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So, someone here mentioned staying away from sugar. By choice or necessity? I am trying to figure out if I am having a reaction to sugar. I normally get cravings before my period. Since going gluten-free, the things I eat to fill those cravings are devoid of just about everything (chocolate, which now gives me heartburn, dairy, eggs and gluten...just so happens the best gluten-free goodies I have found are also vegan) except sugar. And I have gotten the bubble guts each time ive indulged. Anybody know anything I don't?
I second Learner01. The journal idea is helpful. Track water, food, supplements, bowel movements, aches and pains, exercise, sleep, weight, and anything else you can think of. I noticed a few patterns when I did that.
Also, the book I previously recommended, the Hormone Diet, will tell you when and how to get various hormones tested. My doctor didn't keep track of the time of the month, the WNL ranges were not current and he didn't do full panel testing. So, basically, the testing I got done through my regular MD was worthless. Hence my switch to an ND.
I am currently seeing a Naturopath (ND) for the same issue. So far, I've been tested for allergies, vitamin deficiencies and thyroid issues. All of which I have some of. I am also in the process of collecting saliva samples to test my reproductive hormone levels, cortisol and melatonin. What my treatment plan will end up being, I don't know, but I feel that each little bit of testing is helping. And I am here b/c my regular doctor and insurance wouldn't do the things I needed them to do and simply, didn't understand what I needed or how to do it. I've really had to do a lot of learning on my own and advocating for myself. I suggest two resources that should be a great help to you: The Hormone Diet, by Natasha Turner, ND and the website www.womentowomen.com. Both of these resources talk about the confluences of diet and bodily systems and make recommendations that our regular doctors normally overlook.
So, it could be anything that anyone above mentioned. It could be a combination of things. I just encourage you to think outside the box in terms of seeking help.
Also, as a psychologist, I understand the importance of knowing WHY you aren't sleeping and not just taking some pill to fix it. You start taking some sleeping pill and then you need more and more. If you understand why, you can at least address the root of the problem.
Lastly, I've tried Ashwaganda Root with some success. I took it at night with my calcium/mag supplements. That has really helped me get to sleep a lot better. I still have trouble staying asleep, though. But, I'm working on it!
You MUST try Sugar Plum Vegan in midtown! They have some good salads made with pesto instead of salad dressing that are gluten-free. Plus, everything is vegan, if you also have dairy or egg allergies. BEST OF ALL, is their gluten-free bakery!! So good! No one would be able to tell it was gluten-free and vegan!