February 14, 2014 at 5:18 pm #15164
After ovulation I seem to be at a good temperature. Over 98 first thing in the am and close to 99 all day. But the other 2.5 weeks of my cycle, I tend to start with 97.6-97.9 and then I might hit 98.3 or up to 98.6 during the day and it goes down again towards the evening to 97.8 or so. Is that normal or do I need to work on getting it up more at those times? I measure my temps orally.February 15, 2014 at 12:17 pm #15174AnnaBParticipant
It probably is pretty common for temps to be that much lower for that part of the month (although just because it’s common, I’m not sure if it means that it is optimal). 97.6 is probably still kind of low, but I think you have to ask yourself how you are feeling. Are you feeling symptoms of low metabolism- which could be so many things, really, but are you tired, do you have digestion problems, sleep problems, cold hands/feet, etc??
If you’re feeling great, I wouldn’t stress about it. If you’re curious and able to tweak some things to get those temps up a bit at that time of the month, you can see if you feel better or if it makes a difference.February 15, 2014 at 1:48 pm #15175
Thank you Anna. That’s helpful advise. I wonder if an indoor temperature of 66-68 degrees is stressful on the body and lowers body temp.. I feel very comfortable at 70 degrees. But less can leave me feeling cold.
Another question- are corn tortilla chips a good option if they make me feel warm but contain sunflower oil. Is it beneficial despite the PUFAs? I make most foods at home and only add coconut oil or butter. But it’s way too much work to make chips!February 15, 2014 at 4:36 pm #15177AnnaBParticipant
I’m not sure about the indoor temp question. If the colder temp is feeling stressful on your body, keep the inside temp up for now. Eventually you might be able to tolerate upper 60s without feeling cold. I know people on thyroid meds often have to increase their med dose in the winter– colder temps and less sun.
I have the same issues with corn chips– they’re easy and tasty. At one point in time I was more extreme with all my food rules and I would have said you should keep them out. But if they make your life easier and you generally use coconut oil or butter, it’s probably fine in moderation. If it is stressful to you to have to cut them out (because you miss them or because they make finding a food source easier), then the stress might be worse for your body than the PUFA in the chips. Of course, if you can find some substitutes so you’re not eating tons of the corn chips every day, that could be a decent move.February 15, 2014 at 6:57 pm #15180
I bought some plain corn tortilla’s that don’t have added oils and maybe I can find a way to make them tasty by frying them in some coconut oil and shaving a little bit of parmesan on top.
I definitely still have ways to go. My digestion isn’t perfect and I get cold hands at times. It’s quite amazing to eat a couple handfuls of the right food and have warmth crawl into ones fingers!!
Sometimes I get cold hands when I’m anxious. Do you avoid those situations?
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