There are a lot of reasons as to why we don’t have a regular period, when we absolutely should be having one as long as we are pre-menopause. Common reasons for loss of a period are under eating, poor nutrition, stress, and hormonal birth control. At one point in time, I was definitely experiencing all of those at once. My body is begging me to ditch the dieting and limitations and to just BE and eat what I want.
One thing you should do when experiencing anything hormonal or when wondering what the heck is going on with your period: is to read this book: Period Repair Manual. I read 4 books when getting off of the pill just so I could understand my body and what was happening to me. I also didn’t get my period right away and that worried me. It wasn’t until I read the Period Repair Manual, that I realized I was not going to get my period back until I stopped my diet lifestyle. Vegan, vegetarian, healthy, Whole Foods, clean eating, all that BU** shit I had been living by for the last 10 years. And it is not B.S. because it is not healthy, it is super healthy and it is wonderful for the planet to only consume vegetables and fruits instead of animals. But it is a bunch of B.S. because it was my way of controlling my body and size for the last decade, rather than eating what was right for me and giving my body the essential nutrients and protein I so desperately needed. Bones and tissues and cells need a lot of protein, and my vegan pea protein shake was not cutting it anymore. I will probably go back to a vegan diet one day, I am not against it because it feels so good and so right to not hurt and consume animals.
I started eating meat again for the first time in 10 years starting in April, and it was the best decision I could have made for my health. Within a month, I started ovulating. I was crying of excitement when I started feeling the cramps and PMS and fatigue and emotions. I never thought I would be one to say that I was overjoyed to be PMS’ing, but here we are! This meant that I was really getting my body back for the first time since I was a teenager. I started eating red meat and chicken in April 2020, and by May I got my first period. I had been off the pill since October 2019, and wasn’t going to get my period (which I learned from the book listed above) as long as I was only eating broccoli, oatmeal, and almonds. I desperately needed to add animal protein back into my diet and a lot more carbohydrates like toast and sweet potatoes. Once I did that, my body was able to FUNCTION the way it was meant to.
Fast forward to July 3 2020, and it has been the best 3 months because I have learned so much about my body and what it needs. I make sure I get protein and carbs at every meal. I don’t need to eat animal meat everyday, but I do need a lot more carbs in my diet like quinoa and toast. I eat salmon and chicken every other day and am loving how energized I am from animal protein. As a vegan, I would have to be on some stimulant to be awake- coffee multiple times a day. I gave up coffee back in January and am still going strong without caffeine, although I am thinking about adding green tea back soon.
Basically, if I want a fried chicken sandwich: I eat one! If I want fries and a burger: I eat one! If I want a green smoothie: I slurp it down! I eat without limitations for the first time in a very long time.
Take care of yourself ladies! And ditch the diets, sometimes all we need is balance. Every now and then we might need a detox here and there from unhealthy foods, but if you eat a balanced diet, there is really no need to ever detox your body. That is why we have a liver! It does it for us, if we treat it right. The best detox you can ever do is to just cut out alcohol and processed sugars. That doesn’t mean you have to go on a water cleanse to do that though, right? I am so sick of diet culture to be honest. You probably are to, because it is everywhere and has been since we were little girls. XO- email me if you ever have questions or want to talk email@example.com 🙂