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Hi Shweta, as long as your eggs are pastured, they would be great to add to your diet. Says my cholesterol is way too high. I stopped eating sugar and surprise! Of all the symptoms of glucose deficiency the most concerning was the flat mood. Any additional information you have on this topic would be most appreciated.

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He says it has been years since he has had a solid 8 hours of sleep without having to pee. There are so many doctors out there giving terrible advice. WTF does that even mean!?!

And I laughed at this: We limit and restrict and get so crazy with our diets that it seems so ridiculous and hard. YAY shopping in three stores and cooking for three hours! We were not fat or even plump. A girl who was a size 6 was absolutely Ethiopian. Men like a body with curves, not bones. Besides, curvaceous women are much more suited to bearing children. Search it on the web or read a book about body shapes. Those curves and even those padded hips are there for a reason girl.

D- I live with an Italian man, so believe me, I get what you are saying. My point was that I had been a size 6 my entire life except after pregnancy and after my adrenals crashed I ballooned up in no time. It seemed like the fewer carbs I ate the worse I felt and the more weight that came on. It baffled me because I was no longer having a mocha and a muffin from Starbucks several times a week.

I was no longer having my nightly cocktail. It was meat and veggies, meat and veggies and enough water to fill a lake. Its a hard pill to swallow when you are accustomed to being a certain size all your life. Right now it is the least of my worrries; I just want to feel better. If It makes my hormones level out then I am all in.

There are no babies in my future. But I agree with you, a woman with a little padding is so much hotter than someone stick thin like Angelina Jolie.

She is a beautiful woman in desperate need of a burger!! Women who buy vintage clothes or sew from vintage patterns have to keep this difference in mind. I too did GAPS and was eating way too low carb. For the first 6m or so I felt great…then everything went downhill.

Huge improvement in my mental state. My OCD is a lot better. My anxiety is better. My mood overall is better. I have gained a few much needed pounds. Oddly enough I find that I tolerate wheat quite well, but not really starchy things like corn, potatoes and rice. I feel satisfied after I eat. Thank you for being so open and bold about your journey.

It really helped me be brave enough to try something new. I thought GAPS would cure everything for me. I would be very suspect of all this metabolic typing stuff. Butter is healthy, veggies are healthy, meat is healthy, raw milk and cream is healthy, eggs are healthy. Pastured chickens and their eggs, grass-fed beef, etc. Some people cannot afford to eat that way and thus become discouraged and start eating out of a box or a can again.

Maybe once they are used to eating REAL food, they will make a concerted effort to cut down on treat items and junk foods, and put their money towards better quality. Real food, no matter what quality you have to start with, is still better than food from a box or a can. So those are not good choices. Is your BBT lower on average than the temps you cite? Also, you indicate a stable temp is better, but I thought it was natural to see cyclical variation rising after ovulation, high during the luteal phase, then dropping again…?

She is referring to seeing a chart that does have proper hormonal shift at the right times, but is otherwise fairly smooth. With adrenal fatigue, you will always see jagged, mountain peaks all over the place, chart. Sometimes so bad, it is hard to see the thermal shifts when they do occur. Stable temp is better but you will see a rise after ovulation. Here are my thoughts. Food has become a religion for many people based an faulty facts.

There is DNA, environmental factors, stress, physiology, lifestyle to look at in every single person. There is Paleo, Primal, The Blood Type Diet, the Dukan Diet, Slow Carb and everything in between and people are stressing themselves out so much about what to eat, how much of what and when to eat it.

I have heard you should only have fruit in the morning before you eat anything. But that to reduce the insulin shock to your body sugars should be consumed with protein and fat. Or you should avoid sugar all together. The list is endless. I personally am allergic to gluten and do better on less grains, but my husband is like you he is also Italian and his body does not do well on my kind of diet. Oh and I have also been trying to raise my body temps and have seen similar results as you have Ann Marie different protocol, but still results!!

So congrats to you! I hope soon we can both be congratulating each other on conceiving! I love your post, Jenn.

I think we worry far too much. Of course, coming off of the SAD diet I was very ill. I think just in doing that people make VAST health improvements! Thank you for putting this out there.

While you might expect to get a lot of flack for this post, I think you will get a lot of appreciation too. I have had a similar experience with carbs. Went low carb 3 years ago and lost 80 lbs. Plus I had new issues of depression, anxiety, fatigue. Low carb was a really bad idea for me even though I was very overweight and I kept carbs at 60g a day.

If I up the carbs, even if it is still relatively low carb, I put on weight. Not really sure what the heck to do now really??? On GAPS now, which has helped other things so looking into increasing carbs. When I get to goal, I plan on monitoring myself closely, but allow controlled amounts potatoes, rice, more fruit.

I current eat some of these foods in small amounts each week not daily. I know they make me nuts mood swings, bloating, weight gain, lack of interest in sex or being physically active, joint pain, compulsive overeating, and the list goes on.

Two years ago I was working with Matt Stone via email messages. I had lost a ton of weight I since got pregnant and had a baby, hence my overweight now and was struggling to stay below I applied his carb suggestion and I gained 10 lbs in one week! I know I was supposed to even out eventually, but it was mostly depressing and triggering cravings, overeating, etc.

Usually Ann Marie, I find your tone to be calm, cool and collected even if your positions can be a bit all over the map as you experiment and this lends credence to your writings. I think this is unfortunate because you clearly have so much of value to share with us all; not the least of which is your willingness to bravely act as our collective guinea pig!

In the grand and cosmic scheme of things, how important can it all be? It certainly would be more fun. I think this is great advice for all of us, Annie.

Trying to do it right now with my life actually…. Check out the website www. There is plenty of scientific proof and reason to keep track of your insulin levels. Insulin resistance is a HUGE problem in this country, and its link to heart disease, diabetes etc.

Squash, sweet potatoes, veggies, fruits are plenty enough carbohydrates to fuel yourself on. Not to mention plenty of healthy fats. I am not saying this is for everyone, but for me, it keeps my blood sugar nice and stable, no ups and downs in hunger and I do not have to eat every 2 hours. But of course, just my opinion: Let me also add… eating Paleo to lose weight may not be the right intention.

I do not eat that way to lose weight, as I am at a perfectly fine weight. I feel as though people need to get out there and exercise, get active and fuel themselves appropriately. If you get in tune with your body, you will feel the subtle clues it gives you after you eat a particular food.

The diet mentality is the problem…. My husband and I did low carb last summer. I do think we benefited in eating more protein and wonderful vegetables but it is a hard lifestyle to maintain. I would catch myself dreaming about the good old days of bread,rice,fruit and feeling defeated if I indulged. Basically the French eat slowly,savor the food and stop when they get full. Of course the food they eat is real and full of lovely richness,but they eat bagettes too.

Maybe what is needed is to calm down,get out the good china,light the candles, gather the family,give thanks and taste and enjoy the meal. Sort of what Julia Childs used to say, I think. And I heartily agree. We need to take some time, slow down and give ourselves a break from all this food craziness. Diet is important, but jeez louise, you want to have a life too!

Sometimes our bodies are pretty smart! I did lose weight rapidly, but I was a hag. I decided I was happier in poor health and that I could not possibly live like I was long-term. So, I switched to a traditional diet of good fats about half if my daily calories come from good fats. The very hour I added carbs back in my mood soared. And I kept right on losing weight and I did not feel deprived; I felt great. I have no idea what the science is behind my experience, but I know that I have kept off that 40 pounds for over two years without fear of carbs or good fats.

Thank you for the great post. I originally went low-carb to counter hyperinsulinism, which I had for years due to a major sugar addiction. Keeping insulin levels lower helped but then I went too low-carb, bought into the Paleo diet big-time.

What happened over time is I would try to stay low carb, but at least once a week I would end up going on uncontrollable binges — would try to keep them to nuts, nut butter lower-carb items but would make myself sick! I had serious depression, hair falling out, no energy, painful joints, no libido, etc. The best thing that ever happened to me was when I recently read The Schwarzbein Principle.

And the importance of balancing insulin and glucagon. I feel so much better, my mood is better, I have more energy, I can work out again, and my bingeing has completely stopped — but i have gained a little weight, which she says is normal if you have screwed up your metabolism.

But she says it will even out in time. At least not for now. As someone recovering from a lifelong food and eating disorder, taking the balanced approach, giving my brain the fats it needs, having moderate protein, and including a measured portion of carb at every meal, is making a big difference.

I am starting to think I might actually be able to feel like a normal person if I stick with this way of eating! Thanks so much for a great post! My binge eating finally ended doing a leptin reset a la jack kruse. Point being, I binged like you did on low carb, but binged a lot worse on high carb.

I take no medications. After doing Paleo for a few months, I noticed that my eyes and mouth started feeling really dry. When I bought Dr. I added sweet potatoes and rice in minimal amounts although I tend to eat sweet potatoes more because I gain weight when I eat too much rice and my face gets super puffy. Lo and behold, my dry eyes and mouth went away. I agree that everyone is different. We are all on an individual journey.

Some people need more carbs than others. Some people thrive on meat only. To each his own! Although I have added back grains rice , I keep a close eye on my portions, as I have a family history of diabetes and also had gestational diabetes while prego with my three kids. Thanks so much for this article! Thanks to you I found Matt Stone a few weeks back.

The worse I felt, the less carbs I ate…thinking this would help. And guess what…I felt better! I think it also helped that for the 1st time in forever I was able to spend 10 minutes making, eating and cleaning up from breakfast instead of the normal 30 minutes for eggs, sausage, etc.

Therefore I was able to actually leave for work on time without being totally stressed out. As the co-owner of a small business with my wife , father of a month old daughter and soon-to-be father of a son, I have better things to do with my life and energy than stress about whether or not Caveman Carl would permit me eating a pizza and drinking a beer not her with my wife on a Friday night.

Thanks again and preach on! Thanks for your posting on this. I too fair a lot better when I increase my carbs. I am 49 and very athletic. I found paleo late and decided for the next year to beat myself over the head with that stick. I actually got worse, was having sub clinical hypo symptoms and AF putting on weight and feeling worse. My theory, its fine for a lot of younger women that havent had their hormones screwed up for one reason or another, but us older and hormonally fragile women, we need to tread carefully.

I am still a bit wary of carbs but I do eat more ie gms or so a day without a problem and feel so much better. My reverse T3 kicked up about 18 months ago, so I am on a low dose of T3, which tbh, isnt doing enough BUT most of the time my basal body temp is above 98 since I started taking it and lately during ovulation and the last half of my cycle I will see I still have a lot of damage, I have no control over my body comp, I used to have a lot of muscle definition till about 3 years ago, and even though I do my intervals and practice vigorous yoga I can no longer influence that to any degree.

If I over eat just a tiny bit, I will gain weight no problem. My sleep is way better now and I think that is because I eat more carbs. I doubled my caloric intake in October. Some, but not a lot. Since I upped the carbs in Jan, the temps have really come up and my period is starting to regulate. Which leads me to robert what the role of contraceptives might be in all of this — an artificially induced state of elevated sex hormones that could disguise the harmful effects of VLC diets….

Well, I can say this much. Several years ago, I went low carb and lost 30 lbs. I eventually got tired of the diet and was missing my carbs so, I added them back in. I slowly gained the weight back. Fasting is ONLY for healthy people. So, I fear that going low carb and IF caused my adrenals and thyroid to fare even worse.

I also was tired a lot. I did eat lots of honey and fruit but was still on the couch every day with fatigue. Fast forward again, and I thought I would attempt a Whole I made it to 14 days before cracking and adding back in raw dairy only to feel immediately better, only to follow that with grains again. Everyday on the Whole30 I felt completely drained, tired and starving!

I was eating and thinking about food all. And I was eating lots of fruit and sweet potatoes. This past summer I thought, screw it! I had more energy and was exercising even! Despite exercising and feeling great, I still gained a little weight over the summer.

Over analyzing what we eat, depriving ourselves, not enjoying our food, and denying cravings I believe is far worse for us. I can say, that I do feel so much better when at least eating potatoes, rice, sprouted corn tortillas, and sourdough bread.

I think people might think you are overdoing it with the carbs right now, but you are RRARFing, and that is meant to be done for only about 30 days.

Also when you have been low carb for so long, your body is probably just trying to catch up. People really need to focus less on their weights and more on their health. Our hormones are responsible for storing and releasing fat. Hot chocolate sounds good.

And my nanny just went to the store to buy some tapioca for pudding. I could not agree more with this: I was going to mention that but forgot. I did the same thing, paleo and I.

F, twice a week for a month. I felt ok while I was doing it, it was easy in fact, but I know in retrospect it did some damage. I had been under stress for a couple of years, my adrenals were giving out and my thyroid was going under.

The guys that advocate I. I actually looked on line at the time to see if there were any contraindications about who shouldnt do it, and I didnt see any so I went ahead. In retrospect I should have known better.

Both are paleo oriented, more so Brad, whom wrote a book about I. F without ONE mention about who should and shouldnt do it. I thought that was kind of irresponsible. I feel best on a traditonal foods broth, organs, ferments low-carb diet but I do provide potatoes, bananas, lentils, rice, and sprouted bread for my family.

I would like to eat higher carb but when I do I feel blah and get sick more. I am still very fertile with thick hair and have healthy babies eating this way. Price found, there is a wide range of ways to eat and be well in the traditonal foods context! A few days ago, I was sitting on the couch, trying to think of what to do for dinner. I could barely move, I was so tired. I was freezing cold. An errand I really needed to do got me up and out the door. I got some burgers and fries at In N Out and when I got home, I had a lot more energy and was able to put my kids to bed for the night.

And my energy has been a lot better. Hopefully, my hair will stop falling out and I can regulate my temps pretty soon. Gosh I can SO relate to that! Interesting article — I have been going back and forth on the carbs issue too. I know, you write it and you can write what you want.

I find them at Goodwill all the time for a buck! Still—yes, they eat fruit; yes, they eat tubers; NO, they do not have pancakes for breakfast every morning. Michael Eades has an answer to your complaint about hair loss, if you were ever interested enough to look it up. Could be you have downregulated some enzyme past the point of no return.

I became severely hypothyroid when I was eating lots of grains on a regular basis. I was starting to trend toward vegetarianism, so my soy consumption was up, but not horrifically so. I blame a lot of factors for my hypothyroidism, but low-carb is not one of them. My hair is not falling out, nor is my sex drive in the toilet. My hair is growing lush and lustrous, my sex drive is high, and while my temp has not yet risen above I eat mostly Primally now, have lost a few pounds doing it, too, and I feel great!

Please understand, Ann Marie, that there is a big difference between grain-free and low-carb. If what you are doing works for you, then great! Heather Soy will absolutely cause hypothyroidism. Just getting off soy and stopping the vegetarian diet would very likely cause your hormones to improve. I blame years of stress and adrenal fatigue.

Soy is just one piece of the puzzle. I was diagnosed with PCOS. Was told by MD and naturopath the way to go was low carb. Did it, lost loads of weight… Problem fixed?? This coming from a total left brain here. Human beings are quite arrogant to think we do.

At least the traditional cultures learned how to eat properly by trial and error never really knowing why. But we have lost most of that now. For me weight loss and sanity means restricted carbs: I do have fruit or some sweet potato a few times a week, but in very small portion. But there is NO way I should be eating starch at every meal. Modern grains and gluten are just plain dangerous for many people and I know that includes me.

I have not read your comment yet — just squinting at it with eyes half closed because I can sense that it is nasty. This sentence stands out at me like a flashing neon light: Do we remember what NICE means? He gained weight earlier like over a year ago recovering from a poor diet.

Ack, how crazy is that?! We need to eat that way. In one study, rats put on rotation diets showed significantly less damage from lectins than rats fed soy proteins continuously. Because the rats did nearly as well with the rotation diet as they did on a steady diet of high quality, low-lectin feed, the take away message is for us to eat a richly varied diet and to reduce repeated exposure to all lectinrich legumes, especially soybeans and kidney beans.

Did you read my post? Recently, I returned to the diet I was eating when I first found real food and Iconsciously added properly prepared grains and more pulses back into my diet and have seen my cycles regulate, my sleep improve and my waist-to-hip ratio improve. My point is this: Most of the people whodo well on these diets are cutting out refined oils, refined grains and refined sugars. Those are the big ones. Most of the people who do well on these diets are cutting out refined oils, refined grains and refined sugars.

Let alone trying to get a black and white nutritional program that works for every person everywhere. There are guidelines, but no magic bullet. Which is a challenge for each of us to figure out what is best. Plus, the bottom line for me, more and more, is to live life, be happy, smile, enjoy my food, and live passionately. I got too dogmatic mostly in my head at the end of GAPS, but for the most part I was able to embrace it like a friend and take what was best from the diet.

But they are just food. We can be friends: This is really inspiring! I have also had many successes by adding more carbs to my diet. Meeting Matt Stone changed my life! It helped my digestion get better and my nervous system to feel calmer, and my hands to feel warmer, but reading this makes me think perhaps I have not added enough carbs.

My temp is still the same in the morning at I am going to up the carbs even more. I gained weight, but am mostly not completely unconcerned about this; just want to heal the hormones! Thanks for this great post!

Thank you so much for this post. Like you, I like Mark Sisson but I find it really difficult to be like him…especially as a 53 year old post-menopausal woman. PS — I had a baby at 40…and my friend had a baby at 43…it will happen! So that sounds good to me! I like how you wrapped up your post with the comment from Jaminet. The bottom line is that everyone has to design a diet that suits their body the best. When you eat right for your body, you know it because you feel great. Here is a great link for all of my fellow Weston A Price eerz.

Reading comprehension has gone by the wayside, that is for sure! This post could be condensed as follows. Assess, by taking you temps to see if it helps. There was a big focus on grains and that was a big part of their diets. If everyone can learn to ditch the experts and listen to their bodies their health would improve. Everyone is different listen to your cravings and eat real, whole foods.

That is all you need. My husband is turning 50 this year and has gained unwanted weight around his middle over the last year or so. Maybe he could benefit from more carbs? You can make a sweet sourdough recipe, that contains nutmeg for flavor. Then cut out the shapes you want.

Bake after rising, then dip in butter right out of the oven then roll in a a mix of raw sugar and cin. I found this post very interesting. I tried everything I found to lose it, but nothing worked. I switched to dessicated thyroid and felt better still, but no change in my body. I lost almost 10 pounds the first month.

I tried eating wheat bread traditionally prepared , and gained 2. I went back to grain free and dropped it. I then experimented with rice again, traditionally prepared. Back to grain free the next week and my weight loss was back to my average just over a pound a week. My blood work has improved a great deal, and my thyroid scores have finally stabilized whereas in the past I had to have a dosage increase annually.

So, I was surprised that it had the opposite affect on you. I think this really goes to show that you have to learn your own body and figure out what works for it, despite what may or may not work for others.

I think this is exactly what my wife and I were experiencing. I am excited for you— I know people and family who have had children at 43 and 45 without any complications.

I was excited to see your post! I know it works for some, not for me. I also remember having very low temperatures on these diets. There were many cultures that he studied that ate ample carbs and low protein.

And as we know, high protein diets can cause a whole host of problems with long-term effects. I also got pregnant on the first time and had no issue with milk supply, etc. Once I had my son, I boosted up my carbs even more and I not only lost all the weight within 9 months but am now thinner than I was before being pregnant. Glad someone like you, who has a lot of influence, is sharing this perspective.

I also know that Dr. Again, I admire his willingness to be honest and change. I laughed so hard at that video you posted. I even showed it to my nanny so she could try to understand me better. Of course, she is from Slovakia so she did not get most of the jokes.

I remember going to my first WAPF chapter meeting. We had a hoot making it, and I love to make people laugh. And, sista, we have to laugh at ourselves, cuz some of this stuff is just crazy… crazy good, but still a little crazy: Ok, the Mercola stuff… yeah, very interesting… I knew there was some fishy things going on when he started doing all of these speaking engagements with Mr.

I remember reading that he is now down to eating meat only a few times a week. And hey, YAY for at home waterbirths!!! From one natural mama to another, I loved the issues you highlighted!!

Not to say that stuff is nonsense? Sometimes I get so overwhelmed with our culture of sarcasm that I get confused about the message, LOL. No way, that was you?? My sister showed me that recently as it reminded her of me, ha, and it is one of the most hilarious vids I have seen in a looong time! What caught my eye was the fat. Pre-ovulatory temps can be a full degree lower than postovulatory temps.

The reason being that estrogen, early in our cycle lowers our temp slightly while the egg matures. Once the egg is released, the corpus luteum produces copious amounts of progesterone which warms our body for the possibility of conception think incubator. Is it possible to have PCOS with no other symptoms like me? What else could it be? Does anyone have any experience with Vaniqua? I always hear about women with acne and other symptoms of hormonal imbalances not necessarily PCOS whose blood tests at the doctor turn out totally normal, when if they have acne and other hormonal symptoms, their hormones are obviously NOT normal.

Thanks so much Tracy for writing about it! It also became worse since I have gone into a very stressful routine for the last year. Also, congrats for your wonderful website, you really make the difference and helps a lot of people!

I would like to ask for your advice on some issues relating to my pcos. I must begin by illustrating an idea of where I am coming from. Reading this article actually changed my life! I came across it one night and realized pcos was one consideration for the root cause of my severe acne I had missed. Before I came across this article, I have not had a period in about a year.

During that time, I failed to see any doctor or professional about it. I did a self diagnosis. I told myself it was because I was under constant stress in college taking more than the recommended number of credit hours.

I have strayed away from carbs as much as I could and absolutely never, never refined sugar. I do however, have a weak point. I allow myself to over eat vegetables and fruit justifying that it is low in cards. I could easlily put away two heads of lettuce with a dozen plus kinds of different vegetable and still have room to eat an entire watermelon for dessert. I have come to realize this a major flaw in a healthy lifestyle.

I am now committed to eating smaller portions. But I have completely cut away all dairy and red meat. The only other meat I would eat is shrimp or salmon. Here is where my issue comes up. Since my diet for years has always been strictly veggies, I had never stopped to think that I could develope insulin resistance by eating too much.

I read the three stores you posted on the bottom of the pcos article about women who had beat their pcos. Since I am struggling to balance my hormones without over eating I am thinking that this may be my answer. I have still not yet had a period. Do you believe that I will have to eat only meat? I am so used to eating vegetables and believing that plants do wonders for your skin and health.

Hi Lauren — the people who only eat meat are a bit extreme. I just bought the 7 day candida cleanse. I must say I dont know where to start from im 17 and I do need some guidence. If you would please help me I would really appreciate it. Cant wait to start it: I got diagnosed with Pcos a few months ago. I didnt have high levels of testerone or facial hair just really bad acne and hair loss.

It gets me really upset every day i was wondering as time goes on will i get all the symptoms? I use to drink thought 4 litres of coke every day from 15 to I recently just found out that I have pcos. The only symtoms I have are no periods and the ultra sound indicated that I have cysts on my ovaries. I am very much into supplements, so I wanted to get onto a protocol especially with Standard Process Supplemets.

Hi Tracey, i had a blood test and found out that i have high levels of testerones. Please advice on what i should do to reduce my testerone levels. Is Symplex f going to help me??? I literally laughed out loud when I read this. Was this comment serious? It seems like she must have been kidding to prove the point? I also have regular periods. The thing that has always always worried me is my body hair.

I have hair on my breasts, chest, stomach, butt, I have a mustache not at black as the body hair though. Recently the hair on my neck has been increasing. The worst is my skin is very white and the body hair is black. My skin is also very sensitive and and epilation and plucking leaves it irritated. Not to mention acne. I remember staring at the mirror as a teenager crying and wishing all the pimples and hairs could go away.

I have been to the obgyn a couple of times and they never said anything about PCOS. Diet has influenced my acne but not my body hair. There was a Turkish study where it helped women with hirsutism and many people on the net swear by it. I started it one week ago and today I had my ovulation and it was painful. I usually know my ovulation and it is not that painful. I also take flaxseed.

You should go back to the doctor and insist they test you for it. Anyway… I mean you might not have it, but hirsutism and acne are indicators there is certainly a chance, and it would be really nice for you to just know.

I hope you are awere of that everybody has hair all over The body and face exept palms and under feets. Some have more than others, some have dark hair on The head, as well as the body. So it is a bit sad that you say that these people has hirsutism, because they have hair and maybe acne.

Humans are animal, born with hair all over The place? I have a very high sex drive, maybe even too high. Is it still possible? And my periods are very regular if I have sex or masturbate on a regular basis. However, my sex drive seems unaffected by it… I also sometimes have an uncomfortable feeling in my thyroid gland.

And a constant cough — flaxseed has improved it drastically. Thank you for the patience. I know how hard it is as a girl to talk about excess hair and how terrible it makes you feel. Like you I am a normal weight, normal periods etc, and my main symptoms are acne and excess hair. Have you had any blood tests to test your hormone levels?

Mine all came back normal anyway but that was the first stage for me. Thank you so much. So I have to wait till I go home or have enough money to have them tested here. When I started spearmint tea my face became absolutely clear. But the painful ovulation scared me.

The pain started to disappear, I had another cup of tea and it came back again, this time stronger. Also I could feel my ovary really hard, I had never ever felt that before. I read that spearmint reduces you androgen levels but since they are still there, they just transform into estrogen.

And excessive estrogen is a big problem. So when you take spearmint you should also do something for excessive estrogen not sure what. And maybe you should drink the tea only five days a month like they did in the Turkish study. I think homeopathy can help with these kind of problems. It certainly helped me with my kidneys and it always helps me when I catch a cold or a flu so maybe that is the answer. Try consulting a homeopath.

At first I thought it was just cystic acne, so I removed milk from my diet, and started taking saw palmetto pills. This helped a lot, and my period started after I was taking the pill for a month or so, but I still have cystic acne and whiteheads on my cheeks,although not as bad as what I had on my forehead.

Tracy After perusing your blog religiously for months in search of answers for my own acne issues, my close work with my naturopath has finally diagnosed me with PCOS. You help many of us keep asking the questions necessary to finally hone in on the root of our acne, and, ultimately, ourselves.

I have two question about the diet for PCOS, though: I am a vegetarian because I live in the states and I find our meat industry appalling and immoral. I would not be able to live with myself for going back on this decision, so I am posed with a dilemma as far as the PCOS diet.

The idea of limiting myself too much also makes me sad, as life is just more fun with leeway and not stressing too much about food. It worries me, as I have been obsessive about foods in the past, that this will not be healthy either. I know you mention that each person is different, but a general ballpark might help me with this question.

Again, thanks for your amazing resource, and your tenacity for helping. It really does make a huge impact. Hi Cheryl, Im sorry to hear you have been diagnosed, but I am very happy to hear that you now know what is wrong! From reading that I have been doing since writing this article , it kind of sounds like it just manages the symptoms… so if you do the low carb paleo thingy, then it should work to keep your symptoms away, until the minute you stop doing it.

I encourage you to read gokaleo. Cheryl, I am so glad that you have a ND helping you out! Diet is so very important when dealing with this ailment. Therefore please note that liver congestion is one of the root causes as well as getting the right nutrition into the body-malaborsorption issues or vitamin deficiencies another root cause to PCOS. The liver controls the reproductive hormones and the pancreas fires off insulin when foods enter the body. Someone can eat potatoes and another can not due to their tolerance to insulin response.

Some start with 30 grams of carbs from whole foods for about 2 weeks and then add 10 every week until they feel ill or weight gain. I also do want to suggest having food sensativities testing done. I hope this helps with the low carb question. I know, sounds weird, but apparently this is coming from serious anxiety sufferers who found this was the only thing that worked. By accepting the feelings and just letting them be there, paradoxically they go away and allow your nervous system to relax and heal.

For more of what I mean, maybe check out this article for more info: Hi there everyone, there is hope for pcos sufferers! I was diagnosed at 19 after two emergency room admittances to hospital for Heavy periods. I would make sure to leave it out and do a systematic reintroduction once your symptoms lessen. I have been dealing with scalp psoriasis for close to a decade now and it has been such a burden.. I have a couple questions I was hoping you could answer. Would smoking marijuana sparingly impede the healing process?

I smoke a little before bedtime to help me fall asleep, I have found this to be the most effective natural remedy for my insomnia. I am not a fan of enemas — your liver will detoxify enough with the diet change as it is.

You can do some other complimentary detox therapies, like using a sauna, dry brushing, or epsom salt baths, but I would steer clear of enemas. Boy, oh boy, what a huge difference it makes! After years of difficulty, now I can drift right off to sleep and stay asleep.

He explained how it causes the entire body to relax, whereas breathing from the chest causes body- wide tension. My body attests to his knowledge, definitely worth reading more from him, and breathing that way. Helps the nervous system too. I also remember reading that weed is inflammatory and overuses our minerals, which we are generally short on to begin with.

I have multiple food sensitivities and CFS. My diet is similar to the autoimmune protocol and I definatley will get your book. A cookbook where I can have almost all the recipies!

Unheard of in my world, so thank you! I had a hard time as well, until I reintroduced them and saw what horrible symptoms they were causing me.

I hope you can stick with it! I am assuming Flaxseed is out of the question. Here is a question I have and I am sure others as well: For the past few months I been on a plant based diet no meat. Hi Shea, it is an elimination diet and a lifestyle — you do the elimination diet to find your food triggers, then continue to eat that way.

I did my original elimination diet for about 6 months, and I have been eating that way for another year and a half. I have no plans to stop eating this way, as I feel fantastic. Whenever I reintroduce something I am obviously not ready for yet — mainly nightshades or grain, I get a return of my symptoms and it is not worth it. Flax is a no. If you are on a budget, I would make sure to include meat, maybe occasionally but higher quality. You may have to make the decision to eat more, lower-quality meat because your body craves those nutrients, or less higher quality meat.

Thank you for posting this information. I have been eating strict paleo for a little over 1 month. My interest in going paleo was based on the simple fact that I suffer from a few auto immune symptoms that are very disruptive to daily life. The skin conditions have improved on paleo and with vitamin d supplements but are still present. Hi Shannon, I actually have a roommate with severe Raynauds that has been greatly improved by going on the autoimmune protocol, but it has taken her nearly a year to heal.

She also has RA, and I have heard accounts of people that have it as a symptom of another autoimmune disease improve with the AIP. LOTS of people have been helped with their eczema — if you send me a post on my FB page I will put out a post and you will get tons of answers. Thank you for the great info! I have been on the AIP and using the cookbook for about 10 days now and have noticed significant changes in my digestion which is making a huge difference in my energy.

A question for you: I find my body is not wanting a big breakfast and I have been juicing veggies but need some protein. Pea although it is a legume? And do you know what the protein count is in bone broth, generally speaking? Hemp, pea, and others are all made from unallowed foods on the autoimmune protocol, and are also highly processed. I would strictly avoid them. I would just focus on a smaller portion of protein in the morning, and increase if you can.

You may find your morning hunger improve as you continue eating this way. Best of luck to you! Looking forward to making more recipes. I made the coconut milk today — easy and fun! All my best, Saivite. I have a question about hemp protein, nuts and seeds. AIP refers to the elimination diet, which is not meant to be forever.

If you click around to some of our resources on our site like the quick start guide you get when signing up for the newsletter , we clarify how long the elimination period should last, and how to reintroduce foods.

Many people find nuts and seeds to be tolerable in the reintroduction process, but everyone is unique and there are some exceptions. Also add small amounts of other fruit on occasion. Any issue with this gelatin? Enjoying your site… have RA and have had issues with many meds. Looking to ameliorate symptoms with diet as well.

Hoping I can manage this stricter way of eating. As you say, the consequences of eating things that make you feel ill is a great deterrent to doing so, and makes the whole restriction-thing more attractive! I bought your book a couple of weeks ago with the intention of doing a strict 30 AIP trial. My dh even agreed to try paleo along with me he was still eating eggs, nuts, tomatoes, etc.

We plan on just doing the best we can and try not to stress about it too much. I also have a book question — when I put it on my kindle it showed up as a document and not a book. I can go from page to page, but none of the links work. Any idea what I did wrong? I do know it is possible to have it function fully as an ebook. I would contact Amazon customer support with your model and ask them how you can get the book to work properly on their device.

I checked on the problem with my Kindle and apparently I need to download it again, but the link has expired. Is there anyway it can be emailed to me again? I think what happened is that I downloaded it on my desktop, then tried to transfer it to my Kindle when I should have just downloaded it directly to my Kindle.

Any suggestions for road trip and AIP friendly foods? Any thoughts of how to get off them? Sometimes when people are being treated for excess acid, it is because they actually have low stomach acid, and the long-term solution is to build up your natural acid.

This is something I would work with your doctor on. Hi Mickey, Thank you for your great advice! I as wondering if organic beef, chicken, and pork are ok? Marcia, Yes, organic is fine. I suggest looking at eatwild. Hi Mickey, I have had alopecia since I was 19 now age 47 but no other symptoms or autoimmune issues except thyroid antibodies once or twice in the past five years which I have successfully lowered.

I have followed the GAPS diet for almost 3 years, with no affect on my hair growth. It has been suggested that alopecia may have an autoimmune component, but no certainty. Do you think this diet might elicit hair growth? Hi Ann, This would be a great question for the facebook community, and I will ask it in the coming week. Stay tuned for responses — http: I think it is definitely worth a try of the autoimmune protocol; it eliminates some additional foods that you might find problematic.

I love spices, eggs and cooking so the nightshade elimination makes me really nervous. I also use grass fed whey since I work out so strenuously. However, I have horrible skin eruptions continuously down my back, legs and butt tmi, I know.

I have bouts of fatigue almost daily. Hi Candy- you never know until you try! I really believe in a Paleo style diet for optimal health and troubleshooting complicated issues. I reacted to a very high number of foods but I tested negative for crohns and celiac, so was diagnosed with leaky gut. The autoimmune protocol as well as other diets I researched on healing leaky gut stress importance or beef broth, gelatin, liver, and importance of red meats and fish over large amounts of poultry because of omega 3: Any thoughts or advice would be greatly appreciated!

I do agree that is a pretty big list though! Hi Mickey, This may be redundant but is, evening primrose and borage oil ok to supplement with on the AIP even though they are derived from seed? Also, not sure what your answer was on small amounts of raw honey. Lissa, I would avoid the seed oils while on the elimination diet, although they are not likely to be problematic. Small amounts of raw honey are fine.

Kombucha is also fine. Are they for everyone?? While I agree with you on the sugar, dates are fine as long as you tolerate them. I tripped over your site — from empowered sustenance — I am starting this! I have Celiac Disease — been diagnosed for over 10 yrs. My villi finally healed about 2 yrs ago, I also have Microscopic Colitis — the inflammation has yet to settle — I have never had relief from the runs.

I am hoping to see improvement! My only concern or issue is how hungry I get, sometimes I get nausea… but I am sticking with this! Is there a cleansing that is taking place in my body?

My runs are still watery were prior to diet, as well as undigested foods. I was eating a high grain, dairy and egg filled diet — as well as a lot of processed foods — maybe my body is in shock! Have you been tested for any GI pathogens? You want to rule that out before tweaking too much with diet, otherwise things will get very frustrating. Some do find that transitioning to a diet without grains, eggs and dairy is helpful to managing your inflammation. Wishing you the best of luck! Many of the things on the avoidance list are highly recommended through other research for Rheumatoid Arthritis, namely specific nuts and nightshades.

Do you have suggestions for items that replace the nutrients or benefits attributed to the items your list recommends to avoid? She has done the most thorough research on the topic, and has studies to back up the protocol. I know from working with people that nightshades are one of the most common triggers for those with RA. The autoimmune protocol is an incredibly nutrient-dense diet, if not the most nutrient dense diet.

Until going Paleo, he was a human pill-box. Since going completely paleo he takes meds when necessary and has gone as long as 6 weeks without injections. Did you heal your auto-immune disease completely or are you in remission? Do you take pharmaceutical drugs? For my lupus I take an anti-malarial hydroxychloroquine aka plaquenil and coumadin the blood thinner. I think it is important to work with your doctor to make sure that if you make any changes, you do them safely. Some are able to go off of meds, others live well with a combo of meds and diet.

What doctor will prescribe synthetic compound thyroid meds? I have Graves Disease and have to take methymezole. My concern about this autoimmune paleo diet is that it seems to be focusing on hypothyroidism.

I would do anything for a piece of meat and bacon at this point so I was wondering if this diet works for hyperthyroidism as well? Personally, I do not believe vegan is a good diet for autoimmune disease—I was one for 10 years, and my health has never been worse. There are many with graves who are using AIP to manage their condition.

You never really know if it will work for you until you try the elimination diet. Do you have any recommendations for vegetarians on the protocol? I am just getting into my research phase but I am already disheartened by the focus on meats and fish. As it is, I feel like I am undereating despite constant weight gain…. Kaitlyn, According to Sarah Ballantyne it is not possible to do AIP without meat, but it is possible if you are willing to eat a lot of fish and seafood.

Im so glad I found your website.. Ive had so many health issues lately that Ive been seriourly thinking of changing my diet, and this post was precisely what I needed. I wanted to ask if there is the possibility of taking some supplements during the elimination diet, like cod liver oil for example. Paloma, I think fermented cod liver oil is a great supplement for taking during AIP, and really I think of it more as a food than a supplement. You might want to work with a practitioner for some other recommendations, but generally probiotics and magnesium can be helpful for some people.

Sorry I forgot to ask: Or how could I substitute my very needed morning cup of coffee?? Paloma, yes tea is fine! You may not want to go too crazy on the caffeine though as it can weaken the adrenals.

I have a few vague symptoms and doctors have just told me to lose weight. How do I reintroduce foods in a systematic way to see how they affect me?

Do you have a post about that? I do think you should try the autoimmune protocol for at least 30 days, or until you start seeing some improvement in your symptoms unfortunately for some people it takes a lot longer than 30 days. The Paleo Mom is the best resource on reintroductions, this is a great article: Do you recommend easing into this, or jumping in whole hog?

Sterling, Whatever works best for you and where you are at now. I have seen people do it both ways. Its better to ease in than not try! I have been expriencing autoimmune-like symptoms for 7 months now and doctors cannot figure out what is wrong.

I am in constant pain in my joints, extrememly fatigued and am experiencing nuerologisal symptoms. My naturopath did testing which highlighted problems with the nervous system, digestive sytem and endocrine system.

I cut out gluten i rarely had it before and food sensitivies 2 months ago and I have been on the AIP for a month.

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