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The scale is down a pound since I began, but I do tend to fluctuate a little bit, so we’ll see in the coming days if that loss continues. I went too low carb, too fast on Friday and it resulted in blood sugar blahs and a bad headache. The weekend was worse, but I’ll spare you the details.
My goals for this diet change are pretty straight-forward.
- Increase energy.
- See my hormonal disturbances and their symptoms resolve. Specifically, I want to see all markers of estrogen dominance and insulin resistance gone.
- Reduce my chances of breast cancer.
Here are the steps I am currently taking to see my hormonal problems resolve:
- Work with a nutritional counselor, Lydia from Divine Health, to piece together this puzzle. I will be filling out her paperwork today and blogging about her recommendations and my progress.
- Begin with consuming 100g of carbs a day and then work up or down from there as needed, to see results.
- Have testing for my thyroid, hormones and D3 levels as soon as I can afford it. I’m hoping that will be in September.
- Supplementation: magnesium oil, maca, nettle, red raspberry, D3, selenium, milk thistle and look into calcium d glucarate. This is in addition to my normal supplements of cod liver oil and Concentrace. I no longer take calcium supplements since I returned to being able to consume raw milk.
- Continue looking for and eliminating potential environmental exposures of xenoestrogens, pesticides and the like.
- Lights out by 10:30 each night.
- If the budget will allow it, I would like to have a baseline thermogram.
- Consider additional measures to detox and incorporate them into an overall, long-term plan.
While I haven’t blogged about it a lot, one of my biggest concerns is my risk for breast cancer. Because I started my cycles extremely young, was put on the birth control pill at 16 to deal with what we later discovered was PCOS and I’ve had multiple miscarriages, was fed soy formula, have a diagnosis of PCOS and more, my risk of breast cancer is high and I am concerned. By not getting the estrogen dominance under control, it only worsens my risks despite a good diet.
My biggest hormonal imbalance symptoms that are bothering me are thinning hair and weight gain in the middle. It hasn’t been pretty and I’m quite upset and self conscious over those two issues in particular. So while I have come a very long ways since 2006 through adrenal fatigue, severe food intolerances, healing my gut and reversing those intolerances, a celiac diagnosis, a weight loss of 130 pounds, heavy metal toxicity and more, I feel like the hormone problems are the last piece of the puzzle to get me back to ‘normal.’
I’ve had a number of people suggest I consider progesterone cream. I tried it in the past and it pushed me into a migraine every time. So I have decided to hold off on things like that until we get my test results back to see exactly where I am with everything. Then, if we know that the cream is needed, I’ll go ahead with it, hoping that the migraines will be temporary while my hormones balance. We know from past tests that I don’t just have straight-forward estrogen dominance, but some other problems going on as well that need to be addressed. I don’t want to make things worse for myself, so it’s better to wait until we know what the tests show. Last time my DHEA numbers were off the charts too high and I had high testosterone and high estrogen coupled with normal progesterone, so I believe the levels of the other hormones are playing into it.
What I’m Eating
Today’s menu is blueberry muffins made with coconut flour and raw milk, leftover chicken soup and sauerkraut for lunch and a big chicken salad with lots of veggies and lactofermented dilly carrots with dinner. Snacks will include coconut oil mint squares and grape tomatoes and maybe a little peach and almond butter if my carb count will allow it.
Due to some muscle cramps I had this weekend, I am going to work on increasing my magnesium in my diet. I used the magnesium oil to stop the cramps, it worked within minutes. But it is a sign I’m not taking in enough veggies and that needs to change.
I will be taking some time this week to go through the hundreds of recipes I have written for the Menu Mailer, Recipe Archive and the blog and figuring out the carb counts for those that look promising and getting those worked into a meal plan that works for both me and my family. We’ll be going with recipes where we can add some carbs for them on the side.
Finally, I will begin T-tapping again once I’m over this initial bad round. I hope to start back up by Wednesday or Thursday. T-tapp is known to help with hormone balance and I believe it’s a very worth-while exercise over my other options because of how well it has worked for me in the past. I can spend 15 minutes per day and be done. I’ve seen very positive results from Tapping all around, so I believe this is the exercise route I need to go with for my body and my schedule instead of delving into something new.