Another Saturday, another weigh in . It was a good week all around.
Me- DOWN 1.4
Hubby - DOWN 0.4
Son DOWN 0.6
Not only am I down as far as the scale, but I was paid a visit by that "monthly aunt". This makes the 1.4 loss even better, as we gals have a tendancy to retain water weight during that time. I am in that time of life where things are very, very unpredictable . For me for much of my life this has always been so due to PCOS. One interesting thing about PCOS is that it makes you rather mixed up hormonally and metabolicly, where you put on weight very easy. That weight then reaches a point where the body "reads" the excess fat as a kind of estrogen, and literally has a party with it. Anything that estrogen builds up in a normal person does so in triplicate it seems and cycles can become VERY heavy, breast tissue VERY tender and a lot more. In short, a peri0od becomes like a whole sentence. A Life Sentence at that !
All of this is leading me to believe even more that the absolute thing I need to focus on is a high intake of the right kinds of fats and fiber. Research I have been doing has tended to agree with my suspicions. Here are a few points that I came across recently:
"There is evidence to suggest that dietary fiber may play
an important role in estrogen metabolism and may be an important
determinant of circulating estrogen levels in the body."
"High fiber diets can reverse estrogen dominance in the body "( leading
to heavy periods, breast cancer, ovarian cycsts, fibroids as well
as migranes,fibrocystic breast disease and menstrual irregularities)
"While much research has focused on the link between fiber and gastrointestinal health,
studies also show that dietary fiber may protect against breast cancer, according to
David P. Rose, M.D., Ph.D., D.Sc., chief of the division of nutrition and endocrinology
for the American Health Foundation in Valhalla, New York. High intakes of fiber have been shown
to reduce estrogen levels in the blood, he says. That’s important because high levels of estrogen
are associated with increased breast cancer risk.
Fiber may reduce estrogen by binding with it in the intestine before carrying it out of the body
in the stool. Fiber may also help prevent the reabsorption of estrogen in the blood. "
Combining this knowledge with other research on fats, I say bring on another week of beans, oatmeal, barley, avacados, olives, coconut oil and nuts !!!!