5 Lifestyle Changes For Fertility
This definitely isn’t my typical podcast topic, but it has been one that has been heavily requested, and I couldn’t keep it to myself any longer… (PSSST: Seems like a good time to tell ya, if you ever have any topic requests, the Goal Digger Podcast Insiders Facebook group is the place to be!)
But truthfully, this episode wasn’t totally easy for me. It was a challenging to talk about because of the rawness and realness of the topic for me. However, all that being said, I also could not deny the value of this episode- for both those trying to get pregnant and those who are just looking to uplift their health.
When we started the fertility testing I wasn’t sure what to expect: would they tell me I couldn’t conceive again, would they find out I had a terminal illness, would they say I am totally normal and they have no clue why we have had two miscarriages in a row? I pursued a naturopathic doctor so that I could get a “full body”: mind, spirit, and internal health assessment I was nervous but ready to take matters into my own hands….
In the months that have followed our terrible loss, I have committed to my new lifestyle and become so passionate and interested in treating my body with respect and healing it from the inside out, and today I am giving you guys the details on the five biggest lifestyle changes I have made since our second miscarriage.
1.) REMOVING TOXINS:
Guys, we have alllllll heard people saying they are going “all natural” with their with their skincare and haircare, and to be honest, I used to kind of rolled my eyes. Like yeaaaa, I get it but I didn’t really GET IT. And the moment I really,truly understood that this matters was when I realized that doctors prescribe topical solutions for medication. Think about it! Our skin absorbs what we are putting on it – including allll the toxins found in our skincare, lotion, cleaning products, the whole she-bang.
When I started looking at fertility stuff (and even just general HEALTH information), this was one of the first ways to just help your body out, so I switched to all natural skincare and haircare and we are looking closer at the labels of the cleaning solutions being used in our home. If you want help figuring out what in the bottles in your home, download the app “Think Dirty” and prepare to haul a load to the dump… it’s INSANE.
Two of the brands that I have fallen head over heels for are listed here! (This is not sponsored– just genuinely great products that make me feel clean from the inside out!)
Lola Jane Naturals skincare line: Favorite Toxin Free Skin Care
Primally Pure: (the natural deodorant is to DIE for!)
2.) REMOVING STRESS:
Well, this one is easier said than done (understatement of the century!) but I have taken big strides in this area. As someone with major adrenal fatigue (you will not believe how high my cortisol level was…), it was important to look at the stressors in my life and start to identify places where I can consciously work towards less stress to keep my cortisol levels down and level. To be honest, since our first miscarriage I haven’t been able to lose any weight and I was getting so frustrated. I was at my heaviest and nothing would move the needle, but I didn’t understand how much my lifestyle was impacting this. Stress impacts E V E R Y T H I N G about our health- our horomones, or digestion, our vital signs, our appearance, absolutely everything!
To take steps towards reducing stress, I am taking a little break from CrossFit (not because it’s not awesome but because I took the work outs too seriously and was doing it 5 days a week!) and waking up slower. I’ve been taking my dogs on long walks in the morning while listening to worship tunes, been cutting back on caffeine consumption, and taking notes on the things that stress me out and how I can start to make changes! All in all, I am doing things that feel right, genuinely prioritizing rest, and muting my “busy bee” tendencies!
3.) REMOVING GLUTEN:
Noticing a trend on the “removal” scale? Yeah. I am officially 3 months totally and completely gluten free! No cheating, no nothing. I was nervous about doing it right around my sisters wedding and with events and wedding season unfolding but so far, it hasn’t been bad at all.I’m actually enjoying it because I am feeling better, I’m started to crave healthier foods, and I don’t really miss it. At first it is so intimidating, but once you realize what you can and can’t eat it’s no sweat!
There are some incredible substitutes out there and I’m using them while I transition but my big goal is to ditch the gluten free breads/pastas/pancake mix and only enjoy them on special occasions so that my diet is a lot cleaner and more paleo like. I think the hardest part about this transition is eating out! There is gluten in EVERYTHING but so far our waitresses have been understanding and knowing that I CAN’T eat it makes it easier than just toeing the line of trying to eat gluten free. I am surprised at how well I am doing on it (ahem, mac and cheese gal over here!)
4.) TAKING SUPPLEMENTS:
I will be the first to admit that I am terrible at taking pills. My entire life, I’ve never been on a daily prescription and thank heavens for that because I suck at doing it but now I am taking a handful of supplements to help with the deficiencies we found during my blood work. I even bought a little pill box with the AM and PM compartments to help me stay on track and make sure I am getting all the vitamins and nutrients as we heal my body from the inside out.
One of the things I love most about what we are doing is we aren’t turning to medication or hormone therapy, we are working to get my body back to being able to do it all on its own and so I am excited and hopeful in how we are working through the lower optimal spots and the places where I was truly deficient with both diet AND supplements. Again, I am really trying to look at my body from a holistic standpoint and heal from the inside out! Supplements have been amazing for this!
5.) GETTING TO KNOW MY BODY:
It’s safe to say that before all of this I was the queen at ignoring my body. I couldn’t tell ya how many hours a night I was sleeping, how often I was using the restroom, or how I was feeling after each meal. To be honest, I was just really tired … like, true fatigue. I felt like I was a walking case of mono, exhausted every single day to the point where I had major anxiety about making plans or commitments because I was afraid that I would be too tired when the day came (and no one likes a flake!)
So this process has been so incredibly eye-opening not just in seeing the test results of what is going on inside of my body but in paying attention to the way different things make me feel like sleep, exercise, and of course diet. One big tool that’s been helpful navigating the diet changes it a food tracking journal! One of my amazing followers created The Food Diary Co. and it’s awesome to help not just track food but how it’s making you feel.
I am so thankful I hired a naturopathic doctor who was willing to dive deep into not just our fertility issues but into how my body is handling everything has been the best part of this adventure.
REFLECTING ON THE JOURNEY…
Honestly, miscarriage has been hands down the most difficult thing I have ever experienced, but writing this today reminded me that some good has come out of it. I have taken my health into my own hands, crafted a life that is not only successful, but calming and fulfilling, and learned to treat my body with the respect it deserves! This episode wasn’t easy to record, but I am so hopeful that you are feeling inspired after listening… Whether you are trying to get pregnant or trying to get healthy, I pray that you found some useful steps on moving forward!
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This episode is dedicated to my amazing doc!