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Eating for your menstrual cycle

  Since I started tracking my period a few years ago, I’ve become much more aware of the different phases of my period, the dips in my energy and mood and what I can eat to support my hormones in each phase.   Menstrual Phase […]

Natural ways to manage mental health

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week here in the UK and it’s so important that we continue to have these important conversations about mental health and wellbeing.   I know what it’s like to be depressed, anxious and have that feeling that you’re never going to […]

Do you track your menstrual cycle?

Do you track your menstrual cycle?

 

As you would expect, I’m a huge advocate of this. Our menstrual cycles have been called the fifth vital sign and when you keep track of it, you can get so much amazing information about:

  • the length of your cycle (not every woman has a 30 day cycle!)
  • the length and heaviness of your menstrual bleed
  • when you start experiencing PMS symptoms such as low moods, bloating, acne, headaches and cramps
  • when you ovulate
  • any peaks and troughs in energy and mood during your cycle
  • when to expect your period

 

All this information will help you start to become more in tune to your body. You start to understand why you might be feeling down, when you’re more energetic and how certain food and exercise affect you.

 

Even if your period arrives like clockwork every month, it’s still good to track your cycle so that you know if anything changes. You’ll also understand so many other things about your cycle, including what I’ve listed above.

 

There are so many women who like clockwork, feel full of self-doubt a few days each month. Tracking menstrual cycles helps understand exactly when this is happening (most likely in the luteal phase right before you start to menstruate) and once you are aware of this, you can then do something about it!

 

We don’t have to accept the narrative of pain and emotional upheaval being a normal part of having a period, because it doesn’t have to be this way! Yes, really!

 

Here are a few apps that many of my clients have found useful for tracking their cycles:

Clue

Eve

My Period Calendar

Flo

 

Do you track your cycle? What have you learned from tracking your cycle?

 

Are you feeling perplexed by your cycle? Do you want to finally get to grips with period pain, mood swings and sugar cravings? Book in for a free 30 minute Hormone Health Review!

 

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Want to start running? Here’s a guide on how to do it!

  The lovely Dorota from Isleworth Running Club has written a post to help anyone who’s thinking about starting to run with all the things you need to know.    Commit! In my opinion, nothing happens for us until we actually commit. You have to […]

Managing endometriosis pain

Did you know that a significant amount of endometriosis pain is driven by inflammation? And this inflammation is typically at its worst in the week you have your period. If you have endo, you won’t be surprised by this at all, right?   What do […]

What are the best foods to support good thyroid health?

To round out the thyroid health series, let’s look at how we can eat to support our thyroids!

 

Making sure you have enough zinc, iodine and selenium in your diet are key ways of supporting your thyroid health.

 

Including lots of fruit and vegetables, including cooked greens, brazil nuts, eggs, beetroot, chickpeas and lentils, grass fed organic red meat and dairy and wild-caught seafood will help.

 

Notice a theme?

 

Essentially, if you’re eating a diet that includes 7-10 portions of fruit and vegetables that are a mix of cooked and raw, nuts & seeds, high quality meat & dairy and wild-caught seafood, you’re well on your way to eating for good thyroid health!

 

Do you want to know about your thyroid health? Book in a free 30 minute Hormone Health Review with me! 

 

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Let’s talk about endometriosis!

What is endometriosis?   Endometriosis is one of the most common chronic hormonal disorders affecting women in reproductive age, affecting up to 10% of women.   Endometriosis has been described as an autoimmune condition where endometrial tissue typically grows on the outside of the uterus […]

Let’s talk about how our thyroids are affected by stress!

  Let’s talk about your thyroid and stress!   Good thyroid health is closely connected the health of your glands that produce your stress hormones – your adrenals. These tiny glands are located on top of your kidneys.   Chronic stress is the enemy of […]

Do you need to care more about your thyroid in your 40s and 50s?

Do you need to think about your thyroid health more as you move into your 40s and 50s?

 

In short, yes!

 

Research shows that hypothyroidism tends to be more common in women over 40, as thyroid hormone production gradually decreases as we get older.

 

For women in their late 40s and 50s, it’s worth noting that symptoms of menopause are similar to hypothyroid symptoms, so you might be doing everything you can to manage your menopause and still find that you continue to suffer from dry skin, weight gain, lethargy, dry hair, constipation, low mood, reduced concentration and poor memory.

 

Does this sound like you?

 

I would encourage you to get your thyroid hormones (TSH / T3 / T4) checked as part of your annual check up and even sooner, if this is something that’s troubling you right now.

 

Do you have questions about your thyroid? Book in a 30 minute Hormone Health Review with me! 

 

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Why you need to care about your thyroid!

  Over the last week, we’ve been talking about our thyroids. We’ve talked about what happens when you produce too much thyroid hormone and when you produce too little.   We’ve learned that the thyroid is a bit like Goldilocks – you want to make […]

What happens when you produce too much thyroid hormone?

In my last post, I talked about producing too little thyroid hormone. Now let’s talk about what happens when you produce too much.   Do you often feel out of breath or short of breath?   You might have trouble keeping weight on.   Do […]

I Tried It: Giving Up Sugar For Lent

 

It’s spring and it’s time for change and renewal.

 

For me, this is the time of year when I take stock and look at what’s working and what isn’t.

 

Sugar wasn’t working for me. My moods were up and down, my skin was breaking out and I started feeling bloated a little too often.

 

So I broke up with sugar for Lent.

 

The first 10 days were the hardest. I realised that I was using sugary foods, especially chocolate, as a fix when I was stressed out. And the first week and a half was especially hard because I had a lot of things happening in my life that were causing me to feel stressed.

 

Identifying stress as a trigger for my sugar cravings was huge for me. I realised that I needed to find something else to do in these stressful moments.

 

I decided that I would drink water instead of eating chocolate.

 

And honestly, I’ve never been so hydrated in my life!

 

In the first ten days, I had to think consciously about this.

 

Breaking an unwanted habit takes a lot of mental energy and the first couple of weeks require a lot of mindfulness for the change to become real.

 

Eventually, it became easier and I didn’t need to think about it as much.  My new ‘water for chocolate’ routine became a habit and I managed to break my sugar / stress connection.

 

What were the results of this experiment? Well, my skin is clearer, I’m less bloated, I have fewer headaches and I’m less moody. The biggest result is knowing that I have the power to break a habit that simply isn’t working for me any more.

 

I can’t say that I’ll never eat sugary foods again. Come on, I have to live in the real world! What I know for sure is that it makes me feel terrible, despite tasting oh so good.

 

Are you ready to give up sugar?

 

Check out my free guide to giving up sugar in 21 days for actionable ways to reduce the amount of sugar you eat. Click here to download it!

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