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Why are my mood swings coming back?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 10, 2012 at 12:18 AM

I have been paleo for 6 months with the exception of the holiday cheating and occasionally eating a little rice and beans maybe once a week. Overall I feel great! more energy, better skin, weight loss, muscle tone..blah blah blah...My son will be a year old at the end of the month and I just got my 2nd period after having him, but boy this was a crazy mood swing. I had some mood swings when I first started paleo, but that is pretty normal from what I am reading. I never had bad mood swings with my period before going paleo. The day before my period I cried all day for no reason. The next day I was super depressed, the 3rd day I felt better and today I was extremely angry for no reason. This is not like me, I am usually very calm and level headed. Since this is only my 2nd period after going paleo my question is, is this normal? Are our hormones stronger on paleo? Is there something I may be missing in my diet? Did the carbs mask the moodswings?

Here is my typical meal plan: 7:30 am Breakfast- Eggs with avocado and what ever veggies I have on hand. or a smoothie with fresh berries, raw egg hemp protein, coconut milk, and spinach

11:30 Lunch- Baked yam with some type of fish and veggies and a salad.

6:00 Dinner- Roasted vegetables or steamed brocoli with some type of fish sometimes I make cauliflower rice and mix it up. I was not eating meat but am slowly trying to add meat back into my diet. Maybe once a week.

For snacks I usually have nuts or fruit

When I was tracking my meals I was eating about 1500 to 2000 calories a day. I am 5'4 and 130lbs trying to get down to about 125 or 120.

Any advice would help. Also if anyone else has had the same experience on paleo let me know. There was a full moon last night so that may have made things extra crazy. Who knows?

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on March 10, 2012
at 05:25 PM

Goats have different casein than cows, more compatible with humans.

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on March 10, 2012
at 03:23 PM

Also I did get the Mirena IUD and am wondering if that might be the problem. I got it around the same time I went paleo. I started having arthritic pain through out my body around the same time every month until I actually got my first period. Now it is just crazy hormones. I read that a lot of women experience similar arthritic pain with the IUD. I opted for the Mirena because I am allergic to nickel and there are trace amounts in the copper IUD and I had a bad reaction when the doctor put it in and she had to remove it immediatly.

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on March 10, 2012
at 03:20 PM

Just stopping nursing will create hormones shifts that may result in mood swings. Also, the emotional aspects of weaning should not be underestimated.

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on March 10, 2012
at 03:19 PM

Not sure I have not had a blood test done since going paleo. What are natural sources of lithium?

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on March 10, 2012
at 03:17 PM

I do eat a fair amount of sea vegetables, but have been non dairy. That is a big difference for me. Maybe goat products wont effect me the same way as cow products. Are you suggesting this because of the probiotics? I know I need to get off the rice and beans, but I just cant resist sometimes.

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on March 10, 2012
at 03:13 PM

I stopped nursing and that is when I got my first period. I was vegetarian before paleo and slowly adding more meats. It is tough for me because I really don't like meat. I have to force myself to eat it. I should add more organs and bone broth that is a great suggestion. I have always been anemic and this should help with that.

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at 04:16 AM

Hows your lithium level?

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Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on March 10, 2012
at 04:28 AM

Your hormone levels post-partum can fluctuate significantly for lots of reasons.

Are you nursing full-time? If so, you may need to eat more calories.

How's your Vitamin D level?

Do you eat organ meats & bone broths? You may have some mineral deficiencies that are just now starting to show up. Cutting out meat can impact your iron stores.

Fc64db6a555559762432d503a1dbad19

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on March 10, 2012
at 03:13 PM

I stopped nursing and that is when I got my first period. I was vegetarian before paleo and slowly adding more meats. It is tough for me because I really don't like meat. I have to force myself to eat it. I should add more organs and bone broth that is a great suggestion. I have always been anemic and this should help with that.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on March 10, 2012
at 03:20 PM

Just stopping nursing will create hormones shifts that may result in mood swings. Also, the emotional aspects of weaning should not be underestimated.

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3eca93d2e56dfcd768197dc5a50944f2

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on March 10, 2012
at 05:40 AM

What Dragonfly said, although I'd add some goat yogurt/cheese there, and maybe some live sauerkraut and sea vegetables too (among more meat). And I'd lose the hemp, rice and beans.

3eca93d2e56dfcd768197dc5a50944f2

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on March 10, 2012
at 05:25 PM

Goats have different casein than cows, more compatible with humans.

Fc64db6a555559762432d503a1dbad19

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on March 10, 2012
at 03:17 PM

I do eat a fair amount of sea vegetables, but have been non dairy. That is a big difference for me. Maybe goat products wont effect me the same way as cow products. Are you suggesting this because of the probiotics? I know I need to get off the rice and beans, but I just cant resist sometimes.

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