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PCOS grokette's foray into primal (and other musings)

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  • PCOS grokette's foray into primal (and other musings)

    Hi everyone,

    I have been shyly lurking for a couple of weeks now as I wait for my copy of Primal Blueprint to arrive in the post. I started my new Primal/Paleo lifestyle two weeks ago, simply by cutting out wheat and about 99% of processed sugar. This is a HUGE thing for me as I have had a major carb addiction since I was a child (I'm 38 now). Bread, pasta, chocolate and all things sugary have been my crutch and my comfort food.

    I don't know why, but at the age of 3 when I had my tonsils removed I suddenly refused all vegetables except for potato and corn. According to my mother, until then I LOVED my vegies and ate them with gusto. But after the tonsilectomy my eating habits suddenly changed.

    Through childhood I was active and not overweight, although I wasn't a skinny child like all my friends were, I didn't have stick thin arms and legs which they all did. I was still in the "normal" weight range for my age and height and I was always taller than my friends but kids can be cruel so I did cop a bit of bullying and got called fat on a few occasions (I know I wasn't but the name stuck and I started to believe I was).

    Since puberty my weight gain has gone crazy.

    At my heaviest weight I was 96.1kg / 211 pounds. I had been on the Pill for several years and I think this is what really caused my weight to balloon, coupled with my sugar cravings and poor food choices.

    I joined Weight Watchers in 2000 and lost 20kg, going from an Australian size 18 to a 14 (12 at a squeeze). I forced myself to start eating vegetables and I was shocked to discover that I actually LIKED them! I was going bushwalking every weekend in the Blue Mountains, going to the gym 2-3 times a week doing resistance training and yoga, I was at my fittest ever.

    I have always had heavy painful periods since my early teens and they have got progressively worse to the point where they are debilitating and I can't leave the house for two days each cycle.

    In early 2004 at age 28 I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, my ovaries were riddled with cysts and my cycles were a mess. I wasn't ovulating but I was bleeding for weeks or months without relief. My GP prescribed Diane 35 pill to reduce my PCOS symptoms but within 5 months of starting it I suffered a stroke.

    By 2006 I was married and trying to conceive, my cycles were anovulatory again and I was bleeding non stop. I was prescribed Norethisterone to start a new cycle then did four cycles of Clomid. I conceived and miscarried twice while on Clomid. As a result I suffered from suicidal depression for almost a year I conceived and miscarried twice more in 2008, both natural conceptions as my cycles had normalized after using Clomid. In 2008 I had a Laparoscopy/HSG and it was discovered that I also have Endometriosis.

    From 2004 to 2006 the weight crept back on. Again, I lost 20kg at Weight Watchers but this time I was leaner and stronger due to the physical demands of my farming business. But in 2008 the business died so my husband and I left Australia to live in the UK for a few years. My weight crept back on again, I was living an unhappy existence in the UK and my marriage crumbled.

    So now I am back in Australia, picking up the fragments of my life and feeling so uncomfortable in my own skin, I know I need to do something different this time, Weight Watchers is crap and doesn't work, I've learned that the hard way and lost alot of money for the privilege. I have done the Gabriel Method on and off, I know it works so I am implementing some of the principles of that and incorporating it into a Primal lifestyle.

    As of October 7th 2013 I weighed 94kg / 206 pounds. Just in the last two weeks I have lost 2.6kg / 5.5 pounds by cutting out wheat/grains/dairy/processed sugar, so so happy about that, I really haven't done anything else. Oh, I have started taking probiotics every day so I am sure that's helping.

    Well done if you got through that, it's a super condensed version and I've probably left alot out which I guess will be revealed in time.

  • #2
    Welcome Belinda, thankyou for sharing your story, especially the hard parts. It sounds like your health has been a difficult issue for a very long time, I hope that with time and healthy primal food you will experience continued improvements. Best wishes.
    Annie Ups the Ante


    • #3
      Originally posted by Annieh View Post
      Welcome Belinda, thankyou for sharing your story, especially the hard parts. It sounds like your health has been a difficult issue for a very long time, I hope that with time and healthy primal food you will experience continued improvements. Best wishes.
      Thanks Annie... the hard parts have been really really hard... unimaginably hard.


      • #4
        Belinda, welcome and it is great that you are here! I am huge fan of eating primal for women with PCOS because it helps me so much. I underwent all sorts of treatments as well to try to get pregnant with no luck. My heart goes out to you with all that you have been through.


        • #5
          Thank you so much.

          I hope Primal is the ultimate solution, it seems to be working. I have been low carb, dairy free, grain free for a month now and have lost 4kg. Easiest I have ever lost, but at the same time, I'm only just beginning. Still another 30kg to go.

          I am coming to the end of a year long floristry course so haven't been thinking much about Primal, the book has arrived but I haven't read it yet, just need to get this course finished (two more weeks!) then I need to find a job and get stuck into some reading