First and foremost, I'm a regular Mama.
After my first child, and before learning how hormonal disruptions affected a woman's body, I tried and failed at many things for 4 years to get back to 'normal'. But my hair was still falling out and what was left, did not look good. My skin didn't really look like 'me'. I was fluctuating sizes daily. I was sweating buckets each night, yet my bloodwork showed I was completely normal and healthy.
Make no mistake- I ate perfect and worked out daily, but clearly, there was something off.
So off I went on the most frustrating journey of my life...
I did the Waterfall Diet, saw a Chinese Herbalist, took Dandelion, sat in hot saunas, went low sodium, lowered my carbs, upped my carbs, wore a sweat belt while exercising, was hypnotized, did hot yoga, ate asparagus and parsley and drank celery juice and detox teas. I went from Paleo back to Vegan, then to Paleo again with cheese. I followed the 4 Hour Body, Atkins and South Beach. I kick boxed, lifted weights, walked and ran. I utilized my resources and consulted with Celebrity Trainers and Nutritionists. I even sought the Medical advice of a Hormone Specialist, Internist and Endocrinologist in an attempt to check for other underlying, more serious causes of water retention. I had blood work done, got tested for food allergies and even applied Bio-Identical Progesterone Cream.