i've been paleo for 13 weeks now and blood sugars are getting better, my hidrenitis suppurtiva has seen a 90% improvement, my mental health is changed dramatically and i've lost about 20 lb's.. i've never felt better really
what has happened is that my cycle that was totally regular for last 17 years i.e 28 days without fail was 26 days in month 2 and then 27 days this month and this last month i bled mid cycle which i have never done.
this last week i have noticed a few dark hairs coming through on my chin, this hasn't happened either for 17 years.
as things haven't changed for last 17 years i am putting it down to the eating but i don't know why and what i can do to keep the positive things and change the hormones back again somehow
has anyone got any ideas / suggestions / advice
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on July 24, 2012
at 09:52 PM
Dropping body fat will free up estrogen stored in the fat & may contribute to temporary estrogen dominance which may explain your symptoms.
The changes in cycle you described can also be due to increased estrogen. I fasted for 40 hours once and had a 23 day cycle that month (normally 28-29 days.)
If you have more fat to lose, you may want to consider short-term use of bio-identical Progesterone cream to help your body maintain hormonal balance during this time. You can read more about this on Dr. Lee's site.
If you are happy with your body fat level and don't continue losing, then it's likely that things will return to normal in a couple of months.
on July 25, 2012
at 04:55 AM
The Paleo diet usually helps to balance hormones but it sometimes take a little while. I think it is still too soon to tell and wouldn't panic. Stick to it for 3-4 more months to see how things go.
Or it might be something else? Did you change anything else in your life apart from your diet? It would be worth having a hormone panel done to see what is happening. Are you charting your basal body temperature to see if you ovulate? Do your meat and animal protein come from hormone-free, antibiotic-free sources? Do you use any cosmetics or perfumes that could have disrupted your hormones? Do you use any BPA-containing plastic?
on July 27, 2012
at 02:11 AM
Hi- I would say its the weight loss in a relatively short period of time and the change in diet (even if subtle).
This comes from someone who has had lots of changes in her cycles due to weight loss and constant diet changes.
Are you taking any OC by the way?
The female body is very sensitive, and weight loss, change in diet, stress can all impact your monthly cycle (although stress it appears is not an issue for you right now). Its not always necessarily specific food items you're eating.
I would just be curious to know if you're taking any OC however.
on August 03, 2012
at 05:50 AM
Since the Paleo diet is very healthy comprising of lean proteins, fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds, avocados, olive oil, fish oil and grass-fed meat, I don’t see any problem in such a diet. Yes, it is true that nuts cause inflammation. Nuts contain excess omega-6 fatty acid that causes inflammation. This is one of the major reasons why most people add sources of omega-3 fatty acids like fish oil, grass-fed beef, Wild salmon and walnuts to their diet. I would advise you too to supplement your diet with omega-3 fatty acids like these. I would advise you cut down on nuts as much as possible.
on July 25, 2012
at 07:40 AM
Hi Everyone and thanks for info so far.
my previous diet was pretty much the same as it is now apart from would have about 40g of oats for breakfast, a slice of rye bread with lunch and maybe 60g of buckwheat noodles for evening meal. i haven't changed my protein intake, (eggs, beef, chicken, tuna I can't afford to buy organic as i am on benefits but this hasn't changed over last few years) i have probably trebled the amount of nuts i am eating and i have more butter but not tons maybe 20g a day max. i have stopped the soya milk and now make my own almond milk if i have any at all. i have also introduced coconut milk and maybe have 1 tin a week. This is probably it for food changes. And i used to have greek yoghurt, i've now stopped that.
Activity has stayed the same really (apart from when recovering from small op for 4 weeks) I run about 10 miles a week and walk about 15-20 miles a week and am generally active a lot of the day
In the last 12 weeks i have lost 20lb which has taken me now to about 165 llbs (11st 9) and i'm 5'3'' I have lost 10 stones in weight now altogerther but that has been over a 9 year period.
I am not particularly concerned about the fertility aspect or anything as i'm 37, i am not planning on having any children but i do like to feel my body is working the best it can and the paleo has transformed my life in all other ways..
Nothing else in my life has changed apart from I moved house 4 weeks ago but it had started happening before then, no new products (less if anything) no new supplements (i take multi vitamin, zinc, vit c and iron) i am happier and less stressed, leaner, lighter and fitter than i have ever been..
I read on one site about nuts maybe causing inflammation do you think it might be wise to drop my consupmtion right down for 2 months or so to see what happens?? or just stay as i am and see what happens??