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by 0 · August 01, 2014 at 12:47 PM

I've been doing a strict, anti-inflammatory paleo diet for a year now (no nuts, few fruits, limiting fructose, dairy starches, nightshades, etc) after an endometriosis diagnosis. I've lost 40 lbs and am thin/fit and have no trouble with weight... (more)

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Lazza 0 · August 01, 2014 at 12:47 PM

I agree with jenjen; a little more carbs can go a long way. I did a low-ish carb diet for several months and eventually started to feel weak, cold, poor libido, etc. Moving up to something like 150 grams/day cleared things up rather quickly.As... (more)

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by 0 · July 22, 2014 at 04:30 PM

Since I was a teenager, I have always had issues with mood-related PMS: anxiety, fatigue, extreme insecurity, depression, even suicidal thoughts. It typically lasts about a week before my period starts. I have little to no physical symptoms - only... (more)

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cavebitch 0 · July 22, 2014 at 04:30 PM

I've noticed a few PMS improvements, but they're on the whole more physical than mental. Acne was never an issue for me, but the bloating! Instead of spending half of every month looking like a beached whale, I get to spend a day or two looking... (more)

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by 10 · July 26, 2013 at 04:13 AM

So this may have been the biggest binge I've had since going Paleo: my stomach for reference is SO FULL that I can't breathe. Nothing I ate was considered "SAD" but it was a lot nonetheless. I've been doing IF for the past week 16 hours fasted 8... (more)

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Riceball 0 · July 26, 2013 at 03:20 AM

IF seems to have mixed results for women, as they are more sensitive to this. I have tried IF, but it was a no-go. I'd go nuts on food. Try Eat, Stop, Eat. It works for me because the next day I can eat my three meals a day at conventional times.... (more)

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by 60 · June 29, 2013 at 11:22 PM

I LOVE being on the Paleo diet! I don't feel restricted and I find the whole thing great fun! I do not feel deprived! And then.... That time of the month approaches. Every other month when I begin to PMS ( which unfortunately for me is... (more)

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Chris_J__1 0 · June 13, 2013 at 03:29 AM

maybe you require more magnesium, copper, potassium, or iron during those days

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by 5 · June 04, 2013 at 03:06 PM

Hi, I just received my multiple hormone saliva testing kit today. I ordered it online through Natural Health Direct (Australia) and it will be sent to Aquarian Industries Lab. I'm a 39 year old female and I've got two questions that I didn't... (more)

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CJ_12 0 · June 04, 2013 at 02:55 PM

The cortisol test is usually only accurate by itself as a single saliva test. Also, if you're not on BC regularly and you have normal periods and hormonal functions without it, definitely wouldn't recommend you taking it for only a month. One of... (more)

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by 25 · August 26, 2013 at 08:22 PM

It seems no matter how much water I drink or how much I eat, I never feel full. I'm trying to lose weight, but eat maintenance calories during this time. Even 1,850 calories isn't enough though! What do you guys do to help get rid of this... (more)

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cavemanjoe 0 · August 12, 2013 at 05:45 PM

Eating has been shown to reduce hunger. Consider eating less fruit, which is low in fiber and readily broken down into glucose/fructose. Instead, consider higher-fiber, complex carbohydrate foods such as beans and whole, unprocessed grains if you... (more)

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by 209 · June 02, 2013 at 02:07 AM

Sorry for the awkward question... I've been doing quite well eating meats, fruits, veg, nuts and fats. And I felt alright on my daily: 3eggs2bacon, salmon/chicken salad with avocado for lunch, and meat + veg for tea with berries and greek... (more)

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Rainbow 0 · June 02, 2013 at 02:07 AM

Can't offer any advice regarding the cravings, as I have to battle them constantly, but as far as I have read, blood loss can differ in every woman (and will especially when taking hormones like the pill, which reduce the bleeding, vs. natural... (more)

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by 5 · March 22, 2013 at 11:33 AM

**Hi paleo ladies, I moved from a predominantly vegan diet to paleo about a month ago. Ive had great results so far - my energy is the best it has ever been and several chronic skin conditions seem to be improving. However, I've been experiencing... (more)

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Illyrianya_1 0 · March 22, 2013 at 05:52 AM

If you were vegan/very thin/worn down/not getting proper nutrition it's possible that this is the first time you've gone through a real menstrual cycle in a while. Even if you were getting your period before, you may not have actually been... (more)

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by 1495 · August 27, 2013 at 02:22 PM

In general, I'm not the best sleeper. I typically have to wear earplugs and take a little melatonin to be able to sleep. However, the week prior to my period I suffer insomnia (and I'm the kind of person who suffers tremendously with just 1 night... (more)

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KL_1 0 · July 30, 2013 at 02:10 PM

I have recently found out that I'm in stage 3 adrenal fatigue, which explains many of the sleep/hormonal problems I'm having. I'm now working with a FDN specialist on this. I will look at the hormonal symptom chart posted as I also have a meeting... (more)

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by 993 · January 26, 2013 at 12:09 AM

Is it possible that PMS cravings were some sort of adaptation to help our foremothers survive/prepare for having a baby/etc? types this while indulgling on a very non-paleo treat that I know will give me a raging stomachache later on * (more)

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Janknitz 0 · January 26, 2013 at 12:09 AM

Good theory, but . . . By the time you have PMS, the chance of pregnancy is GONE. If the cravings occurred BEFORE ovulation or during ovulation, that would make sense. My cravings (and they may be whacky because of PCOS) happen right before the... (more)

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by 82 · December 28, 2012 at 01:43 PM

I have severe mood swings in the week leading up to my period. I get abnormally angry/frustrated/sad during this time. Are there any supplements that will help?

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dzone 0 · December 27, 2012 at 11:57 PM

Bullshit. You are a whiner an possibly mentally ill. No such thing as PMS. Just an excuse to act irrational.

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by 78 · November 14, 2012 at 10:22 PM

I apologize for the guys/the squeamish in advance, but here goes: I'm struggling to stay paleo consistently for about two weeks out of the month. I love eating paleo (VLC style suits me best) but I get hit with so much fatigue, nausea, aches,... (more)

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Aisling 0 · November 14, 2012 at 10:22 PM

Sounds like Estrogen dominance to me. I would suggest getting your hormone levels checked and look into some herbal remedies for women suffering serious PMS symptoms. I use Wild Yam cream and it works wonders for me. Paleo really wreaked havoc on... (more)

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by 715 · December 02, 2012 at 08:01 PM

I read this and was wondering if the science behind it was sound. From days 10-16 of menstrual cycle blood PH decreases as estrogen increases, producing cramps and irritability. So eat more protein and fat to lessen symptoms. From days 18-24,... (more)

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KM_3 0 · September 22, 2012 at 12:01 AM

I can't answer your blood questions, but I do know about craving sweets! I did a Whole30 a few months ago, and since sugar isn't part of that, I had to figure out what my body wanted---and I was simply hungry. I ate more meat, veggies, fat,... (more)

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by 15 · September 01, 2012 at 06:28 PM

Hiya, so Ive been paleo for thirty days or so now (a noob, yes!) and am loving it, feeling great etc. Have gained 4kg muscle mass doing very little lifting and lost 3% body fat even having upped my previous cal intake by 1000 (I was underfed for... (more)

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HippiPaleo 0 · September 01, 2012 at 09:54 AM

Hi Alice, It will probably take a few cycles for your hormones to settle in I imagine with such a big change in diet. I stopped contraception around the same time I went paleo, and I noticed that each cycle became better and better to the point... (more)

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by 10 · August 05, 2012 at 03:03 AM

For about a year now, I've had extremely bad pain both 2 weeks before I bleed, the week of my bleeding and for the week around ovulation. This makes for about a week of feeling ok every month. Previous to this, I had reasonably severe PMS but it... (more)

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by 970 · August 04, 2012 at 05:14 PM

Out of sheer desperation I have been reading ways to alleviate my often debilitating PMS. A few days ago my hormonal nightmare reached a crescendo of anxiety, which some months feels like outright dissociation. I cannot tolerate this. If I could... (more)

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Amy_B_ 0 · July 08, 2012 at 02:09 AM

Prostaglandins are made from fatty acids -- from n-3 and n-6. It's very complex, but the nutshell version is that n-3 fats and oils tend to produce more of the anti-inflammatory prostaglandins and n-6 fats and oils produce more of the... (more)

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by 106 · May 12, 2012 at 01:46 AM

So I'm experiencing horrible PMS symptoms, just VERY moody and food cravings like whoa. The hormonal imbalance my body goes through a few days before I my period is just awful. I lose control over my insulin sensitivity. I'm so tired and have... (more)

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Karin_1 0 · May 11, 2012 at 10:26 PM

Payees, talk to a doctor firs rand foremost...get stuff checked. I was the same as you in such that my pms was horrid and there were times I could literally fall asleep while standing up....I felt very dysfunctional. FINALLY a doctor thought maybe... (more)

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by 455 · May 02, 2012 at 02:35 AM

I started my paleo journey about two months ago. Got off to a rocky start, but after playing around with my daily menu and getting some great feedback on here things have been going really well. Last month I had a complete cheat week during my... (more)

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Karna_1 0 · September 07, 2013 at 12:44 AM

I also experienced that my pms got a lot worse on paleo. Both mood and cravings where going absolutely crazy the week before my period. That's one of the reasons that I stopped eating paleo. Now it's getting better again, thanks to the help of... (more)

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by 55 · April 28, 2012 at 06:05 PM

Trying to figure this whole thing out. Im just getting started going strong over a month (yayeee me). I come on here to try to get support but most of the time its comes across as a bunch of pricks trying to smack people with the paleo hammer... (more)

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Korion 0 · April 28, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Yet again, people recommend elimination instead of adding good stuff. Why don't you try eating oysters, liver, fruit, ... Since my mother started eating 4 ounces of liver weekly because I told her its loaded with nutrition, she does not have blood... (more)

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by 2048 · April 25, 2012 at 12:19 PM

I could really use some feedback right now. I've been very strict paleo for over two months and I feel worse than I did when I started. I did not transition off SAD abruptly -- I'd been moving toward a more paleo diet for about 6 months, with the... (more)

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thuphaer 0 · April 25, 2012 at 08:48 AM

Maybe this might help regarding depression : http://paleohacks.com/questions/77043/many-things-better-on-paleo-depression-not-one-of-them/77070#77070 (more)

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by 11476 · September 01, 2013 at 02:07 PM

So, I recently went to the doctor for shot, check-up, and a few other things. At the end of the appointment I mentioned that I've been having this tender soreness just on the inside of my right hip, in my pelvic region. The doctor checked my lymph... (more)

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Menah 0 · September 01, 2013 at 02:07 PM

I have had all the same symptoms as you JeJ. The pain in only my right quadrant, the lower back pain, pain in my pelvic area,pain with sex and my emotions are going crazy. Just about anything makes me cry lol. I have been to three doctors and the... (more)

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by 35 · October 25, 2012 at 05:27 PM

I have been eating 80/20 paleo for about 6 months, very strict (almost 100%) for about the last 2 months. I have never been on hormonal birth control. I am 26 and of average weight; I eat moderate carbs but no sugar, fruit, dairy, or nuts. One... (more)

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Sonia__1 0 · October 25, 2012 at 05:27 PM

You know what, at one point I decided just to live with it because I taking hormones when your cycle fluctuates is really hard to know when you need them the most. I track all my symptoms every day and what consols me is when I go back to that... (more)

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by 3142 · April 02, 2012 at 01:18 PM

Like clockwork it seems, the two days right before I start my period I become obsessed with eating dark chocolate. In particular I eat a whole Hail Merry chocolate tart each day, plus most of a 72% chocolate bar over both days. I'm not a big... (more)

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Pedrita 0 · April 02, 2012 at 01:18 PM

My guess is that it has to be hormonal related, since it happens according to a woman's cycle. The strange thing for me is that since on the paleo diet, my cravings have been spreading more. Last 2 times it lasted 1 week prior menstruation (yes,... (more)

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by 793 · March 09, 2012 at 09:32 PM

This is for the ladies out there who practice IF, or only eat one or two meals a day. I'm playing with going down to one meal a day to help with migraines, since I seemed to not at all be headachy when I've experimented with IF before. I never... (more)

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Jenny_9 0 · March 09, 2012 at 09:32 PM

I might be the outlier- I found that when I was IFing just before my period I felt kind of blah and down, worse than I normally get. I had cravings, but at the same time really, really didn't want to eat, so it was kind of this listless,... (more)

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by 1181 · February 08, 2012 at 02:58 PM

This is a question only women should be able to answer. I get terrible carb and sugar cravings the week before my period. I have been working with the Leangains protocol of eating from 1-9 daily, but I find that the carb cravings come hardest at... (more)

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sage_ 0 · February 08, 2012 at 02:11 PM

i get this, but i fight binge cravings on a daily basis. premenstral is the worst though. the best solution for me is an egg or two fried in coconut oil. last night i chose a banana and ended up eating three with a dozen brazil nuts and three... (more)