Hello lovely reader :)
So I’ve been doing some (read: hours) of reading the past few weeks and I’m on day 9 of my quest towards a normal cycle and hormonal balance through increased saturated fat intake. Notice I read for a few WEEKS before starting -LOL- I had to ensure I wasn’t going to wake up fat or have a heart attack because of all that saturated fat!! Yes, these were real, silly fears of mine.
What has actually happened since I stopped eating grains and increased my fats, mainly saturated? Well, I have more abdominal muscle definition and I just slept 8 hours straight last night. I can’t tell you [really, I can’t] when that happened last. I ALWAYS wake up in the middle of the night, always. So I’m off to a pretty great start after a few initial days of being tired, probably due to the goodbye of grains.
Anywhoo, currently, I shoot for 30-40 grams of saturated fat per day from eggs, meat (grass-fed when I have it), organic virgin coconut oil, organic coconut milk, unsweetened shredded coconut, grass-fed cheese, grass-fed butter and other fats like almonds, avocado, extra virgin olive oil, etc. but the spotlight is on the SF’s. Why do I eat grass-fed stuff? Read here.
So, onto my discoveries:
“When compared with women who menstruate regularly, women who menstruate infrequently or not at all often have lower dietary intakes of fat (especially saturated fat), protein, and total calories, as well as a greater proportion of carbohydrate and fiber in their diet.” Click Here for full article – Hmm, definitely sounds like a SAD (Standard American Diet)!!!
One study “found that women who eat less saturated fat have a smaller chance of becoming pregnant. More specifically, the authors found that women with oligomenorrhea, a condition of light or infrequent menstruation associated with infertility, consume significantly less saturated fat and significantly more polyunsaturated fat than women with normal menstruation and fertility.”
The Healthy Baby Code (Chris Kresser) says: “PCOS is characterized by insulin resistance and testosterone dominance, a hormone imbalance that is often caused or made worse by a low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet. Why? Because high-carb diets can promote insulin resistance, which in turn converts estrogen into testosterone.”
Also, an interesting study: “the low-carb diet was almost 40 percent calories from fat, around 12.5 percent saturated fat. In this particular trial, as in all of them so far, the high-saturated-fat diet (low-carb or Atkins-like) resulted in the best improvement in cholesterol profile”
Here is a forum of people talking about their experiences with secondary amenorrhea… [yes I know it’s not the most reliable of the sources, but it’s further proving my point]
“thin and active, and most people–doctors, even–wouldn’t have guessed that she has Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) … No acne, no facial hair, no obesity, just very irregular menses.” HMMMM…
“she saw a naturopath who had her increase her saturated fat intake tremendously, he recommended that she eat three eggs a day, and increase her consumption of avocado, nuts and seeds, and cheese […] She hadn’t had her period in 2 years and got it within three weeks”
Eat real, stay real.