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Balance Your Hormones Through Primary Foods
Listen to Your Body’s Signals
Written jointly with my UK collaborator Katarina Kupcikova @cookingwithkatarinak, my latest blog dives deep on the intricacies of our hormonal system and how sensitive it is to our external world. Read on to learn how to heal your body through primary food methods that will bring your hormonal system back into balance.
Have you ever felt like you were following someone else’s schedule rather than your own natural rhythm?
You may be letting your kids, spouse, partner, or even roommates influence the flow of your day. You could unintentionally be prescribing to a broader rhythm, instead of listening to your own body’s needs.
Here are some common symptoms that can appear when you’ve been pushing your body rather than honouring your limits:
1. You feel drained or exhausted.
2. Your sex drive is nowhere to be found.
3. Your PMS is more intense than it usually is.
4. You’re gaining weight around the middle of your body.
5. Cystic acne is starting to appear, especially around the jawline and chin.
6. You feel guilty, anxious, ashamed, and/or depressed – sometimes for no particular reason.
Here’s the truth: One rhythm does not work for everyone. Following someone else’s schedule, more often than not, has a negative effect on female hormones. If you’re dealing with chronic fatigue, low sex drive, intense premenstrual syndrome (PMS), cystic acne, mild depression, or other “random” symptoms…going against your natural rhythm might be the issue. By working to balance your hormones through the primary foods in your life, you’ll naturally begin to live in harmony with your female body instead of dragging yourself along on someone else’s agenda.
The result? You’ll start feeling more energized and more vibrant.
However, it’s important to note that women are prone to undermine their pain or suffering, please do not settle! If you feel that any of these symptoms are reaching an extreme, get the help you deserve. For daily support, I highly recommend these hormone supporting supplements from Rejuv: Sea & Soil Super Greens, Immune Restore, Blood Sugar Support, Adrenal Complex, Anti-Ageing Complex and the Hormonal Balance Complex. If you need further professional support & guidance please book a personalized health consultation with me, where we can address your specific needs!
But first, what are primary foods?
Your primary foods are literally the elements that contribute to your sense of nourishment and leave you feeling satisfied in the grand denouement that is your life.
All health journeys begin with evaluating our primary foods, which are actually comprised not of the food itself but rather of all aspects of our lives, from our careers to our interpersonal relationships, to the amount of physical activity we do, to our emotions and spirituality. All of these elements influence the outcome of our wellness journey.
Learn more about primary foods & secondary foods here!
When symptoms pop up, it’s easy to feel like there might be a bigger or more complex issue going on or you’re broken and can’t heal. The first step in healing is acknowledging that nothing is inherently wrong with you. You are whole exactly as you are. From a place of confidence in your body’s ability to heal itself, you can get curious about what’s going on for you and tap into the endless toolbox that is primary food. Embodying the mind-set that you are healthy now and you can become even healthier takes a huge weight off your shoulders and allows your body to naturally reach health.
It might surprise you, but sometimes the harder you work out, the more stress you actually put on your body. Depending on your constitution and condition, you may actually need gentle exercise, like pilates, yoga or walking. Certain forms of rigorous exercise trigger the stress response, so make sure you balance your hard-core workouts with practices that are easier on the body. Gentle exercise might include yoga, meditation, or dance. The mind-body connection is real, when you move with intention, your body notices the difference! You might discover that your body responds really well to these gentler practices when you are in tuned to each move. Experiment for a few weeks and see how your body feels.
GET REAL ABOUT REST
Are you chronically exhausted, trying to push through the day? Maybe you’re actually tired. Starting with weekends, let yourself sleep as long as you want. You might notice that you wake up naturally without an alarm clock during the week. Some people will be rejuvenated after one long deep sleep, while others might need to take some serious time off to come back into balance. Sleep is a requirement for good health. Listen to your body and sleep when you’re tired. Prioritize your sleep routine and do what works for you, whether it be through reading, meditating, a warm cup of calming tea or an anti-stress tincture to relax your mind, find your rhythm.
“With aligned actions you will find clarity & your body will rejoice”.
EVALUATE YOUR MINDSET
A lot of women feel like they need to keep up with other people. If you don’t feel like exercising for one hour every single day after a ten-hour workday, you might think there’s something wrong with you. You might even beat yourself up or feel ashamed and lazy. Ignoring your body’s signals and writing them off as laziness is not productive or helpful – it actually drains your energy even more. The mental weight you put on yourself (like shame and judgment) is often more draining than a long to-do list. The female body is naturally incredibly fine-tuned. It is designed for deep relaxation and self-care at certain times of the month and linear, productive work at other times of the month. Be sure to respect both the ups & downs!
BALANCE YOUR NERVOUS SYSTEM
Most modern people spend the majority of their lives in the sympathetic nervous system state, aka the “fight or flight, stranger-danger” zone. That feeling you get when someone creeps up behind you and surprises you – or, perhaps less likely, when you’re getting chased by a bear. Your body doesn’t know the difference between those literal stressors and chronic stress-related to work or difficult relationships. When your body is in this sympathetic state, it can’t be repaired. When you are relaxed and calm, your body is in the parasympathetic state – referred to as the “rest and digest” system. This state is brought on by sleep, laughing, meditation, reiki, physical touch with a loved one, truly whatever brings you a moment of zen. Your body has to be in a parasympathetic state to heal and evolve. The more you can activate your parasympathetic nervous system by relaxing and having fun, the healthier you’ll be – physically and mentally.
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