I am not a dieter per se. I am however an occasional detoxer.
In the past it would be spring and autumn, around the time of the Equinoxes. These days, it’s when I feel the need.
Lately I’ve felt the need!
I’ve had joint pains increasing for the last couple of years. Pre-Christmas I said to myself, ‘This is not okay to be getting out of bed and going ‘ouch’ I do not want this to be my future. It’s too soon!’ The time had come to do something about it.
In January I got some blood tests done at the doctor’s to see if any auto-immune markers. All clear.😀 Turns out, joint pains are a common symptom associated with menopause.😔
I had considered myself beyond because I haven’t had a period in a few years. But, as the doctor reminded me, it doesn’t mean your hormones are all tickety boo.
When asked about my energy levels, I realised I’ve been tolerating a gradual decrease for many years now.
TBH I felt a little foolish that I’d let it get to this point. I’m always advocating ‘healthy soil = healthy growth’. Clearly, I need to tend to my own soil right now!
I discussed with my doctor what she could offer: the various progesterones and oestrogen options. I came away with a renewed impetus to find out what else I could do naturally.
That’s when Dr Anna Cabeca’s book, The Hormone Fix jumped out at me from the shelf. A gift from one of my book angels last year: thank you Rachel.🙏🏼 Its time had come!
Cabeca evolved the concept of the keto diet (think carb-cutting) to include, crucially, being alkaline. She named it the Keto-Green diet.
I visited her website and found a free 10 day detox starting February 4th. I’m on day 9 as I type….and feeling pretty good. My energy is more stable. I have lost the mid-morning, mid-afternoon (and evening!) pull to snack. Most noticeably, my joint pains have eased.
Earlier this week I also came across an interview with Jackie Lynch, nutritionist and author of The Happy Menopause, on the Magnificent Midlife podcast. She advocates a similar approach to the keto-alkaline diet. Hearing her discuss options, plus a comment by the podcast creator, Rachel, about her own journey through menopause, has got me thinking more seriously about some HRT or (bio-identical) progesterone as an additional short term approach for a couple of years given early menopause.🤔
I’m giving myself 3 months to see what’s possible with nutritional approaches: how rich and self-sustaining can I make my soil?🌸 I’ll revisit the HRT approach after that.
Right now It feels good to have options, good to be taking some action and good to be less achy!
If you have something you’ve been tolerating, what might it look like to give it some attention?
You are worth it, dear one.💖
Let’s flourish together!💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻
Arlene Francey Lyne
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