The results are in! And you’re….
I see you…
♀️ Diving headfirst into your business or babies instead of taking care of yourself
♀️ Chugging coffee for breakfast or grabbing whatever you can eat in the car
♀️ Replying to early morning emails instead of meditating like you said you would
Waking up exhausted no matter how much sleep you get
Spending hours researching, reading articles and following health accounts
You’re kicking ass and taking names in every other area of your life, but your hormones are being a real bitch.
Because that same hustle that got you through undergrad working 2 jobs on 3 hours of sleep is the same type of hustle that could be hurting you now.
You’re killing it in life but your body is demanding attention with exhaustion and an “off” feeling that you can’t quite figure out.
And it’s especially frustrating when you get a work up with your physician that comes back absolutely freaking normal.
Here’s the thing though, “normal” doesn’t always mean optimal.
Menstrual cycle changes, chronic exhaustion, brain fog, acne, etc. is your body’s way of demanding attention. Kind of like a toddler stamping her foot like, “fuck no, this isn’t working anymore!”
Instead of signing up for yet another challenge or facebook support group, you need a no-BS hormone reset plan, perfect for supporting yourself as you start your treatment.
Your Happy Hormones Plan
Stop skipping meals or eating out of convenience! In order to produce hormones, your body needs calories, vitamins, and minerals. Skipping meals tends to lead to overeating later and these restrict/binge cycles stresses your system the eff out and you puts the kibosh on your hormonal flow.
Get yourself a solid multi-vitamin with methylated B Vitamins. Prenatal vitamins are not created equal and anyone who tells you they are is dead. ass. wrong.
Supplement regulation in the US is glaringly crappy so it’s important to not only pick a product with the right vitamins and minerals but also one that’s been 3rd party tested for quality.
You can check out the nutrients I look for in a prenatal in this IG post.
Make sleep a priority. You can’t just try to catch some extra Zzzz’s on the weekends and expect to see many changes. Deep, consistent, restful sleep is required to repair cells, produce hormones, and sift through toxins.
I know telling a stressed-out woman to just go to bed is easier said than done. So here are 3 tips promote some sweet sleep:
1. Wake up and go to bed around the same time every day. This encourages the body to get into a regular waking/sleeping routine.
2. Expose your eyes to daylight within 30 minutes of waking. This stimulates cortisol (your get up and go hormone) levels and boosts energy right away. During the summer months this is easier but in the winter months you might need a full-spectrum light like this one to help you out.
3. Quit the caffeine after 12pm. It takes about 6-8 hours for caffeine to fully circulate out of your system so avoid it after lunch.
I’m a food + fertility nerd living out my wet dream of helping lady bosses get their hormones to cooperate, get pregnant, and run the show as mom.
As a trained dietitian, I’ve always known the importance of healthy eating. But when it came time to have kids, I was blown away by the lack of knowledge and support surrounding fertility + pregnancy.
I struggled physically and emotionally with my first pregnancy and learned everything I could to heal and prepare my body afterward. And I credit the work I did healing my hormone imbalances and nourishing my body for my beautiful second pregnancy and postpartum.
When I saw other women struggling with the same issues (and getting zero help from their docs), I bailed on my cushy job in weight management to turn the reproductive world upside down by giving you the education and support you deserve while building your family.
I’m SO happy you’ve landed here and to show my appreciation here are 5 fun facts about me you didn’t ask for:
♉️ Enneagram 6 Taurus and oldest daughter
Midwest born and raised
️ Buckeye till I die
Sweet, salty, sour…I’ll pretty eat almost anything but peas and milk are and you can’t pay me to ingest them
I’ll watch Real Housewives of anywhere but my true loyalty lies with New Jersey even though I’ve never been there
Here’s your quick-fire hormone ditch or do guide (because sometimes less is more)
Do – Dig into some stress management techniques with my Hustle + Fertility blog post here
Ditch – Jumping from one solution to the next. I know it’s tempting but jumping from one diet or quick fix to another just stresses your system out more.
Ditch – The “shoulds”.
“I should work out more”
“I should stop eating so much”
“I should be able to figure this out”
It’s time to tune into you, your body, and support yourself with some love and nourishment instead of punishment.
Do – start asking for help! Getting support doesn’t mean you’ve failed. It means that you understand your strengths and don’t want to waste more time on this hormone hamster wheel feeling like sh*t.
Ok, ok you hear me loud and clear – less is more. But how do I even get started with supporting myself as I embark on this hormone healing journey??
It’s time to stalk me on the Gram @thefertilitynut – I share loads of easy tips, support, and resources so you can work on building your health from the ground up!
Oh and don’t be surprised if you catch me in your inbox in the next few days with more tips to transform your fertility❤️