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Tell us a bit about yourself and your background, and how it relates to health?

I received my undergraduate degree in biological sciences, concentrating in microbiology. After college I moved to California and dove into the world of health and wellness. I ended up going back to school and have almost completed my Masters in clinical nutrition. I am also a Women’s Certified Holistic Hormone Health Practitioner and dedicated to offering nutrition and lifestyle tips to help women feel their best!

What inspired you to pay more attention to your hormone health and make it a part of your routine?

I was inspired to take care of my health when I started gaining weight after college. I couldn’t explain why I felt so fatigued, achy, and uncomfortable in my body. I knew I needed to make some serious changes. I read a book about hormones and knew it had to be related, so I started working with Moment Health and was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s.

What specific hormones or hormone-related issues do you focus on in your health routine, and why?

I strive for overall health to support low thryoid and progesterone and dysregulated cortisol. At the peak of my health problems I was highly stress, impacting all the hormones mentioned. Today, I live by these 3 foundations:

  • Quality sleep
  • Balanced diet for my needs
  • Stress management

Could you share your daily or weekly health and hormone-balancing routine with us? What does it typically involve?

I start every morning by tracking my BBT (Basal body temperature) and taking my active thyroid. Before I get out of bed I do a daily body scan, and then eat a protein rich breakfast. (Usually eggs, potatoes, avocado toast).

I also love starting the day with movement. I strength train 2-3x a week and do lagree pilates 2x a week, and walking and hiking on my rest days. I prefer morning workouts because they energize me and help me focus throughout the day.

After work and dinner I went for a walk. I try to avoid screen time after 8pm and wear my blue-light blocking glasses once the sun goes down. Typically, I’m in bed by 9:00 and asleep by 9:30. Do not underestimate the power of good sleep!

How do you stay informed about the latest developments and research related to hormone health?

I stay up-to-date by following the leading doctors in the field, through Moment Health, and sifting through the latest research. I’ve also learned a lot through my Master’s program.

Are there particular foods or dietary choices that you find helpful in maintaining hormone balance?

Protein! It has really changed my physique. Eating more protein has helped me drop body fat and tone up. My favorite protein sources include eggs, beef, and fish.

What role does physical activity and exercise play in your hormone health routine?

Daily movement is non-negotiable, even if it’s just a simple walk or stretch.

Throughout high school and college I was an endurance athlete and pushed my body past its limits, causing me to lose my period.

To support my hormones now, I have opted for strength training, pilates, and brisk walks. Everyone is very unique, so it’s important to do what makes you feel good!

Can you describe any stress-reduction techniques or practices you use to manage cortisol levels and stress-related hormones?

  • Daily body scans
  • Social media breaks
  • Incorporating intermittent fun throughout the week (meeting up with friends for dinner, hikes, etc)
  • Prioritizing sleep and eating a balanced diet (fat, protein, complex carbs for every meal)

Do you have any favorite supplements or natural remedies that you incorporate into your hormone health routine?

My daily go-to’s include: active thyroid, vitamin D3/K2, and magnesium glycinate.

How do you address sleep and its impact on hormones in your daily life?

I set myself up for success. I use blue-light blocking glasses, mouth tape, and ear plugs so I can ensure my sleep is not being disrupted by blue light, mouth breathing, and external noises that may disrupt me while i’m sleeping.

My thyroid problems actually started when I was getting chronically bad sleep (5-6 hours a night). I had body aches, mood swings, and sugar cravings. Now sleep is my top priority to keep my hormones happy.

Have you encountered any specific challenges or setbacks in maintaining hormone balance, and how have you overcome them?

The only time I encounter problems now is when I am neglecting sleep or stress management. I can tell because I start to experience anxiety, pms, and shorter cycles.

Are there any specific lifestyle changes you've made to improve your hormone health that you'd like to share with our readers?

Sleep, diet, stress management!! These are your foundations for success.

It also helped to be honest with myself. Was I actually eating better? Sleeping more? Managing my stress? Holding yourself accountable is so important. Using health tracking journal helped keep me accountable. HEre I logged sleep, general food patterns, and mental health.

What advice would you give to someone who is just starting to explore hormone health and wants to establish a balanced routine?

Small changes over time. I recommend reading the book Atomic Habits by James Clear. It teaches you how to change and make habits so that they become a part of your daily routine.

What are your future goals and aspirations regarding your hormone health journey?

My goal is to maintain how I feel now. Since healing my hormones, life has been so much easier. I have no trouble falling asleep, I have energy, and I’m very satisfied with my weight. I want to inspire and teach other women how they can do the same!