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Holiday Must Haves 2020

Holiday Must Haves 2020

My Holiday Must Haves 2020

The ultimate go to shopping list for any fitness and health fanatic in your life.

This year let’s make the most of this holiday season. We can shop from home and still enjoy what this season is all about….. shopping. Just kidding.

In all seriousness I hope you and yours have a Happy Holiday and much better 2021!

Below are my top 10 ideas. You can find more on my Amazon page here as well. Basically everything is on amazon so heres to free shipping with prime 🙂

Happy Holidays!

Christmas gifts

1 – Five S Deep Tissue Massager

You can use this bad boy on your neck, your feet, your legs, your shoulders, your back, and it’s versatile. It works and its cheap. #WinWin

2- Hidrate Spark 3 Smart Water Bottle

This is GREAT for anyone who may need to up that water intake. It lights up to remind you to drink up and it has a handy app to help you track it. LOVE IT.

3- For the At Home Workout Lover

I love this because it is versatile and does not take up a lot of space. Check out TRX as well.

4- For The Foodie 

This thing does it all, it air frys, it steams, sautes, bakes, and slow cooks plus more. I love NINJA products 🙂

5- For the healthier foodie

Again I LOVE Ninja, they make things so much easier because they make all in one appliances. You only need one thing to do 4 jobs. This blender/pitcher is just that. Make smoothies, bowls, soups, and cookie dough plus more!

6- For the person who loves to be comfy

I do not care how goofy this looks I love this thing. It lives up to its name!

7- For the one who loves candles

They could burn this while wearing the comfy! lol This smells amazing and lasts for a while.

8- For the healthy one

Mushrooms?? May sound weird but I would love someone to get me immune boosting supplements- especially ones that help me relax with adaptogens and have stress support. This bundle is great and it is not just pills – its coffee, vegan protein and more. 

Not to mention you can save more with code CANDICECFITNESS at checkout.

9- For the Book Lover

This is a great book to help us realize how much we need to slow down, and how much we can accomplish when we do. Check out more of my favorite books here.

10- For the Shoe Lover

These are SO comfy and they are actually pretty good for workouts (strength workouts not running). They come in a bunch of color combos too! I wear mine ALL the time :).

I have even more ideas on my amazon page! 

Hope you have a happy holiday!

The links provided are affiliate links which I may receive a small commission. I would never recommend any product I did not personally own, use or believe in.

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Here are Five Reasons You Are Not Losing Weight

Here are Five Reasons You Are Not Losing Weight

Weightloss is something that I believe every woman at some point in her life wants or tries to achieve. I know it one of the main reasons I have a job, and I have been there… in an unhealthy way, but thats for another day. Today I want to go over the top 5 reasons I see in women as to why they cannot seem to get the weight off, even IF they are doing all the things you would think would be right to get it off. Such as working out, watching what they eat, etc. I am going to go over these reasons THEN give you tips on how to start changing things around in a balanced way to see the scale start to change. 

The Top 5 Reasons I Have Discovered That Women Cannot Lose Weight

 

    • Improper Diet

      • When I say improper diet you probably think of Mcdonalds, cake, all the bad fried stuff most of us know about… but what about sugar? What about eating too much “diet” foods or processed stuff?? Do you ever consider that those “gluten free” “healthy” foods may be causing harm too? Well they can.
        • Of course most of us know Fried stuff and super sweet stuff can pack on pounds but we also need to pay attention to some of the “healthy” stuff we are eating too. Too many calories every day are still too many…. Regardless if it is good stuff or not. 
        • We also need to look at that label on those healthy items….Checking for fake ingredients can help lower inflammation, as the more fake stuff you consume the more inflamed your body becomes because it does not recognize it, and over time- that can lead to extra weight. 
        • Then there is sugar…. If you are a woman who has found herself not being able to lose weight like she once could. Then definitely pay attention to this. You could have estrogen dominance issues…. Or some other hormonal imbalance and added sugars will cause more harm than good. Even too much good for you sugars can be a problem. 
      • Then there is the opposite end of the spectrum of not eating enough….
        • Working out hard can definitely help you speed up your metabolism but pair that with inadequate caloric and nutrient intake form food and you will eventually find yourself with a messed up slowed down metabolism. You can only do so for so long. Take it from me. I messed up my thyroid from doing it years ago. 
        • Also note that if you are not eating enough to help repair muscle that is worked during exercise you will never allow that muscle to rebuild, and we want that! Lean muscle is what burns fat at rest.
      • Lack of vital nutrients that can support weightloss and metabolism- when you eat bad or not enough your body will not get the adequate nutrients it needs from food to help with energy, metabolism, and other things. 
      • When you eat poorly it can also disrupt your gut microbiome. This getting out of whack can mess with your digestion and cause you again to not absorb nutrients well. This can lead to many other dysfunctions throughout your body inhibiting weightloss.
  • So to recap:
    • Why you cannot lose weight in regards to your diet could be from:
      • Eating complete crap (fast food all the time, sugary processed foods all the time, fake stuff too frequently, and healthy things that are still processed and loaded with sources of sugar which can cause inflammation)
      • You may not be eating enough which can cause metabolism dysfunction over time and an inability to rebuild lean muscle to help burn fat.
      • Your poor diet can lead to micronutrient imbalance.
      • Bad food can disrupt your microbiome and cause you not to absorb nutrients as you should as well as lead to imbalances beneficial bacteria and increasing non beneficial bacteria causing inflammation- which leads to weight gain.

 

    • Your Workouts

      • If you have not been pushing yourself hard enough, if you have been doing the same thing for too long, or you workout when you are already stressed in other ways your workouts could be hurting you. 
        • Your body changes over time so your workouts should too, whether it is in recovery time, load or volume or reps all of these things should be changed every 6 weeks or so to ensure your body does to adapt/plateau.
          • Depending on the time of your cycle you are working out- your hormones and cycle can have an effect as well.
            • During the first half (if you are regular) your hormones are rising and you essentially have more energy. ALong with that your metabolism is slower so you can do higher intensity training along with heavier lifting to help increase your metabolism. It is also shown that women burn more fat during this time. During the second half of your cycle (luteal) phase you want to start slowing down. As hormones drop your body tends to see an increase in cortisol, going too hard then means you will not recover as well and you could cause more inflammation internally leading to little weight loss.
          • Another indicator is that we dont need to always work out like men. Most studies of weight loss are actually done on men vs women because of our cycle lasting 28 days and fluctuations in hormones. Men are easier to control, they have a 24 hour hormonal cycle. Meaning the weightloss shown in numerous studies may not apply equally to women
    • Lack of Sleep

      • When you dont sleep you increase stress on your body because it does not allow you to fully recover and repair. 
      • REM Sleep is vital to emotional health. Lack of it can cause you to never fully be content, you may be on edge more and see rises in anxiety levels. These things also lead to increased stress on the body – aka increasing inflammation and potentially causing weight gain. 
      • Your metabolism follows a circadian rhythm (24 hour cycle) if you have irregular sleep schedules it can throw your metabolism off and cause it to slow down and/or increase stress hormones. 
      • Lack of sleep can cause you to increase your risk of type 2 diabetes because it can throw off stress hormone levels. It can cause low levels of leptin which is your appetite suppressing hormone causing you to overeat. It can also cause high levels of gherlin which is your hunger hormone again leading to more eating. Cortisol can rise because lack of sleep makes you more susceptible to stress.
  • So to recap:
    • Sleep could be to blame if :
      • You are not getting REM sleep
      • You are sleeping at different times every night and throwing off your circadian rhythm
      • You are not getting enough which in case causes stress, hunger and female reproductive hormones to go all over the place.

We have already eluded to the following two but to dive deeper in understanding the last two reasons are hormonal imbalance and stress. One leading to the other and vice versa.

    • Hormonal Imbalance

      • Essentially hormonal imbalance can mean low progesterone, high estrogen, high and low hunger hormones and high stress hormone levels 
      • First lets focus on progesterone and estrogen imbalance.
        • When cortisol is high progesterone can be low because our body uses progesterone to make cortisol to respond to stress. So elevated stress levels be it internally or externally can cause an imbalance over time. 
        • When progesterone gets too low – then estrogen tends to go on the increase – when this happens things like PCOS happen. Too much estrogen also causes a vicous cycle with sugar as too much can lead to the sugar in our blood to not be used as energy and instead be stored as fat – that then leads to more estrogen being released. So the cycle just keeps going.
        • Estrogen imbalance can also effect the estrobiome (in your gut) which can lead to other imbalances.
      • Your thyroid plays a role in metabolism and hormonal imbalance can affect that as well.
      • We touched on hunger hormones but note that any imbalance there can cause you to over eat. 
      • High cortisol that never gets to recover or lower back down causes inflammation in our body, it can cause estrogen and progesterone imbalance, it can cause type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance with its role on energy metabolism. 
  • So to recap:
    • Having any sort of hormonal imbalance can make you potentially not be able to lose weight because:
      • It can make your body be tricked into thinking it needs ot hang on to sugar as fat.
      • It can cause type 2 diabetes.
      • It can lead to inflammation and disruption of the microbiome.

 

  • Stress

    • ALL THESE THINGS CAUSE A TYPE OF STRESS
    • Stress is bad- it causes inflammation- we know inflammation can cause disease but it also can cause issues with our metabolism. 
      • It can slow it down 
      • It can hold onto too much because your body thinks its in a fight or flight state so it needs as much food to hold onto as possible.
    • Stress also can deplete micronutrients from your body and cause you to have decreased energy and metabolism as a result. 
      • Your metabolism needs certain nutrients to function optimally. Your thyroid needs them too- without them it can either slow down or speed up to impact your health in a negative way.
    • It can cause your hunger hormones to get wonky and cause you to be hungry 24/7- eating crap too often- hence recreating a bad cycle.

 

  • Try to go to bed around the same time every night. The better a routine your body is on, the better your metabolism can function. 
  • Try to limit processed foods (even if they are “organic”) a cookie is still a cookie.
  • Look at nutrition labels of everything- if you need help with this check out my last video on labels.

Change up your workout routine. Change it up every few weeks. Increase reps, increase load (weight) or change up the style. Another great approach is to sync it with your cycle. You can find out more about that at the video linked below.

Try to decrease stress – take 5-10 minutes a day to just be still. Deep breathe, take in nature or your surroundings, read a book. Doing this small stuff can make a BIG difference.

If you try all of this and after a while you are still not seeing results then go to a functional doctor near you and get your labs done. Test your hormone levels. You want a functional doctor because they look at EVERYTHING not just your thyroid but everything that supports it. Including micronutrients.

I hope this helped you have a batter understanding as to why you may be at a plateau. If you need help find someone who can help you come up with a plan. Stay accountable and keep trying, do not give up! Sometimes it takes longer than we like, but the biggest thing is to just keep changing and trying, be open to change and learn patience. You want to not only lose weight but create a healthy life to go along with it.

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Why Accountability is the BIGGEST Key in Reaching Your Goals

Why Accountability is the BIGGEST Key in Reaching Your Goals

Every person on this planet has had a year unlike any other. That is something I do not think any of us ever thought we would be saying….. 

We have gotten thrown for a loop in regards to how we live, how we interact, how we do life day to day. We have had to learn to adapt and learn more patience. Who knows maybe you have even had to lean into your faith more. I know I have.

Then there is our health and wellness. If there is any takeaway from this year it should be that we need to make our health a priority. We need to take care of ourselves NOW so we do not have to be at risk later. That means work on eating better, losing weight if were at an unhealthy level, and strengthening our heart and lungs, etc. 

Yet so many of us have fallen off track with our fitness routine. It could be due to gyms being closed, or maybe it is due to our mindsets and giving up amongst craziness. 

However, those justify all reasons why we NEED fitness even more. It is also why we need accountability even more. 

In this blog I am going to go over why accountability is so key, especially in tough times.

If you have fallen off track, do not lose hope, you can get back on! You just have to take that step and keep showing up after that.

WHY ACCOUNTABILITY  MATTERS DURING HARD TIMES

1- Stress is high and temptations are in front of you

When we get stressed out, it is normal for us to turn to something that comforts us- would you agree? When you are stressed, do you turn to food? Or alcohol? Or something else? It is human nature to go after comfort and relief. We want that anxiousness to go away, so we go for how ways to numb it.

Unfortunately that is also how we end up in worse shape than we started. Our stress hormones go up, then we are eating junk or putting some sort of toxin in our body. When that happens our body stores more fat (in basic terms) because it thinks we may need it later – this makes us pack on weight and then start to feel even more down on ourselves.

2- If you are alone in your choices your more likely to turn to old habits

When you have no one checking in on you, or anyone to hold you accountable, then it is more likely that you will turn back to your old ways. When someone is there you are less likely to do so because you will have to own up to them. It will make you think twice.

3- It gives you a purpose day to day

When you have some sort of accountability in place, whether a person or a plan you have a reason to go after it each day. One thing I have learned from myself, clients, and friends this year is that every day when there was a plan in place, we felt a little better. Even when working from home if you have a plan or schedule for the day it wouldn’t be as mundane. The same can be said for fitness. When you have a workout plan and you work at it, you will only feel that much better about yourself. 

WHY YOU NEED A PLAN

1- Because you need action steps

Without a plan in place, how will you know when you have succeeded at something? How will you know when you have made progress? How will you know if you missed a day? – The plan makes ALL the difference. 

When you are working out you cant just wing it everyday or you will never succeed – you have to take it a step at a time, and get better over time. Plans make you accountable.

2- You need goals to work for

Why would you continue to show up every single time if you had no reason to? We ALL have something we want to work for, whether it is something like a race, or our health or just to lose weight or look good on that next trip. There is ALWAYS something. Setting an actual goal helps develop the plan of action to take to get there- hence a plan being important. 

3- To measure your progress

If you do not celebrate the small stuff then you are less likely to stick with it. You have to recognize when you do something you could not do before, or when you have lost that 1 lb. Those little things add up. A plan helps you see this. It helps you look back and see when you could not do something x amount of time ago and where you are now. It helps you keep moving forward.

This is motivation we ALLLLL need

WHY YOU NEED A PARTNER

1- An Accountability partner will help you show up when you do not want to. 

How many times have you not wanted to show up for a workout? How many times have you literally had to pull yourself out of bed or convince yourself for 30 minutes to go for that run or go to the gym?? We have ALL been there. When you have someone to push you, you’re more likely to show up.

2- To make you remember why you started

You may have had a bad week, you may have gained a little weight, or you just do not like what you see in the mirror today- so whatever you are doing is not working…. WRONG- that is definitely NOT always the case. SOOO many factors could go into why it is not working, but stopping is not going to get you anywhere. Pretty sure we have all been there too! That is even more reason to have someone in your corner. You need someone to remind you why you started in the first place. 

3- To call you out

Really no explanation needed- you need someone to call you out when you screw up or when you doubt yourself. Who better to do that than someone who has a job to hold you accountable??

 

Key Takeaways

During any sort of hard time, having someone in your corner is key. Whether it is a family member, friend, spouse, or coach it does and will make a difference. 

The quality of the people you surround yourself with and invest time in matters too. That is why it is important to have people who will be truthful and love and respect you as well as will motivate you to be your best, not bring you down. 

Accountability really is the key to success in all areas of life. You have to keep showing up – if you don’t you won’t get where you want to be. 

Hiring someone to help you in the area your lacking like a coach or professional can make all the difference. They can provide the knowledge and the plan you need to help you take those steps needed to get you to your goals. 

That is exactly what I provide with clients virtually and in person. We develop a plan and we implement it. Whether it is together or on your own. Or with my new 6 week #WORKOUTPARTNER challenge . We celebrate the small stuff and the big, and I call you out when needed too. It is how it has to be done to work. It is why I love what I do, I love seeing clients succeed. If you are someone who is needing that extra structure, that accountability, that guidance to help you get back in gear you can start today- simply download the free workout below. You can do it anywhere 🙂

 

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Sugar and its impact on our life

Sugar and its impact on our life

 

Anyone else have a sweet tooth?? Anyone else like sweet stuff?? 

If you are like me and grew up on ice cream (preferably Dairy Queen blizzards right here) along with fast food, boxed foods, snacks, soda, crackers, chips, lots of condiments…. Then chances are you have a habit of liking sugar.

Even if you are not right there with me on the blizzards, you may like your sweet things. Which is why I am diving into sugar today- what it does to our body when we ingest it, where it hides, and what to do/avoid to help combat the negative side of it.

 

Sugar

What is sugar? How does it affect us?

Sugar is something we all DO need, just not a huge amount of it. We need it because it helps provide our cells energy when we break it down. The problem arises when we have too much (even when we think we are being smart) and it leads to inflammation, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and weight gain among many other things.

The process of sugar leading to harm-

When we eat something that contains sugar (so many things contain it but lets pretend white bread for this example), the bread is eaten and the sugar within it is broken down into glucose and fructose. The glucose signals the pancreas to release insulin so the insulin can carry the glucose to the cells for energy.

We only need so much though, when we release too much insulin we can become resistant overtime which leads to weight gain, and things like PCOS, as well as diabetes. The glucose never gets used as it should as a result and just floats around in our blood stream – this can cause our blood sugar to rise hence, diabetes. It can also cause our digestive system to not work properly, it can lead to inflammation all over our body and inflammation as we know is the starter of almost all disease.

The fructose side of sugar is metabolized in the liver. Too much there can lead to what is known as “fatty liver” which none of us want. Our liver is our body’s filter- we need it to work. And when it is clogged/ congested and have fatty deposits on it then we have problems and bad stuff stays in our bodies vs. getting excreted.

Its hidden in more things than we realize….

When we eat certain foods we think of sugar, be it cookies, cakes, even fruit for a healthy dose of it, but it is in far more foods than we may know.

Over the years food manufacturers have gotten good at creating “sugar additives” from gmo and other artificial products to sweeten things. They also get creative with naming certain natural sugars to make you think you are staying low on them because the name does not make you think “oh this is a type of sugar”.

Not to mention with all of the fads that come and go they try to make you believe that eating a gluten free cookie is actually good for you…. but yall a cookie is still a cookie.

Read your labels

Not only do we need to look at actual sugar content, but we also need to look at the names of the ingredients there too.

And btw the daily recommended amount of sugar for women is only 25g-

Basically anything ending in -ose, sugar, or –dextrin or syrup is a type of sugar.

Take a look at the label below (it is a bottle of Asian Zing Wing Sauce – the first ingredient is corn syrup (syrup aka sugar) not to mention corn syrup which is terrible for you…. but thats for another day)

 

 

Food for thought ALL of these things are not considered SWEET yet contain well over a days amount of sugar –

  • A small wendys frosty (yes it is supposed to be sweet) but has 49g of sugar
  • California Pizza Chicken Waldorf Salad has 55g
  • Buffalo Wild Wings Boneless 15 ct Asian Zing Wings have 57g
  • Sesame Chicken from PF Changs has 58g
  • Spicy Chicken from PF Changs 66g
  • O’Charleys Balsamic Chicken Salad has 68g!
  • Ocharleys Baby Back Ribs Carolina Gold has 86g
  • Jamba Juice Strawberry Large Surf Rider Drink has 92g
  • Smoothie King the “hulk” large strawberry has 227g of sugar!!!!!

These ALL have too much even if it is supposed to be “healthy” sugar is sugar and too much healthy sugar can cause problems especially if you already have something off within you.

My favorite recommended condiments

Steps to improve your sugar intake –

1 – First you want to do your best to remove as much fast food from your diet as possible.

2- Aim to only eat processed foods for 1-2 meals a day (starting point) then reduce that every week or so until it is only a few times a week if any.

3- Slow down your shopping and read labels. This is seriously the game changer.

4- Shop the outside aisles of the grocery store as much as possible.

5- Follow recipes and buy only what you need. Keeping extra stuff in the house only leads to temptation.

6- After trying a few of these things try a sugar detox for 2 weeks- it sounds hard but I promise the results are worth it. You will see weight go down, your brain fog to clear, and energy to go up. The first few days are the hardest but if you are already instilling some of these things you should be good to go!

 

 

 

Salad Dressings

We often think of Salads as the healthy way to go, but do you ever look at the dressings? Just look at some of what I listed above – those salads get that sugar content from the dressing not the food itself.

Paying attention to this is a great place to start too! 

I compare some in the video below. 

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New Fav Smoothie

New Fav Smoothie

My Recent Smoothie Obsession :

So no idea why this is my new thing. I go through phases, maybe you do too where you love something then you transition to eating something else (I am talking about food this time lol). 

I will get on routine where I eat the same thing for breakfast over and over and then some how be inspired to change it up. This is no different.

If you have followed me at all you know I eat alot of overnight oats. I love the texture and taste of that with fruit, my protein, and nut butter and flax seed, or other seeds etc. Maybe it is the summer time and heat but I recently started having more smoothies – I am talking fully blended (I still want that spoon action though). 

You may be familiar with the Fab Four smoothie RD – @bewellwithKelly created for her clients and it went mainstream. Well this is very very similar- but I use my own stuff lol. 

I love this smoothie for a few reasons :

Taste (duh)

Its packed with healthy fiber to keep me fuller longer so no snacking.

I can eat it on the go (sometimes) and if I make it less thick I can totally drink it in the car.

I am getting all of my vitamins needs along with important antioxidants and immune boosting minerals.

I can easily change up the combo and still get the same benefits.

So what is in this thing I am now digging so much??

 

It consists of a breakdown that is pretty simple:

 Some sort of plant based protein or collagen/ bone broth style protein powder (I use my DNS every day!)

  • this is great for recovery and muscle and bone health as well as gut health if you are using a bone broth or collagen variety) – side note ALWAYS look at the ingredients if it is loaded with stuff you cannot pronounce then run! Here are some of my favorites.

Some sort of Fruit like a berry 1/4-1/2 cup frozen is preferred 

  • Berries like strawberries, blueberries and cherries are great because they are low on the glycemic index so they wont spike blood sugar like some can. They are also great for antioxidant health and benefits. Fighting free radicals and even skin!

Greens – about 1 cup (can be frozen or fresh) (anything like spinach, kale, even zucchini works well)

  • You know you need your greens (you could also use a greens powder if that is more your jam like this one – however make sure you pay attention to what is in it because the flavors of that plus the smoothie may not exactly um…. taste all that great.

Healthy fat – nut or seed butter or avocado or coconut oil (I alternate between sunflower butter, cashew and avocado)

  • We NEED healthy fats. They help support our joints, our digestion and can even help our blood and brain health too. With butters make sure to look at the label, the less sugar and the less added junk the better. You also want to steer away from any canola and even palm oil for some.

Fiber from hemp/flax or chia seeds (also good doses of omega 3’s too!) (love these)

  • Chia seeds can give you a crunchier taste and make it a little thicker, hemp and flax are both more nutty and hemp even provides a great plant based protein to the mix. I would aim for 1 TBSP of one of these.

1 scoop of collagen powder (unless you are using it for your protein)

  • ( I love primal kitchen foods collagen – you can save with code CANDICECFITNESS at checkout here )
  • Collagen is GREAT for our overall health – it supports our joints and ligaments and tendons and can help rebuild the gut lining too. Again like everything else – look at those labels!!

Stevia or natural sweetener like honey or maple syrup

  • Natural is always the best bet when it comes to sweeteners, however you still want to be mindful when using honey or maple syrup or something like agave- they are really heavy in natural sugars and too much of a good thing IS possible – aim for a tsp or so.

Milk of preference

  • I like milkadamia or califia farms – you can also use a soy or flax or coconut just pay attention so you are not overdoing one thing – like coconut milk then coconut oil, etc.

 

Overall smoothies like this are a great easy option to get nutrient dense foods in first thing in the morning. To set your day off on the right foot if you will. You should stay fuller longer due to all the fiber too! You can always get creative and add spices like cinnamon or turmeric or even ginger if that is more your jam.

 

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I did this “hormonal detox” and here is what happened……

I did this “hormonal detox” and here is what happened……

Why did I do this…..

Here is the thing. I just got over Covid and I put more medicines in my body that I typically don’t take. On top of that I have had hormonal issues for a long time. I have been working on them with my functional doctor, but long story short I have REALLY low levels of both progesterone, and estrogen. 

A little backstory- I was put on birth control when I was 15 and took it forever, got off it for a few years around 2011 then got back on around 2015. That entire time I was off of it I never had a period- I took synthetic forms of the hormones per my Dr. but nothing helped. Then I got back on it and then stopped again at the beginning of this year and lets just say history has repeated itself. Being that Chad and I are now a year into marriage I want to get these under control. 

I am well versed on cycle syncing and have implemented many of those practices but it is hard to tell where I really am in my cycle if you will… I can definitely tell by eating and working out the way prescribed for cycle syncing I have the highs and lows when I should which makes me feel like things are moving in the right direction, I never imagined it would be quick, however it is taking.a hot minute. 

So ENTER this 4 day hormonal detox I found from Alissa Vitta – 

I am someone who is NOT a fan of juice cleanses or anything like that. I believe in autophagy where fasting can kill off cells however this is a different approach by eating more foods but WHOLE foods lots of veggies and not a lot of protein. Not to mention this is 4 days so I can do this….. Right? Ugh.

 

Here is how it went – 

Day 1 – 

It is funny how after you are sick or down it is so much easier to get motivated to do something healthy right?? Or maybe it is just me. Anyways the first day was not that hard. I woke up- was actually happy to have fruit to start the day. Yall I love my overnight oats and protein like it is my FAVORITE plus my nutbutter…. and I get none of that, and was excited. Who am I?

This was the first day I got to go back to work in the gym so I got to get out of the house. It was fabulous lol. Went and trained two clients then came home before my virtual ones and ate lunch. Lunch consisted of a salad that I would never typically eat – celery, cucumber, arugula, artichoke, carrots (all raw) with olive oil and apple cider vinegar. Honestly it is not terrible, I just am not used to eating raw stuff like that and I do not believe my stomach likes them too much. I also had about a half cup of brown rice and cod. The brown rice made my life I had it with coconut aminos, green onions, radishes and olive oil. So that did not suck. However I was STARVING before dinner.

I worked out after clients – then had 1/.2 a scoop of my DNS powder because I felt like my blood sugar or something was low. Probably shouldn’t have worked out….. live and learn.

Dinner then consisted of a minestrone soup (she calls it that) with lentils. I honestly don’t think I have ever had lentils. Not bad though but definitely didnt fill me up. I realized this day just how much I do eat protein.

Went to bed hungry but was proud of sticking to what I did.

Day 2 – 

Woke up wondering why I did this once again I just wanted my damn oats! I had a half scoop of my DNS though before coffee (which don’t know if thats supposed to be allowed but oh well) then did my devotionals and reading and went for a run. Then had my fruit – this time though I heated it up! Much better btw. And I dont know if I added I top it with flaxseed meal plus cinnamon. I had half a suja green juice too like recommended and chlorella tabs.Then it was off to train.

Yall omg by lunch I have not been hungry like that in forever. I have been drinking a TON of water and I have been using ultima for electrolytes now because liquid iv sadly has made me nauseas since Covid. Weird how stuff like that happens. Anyways, I had a chiro appointment and had to eat before or I might die (no really). So I did something I have not done in a while and ate in my car. Same wild cod and brown rice and salad as yesterday and I instantly felt better. However it was short lived.

Got home and was starving again so I had another scoop of DNS powder – figure it is vegan and is used in the liver detox I have done so i doubt it is that big of a problem…. who knows- still proud of myself for doing good so far despite that. 

Did some work trained another virtual client and then my stomach started…. it took everything in me to wait until 7 which is around when I normally eat dinner to eat. Then I had my soup again…. and yes still hungry when I went to bed. I think it messed with my sleep too as I couldn’t fall asleep which lately has not been an issue. I even did a epsom salt bath like she recommended. Oh well. One more day!!

 

 

Day 3 – 

Woke up hungry again- slept like crap and had a headache, decided today I am going to take a rest day. I forgot to mention too that along with all of the food there is also self care things she recommends each day. Like decluttering something, going through the kitchen and throwing out anything with fake stuff in it, writing down things that you are thankful for, Epsom salt baths etc.

This morning was a little different…. I decided to make my own juice. I have this nice breville juicer that I rarely use… mainly because it is hard to manuever it in our kitchen. Next home will be different lol. So I made a green juice and yalllll it was tart and sour af. Made chad drink some too…. he did! I also had my fruit again, coffee and DNS (I had to).

For some reason todays lunch was different. Quinoa, half an avocado 🥑  (insert happy dance) lentils and flax meal plus salad. It was a ton better than the fish BUT I was still hungry. Yall this is a lot of food honestly it is so I do not get it. Maybe it is because of sugars I don’t realize I have more of? Ugh.Anyways I ate it.

Dinner was another good ol serving of soup… I don’t really know what else to say about that one except I was hungry not long after lunch and then dinner did not help. I added some greens again and some broccoli which was good, but I was still hungry……

 

 

 

Day 4 – 

The last day was awful….. I do not know what is happening right now to be honest. It is really messing with my sleep I could not sleep at all woke up a ton to pee like before but it still was just not what I had envisioned this detox being like. 

I had the same breakfast but I added a whole 2 scoops of DNS on the side today to see if it would help. I think it did somewhat.

Fast forward to lunch and I was glad to eat the rest of my fish and brown rice but was still really hungry. The salad I think was messing with stomach too. To be honest not sure if this was exactly a great idea.

Dinner was a ton of cooked greens and quinoa so no soup thankfully. It was better but still tomorrow I CANNOT WAIT. 

My energy just felt off and I really felt SUPER anxious ALL day. It is weird because I have been on an anxiety medicine for years (there is NO shame in that yall). It also is not the time of the month where I should be anxious – this should be a few weeks…. so wondering if the detoxing is messing with my hormones but not in a positive way….. again not sure if I should have done this.

 

 

 

My conclusion/ Follow up with days after – 

To be honest – I really don’t know if I should have done this. I have always been on the super low hormone side (meaning I have low estrogen, progesterone and testosterone) I have been this way for years and part of the reason why Dr.’s always told me to take birth control because it helps you have a “fake” period so your body thinks its hormones are normal. That is also part of the problem, not having enough of those hormones then stopping after years its easy to understand that it is not just jumping  back to normal levels now. 

So as I am writing this part of it I am about 4 days after the detox. And up until literally today I have had anxiety and low mood (depression) like symptoms since. I have trouble turning my mind off to go to sleep and it was like I was wired and tired but my eyes wouldn’t shut. I hate that – and that is typically an indicator of cortisol imbalance. We have done a good job of getting mine under control so if I messed it up….. yalllllll I am going to hurt someone. 

I did some research though as well and found out that alot of these foods and I was also taking too much chlorella (which I didn’t realize was possible ) and as a result when I take them at certain times with my other meds it could have caused my liver to detox the other stuff too quick which means I was not getting my adequate dosing which could make me anxious after a few days (like it would be if I stopped taking it). Maybe it made my hormones too low too? I am NOT a doctor so I am just hypothesizing here. Luckily I do work for my doctor though so I am getting blood work later this week and we will see where they lay.

Overall I do NOT think this is a bad thing to do- but I think you really should ask a doctor before doing anything like this. I should have. I have done simple liver detoxes as mentioned before but none like this or none that made me feel this way. I am sure this could definitely benefit some people and who knows maybe I am just a pansy lol. 

I am definitely going to be adding more REAL veggies into my diet though, and it definitely helped me realize how important having a variety of plants in rotation on your diet is a big key in health. I need to get out of my same ol’ routine and try more things for added benefits. For example I am adding arugula to more of my salads now, and I am adding radishes and going to do more juicing with my Breville – seriously I do like that thing! I am still going to take chlorella at times too – there is a lot of research in how beneficial it is for us and our overall health you just need to take the right amounts! (whoopsie).

This also definitely re emphasized how IMPORTANT individualized health plans are. How important it is to work with someone who knows their stuff and not just read a blog and decide you are an expert (yes I have def done that). As I mentioned I do believe that this could be beneficial to a lot of women especially those with PCOS or are really estrogen dominant because it can help rid of those higher excess levels.

Anyways – thats all. If you want to find out more about what. I did head on over to Intheflo.com and you can find out more there! I do trust her!! 

PS – check out my video below of the recipes I did PLUS my thoughts after the fact. 

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