I just wanted to see if anyone could take a guess at what is going on with my body because I feel like I have hit a wall.
About 6 years ago (When I was 33) I lost 150 pounds in about 3 months. At that time I lost a lot of hair but I had my thyroid tested and it was normal. I went on birth control pills and gained about 60 pounds back and everything seemed okay again.
About 4 years ago I went off the birth control pills, and lost 40 pounds of the 60 I had gained. I also became a high raw vegan and started distance running. I started losing hair again and started getting cystic acne.
I started CrossFit 3 years ago. About 8 months into it I just ran myself straight into the ground and had to stop for a few months and went off the vegan diet. When I started again I have found that I have a lot of trouble recovering. I feel depressed, anxious, can't concentrate at work, don't sleep well, feel tired all the time, etc.
It's unpredictable what will make me feel that way. Sometimes I can go for a week without it happening. Sometimes one heavy strength day will do it, sometimes a long WOD will do it.
I have experimented with going strict Paleo several times. Each time I become even more lethargic, start losing hair again, feel depressed.
In general I eat a lot of whole foods any way which ends up being lower calorie than I imagined when I started tracking it. I never skip periods but they do move around depending on how hard I am training or what diet I am experimenting with.
Does this sound like I have damaged my thyroid or adrenal glands? Or maybe I am still metabolically deranged from being so overweight?
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on June 12, 2013
at 03:49 PM
Hey there, we should be best friends(haha). I JUST went through/am still going through this bought of issues... adrenal issues, thyroid, and hormone imbalance. I went to 4 different doctors, one that took me off my my thyroid medicine (apparently I never needed it) and my birth control, and I've also started to lose weight and now my anxiety has halted a LOT. I realized as well with all of this, that I'm gluten sensitive, so if I eat anything with gluten (or even take vitamins) that my body basically hates me and I get SO tired, and almost... angry? I don't think you've messed up your thyroid per se, but when you go off an on birth control, your body doesn't really "remember" how to produce enough progesterone on it's own, causing a lower thyroid (hair loss, tired but not dreadfully tired, etc.) and it essentially has to pick back up on it's own. Over exhaustion can cause this, too. I myself, am recovering from adrenal fatigue. When I found out that it was my adrenals, it was 5 months after CRIPPLING anxiety that I've never had before in my life, weird mood swings, extreme exhaustion, etc. I'll tell you what has helped me, even though we're all different: -Going to bed at the same time every night, about 10-11pm -Eating plenty of fruits and veggies, don't even THINK about junk food (it worsens anxiety) -Exercise, but don't overdo it! Maybe 4 days a week -REST... it's hard for a busy body, but find time to just chill out -Yoga -B Vitamins have been a LIFE saver since they help restore your body after physical stress and your nervous system -No caffiene, it wears out your adrenals (no Gatorade also) -Paleo is a great idea, but do what's best for YOUR body, which so happens that Paleo has been the best for mine, but if you need dairy for that boost, eat some dairy. Your weight loss is amazing, btw. keep up the good work, but stress less! :) If you need any moral support, feel free to msg me-- I've never met anyone with the same issue that I'm dealing with so if I can help in any way, I would love to!