Adrenal Cocktail Recipe

ADRENAL COCKTAIL RECIPE - A HEALTH TREND THAT’S WORTH THE HYPE!

9 / NOVEMBER / 2022
SHEREE'S HEALTH DIARIES

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Blend Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 6 minutes
Yields: 1 serving

TRY A HEALTHY COCKTAIL THIS WEEKEND... or better yet, today!

One that not only nourishes your body, but supports your nervous system, boosts energy and can help bring your hormones into balance

Yup! There is such a thing, and nope it does not contain alcohol haha (#sorrynotsorry)

Your adrenals are two little glands that sit above the kidneys and produce some of our key hormones, particularly cortisol and adrenaline (hence the name adrenal glands)

These little guys come into overdrive when we are living in our sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight or go-go-go as I like to call it) and we can overproduce cortisol; our stress hormone

When this is overproduced our sex hormones estrogen and progesterone get thrown massively out of balance (along with almost everything else in our body's)

Which is why this little cocktail comes in handy to support adrenal nourishment and energy levels

It's also great as a pick me up when energy tends to dip around 3 - 4pm, or something to have in place of your morning coffee around 10 - 11am

You can jazz it up or down as much as you like, but my go-to recipe looks like this:

INGREDIENTS

-   3/4 cup orange juice (no added sugar)
-  3/4 cup coconut water
-  1.5 tbsp. coconut cream
-  1/4 tsp. kelp salt
-  1 scoop collagen powder (I used @mitchells.nz)

METHOD

  1.  Blend it up and serve, it's also nice poured over ice!

** Adding the collagen powder and coconut cream helps stabilise your blood sugar levels, which also supports your hormonal balance!

Try it out, and let me know your thoughts!

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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Cinnamon Vanilla Protein Mousse Recipe

CINNAMON VANILLA PROTEIN MOUSSE

02 / NOVEMBER / 2022
SHEREE'S HEALTH DIARIES

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 6 minutes
Yields: 2 servings

Ever get cravings after dinner? Or absolutely love dessert like me? This yummy recipe will become a staple in your household if you do!

The best part is because it’s protein rich and contains cinnamon it can really support balancing your blood sugars which is fantastic before bed, and in beating the cravings.

Super simple and easy (just the way I like it), just pop it in the blender. I hope you enjoy it!

This recipe was taken directly from my 4 Week Gut Reset Recipe Book, if you want to check out more recipes and ways to reset and support your gut health check it out here!

In the meantime, give this recipe a try!

INGREDIENTS (SERVES 2)

Filling:
-  1 small banana
-  ¼ tsp. xanthan gum
-  ¼ tsp. cinnamon
-  1 tsp. vanilla essence
-  1 tbsp. almond butter
-  2 scoops vanilla protein powder
-  ¼ cup almond milk

Topping:
Sprinkle of cinnamon

METHOD

Combine all ingredients in the blender, whip into a thick consistency and top with a sprinkle of cinnamon.

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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Top 5 Tips For Your Fertility Journey

TOP 5 TIPS FOR SUPPORTING YOUR FERTILITY JOURNEY

26 / OCTOBER / 2022
SHEREE'S HEALTH DIARIES

Fertility issues are rapidly increasing, and in all honesty it breaks my heart… I know this can be a really triggering subject for some. So I just want to keep this part brief, and let you know that if you are reading this and struggling with conception or your fertility journey my heart goes out to you.

I really hope that the things you learn about in this blog support you. Sending love and hugs xo

When it comes to fertility, balanced hormones are the key… and this is where I (and these tips come in). Whilst I cannot speak from experience in terms of falling pregnant, I have helped numerous clients in this part of their journey which is one of the biggest blessings of being a wellness coach.

The following tips do not replace medical advice, and do come from a holistic and natural route to falling pregnant. I truly hope they support :)

MY FERTILITY TIPS

Tip #1: Track Your Ovulation

Now this is going to sound ridiculously obvious to some (if you are already doing this, feel free to skip ahead), but I mention it here because you may just be starting out on your journey, or not even sure where to begin.

Also, as much as I hate to say this, it isn’t really taught or talked about anywhere so I thought I’d give you the Ovulation 101 you should’ve got at school.

Tracking ovulation for a few months prior to conception is one of the best ways to get to know your body and your fertility window. There is actually only a very small phase during your cycle (you only ovulate on ONE day), but the sperm can survive for around 5 days which increases chances of conception.

If you start tracking a few months in advance, you get to know your body, what signs you personally get around ovulation, which helps you plan accordingly. You will also get an idea if you are ovulating consistently or if you need to do some work on your hormones so your body does ovulate - No ovulation, no pregnancy.

So where do you start? Your first day of your bleed is your first day of your cycle, and then most apps will tell you that on day 14 you ovulate. This isn’t always the case. Ovulation varies from person to person, this is why an APP will not confirm ovulation.

In order to track ovulation the best methods IMO are temperature tracking and cervical mucus tracking. You can also track your cervix position, but I find most women aren’t overly into this one, so I’ll just let you know it’s an option.

Temperature tracking is great if you do start a few months in advance, because then you will get an idea of the day you do ovulate and can make sure you try on the days around that. The issue with temperature tracking is that it confirms ovulation, so it isn’t going to tell you you’ve ovulated, until after it has happened, and then you’ve kinda missed your window. This is why getting to know your body in advance helps. The way to know if you have ovulated is if you have a rise in temperature over 2 tenths of a degree for 3 days in a row.

Cervical mucus on the other hand, can be a great indicator in the lead up, as to when you should try. Your mucus will get wetter and form an egg white like consistency around ovulation. This is your most fertile window. The best way I have found for women is to wear dark underwear and notice the changes on that or when they wipe.

This is your best starting point when it comes to tracking ovulation :)

Tip #2: Ensure You’re Thriving Not Just Surviving

What on earth do I mean by that? Well, let’s put it this way, if your body thinks that you are in constant danger (you know tigers chasing you, faminine, etc) then it isn’t going to trust that it is safe enough to bring a baby into the world. Therefore it will actually down regulate your sex hormones, in favour of your survival vs. falling pregnant.

This is why STRESS is one of the biggest things I focus on with my fertility clients. You will have probably heard this time and time again, but I mention it because I have witnessed this being the biggest reason my clients have struggled to conceive in the first place (or even potentially a reason they struggle to stay pregnant).

Your body’s first needs to feel safe enough to ovulate… which requires a lot of energy, so running a high stress lifestyle (hello 21st century, I get it, it’s hard), is going to need to be scaled back a bit.

Once the body feels safe (not in fight or flight), and it ovulates, you also produce a lot of your key hormones to help you stay pregnant. Hello progesterone aka pro-gestation. If you have a healthy ovulation, you should produce enough of this to help support the fertilised eggs implantation in the uterus and help continue the foetus's growth.

This is why ovulation is super important. However, we also know that too high levels of cortisol, your stress hormone diminishes the amount of progesterone production which is why belly breathing, yoga, meditation, journaling and/or self-love practices are part of the stress management tools I give my clients.

Tip #3: Eat Enough Food

Again this may sound ridiculous, or blatantly obvious, but again… if your body doesn’t think there is enough food for you in the world, it certainly is concerned there won’t be enough food for the baby, so it won’t help you conceive one.

I have worked with a number of clients who have been underweight and struggled to conceive, I have also worked with a number of women who were at a ‘healthy weight’ (I hate that term), but they had enough body fat on them for their body to feel safe, but they still struggled to conceive.

This is why eating enough food is important. You can barely survive on 1200 - 1400 calories per day, so if you are trying to grow and nourish a new life, you’re going to need to eat a little more. This really is a case by case basis, but something worth considering if you are struggling to conceive.

Tip #4: Natural Herbs - Through Tea or Supplementation

This has to be one of my favourite ways to support fertility because they make such a difference. Not only can these herbs help the body fall pregnant, but feel safe, calmer and support balanced hormones (all of which obviously help with pregnancy)

My favourite herbs include:

  • Vitex/chaste tree - proven to help with ovulation and progesterone production
  • Ashwagandha - calming effect on the nervous system and balancing cortisol levels

Other ingredients to look out for that can support fertility include; cinnamon, liquorice root, nettle, peppermint and raspberry leaf which alongside vitex can be found in @glowbodyteanz fertility tea, a natural supplementary tea that I often recommend to my clients to support conception.

Tip #5: Acupuncture

This practice is so common in the Eastern world, but somewhat new in the Western. It is something that Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners have been doing for decades (if not centuries), it can not only help with conception, but also pregnancy and a more easeful delivery.

My beautiful friend and personal acupuncturist from @glowbodynz Hannah Johnstone shares this on her website about fertility acupuncture:

It is scientifically proven that Acupuncture improves the blood flow to the uterus and ovaries. It increases blood flow to the follicles which results in healthier eggs and embryos. Furthermore, acupuncture has been shown to improve the quality of follicular fluid.

SO, if you’re TTC, it is important to focus on improving your menstrual cycle, so you know you’re building a healthy endometrium, which ultimately sets the stage for a healthy pregnancy.

And guess what's proven to be great at improving the blood flow to the uterus & the health of the uterine lining (the Stener Victorin research protocol) ...ACUPUNCTURE! As well as other diet and lifestyle strategies that I will discuss with you throughout your fertility treatments here at GLOWbody.”

Hannah has had the most glowing reviews from her patients and had incredible success with helping her clients (and assisting with some of mine) to fall pregnant. So if you are in Auckland, NZ I suggest checking her out.

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

SHEREE BEAUMONT

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Should You Have Cheat Meals

SHOULD YOU HAVE CHEAT MEALS

19 / OCTOBER / 2022
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Should I have cheat meals or a cheat day? Where do treat foods fit into my meal plan? 🍩

This is a question I often get asked as a nutritionist, and my answer may come as a surprise to you…

Long story short, I am not a fan, anyone who’s worked with me, will understand why I don’t believe in TREAT or CHEAT MEALS! 🙅🏼‍♀️👎🏽 But let me share exactly why with you…

WHY I DO NOT BELIEVE IN "TREAT OR CHEAT MEALS"

Firstly, from a personal note I suffered from an eating disorder for over 3 years and I find words like these very triggering. 😓 In fact, it was from being so restrictive with my calories and feeling like it had to be an all or nothing approach that contributed massively to my eating disorder.

Now, you may not have been there, but the majority of women I work with, do have an unhealthy relationship with food, whether that is binge eating, under eating, stress eating, boredom eating… you name it.

And when we have a ‘treat’ and label it as such or ‘cheat’ it often adds to the guilt around the food. We have to be so mindful of the words we use with ourselves… Food language is another massive issue but I will leave that ted talk for another day.

Secondly, I am a huge believer in INTUITION + BALANCE! ⚖️ Your body is intelligent and whilst you may get a hankering for some chocolate the week before your period, this isn’t your body working against you (believe it or not)

It is actually often a sign we need some extra magnesium (the beautiful nutrient that helps with stress and cramps and we don’t eat enough of), and chocolate contains magnesium so this is why we can crave it.

SOLUTION: get a high quality magnesium supplement that you take daily, and if you still want the chocolate before your period, enjoy it… mindfully!

In terms of the BALANCE factor… we have to learn to put things into perspective. Remember that all or nothing approach and restrictive dieting is not a long term fix… instead, look at your entire week and see how BALANCED it is.

I teach my clients to look at it this way… Your average person eats 35 meals a week! 🤯 (3 main meals and 2 snacks)... so if you have 2 - 3 meals ‘off’ a week, it’s really not the end of the world is it!

From personal experience and with clients I have found treat foods or cheat meals often leads to overindulgence, bingeing and guilt 😣🍫

Have you ever found yourself saving up for a ‘cheat meal’ only to feel completely sick 🤢 afterwards because you ate waaaay more than you normally would out of fear of not getting to eat it for another week/month etc? 😫

In all honesty, this used to be me, I’d wait till Saturday evening came around, and then binge on burgers or pizza, ice cream, chocolate and lollies. 🍔🍕🍬🍫

Then I’d feel so guilty, I would go and purge to make myself feel better. 🤮

Not everyone is like this, but it is very easy to get into the mentality of restriction then bingeing, so I would rather discourage it. 👎🏽

WHAT I DO RECOMMEND

Simply listening to your body, planning ahead with your social calendar 🗓 , and enjoying meals as you want, when you want within moderation completely guilt free is totally FREEING! 🙌🏽

Ditch that diet mentality, if you’re out for dinner and you want a wine 🍷 or pasta 🍝 … get it (if you want it, and ENJOY IT)!!

The only time I suggest we rain it in, is if this is your everyday life. We want to be eating whole real foods at least 80% of the time. 🍏 Think moderation, and intuition as well as freedom! And remember, progress over perfection! ✨

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

P.S. I am hosting a MASTERCLASS on how to heal your relationship with food… click here to find out more!

Yours in Health & Happiness,
Sheree xo

SHEREE BEAUMONT

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5 Reasons You're Getting Period Pain

5 REASONS YOU’RE GETTING PERIOD PAIN

14 / SEPTEMBER / 2022
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THESE 5 THINGS CONTRIBUTE SIGNIFICANTLY TO PERIOD PAIN! Lemme explain how to reduce it!

First of all, let me start off by saying that period pain is COMMON but NOT NORMAL, and you don’t have to live with it, eliminating the following will help you alleviate the pain massively!

5 REASONS FOR PERIOD PAIN

1. Eating pro-inflammatory oils like canola oil, sunflower oil, rapeseed oil and other vegetable oils for example are all pro-inflammatory (and in a lot more foods than you’d think)

They contribute to period pain by increasing the omega 6 content in the body, which when out of ratio with omega 3 leads to increased inflammation and inflammation leads to period pain

2.  Stress - if you’ve been with me awhile now you’ll know this is HUGE for any kind of issue in the body, but particularly for period pain

The more stressed you are, the more inflammation it causes, it can then decrease magnesium levels which helps with cramping (think when your calf wakes you up in the middle of the night with a cramp)...

The uterus is a muscle so too much stress = more cramping

3. Drinking cold water, this might sound strange but I got a very big telling off from one of my Chinese clients who educated me (and then I did more research into Traditional Chinese Medicine on this)...

That one shouldn’t drink cold water on or around their period

Think about it this way, we are warm blooded animals, and the period is about blood flow, our blood flow decreases when we are cold and drinking cold water cools the body down.

For my clients I recommend for the second half of their cycle they drink warm water (except when exercising because that sucks), and they have seen massive differences in their menstrual health

4. Hormonal imbalance, now this can show up in a number of ways from high oestrogen, low progesterone, high androgens, you name it, but ultimately if you experience any PMS symptoms it’s worth digging a little deeper

Work with a functional medicine practitioner or health coach like myself to figure out what hormones are out of balance and start to remedy them with food, exercise and lifestyle changes.

5. Endometriosis/PCOS, these two conditions are hugely responsible for period pain and are often undiagnosed for so long!

If you’ve been struggling with chronic period pain, please go see a doctor and have yourself diagnosed or have these ruled out, there is so much we can do to help with both conditions once we know what we are dealing with!

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Yours in Health & Happiness,
Sheree xo

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3 Things To Stop Doing For Your Hormone Health

3 THINGS TO STOP DOING FOR YOUR HORMONE HEALTH

20 / JULY / 2022
SHEREE'S HEALTH DIARIES

EEK! These are a NO-NO if you want balanced hormones… 

I know this may be triggering or even controversial, but hear me out

AVOIDE THESE MISTAKES

Skipping Breakfast

Skipping breakfast throws your blood sugars out of whack which leads to a not-so-great cortisol + insulin spike. When your cortisol (stress hormone spikes) this tells the body to prioritise your survival over your reproduction.

Your body is very clever and it isn’t going to want to bring a baby into the world when it thinks you’re struggling to survive as it is.

When this happens, it causes an imbalance in our other hormones like estrogen and progesterone that are needed for a happy healthy cycle because your body’s goal every month (whether you like it or not) is to fall pregnant.

This is a real issue because this survival response often affects ovulation in either diminishing its effectiveness or stopping it all together, and this is the point in your cycle (regardless of whether you want a baby or not), that you make the hormones needed to avoid period problems!

So please eat a high protein breakfast first thing in the morning! I’m taking eggs & bacon, steak and potatoes, a protein smoothie, whatever your taste, make sure the protein is high (at least 25g).

Go Keto or Avoid Carbs

As for the lack of carbs, these guys are amazing for calming the nervous system, and there isn’t a client I have worked with that didn’t need more support for their stress

Too little carbs also sends the body into survival mode and when we are just surviving, we aren’t thriving and therefore as a protection mechanism our body shuts down/reduces our reproductive functions.

Including… you guessed it, our sex hormones, much like skipping breakfast.

Avoiding carbs also lowers our bodies production of serotonin (our beautiful happiness hormone), and when this is low you can experience lower moods or even depressive states. Serotonin also has an amazing relationship with estrogen, so if your estrogen is dropping because the body isn’t thriving, your serotonin can drop too.

So have a balanced plate with about a fist of carbs at your main meals, just focus on making them nutritious ones like wholegrains, potatoes, pumpkin, sweet potato, and quinoa.

Eat or Drink Out of Plastic

Finally, the liver loader that is plastic is a super easy switch out, think glass containers and stainless steel drink bottles instead! I personally love my @frankgreenoffical ceramic drink bottle if you’re looking for a recommendation.

Plastic contains xenoestrogens (estrogen mimicking substances) that load up your liver and can confuse the body into thinking it has too much estrogen (hello PMS).

As a result the liver then has to try and clear out these ‘fake hormones’ as well as any excess real hormones that the body is producing, on top of the other toxins like alcohol, medication, environmental pollution, hormones in your food etc.

The poor liver is overworked so if we can do something this simple to lighten the load like switching away from plastic the liver is going to thank you for it! Because unfortunately, it isn’t just BPA free that you need to look out for including BPS, BPAF and PET to name a few. This is where glass alternatives are far better for you and your body!

TAKE ACTION

See! Having balanced hormones doesn’t have to be hard! These are all things you should be able to implement now (also at minimal cost).

Which one of these 3 will be the easiest for you to take action on, let me know in the comments below!

Yours in Health & Happiness,
Sheree xo

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Ovulation Bowl Recipe

OVULATION BOWL RECIPE

13 / JULY / 2022
SHEREE'S HEALTH DIARIES

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Yields: 1 serving

What on earth is an ovulation bowl? (I hear you ask), well it’s a recipe designed to incorporate a variety of the nutrients your body needs to support ovulation, the epitome of your menstrual cycle as a female.

When it comes to looking after our bodies, and nourishing our hormones, ovulation is the key player as it helps us as females produce the essential hormones we need to have a problem free period!

Eating in alignment with your cycle can have amazing benefits for your health, and is part of what’s now known as ‘cycle syncing’, where you nourish your body with foods that are supportive at each specific phase of your cycle.

This recipe was taken directly from my Cycle Syncing Crash Course Bundle Ovulation Recipe Book, if you want to check out more recipes and ways to live, eat and exercise in sync with your cycle check it out here!

In the meantime, give this recipe a try!

INGREDIENTS

-  1 small eggplant, sliced into circles
-  ½ cup quinoa, precooked
-  ½ red capsicum, sliced lengthwise
-  1 handful of spinach
-  1 tbsp. slivered almonds
-  10 cherry tomatoes, halved
-  100g salmon fillet, skin removed
-  Juice of one lemon
-  ½ tsp. oregano
-  ½ tsp. basil
-  1 tbsp. honey mustard dressing
-  Salt and pepper to taste

METHOD

  1.  Line an oven tray with baking paper and set to 180 degrees Celsius, fan grill.
  2.  Chop raw salmon fillet into even chunks, squeeze lemon juice over them and put to the side.
  3.  Chop eggplant into thin circles (around 1 - 2 cm in thickness) and place on the oven tray, coat with olive oil, oregano, and basil, place on oven tray and let cook for 10 minutes
  4.  Add pre cooked quinoa to a bowl, along with the sliced capsicum, spinach, and toss through.
  5.  Remove eggplant from the oven and add to the bowl, then add the salmon, squeezing remaining lemon juice over, salt and pepper to taste.
  6.  Top with slivered almonds and enjoy!

*N.B. You can double the recipe to have for leftovers the next day.

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

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Healthy Honey Mustard Dressing Recipe

HONEY MUSTARD DRESSING RECIPE

13 / JULY / 2022
SHEREE'S HEALTH DIARIES

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

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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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The 3 Key Ways To Know If You Are Ovulating

THE 3 KEY WAYS TO KNOW IF YOU ARE OVULATING!

02 / FEBRUARY / 2022
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First off, let me start by saying the OVULATION isn’t just about falling pregnant, it plays a massive role in our overall health! In fact, it is the MAIN EVENT of your cycle… NOT your period!

Ovulation is essential to having healthy, well-balanced hormones in women during their menstrual years. It occurs between day 13 - 21 of your cycle and only happens for ONE day. 

Fortunately the ovulatory phase is anywhere from 3 - 4 days, so you do get the beautiful benefits during that time too… and of course a much happier, healthier second half of your cycle, as ovulation plays a key role in producing other key hormones such as progesterone and estradiol (main form of estrogen).

Ovulation is not simply the time you are the most fertile, nor is it just about the release of an egg, although this is extremely significant, when it comes to our health we want to ovulate for a number of other reasons too… 

The first sign that a women may have a health problem is anovulatory cycles (missing ovulation) and/or irregular periods, and can be indicative of an underlying issue with our metabolic health, adrenals, pituitary gland, thyroid, endocrine system, ovares or hypothalamus.  

THAT’S A LOT… RIGHT?!

In fact, without ovulation, it’s not even considered a REAL period! BTW… You will not ovulate if you are on the pill (or many other hormonal contraceptives).

So, let’s get to it, and make sure you are in fact ovulating!

SIGNS YOU ARE OVULATING

1.  Cervical Mucus 

This is an important sign and put first because it actually tells you a lot of information. Our cervical mucus changes in the lead up to your Big ‘O’ (ovulation) and tends to go whiter, thicker, creamier, stickier and form an egg white type consistency. 

Now, this doesn’t look the same for everyone, but if it is happening a few days before you are due for ovulation (~day 14), then it is a really good sign! The most important thing is to look at the pattern for your normal. It is also important to note down when this happens, as you can get a second wave of this mucus, but it isn’t a second ovulation. Which is why we need step two if you want to track properly!

2.  Basal Body Temperature

This is a great indicator for whether you have ovulated or not… if you are using this for contraceptive purposes, then just relying on your body temp alone is not going to help, because your temperature rises AFTER ovulation. 

If there is no rise, then you most likely didn’t ovulate. However, we are not looking for a massive spike in ovulation, it can be as little as 2/10ths of an increase, for example going from 97.4°F/36.4°C and 97.6°F/36.6°C and it should stay elevated for the remainder of that cycle.

Key thing here is to track at the same time every morning for the most accurate reading, with an oral thermometer.

3.  Cervical Position

Now this final one can vary depending whether or not you have had children. If not then your cervix will be closed after ovulation, however if you have had children it will never fully close. 

When you are ovulating, your cervix will be softer, open and higher… your body is trying to make it as easy to conceive as possible, so it makes sense right! 

And if you aren’t quite comfortable with checking your cervix position, here are a few other signs you might be ovulating: increased sex drive, confidence, strength, energy and motivation. Glowing skin and fuller lips can also happen around ovulation… 

Remember your body’s goal every month is to conceive whether you want it to or not so it is doing all it can to make you more attractive to a mate!

READY TO BALANCE YOUR HORMONES?

So there you have it, 3 key ways to tell if you are ovulating! Did you find this helpful? Please share with me in the comments below! 

Also… If you are worried you might not be ovulating and want to get your cycle back in sync my 12-week signature program Reclaim Your Radiance will help you balance your hormones and get you ovulating regularly! Click here to apply!

Yours in Health,
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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