Hormone Testing 101
5 Things You Need to Know About the Birth Control Pill
There is a ton of mixed advice on the topic of hormone testing and I’m sure that each hormone expert has a slightly different opinion on this complicated topic!
Here at Nourished with Nina, my job is to give you the most valuable information I know, collected by various hormone experts and resources! ;)
In this post, I will give you an overview on the pros and cons of hormone testing, as well as some some valuable testing resources, so you can make an informed choice about what is best for your unique situation.
The Best Foods for Hormone Balance (Part 1)
Let me preface this post by saying … the development of birth control was a HUGE win for women’s rights.
It allowed us the opportunity to further our education, grow in our careers, and it allowed us to claim more freedom over our bodies. We worked hard for the rights to birth control and then shouldn’t be dismissed!
Having said that, there is A LOT women don’t know about taking this tiny pill each month.
The reason being … we were never taught. Rarely do we have a discussion with our doctors about what the pill is actually doing to our bodies each month.
And knowledge is power, right?
It’s my goal to spread awareness of the affects of the birth control pill so women can make an informed choice as to whether it is, or isn’t, the correct option for them.
Why You Should Be Tracking Your Menstrual Cycle
When it comes to balancing your hormones, food can be a tricky dance!
This is in part because every single women’s body and lifestyle is DIFFERENT. Your genetics are unique to you, your stress is unique to you, and above all else…what you choose to EAT is unique to you.
So naturally, following a blanket “guideline” for getting your menstrual cycle & fertility back on track can be freakin’ hard.
Where do you turn?
Luckily, there quite a few staple foods & nutrients that are going to be AMAZING for hormone balance across the board!
High Cortisol & Low Progesterone...Could you be Struggling?
Instead of getting a “real" period each month, I was just spotting inconsistently. In addition to these odd menstrual symptoms, my anxiety was ALL over the place. Plus the cramps. Plus the acne….
I felt like a serious mess from head to toe.
But even back then, when all of these menstrual irregularities started arising, I still wasn’t tracking my period.
Because I had NO idea that I actually had the inner-power to take charge of my period.
My period felt like such a foreign invader … and I was the victim.
Luckily, I finally discovered just how much power I had to actually change the course of my period.
Hormone-Friendly, Nutty Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
There are number of common hormone imbalances that affect women, but one combination that I see SO often, is the correlation between high cortisol and low progesterone.
Why are these two hormones so important?
And how do you know if you’re struggling with an imbalance?
We will determine some of the common characteristics below & what you can do to start balancing your hormones right away.
What Reiki Energy Healing Has Taught Me
What do you do when you have 3 overly ripe bananas sitting on your kitchen counter? Make some incredible nutty banana chip muffins, of course!!
The 3 Most IMPORTANT Steps for Hormone Balance
Everything is energy. Intuitively, I always knew that.
But, it wasn’t until I received my Reiki certification this past weekend that it actually SUNK IN.
Here’s the thing -- there is an energetic flow that exists through, and with-in, all living things. Especially us humans!
And when there is imbalance in our lives (emotionally or physically) this energy can get kinda… stuck.
That’s why you might be feeling anxious/sad, or even perhaps, dealing with physical pain. Overtime, when we don’t release these built up emotions, our body starts to react.
Without a way to release and let go - the body manifests symptoms as a way to get our attention
5 Easy Tips for Anxiety Relief
Everything in our body is RELATED, which is why the standard “put out flames” model of healthcare doesn’t work when it comes to women’s hormonal health.
Addressing one specific area of the body might help alleviate symptoms in the short term, but it totally ignores the fact that our entire body works together in a very delicate and sensitive way.
We must look at all the pieces and parts of the endocrine system to start feeling truly vibrant and like our goddess-selves again!
I am going to breakdown the 3 most important areas of hormone health for you and give you some very tangible and practice tools you can start implementing right now to start feeling better a lot faster.
Tarot 101 - What You Need to Know
The anxious feelings and thoughts can seem to come out of nowhere.
You’re just sitting there, minding your own business, and all of a sudden your brain is flooded with random thoughts and your body starts to feel uneasy…what gives?
That’s the weird thing about anxiety -- it can happen when we least expect it.
In those moments where you’re looking for some quick and easy relief, I’ve compiled 5 anxiety tips that can help:
Is Your Workout Routine STRESSING You Out?
First, let me start off by explaining that I am no tarot reading guru! But, one of the many reasons why I LOVE tarot, is because it is so accessible to everyone.
No matter where you are in your tarot exploration … you can enjoy a positive experience and receive valuable information from the cards.
Over the past few years I have really developed an appreciation for this spiritual resource and it’s my hope that after reading this post, you will give it a try, too!
Travel Anxiety…What I've Learned.
Did you know that over-exercising when your body is already stressed can have a negative impact on your system?
I know that there is a lot of talk out there about “commitment and pushing through”… but sometimes it’s just as important to let yourself rest.
How to Reduce Menstrual Cramps
As many of you know, traveling in general sparks some anxiety in me, but when you toss NYC energy on top of it all, it tends to get a bit… magnified. Sprinkle in the fact that I am annoyingly claustrophobic (planes, elevators, subways … oh my!) and I’ve got some emotions to deal with it!
So what’s a travel-loving gal supposed to do when her sensitive nervous system, anxiety, and love for exploring new places collides?
Luckily, there’s quite a lot! And I’m ready to share those tools with you, too.
Best Healthy Travel Tips
I am going to be REAL upfront with all of you … I still struggle with some intense period pain each month. Just like clock-work, day one of my period comes around, and I am hit with some mega cramps. It can be really frustrating to work so hard on your diet and stress reduction and still find yourself curled into a ball with a heating pad, essential oils (and let’s be real, some ibuprofen), each month. So, I hit up my favorite hormone books/holistic coaches to figure out what in the WORLD is going on with menstrual cramps, and the science behind them.
Working Out and Your Cycle....What You Need to Know.
I’ve learned that it takes a little extra travel prep to make sure that I have all the items that will make me feel amazing while I am away. The holidays are all about being truly present with friends and family. Feeling tired, bloated, and anxious makes that kinda hard, right?! Check out my favorite tips below to help you keep your calm during the holiday season.
Are You Having Gut Issues and Don't Even Know It?
I recently posted a story over on my instagram about the importance of syncing your workouts with your menstrual cycle.
The response to my story was incredible, and I figured I should share in a little more detail over here!
Women are becoming increasingly more aware of how their cycle affects their everyday life. We WANT to know more about how we can honor these weekly hormonal changes and what in the world is happening within our body.
We have been left in the dark for too many years regarding the beautiful complexity of our reproductive system. It’s time we change that!
Finding Food Freedom
Here’s the crazy thing about the gut… it literally affects the ENTIRE body.
Even if you don’t identify as having digestive discomfort or distress, your gut may be the source of a host of other symptoms in the body. But how do you know?
From belly pain, to skin and mood issues, to hormone imbalances … let’s touch on a why our bellies are so important!
The Period Blues…What GIVES?
Earlier this week I wrote a post on instagram about how I have been enjoying ALL of the fall goodies this season. Donuts, cupcakes, cookies...I was craving all things pumpkin!
Now, I know how HARD it can be to overthink sugar when it comes to balancing your hormones (and gut). And, when I’m working with my clients, we talk a lot about what it means to balance your blood sugar and how refined sugar and carbs can really hurt our delicate hormonal balance…BUT… I’ve also found that there is a beautiful balance.
Here you are again...period time. Just like clockwork, you feel your mood spiraling downward and that familiar urge to cry at literally nothing at all sets in. What GIVES?
Our bodies go through some intense hormonal changes throughout the month, and most of the time, we are working against them … not for them.