As a child, you watch adults and start to form ideas of what is suppose to happen when you grow up. Like every normal person, I wanted a family. But when I got older, I started to fear that I wasn’t going to have children. Maybe my mother started this worry in me since she also had complications, or maybe it was knowing something was not right with my cycle. The most two obvious problems I had was irregular periods and miserable periods.
When I was a teenager, I consulted an OB-GYN about my issues. The reason was due to my activity level, so we thought, causing of my irregularity and prescribed birth control. I started and stopped birth control for about 10 years, finding that each time I came off birth control, my problems would come back. A few years ago, I was tested for PCOS – results were normal. I was also tested for thyroid disorder – results were normal. Then I had a separate medical problem, had a CT Scan finding goiters on my thyroid and had more tests – results were benign and no signs of risk. HELLO!!! My period and problems that come with it are NOT NORMAL!!!!
I finally scheduled an appointment with a well recommended nutritionist. After two years of working with her, I have more answers than any doctor has been able to give me. I’m more in-tune with my body, knowing what it can and can’t tolerate, and threw a full female panel (saliva) I found that I struggle with estrogen dominance. As I read and listened to other bloggers and holistic doctors, I started to put together that I more than likely have an autoimmune disorder. Earlier this year, my husband and I suffered the loss of two pregnancies and after speaking with my current gynecologist, she is leaning towards either chromosomal or autoimmunity. Without further testing, neither have been confirmed; however, I was already suspecting an autoimmunity before speaking with her.
Some of my issues I believe are hereditary, perhaps due to a health deficiency or perhaps by DNA. But I think the biggest culprit is battling with my sugar addiction, even from a young age. When I remove most sugar from my diet, my irregular cycles become a 35 day cycle. That is a HUGE difference just by removing sugar! If you are wondering why, it’s because sugar is acting like a toxin, putting stress on the body which ultimately causes an imbalance of hormones. After doing a 30+ day detox to kick off my health conversion, and later tried a ketogenic diet, I’ve settled on a paleo approach with some “grains” I tolerate like rice, potatoes, and non-GMO corn products. There is one caveat to that; I must have my half-caff breve latte. I’ve tried soy lattes and quickly found out that it was high in estrogen, I’ve tried almond milk lattes, coffee with coconut oil, french press with a almond milk, but nothing comes close to satisfying my latte addiction. After stressing out about it, I just decided I was going to allow myself to have a latte each morning. After doing this for some time, I found that with my other good habits, it’s not hindering my health.
There is still so much for me to learn and change, but my goal is the right find balance that I’m able to maintain. As I continue to write, I will be talking about more specific items to consider when evaluating your health habits. Let me know if there’s anything you’d like to know!