That word elicits one of two responses depending upon your age.
You either cringe because of it’s relative proximity, or picture someone like this because it seems a million light-years away:
I am currently at the cringe stage of my life.
Although I am totally digging her hat.
I read that the average age that women experience menopause is 51. I have 10 years to reach that milestone, but at only 41 I can’t deny some of the changes my body seems to be experiencing lately. Changes that appear to want to sling-shot me full blown into the hunchback, shawl and mu-mu stage.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I don’t mourn the potential loss of my fertility, in fact, I have more of a ‘bring it on’ attitude towards the whole thing. I would just prefer it came without things like hormonal imbalance, bloating and weight gain.
Being a woman comes with its share of wonderful and amazing things but it also means that our bodies seem to have a very annoying yet inherent desire to gain weight.
- Experience puberty = gain weight
- Attend college = gain weight
- Get married = gain weight
- Get pregnant = gain weight
- Begin menopause = gain weight
The only thing that causes men to gain weight is watching football.
Which, let’s face it, is completely within their power to change without having to endure restrictive diets and gerbil-like activities that include hours on the treadmill.
But I’m not here to whine. Well, maybe I’ll whine a little, but it’s not the reason I chose to take on this way-too-personal-for-my-liking topic.
If you know me at all, you know I believe in accountability. I believe that accepting that I do not have the power to change is akin to admitting defeat. Hang your head. Pack it up. Go home.
Which I refuse to do.
I’m just too damn competitive.
So I began thinking about what used to work for me – eating right and staying active. And if that is no longer working, then maybe I need to try something else.
I am a firm believer that nutrition can cure everything. Yes. EVERYTHING. But the trick is finding out exactly what your body is missing, is having a negative reaction to or needs to have changed in order to function properly. If I were to see a doctor about my bloating, random hot flashes (although with the winter we have been having, I kind of like those) and weight gain, they would likely prescribe a typical pharmaceutical hormone therapy that addresses the symptoms.
I am more interested in addressing the cause.
So I decided to try something different since, as I mentioned, what used to work for me doesn’t seem to work anymore.
I recently discovered doTERRA essential oils. No. I take that back. I recently embraced essential oils after having a bunch of them sitting in my cabinet for over a year now. I had hurt my knee on my stationary bike and was desperate to not let it affect my workout schedule. I had two doTERRA products in my cabinet that were supposed to help with joint pain so I tried them. And I was shocked that they actually worked.
So I have decided to embrace it and see what other products might help me achieve my goals.
In addition to their intrinsic benefits to plants and being beautifully fragrant to people, essential oils have been used throughout history in many cultures for their medicinal and therapeutic benefits. Modern scientific study and trends towards more holistic approaches to wellness are driving a revival and new discovery of essential oil health applications.
To help jump-start the new year, doTERRA is having what they call the “Slim & Sassy Lifestyle Change Competition” which I am using as a framework to hold myself accountable for exploring and implementing natural ways to counteract what I believe is a hormone imbalance.
As part of the competition I had to take “before” pictures. While part of the goal of the competition is weight loss, it’s also about achieving non-weight related goals as well. You can clearly see from the side view that my mid-section has decided to take on a new form – and it varies throughout the day, sometimes nearly twice as much as in the photo, but sometimes it’s actually flat. As it should be.
As part of the competition, you are required to use one of the Slim & Sassy products. I am using the Slim & Sassy Metabolic Blend which helps keep you from being hungry between meals and actually tastes great making it a welcome change from plain water.
Normally, I would never, ever promote a product that is an appetite suppressant. I don’t think it helps in the long-term because it doesn’t teach you to make good decisions, it simply tells your body that it isn’t hungry. But some of the other benefits of this completely natural product may help reduce stress and help detox my body, so I am willing to give it a try.
I am also continuing to use my Peppermint Deep Blue oils to make sure my body is pain-free to maintain my fitness routine, and I have added a supplement called Phytoestrogen as well. I have to admit that I was very wary of the Phytoestrogen because it contains soy. Because soy is usually GMO and can actually disrupt hormones, I wasn’t exactly sure if I wanted to try it. But I did some research and in addition to learning that all of doTERRA’s products are non-GMO and do not contain pesticides, and the soy extracts used in the Phytoestrogen formula has been shown to help women experiencing a hormone imbalance.
So I decided to try it.
The competition ends on April 15, 2014 and I have a goal of losing 20 lbs but my main goal is to find a better balance with my body and get rid of the annoying bloating. There are prizes for this competition, but honestly achieving my goals will be prize enough.
But I certainly won’t turn down the cash if I win.