Like so many women, I hate hopping on the scale. We say we don’t care about the number but we do. I always said, “I never want to buy clothes in size X.” When I had to buy THAT size, I knew it was time for a change.
In January 2014, after returning from a couple of fast food filled roadtrips, I started making changes. I made it a habit to take a high dose probiotic daily. I can count on one hand the number of fast food meals and sodas I have had this year, and I visit my naturopathic doctor on a regular basis. The most significant change has been adding more vegetables and eating breakfast.
While I don’t know what my top weight was, I know I am down ten pounds since the beginning of the year.
Over the last few weeks I have been knocked down, but not out, by an ovarian cyst and experienced moments of clarity. Dr. Leah of Aurora Naturopathic in Gilbert, AZ is helping me with natural remedies to treat the existing cyst, which I am happy to say is gone, and to prevent future cysts.
Cysts form when hormones are out of balance, most notably when estrogen is high. I turned 40 last year and count that as one of the reasons for this hormonal change. The doctor agrees.
Tomorrow I begin a 21-day detox program under the care of my doctor. The program includes protein smoothies filled with fruit and herbs, and supplements to support the liver and other digestive organs. Cleaning out the liver will get my body to a place where the hormones can naturally balance.
I still get to eat “real” food while on this program. Dr. Leah even gave me a book of recipes that are good for this type of detox. It’s a new kind of grocery list and cooking but it’s not the end of the world.
The best part is that my boyfriend is beyond supportive of me. He’s cooking detox-friendly meals for both of us. We’re a team, dedicated to getting healthier. That’s a recipe for success.
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