If you read yesterday's post, you probably know that I had some blood work done. Most of the results came back in today. Overall, I'm healthy. But as I did mention before, my hormones are, well, totally lacking, still. The ongoing issue I have been trying to correct is hormone imbalance.
Since high school I have had on again, off again amenorrhea. I have been on birth control for years, taken myself off several times, and am currently very happy not taking it. In the beginning the birth control was to regulate and help my periods return. Well, this did help, for a while. Now, for the last two years, I have suffered from complete amenorrhea. Honestly, not having a monthly visitor does not bother me, except for the fact that it is probably very unhealthy to go this long without one. I have done everything that I can think of to correct this. Nothing, so far, has worked. But I'm staying positive.
Losing 50 pounds rather quickly in high school, I'm sure, did not help with the hormone situation. And then again, neither did suffering from an eating disorder (anorexia). But, since college, I have been upping my healthy fat intake, using maca (helps to regulate hormones), taken various herbs, and listened to my body when it comes to healthy amount of exercise. I am now, by far, healthier than I have ever been. So what is the deal with my missing periods??
I have tested all of my hormones, lipids, thyroid, insulin levels, essential fatty acids, and micronutrients (I work at an anti-aging doc's office). All are great except for the very low levels of estrogens and progesterone. These are the main hormones that regulate menstruation.
What I have done about it: I have tried taking thyroid meds, estrogen patches, increasing meat in my diet, and increasing fats. I used the thyroid for about 6 months then gave up. I have seen a few endocrinologists and a OB/GYN for the lack of menstruation and they just tell me to go back on birth control and that it's normal. No, it's not normal.
Honestly, at this point, my body's reproductive organs seem to be in hybernation mode...
Yes, it's strange and no one can figure out what exactly is going on with my body. So, if any of you out there have any ideas, bring 'em on! But for now, I'm still searching for an answer, a clue.
Well, enough about me...
And onto tonight's dinner...
We had sushi again! Mama Samaan had a craving so, the boyfriend's brother made us another round of sushi with avocado, cucumber, crab, and rice.
Vegan Lunch Box, this is a simple, yet tasty, Asian salad dressing.
Asian Miracle Dressing
- 1/8 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 tsp. Dijon mustard
- 1 1/2 TB maple syrup
- a pinch of salt
- a grind of pepper
- 1/2 tsp. low sodium soy sauce
- 1 tsp. toasted sesame oil
- 1 1/2 TB extra virgin olive oil
For our family dinner, I doubled the recipe. It came out great over rainbow chard and romaine leaves, tomatoes, and sesame seeds.
I have some exciting things coming up to announce... but not yet. Just you wait. They'll be good.