It crept up on my so slowly I didn’t know it wasn’t normal.
(and this is going to get way too TMI, so I’m sorry!).
It started in my late 30s with having to use super-plus tampons. Then I had to start wearing tampons, and not just pads, to bed or else I’d leak. By age 43, I was sleeping with a towel under me.
I stopped doing errands on the first two days of my period because I couldn’t go anywhere without leaking. And if a speaking engagement happened to fall on one of those days–I was beset with a migraine the whole time.
I was exhausted. I remember coming home from speaking at a MOPS conference so completely worn out I burst into tears the next morning when it was time to go to church. I just didn’t have the energy to get dressed.
My husband marched me off to the doctor, and I found out that I was anemic–I was really low on iron. And the cause wasn’t hard to find. I was having way too heavy periods, caused by hormone fluctuations of perimenopause, and uterine fibroids. But I truly hadn’t known that anything was abnormal.
I had a minor surgery called a uterine ablation that helped, and I changed my diet to help control the hormone fluctuations, and within a few months I felt like I hadn’t in years. But I really mourned those years I had battled exhaustion and fatigue and just plain frustration and inconvenience because I didn’t know that this wasn’t just part of the aging process that I had to live with.
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That’s why I’m excited to tell you about the Ultimate Women’s Wellness Bundle that’s for sale right now–but only until midnight tonight! It’s a huge collection of online resources that can help you understand your body; feel more confident; balance your hormones (as I talked about last Wednesday); find more relaxation; and so much more.
One of those resources especially could have helped me avoid all the trouble I had–Perimenopause: The Savvy Sister’s Guide to Hormone Harmony. Author Anna Garrett explains:
Flooding or prolonged periods are both caused by an excess of estrogen that stimulates the uterine lining to grow, grow, grow. If you happen to not ovulate in a particular month, then there’s nothing to signal your body to have a period, and the lining keeps on growing. When you finally do have a period, it can be extremely heavy or clot-filled (or both) and long. Not only is this annoying, it can lead to anemia over time which can result in other health problems. Low levels of red blood cells and iron contribute to fatigue, poor memory, dizziness, paleness, and other problems because inadequate amounts of oxygen are transported to the cells. Anemia can become a vicious cycle because it also makes a woman more likely to bleed more heavily.
When things go wrong with our body, we assume that there’s nothing we can do about it; it’s genetic (my mom had it!); ti’s our lot in life. We’re helpless. And we feel depressed.
But what if a lot of these things can be controlled by what we do? What if the reason it’s genetic is because your mom tended to have the same habits you do and eat the same foods you do?
I didn’t realize that having to sleep on a towel and not being able to go grocery shopping on day 1 of my period was abnormal.
For many people, learning what you have and treating it. For others–reducing the impact of fatty liver disease; of exhaustion; of acne; of stringy hair; of weight gain; of mental fog and depression. Not all, of course. The body doesn’t work like that. But knowing how all of this goes together is empowering. You feel like–I don’t have to put up with this! I can do something about it!
And it starts with learning, which is why I just love these Bundles! They’re full of so many resources that you would otherwise not have heard of, and they can introduce you to ideas you’ve wanted to explore, but didn’t know where to start. Even if you use just a few of the resources, you’ll get more than your money’s worth!
Instead of being upset at your cycle every month, for instance, what if you could use the ebb and flow of your energy and hormones during your cycle to boost your productivity?
That’s what the Power up Your Period e-course will teach you.
By learning to decode your menstrual cycle, you can actually harness the power of your hormone ebbs and flows throughout your cycle.
When you work WITH your body rather than against it, your life is filled with greater predictability and ease.
Knowing what to eat, how to exercise, and what types of work projects to focus on during each phase of your cycle is KEY!
Boost your energy levels, your relationships, and your productivity, too!
I’ve talked before about how our libido changes over the course of our period, but understanding how the energy boost at ovulation can be useful for more than just sex–and how the luteal phase can be great for contemplation, planning, and relaxation helps put a better rhythm to your life. So interesting!
There’s a great resource in the bundle on how intermittent fasting works, and I’m very excited about it. My mother and my husband have both lost 30 pounds using intermittent fasting, and they both feel and look great!
Can I just brag on my mom for a little bit here? My mom has struggled with her weight for years, even though she eats relatively little sugar; tends to eat at home and not go out to eat very much; she’s walked and exercised regularly; and still her weight edged up. The problem was metabolism. Hers was slow like molasses.
So in the spring of 2017 she decided she’d try intermittent fasting. One day she’d eat like normal, and the next day she’d only eat 500 calories. And the weight just started to come off! Not just that–but she keeps inching downward, and she’s kept it off. And she feels so much better.
Mom in 2016, right before she moved in with us!
Mom last winter, after having lost 40 pounds.
Or here’s the contrast from the girls’ weddings! She wore the same dress (it’s awesome; it’s purple; and it’s her). Plus a handknit shawl for Katie’s winter wedding:
When we started to see how well it was working for my mom, Keith started intermittent fasting as well. Here you can see him side-by-side; in 2016 with Connor on our cruise, with the “blue steel” pose from Zoolander; and then this fall, wearing the same thing, as we got ready to welcome our grandson!
The bundle contains the book “Intermittent Fasting for Better Health: The Purposeful Nutrition Guide to Weight Loss, Balanced Blood Sugar, and More Energy”. Of course you should always check with your doctor before trying fasting, and the book talks about who fasting is NOT appropriate for, but increasingly it’s being seen to be a great tool for increasing metabolism and helping to give the liver a break and improve gut health.
The reason we don’t lose weight on traditional calorie reduction diets is that our bodies think we’re starving, so they start conserving fat and slow down the metabolism. With fasting, for one day you eat like normal so your body knows food is available, and then the next day you get very little, so it burns fat. That helps with insulin levels, hormones, and so much more (and is much more in tune with how ancestors originally ate!). And the best part about it is that it’s totally sustainable. You don’t have to cut out any particular food, but you can do it for the rest of your life.
And this may sound a bit strange, but enjoy that feeling of hunger. In our western culture we don’t often feel hungry. It is a sign of how much abundance we really have. When we fast, it sets us up to appreciate feasting more. We in the West don’t really appreciate feasting in our times, because we do so little fasting. I am learning to enjoy that feeling of hunger, because I know I can eat when I want to, and I can eat good and healthy foods. I am so grateful for that.
- Gain strategies for developing courage
- Learn tools for emotional weightlifting
- Learn where I struggle with boundaries
- Find compassion and grace for myself and others
- Practice identifying, understanding, and communicating emotions
- Learn how to stop escalating and manipulating conversations
- Learn to understand and be understood
And, of course, there are plenty of resources on fertility and tracking your cycle, too, including Well & Good: Supercharge Your Health for Fertility and Wellness. In that book, author Nat asks the question:
Before you eat, do you think about the nutritional value of your meal? You wouldn’t be alone if the answer was no.
But does that scare you? Make you think that you have to start counting how much B12 and folic acid is in everything you eat? Really, the answer is learning what categories of food NOT to eat, and what to include more of. I’ve switched to the whole foods diet (though I do cheat), and I try to include healthy fats as much as possible, and once you get the hang of it, it isn’t that difficult. And these resources will help you! Food is not just about fun, it’s also about fuel. Here’s what Nat sets out to do:
Fertility is about a thriving reproductive system, free from hormone imbalance, menstrual issues, conditions such as PCOS, endometriosis, thyroid issues and a whole swag of other symptoms. It is about a thriving body. To help you achieve this goal, I will share with you some of my favourite hormone-boosting recipes and also assist you to come to a whole new way of understanding and fuelling your body.
That helps not just your fertility, but your hormones, your well-being, your mental state, your ability to sleep, and even your libido, as we talked about last Wednesday. And the bundle has a great course for something I’m really passionate about–pelvic floor health. We’ll be talking more about that this month, and I’ve talked about the importance of pelvic floor health before when it comes to sexual pain like vaginismus. But it’s also so important post partum, when you feel like you leak every time you sneeze, and more. Your pelvic floor muscles hold everything together, and when they don’t work well, we really do suffer.
Dr. Orlena’s Pelvic Floor Solution course sends you videos for four weeks with “hypopressive” exercises (that she thoroughly explains) that are quick and that give you so much more control.
And there’s so much more! Altogether 32 eBooks, 32 eCourses & audios, 12 workbooks & printables, 2 summits & a documentary can help you achieve your wellness goals. And they retail for $4641.70, but the bundle sells for just $39.–but only until midnight tonight!
Seriously, check out everything you get right here.
I talk a lot about sex on this blog, but you can’t have great sex without taking care of your physical body.
I think there are some absolute gems in this bundle that can get you on the road to a better you–a more confident you. And a “you” who feels more at home in her skin, and more aware of what is happening in her body.
At midnight tonight, the bundle turns into a pumpkin and disappears. So jump on it now and get it before it’s gone!
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Other Posts in the Love Your Body Series:
Treating Your Body as a Friend, Not an Enemy
PODCAST: How Do You Feel Comfortable with Your Body?
Do You KNOW Your Body?
10 Resources to Help You Get More Comfortable with Your Body
How to Help Your Wife with Her Body Image
The Body Keeps the Score and Sexual Trauma