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Lately I have been struggling with my body imbalances again. My only health problems are these – indigestion, acne-prone skin and MENSTRUATION IRREGULARITY. I suffered from amenorrhea for 3 years after my anorexia period and during my first vegan attempts. Then I healed myself. Now it is back again and now I am finally starting to understand it.

My body constitution from ayurveda is Pitta-Kapha. But my body and also mind imbalance is VATA. And that is very much what is AMENORRHEA caused by.

I was googling through many articles about it, so I will write some of the facts here, I hope it will help someone as well. Amenorrhea (or at least in my case, I think!) is caused by low pitta dosha and too much vata. (My basic body constitution is pitta but my lifestyle and diet is very much the opposite and I suffer from cold feet/hands, thin nails…etc).

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Causes of too much vata (and blocks of menstrual channels) can be: the ones in Italics are mine

  • stress, anger, tension, travelling, emotional duress, changing of school/job
  • increase of cold temperament od body
  • excessive lethargy, sedentary lifestyle
  • vata promoting diet

Vata increasing diet: (Basically all I eat… dry grains, no oils, cruciferous vegetables, flour, yeast, dried fruit, corn, peas…)

  • cold, light, dry, airy foods (basically low-fat vegan lifestyle,lol)
  • gas forming vegetables (cabbage, broccoli, beans, lettuce, peas, cauliflower…) – I have been eating them lately a lot
  • yeast-based products – also a thing which I eat few times a week when heaving some store bough whole grain breadrolls
  • white flour, white sugar – yes yes, white sugar in teas in tearoom where I work

Some other interesting factors which can cause amenorrhea:

  • excessive exercise
  • artificial subjects for orgasm (that’s interesting one!)
  • no exercise
  • cold temperature

And here is the list of the things, which I resonate with and I believe can be helpful:

  • warm, moist meals – veggie, miso soups, stews, grains cooked with lots of water, herbal teas
  • drinking warm and hot water during the day
  • nutritious but easily digested foods
  • taking flax-seeds (or psyllium) for better digestion and fatty acids
  • ayurvedic herbal supplements – Triphala, Shatavari
  • hot and spicy foods, cooked in oil (vegetable oil or ghee – I will stay vegan, so just vegetable ones)
  • SPICES (very important one) : black pepper, cinnamon, coriander, cardamom, fennel, ginger, cumin, clove, celery and mustard seed, garlic
  • avoid eating old, cold and dry foods!!!! (that means foods from yesterday, too much bread, dried fruits…)
  • avoid using dry cooking methods – not enough water, sauteeing, baking, grilling (yes yes, my “dry” frying and sauteeing all the time, no soups, no oils)
  • don’t skip breakfast (have been doing this and then I always had heavy dinner, which is absolute opposite of what is good for my digestion)
  • not so much raw fruits, veggies, salads

So basically, to balance VATA:

  • eat warm foods, with added fat (coconut, sesame oil)
  • warm soups, stews, freshly baked bread
  • have heavier breakfast – something warm, milky and sweet (cooked oatmeal with almond milk and rice syrup and cinnamon for example)
  • sweet fruits – bananas, peaches, figs, mangos, persimmons, soaked raisins, melons
  • avocados
  • nut butters
  • cold-pressed, fresh sesame oil
  • root vegetables – beets, carrots, yams, potatoes; pumpkins, celery, turnips, mushrooms, squash, garlic, onion
  • beans in moderation (well soaked and cooked) – chickpeas, pink lentils
  • molasses, brown rice syrup
  • spices mentioned before 🙂 + basil, caraway, anise, thyme, allspice, nutmeg, horseradish
  • hot herbal teas, warm flax or rice milk
  • soaked and well cooked grains – basmati rice, brown rice, oats, wheats, couscous

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Just to mention- I am not a proffesional and this is just what I found on the Internet because I want to make changes and be happy. Menstruation is a very important thing for me, if it would mean to stop being vegan I will do it. You can judge me, but it is my health and my decisions. Anyways no need to do that, I am staying vegan, love animals and don’t want to promote animal cruelty. I believe that this can be solved with just some changes of fat intake, cooking methods, supplementing(ayurvedic tea, pills and evening primrose oil + psyllium), adding more spices and also include – OILY massages of my body, drinking tons of fluids, exercising yoga for fertivility improvement.

I will write about my healing journey soon and how has my diet and health changed. I miss that feminine part of me – menstrual flow, releasing, relaxing… ❤ I hope this gift will get back to me very very soon.

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hot chocolate in Beograd

I completely forgot about this blog. I created a new one and it just isn’t what I truly want my blog to look like. And here I am, this blog is just perfect, it’s old but I still love it and resonate with its design and I think it would be useful to continue with it.

So here I am, dedicated to writing again and I will be posting diary and recipe posts regularly. Just to mention, I am vegan again after about a year period of being vegetarian and few meat eating times. I just needed it. My body needed. I was craving fats, meat and eggs. Before that I had lots of problems with my period and hormonal balance. And it seems that the high fat diet consisting of LOOTS of organic and sometimes raw full fat dairy, eggs, coconut oil, butter, fish, vegetables, oats, legumes and fruit made it. I ate chicken ones and tried pork. I wanted to and I’m not sorry about that.

my eating habits in Romania

Anyways I got my normal healthy period after about 3-4 years of struggling with amenorrhea after my week in Romania at the end of December, where I was eating extremely unhealthy, loots of chocolate and had meat stew, I let my mind loosen, forgot about nutritrion teachings and let myself eat whatever I wanted and how much I wanted. And I wanted lots of food, sweets, high fat foods, meaty soups and yoghurts and nuts… I got my period week after and since than I had regular menstrual flow every month without pain and my hair started growing and is much healthier now. That’s it (I was eating healthy again when I came home from Romania, but still lots of dairy, cheese, eggs). During May I started eating mostly vegan again, my body felt renewed and ready for a vegan diet. During my travels veganism wasn’t possible (hitch hiking with a little money around Europe), but I stayed healthy vegetarian.

Now when I have enough time for food preparing and it’s cold outside so I am indoors a lot I am finally eating how I feel the best. High carb vegan foods, which warm me up and my digestion is much better. I love starch solution and I feel better than on raw foods, 80/10/10 and raw till 4. These diets made me overeat, gain weight and I never felt satisfied or full. I was consuming huge amounts of fruit, sometimes even 5-6000 calories, spent lots of money, was bloated all the time, didn’t have period and was addicted and dogmatic. That’s why I became vegetarian and high fat in the first place. Now I now that there is a better solution which is Starch solution:) I love rice, pasta, bread, dumplings, beans and oatmeal. Especially during autumn/winter I need to warm myself up and not drink cold fruit smoothies with exotic bananas and added sugar because it’s not sweet enough.

Stop rambling about food.

being with myself

I am studying university now but I still feel like being at the high school?! I just had bigger expectations or something… Studying is good and interesting but the student life is missing. I live with my parents, don’t have a part-time job and boyfriend. But when I think about it, it’s okay. After my last break up I needed time to heal and living at home brings lots of advantages. Stillness, solitude, intimacy, enough room for daily exercise and yoga, big bathroom, parents pay for food and I have everything I need here. I can go to parties and out with friends more if I need to and lately I have been outside a lot, so I don’t know why am I complaining???

I will write a list of things I am truly grateful for.

And I will write my goals for the near future.

But not in this post, it would be too long 🙂

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autumn sunshine at the garden

I spent this weekend in the country, no Internet, using phone or watching television (I don’t do that anyway, but worths mentioning), cleared my mind, connected with nature, slept a lot, looked into the fire, cooked delicious dumplings on the stove, went for a walk with our dog and I was…happy. I was happy being just with myself. It was different than being at home, looking at Facebook and Youtube. I always feel anxious spending lots of time like that. But being in the country, going out to bring wood, put it into the fire, listen to music, drink litres of tea with honey…it was like pampering myself and I felt so much self-love surrounding me.

I just love it. I am gonna do this more often.