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Low carb and no period

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 12, 2013 at 10:56 PM

Hi all,

I have been on the paleo diet for almost 5 months now. Along the way, I discovered that my digestive issues were bigger then I taught. i can't handle fruit, starchy veggies and FODMAPS. So I follow an eliminating diet wich is very strict to help me heal my gut so I can reintroduce food step by step. I eat grass fed meat, wild caught fish, good fat and carrots, spinash, green beans and zuccinis. I take about 30gr of carb, 140gr of fat and 110 of protein per day. I'm a 5,4 women and my weight is 117lb. For the past 2 months I haven't had a period and it worries me. Have any of you ever had experience with this?

Thanks

Maela

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on July 13, 2013
at 10:39 PM

Amenorrhea can be a sign of thyroid dysfunction, so it should be tested more thoroughly.

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on July 13, 2013
at 05:15 PM

It goes similarly with vegans known as "junk food" vegans because they technically follow the tenants of no meat, no dairy, no eggs etc.. but eat non-foods like oreos and twizzlers because they are technically vegan. I guess this is the perspective I am coming from.

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on July 13, 2013
at 05:14 PM

I understand this differs slightly from a paleo perspective but I think sometimes when someone is having difficulties with a particular style of eating, perhaps favoring a non-processed food diet... whole foods, complete foods instead of strict adherence to food guidelines can be beneficial. Often times, digestive issues occur more frequently when processed foods are missing their complimentary proteins, enzymes etc that allow the body to digest them better.

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on July 13, 2013
at 03:37 PM

On the paleo diet, people usually recommend white over brown rice. Bran is considered a source of anti-nutrients, and insoluble fiber isn't that popular anyway. The B vitamins in brown rice are not terribly important if you're eating meat and other nutritious foods (though they definitely are if you're surviving mostly on rice).

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on July 13, 2013
at 03:56 AM

This is the first I've heard of flax containing lots of phytoestrogens. What other foods are high (other than soybean)?

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on July 13, 2013
at 01:33 AM

Agree with the thyroid tests!

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Maela~ on a ketogenic diet, some people's metabolisms can ramp up and 1800 cals may still be too little for you, depending on your activity level.

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on July 13, 2013
at 12:13 AM

I know I should eat liver, it would be good for me. I do have ghee every day and I'm thinking of reintroducing egg yolks.

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on July 13, 2013
at 12:12 AM

I eat approximately 1800 calories per day, so I don't think I'm in starvation mode. I never had an problems before, I was very regular, on a 28 day cycle. I checked my tyroid, but it was THS. I don't have any symptoms that can look to Hahimoto's disease. And no, I don't eat any flax or phytoestrogen containing food. I'm thinking it might be because I'm on a low carb diet, but I don't know.

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on July 13, 2013
at 12:01 AM

This is fairly common with women that go too low on carbs. Try upping to 50-75 g a day via white rice. Split it up with each meal.

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on July 12, 2013
at 11:23 PM

Your weight is a little low. Did you lose any weight since starting Paleo? Other stressors? Any previous issues with regularity? Could you be pregnant? (sorry, gotta ask--it happens!).

Are you eating enough calories? If you're in starvation mode, fertility is going to be the first thing that your body will shut down. You should be eating a minimum of 1400 calories per day. It's surprisingly easy to fall too low in calories with this way of eating--I discovered I was at about 900/day at one point without being hungry and it takes some work to get sufficient calories every day.

It's also time to get your thyroid checked. Be sure they measure more than just a TSH--you need free T3 and Free T4, also antibody tests. With those food sensitivities you are more likely to have an autoimmune disorder like Hashimoto's thyroiditis and that can affect your menses.

Are you eating a lot of flax or other phytoestrogen containing foods? I found that flax really messed me up--but I had prolonged and heavy bleeding from it, not amenorrhea.

You might experiment by increasing the carbs a little to see if that helps. I'm not sure how if you're sensitive as you say to fruit and starchy veggies, but now that you've had some time to heal you might try introducing them slowly.

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on July 13, 2013
at 12:12 AM

I eat approximately 1800 calories per day, so I don't think I'm in starvation mode. I never had an problems before, I was very regular, on a 28 day cycle. I checked my tyroid, but it was THS. I don't have any symptoms that can look to Hahimoto's disease. And no, I don't eat any flax or phytoestrogen containing food. I'm thinking it might be because I'm on a low carb diet, but I don't know.

197651282ddd8d675b974ee811d2269e

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on July 13, 2013
at 03:56 AM

This is the first I've heard of flax containing lots of phytoestrogens. What other foods are high (other than soybean)?

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32566)

on July 13, 2013
at 01:33 AM

Agree with the thyroid tests!

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on July 13, 2013
at 01:32 AM

Maela~ on a ketogenic diet, some people's metabolisms can ramp up and 1800 cals may still be too little for you, depending on your activity level.

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on July 13, 2013
at 10:39 PM

Amenorrhea can be a sign of thyroid dysfunction, so it should be tested more thoroughly.

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on July 31, 2013
at 05:11 PM

Low carb is unhealthy. Get some carbs !

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on July 31, 2013
at 03:51 PM

Also note that getting your period back may take TIME. If you do have amenorrhea if may take your body a few cycles to catch back up, even if it has the signal that it's no longer in danger. When I had amenorrhea it took months (I think about four, sorry I've never been great about keeping track of my cycle) of recovery before I got it back. I wasn't eating paleo at that point so it was a matter of calories and overall nutrition for myself.

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on July 31, 2013
at 12:05 PM

Same thing happened to me. I weight the same and am 5'3. Its been 8 months. Now the doctor is diagnosing me with PCOS. I've taken advice from others and upped the fats from sources like avocados, various nuts, seeds (did this for a few months) but now Im trying to up the carbs and taking a couple natural vitamins from a traditional chinese medicine doctor. (Vitex, Liquorice etc) Now only time will tell!

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on July 13, 2013
at 03:31 PM

I would guess it's related to healthy fats. I would add in things like avocado, nuts and seeds. Make sure you are getting plenty of Omega 3s! Also on a side note to the addition of white rice. I would suggest brown rice. Carb count is relatively similar but, brown rice is a whole food and white rice is a processed food. White rice is stripped of fiber and bran and without those components, it can cause digestion issues.

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on July 13, 2013
at 03:37 PM

On the paleo diet, people usually recommend white over brown rice. Bran is considered a source of anti-nutrients, and insoluble fiber isn't that popular anyway. The B vitamins in brown rice are not terribly important if you're eating meat and other nutritious foods (though they definitely are if you're surviving mostly on rice).

183c9d8a021d934a8a41eebf1d3d8a58

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on July 13, 2013
at 05:14 PM

I understand this differs slightly from a paleo perspective but I think sometimes when someone is having difficulties with a particular style of eating, perhaps favoring a non-processed food diet... whole foods, complete foods instead of strict adherence to food guidelines can be beneficial. Often times, digestive issues occur more frequently when processed foods are missing their complimentary proteins, enzymes etc that allow the body to digest them better.

183c9d8a021d934a8a41eebf1d3d8a58

(0)

on July 13, 2013
at 05:15 PM

It goes similarly with vegans known as "junk food" vegans because they technically follow the tenants of no meat, no dairy, no eggs etc.. but eat non-foods like oreos and twizzlers because they are technically vegan. I guess this is the perspective I am coming from.

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on July 12, 2013
at 11:50 PM

Agree with Jan. Also, try adding liver pâté and eggs (if tolerated) for nutrient density.

Butter? Cheese?

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on July 13, 2013
at 12:13 AM

I know I should eat liver, it would be good for me. I do have ghee every day and I'm thinking of reintroducing egg yolks.

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