THAT is what I thought when I got a visit from Miss Flow last night. I'm at my lowest weight, yet I still got this unexpected visitor. As I'm sure most of you know, ED takes this as "wow Laura, you've REALLY let yourself go. You must have gained so much weight over that week that you didn't weigh yourself!". Well actually...I didn't. But thanks ED. In fact, I am perfectly stable, so maybe this unexpected visitor showed up because my nutrition is getting better. My weight just needs to follow.
And actually, I have a LOT to talk about regarding our womanly cycle. But first!
For dessert last night I had a container of HALF frozen vanilla bean greek style yogurt. I prefer it to be COMPLETELY frozen, but we had just plugged our fridge back in after the long break, so it wasn't cold enough yet! (but apparently it was cold enough to freeze my cottage cheese which is right below the freezer! Oh, you have to love dorm life!)
But honestly, look how creamy it looks!!
And I figured I would show everyone what I see when I look out my window every day. Just for a little more visual pleasure.
Now it's lesson time.
And here is where I am going to be teaching this wonderful lesson:
Coffee cup filled.
Let's play GUESS THAT BLOG!
Actually, you play that. I already know who's it is =]
Nutrition and Infertility
Would you believe that this was the topic of our Nutrition class today? The day after I got my period, we would discuss different reasons why someone would be infertile (and you can bet your bottom dollar that being underweight was a HUGE component). However, I learned quite a bit more than I thought I would from this lesson, and I thought I would share it with you.
I will ask for your feedback though. I am in a course that discusses nutrition throughout life, and if any of this information is triggering please PLEASE tell me so that I can remove it immediately.
First of all, there are two different hormones to signal the female brain to began our menstrual cycle. One of them is of course, Estrogen. The other is Lepton, which is a hormone derived from fat cells. The more fat cells you have, the more hormones that are able to be released. This is one of the reasons why if a woman is underweight, she will lose her period. (signal ED- Laura...you have enough fat cells to start your period. You are fat.) (signal Laura- BULLSHIT ED!)
ED is actually wrong in this scenario (big surprise!!). Anyone with a BMI of less than TWENTY (20) is at risk of becoming infertile.
Also, Chronic Under nutrition can lead to the birth of a small and frail infant who has an increased likelihood of dieing within the first year of life. This means the longer we starve ourselves, girls, the greater the risk that we will lose our baby someday! I know I'm not planning on having a child ANY time soon, but we need to stop focusing on the little "highs" we get from ED right now, and focus on the future- OUR lives and our FAMILIES lives.
ANOTHER thing that I didn't realize is that people who are underweight can get their period, but not release an egg. This is called an Anovulatory Cycle. These women do not know that there is no egg being released, because they are getting their period. So for all I know, I am STILL not fully menstruating!
A few other random facts:
-Women who exercise for >1 hour a day and do not menstruate are at a greater risk of bone loss and stress fractures.
-A low fat (<20%>25g fiber daily) is linked to reduced estrogen and irregular periods. This can cause infertility.
-****Carotenemia- a high intake of beta-carotene is linked to amennorhea (loss of menstrul cycle for 3+ months) and menstrual disfuction. It's been found in anorexic girls that their high intake of carots and other caretenoids causes a yellowing of the skin and loss of period. ( I DID NOT KNOW THIS!!!)
I'm really not sure if this was helpful/hurtful/indifferent to you girls.
But for me, it was the perfect thing to hear especially because I just got my mentrual cycle back after 3 months. (I only had it ONCE three months ago. It was six months PRIOR to that that I got it last). Like I said previously, I don't plan on having a child any time soon...but I would like to someday. And I need to start taking care of myself NOW.