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. I like Seeking Health. There are 8 pills a day,though.
  3. I have 4 stepkids. I get by when I do a big cook up on the weekend. I plan my meals, shop, and prep all the food. Chop, marinade, etc. Kids can help. Then during the week I just cook them and don't have to prep anything. Good luck, you can do it!
  4. Karen

    Changes in Menstrual Cycle

    A drop in hormones triggers a bleed. Think of the placebo pill in birth control - you stop taking hormones and the drop in hormones - progesterone specifically - triggers the bleed. So what causes a drop in hormones when you change your eating habits? A lot. It's not just one thing. It's eating 3 meals a day. It's eating a balanced meal at each meal. It's eliminating processed foods that are rich in crap that confuse our hormones. It's balancing our cortisol and insulin. For some people dairy or soy contribute as they can confuse our hormones. Ultimately, though, the body is all connected and it's a combination of these and many other things that contribute to helping your body work how it's supposed to, with adequate levels of hormones to support health. A temporary drop in hormones is a sign that your body is adjusting accordingly.
  5. Karen

    Changes in Menstrual Cycle

    21 days or 84 days doesn't matter. Birth control is birth control. It overrides your hormones for however many days, then you take the placebo, and the drop in hormones triggers your period. Early bleeding on the pill is totally common. It doesn't matter how far you are in your cycle as it's an artificial cycle.
  6. Karen

    Changes in Menstrual Cycle

    The pill doesn't control your cycle - it just maintains your hormones at certain levels to override the rise and fall of hormones that naturally causes ovulation and eventually your period. When you start taking the placebo pills, your body senses the drop in hormones, and that drop in hormones is what causes you to start to bleed. That's the same trigger that causes anyone to bleed - pill or not. However, when your own hormones running in the background fluctuate due to changes in food - which is one of the benefits of paleo, your body may sense the same drop in hormones and starts to bleed because that's how our biology works. In a cycle or two, your hormones should settle where they should be and there won't be a that drastic drop again to trigger a bleed.
  7. Karen

    Changes in Menstrual Cycle

    This happened to me every time until I made a change. Here's why. Our entire cycle is based on perpetuation of the species. We get our period when we aren't pregnant, our bodies then start preparing the uterus for pregnancy, we ovulate when that's ready and our body tells us conditions are right to have a baby. That's the critical part. In cave man days, for example, during a famine would not be the best time to get pregnant as it would be unlikely for a fetus or baby to survive. So, the body has a defense mechanism. It just doesn't ovulate. And if you don't ovulate, you usually don't get your period. Fast forward to modern times. A drastic shift in diet can still trigger the body into thinking that it might not be the right time to get pregnant, so it delays ovulation for you. That's instinct kicking in. You mentioned your cycles are irregular. That can contribute. Do you have any condition that you know of? Are you under more stress lately? Any sort of change in stress can trigger the same delay in ovulation. Are you low carb? I have endometriosis and secondary hypothyroidism and my cycles used to be all over the place. I found that if I start a whole 30, I need to eat lots more carbs and fat to tell my body that I'm not starving, I'm just switching things up. Since our hormones are derived from cholesterol, I eat lots of it despite having high cholesterol and against my last doctors advice (since thyroid hormones are required for converting cholesterol into hormones, my body kept making more cholsterol since it wasn't getting enough hormones down steam due to low thyroid). And now when I start a whole 30, I've leared to start right after I ovulate so my body has time to register the change before I'm even close to ovulation. It might be helpful to post a few days of food so people can give you some tips, see if there is anything that stands out.
  8. Karen

    Changes in Menstrual Cycle

    BC holds hormones steady and doesn't allow for the hormonal fluctuations that prompt ovulation. When you stop taking the pills, the drop in hormones triggers menstruation like it does for those not on bc. However, when you adjust your eating, your body's own hormones can fluctuate, and anything considered a drop will cause bleeding.
  9. Karen

    Changes in Menstrual Cycle

    Perceived stress can delay ovulation, which in turn can delay your period. I typically try to start a whole 30 after ovulation to try to avoid that!
  10. Karen

    Changes in Menstrual Cycle

    Are you on hormonal birth control, or not? My observation is that those on the pill often have their periods early, while those not on the pill often end up late due to delayed ovulation. However, that's not always the case.
  11. Karen

    Changes in Menstrual Cycle

    Xine23 it's not necessarily a specific food that you're eliminating, it's a combination of the ratio of carbs/protein/fat, eating good, nutritious food, and eliminating the foods that your particular body doesn't like. A few years ago I didn't eliminate any foods but instead just changed the ratio of what I was eating and my period came way early. Hormones are influenced by so many things.
  12. Karen

    Changes in Menstrual Cycle

    You start bleeding when your hormones drop. For example, when you stop taking the pill, that's a drop in hormones, and a few days later, voila, there's your period. Changing your diet - adding more fat, having a better ratio of carbs/fat/protein, eating less processed food - whether it's Whole30 or not - can have the same effect. Even though you're on the pill, your body is still making hormones. As hormones adjust, they can rise and fall, triggering a bleed. Some people can pinpoint a certain food group or beverage, but for many, it's the overall effect.
  13. Karen

    Changes in Menstrual Cycle

    Whether you're on the pill or not, your period is triggered by a drop in hormones, specifically progesterone. When you stop taking the pill, the body senses the drop and your period begins. However, if there's something that causes your own hormones to shift - because they're still there in the background despite being on the pill - your body will think it's a sign to start bleeding. Typically, once the initial shift has passed, your body has a new normal level to base a drop in hormones and your eventual period on.
  14. Karen

    Changes in Menstrual Cycle

    There are loads of posts about this, totally normal.
  15. Karen

    Changes in Menstrual Cycle

    There are several other threads out there about early periods while on bc. Totally normal the first month!