As I continue my journey of getting off hormonal birth control, I’m recognizing more and more that my hormones are connected to everything! The clarity of my skin, my moods, the regularity of my cycle, how I feel about myself, my connection to my intuition, etc etc etc! About a month ago, I shared with you guys all of the benefits I’ve experienced so far since quitting hormonal birth control. Now, with three months birth control free under my belt, I decided to check in with my holistic doctor to see how I’m really doing.
My holistic doctor uses applied kinesiology to test my health. Through my assessment, she noticed my hormones are all out of whack… go figure! After being on hormonal birth control for over 8 years, my body has been adjusting to regulating itself naturally again. She tested my body against food sensitivities, as well as viruses, parasites, and bacteria. Through that test we learned dairy is wreaking havoc on my hormones, gluten is giving me brain fog, and I have some virus and bacteria issues in my digestive tract (a lot of people do and just don’t know it!).
To clear these issues out, I’m on a 30 day cleanse cutting out all dairy and gluten, and taking a few additional supplements. Then, I’ll go back to my doctor in a few months to retest my hormones, and see how my body is doing after I’ve brought dairy and gluten back into the fold. That will tell me if I’ve gotten to the root of the issue, or if dairy and gluten just aren’t a good fit for my body and should be avoided.
Disclaimer: If you’re thinking about quitting hormonal birth control, or are currently in the process of getting your hormones back on track, I highly recommend talking with a holistic doctor! I personally love having a holistic doctor who will help me get to the root of any issues, and create a personalized plan for me. In my experience, normal doctors offer up options that are just a bandaid – like diagnosing you with something, then giving you pills to cover it up. (If you have a doctor that works for you, more power to you! That’s just my personal experience.) The following is my unique plan as outlined by my doctor – some of these things may be a good fit for you, while others may not!
Supplements I’m taking
Once I decided to quit birth control, I knew I needed to uplevel my vitamin game. I honestly wasn’t sure where to begin, but knew I would need support in flushing out excess hormones, and balancing my hormones. I discovered care of which has been a life saver! With care of, you fill out an online quiz, and they recommend vitamins for you to take based on your lifestyle and ailments. They then send you a box of 30 days worth of vitamins, with each day’s vitamins portioned out for you. (This makes things so easy, especially if you have a busy lifestyle!) I highly recommend it if you aren’t sure where to begin with vitamins and are a little overwhelmed by all the options. You can get $40 off your first pack if you use this link. Here’s the vitamins in my daily pack:
- Astaxanthin – supports cognitive health
- Ashwagandha – supports stress and physical endurance
- Multivitamin – essential nutrients
- Probiotic blend – supports gastrointestinal function
- Digestive enzymes – supports digestive health
- Rhodiola – supports endurance and exercise recovery
- Evening Primrose Oil – supports PMS symptoms and healthy skin (I’m currently finishing off this previously purchased bottle, then plan to swap to care of)
I’m still loving my care of packs, but my doctor recommended I add on a few things to support my cleanse and specifically focus on getting my hormones back on track. For the next 30 days I’m also taking the following, which are all now on my products page!:
- Golden Thread Supreme – an herb to clear out any lingering yuck in my digestive tract, using the powdered rhizome of the plant coptis chinensis
- Biotics Fe-Zyme – to help support the regulation of my hormones with B12, iron, zinc, and copper
- Biotics Emulsified Bio-K – to aid in absorption of Vitamins B and D
Bye bye gluten and dairy
I do eat a fair amount of gluten and dairy in my daily life, but I’m optimistic that it won’t be too challenging to cut them both out for a month. So far, it’s been super simple to find temporary replacements that are still yummy at work, home, and even eating out! Austin has tons of options for people with dietary restrictions – yesterday Estefan and I went and had dairy and gluten free ice cream at NadaMoo and it was delicious. The day before that I had happy hour drinks and apps with a girlfriend at Yuyo and there were only three things on the menu I couldn’t have. Not too shabby!
Time will tell if making dinners at home will be tough with these restrictions, but for this week it was fun to think of new ways to cook things I make all the time. Here’s a few dinners we’ll be eating this week, that only have slight modifications from my normal recipe:
We always have salmon one day a week, and typically on Sundays because that’s when we get it fresh from Whole Foods. This week we had salmon, broccolini, avocado, and coconut rice. I didn’t have to change a thing!
The first thing that came to mind when my doctor recommended I cut out dairy was QUESO. Y’all… I love Tex Mex, and could literally live off of queso. Luckily, vegan queso is also a great option, and I’m excited to learn how to make it! We’ll have Siete tortilla chips with ground turkey, vegan jalapeño queso, avocado, cilantro, hot sauce, and black beans. The vegan queso was the only swap, and I’ve been wanting to try grain free Siete tortilla chips anyway.
Chicken Stir Fry
The only thing we have to swap from my normal Chicken Stir Fry recipe is gluten free soy sauce… so easy! My stir fry has chicken, rice, gluten free soy sauce, ground ginger, garlic, onions, gluten free chicken broth, carrots, baby corn, peas, and broccoli. Yum!
I’m looking forward to sharing out how things went for the month with you guys soon! How’s your hormonal health journey going?