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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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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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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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28 days vs 24 hours – a big way women and men differ day to day

28 days vs 24 hours – a big way women and men differ day to day

Women and men are different. (Clearly)

Our minds work differently, we process things differently, we have different needs in regards to calories and energy and even sleep. On top of that we work on different hormonal balances. Men have more testosterone than we do, they do not carry babies like we do. We have different genetic makeups. 

 

PSA ( I am not a doctor but you can do some research yourself to verify what I am getting into today if you have doubts. )

When it comes to hormones, ladies we work off a cycle that goes about 28(ish) days in length. Our hormones rise and fall to help prepare our body for a baby (during reproductive years). 

On the flip side, men have a hormonal cycle that goes about 24 hours. Their hormones rise and fall all in relation to this and they recharge at night during sleep.

Three key things:

Women we do not function at the same capacity we are not supposed to during this time because of hormonal fluctuations (even when they are balanced).

Men can function basically the same way day to day.

We can BOTH get imbalanced through stress and other factors in daily life -for today we are focusing on us ladies though.

If I were to ask you about your day to day, which would you say your lifestyle resembles?

Most likely you would say the 24 hour clock. We tend to wake up and get stuff done and go go go until night time when we crash.

Is that a wrong way to live? Sometimes. Why sometimes? Because sometimes our hormones can support that.

During our first half of our cycle we are good to go, during the second half we need to take more time to let our body rest and reset. Not do all the intense workouts, or work late hours or stress ourselves out because our sex hormones which play into stress hormones are at their lowest.

However – Men can live this way as they recharge every night in a sense. When we are in our reproductive years our recharge and reset time is actually at the end of the month (aka our period). (and ps. This should be a red flag if you do not have one due to meds or any other reason- I am someone who knows first hand about this too).

When we live in a way that does not support this then we are asking for imbalance over time. Our stress hormones will rise, our metabolism will get thrown off and we will suffer other consequences that could range from sleep deprivation to infertility. 

We have to take steps to support our body and hormones in order to get the most out of our day to day. We are NOT the same day to day and we need to honor that. ( I mean somedays I am excited like the picture to the right… others I am the COMPLETE opposite )

 

Small changes can make a BIG difference.

The best place to start is by simply figuring out where you are in your cycle. Meaning when did you have your period last, and if you do not track it then start by paying attention to it next time. Then today start paying attention to how you feel. Chances are if you are feeling good, having lots of energy and focus you may be in the first half. Once you figure out where you are you can start applying things to support your cycle based on that.

  • Things such as adding in certain foods at certain phases.
  • Adding in rest at more pivotal times.
  • Doing certain workouts at certain times.
  • Adding in certain supplements.
  • Etc.

If you are someone who has struggled with weight loss, with hormonal imbalance of any kind, of fatigue, of stress, of anxiety, of depression…. The list goes on. I urge you to start paying attention to where you are day to day., Journal how you feel, track the highs and lows, the cravings, etc. These are ALL insights to our wonderful bodies.

Ladies we have to love ourselves first, this goes hand in hand with that. Taking care of what we are given to get into “sync” and thrive at life.

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Hormone changes and our workouts – how they can work to benefit each other

Hormone changes and our workouts – how they can work to benefit each other

I may have found a new obsession, and that is involving researching and learning more about how cycle syncing for women can truly help us lose more weight, regulate hormones which can help with decreasing inflammation, and help us feel better, decrease period symptoms and increase our metabolism AND improve workouts!

You may be wondering what the heck is cycle syncing?

I had no idea until I discovered Alissi Vitti’s book “In the Flo”. 

Essentially you are working to support your cycle. Your cycle meaning the 28 day or so period we are supposed to rotate through. (here’s your biology talk)  It is made up of four phases; Follicular, Ovulatory, Luteal and Menstrual. Each phase consists of a few days where our sex hormones should fall and rise (hormones meaning estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone mainly among others). The first half is composed of the follicular and ovulatory cycles which are aimed more at increasing estrogen and testosterone to help prepare for ovulation when they are at their peak and to make us ladies fertile. The second half consists of the luteal and menstrual phases where progesterone starts to rise and the other two start to drop before menstruation where the lining sheds if no egg is fertilized.  With our hormones fluctuating our bodies are going to need different nutrients and things to support them at different times. We should also have highs and lows of energy at different times depending on this. For example it is better to rest during the last part of your cycle (Menstrual) vs. the beginning when you have more energy (Follicular phase).

Cycle syncing works to support these changes we should go through each month.

But what if you are irregular, have been diagnosed with any sort of disease like PCOS, amenorrhea or endometriosis to name a few.  That is even more of a reason to try this method. By supporting your cycle when these hormones should rise and fall with foods, the right workouts and movement and self care we can optimize getting these things regulated. We want to get regular, we want to reduce PMS symptoms, by doing so we will increase our ability to optimize our metabolism function among other things.

 

So now to the good stuff, how does it work with our metabolism and how can our workouts help us???

When our hormones are regulated and working efficiently we are able to absorb the right nutrients, burn more fat, and feel better with less stress on our bodies. We know that less stress leads to less inflammation like I have talked about many times before.  If we can get our workouts to aide us in this by timing them correctly within our cycle (or when we should be at x part of our cycle) then we should be able to recover better and get more out of them when timing is right.     Here is the low down on that- each phase should rotate between different focuses/energy output for the most part to help alleviate excess stress on us at the wrong times or when we are lacking certain nutrients to recover. Follicular Phase : During this beginning part of your cycle estrogen and testosterone should be on the rise so should you have more energy, meaning you can do more HIIT and intense heavy lifting. This is a time to work harder and push yourself more because you will be able to recover better. Ovulatory Phase : This is when everything is at its peak so you can really work harder here.  Luteal Phase: The first half of this cycle (it is longer almost 10 days) can be harder workouts but when hormones start to drop towards the end that is when you want to start doing more yoga, active recovery like long walks, stretching, non intense cardio to preserve your energy. Menstrual Phase – There is a reason sometimes you are fatigued during this part of your cycle.. You have lower levels of everything as your lining may shed (bleed) and if you push yourself too hard then in turn you will feel even worse during this time. Really try to use this time to lay lower doing low intensity stuff and really resting your body. When you preserve your body during this time it will allow you to have even more energy next phase (follicular) where you can go harder again. Try things like stretching, infrared sauna, gentle yoga, easy walks, massage etc. So how can you start implementing this? Easy if you are regular, just pay attention to where you are in it and start adding in these types of workouts accordingly. But what if you don’t know?? If you are like me and are irregular or have been or on birth control and have recently stopped and have no cycle then go with the moon…. yup I said moon… no this is not crazy stuff there is research behind it oddly enough. You can sync with the moon phases (follicular – first quarter , ovulation – full moon, luteal- third quarter , menstrual – new moon) and do week to week and follow those guidelines. I am working with this as a guide, and I am going to be sharing my experiences so stay tuned! Next up will be how foods affect your cycle and what can help 🙂  So if you are going to try this lets aim to have patience, start slow and work on adding in things versus restricting. Keep stress low!

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How your hormones can affect your weightloss and life

How your hormones can affect your weightloss and life

 

Do you ever stop and think about your hormones? How they could really be affecting your life and weight loss?

First off let me say I am NOT an expert on this stuff just kind of obsessed now after reading In the Flo with Alissi Vitti. Mainly because her approach makes so much sense! It dives into #cyclesyncing and how making certain changes in our lifestyle to support our cycle can actually help us lose weight, become more productive, and feel better every day! You can check it out below.

As women, unfortunately it has become more normal to be known as “hormonal” . We have a “cycle” but we have no idea how to make it actually work for us… instead we are out of balance and deal with PMS symptoms among other things week to week. If we can get our hormones to where they are at better levels we will not only feel better but perform better in every area of our lives. Seem too good to be true? Follow me here….

Throughout our 28 days our hormones (we have many more but in regards to this I am referring to estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone) go up and down and if you are like me and have taken synthetic birth control for years, or taken different medications, been exposed to hormone disrupting toxins (like plastics and some things in the air for example), you may be all over the place. You may have also been diagnosed with PCOS, irregular periods, or estrogen dominance. Any of those things can potentially also lead to issues with metabolism, thyroid, gut, and other autoimmune conditions.

Here are a few reasons why:

Estrogen dominance: is something that is more apparent for ever in our culture, there are multiple reasons why but one big one is our liver not metabolizing estrogen properly. When we are not eliminating the right amounts of estrogen (the liver metabolizes it in three different ways (one good, and two bad) it can lead to dominance which can turn to insulin resistance, higher inflammation and gut issues among other things. This right there can prove to mess with metabolism. 

We also have a major connection with estrogen and our gut. A major regulator of estrogen is within the gut and by a certain type of bacteria. If we have any sort of dysfunction (like leaky gut) that has developed this can cause that bacteria to not regulate estrogen as it should which in turn can lead to dominance…. Again this  can lead to numerous factors stemming from obesity, infertility, and pcos among other things.

With hormones unbalanced, it just leads us down a bigger spiral of imbalances causing the wrong things to be released or not released at the right times. This means more stress on the body, which we all know leads to more inflammation.

So what am I getting at?

If we can add things to help support our optimal hormone production and treat our bodies in a way at the right times of the month when these hormones should be at certain levels we can feel better, do more and help reduce some symptoms and possible reverse some diseases.

It starts by paying attention to your cycle. If you do not know when or where you are, or if you are on birth control it is a good idea to get a feel for your hormone levels by getting tested. Over the next few weeks I will be diving into how these things can be helped via workout scheduling, foods, supplements and self care. Different parts of the month if you will need different things to help you feel your best and start to regulate hormones to correct metabolism and other imbalances and health issues. 

I am doing this myself as I personally have been affected with irregular cycles for YEARS and want it regulated. So far so good. And have no fear I will do a full recap of all of my success and fails after month 1!

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