Q & A: How do you eat whatever you want, while dealing with hormone imbalances and insulin resistance?

  1. Kristi says:

    May I ask what progesterone supplement you took? How did you know you needed it? I’m wondering whether or not I do. I haven’t had any blood work done, and don’t really want to go that route. I’ve been eating per 180DegreeHealth recommendations for a couple of months now. I can keep my body temp up from ovulation to mestruation, but it caves and is hard to get up from menstruation to ovulation. Wondering if the reason for that is low progesterone and/or estrogen dominance. Hmmm…

  2. Jules says:

    Thanks for answering my question! This encourages me greatly, and I’m hoping that the blood tests were just a one time thing. I do have a history of restrictive eating and overexercising, and I did cut out carbs for a while, and when i started eating again i started eating A LOT. I’m thinking that how much i was eating after not eating for so long has something to do with my wacked out hormones and insulin levels.

    My appetite has leveled out now, so that I’m eating what i want when i want it, and i’m not denying myself food when i’m hungry and I don’t binge or overstuff myself since i don’t feel denied of anything. I hope that after eating like this for a few months and i go to get my blood tests redone, that my insulin and hormone levels will be back to normal, and my thyroid levels too. If they’re the same or worse, then i might have to take that as an indicator that i am pre-diabetic and start working harder to stop eating carbs though :/

    What worries me is this–So if my hypothyroidism, hormone imbalances, and insulin resistance is the result of a history of restrictive eating, and will heal in time with unrestrictive eating, will the medicine i’m on for those problems mess with my body’s chemistry?

    I have one more question–how many months of unrestricted eating did it take for your hormone levels to balance out? Thanks!

  3. The Real Cie says:

    I am going to answer this as a non-dieting diabetic.
    I have stable type 2 diabetes. When I was first diagnosed with diabetes, I counted every little carb, and I was miserable. Most of the time, I felt like I was going to faint. It came to the point where I said “fuck it, we’re all going to die of something. I’m going to enjoy whatever time I have left, and if complications from diabetes end up killing me, so be it.”
    One thing that diabetics tend to do is act like we have failed when we start having to use insulin. We haven’t failed, our pancreas has. My A1C is much better since adding insulin. As for pain from the injections, I hardly feel the needle.
    Perhaps someone who strictly limits their carbs will live five years longer than I, who do not strictly limit my carbs, will live. I can’t say for sure. The only thing I know is that I made my life miserable with dieting and self-loathing for way too many years. However many years I have left, dieting will not be a part of any of them.