HORMONES. FREAKING HORMONES.
Working with women, Hormones are always hot topic for me.
It was an extra hot topic for me, After having a baby because a lot of people were shocked at how fast I “snapped back” so I wanted to share some helpful tips on what can be going on with your hormones and causing your weight loss journey to stall.
Most people are aware that hormones are all over the place after giving birth but most women don’t know that they usually go hypothyroid after a baby. It can last 6-12 months. Sometimes, your thyroid will go back to normal, sometimes it doesn’t.
Even if you haven’t had a baby, these are two extremely common things that women struggle with. Just everyday life can throw us out of wack causing irregular periods, PCOS, endometriosis, Hypothyroid, hyperthyroid and even as serve as Hashi.
With that being said…I always recommend going to a wellness clinic or your doctor for a blood test to see where your levels are at. That will save you time, headaches and money while balancing your beautiful body back out.
Going through my postpartum journey was a challenge because of lack of sleep.
McKenzie would wake up every 30 minutes and it was miserable (but worth it) I was struggling to get in a decent workout because how drained I was. Somedays, I would only train 10-15 minutes, other days were better and I could get a full 45-60 minutes in.
Instead of stressing my workouts, I focused on foods and supplements to balance out. Knowing my thyroid would be hypo after giving birth (up to 6-12 months) I knew what foods to avoid and which ones I needed more of. That played a huge part in my weight loss journey. I had dropped more weight than I have ever done before in my life.
During pregnancy, I gained 42lbs and within 8 weeks after giving birth, I dropped 54lbs.
Oh and years later… I still have maintained it. All my IG trolls said, I would gain it back after McKenzie hit 1…
Here are some things I did to help balance out my hormones!
What to avoid…
- Replace processed carbs with healthy fats the first 2 weeks of your hormonal cycle. The last 2 weeks of your hormonal cycle should be more carb focused to really mind progesterone. I know, I always preach balance but when your hormones need balanced, we have to do an adjustment for a bit then go back to balanced diet when hormones are balanced out.
- Limit Caffeine and alcohol. Especially during the last 2 weeks of your hormonal cycle because the extra stress to the body can tank progesterone. I would try switching out coffee for tea. I went from vanilla lattes to iced matcha lattes. They are yummy, help keep you fuller longer thanks to the release of CCK which helps keep your hunger hormone under control.
- Don’t over do it with training. During the first 2 weeks of your hormonal cycle, you can get away with more HIIT training then you want to focus more on steady/LISS style of training to keep cortisol down and avoid tanking progesterone.
What to increase…
- Healthy fats (especially the oils, you cook with. Olive, avocado or coconut oil are great)
- Make sure you are getting enough sleep (sometimes hard with a newborn)
- Yoni care. I am late to the game on this one which I am so bummed out about because I feel it would have sped up my recovery but oh well! haha I am sharing it with you to make sure you aren’t late to the game! I love using V-Steam. After having McKenzie I didn’t get a period for almost a year. Little did I know, scar tissue could be built up and be the reason, I wasn’t getting it so this is truly healing from the inside. I used the pearls to help remove built up scar tissue. You can order your Yoni care here. Use discount code “TANA”
Supplements to Help:
- Vitamin B,C, D and E
- Apple cider vinegar
If I would have done all of this, I wouldn’t have struggled with getting my cycle back nearly as much. I know some of us hate that time of the month but it is a healthy thing to have a period. If you need help balancing out your hormones or struggling with weight loss and not sure where to turn, book your free consultation with me now, so I can help you figure out what’s going on.