Hi there :)
Quick introduction: I am 48 years old. For about two years, I had very very heavy menorrhagia that the doctor told me to control with ibuprofin and just waiting for menopause. No aspirin -- this thins blood and causes bleeding. I did this until my blood iron level went to 6.8 and then decided perhaps it was time for some sort of surgical intervention. Discovered I have a massive fibroid the size of a grapefruit in my uterus. Flipped out, signed up for surgery, actually moved home so my family could take care of me. In the meantime I was going to see doctors -- discovered I was hyperthyroid and also had a 4cm nodule in my thyroid that was shown to be a colloid -- no cancer. Then also discovered I had high blood pressure and was prescribed high blood pressure meds for this. Then -- on an ekg, left ventricular hypertrophy and slight atrial fibrillation.
However, while all this was going on, my menses totally stopped and I started having raging hot flashes and brain fog to the point I could not function.
This was all in the space of about three months. Basically: wtf.
So clearly my ovaries just stopped working. I can't exactly say this was premature at my age but it is about five years earlier than my mother or my grandmother experienced menopause. In the meantime there is a multinodular goiter in my neck that needs to be "watched" if they don't decide I need it removed or irradiated, and then there are the blood pressure meds -- and frankly at 48 it's a little early for this in my opinion.
My eating for the past couple years has been pretty erratic but not lowcarb. I went on Nutrisystem and lost about 30 pounds -- this took about five months. It's all soy. I was a semi-"vegetarian" -- more soy. I think I have soy poisoning. I also drank a lot of diet soda, lots of late nights, wine, working late, just knocking around. I felt I had enough energy up til about January of this year and then my brain started going a little froggy and the anemia started getting serious from the excessive bleeding. Then I just crashed. I knew something was wrong. I supplemented with iron as directed; chewables -- about 300 percent of RDA a day.
There is fibrosis in my uterus, my thyroid and in my heart. Oh, and also my ear in the form of a cholesteatoma that I just had removed. My liver panels are normal but who knows, maybe that's fibrotic too.
I gotta do something, here.
I've been reading and reading about Peat diet protocols. My problem is I think this is a serious endocrine issue and I don't think doctors can help me. I know they want to - I know it's their job and all but this intersection in my health, to me -- seems like a downhill deal. There's too much wrong. I don't think they'll have much for me but the standard offers of radiation and a low-salt diet, blood pressure meds and iron supplements.
Until I get my first heart attack or cancer diagnosis.
In the meantime, the really scary thing is I don't feel well. I just don't. I am ill, maybe for the first time really in my whole life. The worst part is the brain fog and the memory problems. I would be worried I had a brain tumor if I hadn't already had a cat scan for that.
I've been trying to piece together the eating now for about a week. I'm not getting how the nutrition works out to be "high protein." A quart of low fat milk has 33 grams of protein --you'd have to drink two of those to get to 66 grams. That's a thousand calories. Add some gelatin, ok -- it's about 7 grams for two cups of gelatin. A couple eggs is another 15 grams. Add another couple hundred calories. Then a quart of OJ -- another 500 calories.
We're at two thousand.
That's high protein -- but if you add the other stuff -- fruit, sugar, coconut oil, coke, ice cream, regular cream, etc -- this is also a pretty high calorie diet. I can see being able to manage the milk, OJ and gelatin but I don't see how to get the sugar in for fuel on top of that to get my thyroid moving without eating way too many calories.
Also, I am thirsty. I am used to an artificially sweetened zero calorie beverage instead of a 150 calorie can of Pepsi Throwback. What do you all drink during the day besides milk, orange juice and coca cola? Green tea with stevia? Do you just drink water and not sweeten at all? I was pondering just plain carbonated water, but I like a little sweetness, some flavoring.
For supplements I started with two aspirin and topical progesterone and I've ordered pregnenolone and magnesium oil. I have a bunch of other stuff but I'm stuck on whether to take it or not. For example I have some outrageously expensive B-Complex wafers I'm not sure if I'm supposed to take. I dropped the iron -- it's enough, anyway, I think, to counter whatever iron deficiency I had.
So hi everyone. Thoughts on protein and calories, sweeteners besides sugar, or any other little thing?
If you have 2 quarts of milk, taking many cups throughout the day, you won't have room for a lot more. At least I don't.
Can you already drink 2 quarts of milk? Some people need to increase the amount gradually to not create digestive discomfort.
So I could consume for example 2 quarts of milk (with coffee, chocolate, sugar, and gelatin), 1 quart of OJ, 2 eggs, and that might be it some days. Other days I eat liver, or shrimp, or have just 1 quart of milk and eat other things.