Are you Addicted to the Pill?

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The Pill imposes a very specific type of hormonal control over the body and is a viable option for an oral contraceptive. It’s 99% effective at preventing pregnancy when used correctly. But the Pill is NOT a viable option for solving hormonal issues – even though nearly 58% of women are put on the Pill for non-contraceptive reasons. In fact …

How to Get Rid of the All-or-Nothing Mentality

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How do I get rid of my ‘all-or-nothing’ mentality? What we are basically asking is, “how do I live in the middle ground where I can take my circumstances as they come and adjust to what life throws at me?” We could sit here all day and talk about the logic of why an “all-or-nothing” mindset is dangerous for health, …

Birth Control’s Link to Autoimmune Disease

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Autoimmunity has become an epidemic. 1 in 9 women will develop an autoimmune disease such as Hashimotos, reumatoid arthritis, lupus, IBD, MS, Type 1 diabetes, psoriasis, and more. “Autoimmune diseases have not always been this common. The prevalence of autoimmune diseases like systemic lupus, multiple sclerosis, and type 1 diabetes is on the rise. In some cases, autoimmune diseases are …

How to Solve Period Issues without the Pill

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It’s no secret that hormonal birth control has become the one-stop-shop ‘solution’ for women’s hormonal imbalances. They’re highly prescribed by doctors to manage symptoms like acne, migraines, cramps, mood, irregular periods, and even cold sores. It’s not their fault, they’ve literally been trained to do so for the last 30 years in med school. But just because that’s the ‘norm,’ …

Your Nervous System Remembers

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It’s been awhile since we’ve talked about CrossFit! Since we’re in the middle of the Open and many are feeling a little ‘CNS-y’ after 19.2, what a perfect time to talk about this subject. You’ve likely heard of metabolic adaptation. The theory that your metabolic rate will adapt to the energy expended and consumed at any given time. For example, …

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

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Life naturally slows down in the fall and winter. Days are shorter, light becomes scarce, and temperature plummets. But how do you know if this seasonal slump isn’t something more serious like depression? it’s often thought that SAD is just a “lighter” version of major depression, but this is not true. SAD is simply labeled as such because it is …

Do You Know When you Ovulate?

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Knowing ovulation involves three basic principles: the knowledge of what to look for, the daily awareness of the body, and recording observations. Let’s first discover what ovulation even looks like, then we’ll see how to track YOUR ovulation. These skills will help you with whatever goal you may have: trying to conceive, avoiding pregnancy, or helping your doctor solve any …

You CAN Improve Your Egg Quality

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**This post mentions miscarriage and how to reduce your chances of it occurring. If you are sensitive to this topic, please pass on reading until you feel comfortable – thank you!** We had a miscarriage 4 months ago (to read my experience click here).And although I had many women offer their deepest sympathies and encourage me to understand that “it …