What a year it’s been! I know for me, 2017 has been a vast improvement on 2016. My wish for you is that you too can say the same. I know you’re about to land yourself in a few days of downtime (thank you to the special season), I’ve wrapped up my top 5 posts of 2017, incase you missed these OR you needed reminding. No doubt there will be something here for all. Happy New Year my favourite people!
So you know, I’ve been fasting. Truthfully you may not actually know but I did post a picture on my socials sharing of how I had been intermittent fasting for the past eight weeks and I can safely say my body is loving me crazy for it. You, my favourite people had a LOT of questions and so in true NK style I knew I needed to pin down a date with my keyboard and tap this out for you, so here we are.
Intermittent Fasting in a nutshell is going for select periods of time without food. I have written about it here before and dived right in, it’s worth taking a read. Maybe if you had asked me just three short years ago my thoughts on fasting, I would have told you it’s a big NO for your hormones. Truthfully though, we are always learning and hit fast forward I’m here today to say, I’m a big fan. Not only have I been trialling it myself, but I’ve also been doing this with my patients for some time too.
During my time on ‘the road’ (ok seriously, there were few roads involved, my preferred mode of transport across Australian Desert is in an aeroplane!) for The Wellness Collective Regional Tour, it became increasingly apparent that us ladies really don’t have too much of an understanding around hormones and ageing. I thought about it. Is this because we are in denial, happily avoiding the inevitable? Is it because we seriously have no idea OR perhaps it’s because nobody is talking about it. In any case, most of us have very little clue as to what’s about to happen. The blur of the mid thirties until menopause doesn’t seem to get any decent TLC.
The advances around hormone imbalance, especially Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) at present are pretty darn impressive – and thank goodness, it’s high time we began to get the answers many women have been bashing down their doctors door for, trying to answer since forever. Even more exciting, is that much of the current research is coming out of our own country. The University of Sydney is pushing out some pretty impressive information. With 20% of women suffering from PCOS, we must get answers. One thing we’ve known for quite some time is that diet is paramount when it comes to hormone imbalances like PCOS. Just incase you didn’t catch that, I’m going to say it again, just because I truthfully don’t think we’re listening when it comes to diet. Diet is P A R A M O U N T when it comes to hormone imbalances like PCOS. You hear me sister – you better keep reading.
I’m frequently asked what the alternatives are to the Morning After Pill (MAP). It’s a good question and in the spirit of World Contraception Day (Sept 26th), I feel its rather timely. The MAP is heavily relied on as an emergency form of contraception, perhaps in the incidence of a ‘whoopsie,’ a break in a barrier contraception such as a condom or to be frank a seriously irresponsible moment. Harsh news is, there really are no natural options when it comes to tackling emergency contraception. But rather than being left feeling hopeless, it’s about being at it’s mercy but doing what we can to support the body at any given moment and a great time to be thankful for the efforts of western medicine in such instances and do what you can to support your body should you choose to use it.
Over my nearing 15 years in practice (wow that sounds really, really old!) I’ve helped hundreds (actually, that may be more like thousands) of women navigate their way through pregnancy. Pregnancy has sadly become something we’ve medicalised, because let’s be real… There’s a lot going on and there’s stuff that can certainly head in a direction we’d prefer not to put on our radar. But miscarriage, we just don’t talk about it and I’ve spent the last month or so trying to work out why. Why, in our times of need, we keep the curtain closed on something so painful and dark. I think it’s time we talked about it.