Should Females Be Intermittent Fasting

SHOULD FEMALES BE INTERMITTENT FASTING?

21 / SEPTEMBER / 2022
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This is definitely one of my most commonly asked questions, is fasting healthy for women, should I be fasting as a female, what kind of fasting is okay for females?

You get the picture…

Well, I have a pretty direct opinion on this, and the research to back it.

HOW FASTING EFFECTS WOMEN

You may not know this, but females run COMPLETELY differently than males in terms of biology (particularly hormones)

Aaaaand… this has a MASSIVE impact on what ‘diets’ work (or don’t work for your body)

As a female, your sex hormones progesterone and estrogen play a major role in your metabolism and your ability to shift weight.

However these are greatly influenced by your stress hormone cortisol, and your blood sugar balancing hormone insulin, which play an even bigger role in weight loss.

If you fast on a daily basis as a female, you are communicating to the body that there isn’t enough food left in the world (hello survival response).

This then increases your cortisol levels, throws your blood sugar out of balance in order to try to preserve energy (in this case store FAT)

It ALSO communicates to your body that it is not safe to reproduce at this time and so it shuts down or reduces production of your reproductive hormones (estrogen and progesterone)

So, not only are you storing more fat, but you are now more likely to skip ovulation leading to PMS, mood swings, anxiety, period pain, tender breasts and other hormonal imbalances to name a few!

This is why I DO NOT RECOMMEND INTERMITTENT FASTING for FEMALES!!

WHY DON'T WE KNOW ABOUT THIS?

The unfortunate thing is, in most scientific research in the health and wellness field, especially around weight loss is done on MEN, then a small part on post-menopausal women

Which means that menstruating females (aka if you get a period) are left out of studies!

In fact it has been said that females of reproductive age make up only around 4% of the literature when it comes to health, wellness and weight loss!

Which is just crazy if you ask me! The only time a female should be doing IF is when she is post-menopausal because then you no longer have a cycle that is changing your hormones day to day!

If you want to know how to REALLY boost your metabolism, shift stubborn weight AND balance your hormones, my 12 week program will teach you how to do exactly that.

I have had a number of women actually go through my program who couldn’t believe how much better they felt ditching the fasting and eating more (and shifting weight as a result).

I dunno about you, but I definitely enjoy my food, so getting to eat more has always appealed to me, the key is to know how to eat for your body, and this is exactly what I teach you in Reclaim Your Radiance!

I hope this has helped and if you have any questions at all feel free to comment below, I am here to support!

Yours in Health & Happiness,
Sheree xo

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How To Get Unstuck In Achieving Your Goals

HOW TO GET UNSTUCK IN ACHIEVING YOUR GOALS

31 / AUGUST / 2022
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Contrary to popular belief, achieving your goals isn’t just about working harder… In fact, it can be one of the reasons you’re getting stuck! Below I’m going to share with you what really is keeping you stuck and what kept me stuck in the hopes to bring some awareness and insight to how you can break free of the blocks that are keeping you playing small!

The blocks you are facing aren’t in the way, they are the way!”

This is something one of my amazing mentors @alyssanobriga says often, and I knew it at a conscious level, but I had never really felt it or understood it to the depth I feel I do now.

To put it simply, when you face adversity, or something in your life that triggers you, or you feel is stopping you from getting the desired result or feeling you want… this is your block.

MY BREAKTHROUGH

For so long, I would fight these blocks, continuing to try and go around them, or in all honesty, a lot of the time run away from (hello procrastination) haha! But when I actually looked deeper, I realised that there was a message, wisdom that was trying to be communicated. They say ‘everything in life happens for a reason’ and whilst that is true, I believe that we play a role in our own destiny and now this makes more sense to me as to why.

If we are resisting something we are only creating more resistance, this eventually leads to us creating a reality against this resistance, and therefore the reason that this happens. When we learn to embrace the block or the thing we are resisting instead of trying to fight it, it is actually the key to our freedom.

I’ll give you an example… I’ve always told myself the story or let myself believe that ‘I don’t have enough time’. Now without going into the metaphysical concept of the fact that time simply doesn’t exist and all we have is now, this story has always kept me stuck - a block.

When I got curious, I wanted to see how this block was actually serving me. You see as humans we only continue to do something if it is supporting us in reaching our goals in some way. For me, I discovered that telling myself this story “I don’t have enough time” was motivating me to do my work, complete my tasks for the days, weeks and months. It was serving me, however it was also leading me down the path of burnout, because it was fueling the ‘hungry ghost’ of never enough time.

When I was able to see first that this was a story keeping me blocked, and why it was still there, I was able to see how to get free of it, because the other part of me that wasn’t able to keep going and reminded me to take care of my health, also wanted the business to be a success.

Ultimately, their goal was the same, but I needed to find a new way to achieve what I wanted that wouldn’t burn me out. So, that’s what I did… It actually turned out to be not me having to find more time to do more things, but actually looking at all I was doing and learning to delegate more, and rely more on my team :)

FINAL THOUGHTS

I share this lesson with you, because I hope it sheds some insight on how you could have something blocking you from achieving your goals, but really it is a matter of looking deeper at the wisdom inside this block and seeing what it truly desires for you and how you can meet that desire but in a way that is going to be much more healthier and bring you much more happiness.

So your homework (if you are still with me), is to get still… look at where you are feeling blocked, then ask yourself, what story am I telling myself about this and then see what wisdom comes through. The beautiful thing is, you have everything you need inside of you.

Aaaaaand…. If you get stuck, my inbox and DMs are always open! I would love to help support you through this and in achieving your goals!

Yours in Health & Happiness,
Sheree xo

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Healthy Snickers Smoothie Recipe

HEALTHY SNICKERS SMOOTHIE RECIPE

10 / AUGUST / 2022
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 seconds
Total Time: 6 minutes
Yields: 1 servings

Snickers is probably my FAVOURITE chocolate bar, the texture, the taste, the chocolate, caramel, the peanuts, it literally makes my mouth water just thinking about it.

However, as a nutritionist, it has been a while since I have had one, not because I am deprived, but purely because I know that the sugar content alone is not something that serves me, my gut or my hormones on a regular basis!

So… I came up with this smoothie to help replicate the taste to some degree, and so far it has had rave reviews! It’s perfect for breakfast, a snack or even post workout! If you’re a Snickers fan like me, I hope you’ll give it a try!

INGREDIENTS

2 – 3 Dates
1 scoop chocolate protein powder
1 tbsp. peanut butter
¼ cup oats (or quinoa flakes for gluten free)
1 cup unsweetened almond milk

METHOD

Blend all ingredients together in a smoothie and enjoy!

As always, if you do make this, be sure to tag me on social media @shereehannahwellness and let me know what you think :)

Yours in Health,
Sheree xo

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PERSONAL BLOG: INSIGHTS FROM MY SOLO RETREAT

3 / AUGUST / 2022
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I DID IT!! I spent 10 days SOLO on the little island of Waiheke, in NZ and all I can say is WOW… the depth of healing and transformation that occurred as a result was life changing!

No, it wasn’t a health retreat, no I didn’t do yoga everyday, in fact I drank wine almost daily, had one main meal a day with snacks either side, and for 5 of those 10 days I was up at 4am (completely disrupting my circadian rhythm)...

You may be wondering what on earth this has to do with wellness, or even health, but to be completely honest, this is where the real healing and magic happens. So if you stick around, I hope some of this magic will rub off on you!

MY FIRST SOLO TRIP

Let’s start at the beginning because it’s about to get vulnerable up in here…

I’ve invested in mentorship heavily for the last 4 - 5 years, having business coaches, health mentors and programs and courses that I have done on my own accord, at this stage totaling to over $100,000. And this year was NO different. I invested this time at a VIP level into a mastermind to help take my personal development and business to the next level.

One of the amazing bonuses of this mastermind was a five day mid-way retreat, and whilst circumstances didn’t permit me to be there LIVE, I still committed and showed up virtually. Which is what led me to booking solo time away to really dive deep into this transformational immersion.

You see the work I have now become certified in coaching, takes ‘coaching’ to an entirely new level that most people have never been exposed to, or are even aware of and I say that not to be arrogant, but to bring awareness to the different levels of the coaching industry and why I do what I do.

So, I headed off on a trip SOLO for the first time in my life. Bearing in mind, I was SH*T scared, I had never even stayed overnight ANYWHERE (not even my own home) alone before. I knew this was going to be a growth edge, but entirely what I needed, and it was!

Because of the time zone difference, it meant I was up at 4am every morning for 5 days to ensure I didn’t miss a beat and got to make the most out of it. I won’t drag this out by sharing all the ins and outs of days, but what I will share with you was the most powerful insight I got from not only the 5 day retreat but the remaining 5 days I spent by myself integrating and coming home to myself.

WHAT I LEARNED

Learn to love your own company - date yourself (because you are enough, simply as you are)!

I have never spent so much time on my own, and it was confronting, but also remarkably freeing. I couldn’t believe how much I loved my own company. After the retreat finished around 1/2pm most days I took myself out for a long lunch at one of the many beautiful vineyards on the island, I got to chat to the locals, do the wine tasting and simply sit and be present.

Sure I got a few stares and it felt slightly uncomfortable at first, but then I embraced it. I found comfort in the discomfort and it really stepped my confidence up to a whole new level. I realised prior to doing this, I had never given myself permission to show up fully and authentically MYSELF…

I wasn’t worried about others' judgments, I didn’t have to do anything, or be anything for anyone, I just got to be ME, for ME. Not who I thought people or society wanted me to be, not Sheree the coach or Sheree the nutritionist or Sheree the daughter/sister/partner… Just Sheree. And you know what SHE’S AWESOME!!

I got to fall in love with who I have grown up to be, the woman I look at in the mirror every day and feel proud to be her, and that is a gift I truly hope every human gets to experience. It was freeing to say the least, and EMPOWERING beyond measure.

So this is your reminder, to get comfortable in the uncomfortable, learn to be in your own company, and that you are ENOUGH, always!

Yours in Health & Happiness,
Sheree xo

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Bikini Body Truth

BIKINI BODY TRUTH

27 / JULY / 2022
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Bikini Body 👙 ... is there really such a thing? ⁣

There is so much pressure from social media, magazines, outside influences like our social circles or partners, or even family which eventually become internal pressures. ⁣

However, we are getting so much wiser around this issue. We identify that what you see plastered over all forms of media is photoshopped and edited and unrealistic for the majority of the population. We have the advocates for all you need is a bikini and a body, embrace the skin you’re in, love yourself and wear what you want when you want. ⁣

If you ask me, the main thing we need to focus on when it comes to this is bringing down the internal pressures we give ourselves, and bringing down the judgement we pass on ourselves.

So let’s make the beach, the pool, the bathroom, the bedroom, the gym, the mall, every mirror or reflection or photo you ever see in your life a judgement free zone. ⁣🙏

THE MINDSET SHIFT

If we are so willing to accept and encourage others, why can’t we offer the same kindness to ourselves. We decide what’s beautiful in our minds, not social media, and not magazines. ⁣

I know when I see a girl in a bikini, any shape or size I bring about admiration, not judgement, in my head it’s a ‘you go girl’ or ‘I love that bikini’ rather than a she shouldn’t be wearing that.

Not one single body is perfect, that’s merely how society has depicted it for us. What’s beautiful no matter your shape or size is your true self. ⁣

We all have things we aren’t 100% happy with, we all have imperfections, but it’s what makes us human and unique! If you really are unhappy with your body, take some action. I don’t just mean go to the gym or eat healthier. I mean work on your mind! Bring kindness instead of judgement and make changes to your lifestyle if it will help! ⁣

It is when we remove this judgement we can learn to stop judging ourselves. I accept my body and thank it for all it goes through on a daily basis. I love it because it is my one true home. I have shifted my mindset from hate to love, from judgement to kindness and you can too! You just gotta flip the switch!

However, I get it… even when you do the work around loving yourself more, sometimes guilt can come up because you ask the question, how can I love myself and still want to change?

This is something that could do with incorporating a little bit of a new perspective. I want to let you know it’s okay to strive to achieve something, it’s okay to know that you’re capable of more. The biggest thing is accepting and loving your body every stage of the process. ⁣

Whilst I definitely advocate for body confidence, and self love I think it’s also completely fine to have goals and be wanting to work towards your best physique possible. I often find people take one of the two extremes... either all self love or all about the shred. There’s actually a middle ground that you can sit in too! ⁣

You can have BOTH!

ACCEPTANCE IS KEY

Take me for example. Am I where I want to be with my body right now? Hell No! I have goals, I do want to have more of a toned stomach and leaner legs, grow my hamstrings and my shoulders. I have something to work towards and strive for.

However... ⁣

Do I love my body for how far it has come and appreciate all it does for me day in day out? Hell Yes! ⁣🙌

Acceptance is the Key! Accepting my body for the way it is right now allows me to be comfortable and confident in my own skin. After all... we decide what’s beautiful right? ⁣

I’m a fish, I love the water, always have and always will. I wear a bikini because I want to swim, I want to tan, I want to be able to have fun in the skin I’m in... And I can do this with complete comfort, even though I may not be where I want to be 100% in my physical goals. It’s important to be happy with where you’re at, rather than always looking to where you want to go. ⁣

So, rather than hating your body because it’s not where you want it to be right now, love it, show it respect for all you put it through and know that the positivity and love you are showing it will help you get to your goals a lot quicker. Make a plan, but embrace the journey rather than chasing the destination!

Yours in Health & Happiness,
Sheree xo

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Healthy Honey Mustard Dressing Recipe

HONEY MUSTARD DRESSING RECIPE

13 / JULY / 2022
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Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 30 seconds
Total Time: 2.5 minutes
Yields: 10 - 12 servings

When it comes to having healthy hormones, having healthy fats in our diets make a huge difference! A lot of dressings that you’ll find in grocery stores are loaded with oils that will cause inflammation in your body and wreak havoc on your hormones (say goodbye to canola oil and sunflower oil please).

Instead you want to add oils that are NOT going to contribute to inflammation and actually can have anti-inflammatory properties, which is why in this dressing recipe you’ll find olive oil instead.

Do your hormones a favour and don’t miss out on flavour with this tasty dressing recipe!

INGREDIENTS

-  2 tbsp. dijon mustard
-  ½ cup olive oil, extra virgin
-  2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
-  3 tbsp. honey
-  Pinch of kelp salt (or sea salt)

METHOD

  1.  Blend in a food processor for 20 - 30 seconds, or shake vigorously until well mixed. Store in the fridge for up to one month.

** Drizzle ~1 tbsp. over your favourite salad or meal for some extra flavour

As always, if you do make this, be sure to tag me on social media @shereehannahwellness and let me know what you think :)

ENJOY!

Yours in Health,
Sheree xo

SHEREE BEAUMONT

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WANT A HEALTHY METABOLISM? 🙋🏼‍♀️TOP 3 FOODS FOR THYROID HEALTH! 29 / JUNE / 2022 SHEREE’S HEALTH DIARIES Your thyroid …

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Top 3 Foods For Thyroid Health

WANT A HEALTHY METABOLISM? 🙋🏼‍♀️TOP 3 FOODS FOR THYROID HEALTH!

29 / JUNE / 2022
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Your thyroid health is SO important for boosting and optimising your metabolism! ✔️

If you have trouble shifting weight, even when you’re eating well and exercising regularly, it could be that your thyroid is underactive 🥺

A lot of the women I work with have no idea that this is what’s contributing to the issue as their bloods have come back ‘normal’ 🙄

Not to mention 3 of the key nutrients (iodine, selenium and zinc) you need to have a healthy balanced thyroid are deficient in our soils 🪴 and if it’s not in the soil, it’s NOT in the food!

TOP 3 FOODS FOR THYROID HEALTH

It’s no wonder we are seeing an increase in slow metabolisms and underactive thyroids across the globe!

Which is why I suggest adding these 3 foods into your diet on a daily basis if possible to support your thyroid and overall metabolism!

  1.  Brazil Nuts - just two of these a day helps you meet your recommended daily intake of your selenium, super easy to add to your morning or afternoon snack.
  2.  Kelp Salt - 1 tsp per day of this spread across your meals gives you your recommended daily intake of iodine which is not only important for your thyroid health but also for your breast health too.
  3.  Eggs (zinc + iron) - having eggs for breakfast or as a snack throughout the day can help you increase the amount of zinc and iron you get into your diet, you need both of these nutrients for your thyroid to be functioning normally and I see so many women low in iron in particular that have trouble with their thyroid health, so eat your eggs!

FINAL THOUGHTS

Your thyroid needs selenium, iodine, iron and zinc to do its job properly, keep the thyroid hormones doing their thing, and so I am always a fan of prioritising getting our nutrients through foods as much as possible!

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Transition Off Hormonal Contraceptives Naturally

HOW TO TRANSITION OFF HORMONAL CONTRACEPTIVES NATURALLY

1 / JUNE / 2022
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After so many questions on this I was super inspired to share all about how to transition off hormonal contraceptives, particularly the pill in a really natural, holistic way. 

A lot of the time we can be really afraid of the side effects that can occur if we were to come off the pill or if we were to come off hormonal contraceptives. There can be a lot of fear around this and a lot of uncertainty about the symptoms that can happen. 

Am I gonna get breakouts? 
Am I going to get absent period for months? 
Am I going to end up putting on weight? 
Am I not gonna be able to put on weight? 
Am I gonna have irregular periods for the rest of my life? 
Am I gonna be in a lot of pain? 

There can be so many questions in relation to this, and asking yourself how is my body going to function effectively when I come off hormonal contraceptives? 

As I go through this, know that this relates to just about any hormonal contraceptive that you may be on. I'm going to keep this super short and super sweet because at the end of the day, there's a really easy way to do this without all of the fluff, without all of the BS, without all of the nasties that can come with it. 

WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENS WHEN YOU TAKE HORMONAL CONTRACEPTIVE

So I want to give some context to it by giving you a little bit of an understanding of what actually goes on in the body when you are on a hormonal contraceptive, like the pill. 

When you're taking these, the connection between your brain and your ovaries are completely shut down. So we have, what's called our HPA access and we also have our HPG access. Now our HPA access is linked to our adrenals, which are two little glands that sit right above our kidneys. They're responsible for our fight or flight hormones, such as cortisol and adrenaline. In the ovaries however, part of the HPG axis, they produce our main hormones for females, which are estrogen and progesterone.

Now, if we are getting synthetic hormones from elsewhere, our brain says, “What's the point of making our own hormones?” So it shuts down the connection between the brain and the ovaries. Now, you are not naturally producing these hormones in an efficient way. Your body's actually not naturally thriving. This tends to cause a lot of the problems that we see, like PMS, anxiety, breakouts… even though you may have gone on these hormonal contraceptives for the purpose of all of these symptoms, right? 

The way I look at these hormonal contraceptives is like a bandaid.  We look at these external symptoms that we are getting from our hormonal health, ask how we can fix this? Oh, here's a quick pill. Instead of going to what's at the root of the issue here… why am I experiencing period pain? For example, is it underlying inflammation levels? Is it because I am not eating whole, real foods enough? Is it because I'm not sleeping enough? Is it because my levels of stress are far too high? What is the real reason behind the inflammation? 

And maybe it's not period pain, maybe you've got acne and you're wondering why your body is continually breaking out. And again, we wanna investigate, is this a liver issue, is this because our gut is not able to clear toxins effectively.

Our skin is an organ. Our body is going to push things out if it can't evacuate those toxins effectively. This applies obviously whether you are on the pill or off of the pill, but essentially when it comes to making this transition, we need to make sure that your body is supported in all different ways. But first things first, identify the symptoms that you're worried about. And then we need to investigate them. 

In fact, it's like studies have been shown that around 13% of women are only on hormonal contraceptives for contraceptive reasons. That just continually blows my mind. 

It goes to show how many symptoms we're trying to cover up what we're trying to mask as a result of hormonal imbalance. The real issue here is how do we balance our hormones effectively versus how do we just put that bandaid on it? 

If you're reading this and you're someone that is on hormonal contraceptives, please know that I am not a doctor and I’m not here to tell you to come off it, it is completely your choice. I stand by your body, your choice, very strongly. But these are some suggestions and things that hopefully will open your eyes so you can make an empowered decision. 

I was on the pill for almost 10 years. I started when I was very young, around 14 because I had hormonal acne and nothing seemed to work. I went on antibiotics for three months to suppress it and then the skin started to break out even more. So I went on the pill and I went on a very high estrogenic pill. This then caused a whole host of problems on its own. Over the years, I switched to a lower estrogenic pill once I started to understand hormonal health a little bit more. But I still got really bad acne. I still got terrible PMS. I lost my libido. I ended up with quite high anxiety levels. I just wasn't myself anymore and I really didn't like who I was turning into or who I was becoming. So finding a natural solution is a huge passion of mine… because I asked doctors, gynecologists, specialists time after time, I even had a cyst on my ovary that was completely ignored. I was told to go back on the pill to try and fix it. So it's really important to understand that you as a woman have a beautiful intelligence inside your body, our human body is such a miracle. 

LISTENING TO YOUR BODY

If we can start to listen to the beautiful signs and symptoms that our bodies give us, then we are going to be in a much more empowered state to make decisions and make choices. So to give you a bit of more context around what hormonal contraceptives can do to your body, like I said, firstly, see, there's the connection between the brain and the ovaries, other hormonal contraceptives, for example, like the Depo Provera can actually shut down your thyroid as well so you can end up causing a whole host of issues with taking these hormonal contraceptives. It can take a while for our bodies to bounce back. However, internally what synthetic hormones do, just like any medication does, is load up our liver, right? And why this happens is because our bodies need to put everything that we get into our bloodstream, through our liver. 

Our blood is filtered by our liver 20 to 25 times per day. That's just how miraculous your liver is. It's not just there to process alcohol. It is making sure that your blood is filtered and it's making sure it's helping with the detoxification processes. So if you've got a synthetic hormone coming into the body or a medication coming into the body, then the liver has to break it down so that the body can use it. Any sort of excess hormones. It's also the job of the liver to clear them out as well, and so when we are taking some synthetic hormones, our body is constantly overloaded or the liver's overloaded, and we need to make sure that we are supporting your liver health. So one of the key things to do when we are transitioning off hormonal contraceptives is to make sure that our liver is looked after. 

This is normally a little bit further down the track in terms of what we would focus on primarily first. But one of the things I want you to understand is the load that these hormonal contraceptives can have on the liver. And then if the liver's overloaded, that's when those breakouts, eczema, rashes, etc can start to happen. 

The other thing we wanna understand is the impact that it can have on our gut health. For example the pill can actually alter your microbiome and a lot of research has been shown to suggest that when you're on the pill or hormonal contraceptives, a lot of women develop something called leaky gut. Now, if you're not familiar with this term, it essentially means that the walls of your intestine start to separate. 

Leaky gut is what allows things that aren't supposed to be in our bloodstream to leak through the gut. This can look like food, bugs, parasites or overgrowths of bacterial or fungal types. They can actually end up getting into your bloodstream (systemically) and start to cause a whole host of reactions elsewhere. 

For me I had a leaky gut while I was on the pill. I wasn't aware of it at the time and I ended up allowing what's called candida, which is a fungal overgrowth to go systemically through my body. This wasn't picked up early enough, and ended up causing severe eczema in my head as well as a lovely athlete’s foot too. Alongside this came a lot of weight gain for me, which I struggled to shift and further hormonal imbalances like estrogen dominance. And I couldn't understand why? 

The other thing that the pill did was because you're constantly suppressing that ovary connection between your brain and your ovaries. It led me to a state of burnout as well, but that's a whole nother story. 

So to come back to gut health, if you are constantly consuming medication every single day or synthetic hormones every single day and then ruining or destroying or contributing to the destruction, I should say of your gut integrity. Then you're going to be in a state where the gut needs a lot of support. So the first thing that we need to do when we're transitioning off hormonal contraceptives is to look after your gut health. 

Now that can sound so different for everyone and we need to understand what that looks like for everybody and what state your gut is in. But if you're someone that's constantly bloated, if you're someone that experiences a lot of IBS, or maybe you experience bowel movements from one symptom to another, or you're constantly constipated, or you get a lot of loose bowel movements on a regular basis, and you're on hormonal contraceptives, it may be time to look at if these are contributing to your overall health and your gut health in particular. As you may or may not know, our gut is the center of our immune system and it is where all diseases begin, essentially, according to Hippocrates around 2,500 years ago

HEALING THE GUT

So how do we look after our gut health? What does that look like? Well, inside Reclaim Your Radiance, which is my signature 12 week program that supports you in the transition off hormonal contraceptives we make sure that you go in with a gut protocol in which we take out any of the foods that could be causing inflammation that could be contributing to that leaky gut. So one of the key things for example, is gluten. 

Gluten is known in every single human being to cause leaky gut to some variation. For some people, it won't be much for other people, it'll be significant. For me, as a coeliac it destroys my ability to absorb nutrients, which is quite shocking, really. 

So what we need to make sure that we are doing is taking things like gluten out and other inflammatory foods. And you may know your body doesn't respond very well to a few foods, so it's giving your body enough of a break to allow the gut to seal back up and really allow that healing process to occur so that you're not getting that leaky picture going on. 

We typically do this for about four weeks prior to making the transition off the pill or even two weeks, depending on where you're at in your journey and how severe your gut symptoms are. This allows our body to kind of play a little bit of catch up. You're obviously still putting synthetic forms of hormones into your body, but in doing the slower process and doing some of the deeper work before you come in, it's not so much of a shock to the body when you do actually make the transition. 

So you may do two to four weeks prior, then we're gonna look at supporting the gut whilst you're transitioning off as well. So things like sugar, making sure maybe your dairy intake is a little bit lower. We're looking at other things that can cause a lot of inflammation, not just in the gut, but also in the body, but really taking care of our gut health. 

For some, it might look like introducing a high quality probiotic. It's very different for everyone and we need to make sure that you're really supported in that respect, but ultimately you're really diving deep into giving the gut the love and the nourishment. 

We may need to put some other supplements in that can support the healing of that gut lining. Collagen is fantastic in terms of helping things, kind of sew themselves back together.

So once we've done the initial pre ‘coming off the pill,’ we need to go into post ‘coming off the pill’. You're looking at a gut protocol for roughly four to six weeks, depending on how severe symptoms are. Then we wanna make sure that your body is really supported after that. 

Like I mentioned earlier, your liver has been overloaded for however long you've been taking the synthetic hormones. Now, chances are your liver's been overloaded from a whole lot of other things as well, right? It's not just medication and alcohol that the liver takes care of. It's any toxin inside the body and it's filtering all of our blood constantly. So we need to make sure that we are supporting your liver health. This may look like continuing some of the things that you've been doing in terms of supporting your gut. 

It also may look like putting in a little bit more protein. It may look like adding in some herbs and some supplements that are specific for liver support to make sure that the pathways that your liver needs to transport the toxins out of your body are really supported. So I won't specifically name these herbs because I don't want you to go out and just grab them off the shelves. Herbs can do a lot of beautiful things in the body, but it is very important that we are listening to someone who has had a look and understands our bodies specifically which is something I support women with inside Reclaim Your Radiance. So we're firstly looking after the gut, before you come off the pill, then we are looking after the gut, after you come off the pill, and then we are supporting the liver and making sure your body's ability to clear toxins is effective. 

Once we're at that point, your body should start to feel a lot better. We then move into focusing on whole real foods and living in a way that feels an alignment for you and your body ongoing and moving forward. 

I've had multiple clients come off hormonal contraceptives. In fact, just talking to one of the beautiful women last night as we were wrapping up the last round of Reclaim Your Radiance and she was still sharing a little bit of fear around, am I gonna get acne? Is my skin gonna break out? Even though it hasn't. My skin's been the best it's been in six to seven years. What happens 3, 6, 12 months down the track, because there's a lot of post pill acne that tends to happen. 

I had her reflect and go, actually, how many of those studies of the post pill acne have the women actually done these deeper healing work? How many women have actually gone and done the deeper gut healing, the deeper liver healing, allowing the body to support the detoxification process effectively to the point where they're not going to get any of those nasty side effects and symptoms. 

So it's really important to understand that even though there may be other people out there that have had terrible stories, there are also other people who do the deeper inner work that allow the body to be supported through it. 

You don't end up with those horror stories that can happen. 

Instead, it's really, really beautiful to support your body during this transition. If you're someone that's wondering, how on earth do I do that? Then Reclaim Your Radiance is the perfect program for you. So you can click here for more info. If you wanna book a call or to have a look and see if you just wanna jump in and sign up. 

The other thing I will share with you in terms of the pill is a lot of people are worried about giving their period back. I had a client who did all of this. She actually did Reclaim Your Radiance while she was on the pill and then made the decision at the end of the program through all of the learning and the knowledge she'd acquired to transition off the pill within a month, her period was back. She started ovulating, right after which is a huge thing that a lot of women struggle with coming off the pill and was able to fall pregnant within a month of coming off the pill, which just goes to show when you do the deeper inner work, when you really heal the body, the body responds. 

One thing I'll leave you with is that our body's goal every single month is to fall pregnant. 

Whether you want that for yourself or not. That's how, as females, we are genetically built. 

So if you are constantly suppressing your natural hormone production, if you are constantly stressed and shutting things down and keeping your body in survival, you're not gonna be producing the lovely hormones that not only help you fall pregnant, but help you with your body, feeling safe with your body, being able to shift weight with your moods, being able to be regular, with your skin being able to be beautiful, glowing and radiant. 

Really making sure that you take the time to take care of yourself, keep your body in this position, safe and in this beautiful space so you can glow from the inside out is really key. I hope that this was helpful and you got a lot from this. 

If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments or shoot me an email at sheree@shereehannahwellness.com, I’m here to support you!

SHEREE BEAUMONT

Holistic Nutritionist, Personal Trainer & Wellness Coach I empower women like you to transform their lives, understand their bodies and feel their best from the inside out!

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BURGER BOWL RECIPE

25 / MAY / 2022
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Yields: 1 servings

Love burgers but feel guilty having them on a weeknight? First of all… let’s remove that guilt, because you can enjoy a burger anytime (just not everytime haha), it’s all about moderation!

But also, if you are looking for a yummy, healthier alternative where you have control of the ingredients and how things are cooked, check out this recipe! It was a huge favourite on IG so thought I would pop it here for safe keeping too!

INGREDIENTS

🍔 2 stems of kale, stem removed
🍔 5 Swiss brown mushrooms, diced
🍔 8 cherry tomatoes, halved
🍔 1/2 tsp. wasabi pepper
🍔 1 slice GF sourdough toast
🍔 1/3 cup vegan 🌱 cheese
🍔 2 x organic, free range beef patties (swap to 3 eggs cooked anyway for vegetarian option)
🍔 2 tbsp. homemade guacamole

METHOD

  1. Preheat the oven on fan grill to 180 degrees Celsius, line an oven with baking paper
  2. Put the gf bread in the oven with the sprinkle of vegan cheese + beef patties and cook for 10-12 minutes
  3. Chop the mushrooms, pull kale from stem, halve tomatoes
  4. Make homemade guacamole
  5. In a pan on medium heat, add a dash of olive oil, the kale, mushrooms, and sprinkle with wasabi pepper, sauté for 8-10 minutes
  6. Once mushrooms have browned, and kale has softened remove from pan, and place in the bowl
  7. Remove the toast and patties from the oven and add to the bowl along with cherry tomatoes
  8. Serve with avocado and salt + pepper to taste

Drop a ‘YES’ in the comments below 👇🏽 if you want my homemade guacamole 🥑 recipe!

As always, if you do make this, be sure to tag me on social media @shereehannahwellness and let me know what you think :)

ENJOY!

Yours in Health and Happiness,
Sheree xo

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HOW TO CURE IBS FOR GOOD

11 / MAY / 2022
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First things first, you need to understand that IBS is a pretty crappy diagnosis, I mean, it literally stands for irritable bowel syndrome. And I dunno about you, but I want to know WHY on earth my bowel is irritated! 

Understanding what is actually happening underneath the surface level diagnosis that is ‘IBS’, or what I like to call, the IBS Iceberg can be hard and is often why the ‘solution’ is to just follow a low FODMAP diet (and that’s it).

As a holistic + clinical nutritionist this is not a long-term ‘solution’ that I am happy to put my clients on. In fact, it isn’t really a solution at all. 

Yes low FODMAPs can be super helpful, but it is even in the research that this isn’t a long-term fix. It might reduce the symptoms, but again we want to get to the root of the cause and in my expert opinion and first hand experience, I can tell you that it is normally one of these three things that lie below the surface of the IBS Iceberg: 

3 ROOT CAUSES OF IBS

1. Leaky Gut 

Leaky gut is another way of saying your intestine (gut) is permeable (has ‘gaps’) in it. This allows for particles of food and other toxins to seep through into your bloodstream (where it isn’t meant to be). 

So the body freaks out, thinks there is an invader present and puts the entire system in a state of inflammation… hello food intolerances and irregular bowel movements. 

These symptoms sound familiar?

2. SIBO

Short for small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, now you may be wondering what on earth that means, especially because we are meant to have bacteria in our gut right? 

YES!

But not in our small intestine… You see, that is where all the absorption and digestion goes on, so the majority of our bacteria should be living in our large intestine. When it grows up searching for food and starts to overpopulate in the small intestine we start to see issues like chronic bloating, diarrhoea, smelly gas, burping and fatigue to name a few! 

Not fun right, and can be kind of embarrassing at times

3. Dysbiosis 

Now dysbiosis simply put, means there is an imbalance of good bacteria to bad bacteria in the gut. We are always going to have some bad guys, but the ratio needs to be heavily in favour of the good ones! 

Often clients come to me concerned that there is something living in their gut that shouldn’t be, and whilst this is true for some cases, the bigger issue is actually the lack of good gut bacteria. 

If we don’t have enough good guys, we reduce our defence in fighting off the bad guys! And then we have a bunch of space for the bad guys to invade. 

I think you’d agree, we really don’t want a hostile situation in our guts! So this balance needs to be restored! 

HEAL TO HEAL IBS FOR GOOD

These are the three main issues I see underneath the IBS ice-berg! 

Which is why the diagnosis IBS is not really supporting you in having a healthy gut right! We really have to support the good bacteria that are living inside of us!

The great news is, that it doesn’t have to take extensive testing and supplementation to reset your gut health and start to really nourish those beautiful bugs that help us thrive! 

The key thing to understand when it comes to healing your gut (or curing IBS for good), is that it isn’t a short-term solution. You are going to need to make changes to your diet and lifestyle, and some of those shifts may need to become more permanent to keep you healthy, others will only need to be around temporarily whilst the healing occurs. 

What you need to give yourself is time, on average it takes at least 12 weeks for the gut to do the deeper healing work, but you don’t have to wait that long to see results!

One of my clients saw a reduction in bloating after 4 days, another got her energy back and anxiety reduced in just 4 weeks! 

These are women just like you who didn’t accept a BS diagnosis, and wanted real change and answers about their body and health! And I truly feel confident that when you apply what you learn inside the 4 Week Gut Reset, you can have the same results! 

Sound good? Click here to save your spot! I cannot wait to support you! 

Yours in Health + Happiness,
Sheree xo

SHEREE BEAUMONT

Holistic Nutritionist, Personal Trainer & Wellness Coach I empower women like you to transform their lives, understand their bodies and feel their best from the inside out!

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