I never thought it would happen to me. My entry into womanhood was and has always been pretty smooth, hormone-wise. Until lately.
Starting last year things went out of whack. As in a twice monthly period (joy) and, worse still, a monthly migraine. My Mom was sick and passed away, so I chalked it up to major stress. But while my cycle has gotten back to normal ( or a new normal, shall we say) I’m still getting the headaches. Sound familiar to anyone else out there?
I’ve changed my diet pretty drastically, cutting out almost all sugar and refined carbs, cut back on caffeine, and have incorporated more soy (a natural estrogen balancer, not the estrogen booster as previously thought) and tons of fruits and veg. While I ate pretty heathy before, I’m now on the very straight and very narrow.
Then there are the supplements. I wasn’t taking any before. Now I’m on a daily dose of magnesium, fish oil, turmeric, zinc, vitamin C, and glucosamine. I’m not saying you should run out and buy these supplements. These were something I came up with after much research and, yes, a chat with my doc.
I’ve been reading my perimenopausal ass off on natural hormone balancing. It’s definitely a science and that research, along with making sure I get all of the stuff I need into my body daily, has been taking up a huge chunk of my life. Which begs the question: Should it really be this painstaking just to feel decent?
Dr. Christiane Northrup is always a fountain of great info on women’s health, and I’ve been eyeball deep in her book The Wisdom of Menopause. I highly recommend you pick up a copy if you are perimenopausal, approaching perimenopause, post menopausal, or are a women of any age that lives on planet earth. For real. The woman knows her shiz. I’ve also pulled some useful info from The Hormone Cure by Dr. Sara Gottfried and I’m Too Young for This! by Suzanne Somers.
I do feel the whole hormone thing, and how crappy you do or don’t feel, has to do with how much attention you pay to it. And right now I am paying a lot. Maybe too much. Still, no matter what any doctor or regular person tells you, these symptoms are very real and you need to listen to and trust your own body. We are all individuals, afterall, and this is not a one size fits all kinda deal.
One side benny that has come of all this has been weight loss. I gained 5 lbs over the course of a year or so and couldn’t seem to get it to come off. I have barely thought of it in months and was surprised to find out that the sneaky fiver had vanished. Guess the whole more protein/less carbs thing truly pays off in that way. Or was it because I wasn’t obsessing over it anymore. Hmmmm……