How I plan to balance my hormones with food and lifestyle choices

So far I have noticed nothing, but it’s only been 4 days since going sober. I have also not gotten my period. It’s day 41 since my last cycle. I thought it was coming, but maybe those were just PCOS-esque hot flashes and my random (but common) bouts of fatigue. The symptoms muddle together.

Today is the last day of a 3-week vacation. We traveled Scotland (whiskey capitol!) for 2 weeks, and we’ve been in Alaska the last week visiting my parents. When mom, Leon and Tyler drank beer, Grandma sipped her Pinot Grigio. Drinking before, during and after dinner every night is the norm in my family. I partook the first half of the week, but once I decided to go sober I quietly switched to hot herbal tea. Tea is something you drink on purpose, not like water, which is just the default non-alcoholic beverage. Nobody seemed to notice. Or care.

Going sober is just one of the changes I’m making for my health and hormones. I am also determined to get to the bottom of my occasional IBS/bloating issues, as well as the cause behind my occasional breakouts and mood swings. That is why I’m doing a 30-day Strategic Elimination Detox Cleanse.

By eliminating and then individually reintroducing foods (soy, wheat, nightshades, etc), I can discover which foods have a negative effect on my body. My health coaching school provided a 14-day done-for-you cleanse to give future clients, but I’m modifying and expanding it to 30 days because I think the body needs longer “resets” between each test food, and the 14 days only allows for 2 tests. I want to test several foods.

Once I perfect my 30-day Strategic Elimination Detox Cleanse, I’d love to share that with those who are interested. If you’re interested, follow my blog or comment on this post and I will let you know when I share that. It’s something I plan to incorporate into my paid health coach programs, but for now, I’m more than happy to give it away in exchange for constructive feedback!

On top of the detox, I am making some minor lifestyle shifts. Actually, even though they are little steps, together they feel kind of major. Specifically, I am crafting that perfect morning ritual, designed to gently yet effectively jump start my day and set me up for success in all realms of life. I am also designing a wind-down evening ritual. Both morning and evening routines are a series of mini habits, each tiny and easy steps that add up to more than the sum of their parts.

Once I put them to the test and customize it, I’d love to share what I found to be most beneficial and easy to follow through. In the past, I’ve struggled to stay on track with such routines, but I’ve been studying and mastering habit change psychology lately. I have hope. (hint: habit change is easy when you set up your environment correctly!)

The last step toward balancing my hormones is to cycle sync my foods and exercise regimens to the 4 phases of my menstrual cycle. I will write an entire post about what that means later. But basically what that means is to honor and understand the female hormone patterns, and eat and move accordingly. For example, during menstruation, I won’t be doing any high-intensity activities or be eating a lot of fatty, sugary, starchy foods. More on that later! For those interested, besides WomanCode, another great book to check out is Taking Charge of Your Fertility.

If you struggle or deal with PCOS, Endometriosis, or another female hormone imbalance, what are you doing to help curb your symptoms? I’d love to hear your story!

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Wife, yogi, and cat mama living in the SF Bay Area.

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