Welp, I caved.
I had some family do paleo a few months ago and secretly made fun of them for all 30 days. They are on my husband’s side so I couldn’t actually be an “i-eat-oats-and-it-sucks-that-you-can’t” girl. After all, I’m a lady. Fast forward a few months later, I was intrigued by the idea of going grain-free. I haven’t gotten my period (sorry guys) for 10 months after getting off the pill and have racid gas (gross, again, sorry) everyday. I thought it was dairy so I said goodbye. Ok, no dairy and still there. Sooo, maybe it’s wheat? Eliminating wheat did help some but I was still NOT having regular trips (if you know what I mean) and my stomach hurt after I ate. I was moody, smelly, irritated and not getting my period. I tried to take natural remedies like vitex or maca that I heard worked for other people and … nothing. Then I started to read about anti-nutrients in grains in general. To be honest, I totally avoided these articles because I just didn’t want my “healthy” habits to be tainted. So, ignorance it is but that only worked for so long…
I was praying that God would show me what to do and what to eat to help heal my body. I knew it was something I was eating and have been a REAL FOOD fan for a few years now and lost 30 lbs that I haven’t seen back! (WOOHOO) My daily diet really is/was whole foods so it made it even MORE confusing why I didn’t FEEL good. What am I doing wrong? One problem: I was literally afraid of eating saturated fats. In a nutrition class I took we had to do “diet evaluations” each week. I truly prided myself on my whole-grain, lean meat, low-fat diet – “Don’t you see how pure and healthy I am?” assignments. Lets side step the fact I have horrible gas and don’t poop regularly. Oh yes, I’m always hungry too. It didn’t make any sense!!! I was eating oats for breakfast, brown rice wraps with lunch and beans and rice for dinner – YIKES – Can you say malabsorption and an unhealthy gut?
Cue primal eating.
Long story short, I was searching online for possible ways to get my period back without medication. I kept stumbling on websites that cited saturated fat as being key for the return of menstruation in women with amenorrhea (i.e. haven’t had period in a long time). Then I remembered that’s what those crazy family members did – low carb, high fat primal/paleo. There is a bunch of science in there too about PCOS and insulin sensitivity being a culprit. Google it! My heart started to soften toward a new way of eating.
So thus began my journey. I set aside everything I thought I knew about healthy eating in order to gain new insight and have a new experience. I kept praying God would increase my desire for foods that will heal the beautiful body He created. That’s the other thing, I’m totally happy with my current body size. I truly want to go primal to see how it affects my cycle/moods/fertility etc.
I figure, I can always go back to what didn’t work – so why not try something NEW? I went slow at first and finally felt prepared to go 100%. It took me about a week to make 1 meal primal (dinner), then lunch, then I let go of my precious oatmeal – LOL. I still feel mixed up about where potatoes, quinoa and white rice will fit into my active workout / 23-year old / maintenance body size LIFE. I know more will be reveled :)
Day 8 update: I feel AWESOME, a little tired the first few days but I don’t miss my oatmeal, brown rice and feel satisfied after every meal. Plus, I’m getting leaner (even though I was thin before) & *BONUS: my husband says my back & butt looks good ;)