It’s been just over two weeks since our little one left us, two weeks tomorrow that his earthy body was born, and I’m slowly working on healing after miscarriage. The physical aspect is easier of course, but also just as important as the emotional healing. My body is tired not only from the pregnancy and having to go through ‘birth’ and the blood loss that follows, but also because of the emotional toll that losing a baby takes.
Drug of Choice
I’m also going to go all out here and say that I’ve eaten less than stellar the last two weeks. I’ve been physically and emotionally exhausted and convenience foods have just been easier as we went into ‘survival mode’ for a week while I was dealing with the physical aspects of miscarriage. And my drug of choice is always sugar – my mood and energy booster.
But now I’m really feeling the effects of poor diet as well as the major hormones shifts that have been going on and I know that in order to feel better again I’m going to have to take some dietary steps to make sure that I stay in good health. I’d also like it not to take a million and five years for my hormones to balance out again – seeing as how I just got them figured out after weaning my daughter this last spring.
After months of no coffee and very little sugar, I’ve indulged way to much in both. As part of the healing process I need to go sugar-free as well as processed foods free. Because even “organic’ and ‘gluten free” processed foods aren’t healthy.
Fall is also a good time to cleanse as the body is more receptive to it, so I’m going to be doing a 7-day cleanse this week as well as loosely following along the dietary guidelines for cleansing. There are a couple different herbal cleansing products that can be quite effective: I ended up going with the 7-day cleanse from Renew Life as it was available at our local health food store and on sale (score!). Garden of Life also has a 7-day cleanse that’s really good and now on sale at Amazon. But because of the not so great diet, I can feel that I have some ‘junk’ to get rid of and the herbs included are great for liver function so it will help support my body’s natural detoxification system.
It’s also important that I use foods to build my body back up during this process and I’ll be supporting my diet with supplements as well. I don’t remember if we ever discussed how to boost the adrenals before, but to make sure mine aren’t being to taxed (emotional stress does a number on them) I’ll be making sure to get in lots of rest, vitamin C, and steering clear of sugar and coffee (starting tomorrow…..). I also need to start remembering again to take my raw prenatal vitamins along with my cod liver oil and supplements from my chiropractor.
I feel like I’m constantly back in this place again where I need to try and balance out my hormones. This time around I thought that maybe you’d all like to join me and we can do this with “community support”. I’m in the process of figuring out how this will work and getting it set up, but the “Balanced Naturally” 30-day challenge will start next week Thursday.
Why on Thanksgiving?
Well – I’m a believer that lunaception works, and since I’m starting from no set cycle, it’s easiest for me to align my cycle with that of the moon. And the new moon starts next Thursday. And there’s no time better than the present!
For me the 30-day challenge will include nutrition, exercise, supplements, alternative health care (chiropractic), and charting. More info will be coming soon as I get it all put together. I’m excited about it and hope you’ll join in so we can all have a bit of moral support and learn from each other! (we’ll also have a few sponsors for the challenge, so if your company is interested you can contact me at donielle AT naturalfertilityandwellness.com)
Make sure you’re subscribed to the blog in some fashion as I’ll send out all the details later this week.