A few of you guessed it! Yesterday’s WIAW post was missing sugar and grains.
Now before I get into why, I just want to take a minute to ensure that I am not promoting this type of diet. I am eating this way – temporarily (the zero part) and do not think that everyone should eliminate grains and/or sugar from their diet.
That said, ready to get up close and personal? Here goes…
I’ve alluded on the blog that I’ve been dealing with some health issues, but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to come out and share it. It just felt so personal…I was so confused, and honestly a little embarrassed. But after talking with some of my blog friends and how some of them have shared some personal medical issues with their readers, I saw through a perspective of sharing what I am going through, and maybe connecting with anyone else out there who is experiencing/has experienced a similar situation.
I got the diagnosis for PCOS (poly cystic ovarian syndrome) about a month ago, and to say I was shocked would be an understatement. Actually, I was in denial – wait, but I don’t have the symptoms for PCOS! My hair isn’t falling out! I don’t have access body hair! I’m not obese!
But…my periods are irregular and apparently the blood work doesn’t lie. All you need are two of the symptoms, according to my OBGYN. So I began to accept it.
I got the diagnosis about a month ago, but wanted to wait to write about it until I had more information, a game plan, and a better overall understanding of PCOS.
A little backstory:
Early in the summer, I experienced some irregularity with my cycles. They’d always been longer than the normal 28 day average – around 35 days – but they had started to become even longer…40 and 50 days.
I became worried with the second long cycle, and booked an appointment with my OBGYN, thinking it might somehow be a thyroid issue, or even related to my recent transition to working full time as a trainer/gym manager. Was I over exercising unbeknownst to me since I was in the gym so much more?
So I went into the office for blood work to test my thyroid levels. I walked away seriously doubting that was the case, because I’ve never had any of the symptoms for it, and sure enough, the test came back negative.
With that, my doctor wanted to do a more comprehensive round of blood work – one that tested my entire hormonal system – mainly test for PCOS. So in I went for more blood work – this time they took a LOT of blood, but it wasn’t too bad. I even felt grateful afterward for some reason (enough to pay it forward, err, backward!). However, I was SO nervous after this appointment. All I could think about is that I’d have PCOS which would mean I’d never ever ever be able to have babies (which is not the case.) And to add to my anxiety, I wouldn’t get the results back for 2 weeks. Guff.
As you can guess, I got the call saying it came back positive for PCOS. I immediately asked what should I do – is there anything I can do?! The nurse basically said that they could put me on birth control to regulate my period. You know, the ol’ western medicine way of slapping a band aid on the actual problem. Not satisfied with that answer, I asked if I could make any diet, lifestyle, or environmental changes to help it? To which, I got another unsatisfactory response – "well, you know, just eat right and exercise!"
Oh, gee, I guess I’ll start doing that! *facepalm*
Enter: research, research, research
And then I finally contacted my naturopath for an appointment. I took my blood work results in with me, showed him, and he said we can definitely get this under control with diet and supplementation. Now that answer, I liked!
Now comes the part to explain my meals in yesterday’s WIAW post. He told me he wanted me to eat zero grains, no sugar, and even no fruit except for berries. This answer, I wasn’t necessarily ecstatic about, but hey, it’s my health. Apparently my pancreas is stressed out and not producing enough insulin. Basically, he told me I was eating too much sugar (for my particular hormonal system – everyone is different.)
I started this ellimination diet two Friday’s ago, but if you read Monday’s post, obviously didn’t follow it while on vacation in Colorado So, I’ll be strictly following it for the next week. After that, then I can slowly add grains back in (yay!) and see how I feel afterward to determine if they can stay.
He also sent me home with supplements. In the morning and evening, I feel like I make a freakin’ meal out of them:
EFA oils, Livotrit, B complex, and Black currant seed oil – 1 tsp. of the fish/flax/borage oil in the a.m. and evening (bleh…even with water and orange stevia, blech) 2 livotrit in the morning, 1 at night, 4 b complex in the a.m., 1 currant seed oil tablets in the a.m., and 2 in the p.m. Yah…
So that’s where I am now. My naturopath is confident we can regulate my cycles with these supplements and the eating style changes, and I’m excited to see how it goes. Although I was a mess when I first heard those 4 letters, and I still have a lot to learn, at least I know what I’m dealing with and have a plan of attack – and my spirits are much higher than they were a month ago.