Karen

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  1. Karen

    Changes in Menstrual Cycle

    I almost always have delayed ovulation if I start a Whole 30 before I ovulate, even if I was following pretty closely prior. I start them after ovulation now! Diet changes can throw the body for a loop... And the body is smart enough not to get pregnant when there are fast changes (think drought, famine back in caveman days), so ovulation can be delayed until it figures out conditions are safe for a possible pregnancy. Make sure you're eating plenty, and getting plenty of fat. Eventually, your body will realize conditions are great for conception and you'll ovulate.
  2. Karen

    Whole30 & Trying To Conceive

    Yes, if your period is early, it's likely your ovulation will be early as well. Your cycle may be off, and I know how defeating it is to wait another month if need be, but it's much better to wait until your body is ready to conceive. Your body knows when conditions aren't ideal for pregnancy, and sometimes it just needs a little time to realize it's ready.
  3. I hadn't heard of pelvic PT until someone online mentioned it. The hard part is finding someone that does it. Depending on the state you're in (assuming US), PTs can do it and massage therapists can as well. A few sources to look into: Clear Passages - you travel to them for a week and they work you a lot. This is intensive. May or may not be covered by insurance. Do a search in your area for pelvic PT. They'll often advertise working with incontinence, among other things. Some PTs are only trained in soft tissue mobilization and don't have extensive training. You want more than that. Look for visceral (work with organs) or myofascial release (work with connective tissue). You may need a referral and a good one will have a long wait list. Well worth it. When I asked for a referral years ago I got it, but was brushed off by my doc that it wouldn't do anything... Needless to say, she was wrong. John Barnes trains people in myofascial work. His website lists practitioners that you can look up by area. My massage therapist is an expert in the Barnes method. I had cervix pain after a miscarriage and d&c last year. TTC was unsuccessful until she did some work on me. Not only did the pain go away, but I was fertile and conceived within days. Coincidence? Maybe. But maybe not. If you need help finding someone, please send me a note. I'm happy to help. I was able to help a friend with vulvodynia find a therapist (she was ttc for a long time) and this seemed to be the missing link for her. There are no guarantees, of course, but one more thing to try. Endo and adeno need to be addressed by multiple angles. Oh, and I'm curious if any of the food sensitivities you tested positive for are making your body unhappy now. It'll be a good experiment for you!
  4. I have endo. Started making diet changes 7 years ago to manage the daily pain and it was successful (in addition to pelvic PT and thyroid management). Haven't been on pain meds, hormones, or needed surgery since. I started doing Whole30s maybe 4 years ago and found the most success. I'm currently doing a modified one during the last trimester in preparation for delivery of my first child. Granted, I have a mild case of endo as of my lap in 2009 and I don't have adeno, but there's hope. A few things... I can eat compliant foods that make me absolutely miserable. I had food allergy testing done with a functional doc and found I had negative reactions to many whole foods. Oranges, almonds, cranberries, eggs, etc. Doing a Whole30 wasn't enough - I had to cut out even more. You may need to play around with it to see what triggers things for you. On another note, I HIGHLY recommend pelvic physical therapy for endo. Our bodies get so wound up and our organs get squeezed and can't function as properly because of it. I found an amazing PPT years ago that helped immensely after my surgery. I could literally feel adhesions pop and release. When ttc last year, I found an amazing massage therapist that does similar work. The relief I feel when I leave her is amazing. If it's something you're interested in, I can give you more info as to what to look for. There are some places that bring you there for a week of intense therapy (Clear Passages) if you're in an area with less options. My 2 cents. Good luck! You can do this!
  5. I like Seeking Health. There are 8 pills a day,though.
  6. Karen

    Whole30 after a Miscarriage?

    Such inspiration!
  7. Karen

    Whole30 after a Miscarriage?

    It absolutely has. It hasn't been a cure by any means, but when I eat well, my symptoms are significantly less. If I fall off the wagon, they flair up again. I swore off pain meds and hormones a few months after an unsuccessful surgery in 2009 and haven't looked back. I wasn't sure I'd be able to get pregnant after all I've been through, and my loss was certainly a huge setback, but I'm proud to say my endo is much better because I've taken control of my health.
  8. Karen

    Whole30 after a Miscarriage?

    I, too, have long cycles, at least 40+ days. Took me 8 weeks after my d&c to get a period and it was absolutely horrendous. I have endometriosis and coupled with the change in thyroid meds, I should have expected that. Had I done a whole 30 between my loss and then, I'm guessing it would have been a better period. Something else to consider. Awarner, I'm sorry for your losses as well.
  9. Karen

    Whole30 after a Miscarriage?

    First off, I'm SO sorry for your loss. I had a loss last year between 8-9 weeks and it took a lot out of me. It's an awful thing to go through and I wouldn't wish it on anyone. It's helpful to have a period before trying again for 2 reasons: 1. Your doctor can have a better idea of when you conceived. 2. I've known enough women that thought they got pregnant right away, only to realize their HCG was still dropping after their loss. If you've tracked your levels down to 0, this is irrelevant. There are still conflicting theories about letting your lining thicken after a cycle or two, but I've heard from multiple people (including my previous doctor) that that's not true. As long as you get the green light from your doc, you can likely try whenever. I didn't do another Whole30 until a few months after my loss. I had to correct what caused the loss, first (thyroid) and between changing thyroid meds and my loss, I didn't have the energy to eat much, let alone eat clean. But, I was successful my second month trying again. That coincided with another Whole30. You have my sympathy. I wish you luck. Any questions, or if you need to chat with someone that's been through it, reach out!
  10. I can't help you there, but wanted to say congrats!
  11. Karen

    Hormonal Cravings

    Yup, PMS will lead to cravings. Your body needs a LOT more nutrients during the second half of your cycle. It has to assume you're pregnant and ramps up the body to prep for that. Once you get your period, your body doesn't need as much and the cravings subside. Most do well eating lots more compliant carbs during this time. Eat more in general, but get more carbs in. More fat may help, too. I've read a chocolate craving may be specific to a magnesium need, so consider magnesium rich foods or supplements. Just know that this is biology and survival of the species at work here. Work with it. It's not a willpower issue, as we've often been led to believe when it comes to PMS.
  12. Checking in! Day 8 for me. I'm doing OK. This isn't a perfect whole 30 for me, but I'm eating a hell of a lot better than I was. Some meals haven't had protein/ veg/ fat due to work travel and poor planning, but I've made do. My goal for today is to meal plan and prep for the week. Having a bare fridge has been tough. I've had some nauseous moments still but no puking in maybe 2 weeks, so I'm grateful. Ground beef just doesn't sound good yet. How's everyone else doing?
  13. Feeling better is nice! I can only think that'll help you during labor and after.
  14. I had an awful time of morning sickness. I'm sure there are things that help, but I didn't want a single one of them. But, logically, I know the need for carbs is huge during the first try. Perhaps some starchy veg might help? I've also heard magnesium and b6 can help. I tried, but I just had to wait it out. Good luck, and welcome!
  15. day 1 - hash for breakfast, fajitas for lunch, and likely lamb and mashed potatoes for dinner. What's on the meal plan for everyone today?