I'm a fifteen, almost sixteen year-old girl, and I started eating paleo last June-ish, and since then I've loosened up a little since I'm almost comfortable with my weight, I just need to exercise, and I eat cheese and bacon and chips and guacamole and potatoes every now and then in small to moderate amounts, whereas at first I was pretty strict paleo, hardly any fruit, no dairy, no starches or carbs aside from a few from vegetables. The thing is I haven't had a period since last May, so it's been about a year. It's been pretty nice not having to worry about it, and I figured after the first few months that it was just my body adjusting to the new way of eating. But it's been about a year now, should I be worried? My mom was very irregular when she was my age, but still. Advice, thoughts, suggestions? I'm 5"7, last June I was like, maybe between 135 and 140, before then I had been on just a low carb diet, but not paleo, on which I dropped down from 150-ish to 135/140, I can't remember exactly what. Over the summer I lost more weight and got to 128, and since school started I've gained back around seven pounds, though my waistline hasn't gotten any bigger, so it was probably muscle, and I haven't checked my weight in a while because I stopped really worrying about it so much. I can check it on Sunday and post it then. I started periods at 13, and they were a little irregular.
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on May 31, 2013
at 12:47 PM
It sounds like paleo really did a number disrupting your hormones! It happens. The thing about menstrual cycles is that fertility is one of our best markers of health. If we are infertile (not cycling) it's a signal from our body that it sees resources as being scarce.
For you, either you have crossed that line where your body thinks it is too thin, or your nutrients are too low (fat? carbs? vitamins? minerals? you would have to experiment). I would spend some time reading on The Perfect Health Diet page:
They are going to recommend more starches than you are used to (even white rice!) but the macronutrient ratio is still paleo. They also have some great info on supplements that might help you.
At your age I would say that this probably not a huge deal, and rather common. But as you get older you need to keep an eye on it. Also, I would suggest starting your gyn appointments (yay fun!) , and just mentioning your symptoms to them to make sure we aren't missing something. I wouldn't necessarily mention you eat "paleo." Just stick with "whole foods diet, low in grains, high in vegetables, and no processed foods." :)
on May 31, 2013
at 01:47 PM
First of all, welcome to womanhood! It's always going to be a little weird (period wise) when you're balancing your diet and finding out what works best for you! I agree 100% with cutting down carbs, but carbs are also essential to your insulin levels and they can also wreck your hormone levels if you aren't eating a balanced diet. Paleo is awesome, but balance is also the key! Take it from me, I've had irregular periods since I was about 11 years old and was on every kind of birth control to either stop or start them, but now they're regulating because of being balanced. I eat 90% paleo, but still eat some dairy consistently. Don't shock your body, if it's used to it and values the nutrition it gets from say, greek yogurt, don't cut it out completely. Find your own balance. When you're younger, if you eat something and then don't eat it for a while and then eat it again, it sort of plays with your hormones. My fitness pal helps me to keep track of everything too from carbs to fiber so I can make sure that I'm getting what I need. Women also need more vitamins sometimes, so don't be afraid to eat more nutrition. The BEST thing to regulate your hormones: don't stress! Seriously, the less you think about it, the more your body will regulate itself! Sounds like you're doing all the right things so just keep it up and don't stress. Oh, AND you're still technically growing and your hormones are going to be a little weird... don't stress about that either. ;)
on May 31, 2013
at 12:06 PM
Really focus on healthy fats in the diet! I had this issue for about 1 year when I first started Paleo (Im 21) and when I went back to eating shit food last summer, my period came back (for 2 cycles). Then I went back on Paleo (which Im never going back to shit food now that I realize how horrible i felt during the 2 month period of not focusing on Paleo eating) So, started Paleo again, lost my period again. I was too focused on Low carb low carb, carbs are bad. Honestly it never leaves my mind. Im still afraid of carbs. But Im slowly learning to love them! Now, Ive been Paleo for quite some time and I find that eating carbs and fats really made a difference with the loss of my period and hormones in general. I was LC or VLC for about 6 months, and that was dumb. I wouldnt touch fruit, starches, or any sweeteners. Ive done a lot of research and adding 1/2 cup of sweet potato to my meals and eating a whole avocado everyday, throw some nuts in too.
Having no period is awesome, I totally agree. But after a year or two of no period, something isnt right. Its an important time especially at your age. You dont want any problems down the road!
on May 31, 2013
at 02:20 AM
Are you having any other symptoms besides loss of period? Just asking because it can mean something else is going on. I havent had a period in about 2.5 years now but it was always irregular even when i first got it. I personally love not getting it just because who actually enjoys having periods? Do you feel healthy most of the time?