not as "skinny" as you had been

Yeah, those things all sound like you're going to be growing some more.

If that list is a typical day's diet for you, it sounds great! Throw in some broth and bed rest until your throat feels better, and carry on, girl! I wish I'd been as smart as you and figured out Paleo in my teens.

B2379df17e386c4455996b186731db5e

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on December 04, 2012
at 06:09 PM

Thank you Scratch :)

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on December 04, 2012
at 02:04 PM

Your immune system may need some support. Read up on Vitamin D3 at the Vitamin D Council site.

Sounds like you may need to get your D3 blood level tested. An optimal blood range is 50-60 ng/ml.

Your period will need some time to regulate. It's pretty normal to be irregular at your age as your hormones will be fluctuating for a few years.

Your body needs fat and Vitamin D to create your hormones, so eat what your body is craving and ease up a bit on the training. Too much training for women can mess up our hormone balance. Hormone balance is essential for fat loss.

B2379df17e386c4455996b186731db5e

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on December 04, 2012
at 06:09 PM

I haven't trained in ages now. Just really want to lose weight. It annoys me how other people my age can eat anything they like :/

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on December 04, 2012
at 01:44 PM

I think your overestimating your calorie load, what you have there sounds closer to 1200. Skip the chicken, have a steak.

B2379df17e386c4455996b186731db5e

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on December 04, 2012
at 06:09 PM

I can't have steak every night, parents are quite fat-phobic

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383127951e2e17f23b584cd3842bb796

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on December 04, 2012
at 02:29 PM

you've already hit puberty which means you've stopped growing. don't worry about it.

383127951e2e17f23b584cd3842bb796

(835)

on December 04, 2012
at 04:45 PM

unless you suffer from gigantism, that isn't possible.

Daf56fdc7582cca0f7f3b2ad6a5be798

(114)

on December 04, 2012
at 05:04 PM

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1070801/ Puberty is not a one time event - it is ongoing through the teenage years. Getting your period does not mean you stop growing - the average growth of girls after menarche is about 3 inches. There is no way to tell based on the information given to us by the OP that she has finished growing. I have two sisters that had late growth spurts and grew 5 inches between 14-18.

Daf56fdc7582cca0f7f3b2ad6a5be798

(114)

on December 04, 2012
at 04:37 PM

Uh, no. I grew 3 inches between 13-16 after I hit puberty as a girl.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10490)

on December 09, 2012
at 05:17 PM

I had a growth spurt in my early 20's - 2 inches, 1.5 shoe sizes, 20 pounds in appropriate places. Late bloomer. Women can grow well after getting their period.

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