Comment on High Cortisol Levels: My Story (hormone update!) by Kelsey.
I second this. Join Nicole’s Facebook group. I had to stop working out COMPLETELY. Nothing but leisurely walks and light yoga. It’s so hard but if you truly want your period back, this is what it takes. Your body just needs to know it can trust you again. Also, full fat dairy is key to reproductive health. Whole milk and yogurt, cottage cheese, whatever you like eat it every day. If you don’t like the taste, mix it into a smoothie. It took me about 6 months of little to no working out and gaining 5-8 lbs to get my period back. I was pregnant on my third cycle. Another great book that helped me mentally was The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein. Good luck ❤️
Recent Comments by Kelsey
Let’s Talk About Hormones, Adaptogens + My Story
Hi Rachel- have you done any research on hypothalamic amenorrhea? After a year with no period and thinking I could never get pregnant, I self diagnosed and self corrected by just gaining somewhere between 5-8 lbs and stopping exercise until I got my period back. I was a perfectly healthy BMI prior to this, mind you and no doctor ever told me to gain weight. They just wanted to put me on medication. Look into the book “No Period Now What?” GAME. CHANGER. Sometimes our bodies shut down when they think we’re over stressed…. even if we don’t “feel” stressed… our bodies may consider our caloric intake too low and our exercise too intense and stop producing the hormones that we need to keep our system going. It’s a fight or flight thing. If our bodies aren’t fully prepared to carry a baby, what’s the point in ovulating, right? Just right off the bat, some things I changed with my diet that ultimately led to my recovery were: full fat dairy, extra carbs (sweet potato, quinoa, whole grain bread), and lots and lots of healthy fats (avocados daily, nut butter like it was going out of style, coconut oil, all the good stuff.). You’re probably thinking, ‘I already eat all that?’ well then it could be that you need to stop exercising… at least until your cycle returns. I did strictly yoga and walking until I got my cycle back (about 3 months for me but everyone is different) and then started slowly incorporating some light impact workouts back into my routine. I’m now 7 months pregnant and am working out regularly every day as I was pre-HA diagnosis. It’s not the end of the world. You are not alone. You will recover… but you HAVE to listen to your body. Good luck!! And feel free to ask me any questions you might have! I’m happy to share more about my experience!