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Getting a "period" every 2 weeks after switching to paleo?

Answered on October 27, 2013
Created October 26, 2013 at 6:52 PM

I have been following a strict paleo diet for almost 2 months now and my "periods" have been coming every 2ish weeks! Before starting paleo my cycles were anywhere from 28-41 days, last 5-7 days, accompanied with very heavy bleeding, severe cramping, vomitting etc etc. My first "period" after switching came about 2 1/2 weeks into my cycle so I figured it may be ovulation bleeding, as the first day was very faint spotting. But then the next 3 days were more like a typical period with blood and clots etc. Still incredibly light, only used liners and changed them throughout the day, and not a cramp in sight (yay!). I shrugged this off to my hormones readjusting, but then 2 weeks later, exactly the same situation happened. And now, another 2 1/2 weeks later I am experiencing the same thing.

Has anyone else experienced this? Should I chalk it up to my hormones readjusting and give the paleo diet some more time before making changes?

I should mention that I have been OFF the pill for 3 1/2 years now (I know my hormones were really messed up after this). I'm 23 years old, 5'10 and currently weighing in at 128 (yikes, this concerns me a little. I was around 135 before starting to eat paleo and following the SAD. Beginning paleo was never about losing weight, but regaining control over my health). I walk daily, strength train 3 times a week, do yoga regularly, and do 1-2 intense cardio days a week. I eat A LOT and I'm never hungry, but I still feel like I'm struggling to get enough calories everyday, and I'm not sure how to eat more without reverting back to "old ways" (another issue, but likely related to my period issues). I've read that eating low carb can affect your period in weird ways. I'm beginning to think that "strict paleo" might not be for me.

Any thoughts ladies?

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on October 27, 2013
at 05:36 AM

Not a lady...... But here are some suggestions. Give the cardio a rest, keep the walking, drop one strength training. That should relieve your struggle to get enough calories. If after dialing back on the exercise you still feel like you;re struggling to get fed, consider adding some additional good fats...coconut oil or avo. Your menstral issues could be related to issufienct calories or nutrient defficintey

Depending on your energy output you might need some additional carbs. Lots of people think paleo is "low carb" but low carb is relative to ones energy needs. Checkout

http://graemethomasonline.com/carbohydrate-daily-requirements/

This woman's website is probably going to be helpful

http://gokaleo.com/about-me/

http://gokaleo.com/

http://gokaleo.com/2013/06/13/restriction-and-menstrual-function/

&

http://home.fuse.net/clymer/bmi/

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