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THEORY FOR THE CONFUSING 'GENDER-WAVERING'! :D

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OK!... i've read quite a few topics and posts from the transgendered community about 'gender-wavering', the whole 'sometimes-i-feel-i-REALLY-have-to-transition-and-sometimes-i-don't' feeling. i too completely relate, i ride the 'gender-waves' too and it can be confusing and frustrating. i'm a research nerd, i study too much, and with what i've dug up plus my recent personal experience, i want to share a possible, plausible theory!! :D

ok, both testosterone and estrogen in varying degrees effect the mind, moods, and feelings...FACT! many can testify to that already.

being pre-hrt(hopefully not for long) i of course tried to find an 'alternative' route, a 'natural' method (yes i did research herbs and no this is not what this is about, i know they are unpredictable...) in natural i mean by diet and exercise. phyto-hormones contained within food? not quite, what i studied in depth was the natural hormone production itself and went a step further. the body can't make testosterone out of anything, it needs certain kinds foods, so by changing the diet in a way one can at least reduce the amount of T in the body.

now some personal back story. i'm asian, the asian diet contains alot of rice and noodles, and quite a bit of meat, for myself it's been ALOT of just rice and meat, not much anything else... now rice(white) is a very simple carb, how simple carbs react within the body is that it shoots up the insulin causing a spike(not healthy), that in turn causes a spike in testosterone!! which cause a whole plethora of nastiness...(in my case, TERRIBLE acne growing up, and huge muscles which i NEVER lifted weights for...ugh...) meat, especially the red kind with lotsa fat added on, also boosts testosterone production quite a bit... and that was all mainly my diet growing up, i very rarely at veggies and fruit... as i grew older and studied more i found this stuff out. there is also a website called genderdreaming(dot)something where couples can talk about increasing the chances of getting a child of their preferred gender by altering their natural hormone levels via diet, with interesting research and testimonies backing it up! so recently out of curiosity and health reasons, i decided to go with a vegan approach, a 180 degree turn from my usual diet(which has been very hard to do lol) its been at least 3 days, and you know what? i feel very much different, more at peace, more clarity, and feeling more femme! yes there are a lot of variables and it still might be too early to tell, but i'm gonna keep up it with and report over time how how it goes but... this is something worth looking into i truly believe!!

SO!! i declare a group experiment! for those who are pre-hrt 'gender-wavering', why not try this with me?? its hard to be vegan, even then, it goes further then that... you'll have to find it on your own as i can't post links here, but just google 'foods that produce/suppress testosterone', avoid the ones that cause more production, eat/drink the ones that 'suppress production', not phtyohormones... it's not east but, i think it's a cause worthy experiment to test out, i mean, this is life and health we're talking about!

so thoughts? comments? declarations of interest!? i felt inspired to share this to at least introduce new ideas, and to think optimistically, what if i'm right? what if quite a few of us tried this and got similar results? just think of the implications!... :D

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Interesting experiment though I cannot imagine you will get to many participants. Personally I believe it is a placebo. You believe the diet will make you feel more fem so you end up feeling it. Then again maybe it does work.

Be interesting to hear what happens.

Audrey

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perhaps a placebo indeed!...alas though, there has been documented scientific evidence of testosterone levels altering depending on diet... not enough to feminize, but there would be a noticeable difference in the mind i would think!... this is more for the mental/psychological factor of how ya feel after alter the diet so ya, alot of variables to factor in... but it's too early to draw conclusions! :D

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I agree with you on the T and E in food. For example I read that because of all the hormones that McDs cows get that you have a higher level of hormones in each burger you eat. So technically you should get a similar result from eating big Macs! Sunflowers I read had a significant level of some kind of something that mimics estrogen. Before hormones I looked for things. I cannot say I felt any different but then again so much has happen since then it’s hard to remember.

Anyways I think your post is interesting because I really believe the slogan that you are what you eat. I would love to hear what you learn if you get any takers.

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Hey Leela, very interesting, have you thought about making a few meals , taking photos of the meals and creating a recipe book ?, then sell it as an eBook. (pun intended there, but serious about the recipes and book)

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Just make sure you do your research and eat a healthy, balanced vegan diet. You still need a certain amount of protein, etc., and not everyone stays healthy on a vegan diet long term, it can be difficult to maintain sufficient intake of certain nutrients, such as B12 and iron.

Done right it can be very healthy in a lot of ways, though.

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