For about the past 6 months or so, I have been feeling like a stranger in my own body. I don’t know how else to describe it. I am hoping many of you lovely ladies will know exactly what I am talking about. You know the feeling: brain fog, chronic fatigue, irregular cycles, spotting at random times, PMS that is through the roof and seems to last all month. Well, you get the idea. My doctor says it is all related to peri-menopause. I can’t bring myself to write how long she said it could last.
Now don’t get me wrong, I love my doctor, but I was extremely disappointed when she couldn’t offer me any solutions. Surely there has to be a way to make this easier.
That’s when I decided to take matters into my own hands. I am a Zoomer after all and Zoomers don’t sit back and lay on the couch all day. They get moving and find solutions! Can I get an AMEN !!
I decided to start by looking at my diet. You may remember a while back our interview with Holistic Nutritionist, Joy McCarthy. She spoke about food and how it affects all aspects of our health, but positively and negatively. Unfortunately, Joy lives over an hour away from me and I really wanted to have a face to face connection with my nutritionist. Luckily, I found Cherie Elliot, BSc (Hons), RHN of Enlighten Nutrition & Wellness right here in my own city.
I had my first complimentary appointment with her two weeks ago and she asked what I was hoping to gain from our time together. We discussed my symptoms and my desire to treat or at least relieve them as holistically as possible. She gave me a package to work on over the next seven days and then we will schedule our next appointment. The Full Nutritional Assessment will last 90 mins and cost $70.00. If I would like follow-up assessments, they will last 30-40 mins and cost $40.00. My health plan does not cover a Holistic Nutritionist, but if this helps it will be well worth the money.
The package included several questionnaires regarding my over all health, mood, family health history, etc. Then I was to fill out a seven day food journal. I have never really done this before and boy, what an eye opener. Not only did I have to record what I ate, but I also had to write how I felt and how my energy level was an hour after eating. I am interested to see what Cherie’s advice will be when we meet next.
It became very clear from day one, that certain foods made me bloated, fatigued and grumpy after eating. The culprits…wheat and starches.
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