Saturday, 6 August 2011

A Journey Starts at the Beginning

Hello there, welcome!  I've started this blog as a way to share with others my journey to find myself.  'Myself' has been buried in a sea of unbalanced hormones for quite some time, and the resulting struggles have been very difficult to endure.   I've been taking steps over the last 8 months to find health, balance, and happiness through naturopathic medicine, healthier eating, and detoxifying my environment.  My other areas of interest are cooking (or should I say learning to cook), trying to live gluten and dairy free, finding the motivation to exercise, and learning about how to avoid the many toxins in every day life, while looking for something to make my life more meaningful - all related to my hormones, in one way or another.  WOW, that's a lot!

My hormone problems likely started when I went on the pill in November 2007.  That shit made me CRAAAAZY!  My loving boyfriend tolerated my constant crying, insecurity and psychotic temper tantrums for quite a while.  I finally made the decision to go off the pill in May 2009, and I'm so lucky I have an amazing man who wanted the best for me (and who really wanted the crazy lady to go away, LOL).  We were both ready to accept the potential consequences.

Fast forward a half a year or so when I started developing crippling PMS symptoms that kept me a slave to my body for 2-3 weeks every month.  You might know what that's like: bloating, tender breasts, spotting, moodiness, cravings; it's just pure hell, right?  My current problems are likely a direct result of pumping my body full of synthetic hormones....I wish I knew then what I know now.

Finally in December of 2010 I'd had it with the PMS, and went on the pill out of absolute desperation.  Immediately I started experiencing spotting every day, and occasional nausea.  The last straw came when I got up in the middle of the night and threw up.  My body was screaming at me to get those synthetic hormones out of me!  I made a decision that I'd been toying with: naturopathic treatment.  I called a naturopath the next day, and my appointment was scheduled for mid-January 2011.  I declared 2011 the year of health, balance and happiness.

I've been seeing my naturopath consistently since then, and have been gently trying to balance my hormones.   I have learned that I have issues with dairy and gluten, as do many people.  I struggle, for the most part, to keep it out of my diet on a regular basis, though in my day to day life, I don't eat it.  I have been taking many herbal supplements over the past 8 months with a view of detoxifying my liver which metabolizes hormones, raising my progesterone, assisting my adrenal glands, and generally balancing my hormones.  I quit caffeine for 2 weeks, which seemed to help a lot, and I only went back to decaf.  I have since stopped having even decaf, to see if that will make the difference.

I have been learning SO much about hormone imbalances, in particular, estrogen dominance with low progesterone.  I've learned all about phytoestrogens (estrogens in food) and xenoestrogens (estrogens in our environment).  I've been cutting plastic out of my life, along with parabens and pthalates in beauty products.  My goal by the end of 2011 is to make my own shampoos and lotions so I don't have to buy them in plastic bottles.  I'd love to share with you everything I've been learning!

I struggle a lot in relation to food.  I'm constantly looking for recipes.  I'm always trying to be "good."  I dabble in the raw vegan diet when I feel the need to clean up my system.  I tend to go through spurts of eating really well, and then binges of bad eating.  This is most likely hormonal, along with a predisposition to those sweet and salty snacks.

I'm a MAJOR work in progress, but as they say, it's about the journey, not the destination.

Thanks for reading, see you soon!



  1. THIS is the post ive been searching for :)
    Hey Lisa~ I'm Sara, Jenn's friend in Vancouver ~
    we have such a mirror experience w/ these PMS symptoms & growing beyond them ~
    I would LOVE LOVE to talk with you more and share / compare notes ! !

  2. Hi Sara! (it's Christine, not Lisa :)

    Glad to hear from you! Yup, isn't is a crazy journey? I'd love to chat with you too. You can get my email address from my sis, and we can swap stories.