Let's start from the beginning, all the way back to 2015.
What a ride it has been, so stick with me. I haven't shared a lot of this with many, so I hope you enjoy reading through this journey with me. Don't forget to comment and let me know if there is anything that resonates with you. I'd love to hear from you.
It was back in April 2015 when I decided to stop taking the contraceptive pill. I had been taking it since I was about 17 to 'regulate' my period. If only I was aware back then, what affects this could have on my overall health.
If I knew what I know now, I would have never been on the pill!
My decision, to stop taking the pill, really stemmed from my potential MS diagnosis and if you are new here, feel free to go back and check out my first blog post, My MS Story, here.
Since spending majority of my free time researching and reading all things to improve my #lifestyle and really getting to know my body, this was going to be a game changer for me, or so I thought.
One person I really connected with was a lady by the name of Dr. Nat Kringoudis. A doctor of Chinese medicine, #Acupuncturist, Speaker and best-selling author. Do yourself a favour and check her out, she has an amazing podcast, #theperiodparty and you can also find her on the internet, Instagram and Facebook.
I purchased one of her programs called 'Debunking Ovulation' and it was from this amazing eCourse, I made the decision to stop taking the pill. I was going to learn more about my body and cycle. I learnt that the pill was doing me no favours whatsoever. I was mind-blown! I actually thought it sounded so cool and I truly thought it was going to be so easy to 'know my body and cycle'.
I was feeling so empowered!
I was going to get my period back and learn when I was ovulating to know my #fertility window to prevent/assist pregnancy (it's not all about making babies). I stopped taking the pill that day; this was going to be great... but how wrong I was!
This was the start of my fertility journey!
A lot of the research I had found, mentioned it could take several months to get my #period back. So I was being patient. There were definitely times during these months that I was almost grateful that I wasn’t bleeding but it was always on my mind. ‘Why was my body not working properly?’
When you’ve got your period, you wished you didn’t but when you don’t have your period, you wished you did!
In this time, I had been officially diagnosed with #MultipleSclerosis, Dave and I had really started looking at our #nutrition and #lifestyle and we were making some really big, positive changes. My nutrition was the best it had ever been, I was feeling so much more alive, full of energy and enjoying this journey of discovering OUR Healthy Lifestyle. I had even lost some weight! Bonus!
I had started to explore what was causing inflammation in my body in terms of the food I was eating and decided for me, Gluten and Dairy were not serving me well in my body. Without going off on too much of a tangent, I hate saying I am ‘#GlutenFree and #DairyFree’, instead, I refer to our nutrition as a ‘#wholefoods, #raw diet’. Reducing the processed and packages foods as I believe these are highly #inflammatoryfoods in our diet, our bodies are not equipped to recognise these chemical/preservative laden foods.
I probably gave myself 6 months before I was getting a little concerned. Why hadn't I got my period back?
I thought I was doing all the right things!?
It was very deflating and discouraging as I thought this was going to be the best thing ever! No more pill, no drugs, just me and my healthy lifestyle! I was determined to find out what was going on. And so the investigating really began!
Stay tuned for my next post, continued investigation into my #health and finding my cycle.
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Book suggestions, by Nat Kringoudis:
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