January 30th, 2012
by Jodi · Filed Under: General Health
Is it me or does my littlest one look like he just saw something gross right before the shot was snapped? These CIA agents have zero loyalty to their mother.
My kids are awesome. Yes, I am biased in saying that, but truly, they really are awesome kids. However, they tend to throw their mother under the bus on more than one occasion. They say they don’t mean to, but the two older ones are worse than the town crier. The main thing they tattle on me to their father about is the high flying antics stuff that happens when I drive them to school. Now I am one of the most aggressive and psychotic cautious drivers there are out there so I’m not sure why they find it necessary to tell their dad that we were driving on two wheels to school but they do at times and it is very inconvenient. Clearly they got to school by the hair of their chinny chin chins because they weren’t in my car when I got back home nor under the tires and the school didn’t call to say they were psychologically damaged absent so obviously they were fine. So there are days I just want to hush the two town criers in my back seat by forcing them to listen to their father go on and on about it bopping them upside their heads—but I can’t. But there is a town crier that we are silencing that we should not be and it is usually warning us of impending peril. This would be our cycle.
Cycles are very funny because we loathe having them but we hate missing one even more. They possess an uncanny ability to show up the week you go on vacation no matter when you book it and they make every day activities uncomfortable and cumbersome. They’re about as welcome as a tummy virus is after a Sunday dinner with the family. But missing one, for some of us, is more traumatic than being robbed at gun point so let’s just be honest that it’s not like we’re rejoicing because we skipped a month. And even if missing one doesn’t send you into cardiac arrest, it still makes you think in the back of your head, “What’s wrong here?”
If you hop on the web and start googling, you will find a ton of information regarding missed periods, or as the medical community refers to them: irregular periods. Some of it is inaccurate, not all because there is some good info out there on the more prominent websites, but almost all of it is inapplicable to the lean community. We are a special breed that is incredibly underrepresented in medical studies and on the medical websites. We are lumped in with the general public and when it comes to issues regarding our hormones or how our bodies react to dieting, we aren’t even close. But contrary to popular belief of us clean eaters, we do not lose our periods because we are low body fat. Very few of us ever get that low of body fat to say we lost our cycle for that reason. I know I have mentioned this before, but we have a warped sense of what our true body fat is. I have heard girls say they are 8/9% body fat at their leanest and that is a far from the truth. They are most likely 11/12ish but highly unlikely they as low as 8 or 9%. The thing that most of seem to miss is that the accuracy of the measurement tends to decrease as you move out to either extreme. Super lean BF levels and super high BF levels are normally not accurate because they are out of the range of accuracy for that measuring tool. This is another post for another time but just know that unless you have some ribs showing and your femur perfectly outlined, you are not 8% BF.
We lose our periods due to high levels of the stress hormone cortisol. It is the grand interrupter. Cutting your cals and beating your body into submission is a great way to raise your cortisol levels which in turn messes with your sex hormones. (Of course, this beats the old fashioned way of fight or flight which just shows that we have become bored with more traditional ways of jacking ourselves up and moved on to more sophisticated methods.) Once that balance is off kilter, so is your period and it can take an act of Nature to get it regular again. But why the fuss and who really cares? If I’m missing my period, why don’t I just take the pill and make it come back, right? That’s up to you but your period is the best loud mouth you will ever have in your body. It’s forever telling you how you are doing medically. Silencing may not be the most prudent thing to do.
Hang on tight while we jump into what your period really tells you on a monthly basis and why the pill may not be the answer you expected it to be. Can’t wait, ladies! Woop woop!