I am absolutely passionate about helping women take control of their hormonal health and I know firsthand how crucial hormonal balance can be to living a meaningful and fulfilling life.
I’ve struggled my entire life with excruciating and irregular periods, cyclical mood swings, and a wildly unpredictable libido. Artificial hormones make me batshit crazy—an unfortunate realization that I didn’t make until I’d been on depo-provera for over three years in my late teens.
Luckily, I’m also hard-wired with an addiction to learning about all things health and wellness. And since I myself happened to be a woman with hormonal problems, it’s maybe not surprising that women’s health became the primary focus of my obsession.
My foray into the world of alternative healthcare began early… I was raised on homeopathic remedies and had grandparents who regaled me with stories of their trips to Asia to visit faith healers. In the seventh grade I decided to stop eating meat and delved into the world of conscious eating. Two years later I stopped eating dairy and began a 15 year struggle to remain vegan, convinced I was doing the best possible thing for my health.
But despite my strict diet I still felt crappy most of the time. I actually gained weight as a vegetarian. I had no energy. My joints ached and I lost sleep because of mysterious pains deep within my limbs. I went months between periods.
But still I persisted. In my mid-twenties, bouts of strict veganism, macrobiotic eating, and “cleansing” alternated with weeks filled with partying and covertly gorging on dairy products—no doubt a misguided attempt to self-medicate.
My health declined and I slipped deeper and deeper into depression. I had all the symptoms of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. I started to think I was just relegated to a life of pain and fatigue.
After a truly terrible two weeks on anti-depressants that made me feel like my brain was being twisted and turned inside out, I decided to try acupuncture on a whim. And to my great surprise, it actually helped.
I immediately transferred schools to begin studying Chinese Medicine. I knew I was on to something and for the first time in years felt hopeful that I’d finally found a way to fix myself. The focus of my studies quickly became women’s hormonal health and fertility.
After four years and a master’s degree in acupuncture, it became clear that while acupuncture was great at keeping my symptoms at bay, they quickly returned if I missed a couple of treatments. Then I came across an article that would completely change my life.
The article described a protein found in some grains that could cause symptoms identical to mine. At that time I had never heard of gluten, but I started digging up everything I could about it and decided to try removing it from my (still vegetarian) diet.
It took me months to fully commit to removing gluten from my diet for good, but when I did it was like someone had turned the lights on in my brain for the first time in years. I could finally think straight. The fog of depression lifted and my pain gradually started to fade.
Little did I know that my “healthy” diet full of whole grains and devoid of high-quality protein and fat had been slowly killing me for nearly 20 years.
I started adding small amounts of meat into my diet while cutting back on other grains. I added in some good fats and I could feel my body starting to hum. I began supplementing with a few key nutrients and making other small tweaks to my lifestyle. For the first time I could remember I finally started to feel truly healthy.
My progress on this healing journey has been far from linear, and I still have setbacks from time to time. For example, even after nearly a decade of working with other women to heal their own endocrine issues, my hormones still went absolutely nuts after the birth of my son in 2013 (he was conceived while I was following the first iteration of The Fertility Fix plan).
It took some time to get myself back in working order, but once you’ve learned the way out of hormonal hell, it’s just a matter of following the right steps to make your way back to good health.
So really this is just a really long way of saying that I’ve been where you are.
I know what it feels like to feel like your body is the enemy. I’ve also looked around wondering why it seemed so easy for everyone else to have something I couldn’t. I know how hard it can be to believe that your body is capable of healing. And I know exactly how hard it can be to get started.
But you are capable of creating the life you want. And I mean that in every sense possible. It’s all up to you and you can absolutely do it. If you’re confused about where to start or what to do next, I can help. I’ve been through it and I’ve got the roadmap.