I decided, after months of no scale movement and a lot of frustration, to drop my birth control to see if it would help me out. I'm definitely feeling it. I'm hunting my boyfriend constantly and here at the end of the month there have been a lot of cramps and crying and general discomfort. I have a feeling my hormones are swinging a little wildly, I don't remember things being like this when I was a teenager. Not to mention the crazy pre-menstruation chocolate cravings (I killed a box of Russel Stovers even though I knew it would make me sick, and it did) So my question is this:
How long is it going to take for my hormonal base to even back out so that I can reap the benefits of a paleo lifestyle? Is there any way for me to speed up this process? I'm eating well (minus my moment of candy weakness), no grains, no dairy, limiting my fruits and nuts, exercising at least 4x per week at my CF box + a little endurance on the side. I feel like once this last factor gets resolved I'll start seeing some results so I'm really eager to get it taken care of.
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on September 29, 2011
at 04:11 AM
Just to give you my own experience, I had several (maybe four or five?) rough periods after I came off of (~9 years) of hormonal birth control, and my PMS is still worse than it was when I was on it, but the first two were definitely the hardest, by a long shot. In hindsight, then, six weeks in, the worst was over. I do have PCOS, so that could be why it took me awhile to settle in, and I took solace in the fact that my sex drive shot through the roof as soon as I went off hormonal BC. Seriously, having a whole lot of sex is hormonally helpful, so...I recommend that. I can also pass along that my endocrinologist recommended strength training as a way of smoothing out hormonal swings.
on September 29, 2011
at 03:03 AM
I think addressing nutritional deficiencies is the key to hormonal balance.
Gut health is key here, as well as supplementing intelligently.
I went off the Pill 4 years ago (after almost 23 years on it for birth control.) I'm 48.
I had regular periods right away--almost a clockwork 28 day cycle, same as before going on the Pill.
I was a whole foods vegetarian for 14 years and ate pretty clean, so I don't think I was super-deficient in some nutrients like a lot of women. That said, I ate a LOT of wheat, and due to gut dysbiosis I probably wasn't absorbing all the good things I was eating!
Over the last 3 years (2 WAP-inspired and 11 months Primal) I've been addressing all the remaining nutritional deficiencies that I believe contribute to my hormonal fluctuations & painful cramping pre-Pill & now.
Except for the cramping and slight carb cravings the week before my period, I feel pretty good! My bleeding has gone from 5 days to 3 over the last 2 cycles.
I eat a lowish carb lacto-Paleo, low FODMAPS diet, including fermented foods, organs & gelatin. I get 8-9 hours of sleep. Lift heavy twice a week, dance once a week and walk everywhere.
I try to keep my cortisol pretty low, so no chronic cardio anymore! I keep my D on the high end (91 ng/ml) due to asthma & allergies (no more asthma!)
I take: 1000 mg krill oil 8,000 IUs Vitamin D 200-400 mg Mag Citrate , plus 40 gm dark chocolate, lol!
and the clincher: 50 mg zinc picolinate (thanks to Travis!) Hoping that the zinc is the missing piece in terms of cramping (see my question about it for more info.)