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What I Learned On Whole30, Again

I did a post similar to this after January’s Whole30, which I did not complete in its entirety.  This time I stuck it out for the entire 30 days – yay me! – and I have some things to say about it.

It was an interesting experiment – not at all what I expected.

Going without any kind of sweetener for 30 days was much easier than I expected.  Giving up alcohol completely was much easier than I expected.  Exercising daily was much easier than I expected.  Going completely without dairy of any kind, even goat and sheep, was not only easier than I expected, but turned out to be completely necessary (bye-bye, lingering sinus problems!).  Going without grains or legumes was a complete non-issue, since I don’t eat gluten-bearing grains at all and rarely eat rice, corn or beans of any sort.  Ditto soy.  Ditto industrial seed oils.

However, coming up with different, interesting recipes that fit within the guidelines of the diet was more difficult than I expected, especially towards the end.  Frankly, I got bored – not that that was a problem with the plan itself, but it happened.   I had other expectations, too, especially when it came to weight loss.  I thought that such a strict regimen of diet and exercise would surely bring significant weight loss.

I lost a grand total of 2 1/2 pounds for the entire 30 days.  To say that this is something of a disappointment is an understatement, especially when you consider I’ve lost that much in the 6 days since returning to my “normal” diet.  Frustrating doesn’t even begin to describe it.

I had expectations that I would have much more energy and more relief in regards to my hormonally-driven mood swings.  Again, to my great disappointment, neither happened.  In fact, that viciously edgy feeling – the one where you want to burst into tears at the drop of a hat and everyone and everything around you is a constant source of irritation  (I’m sure my perimenopausal readers are quite familiar with that one) – not only wasn’t relieved, but seemed to become worse.  Until I ate my first post-Whole30 white potato, that is, when it all just seemed to melt away (for awhile, anyway).  I’m not sure if that was physiological or psychological – it has occurred to me there was some subconscious resentment at not being able to eat whatever I wanted – but if anyone has an physical explanation for this, I’d love to hear it.  At first it seemed as if my dry skin was clearing up, especially on my elbows, but it came back with a vengeance the last days of the program, and I’m at a loss of how to explain this.

Now having said that, I don’t think any of this is necessarily the fault of the diet.  Dallas and Melissa Hartwig, the authors of the Whole30 program, are quite young and seem to have little, if any, experience with the problems of a woman going through menopause.  They simply don’t need that experience (yet).  Also, all of the information in their motivational emails, especially in regards of what to expect, seemed to be directed at people who had been eating the Standard American Diet before participating in the Whole30.

I imagine if you’re going to go from a diet replete with sugar-loaded refined grains and vegetable oils, the strict protocol demanded by the Whole30 will produce absolutely amazing results.  In fact, I KNOW it will, because I saw those amazing results myself over 2 years ago when we changed our diet.  What I’d hoped for was a measure of relief from the more troubling and persistent symptoms of menopause.  I didn’t see the results I’d expected, but again – I don’t think it’s the fault of the Whole30 program.  It’s just not what it was designed for.

I’m still hopeful that I’ll find find the relief I so desperately want without HRT; questions of safety aside, you’re going to have to ditch the hormones sooner or later anyway, so why not make it sooner?  I’d joked earlier that I want a I Just Want To Be Healthy and Get Through Menopause With My Sanity Intact Diet, but it sounds less and less like a joke every day, and if reader response – here, on my Facebook page and in private communications – is any indication, I am NOT alone.

As middle-aged women, we’re mostly ignored as a demographic, which is surprising since we’re the people with the buying power; we care for, clothe, feed and make most of the day-to-day money decisions not only ourselves and our partners, but often our adult children and aging parents as well – some of us are parenting our own grandchildren.  As a whole we’re over-worked, over-scheduled and over-stressed.  Instead of being encouraged to age gracefully and naturally, we’re constantly bombarded with ads for products that will “cure” our wrinkles, our grey hair, our flab, reinforcing the impression that we’re not desirable, vibrant women unless we’re young – or at least appear to be.  There are numerous drugs on the market for aging men suffering from loss of libido and/or sexual performance, but not ONE for women – it’s barely acknowledged as an issue.

Information on how to be healthy and get through menopause with your sanity intact is wildly varied and much of it sparse indeed, unless you’re willing to pay for it – and buy a bucketload of supplements in the bargain.  Many of us won’t see the full transition from perimenopause to postmenopause until our mid-50s; the average age for the end of your menses is 53, and it can take as long a ten years to make that transition.  Why is there not more information on how to get through all of this other than the standard “erp-a-derp – just cut out teh alcoholz, get more of teh exersize and buy teh lube”?  I mean, really.  Aaaaargh.

At any rate, I’ve been talking it over with Beloved and I’m dead serious:  research for the I Just Want To Be Healthy And Get Through Menopause With My Sanity Intact Diet And Lifestyle has begun.  If you’re interested, stick around.  If you’re not interested, stick around anyway because the recipes will keep coming and a good measure of them will still be Whole30 complaint, or easily  modified to make them so.

What say you, ladies?  Are you with me?


50 comments

Be says:

I believe that most of the weight loss that can be derived from diet is accomplished by reducing carbs. Cutting out grains seems to be what worked for us a few years ago and what works for most low carbers. The advantage to our diet is that it isn’t a diet – it is a lifestyle – so we have no problem sustaining it or cheating on it too often.

I think you ended this incorrectly and suggest an amendment to:
” If you’re interested, stick around. If you’re not interested, stick around anyway because it’s coming for you whether you like it or not. “

For that matter, us men are on board for this whether we like it or not too!

Jan says:

For that matter, us men are on board for this whether we like it or not too!

I know, dear, and I’m sorry. ;)

Kate says:

Raises hand. Waves wildly. I’m totally with you!!! At age 43 I’m becoming quite interested in what is going to happen with my mind, body and spirit as I transition through the next 10 or so years of my life. I’ve always been one of the healthiest people in my circle of family and friends. Not even catching any of the “bugs” that go around. I take no prescription drugs and hope to keep it that way. I realized a couple of years ago that in order to remain the healthy person I’ve been I would really need to examine what I put into my body. That’s when I learned about a primal lifestyle and have tried to adhere to it, but of course like most people I have my moments of weakness and cave or just sit on the sofa for 10 hours watching a realty show marathon and NOT moving my body.

In order to check myself I did a Whole 30 this past January and realized I had slipped quite a bit. My 30 days sound a lot like yours. A LOT. Very little weight loss, crazy moodiness and just a general ennui that set in about day 10. My energy peaked around day 4 or so and then steadily went downhill. My sleep didn’t improve either.

Now, that I’ve noted the negatives as they apply to me, I will say that it did train me to be much more observant when reading labels and now there’s very little that I buy from the aisles of the grocery store. I also discovered that I don’t want to drink as much alcohol as I did-or as often. I also learned I can drink black coffee when absolutely necessary, but I have gone back to drinking it with a little half and half because that’s the way I love it, but I use waaaaay less dairy than I did before the Whole 30 and I think my skin and tummy are much better for it. I’ve never had much of a sweet tooth so that part wasn’t that big of a deal, but eliminating sugars or sugar substitutes from recipes did show me how much was in my diet even in savory applications.

All in all I would say for me the Whole 30 was more of an eye opener to the junk I was using to fuel my body, even though I probably eat better than most people on any given day, than anything else. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in learning how to be extremely observant to the quality of what they eat and how it affects them.

This is the first time I’ve commented on anything on your blog, but I’ve been following you for quite some time and really enjoy reading the trials and tribulations of someone who is in a similar stage of life as me. And your recipes are also pretty kick ass to boot!

Jan says:

Thank you so much, Kate – I’m glad you came out of “lurk mode!” :)

Yes – the Whole30 experience wasn’t what I expected, but like you, good things came out of it. Again like you, I was amazed at how much sugar I was consuming every day just by adding a tablespoon here and a quarter cup there in recipes. Neither amount sounds like much, especially spread over 4 to 6 servings, but it really adds up over time. I also discovered that black coffee isn’t the devil (but I’ll never really enjoy it, either), and that I was drinking more alcohol than I should – incorporating it back into my diet has been something of an eye-opener: it’s not nearly as enjoyable as I recall.

Thanks again for commenting, and don’t be a stranger!

Carolyn says:

I am definitely with you and willing to help in any way I can! This is definitely an area that needs more exposure, attention and research. Besides being in perimenopause, I have a digestive disease and am searching for information and ways to be healthy that encompasses them both. Thanks for starting the crusade! :)

Jan says:

Welcome aboard, Carolyn! Do you mind if I ask what digestive disease you suffer from?

Carolyn Curielli says:

Not at all–I have severe Crohn’s disease.

AndreAnna says:

Ok, though I am in my early 30s and not quite near menopause, I can tell you this: I am a HIDEOUS human being when on Whole30 or a Sugar Detox. AWFUL. Like I want to punch puppies and push nuns and cry and sleep and I hate everyone and their ass faces. I had NO energy to work out, let alone powelift, and all of my lifts went down along with any endurance to get through my WODs.

I kept pushing through hoping it was just an adjustment period, but NAY NAY and as soon as I came off and had some carbs (my “normal” diet contains very little but is still significantly more than NONE) like a sweet potato or some additional fruit or wine, I felt HUMAN.

My thought process and from my research: These diets/challenges put me in ketosis and some people thrive on this. They lose weight rapidly, feel awesome, have great energy.

I AM NOT ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE.

I do not do well in ketosis, and after lots of experiments with my diet and my body, this is what it comes down to for me. I feel weak, tired, sluggish, and MEAN.

I’m assuming I’m not the only one this happens to based on my research so perhaps you’re ONE OF US? ;)

Jan says:

LOL – AndreAnna, I’d be glad to be one of “you” any day of the week. I never went into ketosis during the Whole30, simply because I couldn’t leave fruit alone – like Alex down there, I was almost eating it like candy. And I still had sweet potatoes a couple of times a week. I’ve been thinking about doing the 21 Day Sugar Detox, but haven’t really looked into it yet – must you give up starches and fruit for the 21 days? It makes sense now that I think about it.

AndreAnna says:

You give up EVERYTHING and life sucks. Don’t do it. LOL

Or do it so you can see for yourself. It was eye opening how much clearer I could think and process things without any sugar in my system but without fruit, I had NOTHING. Go gas tank, no energy, no HUMANITY. lol

Andria says:

Why didn’t you more carbs on the whole30, then???? Nothing about the program restricts carb. Eat as much sweet potatoe, squashes, beets, carrots, other root veggies as please/need!

Ack! I get so frustrated when people say whole30 didn’t work for them because it is too low carb! Sorry for interjection

TC says:

It’s very hard to tell someone “its more about how you feel than how much you weigh” when its the elephant in the room! Although, it is more important to feel better. It goes back to what Be stated at the beginning of the Whole30 and something I’ve been saying for awhile now: WholeSelf or in other words, doing what is best for you. Certainly eating clean can benefit everyone. You have to fuel the machine in order for it to work properly and since we’re all different, that fuel mix may just be a little bit different for each of us.

I can say that during the Whole30, removing the sweeteners and the dairy absolutely made a difference (especially the dairy, as I felt awful the first time I added it back into my diet, although the soda wasnt much better). Other than those changes, the Whole30 wasnt huge for me. I pretty much live and thrive on Ketosis daily, due to my blood sugar requirements. I suppose since I’ve been sustaining that lifestyle for so long, the Whole30 didnt really phase me too much.

The biggest realization to me, I believe, is that eating clean is damned important, especially when training on a regular basis. I find that paying attention to what I eat makes me more alert and aware.

By the way, the burpees were done on Sunday. Some technological issues prevented us from posting a video of said burpees.

Carolyn says:

WHAT?!–no burpee video? I think s redo is in order! :) mk!

Carolyn says:

Sorry–meant jk and not mk!

Jan says:

No, no burpee video, and TC is being kind when he says “technical difficulties” prevent us from posting it. “Jan screwed up recording it on her new Droid Razr” would be far more accurate.

I’m just proud of you for sticking it through! And yes, I’ll be reading along for the next phase of it, as I always have. :-) xoxo

Jan says:

Thanks, my friend. I’m proud of me, too!

Good insights! I ate my way through the first part of my 10 years or so of peri into menopause, then Weight Watcher dieted my way through the rest of it. Neither of those were the smart approaches. I was mostly gluten free through that whole period. My time was fairly mild, fortunately but oh yes there were challenges. As a post menopausal, still recovering from dieting woman, I face many of those demographic standards of which you spoke. More so, actually, as I am single and have no children. ( WTF is wrong with you lady?) Anyway, I love reading about your adventures and fully support you exploring the nutritional way through this time in your life.

Jan says:

Charity, I tried to do a “real food” version of Weight Watchers a few months ago, out of simple frustration – you’re right, it was not a smart approach. The program is just too fat phobic – coconut oil doesn’t even exist in their food database. And I hate tracking points, carbs or calories – I drive myself nuts.

Post menopausal is going to be relevant in all of this – after all, every perimenopuasal woman will eventually be postmenopausal, and that has to bring it’s own set of issues and challenges.

My body is such a mess right now. I can’t tell what is a result of hormones, diet, illness and/or injury. Whatever it is – it is pissing me OFF. (How’s that for some peri-menopausal rage??)
: )

Jan says:

I could not go through all that you are while experiencing perimenopause. I don’t know how you do it.

Oh yes, you can absolutely count on me to ride along with your journey and take notes. I imagine it’s only a matter of time before I start experiencing all the fun of perimenopause. ;)

skitterling says:

I’ll be 44 later this year, and I find it immensely frustrating that there is not the level of paleo/primal/whole food/whatever label floats your boat-type information on middle-aged and older women and menopause that there is for younger women of reproductive age and especially men of any age. I don’t suspect a conspiracy, but I do suspect that we need to raise some voices.

Can we set up some kind of clearinghouse for information? I’d be willing to throw in time and tech-savvy resources…

Jan says:

I think a clearinghouse for information is an absolutely marvelous idea. I’m no slouch technically – the idea of setting up a message board or wiki does not only scare me, it makes me rub my hands in glee – but the offer of time is much appreciated and I will most likely take you up on it. First, I just have to decide what form said clearinghouse should take – I gladly welcome any input you care to give.

Michele says:

Not to wave this in anyone’s face but I am done with menopause. Does that make me the elderly sage? Uh…don’t answer that. I might be able to offer some advice but at the least some encouragement that it does get better.

Nancy says:

When??? I’m 56 and still waiting…

Michele says:

Oh no! I hope it ends soon for you.

I want to qualify my statement by saying that I started the process at 38. The worst of it was from 38 to 44 then it became an annoyance from 45 to when I was done at 49. On that magical date I burned my emergency box of tampons. My husband thought I was crazy for asking for lighter fluid but those things just would not light with just a match. Okay, that was probably way too much information. Sorry.

Be says:

Did you burn your bra too? lol – you are funny.

Lori says:

Woot! Woot! You did it! Proud of you I tell ya….I also love this post as I am smack in the middle of hormonal hell and a whole lot of thyroid madness. Instead of losing any weight I gained weight over the last month of going grain, gluten, dairy, alcohol, and corn free and gave up all but 1 cup of coffee in the morning. I am beyond frustrated. I am doing so many good things for my body that you would think I could at least be feeling better damm it!!! But I am sticking with it…have an appointment with a different doctor later in September…going to get my adreanals and hormones tested…and going to see about getting my thyroid meds in a compounded form…I just want to feel like my old self again…maybe someday? Thanks for the great post…good to be reminded I am not alone. :)

Jan says:

Isn’t it so frustrating when you try so hard, and deny yourself all the tasty things you love so well, but know are not good for you, only to have it make so little difference for the better? No, you most definitely are not alone.

Lynne says:

Jan, I am a few years beyond menopause and have experienced all that you are going through. I’ve done the Whole 30 and pretty much had the same results. It is frustrating to hear, but so far the only thing that has helped me is time. I did see a naturalpathic doctor and some of the homopathic medicine she gave has helped to even out my still fluctuating emotions. I do feel they help me to stabilize because if I forget them, everything irritates me. Good luck on your quest and I would be willing to help you with anything you need to find the answers we are all looking for.
Until then, keep up the great posts, recipes and all. You are a fabulous writer!

Jan says:

Lynne, thank you so much! Can you share what kind of homeopathic treatments you received for the mood swings? I’m all ears, so to speak. :)

Lynne says:

Yes, it is Sepia 10M. I take 4-5 pellets a day. My doctor said they are not habit forming (other than I know they help me, so I habitally take them LOL!), and have no other side effects. I started on 3 pellets but found that with 4-5 I do better. If you need the name of a naturalpath, let me know and I can give you my doc’s name. She is great and has a database of other like-minded naturalpaths. Maybe there is one in your area. I have moved to a different state, but she will do phone appointments with me if I need them. So far I haven’t.
You are so right in that there is little to no research for our “problem”. I tried HRT and hated it. I tried bio-identical hormone treatment and still didn’t feel great. I think all of that just “puts off” the inevitable. We do age, we do lose hormores and to think otherwise just isn’t natural. But with that said there must be natural ways to aleve the symptoms.
Let me know how I can help if you start this project!

Lissa says:

I am also somewhere in the menopause arena … pre-, peri-, something. I’m 48 and about 8 years ago, I started packing on the pounds, going from 110 to 170. I’m 5′ 1″ and small boned. I went through all the typical diets – low fat, calorie counting, yadda yadda. Lots of cardio exercise plus weights and yoga. I lost some weight and put it right back on. Finally I lost 35 pounds but it was on one of those prescribed packaged meal starvation diets. Even so, the weight lost was slow compared to others on the same plan. I was losing a pound every two weeks. I read Gary Taubes’ “Why We Get Fat” and promptly switched to Atkins. Finally I was feeding my body the fats it so desperately needed and wanted, but the damage had been done.

I lost no more weight on Atkins induction, which I stuck to for 6 months. But at least I felt good, better than I had in years. Someone suggested that I check my thyroid. Yep, it was low. I jumped into the hypothyroid protocol a la Stop the Thyroid Madness. Even longer story short … it’s not my thyroid. It’s not my sex hormones either – although they are out of whack too. Handfuls of supplements, dessicated thyroid, hydrocortisone and bioidentical progesterone later, I was tired all the time, feeling like crap and I gained 15 pounds.

It’s most likely my iron levels, which are low and keeping the thyroid off, which in turn messes with my adrenals, and the sex hormones as well. I’ve learned they are all interdependent and if one is off, the others will be off too. It’s been a challenge to get the iron to come up … I supplement heavily, but the serum levels remain low while my binding capacity is gone – I have no room for more iron in my system, it’s all going to storage. That is usually caused by chronic illness or inflammation.

On a low carb/paleo/primal diet, I should have little problems with inflammation. I do eat some dairy – butter and cream, mostly, and a little cheese. I cut all dairy for about a month a while back but it made no difference. That I could tell. Right now, the most likely cause is my teeth. Yep, periodontal disease. My dentist told me it causes a low level of inflammation even when there are no other symptoms. So, I am undergoing that treatment. Maybe … just maybe, this time … this will be the answer.

But in the meantime, I stick to my grain/sugar/starch-free diet despite it not really doing anything for me. Yes, I’ve cheated. I even had a couple slices of Domino’s pizza – oh the horrors, right? But with no ill effect. I’ve had desserts – usually creme brulee or ice cream, no wheat/gluten. My weight seems to be pinned right where it is, with one or two pound wobbles. Due to the adrenal issues, I can’t exercise – anything more than walking the dogs causes a fatigue so profound it makes me want to cry.

So yeah … frustration. I’m there. I’m here … and will be watching this journey too. Maybe I will find an answer. Or maybe not. I just get a little tired of the “I went low carb and 50 pounds just melted right off!” stories.

Jan says:

I’ll be interested to hear how you respond to the treatment for the peridontal disease. I suffer from it, too (too many years with no dental insurance and kids whose teeth came first), but once I was treated for it, I felt so much better – I couldn’t believe it.

Linda Tustin says:

Good for you Jan- I swear- you talked me right out of it. LOL I’m sorry it doesn’t seem to matter what I do diet-wise, the only thing that budges my weight is regular exercise, which I can not seem to commit to.

Lisa says:

I’m 55 – on the verge of 56. I am hormonally a little young for my age, so not yet quite through the process. If there were a diet that could have helped me SLEEP through the night, I’d have paid all kind of money for it. Happy to help in any way I can.

Jan says:

Whole30 was no magic bullet cure for insomnia, I’m sorry to say, although it’s much better since I’ve just about cut out the booze.

K Ann says:

You might find reading “Potatoes, Not Prozac” to be helpful. I did. It doesn’t address menopause issues, but does explain the connection between structuring a carb like a potato into your diet in order to trigger serotonin. At 53 you can count on me to continue reading here.

Jan says:

I’ve heard of the book, although I haven’t read it, and thought of it when I ate my white potato and felt better. But I can’t explain why eating it calmed me so well, when neither fruit nor sweet potatoes, both of which I ate while doing the Whole30, had no affect at all.

Alex says:

When I first started doing the ancestral eating thing, I got into it via The Primal Blueprint, so I was basically Paleo + Dairy. I was doing it for weight loss, so I was very low carb, no fruit, no sweetners, minimal sweet potatoes, doing IF by the way of skipping breakfast. Well, basically I turned into this weird apathetic version of myself, and I was pretty crazy. Last winter I got a bacterial infection from contaminated surfaces, and I was sick and couldn’t eat for a week. Let’s just say things were pretty bad. After that it was kind of like, “Is it really worth it to be SO restrictive?? On one hand, you only live once…but on the other hand, you only live once!!” I don’t think I was actually built to be that lean. Actually, in the TMI realm, I lost my period because my estrogen was so low, and it still hasn’t come back. : ( Then I went way far in the other direction this summer.

For this Whole30 I’m trying to get more attuned to my body, eat when I’m hungry, drop the IF, not go AS low carb. I still did drop fruit for now because I was eating it like candy, but I am keeping my sweet potatoes! I’m with you all the way, Jan! A lot of the literature in the beginning was written by men, and I think some of the original advice isn’t as applicable to women. Now there are some different (female) voices coming out, and I think that’s a good thing.

Jan says:

I’m reading a lot these days about how IF is not good for us gals, so I’m glad you’ve decided to stop.

Frankly, Alex, I don’t think any woman is really built to be very lean – there’s a reason our bodies hold on to fat so tenaciously. Do you know for a fact that a drop in estrogen was the cause for you not having your period? I’ve heard that it’s a common side effect when women drop below a certain body fat percentage, and you’re such a tiny little thing.

Now that I think about it, body fat is where lot of our estrogen is stored, so we are probably both right…I see a post on estrogen dominance in overweight perimenopausal women coming on…

Gretchen says:

WITH. YOU. And if you need a contributor, or a tester, let me know. I’m serious.

Jan says:

Good – I knew I could count on you! I have the feeling I’m going to need all the help I can get with this.

Linda Tustin says:

what is IF? And I am am going to stat a whole 30-today. I have a friends that is doing it too so I am going to try it. Just the no alcohol thing will be hard for me. But I know it will be good for me so -here goes! Off to the health food store for supplies

Jan says:

Linda – IF is short for intermittent fasting. Lots of men see a lot of benefits from it, but the jury is still out on if there are any benefits for women. Lots of people say “no.”

I’ll be interested to see how you do on your Whole30; you know where to find recipes for it! ;)

Liz Curr says:

Well now!! I am definitely in!! I have been searching for information on the paleo/nutrition sites for this kind of information and support. Hormones ARE challenging to say the least. I have been battling them for over 12 years when I had a hysterectomy and my doctor put me on synthetic HRT … WHAT a disaster!! It put all my hormones out of whack and I thought I was going crazy: soooo tired, bodily aches and pains, the mental fog was an embarrassment and my emotions could not be trusted. Then I got on to bio-identical hormones … it took a while (2 years approx.) until I started to regain my energy levels, emotional balance and the mental fog cleared. Things were great until we moved 9 months ago to another province and I had to change jobs, set up a new home, find a doctor and pharmacist. The mood swings/low energy/mental fog have returned. I did find a new doctor and he had this explanation for me: Your hormones are like a child’s mobile … when you move one (even slightly), you move them all. This made so much sense for me. We have so many “things” (aka hormones) in play . A little stress here and the whole system is affected, can even go out of balance. This new doctor told me to consider a paleo style diet … not to lose weight but to get me eating as healthy as possible to support the hormones. I have been on a paleo diet for 2 months. Have I felt better? …. no! But I know that being a carboholic has put much “stress” on my body so I have to expect that I will feel crappy for a while until my body adjusts to a new and healthy way of processing food. The dietary changes have been much easier than I had expected. As a carboholic I only ate what I wanted which was very little because it would cause my weight to spike, so when I ate I made it count … high carb – high sugar. Following a paleo diet I am eating lots for the first time in my life!! and enjoying this experience immensely. I dropped 10 lbs which I didn’t need to do. My biggest challenge is to get enough protein to support my body (and for hormone balancing). I don’t exercise(yet) … I just don’t have the energy reserves to do that. I try to get the required sleep and working shifts makes this challenging. I know that a healthy lifestyle is a good foundation for balancing my hormones so this is my goal. But all this it takes time … lots of time to achieve the needed balance. Patience is key here. I know that stress (in its various forms) sets my hormones off and what works for one does not necessarily work for all. YES! we are COMPLEX beings! So I am very interested in this discussion. Personally I have found the most helpful information is related to adrenal fatigue issues, so in my researching I look for these tags. Thanks Jan for bringing this up … it needs to be addressed!

Erin says:

Jan – I know I don’t visit as often as I should, but I want you to know that I too am very very interested in getting through menopause without losing my sanity completely. I feel like my body has rebelled on me. I’ve got weight issues that make no sense – my diet is clean and balanced and I exercise an hour per day. The scale is not my friend! I’ve got thyroid issues too and am making it my mission to figure this thing out. I will check back here often. Miss reading over here! xoxo

Barbara says:

I highly recommend Dr. John Lee’s books, What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause, and his other one of the same title for PreMenopause. Great information. Natural Progesterone cream helped a lot.

I’m just beginning a paleo diet for the first time today. After all these years of “trying” to be a vegan, I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed my Beef Taco Lettuce cups tonight. LOL I’m so tired of being overweight and in pain and having stupin blood sugar problems so that the dr. asks me every time why I won’t go on meds. I still think I can whip this thing! Anyway I’ve got a weeks worth of food all prepped so I won’t get crazy hungry and eat something bad.

Loving your blog and all your recipes! Thanks!

Sheila says:

Last year I was one of those “diets don’t work,” I just need to do a whole lot of exercise people. Well for whatever reason, the Whole30 worked, not just weight loss, but fat loss which matters more to me, and help with allergies. I also used Kombucha and Micheal’s Female Reproductive Factors.

I had done Whole30 before, but not 100 percent, maybe 80. I don’t know if it was the Whole30, the Kombucha or the Michael’s. But one of the three regulated my hormones and helped me drop weight/fat.

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