Angeline Norton, otherwise known as Foodie Fitness Girl has been in the health and fitness industry for almost 10 years. She loves using her knowledge about nutrition and fitness to help people achieve their health goals. Angeline tells us she has always loved cooking and her blog beautiful demonstrates that you don’t have to eat boring foods to lose weight or to stay healthy. Today she’s sharing her Coconut Almond Cookies – YUMMO!
I adore the gorgeous being that is Sarah Britton. Her blog, My New Roots is a constant source of beautifully photographed, nutritious meals made with real whole foods. You’ve seen Sarah around here before. Here, here, here, here, & here
Today I am sharing with you Sarah’s Sprouted Wild Rice and Beet Salad with Ginger Dressing as well as some exciting news about her new book!
Meet Michelle Merrifield – this beauty is an educator, author, speaker and an oh so inspiring being who I so happily share with you this Wellness Woman Wednesday. I love hearing what fertility means to different women – because of course as Michelle knows too well, we are all different and uniquely beautiful. Michelle nails my definition of fertility today. Read on to learn what inspires Michelle and her little Instagram addiction.
Claire hardly needs an intro – this beauty has featured on my site many times before and is a woman after my own heart. She’s got a powerful message to share, and today, on a topic we all know I’m totally into. Claire talks today about the deception of the pill and her own experience. Over to Claire.
I want to talk to you about the contraceptive pill and my tumultuous relationship with it that started in 2001.
But before we begin, let me make this very clear that I don’t believe in regrets and so I have none.
Regardless of the (multitude of!) choices I have made over the years that have been detrimental to my health, I know I am exactly where I am today because of these choices. I am the best health coach and mentor I can be, because I understand exactly where my clients are coming from and what they are going through. I’ve totally been there.
Saying that, I also believe wholeheartedly that the long term use of the contraceptive pill holds a massive risk to women’s health, our hormonal balance and our ability to make babies. I know it is linked to breast cancer, infertility, digestion issues and nutritional deficiencies and I have experienced firsthand a number of health issues due to long term use of the pill; post-pill amenorrhea, PCOS and a butt-load of hormonal (and emotional!) imbalances.
I cringe when I think about the enormous length of time I mindlessly swallowed those little pills every day; 10 years. A decade. Almost 40% of my life. I could be annoyed or angry about the decision I made to go on the pill all those years ago, but I’m not.
To explain why, let me take you back eleven years ago.
I first met the inspiring Amy when she was the editor at Grazia here in Australia. I felt really drawn to her beautiful energy but I never knew how much of a power house she actually was. When she told me her story, I felt compelled to ask her to put it into words that she could share, because I knew her journey was not only profound, but she would absolutely change women’s lives as a result. She’s a very powerful message to share – one that I hope you may pass on to collectively come together as women and make a difference. Before I hand over to Amy, perhaps her story resonates with you but your not sure where to turn to next? Remember Debunking Stress is on the horizon and early bird prices are still available (shameless plug but one that I know might change your life! So I’m prepared to plug until I can plug no more..) Now over to Amy.
When I didn’t have a period for seven years, friends, therapists and doctors offered many different theories on the reason; because I’d had an eating disorder as a teenager, because I’d been on the pill for an extended period, because I was widowed when I was 23-years-old and my body had ‘shut down’ with grief. Over the course of its absence – from 2007 to 2013 – I blamed all of the above at times. Yet one common denominator between all these causes jarred with me. They were all in the past and there was nothing I could do to change them. I couldn’t undo my eating disorder, I couldn’t untake my contraception, I couldn’t go back in time and turn down the offer of a drink from the man I’d fall in love with and, three weeks after our wedding day, bury.