Podcast Episode #31 – Women’s Wellness (Part 1)
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Episode #31 focuses on questions we commonly receive from female listeners – but that does NOT mean No Boys Allowed! This information is applicable to all listeners!
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#1: What types of probiotic supplements do you recommend? [13:30}
#2: What's the deal with juicing? (Interesting book: #6: Effects of overtraining, recovery, menstrual issues, excessive hunger & bathroom issues, training plateau [55:34]
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Question #3: Uses for broth; Wine for cooking?
I have been devouring your podcasts and am reading Weston A. Price’s book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration. Fabulous. I really appreciate the female voice and perspective in your work. Girl Power!
Anyway I have a question about bone broth…I have been making my own and love it. But was wondering, and this kinda sounds silly to ask, but to receive the benefits of bone broth do I need to have it by itself and just drink it or can I fancy it up.
I went to culinary school and am so inspired by a rich homemade broth and love turning it into various soups and stews.
Oh…and if I make a stew, thoughts on using red wine for braising or de-glazing in the pan?
I don’t drink but will use wine for cooking.
Question #4: Trouble with bowel movements; probiotics?
My question is about my poop. (Sorry, so gross!) …but I don’t “go” regularly! I have been eating strict “paleo” since September 2011, and I’m feeling great – just not having great success with bowel movements, etc. I’m thinking I’m a little too “go go go,” as in work, etc. I’m always super busy and sometimes stressed if it’s a really busy week. I’m a personal trainer and waitress – so trying to juggle both. I eat meat, veggies, small amounts of fruit (mostly berries), few nuts, lots of coconut products like milk, oil and flakes, and I always have protein at every meal. I eat very “clean” and never “cheat,” so to speak. Last time I did, yes – that made me go to the loo!
I was wondering if you think I should take a probiotic, or any foods I could consume to help my bowel movements.
Question #5: Physique model adrenal issues & recovery
I am a previous bikini (physique) competitor who recently ended due to overtraining (excessive cardio 1-2hrs day) and undereating (typical bodybuilder diet, same blah foods, low cals etc). I got very lean and only got the results I wanted when doing TONS of cardio to maintain (so stupid)… but I always bounce back in weight. (even gain more weight post!)
I have been paleo for 9 months now – only real change was eliminating starches. was already dairy free. I did paleo for last show prep and took out all fruit, all starches, and all nuts (no self control LOL). So VLCD and low fat. Solely veggies and meat.
Like many girls, I am now dealing with Adrenal Fatigue/Cortisol issues/hormone imbalances (excess estrogen in lower bod). Was doing lots of crossfit after show…but stopped that! I quit all cardio except sprints and walking, and do yoga 4x a week now.
How do I rebalance my system/get lean again while staying paleo?? I am being told by many to add back in carbs/safe starches to bring my stress hormones down, and to add food groups back in? days I would have JUST meats and veggies ..I would say I was definitely under 40g CHO?….. my body is used to being VLC and I am afraid to add back in fruit and starches….. my body is holding onto weight I feel..and isn’t responsive…help!
Question #6: Effects of overtraining, recovery, menstrual issues, excessive hunger & bathroom issues, training plateau
First of all thank you both for the fantastic work that you do to help re-educate people on how to lead happy healthy bacon filled lives! This is a bit of a long one so I understand if it doesn’t make your podcast!I have been Paleo for the last 2.5 years prior to that I was a vegetarian of 13 years (how many 1000′s of times have you heard that transition I wonder?). I was having a lot of skin rashes that Doctors and dermatologists couldn’t explain, 2 fractured feet in the space of 6 months, cystic acne, irregular cycles, digestive issues and prone to depression (no bacon will do that to you!)At this time I was definitely overtraining as well – 6x Metcons + 1x 8km run +2x strength training days + a couple of boxing sessions per week and normally a hike/ bike ride/ water skiing thrown in on the weekend. My sleep was terrible and averaged 4-6 hours per night! Despite all of this I felt pretty good! I trained hard, endurance was good, strength was good, recovery was ok and I was fairly lean but I knew that the way I was eating (and lack of sleep) was not good for my hormones or my overall health, so one sunny Saturday I cleaned out the pantry & fridge of all things non-paleo and went and bought myself a beautiful chunk of steak to have for dinner! My taste buds haven’t looked back!Once switching to Paleo my acne cleared up and my digestion improved (but is still not great), my blood sugars normalised (but only after eating and staying very low carb), I had better mental cognition and was getting stronger! Improvements all round + I found a new love… devouring every bit of research, book, blog, article I could get my hands on about ancestral health, paleo diets, autoimmune disease, immunology and ecology!
So I was feeling better and only the occasional un-explainable rash but I started gaining weight admittedly some of it was muscle but a lot of it was fat (I weighed 55kg in 2009 and now I am 68kg, holding all of my excess fat between my umbilicus and knees). I also started to develop an insatiable hunger and knew that I was eating too much but was ravenously hungry all of the time (I keep hearing it repeated in the paleo-sphere that it’s hard to overeat fat and protein if the carbs are low, but I think I have ruined that theory!)
My cycle was getting worse and somewhere around 58 days was the norm. In January 2011 my new chiropractic physician gave me the wonderful news that I had done a great job at messing up and completely destroying my adrenals. (which I argued because I always have a ton of energy to keep going and going!) His words were “young lady, you are a dopamine addict! You don’t make enough serotonin because you are scraping the bottom of the barrel so you get your highs from training and coffee!” Mmmm maybe he had a point! I got a stern talking to, to tell me to slow down and let my body recover and to kiss the crazy Metcons goodbye for a while!
Well I did listen to him, but a week too late! It was one long metcon that tipped me over the edge! I spent the next 3 days recovering from it! I was completely ruined to the point where I would almost fall asleep while driving so I would have to pull the car over so I didn’t plough into a tree! I had no idea that I was this tired.Over the past 12 months, I have gone back to a strength based program with 1 short Metcon per week + a kettlebell workout but I can’t seem to get to a point where I feel good, strong and energised. So this email doesn’t go for another 10,000 words, I will summarize some of the issues I am still having and would like to fix:
1•Debilitating period pain + nausea + hot cold sweats (never had in my life) but cycle is now 28 days
2•I sleep 7-8 hours per night but I slip straight into a coma in 28 seconds of going horizontal (not sure if its restorative sleep?)
3•Hungry all of the time even though I stay low’ish carb paleo
4•Very hard to lean out and wonder if I have meal timing and portions all wrong
5•Very tired all of the time (feels like I have extremely low blood sugar but when I measure it, it is in the normal range)
6•Massive strength plateaus with training
7•Metcons still beat the crap out of my adrenals
8•Hives from too much sun exposure
9•Bathroom visits are every morning but only if I have coffee (if no coffee then I skip a day and feel bloated and awful)
I just want my strength, power, energy and leanness back, this is so important to me as I am a personal trainer [...] and promote paleo to all of our clients and I need to be fit and healthy to be able to better promote this lifestyle.
Diane & Liz
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