My journey started with years of painful digestive issues and unexplained estrogen deficiency. I was diagnosed with PCOS in my early 20s and went most of that decade without a single menstrual cycle. I didn’t have the cysts or weight gain I’ve read about, or the excess hair growth, but I did have the crazy adult acne, quite a bit of hair loss, and after being told by almost all of my doctors that I would have difficulty conceiving, a big fear of infertility. What did it mean to get pregnant with PCOS?
I was also very active at the time. Teaching group fitness classes and working out six days a week. I now know I was over-exercising. After many frustrating doctors visits I decided to become my own first client. Blood work uncovered hormone imbalances, fatigued adrenals, and excess toxins and inflammation likely caused by high stress. I did not want to continue on birth control (I had already been taking it for the past 10 years). Additionally, I wasn’t interested in medication. I was desperate to figure this out the natural way.
So, I started with my diet. I was already mostly plant-based. But I learned more about the connection between hormone balance and saturated fat. I dabbled with a few Chinese herbs, and started on a wonderful whole food nutraceutical, which I still take today. My relationship to exercise also changed. Yoga and pilates replaced the almost daily runs and HIIT classes. After roughly 4 months, my menstrual cycle returned, my skin improved, and I had all-day energy for the first time in a very long time. Fast forward 5 years, still estrogen deficient, but healthier than ever and a brand new mom to Elliot, our sweet little boy who was unexpectedly conceived on our honeymoon!
Through my journey I quickly learned that I was not alone and that many of the challenges that others face today have an answer in nutrition and lifestyle. I realized that I needed to move to a career that would allow me to be more directly involved in helping and connecting with others. I now support women in holistically enhancing their health throughout all phases of pregnancy. My approach to wellness is rooted in being your healthiest and happiest self!