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Old Feb 18th, 2018, 15:58 PM   11
Nataliieexo
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Yes I think dieting may be too much pressure for me. I have had success with counting calories a few times but as soon as my weight loss starts to stall I slip back. For the amount of times I have dieted if I had just continued I could be much healthier and happier with my body by now.
I think I will start changing my life style, smaller portions and slowly cutting out bad stuff for a start. Iíve actually been advised to slowly cut one thing out of my diet for a period of time to see if I can work out what triggers my ibs as it is becoming problematic and having a great impact on my life.

I do hope I ovulate but Iíve been known to gear up and fail to ovulate a few times per cycle.

It would be great if they would behave, itís so hard when your body doesnít co-operate and causes added stress.



 
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Old Feb 19th, 2018, 04:02 AM   12
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I agree with cutting one thing out at a time to see if things improve. The other way to do it is to cut out the most obvious triggers like wheat for instance, and see if that helps. After a while if you gradually reintroduce it and your symptoms start up then you know that's something to avoid. My brother had to do all this because he developed allergies so these days he is vegan, wheat free, yeast free, and goodness knows how many other things free.
Most of it isn't that hard to do, as you can easily make tasty food still, but some things are missed and that's hard but it's the lesser of two evils when you think about what you go through with an IBS flare up.
You could try Slimming World? They're not so much about the dieting, more healthy eating. I successfully lost lots of weight with them and it was actually much easier than I thought it would be and I didn't miss things as much as I thought. You can still have things like chocolate (which is my thing) but in moderation. What I did was completely cut those things out for a while first and then I found I was much happier to only eat small quantities of those things. Everyone's different though.

Diet can be the cause of many issues though, so if your IBS is playing up to the extent it's interfering with general life then it could easily be having an impact on things like ovulation too. If you can work on that in a way that doesn't trigger your urge to binge, you may find the way to fixing everything else.

Oh, and I don't know if this is common knowledge but it surprised me to read that anything in the nightshade family (peppers for example) can be triggers for IBS too



 
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Old Feb 19th, 2018, 05:09 AM   13
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I have thought about slimming world so many times, two of my friends did it but they didnít have much success with it which put me off a bit. But Iíve been thinking about it more and I think at least try it. Yes chocolate is also my thing, when counting calories I always managed to fit chocolate even if it meant extra time on my exercise bike to burn the calories to eat chocolate. I definitely think I need to get the healthy lifestyle rather than diet to have more success.

My temps donít indicate ovulation, which is annoying but not the first time Iíve geared up and nothing happens. It seems like my body needs the extra push to ovulate. Like the soy isoflavones seemed to do for a few cycles. I donít know why my body just canít co operate with me.



 
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Old Feb 19th, 2018, 05:17 AM   14
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Some don't have success but that doesn't mean you won't. The vast majority who do it have success. You can and do tend to plateau at some point but you just have to change things about a little and this kickstarts things back off. The groups are an amazing support if it's your thing, if not then you can do it online instead. At the end of the day, if you join and decide after a few weeks you don't want to keep attending, you still have the books to work from if you prefer to do the plan at home.
I think sometimes people get confused with the plan because it is a lot to take in initially, perhaps this is where some don't find success, if they don't understand it but think they're doing it right. I don't know, but it's worth trying I think as it really lessens the pressure of the whole diet thing. Plus, you can do it pregnant, breastfeeding, and it's something the whole family can do with you too because it's really friendly and not restrictive.

If the soy worked for you before perhaps you could try it again? I have read many success stories from soy. So many it convinced me to try it this cycle. I ovulate regularly but I wanted to increase chances of a healthier more mature egg and hopefully help thicken my lining more



 
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Old Feb 19th, 2018, 05:29 AM   15
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I used soy for I think 6 cycles and ovulated 4/6 of the cycles. On the last cycle I didnít ovulate at all and my cycle was 80+ days. I had read that you arenít supposed to use soy for longer than 3 cycles and I went 3 cycles longer than I already should. So I figured I would take a break for a few cycles before returning to soy again.
Although since reading the info about not using soy for longer than 3 cycles I canít seem to find the info again.

Fingers crossed that soy works for you. Since Iím not a regular ovulator my ovulation varied from each cycle on soy.

I do actually find slimming world confusing and I think that was something that put me off also. But I have seen so many success stories that sway me to try it. Iím also a terribly picky eater which doesnít help.



 
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Old Feb 19th, 2018, 05:38 AM   16
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I haven't read that before but it's worth researching some more on it. The last thing you want to do is confuse things more. What dose was you using?
Slimming World can be confusing but once you've been doing it a couple of weeks it's easy and just becomes second nature. I think you can go along to a group for free to see what it's like before paying anything. If you don't like it then you don't have to join, that's what they always used to do anyway. I was sold when I went to my first group though. I'm not a social person but the atmosphere there was so positive and full of good humour that that alone made me want to go back. There's always someone to help with any questions too. There may be a thread on here somewhere on SW?



 
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Old Feb 19th, 2018, 05:39 AM   17
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I have never ever had regular periods apart from the 3 cycles off the pill when my son was concieved. I lost count how many times I went to the dr when I was younger over not having periods for 3 months and just told to use the pill or depo injection. I probably didnít ovulate then obviously I wasnít checking back then though so thereís no way to say. Conceiving twice straight after the pill is something thatís always at the back of my mind but in the 3 years we have been ttc I havenít dared try using the pill for 3 months and then coming off like I did back then incase it only makes the situation worse.



 
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Old Feb 19th, 2018, 05:42 AM   18
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There are things like that you can do. The thing with the pill is they're synthetic hormones which personally I'm not a fan of. I have heard that using progesterone for a certain time and then stopping it can induce ovulation but I don't know enough about that to really advise properly. I imagine it's similar to using the pill for that purpose but you're using bio-identical hormones instead



 
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Old Feb 19th, 2018, 05:42 AM   19
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I was using 120mg for 2 days 160mg for 2 days then 200mg for 1 day. But the last 2 cycles I used I did 200mg per day. I felt very positive about those cycles until I realised my lp was only 9-11 days long.

Im not a social person either Iím very shy. Having a good atmosphere would definitely help. I will look for the thread. I also follow a slimming world at home group aswell and a lot of people have success doing slimming world from home aswell.



 
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Old Feb 19th, 2018, 05:50 AM   20
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It sounds as if perhaps you increased oestrogen too much taking 200mg daily for five days. That was probably the cause of your shortened lp, mild oestrogen dominance possibly. It's really important to find the right balance and that can be hard to do. If you do use soy again, it may be worth using progesterone cream during your lp to make sure the soy doesn't cause you to produce too much oestrogen which can then deplete your natural progesterone. But, I'm not an expert! It just seems like a logical explanation to me since soy increases oestrogen by tricking your body into thinking it isn't making enough.
I think although many have success at home with SW, more do at groups because of the support and encouragement. They're generally really friendly and welcoming. The only time I had an issue was when I had lost weight and had just had DD and wanted to lose a stone, so I wasn't overweight and this caused some members to make some comments about why am I there, which made me uncomfortable! But that was one group. The others I had been to previously were fab



 
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