If you are new here, I want to give you a warm welcome! If you came here looking for Sweet Harvest Homestead- you found the right place, I’ve just changed things up a bit. I am still making soap & beauty cream and all things handmade, but I needed to make a slight modification in my life.
My reason for starting this new blog, Facebook group, Instagram and youtube channel is a little selfish – I want to make a significant change as far as my health is concerned, and I thought that having a group of women around would help build momentum and get me to where I’m going because – no one wants to fail in front of a whole bunch of people, so I think y’all will help “me,” but as a side effect of that -I’m going share with you along the way what I am doing, and what has worked and what hasn’t- so that it can helpfully help you too.
Some things I do may be good and others, well, you may say ‘she’s crazy! I ain’t doing that!
I turned 47 on the 5th of this February. In January, I had some blood work done, and when I went to the doctor for my yearly talk, she said that the way my hormones were fluctuating, I am definitely in the stages where menopause is taking place.
My mother was 47 when she started menopause and had a rough time of it, and it seemed to last about five years. Then, very sadly- she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer when she was 55, and two months later, she passed away. Now, some of you here have known me for a long time, and you also knew her. When she died, it left a hole so big in my life that I was mentally screwed up for several years. It makes me sad and, to be honest, jealous when I see the relationships that my friend’s children have with their grandparents. My mama loved my babies, and it makes me so sad that she isn’t here to be a friend to them like my grandmother was to me.
I’ve always been a lot like my mama with the way our bodies worked, and I realized that I needed to be proactive and make some significant changes in my life with regards to health and exercise so that I wouldn’t suffer as she did.
SO- that’s my story.
I am not a professional in any capacity- I have been a stay at home, homeschooling mama for 20 years, so take what I say with a grain of salt. But, I do know that I have built up a great source of wisdom in my 47 years, and I hope to help someone with what I know.
Okay, enough about me.
Now, I know that a lot of us have things that we don’t like about our bodies and that we desperately want to change. I get that-
But I want each of us to pause for a moment and be grateful for the beautiful, wondrous creations that we ARE!
We all got out of bed this morning and walked on legs that work, our eyes, although they may not see as well worked- our arms worked, many of us gave life through our bodies by having children, and some of us carry scars from that. And despite all of the abuses that we have done to ourselves by eating garbage foods, drinking alcohol, taking drugs, all of that- our hearts are still beating, and our bodies are still working, every single day! So let’s give ourselves some good LOVE! Because we all need that.
Earlier this week, I asked you to tell me a little bit about yourselves, and if there was anything specific, you were looking for help with.
The ones who wrote back said, your menopause symptoms of foggy brain, hot flashes, and weight gain were some troubles you were having.
I’ve been doing some research, and I have way too much information to share today- but I will tell you a few things that I learned, and hopefully, it might help someone.
Rosemary Gladstar, one of my favorite herbalists, says that menopause is just a normal phase of a woman’s life and that most (not all) of our symptoms are normal.
Now I want you to go back and think about how you felt during puberty. You were creating brand new hormones, and your body was going through significant changes, growing breasts, starting your periods, you felt crazy inside, sometimes you might have even felt like you didn’t know who you were anymore.
Menopause is the other side of the coin- our hormones are once again changing drastically, and we feel many of those same feelings that we had when we were younger. We’re just smarter now than we were when we were going through puberty, and instead of not knowing what was going on as kids and just rolling with it, we want to “fix” it. I get that!
So, again, I made some phone calls and did a lot of research and what I have found is that to feel better we need to do several things, and you may not like hearing this, but we need to move our bodies daily and we need to cut out sugar, pasta, bread, and all processed foods. (I’ll talk more about that next week)
I know- Whomp, whomp, whomp…..
That is one way- the other way you can feel a whole lot better is by replacing that estrogen that you are losing. Some folks don’t want to do that, and I understand, but for those who do-
I talked to my doctor, who is an Integrative Medical Practitioner. She is a real medical doctor, but instead of treating just the symptoms, she manages the whole body, and I like that so much better! She gets to the root of an issue. And I prefer that. Now, I have to tell you. They are typically a lot more expensive, and insurance does not always cover it.
Since most of you ladies are in Charlotte and Knoxville, I am going to give you some places that I found for you to call if you are interested- who are integrative medical practitioners. They can prescribe Bio-identical hormones for you and can put you on a path to overall wellness. Bioidentical hormone is a hormone that is chemically identical in structure to what the body would make (not synthetic and different chemical structures.
I am not being sponsored or paid by these people; they are just the type of doctor that I like to use because they spend a LOT of time with you, trying to figure out your problem and they create a plan just for you personally – not the masses)
For those of you in
Knoxville- I talked to Kirby at Seasons Wellness- The initial office visit is $395.00 and is usually 1-1.5
hours. For you in the Charlotte area- Signature Wellness is where I go,
and Dr. Debra Matthew is my doctor.
Their new patient visit starts at $495.
For the rest of you ladies, I don’t have any recommendations for you, but Google “Integrative Medical Practitioners” in your area.
I know your time is precious and I appreciate you spending it here with me and watching this. I’ll be back next Friday with another video for you, and if you have any questions, please leave them in the comment section below.
Thanks for stopping by and see you next week!