A little while ago I was working with Maggie Chilton, Registered Holistic Nutritionist on getting my health back, balancing my hormones and nourishing myself. You may or may not be wondering why would Erica need her health back? Well, I have found since having my twins my PMS has been brutal and digestion was sluggish. I have been tired and stressed and hangry for the past eight years, haha. I would often skip meals because I was too busy from running the house, going to media events, blogging and raising the kids as my husband works long hours and breaking up fights with the kids and well, neglecting myself big time. I was overwhelmed, felt depressed from time to time and around my cycle was when I was at my lowest. I never had terrible PMS until I had the girls. It was bizarre and frightening at the same time. As I am approaching 40 I am feeling like utter sh*t and I wanted a change and Maggie’s guidance has been amazing!
How does it work?
Well, Maggie is based in London, ON and I am in Toronto, ON. We Skyped for my consultation and Maggie mailed me my health questionnaire. I can’t tell you enough how awesome it is that I can have support and have a detailed consult where ever we may be in the world. It was a great questionnaire and in the end, she felt my Thyroid could need some help and my Adrenals. She also guided me in the foods to eat, I eliminated alcohol(gasp!) as I love wine while I cook, I also gave up milk, sugar, coffee and wheat.
How did I feel?
You know what was the hardest that I can’t believe had such a grip on me? COFFEE. Coffee can be hard on the adrenals and I’ve been on the stuff for what? 20 years? The wine was easy to say bye-bye to, but coffee. It took me a few days into the program to wean it off as it is such a habit. But we called this my “Live It Plan” and let’s just say I killed it! From dining out which we tend to do every week I was more careful of what I ate as I didn’t want to cause any more inflammation. I ordered mineral water instead of my usual wine or beer. I’d have soup with my meals to help with digestion and finish with tea.
At home, I’d start with a glass of filtered water with lemon, I drank a lot of soups, smoothies and teas and water. Meals were balanced at dinner for me. Mostly chicken, slow-cooked stews with vegetables and/or salad. Bone broth, golden milk became my new favourites.
Taking time for yourself for self-care is very important and is a part of my “Live it Plan”. My self-care was limited due to my SAHM situation. Whether it was a hot bath at the end of the day to sitting on my lovely balcony as I stared out to the ravine and Lake Ontario when I put the kids to sleep. Stress can wreck havoc on me(cortisol!) and to have my daily/weekly chats with my Holistic Nutritionist was the guidance I needed. I need someone to watch over and help me as I can get distracted and brush myself off. At the end of the 30 days, I had lost 10 pounds. I was doing some working out but my heart burn was no longer, digestion improved as my inflammation decreased, I wasn’t gassy or bloated and my hormones have balanced out and this was the first time I didn’t have depressing PMS thanks to her supplement recommendations and I was happier and I felt so much better! It didn’t feel restrictive in the least and her Pinterest Board has so many delicious recipes.
Now that’s it the New Year, I am working with Maggie again as over the holidays I fell off the wagon. Starting today is the first day of Fit & Healthy. You might remember I posted it on my Facebook page. I can’t wait to get the Nutrition E-Guide, the shopping guide and smoothie guide and team up with people from all over as we are a part of her special Facebook group. We’re going to start with meal planning today.
“When you plan out your meals you save time, money AND calories, especially if you cook one large meal and then make enough to enjoy it again.” ~Maggie Chilton, RHN
Please know that I have no affiliation if you choose to sign up. I just want to share what I am doing to get healthy and back in shape and if you’re tired of feeling low, it’s time to soar high into the skies and feel better. Life is too short! Don’t you agree?
It has been wonderful to know that I have someone in my corner helping me with my challenges. Follow me along on social media as I’ll be sharing what I am eating, drinking and doing.
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Have a wonderful day! Thank you for visiting my blog today. XO, Erica