The final installation of the “Know Your Cycle” series! Now that you know what a healthy cycle should look like and why, as well as what the signs are that your cycle could use some love, let’s dive into what you can do about it. Please remember that if you’re on birth control, some of these guidelines and recommendations can support your overall hormone health and wellness, but they can’t “fix” your cycle. As long as your body is responding to synthetic, exogenous hormones, a true cycle reset can’t occur. Remember, the “cycle” you experience on birth control isn’t a true cycle, as birth control inhibits or interferes with ovulation, implantation, and doesn’t result in a true bleed. Who needs to do a reset? Well, if you’re coming off of birth control or your cycle is abnormal, this is a great place to start. For a more individualized treatment plan, connect with me and we’ll craft something just for you!
I’ve discussed in the last two posts some of the specifics of what a healthy cycle looks like. Hopefully, you’ve either been nodding your head along, thinking, “yes, my cycle totally looks like that!”, or, if not, you’re at least starting to wonder to yourself if, perhaps, you cycle needs some TLC. As a reminder:
-bleed 3-7 days, every 24-35 days
-ovulation between days 10-23
-luteal phase = 12-14 days
-cervical mucus for ~5 days; 1+ day peak mucus
-mild to no pain
-little to no spotting
-red blood, few or no small clots
So, if you read between the lines, so to speak, you can probably see what imbalance might look like. Let’s take a closer look at those imbalances, and perhaps more importantly, what creates them.
it starts with the Egg
If you're trying to conceive, ovulation is something you likely have read a LOT about. But did you know that ovulation is essential for not just pregnancy, but hormone health and balance in general? While most of us were raised to think that if you have sex, ever, you WILL get pregnant, the truth is, there are only about 5 days in your ENTIRE cycle that pregnancy is possible, and only ONE day where an egg is actually released. Shockingly, although we know what our period looks like, most women I work with really have no idea what ovulation looks like or that their body actually gives clear signs of ovulation (or lacks clear signs when something is amiss!).
Aunt Flo. Time of the month. Code Red. Girl Flu. Your Period. We call it a a lot of different things, often in an effort to be "polite" and not offend. Unfortunately, this desire to ignore or pretend this monthly (hopefully!) bleeding isn't happening also means many women have no idea what a period is supposed to look like. Pair that with a whole generation that's been on birth control from the moment they started donning a training bra, and you've got a recipe for disaster when it comes to healthy cycles and understanding what a menstrual cycle should be. In this four part series, we're going to look at what a healthy menstrual cycle looks like, what's going on throughout the month (beyond the often annoying bleeding), how to know if yours is healthy, and what you can do about it if it's not.
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Sorry. But I bRing Fried Rice
Well, I promised you all this recipe – sorry for leaving you hanging! Private clients have been hopping, my new consulting position (which I hope to tell you about sooooo soon!) is growing, and life is just generally zooming along! In an effort to not wake up one morning and have missed my kiddos moving from babies to teens (which I gather will happen regardless of how present I am), it means a few things have had to give – like regular blog posts. BUT! I’m trying to change that. So, for today, this week, right now, here’s a post that includes a recipe I highly, highly recommend making a regular part of your dinner rotation.
Well, despite my best intentions, I have clearly been behind on keeping up with the blog. It's actually a good thing. I've had several new clients, started to partner with a really unique and awesome supplement company, and been asked to do some extra contract work. Anyway, I recently posted a picture to my Instagram account of a lovely sticky crab fried rice dish that we’ve been adoring recently. I’ll be posting the recipe soon, but I posted the picture not just because we love the dish, but because it was one of many recipes that I’ve put my own spin on to make them even more nutritious.
We live in a strange time. There’s a seemingly constant push from the media and society to be thin, to get skinny, to be a certain size, a certain physique. But, simultaneously, there’s a huge campaign for self-love, loving your body at any and every size, and general body acceptance. It’s hard to not feel like it’s an “either/or” proposition. How can you love yourself, love your body, and still be looking to lose weight, or add muscle, or change shape? And conversely, how can you possibly say you won’t “love” yourself until you are a certain size, certain weight, can lift a particular amount? This is especially true for new mommas. It's hard not to feel immense pressure to "bounce back", to make your now "made and grew a human" body into a "you'd never guess I had a baby!" body. To tighten up and tone up, to nurture a new life while being your "best" self.
I was frustrated this morning. Like many mornings, I had already been up for several hours and felt like I was just running in circles. My mom was coming, as she does a couple times a week, which meant I had a whole list of things running through my head that needed to get done, that I wanted to get done, with a few hours “kid-free”. And yet, here I was, not showered yet, not having eaten yet, house a mess, trying to make baby boy happy with breakfast, juggling dirty dishes overwhelming the already measly counter space, thinking of all I still had to do and how far “behind” I was for my imagined productive day. And I thought about writing a post on how chaotic and crazy our days are as mommas. I thought about writing all the battles that are fought and won, all the daily, mundane tasks that must be done day in and day out, how you feel like you’re a hamster spinning on an ever speedier wheel. Not to complain so much as to empathize, to let you know you’re not alone and that so many days feel like they are lost to the non-stop to-do list. But then, then, for whatever reason, I stopped mid-frustrated thought and the words in my head changed.
If the 3 exclamation marks didn’t give it away, I’m super excited about this post! Why? Well, because I’ve made some BIG updates and changes to my site! Specifically, to my SERVICES page/s. Not only have I added some new services, but I’ve also tried to streamline my options and help make each service more clear. While they are separated into “Fitness” and “Nutrition”, any session can certainly be a combination of the two. I’m so excited to keep growing my business and helping more mommas, mommas-to-be, and little ones feel healthy, balanced, and happy through each and every stage of life.