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Trying to get your hormones balanced is such a frustrating puzzle.
If you might remember, I had a miscarriage a five months ago. Since then, I have put on 25 pounds despite not changing my diet. I have also shown a number of other signs that tell me the basis of my weight gain is hormonal and my adrenals are also struggling. So now it’s time to do something about it.
I’m not unfamiliar with hormonal problems. PCOS, multiple miscarriage, crazy hormone shifts due to multiple food intolerances, adrenal fatigue, celiac and then having to go through chelation. I’d rather have this area under control, because I know it’s SO critical for my overall health. The weight I’m gaining is going straight to my middle and my thighs and I’ve had cellulite pop back out despite being cellulite free. I’m at a high risk for breast cancer as it is and seeing the estrogen dominance creep back into my life is quite unsettling.
I wrote a while back that I was consuming nettle and raspberry leaf infusions and using magnesium oil, yet the scale slowly continues to creep up.
My friend Lydia at Divine Health is holding a blood sugar challenge in August and I look at the list and just…. was overwhelmed. I’m so busy and I have so much going on right now that having that big of a shake up is just too much. Blood sugar control is critical to stopping the over-production of estrogen, and I know it. The first time I dealt with the issue, after my PCOS diagnosis, I used low-carb to get it under control and end the infertility and repeat miscarriages I was experiencing.
I fully admit that I know that’s exactly what I need to do right now. I’m just overwhelmed. I’d normally jump in with both feet, but adding another thing to my plate right now is too much.
In an effort to get the hormones under control, while we wait to be able to test to get better direction on what supplements I should use, I am going to begin moving towards a lower carb (not low carb- yet) diet. I plan on ending up somewhere around a low-grain diet and the elimination of excess carbs for myself until these problems are under control. I’d like to shoot for 100 grams of carbs a day and then work up or down from there according to how I feel. However, I’m not in a position right now to be able to do a major shake-up to my diet.
A Single Step
A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. So I will begin with a single step and pick another step to take each week until the diet is where I need it to be.
When we see the problems start to reverse themselves, I’ll know I’m on the right track, and I fully realize that might lead down some paths I don’t want to take, including some potentially difficult diet changes- like 100% paleo, full-on low carb or other diets that would require a big adjustment from where I’m currently at and some major budget stretching. However, if it’s what I need to do to get my hormones balanced out, that’s what I’ll do, adjustment or not.
Beginning today, I will not eat starches at or after dinner time. I will cut the rice out of dinner for myself- I’ll continue to fix it for myself and the kids. Starchy meals will be had at breakfast or lunch instead. So no rice, potatoes, grains or other non-veggie carbs at dinner or evening snack. I’ll drink my milk early in the day instead. Any special occasion goodies will be early in the day to give myself plenty of time to burn off those carbs.
Today I made up a nice, big batch of peppermint patties to give me an evening snack. I’ll rotate through other coconut-oil based snacks for the evenings.
I’ll be flatly honest- I’m really, really going to whine for a day or two if I have to go grain-free. No, I won’t whine on the blog. Well, ok, maybe one post. But it will take me a few days to get on my feet and do an attitude check. Grains are all over the place and all over my diet. Removing them would be tough. However, I’m afraid that’s the direction I’ll need to go in for at least a short-term round to get my health back under control. And I dread it. I have the mental fortitude to drag myself there, but I’m not going to like it until I start seeing the results. Until then, I’m going to have to give myself a pep talk instead of allowing myself a pity party.
I’ve said before that nothing tastes as good as being healthy feels. Time to pull myself up by the bootstraps and get back there again. I’m after the results I need to be healthy.
Are you dealing with hormonal problems? Have you made a major diet shift recently? How did you cope?
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