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hope this isnt too weird to discuss about... I've been on hclf vegan raw til 4 for a month now, I just got my period few days a ago for the first time since feb. My cycle has not always been regular becuz i used to restrict my diet a lot. Since i dont really have a regular cycle im not too sure what's "normal" when having it... my stomach is so bloated/sore / very uncomfortable n i wanted sweet and salty starchy food. can anyone plz share about how heavy their period usually is n any discomfort? any info helps!!!! thanks!!

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Lol this might sounds weird coming from a guy but im curious if bleeding is normal. I ask because of this woman who was raw and had no period till she eat meat. clearly pain is not normal but what about bleeding? Since apparently animals dont bleed during menstruacal periods?

AFAIK some animals do.  The endometrial lining has to either be reabsorbed or shed, so all mammals do one or the other.  Most mammals rarely have their "period" though, because they mate whenever they ovulate and don't ovulate while they're breastfeeding.

But, numerous things influence how much women bleed and I think a very heavy period is a sign that something is wrong.

Bleeding is normal. Give it time, your periods should change. I have never had very heavy periods. But I recently got a Copper IUD which increased the amount of blood. Everyone is different. A few more months and you should see more and more changes. I get no cramping or discomfort anymore. And that's with an IUD which normally causes bad cramping and very heavy bleeding. That's only because everyone else is on a SAD diet :P

Do people not bleed when they have period?! if they dont bleed how do they know they r having period?!

If you're an adult woman and have starved yourself for so long that this is your first real period, I can imagine that it must be very painful and uncomfortable!  Your body is just waking up.  It will probably take some time to heal and get into a normal cycle.  Now that I'm LFRV, I experience very little bloating and soreness (though more with the bloating than the soreness, unfortunately) and light bleeding for 2-3 days.  I do get a little PMS-y beforehand though, in that I get a little tired and generally just want to curl up at home instead of go out at night.

I am xtremely tired and i feel super fat and ugly I even am super tired to go do my daily 20 min exercise!! I dont know what to do now. do i still exercise or just sleep and eat? i get hungry so easily too!! i dont know what to do anymore... ='(

Your fine.  Periods are a result of eating more fat than we need... more than 10%.  As a high carb low fat raw vegan... you are going to get your period every month and that is a great thing!  But until you are completely healed it may come back every now and then... then may go off and on for years, but is still far better then having it every month!

That's an interesting way to put it.

I only recently learned about it, but the body has really quite primitive mechanisms when it comes to reproduction.

When the fat-content of your food is higher, then your body produces more hormones for reproduction.

Kinda like "Look, there's plenty food around, let's increase the pop-growth!"

If those drop too low, then women stop ovulating and men get a relatively low sex-drive.

I have not yet decided if that is a good or a bad thing about this kind of diet. :o

I learnt about it from a body-builder. He has been experimenting with a lot of macro-nutrient-ratios and says that he thinks 15% fat is ideal in that regard. He also mentioned that there were absolutely no other negative side-effects from going lower on the fat but he really didn't like to lose his drive. He also coaches women and he says that for them the no-period-thing can happen, when they go below the 15%.

I guess that from natures point of view it would be totally normal to not be above this all the time but our modern society of abundance made us get so used to being there, that we're shocked to experience it otherwise.

But no clue about the pain-stuff and how it is affected by diet. I'm glad I don't have that. :o

With endometriosis my period used to leave me bed ridden in pain for 2-3 days each go (very irregular) and cause brief constipation followed by many trips to the bathroom. It took 5-6 months of eating low fat raw vegan  before my pain became minimal, very low/no bloating and regular. It is like night and day. 

Not only is menstruation obviously reproductive related, but I am convinced it is another way for a woman to detox. 

The only time the pain has come back was the month I had my amalgams removed with non-epinephrine local anesthesia, and even then it was about 30% of the pain that I had experienced in the past.

If you do happen to experience pain, I have found that an ice pack to the lower back/lower stomach was helpful, also raspberry leaf tea! 

Wishing you all the best!!

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