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12 months in – choosing a vegan diet and coming off the pill

Wow what a crazy 12 months it has been. It has been one of the most rewarding and also painful years of my life. I changed my diet, came off the pill, launched my health coaching business, quit my Speech Pathology career, promoted in my business, saw my best friend/cousin marry the man of her dreams and tragically, lost someone I loved very dearly. So, I want to share my health journey (or rollercoaster – see blog post on riding the rollercoaster) with you over the past 12 months.

Lets start with the diet – I have absolutely loved experimenting with new ways of cooking these past 12 months. So much that I created my own eBook. You can grab your copy here. I have learned how to substitute dairy and eggs and how to get adequate protein and healthy fat intake (very important for hormones).

I am a strong believer in that no one diet is suitable for everyone, and it is all about experimenting. I have started to introduce some meat back into my diet every few weeks. I grew up eating lamb on the farm, and when I go home, I choose to eat Dad’s home grown, grass fed sheep. I also love a good piece of salmon or calamari when I am eating out. Why? Because my body craves it, and our body is always spot on in telling us that we need something. Our hormones need the good fats (think avocado, olive oil, walnuts, flax seed oil, fish) to function optimally, and coming off the pill 12 months ago, this has never been more important. Which brings me to my next point…

Coming off the pill… Why did I do it? Because I was educated on the impact synthetic hormones have in our body, not only does it prevent us from ovulating (impacting on baby making down the track), it also messes with our gut bacteria… which is essential for everything in our lives! It is our life force, how our nutrition gets absorbed into our body for it to function optimally.

It took me 4 months to get my period back, and since getting it back in January I have suffered with adult acne, severe PMS and horrible mood swings. I am still having regular acupuncture and seeing a naturopath to help with the herbal side of things. There are times when I feel totally crazy, and winter was particularly hard, but then I realise, I have not ever had to deal with my hormones, since I was 15. They have always been controlled by a tiny little pill I put into my mouth every day. It has been hard, but totally worth it, as I feel more like a woman and have come to accept that, just like the seasons, we are woman and we cycle. I feel that it is vital for woman to educate themselves around their hormones and the pill, especially if they are thinking about trying to conceive in the near future. Depending on their body, it may or may not take some time for the hormones to adjust and to fall pregnant.

My point to sharing all of this, listen to your what your body is telling you physically and emotionally and be gentle with yourself, often it is not the first arrow (the actual emotion/thought), but the second arrow (the judgement around feeling that way) that hurts the most.

Most importantly, seek support from those around you. I could not have got through the past 12 months without my amazing wellness coach, business coaches, acupuncturist, naturopath and my amazing friends and family around me. To you all, thank you.

I would love to be part of your support network, organise a free 30 minute consultation with me, to see how I can help.

Email: greentwellness@gmail.com or call +61428531454.

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