Post Holiday Detox

Post holiday migraine? Feeling a little sluggish? Right after Christmas is the perfect time to start planning for a post-holiday detox. I like the jump right in after Christmas, but waiting until New Year’s is great too. It’ll give you a bit more time to prepare, make grocery lists and find some fun pinterest recipes to try out.

The Whole 30 is  a great month long detox program designed to break sugar addiction and heavy consumption of processed foods. If you’re like me, eating healthy 85% of the time or if you’re just not ready for a month long commitment I recommend doing a “Whole 15”. Basically, follow the Whole 30 guidelines for 15 days. Afterward slowly incorporate whole grains and if you can tolerate it, dairy and legumes. It’s a refreshing way to detox and reset at the beginning of the year, and keep the momentum going. If you can’t commit to 30 days, you can at least commit to 2 weeks, right?

Here are a few of my “whole 30” tips

  1. Read every label, every ingredient, every time.
  2. Keep it simple.
  3. Stay away from heavily packaged and processed meat, especially sausages. They almost always contain casein and added sugars with secret names like “dextrose”
  4. If you buy almond milk, make sure the only ingredients are almonds & water. I like Califia Farms, Pure Almond Milk. You can find it at most natural grocers and it’s $4.
  5. Crockpot recipes are fantastic, you can make several meals at once to eat throughout the week.
  6. Make sure you are getting protein, fats & complex carbs at every meal. It will help with the hunger you may experience the first week as you’re adjusting
  7. Always pack snacks
  8. There’s Whole 30 options at Chipotle! Get a salad bowl!
  9. Visit http://whole30.org for more details on the program & for recipes

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Infertily, PCOS & Candida

Chances are if you’re reading this blog post the title caught your attention. Perhaps you are in the middle of your own struggle with PCOS or know someone who is. PCOS is the most common endocrine disorder in females, affecting 5-10% of women. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is a hormonal imbalance that causes anovulatory cycles, irregular periods, and ovarian cysts. Most women who have PCOS have difficulty conceiving and suffer from a long list of painful side effects.

There’s no singular reason as to why some women have PCOS and others don’t but it has been heavily liked to:

-Antibiotics

-Birth Control

-Insulin resistance

-Candida

I’m going to focus this post on candida because I believe it is the main culprit and there are many practical steps you can start taking today to beat candida and ultimately, PCOS.

What is candida?

Candida is a form of yeast that lives in your gut, mouth and genitals. When it is in balance with the healthy gut bacteria all is well but when there is an overgrowth the candida start to produce toxins that are hard on the body. Many experience headaches, fatigue, digestive issues, acne,vaginal thrush and sugar cravings. Candida overgrowth can be caused by antibiotics because it destroys the balance of good and bad gut bacteria as well as birth control since candida thrive off of progesterone, or just a poor diet heavy in sugar and processed foods. Any overgrowth can cause a hormonal imbalance (because 70% of hormones live in your gut). Candida love to eat sugar and processed simple carbs which is why most women with PCOS report experiencing strong sugar cravings.

So how does candida cause PCOS and what can you do about it today?

As candida eat progesterone it creates a severe hormone imbalance which causes the disruption in the menstrual cycle, the dominance of androgens (male hormones) and side effects such as facial hair, acne, weight gain in the mid section etc. Many western doctors when faced with a case of PCOS will prescribe birth control or androgen blockers. While this may alleviate the symptoms the underlying problem is still there, lingering and left untreated.

The number one thing you can do to treat PCOS is to make lifestyle changes. Exercise more, stress less, get adequate sleep, drink enough water and start cutting out processed foods and added sugar (including honey, agave, sugar in the raw). Studies show than women with polycystic ovarian syndrome thrive on a low glycemic diet.

Posts like this can be extremely overwhelming so here are a few starting points that you can begin tomorrow! It’s a new day!

Replace your morning bagel or pastry with a smoothie

Take an afternoon walk

Find joy in cooking at home

Make a weekly grocery list and meal plan

Keep fruit in your purse for when you’re really experiencing a sugar craving

Oil pull daily (kills oral bacteria which scream for sugar!)

Go gluten free. Since candida is a yeast, eating gluten will just contribute to more yeast in the gut thus perpetuating the problem

Make getting adequate sleep a priority

Overnight change won’t happen but as you continue making gradual changes and making your health and recovery a priority progress will come and it will be worth all the hard work.

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