Is it just me, or do your hormones get the blame for just about everything?
Hungry? It’s my hormones.
Angry? It’s my hormones.
Not in “the mood”? It’s my hormones.
Feeling extra bloated? It’s my hormones.
I need ice cream. It’s my hormones.
And while there is a bit of validity to those excuses, the reality is that the nature of our day to day life is making our hormones work against us instead of with us. Hormones really do run the show, though. That’s what they are designed to do. In fact, women go through more hormonal changes throughout the course of one month than men do over their lifetime (Okay, I may have the exactness of that statistic wrong, but it sure does feel like that sometimes!). Female hormones make us infertile, then fertile, then infertile again all within 28 days. And with those fluctuating hormones comes a barrage of emotional and physical symptoms that may not manifest in the most pleasant of ways. The female menstrual cycle is a delicate dance of hormonal communication that is incredibly sensitive to any misstep.
I am sure I am not the only one whose parents’ “Birds and the Bees” talk was pretty G-rated. Not to mention the school Sex-Ed that was sort of a joke. Talking “periods”, hormones, emotions, “girl stuff” is pretty taboo too. Having PMS was to be expected. Severe cramping that keeps you home from work is just part of the beauty and pain of being female. Acne after graduating high school is just the new normal. What is this discharge that is coming out? Is that supposed to be there? Why is it changing colors? Should I just accept that fact that I’m getting older and gaining weight? Why am I so tired all the time? Ugh, sex again…?
Well, ladies. I would like to set the record straight. There is only so much blame we can place on our hormones for the way we feel and act. You have a little bit of leeway there, I’ll give you that. But, it’s time we take control of how we are treating our body so that we can regain empowerment over our lives and not succumb to the side effects of when hormones go array.
The most common complaints I hear from clients are:
When I hear these, I automatically scream in my head, “Hormonal Imbalances!”.
If this is you, have no fear. I am here to help you find clarity and direction navigating your hormonal imbalances so get you feeling refreshed, energized, and like yourself again!
I’m feeling better – more energy for sure, which is great. I’m also back at less than my pre-pregnancy weight! So that’s always nice too! I’m now fully gluten free and it’s going great. The best part is my periods are now normal! No more 60 day cycles! – Emily H.