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4 Lifestyle Shifts to Help You Balance Your Hormones

 
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Are you struggling with:

~ Persistant weight gain?

~ Low energy or chronic fatigue?

~ Anxiety, Irritability or depression?

~ Insomnia or poor sleep patterns?

~ Low libido?

~ Hot flashes, night sweats?

~ Cravings, digestive problems?

~ Acne/facial hair?

As woman we have so many things in our environment that kinda mess with our hormones. Not to mention most girls are on the pill by the age of 16!

After being on the pill for 10 years I decided to go off of it to start to cleanse my body before I wanting to try for children. I decided get an copper IUD and gave that a shot for about a year but it never truly felt comfortable. I think it's because I ended up having a slight septate uterus which probably made it not sit normally. Sorry if that's TMI.

Anyway, after going off the pill I started to see how my body actually works and what it looks like to produces hormones all on my own. I balanced my cycles with a combination of Chinese Medicine, acupuncture, exercise, herbs and nutrition.

It wasn't until I went through 3 years, 4 pregnancy looses and using progesterone suppositories that in August of 2015 my body and hormones were once again a serious mess! This is when I dove into rediscovering my health, career and life! When the switch was turned on and I committed to invest in me and my health. I became my own client... but this time I was ALL IN! 

Does this sound like you? Are you going through similar things? Don't worry! You can get back to you again! I have lived and breathed this and it's possible! You are not alone

Here are some proven ways to correct your hormonal imbalance.

Lifestyle Changes

Many imbalances are lifestyle related. Start by making correction in your personal environment.

 

Food

  • Kick your sugar habit, including artificial sweeteners

  • Reduce or eliminate alcohol

  • Eliminate foods with wheat or flour

  • Eliminate gluten

  • Reduce caffeine

  • Throw out all the processed foods, they are filled with hormone disrupters

  • Aim for 80/20 (80% vegetables / 20% protein either plant and/or animal) preferably organic and grass feed)

  • Take digestive enzymes and probiotics to heal your gut

 

 Home Environment

  • Clean up your living environment

  • Get rid of toxic cleaners and chemicals, including laundry products (these are all endocrine disruptors).

  • Remove fluoride from your water and tooth products

  • Replace plastic in your kitchen with glass

 

Home

  • Use only real natural body and hair products - what you put on your skin is absorbed into your blood stream.

  • Detox - don't fast or go straight into a juice detox. If your body isn't acclimated to this type of process it will do everything to hold onto fat stores for future energy use.

  • Move your body - your body isn't meant to sit all day. Try walking, yoga, swimming if you are new or taking it up a notch if you are already in a exercise routine.

     

Mind

  • Clean up your mental environment - personal development has been one of the most amazing shifts in my life! Negative self talk and comparison to others brings on unnecessary stress, raises your cortisol level and starts the hormone roller coaster over and over.

  • Get rid of the endless cycle of stories floating in your head - start adding in positive affirmations around the house. I find it really handy if you put them on sticky notes and post them round the house.

  • Practice daily the Art of Presence - even if you are a terrible mediator don't give up trying. There are many podcasts and videos that you can use to help make the experience positive until you can do it yourself

  • Decide what you want more: a happy life that is symptom free or going on the way you have been going?

 

Spirit

  • Figuring out YOU from the inside out and working to be the best you is grounding, affirming and it builds confidence. It is the must needed step toward less depression and more vitality

  • Surround yourself with people that support your transformation.

  • Find your zen, your happiness, your joy and your euphoria

  • Cultivate new creative endeavours

 

Not sure where to start? Join one of my monthly groups that will teach you everything you need to know to transform your health, life and mind! Contact me about a consult and we can chat about your path forward to the happiest version on you!

 

Foods to Fuel Your Libido

 
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These aphrodisiac foods can ignite the sex hormone level, increase blood flow and stimulate your sex drive! What are you having to eat today?? Try adding some of these foods and herbs into your daily diet and spice up your libido from the inside out. 

  1. BANANAS - full of potassium and vitamin B, bananas are known to aid in the production of sex hormones

  2. GINGER - is a hot and moving herb and by stimulating the circulatory system, ginger improves blood flow for better sexual performance. Also, it has a calming effect which can help you get into the mood;)

  3. CHILI PEPPERS - The zest within the peppers increases blood flow to the organs and stimulates feel-good endorphins. So if you can handle the spicy heat, you can ignite the sexual desire from within.

  4. CACAO - Amazing news for all the chocolate lovers out there!!!! Cacao is chocolates raw bean form, which is rich in antioxidants and chock full of libido-enhancing nutrients. It contains alkaloids that increase serotonin (fell good hormone) and magnesium, which can improve heart health and female libido!! <3

  5. HONEY - Aren't bee's AMAZING?? Delivering a quick shot of natural sugar, honey boosts energy levels, and the sweet taste can awaken the vital senses. Honey itself, can you believe it, is the product of a form of the flower bee procreation!! If you ever want to dive more into the bee world, I suggest trying some bee pollen! amaziness!

  6. MACA - Called "Peru's Natural Viagra" this superfood has been stimulating sexual desire and heightening pleasure since the days of the Incas!! In contains macamide and macaenes, which give maca it's fertility-boosting qualities.

  7. ALMONDS - A great source of libido-boosting vitamin E and even more powerful when eaten raw. It is considered a symbol of fertility and how much more delicious could they be alone or even covered in chocolate! 2 in 1!

  8. PINEAPPLE - Commonly used as a natural remedy for impotence, this tasty fruit is chock a block full with antioxidants like manganese, which helps produce sex hormones, increase sperm count and support reproductive health! It also aids in digestion called bromine as an added bonus

  9. RAW OYSTERS - You either love them or hate them... but this delicacy aphrodisiac food contains high levels of zinc that boosts libido, and amino acids that trigger the production of testosterone and estrogen. With a squeeze of lemon and a little hot sauce, oh they are delightful!

ENJOY!!!

 

Vegan Buddha Bowl with Spring Vegetables

 

This Vegan Buddha Bowl with Spring Vegetables is perfect for the veggie-lover who want a little bit of everything. It features whole grains, nutrient-rich powerhouses like hemp seeds and sprouts, and a mix of raw and roasted veggies add color and texture. Don’t let the long ingredient list deter you. This recipe can be batch prepped for the week ahead and portioned out into your meal prep containers for easy lunches or dinners throughout the week.

These bowls come together a lot faster than you might expect. As the oven heats, prep the tahini sauce. Then, pop your veggies into the oven until they’re roasted and tender. Want to streamline the process even more? Try pre-cooking the rice or quinoa.

Vegan Buddha Bowl with Spring Vegetables

Prep time: 20 mins

Cook time: 15 mins

Total time: 35 mins

Serves: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • Parchment paper

  • 2 Tbsp. tahini (sesame seed paste)

  • 3 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice

  • 2 Tbsp. water

  • ½ tsp. ground turmeric

  • ½ tsp. pure maple syrup

  • ¼ tsp. hot pepper sauce (optional)

  • ¼ tsp. sea salt (or Himalayan salt)

  • ¼ tsp. ground black pepper

  • 2 Tbsp. + 2 tsp. olive oil, divided use

  • 2 cups 2-inch asparagus pieces

  • 2 cups sliced zucchini

  • 2 cups cooked quinoa (or cooked brown rice)

  • 2 cups chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained, rinsed

  • 2 cups raw baby spinach

  • 2 cups halved baby heirloom tomatoes (or cherry tomatoes)

  • 2 Tbsp. hemp seeds

  • 2 Tbsp. sesame (or black sesame) seeds

  • 1 cup fresh sprouts

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425º F.

  2. Line large baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.

  3. To make dressing, place tahini, lemon juice, water, turmeric, maple syrup, hot pepper sauce (if desired), salt, and pepper in food processor (or blender); cover. Pulse to blend.

  4. Slowly add 2 Tbsp. oil as food processor is running. Process until smooth and well blended. Set aside.

  5. Place asparagus and zucchini on prepared baking sheet. Drizzle with remaining 2 tsp. oil; mix well. Spread evenly on baking sheet. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, turning once, or until tender-crisp. Cool.

  6. Divide quinoa, chickpeas, spinach, tomatoes, asparagus, zucchini, hemp seeds, and sesame seeds evenly between four bowls.

  7. Drizzle evenly with dressing.

  8. Garnish with sprouts.

Tips:

  • Use your favorite fresh sprouts to add texture to this recipe. You can try alfalfa, mung bean, sunflower, lentil or onion spouts. Radish sprouts will add a little more spice to this bowl. Make sure your sprouts are really fresh.

  • Use canned chickpeas, but make sure you drain and rinse well.