Lately I have been feeling like who the heck should listen to me. The internal chatter, the ego, has been so loud that most of the time I would rather throw in the towel and call it a day. The ups and down got me thinking and, yes, sometimes doubting myself. I hope this is normal ebb and flow of life stuff. The idea occurred to me that I am probably not the only one feeling this way.
A few years ago I was seeing Sarah Axtell, ND at Lakeside Natural Medicine. She ran some labs for me looking into my Thyroid, Adrenals, and Hormones (saliva can test for Progesterone, Testosterone, and Estrogen). She is a wonderful resource; I highly recommend her if you are looking for the same. Here are some of the tools in my toolbox she taught me that I’m dusting off.
SEED & OIL CYCLING:
- Store seeds in fridge or freezer.
- Make sure to use ground seeds; if whole, a coffee grinder works great.
- I’m trying to sync my cycle(I’m getting a head start- it hasn’t returned yet since my baby) with the moon phases.
- Evening Primrose Oil is a GOOD source of Omega-6s.
- Increase Libido
- Acts as anti-depressant
- Regulates and normalizes menstrual cycle
- Increases energy
- Slip some to your man for an added testosterone boost/sperm count
- Although it may help fertility, Maca is not recommended for use during pregnancy/nursing.
Here is Sarah Axtell’s overall endocrine tonic and natural energy booster smoothie recipe:
- 1/2 C mixed berries
- 1/2 banana
- 1/4 C frozen spinach (or fresh or kale…)
- 1-2 TB ground seeds (flax or sunflower)
- 1-2TB maca powder
- optional- Scoop of your favorite protein powder
- optional- add matcha green tea for an added energy boost
- 1 C unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or coconut)
Blend and Enjoy!
It is important to remember your Thyroid, Adrenals, and Liver when working on Hormones. Here are some quick tips:
- You may have guessed it: dairy, grains, coffee, alcohol and sugar are the enemy.
- Avoid conventional meat – hormones!
- Quinoa is OK – it’s a seed
- Small amounts of Stevia/Dates are OK – focus on keeping your blood sugar stable, which is also why you are should avoid carbs.
- Green Tea is a great alternative to coffee. Improves estrogen metabolism.
- Brazil nuts are a great source of Selenium – a Thyroid supporter. 5/day
- Think healthy fats (Ghee is OK – no casein) and protein at every meal.
- GREEN LEAFY VEGETABLES
I hope revisiting this information will help steer me in the right direction. I feel more in control when I can do small actionable steps, like what I put in my mouth. And maybe another weekend away…(!)
Steeping in course corrections,