Clean eating, meditation, supplementing, and exercise are essential for the overall health of your mind, body, and spirit. I began changing my lifestyle and daily routine in 2012 when I was diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). PCOS is an endocrine (hormone) system disorder that affects women of reproductive age; it presents with a host of different symptoms, including small cysts in the ovaries, irregular menstrual cycles, weight gain, and acne.
Although medication was an option, I wanted to heal my body naturally, and by focusing on my kidney, liver, and bowel health I started seeing improvements. I supplemented properly, found a routine and balanced diet that worked not only for my health but with my lifestyle. I discovered that optimal health even when you're dealing with a chronic condition is all about working with your body—not controlling it. Since then I've created a program for clients and supplements that are designed around healing and balancing hormones. I work with women all around the world to help them through their healing journeys—from PCOS to adrenal fatigue to anxiety. Here are some of the things that I, personally, do every day to support my hormone health.
1. Morning tonics and supplementation.
The morning is an important time to prep your body with the nourishment it needs for the day. I like to start with a large glass of apple cider vinegar, which helps the body detoxify and incorporates minerals essential for maintaining a strong immune system—both necessary for healthy hormones. If I need a boost of caffeine (which I try to limit for the sake of my hormones) I grab a green tea or matcha and blend with warm water, nut milk, and honey. I take four caps of the multivitamin I designed specifically for women and also primrose oil (great for healthy hormones) and magnesium supplement. While I'm brewing or infusing I like to set an intention for the day. If I am feeling tired or off I allow 20 to 30 minutes to relax and respond to emails from home before running out the door.
I don't think that breakfast should be the biggest meal of the day, but a foundation of nutrients to wake your digestive system and nourish it. I stick to coconut yogurt, avocado toast with fresh lemon and Himalayan salt, or a detox smoothie with my very own detox blend, cacao, maca, half of a banana, almond milk, and blueberries. Supporting your liver through regular detox is important for keeping your hormones in-check.
Common complications from PCOS are stress and anxiety, so every morning before I get out of bed or look at my phone I meditate by closing my eyes and connecting to my inner power. This is a great way to start the day because no matter what happens later on, you can go back to this positive mental space. I'll meditate on abundance flowing, healing, and joy filling my life. I need to see if before I believe it, so I take my meditation practice very seriously. If you're ever having a panic attack or having a bad day, just stop, drop, and meditate.
3. Exercise and breathing.
I always do 45 minutes of exercise and then leave additional time to meditate and calm my mind while practicing breathing. Exercise is a powerful time to detox and tune into the powerful wisdom inside. While healing from my PCOS I discovered that our bodies are always speaking to us and often already hold the insight we may be looking for. Have fun with your body, do exercise that feels good, don't always push yourself too hard. I enjoy dancing, yoga, hiking, swimming, and Pilates. These fluid motions help increase energy and balance, promote a healthy nervous system, increase blood flow, and more.
4. Food and friends.
Eating healthy and delicious food is fundamental to having an exceptional day. I strongly believe in conscious eating and being in touch with what's on your plate. Americans tend to overindulge when they are not actually hungry or mistake thirst for hunger. Being more conscious about when and what you eat will create a happier and healthier individual. Lately I have been on an avocado toast kick with fermented veggies, farm fresh eggs, and a large salad with nuts, seeds, fresh guacamole, and a side of healthy crackers. Incorporating a meal a day with friends, colleagues, or family is also important to me. What is better than eating a delicious meal with those you love?
Music has always been a source of healing for me, but it became especially important during my healing journey. The sounds and vibrations run through my body and feel so soothing and healing. Whether I am walking to breakfast, driving in the car, or heading to sleep I try to spend most of my day enjoying as much music as possible. I also try to attend as many live concerts as possible. Getting out, dancing, singing, and spending time with friends surrounded by music is so healthy for the mind, body, and spirit. I have always been drawn to the acoustic guitar and harmonica, and in the last few months I have been falling in love (all over again) with Neil Young and Bob Dylan—and an artist named Maggie Rogers that my friends and I could not stop replaying on our last road trip!
Want to know more about a living a hormone-friendly lifestyle? Here are five things you can do right now to manage your PCOS and how to balance the hormones controlling your weight and mood.