Updated: Oct 10, 2019
My fascination with women’s reproductive health sparked from an especially young age… 10 years old to be exact… and has spiraled with my own health struggles over the years.
Struggling for years with what I thought was “bad stomach aches” and migraines, I realized that my period was really taking a toll on me. A few ER visits and countless missed classes, sports practices, and social events later I decided that nope, this wasn’t actually normal lady issues.
High school was a mess, but isn’t it always? It wasn’t until college that I really started to go off the deep end hormonally. My freshman year brought about more mood swings than I could handle (my poor roommates), severe and almost constant abdominal pain, and blinding migraines that only worsened the longer I was away from home. That summer I spent back in Denver bopping around from doctor to doctor, trying to figure out what in the heck was going on in my body. It wasn’t until I was actually scheduling surgery to remove my gallbladder (because oh, you *might* have gallstones…) when I decided enough was enough. I am NOT a lab rat, and I am not going to find a cure by spending hours sitting in an MRI machine. And dammit I’d like to keep all my organs!
I was given a list of over 30 foods and chemicals that my doctor had found produced an inflammatory response in my body and I cut them all out, cold turkey (yeah, including turkey).
Believe me, this is the hardest thing I’ve done. When some of my main allergies proved to be hidden in almost EVERY packaged food, I turned to the kitchen and made everything I consumed that summer from scratch, with only simple ingredients not on the list.
I can not describe the weight that was lifted off of me after weeks of doing this. Yes, I lost a couple of pounds; but, more importantly, I got rid of bloating and joint pain. I could actually see clearly through that brain fog that had been hovering over me for God knows how long, and most notably, the migraines and abdominal pain all but disappeared.
I have experienced first hand the miracle of what good foods can do for your body, and I know all too well the consequences of letting my hormones run wild and free. Of course, years after these tests, I was diagnosed with endometriosis, finally putting a name to the face of my abdominal pain. That struggle to accurately communicate my symptoms to my doctors for years delayed me getting the help I really needed.
My own journey has fueled my passion to research and to share this knowledge with my fellow ten percent of women struggling with similar disorders and give hope for these hard to live with symptoms.
So ask me all those questions you’re afraid to bring up to your gyno, tell me all your dirty details, and complain to me about every one of those pesky PMS symptoms… there’s nothing I haven’t heard before.
*** As a reminder, this blog is for educational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional care by a doctor. It does not constitute medical advice or services. Your FIRST & FOREMOST task should be to talk one on one with your doctor for concrete medical advice. It is important to have a trained and licensed medical professional walking through your health journey with you, ESPECIALLY when it comes to your hormonal and reproductive health. As an Integrative Holistic Health Coach my focus is simply educating on and supporting healthy habits and lifestyle changes so you can put your best foot forward into your health journey.