Lengthening Menstrual Cycle (on purpose)

It’s NOT the seed rotation diet… based on my study of one (me).

  • low sugar
  • very little mammal foods (no cheese or dairy of any kind either), and higher protein (focus on fish and poultry)
  • focus on eating regularly to keep blood sugar level
  • (and by no means perfect at any of this, but certainly much better than I’ve ever done before)

… has led to a seemingly IMMEDIATE CHANGE IN MY CYCLE LENGTH, my goal which is to lengthen it from 25 days to 28 days.  (My doctor at Penny George is well versed in the hormone cycle variations, but we have not diagnosed me with that, exactly.  There are several likely hormonal reasons my cycle could be short.  My cycle does resemble estrogen dominance.)

I did notice yesterday a big drop in mood and took and extra dose (50mg) of 5htp for a total of 150mg yesterday.  I’m on Day 28 of my cycle and waiting for Irma to show up  (expecting my period any minute now).   I’m thinking, “WOW… improvement probably due to the diet!”

Diet Journal Recap:

I did that seed rotation several months.  Then over a month ago I decided to drop it.  I haven’t been getting exercise since June, so everything I’ve achieved points more toward dietary changes.  I started a new campaign of “don’t eat mammals if I can help it” and eat more fish and poultry.  Also, continued nearly constant improvements toward lower sugar, etc.  Major help from 5-HTP and the mood supplements I’m on.  Travel wasn’t too bad.  I felt like I was losing body fat before the trip to Michigan and even then I stalled and gained back–wasn’t measuring but I could tell.   Had most sugar on daughter’s birthday.  Otherwise pretty darn good.  Some extra chocolate, as I was at my Mom’s house and surrounded by treats and not busy with my normal work.  However, this was the most I’ve been able to stick to my dietary goals while traveling, ever!  Taking 5htp and my improved supplement regimen is absolutely the reason for craving control and my improved mood (but don’t take 5htp unless you learn more about serotonin deficiency.  It’s best to consult a doctor. Learn about when not to take 5htp, like if you are taking an SSRI.)  These supplements are helping A LOT, but also my determination to stick to this diet.
So, that’s to explain that I think that my diet has really gotten overall, much much better than in many years past. For me.  Including overall hardly any sugar. And more protein and vegetables.  Those who know I’ve been eating healthfully for many years will understand the significance.
So, I’ve been back from the trip for over a week. For the past 10 days I’ve been using a daily system of recording what I eat and using standardized portion sizes from Paleo Weight Loss for Women by Stefani Ruper (I used the “Low Fat” version of her plan which I think works great for the summer harvest time so I can eat lots of vegetables and fruits, but low fat.  I may try the low-carb/high-fat diet in the winter).
This means that all of the above leads to THIS CYCLE:  a 27+ day cycle, which for me was a measurable goal to improve my hormones, and shift from a short cycle to a longer more “normal” cycle.
This is significant because the seed rotation didn’t really do much of anything to me.  Even then I was eating fairly “healthy” by most standards.  But, not good enough.  It’s Paleo for Women that is doing it so far.  Now, I keep doing the work and hope to see some body fat melt off soon.

2 responses to “Lengthening Menstrual Cycle (on purpose)

  1. Good to hear! I’ll be eager to know if this can continue for multiple months. Easier said than done, I know…

  2. Pingback: Women’s Hormone Real-Food Supplements | www.rachels.fyi

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *