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The Covid Saga Continues….

The Covid Saga Continues….

So as I am writing this I am coming up on 3 weeks since getting sick. Exposure I am pretty sure has already surpassed 3 weeks.

Currently I am FRUSTRATED. I feel fine have been symptom free for about a week (thank you Lord), however now I have to test negative to get back to life. Please do not get me wrong I 100% understand to test negative to go back to work and be around others because we really know NOTHING about this disease. However- there has to be something about this virus we do not know if it can come back positive for multiple weeks after symptoms subside. I have heard from multiple people they have gone through the same. Why is this the case? Is it still contagious? Is it just left over?? You better believe I am going to use some nose and sinus rinse tonight, and tomorrow before I test again.

The past few days:

So in my last post (catch up if you missed it) I ended around the time I took my second test – the first of many I might add in hopes to be negative. That was a little over a week ago. 

I tested positive – I got the results last Wednesday. Since then I took a test on Friday (currently waiting on those results) and then I took two yesterday (Monday) one was a rapid test and it came back positive still…. again I feel basically 100% now. I imagine the other two will be positive as well, thankfully my insurance covers all Covid testing. Chad still hasn’t gotten one of his tests back from over two weeks ago, its pretty ridiculous, and yet he has gotten a bill from the urgent care where he took it…. you better believe that will not get paid without results.

I am trying to schedule another rapid for tomorrow. (just keep hitting refresh on that screen to the right).  Then possibly again Thursday and Friday. I just want to feel ok being around others and I want to go back to work. 

 

 

What I have been up to :

Backing it up to last week where I left off – I filmed some stuff for Youtube – trained some virtual clients – read alot (a GREAT book is Untamed by – Glennon Doyle) Highly recommend!  – and researched stuff alot. I have also been able to start working out again too. Starting slow then progressing as I go.

I can definitely tell I have more trouble breathing with cardio- even just walking is a challenge if it is too hot. I can deep breathe (diaphragmatic) when I am at home and throughout the day but when I try to implement it during a workout like I used to do it is not possible yet. It is crazy though because I have not had too bad of symptoms in regards to chest tightness and congestion that so many speak of yet I have this. This morning I did my first “run” since getting sick – it was not terrible but it definitely had to be intervals. Going to use this as my starting point and try to work time off every day or so. #OutOfShapeQueen 

 

 

 

We went to the lake over the weekend and it was great – just being in the sun I think did wonders for my soul and mindset. Vitamin D really does make such a difference. 

In Atlanta our mayor implemented a mandate to wear masks in public which I am all about – however so many people are wanting to call it “political’. If I may get on my little soap box for a moment let me say this:

  • SHUT UP and wear the damn mask! 😷 . It is NOT political it is the right thing to do. You may not be a high risk person but the person you see at work, or the gas station or the grocery store may be, and they are trying to be safe. Not to mention even if you are not high risk take it from me – you do not want to be out of work (more than likely) and stuck at home and secluded for a month if not longer due to having to wait to test negative. If you are someone who does not fall into this bucket good for you- but most of us are not. This virus is not made up- it is real, I did NOT have a cold or the flu, the headache I had was one I cannot describe and everyone who has had it even mildly that I talked to has said the same. You get disoriented, you get nauseas, you cannot stand up or focus for multiple days. So yea don’t wear your mask and I will say a prayer you do not get it or someone you come into contact with. (because the guilt from getting this is REAL too- you may not think so but just wait – you don’t protect yourself it is just a matter of time). Read my last post if you havent. 

Ok done with that – 

So yea I have gotten out some – do not worry I have been masked and sanitized. I sat in my car for almost 3 hours waiting on my rapid test yesterday and then I went to the next one and waited another hour at CVS to get one. Surprisingly I didn’t die from not eating (I left around 11:30am and got done around 4pm and if you know me you know I get HANGRY). Could be just because I have been cooped up so much? Who knows – but my patience was real lol.

So now we wait…….

Hopefully I will hear something soon from the Friday test but considering the rapid was positive then I am not expecting anything good. Then I try all day to sit and hit refresh to make an appointment for tomorrow (I learned from a client how to work the system with the rapid tests) 😂 Y’all this is what my life has come to.

We still owe my step dad a Fathers Day Weekend at the lake but cannot plan that until I am better since he is older and has kidney disease. 

We would love to plan our anniversary/honey moon but that I am sure is not in the near future especially since I have been out of work for the most part and Chad isn’t exactly back to where he was pre covid either… but I know considering most we are lucky. We will get there at some point. 

It is honestly kind of crazy in regards to our relationship as I feel like we have been affected in a positive way – we have grown closer, despite being so close (and yall being an only child who likes her space this is speaking volumes- maybe its the separate beds lol?? )

 

He is even more and more on board for filming stuff with me – he has been watching Zac Efrons new show on Netflix that is exploring so much that is wrong with the world and how other countries are doing things differently than the US and what we can learn from them. He watched one on France last night and it was about water quality – and yall he drinks about 5 smart waters a day… and he learned we do not want the purified / filtered water but we NEED the minerals in spring water and other more natural sources (NOT TAP). And he came home with 4 different types this morning and said lets do a taste test for youtube – baby steps guys!!  😝  Stay tuned for that! (sign up for my email list if you are not already on it and you will see it first!)

 

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I Had Covid-19 and I Have RA

I Had Covid-19 and I Have RA

I hesitated even sharing this- but I know I should….

I hesitated because of the mental side of shame I have felt this past week along with the physical illness of it.

I hesitated because I feel judged- even by those closest to me.

I hesitated because I am human.

I got sick about 11 days ago. It got worse quick, I got tested, (sat in line in my car for FOUR hours and got tested). It came back positive a few days a later.

I had been around too many people in the days prior. Where did I get it? What did I do to deserve it? I have an autoimmune disease…. what if I end up in the hospital? I have heard it gets progressively worse.

How do i tell my clients? My work? My family? My pregnant best friend I was just with two days ago? Do I tell them? Maybe the test is wrong…. What about my father in law that has diabetes, COPD and heart disease?? I saw him a few days ago. I had a headache that day…. why did I go to dinner if I did??

All of these things were going through my head.

At first I wanted to just believe I had a bad sinus infection. My husband wanted me to just be overreacting – but I knew it was more. We had our nieces staying with us- thankfully I stayed away most of the time and sprayed all the things multiple times a day with medical grade hospital cleaner…. but did that work? I mean they had to fly back to Arizona in a few days what if they get sick or infect others??? 

The guilt- the questions – the unknown- that is what has been the hardest part. 

The physical side of it – The First Days

I started feeling sick in the afternoon – I wanted to just tell myself it was a sinus infection – maybe an RA flare that was making me feel the aches and pains like fevers do. Then I took my temperature. I never run fevers – hell I typically am around 97ish not even 98 but that is for another day…. It read 99.7…. yup something is wrong. So I try to get a virtual appointment to get a test- got one, someone would call me after to schedule the test…. have yet to get that call 12 days later. I saw the next day I could get a free test at a church so i went,,, along with 300 others in their cars. We were literally blocked in- if you wanted to leave it was not happening so you just had to sit….. and wait. 

One positive though is I think since I was toward the tail end I got my results quicker, so that Sunday night as we were sitting on the couch I got a text … and Chad instantly moved to the other side of the couch. I then instantly moved into the guest room.

That day I had a migraine from hell, I laid in bed all day – still had the slight fever, and body and muscle aches, but the headache and nausea was the worst part….

On top of all of that now I had to think about the next morning how was I going to tell people? Should I tell people? Of course I should but I was scared.

I told my boss and doctor and everyone I worked with- they were all so kind that was a HUGE blessing. Then I had to tell others – sent messages and emails – lots of “hope you get better soon” but that was it…. then I see mass emails go out and I start to feel like I have the plague, I am the leper but Jesus is no where to be found to heal me in this moment.. but I know he is with me and I am learning something through this.

When my best friend (who is pregnant) said she had to leave the store she was in because she started crying hysterically because of (me) … gut punch is all I could feel. She has every right to be scared I mean hell shes pregnant and we know NOTHING about what this ultimately can do to pregnant women. 

Then there are my clients – thank goodness I was not around a lot of them the week prior some were traveling and a lot are still doing virtual. That right there I am thankful for. Still telling them was hard, silence from some but then kindness but then I am also second guessing everything. Feeling guilty because I may be ruining vacations and there Fourth of July’s from unknowns and being around family just because they were around me…. then there is the thought of if they will ever even want to come near me again…. it was all so much on top of feeling like general crap…. no one really talked about this side of it.

The next few days….

 

Ugh – the headache – it literally makes me not see straight. I felt loopy. I felt dizzy. I felt floaty….. and I have this knot on my forehead too which is weird and it hurts like hell.

But if this is the worst of it- I WILL TAKE IT ALLLLL DAY

That Monday I started having some chest tightness and congestion- that started to worry me, but it never got terrible. I ordered a gazillion things off instacart to help… which they didn’t. The sinus and congestion stuff made me feel sicker, the only thing that seemed to help was peppermint oil and sweating it out through steam. I got vitamin d3 drops and vitamin C powder and started taking a lot of that. Surprisingly it helped.

I couldn’t have coffee anymore it is still even making me nauseas. This makes me very sad lol. 

Each day goes on- and thankfully Chad is still ok. Poor guy had his office shut down because of me- so he feels like he has the plague too even though he feels fine. That is killing my super extroverted husband like crazy. Now we are envisioning this coming weekend and the fourth of July. Typically we would be at the lake, but that is surely not happening now.

Come Thursday and Friday we get results that his dad is fine- thank you Jesus! Chad is still waiting on his last two tests he has taken three. 

Our friends we were with the weekend before I got sick have now tested positive (three of them)  and have the same symptoms as me. Then some have tested negative- so strange as I thought this was so contagious… or are the tests wrong? All these thoughts are annoying. However in a strange way I am thankful these women have it with me even if I may have caught it from them, thankfully we are all generally healthy so it seems to be mild in us.

The Following Weekend – wait I have RA why am I ok?

 

I got outside in the sun for a little while and OMG it felt SOOOOO good. I cannot even describe how good it felt. And do not worry NO ONE was near me.

I still have the headache. But I am maybe 85% human now.

But what about RA? Aren’t I high risk? I have inflammation….

So my Dr. recommended I get a shot of steroids to help. And I did I think it was Wednesday or Thursday – hell all the days run together. It really did help a decent bit the next day the headache was not as bad and I felt like I could read a book without getting nauseas which made the book nerd in me very happy.

As far as my autoimmune disease- could it be because I have been on hydroxychloriquine for my RA for a while? Could it be because I have been taking ashwagnda and other calming supplements to help decrease cortisol? Who knows – but I am thankful. If I had been diagnosed with this in April I would have been freaking out, but seeing how I feel overall it gives me hope that maybe it is not as bad for everyone (I know some it has hit hard and I am not discrediting that) but in a strange way it gives me hope.

My symptoms

At first – headache, mild fever, aches, pains

Then moved to just a headache and nausea with some stomach upset off and on.

Then some chest tightness and congestion – nothing ever terrible though.

Slight loss of taste and smell around day 6.

Headache and fatigue still present around day 11.

What I took to help

I took Tylenol ( I hate taking it especially because of my liver but it helped the aches and to sleep at night)

I tried Sinus AM and PM stuff from CVS- The PM made me sleep forever (not hating it) the AM made me dizzy and nauseas

I added Vitamin D3 drops and did 5-6 drops 3x a day

I added Vitamin C powder – 1/4 tsp 2x a day in water

I was already on ashwaganda and l theanine for cortisol 2x day

I was already on my ritual vitamins daily

I was already on NAC tabs for my liver 2x a day

I also continued my DNS powder daily

I stopped liquid IV because it was making me nauseas 🙁

I was on hydroxychloriquine for my RA treatment ( I started this about 6 months ago)

I also took my other meds…. 

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So here we are…..

Day who knows what…. and I am feeling a little better –

I got tested again. I need two negative tests to get back to life. The Department of Health has said it can come back positive for a month… prayers please it does not. The woman who did my test yesterday I think touched my brain with the swab so if one is going to be positive it will be that one lol. 

I went for a walk yesterday and it was not the easiest sadly. My chest felt tight but it was not undoable even in 90 degree plus heat. Now I slowly start trying to workout again. My body is in the worst shape ever and that alone is another stress. I cannot be a trainer and out of shape. But I am not going to go down that rabbit hole. I will be ok. I will be ok. I will be ok. THIS IS TEMPORARY. Right?

Overall I am thankful like I have said. I have a few people I can be with because we have had it together but still I can see how the loneliness can get to people. 

I pray none of you reading this get it, and if so get it worse than what I have had. I don’t get this virus or what is happening in our world, but I know something is happening to get our attention. I am changed because of it, I hope you are too in a good way that is.

As always I will keep you updated on any changes- stay healthy yall, wear your masks and don;’t make stupid decisions.

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How Four Sigmatic Mushroom Products Helped Me Feel Better

How Four Sigmatic Mushroom Products Helped Me Feel Better

Mushrooms 🍄  – Drinkable 🍄  – yes mushrooms 🍄 . I am a fan.

 

Have I got you weirded out yet?

 

I have always loved typical mushrooms ya know the ones like bella, oyster, etc. I love them in a good spaghetti or with a good steak… or just by themselves.

These guys though- these are a little different they are considered superfoods….. They provide benefits to us that can help with underlying stress (which HELLOOOO we all have) anxiety, focus, energy, etc.

In this post I am going to be explaining some products that are infused with these bad boys.

These products are made by a company called Four Sigmatic and I AM A FAN.

Four Sigmatic helps people achieve elevated wellness with the worlds most nutrient dense ingredients. They want to help decrease our stress and not so great lifestyle adaptations we have and do daily by adding these superfoods to products that are everyday staples. So we do not have to necessary make changes to who we are but add in nutrient dense superfoods to the things we already love – like coffee.

I personally think it is a great idea. I have tried a bunch of their products but the ones I am going to focus on here today include  Reishi, Chaga, Cordyceps and Lions Mane , they are some of their staples.

They have many more- but this is a blog not a novel!

First off I want you to understand their brand:

They originated with their founder Tero who is from Finland.

He grew up on a farm there and discovered his love for Mother Nature and some of the benefits she can bring. (by the way did you Finland is considered one of the happiest places on earth?)

He discovered these superfoods living there and apparently they are a thing – so maybe they are onto something. They are in 65 countries now and are bringing benefits to tons of people all over the world. Doing some good I would say!

 

Their brand motto –

Four Sigmatic is a wellness company that wants to share the benefits of the most nutrient dense ingredients with the world. Our innovative recipes combine these truly super foods with daily staples like coffee, cacao, and skincare to help people fit elevated wellness in throughout the day and meet the overwhelming demands of modern life.
 
I can get on board with anything like that!

My experience:

AM Drink – So first off I tried the coffee – the lions mane coffee to be exact.

I made it with hot water- coconut milk- stevia- and a little oat milk creamer. Combined them all and blended it in my nutri bullet.

Taste – Great. No complaints here. I am someone who puts stevia in everything (may not be my strongest suit) but I love sweet so if I had to compare JUST the coffee taste – I would fail ALL coffees not just theirs lol.

Focus- Pretty good. I didnt get a headache like some coffee, I got good focus and I enjoyed it. Lions Mane is a superfood mushroom known for focus and keeping your mind sharp- without stressing out your body with caffeine. This may be a new staple. I just wish it came in nespresso capsules lol.

Side note- did you know caffeine can cause some inflammation in some people… maybe it is something I need to look into more.

 

Mid Day Drink – Chaga Elixir.

I made this with water and stevia. And Frothed it.

Overall it was ok, it was a better drink than plain ol water. But the coffee I liked better.

HOWEVER Chaga is a superfood known for immune support, and I am ALLLLLLL about that right now in this COVID world. So I would totally add this. They do have other drinks with Chaga in them I will probably try vs. just the elixir itself. They have a chaga coffee with cordyceps which I think might be the perfect combo. Or maybe I could just add this into my lions mane coffee… theres an idea.

 PM Drink -Mushroom Cacao with Reishi

THIS IS MY FAVE.

I am all about that chill life. (yes I am a trainer but a girl has to decompress).  I added some coconut milk and wait for it….. stevia with it and hot water and frothed. It was great! Just like a relaxing hot cacao.

Reishi is known for relaxing properties and helping de-stress. So I am all for it. Definitely recommend this at night to help you relax before bed.

 AM the NEXT DAY – Mushroom Coffee with Cordyceps

This one gave me a little more energy vs focus, so pretty cool.

Made it just like the day before with the lions mane coffee but I also added the chaga elixir and I gotta say I think it was a good mix. So I got the energyAND the immune help.

The taste was just basically like the day before. I would recommend this one before a workout or any physical activity or when you just need more of a pick me up.

 Overall I would highly recommend giving them a try!

Anything that is an easy Add in VS a restriction for health is SO Much better than restriction. I tell my clients that all the time and try to live by that too. They also have other products like the newly launched protein which I will be trying next. It is packed full of nutrients and plant protein, and based on the other stuff I have tried I expect nothing but goodness from it.  

If you want to try any of this out for yourself – you can save 10% with Code CANDICECFITNESS at checkout or just use this link and shop! I will also be posting a review on Youtube so watch for it!! Let me know if you have any questions!  

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What the heck is Cycle Syncing??

What the heck is Cycle Syncing??

What the Heck Is Cycle Syncing??

 

Have you wondered this? Have you heard the phrase #CycleSyncing and wondered if it applies to you, or if you should figure it out because you should try it? 

Well here is where I lay it all out for you. I dig into what it is, how it can help and what you can do today to start. Let me know what you think!

 

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How to Workout to Decrease Stress

How to Workout to Decrease Stress

The luxury of being a woman. No seriously, it is! We just have to realize it.

 

Not sure about you but right now the world is crazy, we have been in a worldwide pandemic, the world has all but shut down, we have been stuck in our homes for days, wearing masks when in public, become the cleanest people ever, and the government is basically paying us to stay home.

 

Have you been stressed at all lately as a result?? I would be pressed to say yes more than likely…

You see, the effects of stress are major. From increased health risks, to weight gain, to hormonal imbalances, relationship problems, work problems, mental health…. The list can go on.

 

 

 

Are you at all aware that working out can actually help reduce those effects?

Well it can, when done correctly. In our society today though we have to approach working out a little differently, especially us ladies of child bearing age (basically anyone who has gotten a period to when we reach menopause). This is because during that time our bodies are functioning off a 28ish day cycle. NOT a 24 hour one like society wants us to be functioning on. If you need a little refresher check out this post for more on that – 28 days vs 24 hours. For now I am just focusing on women and how to workout to combat stress, OH and lose weight. 

 

 

 

 

 

Heres the deal –

If you have read anything on our cycle and health you would find out it is broken into four phases. Each one essentially has a different focus and deals with different hormone levels rising and falling. The hormones we want to think about are estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. 

When they are balanced (meaning going up and down at the right times and the right amounts among the 28 days) we can workout to really support them and our metabolism to get more bang for your buck if you will. We can burn fat better, sleep better, and keep stress lower.

If those hormones are imbalanced we need to workout to support them, or we will just wreck more havoc on our metabolism and health overall.

For the First half of your cycle: (Follicular and Ovulatory)

Hormones are on the rise. You tend to have more energy and in turn actually favors fat loss. Your metabolism is slower and blood sugar should lean more towards the stable side. This means you can do harder stuff. You can focus on more intense strength training, and cardio. Even if you are imbalanced it is ok to do these things – just listen to your body. If it is telling you to stop do it – dont keep pushing. 

A general rule of thumb is to just stick to 30 minute intense workouts. Your body tends to burn through the first round of glucose in your blood for energy in about that time.

When we do what we are supposed to do, our body will recover and thrive off of it. When it is happy that means less internal stress.

In the Second half of your cycle: (Luteal and Menstrual)

 

Your hormones will start to decrease if you do not conceive. This means you want to really start slowing it down before you hit your period. Your metabolism is up so you can consume more dense foods for energy and nutrients, but as your metabolism increases and hormone levels fall so does the stress on your body internally. Cortisol tends to rise during your luteal phase. More stress from extreme workouts can push you into an imbalance.

 

This is why you should really prioritize rest during your period and right before it. This does not mean you cannot workout or do anything, just skip the intense sessions and definitely follow the 30 minute rule. Imbalance means stress internally – internal stress means more issues with metabolism over time, which mean less weight and fat loss.

 

Why no intensity all the time??

 

When you keep pushing you are getting into a more stressed state physically, when this happens you stimulate the release of cortisol which can potentially harm you if your body is already chronically stressed or have an imbalance. The cortisol is released to help you convert fat into energy after you burn through carbs. When this happens if you are in an imbalanced or chronically stressed state you can end up storing fat as your body thinks it needs to for later or start taxing out your adrenals. Both lead to problems down the road.

 

A great way to start figuring out when to do what is by figuring out where you are in your cycle. If you are unsure then start with the moon phases, wonky I know but it holds true and is how I had to start after coming off birth control. 

Listen to your body, rest when you need to rest. And workout hard when you feel like you can. 

 

There are great ways to learn how to do this. A great place to start is with my cycle syncing workout phase guide. You can download it below.

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Why Most Fad Diets Don’t Work For Everyone

Why Most Fad Diets Don’t Work For Everyone

We have all been there, we have all seen and read about some new diet trend that is popular this week. 

This weeks will be different from the one in a month though, and then in another month there might be a new one. 

We see people brag about the success, we see people act like it is the win all to our weightloss problems. 

But what about long term? Is it healthy? Do you ever see yourself asking – Will I screw myself up if we try it out? 

What if I try it and it doesn’t work, what is wrong with me then?

An endless spiral of this diet to that diet, never adhearing to a lifestyle of success with any of them…. Yet some people may claim they have.

Does this relate to you at all? All of this does to me and I am in the health and wellness industry!

 

I am going to provide some insight to you on to WHY most diets do not work for most women. When some of these things were revealed to me it was like an aha moment going off in my mind because it makes sense.

Stick with me here….

 

First off lets discuss the three diets I am going to cover in this:

Keto –

This is my all time least favorite for women (I will go into detail more in a bit). Essentially Keto is where you are focusing on getting majority of your calories from fat. Meaning you are putting your body into ketosis where you are essentially tapping into your bodies fat stores for energy. You are not eating much carbs so in a sense your body bypasses what it would typically burn for fuel and goes to fat. So simple – you burn fat then you are going to get leaner right? However, most people do not even adhere to the actual “keto” macro breakdown. You should be eating 75% fat, 20% protein and only 5% carbs! (I am sorry but that is no for me).

Intermittent Fasting –

This is another big new trend. I do not hate this one for the right people. Pretty much anyone can do the 12/12 IF (meaning you do not eat from 7pm to 7am or 6pm to 6am etc). However there are also benefits shown to some by going on a 16/8 route meaning you only have an 8 hour window to eat. Some even go further than that. There are some studies and claims showing that it can help regulate blood sugar and burn fat and reduce risk of disease, however once again most women need to be careful with this ESPECIALLY those with hormonal imbalances.

Raw Vegan –

Please do not attack me for this one. I 100% understand why some people eat this way and support their choices just like any other. However, it can be risky for some based on some research. Please also note I have RAW not just Vegan listed. Essentially vegan diets are when you do not eat any sort of animal product, be it meat, chicken, fish, eggs, dairy. RAW vegan diets are when you do not cook vegetables past a certain heat.

Why may these diets cause issues with women?

As women we function off a 28 day cycle. (or so) once we are of child bearing age. When hormones are regular they will increase during the first part to prep our body for concieving, then in the second half if we do not conceive they will start to drop. 

Along with our cycle our metabolism also increases and decreases throughout the month. During our first half, we have a slower metabolism as our hormones are on the rise, we have less of an appetite from this as well. In the second half our metabolism speeds up and we have/want to eat more complex carbs, etc to support this. We are also more at risk for blood sugar dysregulation during this time.

You can see just from those facts that sticking to one way of restrictive eating could potentially harm you at certain times of the month. If you have imbalanced hormones and already have been diagnosed with something like estrogen dominance, pcos, or diabetes, then restriction and causing any other sort of additional stress on our body will only make things worse.

Keto : 

  • when you are eating high fat and protein it can potentially lead to estrogen dominance over time. This is because as women our nature is to hold onto calories during restrictive periods for nutrients due to staying fertility.
  • For example – If you are in the part of your cycle where your metabolism is already sped up – the restriction will cause more stress on your body. More stress equals more stress response, that stress response (release of the hormone cortisol) . Cortisol is known to help turn the stored fat into glucose to use for energy- BUT if you are in a stressed state already and have a hormonal imbalance this can be a problem. The excess estrogen will signal your body to turn any circulating glucose (that was released) back into fat and as a result it gets stored typically in your hips and stomach.
    • Over time this just keeps repeating itself and you will ultimately find that your metabolism slows down altogether.

IF:

  • If you have underlying blood sugar issues intermittent fasting can potentially do more harm than good. 
  • When you are fasting your blood sugar tends to drop, then when you eat again (and eat more in smaller window) it spikes. This can potentially lead to hormonal imbalance as well because there is a direct tie to blood sugar imbalances and metabolism function.
  • Too much fasting also can create too much stress on women’s bodies. During our reproductive age we are not functioning on a 24 hour hormonal cycle like men. They can ultimately reset each day, we cannot. The extra stress will only cause our hormones to go haywire and as a result mess with our metabolism function due to excess estrogen and cortisol being released.
    • When we have insulin irregulation it can potentially lead to ovulation disruption and slow our metabolism which means decreasing our ability for fat loss.

 

RAW Vegan

  • Eating vegetables is great, they are packed with nutrients. However when we are strictly eating them raw or not cooked they are harder to digest. Harder digestion means we do not absorb everything we should from them. 
    • Not absorbing everything we should means we do not get enough nutrients to even support our natural cycle. We need a sufficient amount of amino acids to produce the right amounts (when we are healthy).
      • This can cause infertility, loss of periods, and PMS symptoms to be worsened.

 

There are pros and cons to each, however, if you do not have balanced hormones, nothing is going to help until they get in a better place. And they can! If you do have balanced hormones certain diets could be done at certain times of your cycle and could help. 

For example:

  • During your follicular phase – intermittent fasting could be good. This is because you tend to already be eating less because your hormones are rising and appetite is suppressed. So this could be good to help you lose weight. 
    • Please not though that if you are working out excessively during this phase since your energy is up, make sure you are eating enough to support that!
  • During your Ovulatory Phase – You could eat Raw. This is because your body tends to be up during Ovulation. You can digest these things better and they can actually help you break down excess estrogen and support your liver.
  • During the second half of your cycle (think Luteal and Menstrual) you want to eat more warming foods and nutrient dense foods. The first half you may have more energy but your metabolism should increase due to progesterone rising. 
    • Eat more nutrient dense foods, so possibly trying Keto could be good during your period. You will not have as much energy during this time so nutrient dense fats and proteins could be beneficial. 

Of course just eating a well rounded diet including healthy proteins, complex carbs, veggies, and healthy fats is the best recipe. We just have to remember overall to keep changing it up! 

Personally I have struggled with this my entire life, I can eat the same thing day in a day out for a while and not get bored. I probably went two years where I ate sweet potatoes every day. Now I try to cycle them in and out because I do realize how restriction of other foods has now made it hard for me to process them.  I have been working on cycle syncing for a few months now and its honestly really cool how I can tell what stage my body is in based on mood, cravings, sleep, focus etc. Doing a little everyday makes a difference.

I hope this gave you some good insight on to why you may have not seen success in the past and WHY you need to just focus on YOU and YOUR health!

 

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