Thank you all for your helpful responses! It's nice to have so much support in one place, especially from those who are going through basically the same thing since I've found that many of my family and friends just don't understand. I actually have one cousin in particular who is a "health/fitness nut" and she doesn't believe that any of this impacts weight loss/gain. To her, I'm just doing something wrong. It's very frustrating, so I want you to know how much I appreciate you!!
NOGRITNOPEARL: Cutting out all meats actually isn't harmful at all and chicken actually is one of the best things to eat for increasing testosterone. There's a lot of stigma surrounding vegetarian and vegan diets because people are under the impression that people NEED animal proteins when in fact, we don't. Plants and plant-based whole foods offer MUCH protein and it's actually been shown that people who eat little to no meat are at significantly lower risk for things like heart disease, certain cancers and diabetes. That being said, I've been meat-free for about a week now and I feel better than I've ever felt. I have more energy, don't battle with sluggishness throughout the day and I'm in a much calmer place, mentally.
As far as the Dukan Diet goes, I did look into it, but it's too restrictive for me. I'm already having a hard enough time with a low glycemic diet that cutting out anymore would just drive me nuts lol I don't have the willpower for something like that. I will, however, speak with my doctor about a glucose tolerance test. When I was pregnant with my daughter, I had to take the test twice because the one-hour test came back iffy, but the second test---the horrible 3-hour long test---came back fine, which is suprising because my diet during pregnancy was absolute crap.
I'm also back on SparkPeople as a means for support. I joined in December and up until April I was doing all of the calorie counting and logging everything but it just became too stressful because after doing everything right, the weight still wasn't coming off so I stopped tracking everything but my workouts. I'm familiar enough now with many foods that I feel no need to count calories because most of my calories come from, and have been coming from, produce and whole foods.
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CHRIMSONFYRE: Before I got my results from my doctor I looked into the Paleo diet too. I liked that it seemed to be heavy on meat but then once I was told my testosterone levels were too high and a natural way to remedy that was to cut out meat, that dream faded away lol It sounds like you're doing so far :) I'm a dairy addict so you're much stronger than I to be able to cut it out of your diet.
Becoming pregnant with my daughter was such a fluke that doctors often turn their heads sideways when I tell them the story of how I found out. We were trying, but not really; I had an appointment to see a doctor and talk about fertility options and then it just happened. My advice is to just stop stressing about it and have LOTS of sex lol It's amazing the power that the mind has over the body. Good luck!
SQUIDARTPARTY: Tomorrow (Monday) I'm planning on calling an Endocrinologist to speak with them about my test results and see if there's anything else I can do. I know that elevated testosterone levels don't point to PCOS on their own, but the rest of my symptoms do. Like I said I have a very hard, long struggle with weight loss and in addition to that if I am not on birth control my periods happen anywhere from every 3 months to once every 6-9 months and they have never been even close to regular. In addition, they last anywhere from 2 weeks to 30 days. I also have stubborn hair in places that I shouldn't, battle with fatigue (not so much since cutting meat out of my diet), my hair falls out constantly and when it comes to my skin I feel like a new tag crops up way more often than it should, my daily cleansing/moisturizing routine may as well not even happen and there are no acne remedies that actually work for me.
The low glycemic diet I'm on essentially is a low carb/sugar/fat diet and it's not as hard as I thought it was going to be, but it's definitly not as easy as I hoped it would be either. I'm thankful that before being tested I already had some knowledge about simple vs complex carbs and the importance of protein and fiber and such. The thing I struggle with most is actually finding a variety of foods to eat. I've never been a big vegetable person and I'm very picky about fruits as well. I've always been a texture eater so if something is squishy or crunchy or gritty and I feel it shouldn't be, regardless of how it tastes, the texture overpowers everything and I find myself unable to eat it. Oh the suckyness of mind over matter! lol How long have you been on a vegan diet? Did you start seeing results right away? Before educating myself on it, I always saw a vegan diet as kind of a taboo thing, but that's because I was under the impression that people need animal product to be healthy, because that's what society says and what I've always been taught. The only thing keeping from a vegan diet is milk and cheese. I love cheese. I love cheese so much that I feel like it's one of the few things keeping me sane during this transition period from completely omnivorous to vegetarian/low-GI.
JULMUT: I'm very eager to speak with an Endocrinologist and after I do I'm thinking about going to a nutritionist as well, just to get as much out of eating low-glycemic and vegetarian as possible. Has eating a vegan diet helped with your high-testosterone symptoms at all?
Edited by: MAMASAURUS5112 at: 6/9/2013 (19:45)
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