Last January, when I thought I was at the end of my 10-year chronic illness journey, my doctor accidentally overdosed me on progesterone cream and my entire endocrine system shut down. I went from my normal weight of 100 pounds to 170 pounds in five days.
Ask any one of my friends and they’ll tell you they didn’t recognize me until a few weeks ago (14 months later) as the fluid is still slowly falling off my body, and I’m starting to feel more and more like myself again. My doctor actually didn’t even realize what was happening, but I knew something was very wrong.
I was starting to gain weight, feel really tired, sleeping 12 hours a night, craving fat, and having night sweats among other things (all the symptoms of a pregnant woman full of progesterone).
Having gone through my decade-long health battle (I was diagnosed with Lyme, PCOS, adrenal fatigue, Candida, SIBO, parasites, hypothyroidism, leaky gut, C-diff colitis, and more), I knew the tests I needed to get to the root cause of what was going on, so I asked for a saliva hormone test.
I knew it was important to focus on functional medicine testing because traditional Western medicine testing doesn’t always give you the whole picture for hormones.
I decided to write my book, Eating Clean, because I wished I had a resource like this during those very painful, expensive, and exhausting years trying to figure how to be healthy in a real way.
While I loved working with all of my doctors (I’ve seen more than 500 of them), at the end of the day, I had to put together the missing pieces of my chronic health puzzle myself and heal myself.