FIRST THOUGHT: Striking a Balance
I walked into my local doughnut shop and the owner recognized me. You know what that means: I’m a regular. I eat enough doughnuts to be memorable. And I am totally fine with that. When it comes to the various aspects of our lives, whether it’s health or relationships or something else altogether, it’s all a balancing act. Every day, we all divvy up what we have to offer. That means sometimes one of life’s buckets might be a little less full of perfection than the others. And that’s OK. We’re only human. And sometimes it just feels so good to eat that dang doughnut.
WOMEN IN NUMBERS: 450 Times
One thing that can seriously throw a woman off balance is dealing with that monthly visit from Aunt Flo. When you’re having your period, you can experience everything from mad food cravings to anxiety, bloating and outright anger. Though our prehistoric ancestors menstruated, on average, only 50 times in their lives, the average woman in a modern industrialized society menstruates about 450 times in her lifetime. But let’s also share a more encouraging statistic: Menstruation may be responsible for humanity’s sense of time since most early lunar calendars were based on the length of a woman’s menstrual cycle. I choose to think of it as just another way in which women rule the world!
WOMAN TO WATCH: Alisa Vitti, Founder of Flo Living
Today’s Woman to Watch, Alisa Vitti, started a virtual health center for women focused on menstrual health, fertility support, and energy and libido issues, and is truly changing women’s lives—period!
Called Flo Living, Alisa’s company is on a mission to end the cult of period misinformation and mythology that make women suffer needlessly. Through the Flo Living website and app, women can get help tracking their symptoms, learn about their hormones and even book a consultation. Creating an open dialogue between other women and experts can diminish some of the misery and fear associated with symptoms and conditions like cysts and endometriosis.
And that’s something Alisa can attest to firsthand. Years ago, after seeing countless doctors and dealing with pain, exhaustion, depression and brain fog, she was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome, a hormone disorder that affects as much as 10 percent of the female population in the U.S. Oftentimes, women and their physicians don’t recognize the condition, which can lead to worsening symptoms. As if that weren’t bad enough, PCOS is also the leading cause of infertility in women.
Alisa was told she’d never be able to have children naturally and to expect a future that may include such maladies as obesity, diabetes, heart disease and even cancer. But Alisa was determined to find a natural solution. After much trial and error—and an effort with birth-control pills that led to a mild cardiac episode—Alisa began her own research into what causes hormonal dysfunction and how to treat it naturally without synthetic hormones. She discovered the answer was remarkably simple: food. She developed a specific food protocol and was able to restore her hormonal health. She was even able to get pregnant at the so-called “advanced maternal age” of 37. Pretty amazing, right?
Now, as an integrative nutritionist, Alisa offers a five-step process to pinpoint the root of dysfunction and help women heal their reproductive and hormonal health concerns naturally and effectively.
In her fantastic book, WomanCode, Alisa teaches women how to control their hormones rather than letting them control you. The first step is making self-care non-negotiable. Make taking care of yourself a priority, and your body—and especially your hormones—will thank you.
QUITE THE QUOTE
Alisa Vitti says the best piece of advice she’s ever taken is this:
“Just start. There’s boldness in beginning. Make progress over perfection. Everything is figure-out-able.”
This is Melinda Garvey signing off until next time. Remember, ladies, empowered women empower other women. Share On the Dot so more women can have a voice. Thanks for getting ready with us.