The other day we asked you guys on Instagram story if you would be interested in learning more about balancing hormones and gut health and we received such amazing feedback from you all. Like a 90% YES. So truth is, I am going through a pretty bumpy healing journey right now and wanted to see if it would be relevant to share. And because of your feedback I’m finally ready to talk about it. As vulnerable and resistant as I am to sharing this all, I know what I’m going through might help some of you. So here we go. 🙂
I am (or was) your text book yo-yo dieter. Like I’ve done it all. Let’s start with counting calories. I lived on My Fitness Pal. I tracked everything down to the gum I was chewing, my ever changing macros, and thought it was a good day if I ate like 800 calories. I’ve tried not eating meat, cutting out fats because I thought fat made you fat, and did every juice cleanse there is out there. I did colonics which turned into enema overload. You name it, I’ve probably done it. I was obsessed with being “skinny,” and frankly would have done whatever it took to be that; whatever “that” was in my mind. Whatever number it said on the scale, I always wanted it to be lower. I just told myself I was a perfectionist and blamed it on my cheerleading days for being that way. Plus weight loss and being skinny is a hot topic for girls in their mid to late 20’s. Our bodies are maturing and for most of us the changes are hard to cope with. But I figured yeah ok, I’m trying to be super thin like every other girl in NYC; it’s fine. However, going about it in the very unhealthy way ended up leading to a much deeper issue.
What I didn’t realize was that I was harming my body more and more each day. Emotionally and physically – for a number on the scale or like to fit into my Grlfrnd jeans which frankly just have zero stretch. 😉 I thought I would actually be liked more if I just lost those 7 pounds. Or like finally be reallyyy freaking happy with life. It sounds crazy even typing this; but my mindset was so strong that a part of me still even questions it.
With this yo-yo dieting, calorie counting, obsessing over what I ate lifestyle, the bacteria in my gut became completely unbalanced and my hormones are now all out of wack. My period is now super irregular and I’ve developed symptoms like fatigue, severe bloating and distention, constipation, irritability, and weight gain. Fun. I was at a loss for what to do next. I was so tired of the diets and restricting, but also wasn’t ready to accept these symptoms as my life. I knew this weight was emotionally hanging on for dear life and I needed a real come to jesus for it to fall. I needed to cut the bad habits, learn to love my body, and begin my journey to heal. I also knew I needed some major testing done to see what the eff was going on inside me. 🙂
I have to say even as a health blogger it is so overwhelming feeling all these symptoms and trying to figure out what to do about it. There are so many doctors and tests out there and honestly so many variables for what could actually be causing all these symptoms. And many of them are so interconnected. But what I am finding out is that it’s so important to get testing done first in order to begin the right treatment plan. Also, from my experience many “non-functional” doctors like to go the bandaid solution route. Like take Mirlax or go back on birth control. True story.
Thankfully soon after the “what do I do, where do I turn, am I crazy?” phase, I started working with an amazing Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner, Megan, co-founder of ZestyGinger. Ok, and she just so happens to be our cousin. 🙂 Megan is known for creating comprehensive individualized protocols based off functional lab work and for teaching women how to take control of their health through simple, straightforward, and actionable steps. Like, hi, where do I sign up?
So after going through my health history and all the things with Megan, she ordered me 5 functional lab tests as well as suggested blood chemistry. I am going to go into the detail of the lab tests and my results on the next post so you guys can see everything we’re doing. Again, it is so overwhelming when you feel all the symptoms, think you have all the things, but you don’t know where to turn. Best solution is to invest in the correct functional lab testing for you and work with the right practitioner or doctor to guide and support you through your healing journey.
The GOOD NEWS is that you can work with Megan too. 🙂 ZestyGinger offers women programs such as the 4-Phase Cycle Detox(20% off with the code S4B) and the Healthy Hormones Groupthat launches this September. Megan and her co-founder Alex provide so much valuable information on their Instagram @zesty_ginger and website so please check it out if you’re looking for a resource and not sure where to turn.
Ok so this post is a book. BUT I want to make sure I’m not missing anything for the initial, what the hell is going on with my bod and here is what I’m doing about it, post. I’ll be back with my results from the lab tests and the treatment plan Megan suggests soon! My goal is to HEAL MY BODY, whether it is my gut, hormones, a combo of both.. or just a mental reset. I hope sharing my journey will help some of you or your friends achieve this same goal. 🙂