I’ve been reading this book, “Change Your Brain, Change Your Body” by Daniel G. Amen, M.D. It’s very interesting. Depending on your history, if you experienced an injury or something happened to you growing up, you may have impacted your brain function and overall health. He goes through the various conditions like ‘impulsive eaters and compulsive eaters’ and how certain areas of the brain (i.e. prefontal cortex) may not be function to capacity (i.e. providing enough dopamine which leads to boredom, distraction and impulsive eating). He outlines helpful information for supplementing your diet to assist with providing your brain the necessary elements to improve these conditions. There is a test you can take online to see if this is something you should look into. [amenclinics.com]
I particularly liked the section on hormones and the story he describes about his wife who was diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome. I know a lot of friends who gained weight growing up and witnessed changes to their bodies including increase in their BFF (beautiful female flow) and levels of hair growth. Although I don’t think all conditions are related to polycystic ovarian syndrome, a lot of women do and it can negatively impact weight and hormones.
I believe my hormones have been seriously altered. Obviously the number one reason is the unhealthy choices I made unconsciously for the most part, in my 20’s. Introducing alcohol and mass amounts of processed foods definitely impacted my hormone balance thus creating a serious challenge. Add the yo-yo dieting on top of it, and now it’s easy to see why I’ve landed here today.
I take full responsibility for this fact and am on the road to healing now. The core however, is my beliefs, thoughts and resulting emotions. I know this is the key to healing and where it all starts. However, it’s helpful to know as much as possible about female hormones and how, when out of balance, they can impact health. It’s difficult to pinpoint what specifically caused the imbalance. Was it genetic, from foods, alcohol, prescribed medication, lifestyle? I think it’s probably a combination of all.
I’ve always believed if you want to have optimal health, learning what optimal health looks like is the first step. How should hormones work in a healthy female? What should we be eating to assist the body with ensuring we receive the right nutrients to balance our hormones? These are all questions I intend to answer and ultimately practice. I do know (like I’m sure everyone else who’s ever wanted to work on improving their health knows) eating loads of veggies (especially alkaline green leafy veggies) is one of those things we should all be doing, but I also believe doing things we enjoy, eliminating stress (which is just us ruminating on the past or future) and getting the garbage out of our thoughts will go a long way.
When I think about how much healing has to happen (which is causing stress because I’m thinking about the future), I feel overwhelmed. I decided, to just take it day by day. What can I do today to improve my health? What healthy choices can I made today to assist with balancing hormones? It’s going to be like this for a while. Yes, there are times (like last night) where I said to myself, I’ve been doing a lot of work, when will it pay off? I had to quickly banish those thoughts!
The good news is, I’m not giving up, ever. I’ve decided, what I’m doing today is improving my mood and my relationships. I feel happier and stronger mentally. It feels good to slowly remove negative thinking which can cripple our efforts. It’s slow, but it’s happening and that’s all that matters. If I can also work in tandem on improving brain functioning, performing exercises I enjoy, and taking overall care of myself, it’s an added bonus!