Turning 40 last year was rough on my ego and, as it turns out, my body. I couldn’t tell you what my top weight was because I avoided the scale. I know my clothes didn’t fit and I am wearing a size I swore I would never wear. In the three plus years I have worked from home I have gained at least 25 pounds and experts say as we age our weight continues to increase. Couple my sedentary lifestyle with hormonal imbalance, and here I am on a 21-day detox.
Why I Chose a 21-Day Detox
- My naturopathic doctor told me it was a good idea. After being on antibiotics and painkillers my body was toxic. Other toxins include soda, fast food, processed food, coffee, alcohol, and environmental factors like pollution. I needed to reset my body.
- I already made small steps to health. It’s time for a big change. The changes I already made also help make the 21-day commitment not so daunting because I know how good I feel with smaller changes.
- I consider it a healthy lifestyle bootcamp, not a diet. I am learning new ways to choose and prepare food. I am learning how my body reacts to natural remedies. And I am choosing to be more active.
- The ovarian cyst was caused by an imbalance of hormones, specifically too much estrogen. I needed to get rid of the excess hormones so my body could produce what it needs.
- Dairy contains a lot of estrogen. When I say I love cheese, I mean I love it like it was my favorite pet. I would kill for cheese….and cheese might kill me. Okay, that is a slight exaggeration. Dairy isn’t good for my digestive system and it is a contributing factor to my increased levels of estrogen. It’s time to bid dairy adieu.
- Breast cancer runs in my family. My mother was diagnosed at 44 years old and died 22 months later. She was diagnosed more than 20 years ago when we didn’t know whether breast cancer is estrogen receptive or not. Keeping my hormones balanced is just one of the keys to keeping me free of breast cancer.
Sidenote: I had my first mammogram at 30 years old, my first breast biopsy at about 35 years old. All show I am healthy and I would like to stay that way. If you’re scared about getting a mammogram, please contact me or find a friend in whom you can confide. It is an important part of your well woman exam. Don’t avoid it.
The most important piece for me is having support and accountability. I check in with my doctor once a week. My boyfriend is alongside me drinking his smoothies and exercising. We’ve both let our health slip and are happy to be back on track. I am inspired by my friend Holly and The Hot Mess Princess who are sharing their journeys to health. I look forward to sharing more with you in the days ahead.
Are you making changes to live a healthier life? I would love to hear your story!