Confused About Hormone Testing!

If you are struggling with hormone imbalances, fertility issues or just would like a baseline understanding of how your hormones are doing or are confused about hormone testing, you are in the right place!

There are three types of testing:  Blood Serum, Saliva and Dried Urine.

Each serve a purpose and depending on what you are looking for, will determine what test to use.

So, what tests should you ask for and which test should you choose?  I hope to clarify some of that for you here.  Hormone testing is best when done 5-7 days after ovulation. Continue reading “Confused About Hormone Testing!”

Self-Care for Tough Cycles

As women we sometimes have tough cycles.  Some are tougher than others while we are trying to conceive.

If you are experiencing a rough cycle or just would like to soothe your heart and relieve stress, these two acupressure points are for you!

When you are trying to get pregnant, each month can feel like an emotional roller coaster.  Every  cycle you open your heart to the possibility of pregnancy and eagerly long to love your future baby.  Your heart feels crushed when it doesn’t happen.

Yet you pick yourself up, dust yourself off, gather up strength and hope, and open your heart to the possibility of yet another cycle.  It can be exhausting!  It takes an emotional toll.  The last thing you need is more stress – it’s not good for your heart.  It also isn’t good for your fertility.

How can you soothe your broken heart each month?

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Essential Oils Are for Balancing Hormones


Balancing Hormones with Essential Oils

Let’s look at which essential oils are and how essential oils are used for balancing hormones.  By learning how to use and knowing which essential are oils for balancing hormones, you can take charge of your hormonal health by using healthy alternatives to hormonal birth control or other pharmaceuticals that may end up being even more harmful to your hormonal health and well-being.

What are essential oils?

  • Derivatives of plants
  • Concentrated form of phytonutrients
  • Distillation allows to derivation of pure components
  • Been used for thousands of years
  • Very safe if used correctly
  • Can be used on a regular basis

Why are they so effective for women with hormone issues?

  • They can be used every day
  • They have a significant effect on the brain and the limbic system

    How Essential Oils Help Optimize Fertility
  • They balance the brain pathways in the body
  • You can use specific essential oils for specific symptoms
  • If used correctly, they are safe to use frequently to help to reset abnormal patterns, especially beneficial when trying to balance hormones and insulin levels
  • You can substitute essential oils for endocrine disruptors and toxic chemicals found in some cosmetics and cleaning agents

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Increasing Fertility Through Use of Essential Oils

Struggling to conceive can be very stressful.  An inability to  conceive can wreak havoc on your mental well-being.  Sooo, take a moment to picture this scenario – It’s been a very long week at work, even more so with yet another  negative pregnancy test.  You turn the lights on low in the bathroom, put on your favorite relaxation music mix, start up a hot bath.  In it you put a few drops of lavender essential oil, while simultaneously setting up the diffuse with an oil blend recommended for hormone balance or  fertility issues.  You crawl into the tub and close your eyes while allowing the stress of the day to be released as you relax in the warm tub.  This is one way you increasing fertility through use of essential oils can be achieved!

Sounds awesome, right?

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Looking to Use More Gluten Free Foods?

Gluten Free Foods List

If you are trying a Gluten Free diet, here are some foods that can be consumed.  Use this gluten free foods list as much as possible.  Wherever possible, go organic and local with your whole-food choices; flash frozen is good too!

Healthy fat:

  • Extra virgin olive oil, sesame oil, coconut oil, grass fed tallow and organic or pasture-fed butter, ghee, almond mild, avocados, coconuts, olives, nuts and nut butters, cheese (except blue cheese) and seeds (flaxseed, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, chia seeds).


  • Whole eggs; wild fish (salmon, black cod, mahi mahi, grouper, herring, trout, sardines); shellfish and molluscs (schrimp, crab, lobster, mussels, clams, oysters); grass-fed meat, fowl, poultry, and pork (beef, lamb, liver, bison, chicken, turkey, duck, ostrich, veal); wild game.

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It’s Monday…again.

Welcome to a new section of our blog.  Here I will be documenting my weight loss journey, so every woman [or man] that has struggled with weight loss knows they are not alone and never will be.  As you can see by the title it is Monday yet again. I am 29 and am a Doctor of Chiropractic.  As a Chiropractor, we encourage a person to live to their optimal ability.  Please, let me digress for a moment but hopefully you will understand why shortly. 

 I have struggled with being overweight most of my life, if I had to say probably since I was 8 years old. Over the years, I have deduced it’s from my love of food and my dislike of exercising, so that equates to a very bad combination and downward spiral.  When I was very young, potty training age, my grandmother used to babysit me.  Although I do not remember this, I was later told that my grandmother bribed me with candy if I would use the toilet.  I mean really, what kid doesn’t love candy (hopefully my future child!).  As I got older my mother would pack me healthy snacks and lunches to go to my grandmothers with, but I was never fed the healthy stuff my mom would send with me.  Breakfast ended up being: corn flakes with tablespoons of sugar added on, lunch would be a cucumber and mayonnaise sandwich (heavy on the mayo) or a hot dog fried in bacon grease with chips and soda and many snacks like chips, cookies or ice cream bars.

Yes, after reading all of what I just wrote you are probably thinking, “hey fatty, it’s not your grandmother’s fault you are overweight!” and yes of course I’d agree with you, it’s no one’s fault but my own.  As I grew older I knew better than to eat such junk, but it continued.  My mother would never have anything such as junk food in the house when I was younger, I didn’t even know what Kool-Aid was until I was 15.  So, what did I do? I used my chore money to sneak little Debbie cakes or chips or both at lunchtime in school.  Whatever I could get my fat grubby fingers on really. 

 I started developing health problems such as PCOS, IBS and was told that I was ‘borderline’ diabetic.  My endocrinologist put me on metformin for the blood sugar issue and my GP put me on birth control to regulate my menstrual cycle.  I must give credit to my mom that through it all, she stuck by my side and encouraged and helped me in any way that she could. Honestly though, what teenager wants to have a breakfast composed of cottage cheese and fruit to make a not so smooth smoothie!? EVERY DAY! So, the journey continues. 

 A well-known pediatric gastroenterologist saw me due to my IBS issues when I was a junior in high school.  Before an exam was done or anything was discussed, he introduced himself and asked me when I wanted to schedule my surgery.  I looked at him as I could only image in the most confused and dazed look because he said to me, “your gastric bypass surgery.”  I immediately looked at my mother and said we are done here and got up and left.  He did not realize I didn’t go there to have surgery, but to find answers to my issues.  Although I do not prefer to exercise and eat healthy, I knew I could do anything I put my mind to. 

 Fast forward 5 years.  I was engaged to someone who portrayed he loved me and cared for me, but never encouraged me to get healthy.  He never had any healthy lifestyle encouragement as a child so how on earth did I expect him to be able to help and encourage me? Well, as most of you know love is blind and along with that I thought I could eat anything he could.  Pancakes for breakfast, Doritos and spray cheese in a can with pizza for lunch and and and…He never gained weight and he was a bean pole, so, why should I? That is when I got up to my heaviest.  One day I stepped on the scale and it read the absolute highest number on the scale that I had ever seen, way beyond what I ever even thought I weighed.  It had been a few years since I weighed myself and even though I knew I was “obese,” I never thought it had reached that level! 

 That day I knew I had to do something so I sought out a new diet fad program in my hometown that many people I knew were raving about.  I couldn’t believe the results that I was seeing! I would lose anywhere from 2-8 pounds per week!  Although I lost 70 pounds within a few months, that diet plan got old and expensive fast.  I don’t want to forget to mention also that the fad diet was composed of fake and unhealthy “food”, so even though I was losing weight how could it be healthy??? So, I dropped it and began to gain weight again, until one day I was pushing that number of extreme sadness, disappointment, anger…every emotion I could have felt.

 A few short months after I gained the weight back, my relationship ended in a whirlwind.  The life I had led for the last few years was over and I didn’t know how I would continue.  Being a strong willed and determined woman my family raised me to be, I picked myself up by the boot straps and forged on with love and support from my friends and family.  The first major life change I did after that relationship ended was apply to Chiropractic school, which I had put on hold to plan for a wedding.  Through the long days and nights of studying and exam after exam, I continued to maintain my weight.  Upon graduating from Chiropractic school there were many scary life changes that took place, almost losing my dad and moving back home to help take care of him for example, so again since I am a stress eater over the last 3 years I have eaten my way back up to almost my heaviest weight. 

 Now, for the last 11 months, I have been in a relationship with the most incredible man.  He has 3 children from his previous marriage and when we first started dating in July, the kids were 10, 9 and 7 years old.  You better believe that they are all active in school and extracurriculars so after working 9 hour days and having a commute time totaling an hour and a half and then going to wrestling matches, dance recitals, school functions, softball games and scout meetings, the last thing I want to do is cook dinner.  This is where it needs to begin though.  It begins with me, and even though it sometimes seems impossible and I’m exhausted, the lives and health of me and my fiancé and his children depends on me.  Jason and I grew up in households with families who express their love to people through cooking for them.  On our first valentine’s day, we agree to not get each other anything but we would spend time together.  He wanted me to make him chocolate amaretto cheesecake and I requested him to make chicken parmesan and crab legs (mmmmm!).  After the 11 months, I have gained about 20 pounds, now I really have love handles!

 It was last night that I decided it is time to do something about our weight, Jason is overweight too.  To live long happy lives together and for our children and future grandchildren, health starts now, today. It cannot wait any longer, so I have created this blog to document my journey, from when I was an 8-year-old chubby kid until who knows when.  Each day I come into my Chiropractic office I preach health to my patients, well if I’m going to preach health to them because I care about them, shouldn’t I follow my own advice? In all reality who really wants to take health advice from an overweight person who can’t even take control of her own health?  When I was thinking of appropriate titles, I thought back to every time I told myself and everyone around me, “I have the weekend to eat whatever and do whatever I want, I’ll start Monday.” Well every Monday for the last 29 years has come and gone with no results. So today, for me and my family, I vow to get up earlier to exercise and have me time to prepare a healthy meal plan for my family no matter how much of a struggle it is because they are worth it and I have realized that I’m worth it too. 

Yours in Health,