I’m not really a people person. Why start a blog, you ask? I am fascinated by hormones and nutrition and how it affects our bodies, energy, and lives! I love digging into data and studies to come up with an answer. I find myself googling hormones and symptoms in my spare time! I can’t find all of the information I want on one page, so I’m hoping to create the kind of resource that I would love to see for myself.
I’ve wanted to start this blog for a while, but it took a lot of work on myself before I felt like I have the energy to do it. I work full time at a hospital as an IT analyst. (See, I love analyzing!) I have a 4-year-old boy who is “differently wired” and requires some extra attention and a 1.5-year-old daughter who is extremely demanding and very attached to her mama. For a long time, I found myself coming home from work, getting through bedtime, and just plopping on the couch to watch TV with my husband. (Sound familiar??) It’s been a long journey of optimizing my health, but I’m starting to find myself with more energy and more time to pursue other passions.
I feel like this month, the stars have been aligning to push me in this direction, so I’m going to go with it! About a month ago, my husband was coming home from a work trip. Usually, at the end of his trips, I’m stressed, tired, and ready to relax. This day I took my kids to a Starbucks for coffee, a play place, and lunch with my friend. If I’m honest, a 3.5 hour trip out of the house alone with both kids will normally drain me for pretty much the rest of the day! On this magical day, though, I somehow got both kids in bed before 7:30, which is unheard of in my house. My husband got home from his trip and was sleeping off his jet lag. And instead of plopping on the couch to watch two episodes of The Bachelor that I’ve been dying to watch, I CLEANED MY REFRIGERATOR. What?! It’s not like this is something I’ve meant to do, and is driving me crazy. It was on my to-do list without any real urgency, and I just did it! On a Saturday evening, after an exciting day. This cleaning frenzy is not typical for me.
I wanted to figure out how I can recreate this magic! Where was my energy coming from? Later that day, I listened to a podcast with Alisa Vitti, who wrote ‘In the FLO.’ She was talking about how our energy changes in various parts of our menstrual cycle, and we can use each phase to our advantage. As I thought about it, I realized I was in the Ovulatory Phase, and so it was the perfect time for me to be social with my kids. Maybe this was why the outing didn’t drain me? I immediately bought her book and started reading everything I could find about cycle syncing. You can arrange your diet, exercise, and tasks around which phase you are in to create better health and more energy. This is so cool! Why haven’t I heard of this before and why aren’t my friends talking about it? Well, this is what I’m hoping to start sharing with the world. I’m good at finding information in a ton of different sources and summarizing what I find to be the most useful. Hopefully, this is something that will help you too!
The first four posts will be a summary of each of the four menstrual cycle phases. Stay tuned!