A while ago, the amazing Nat Kringoudis contacted me to see if I’d like to run a few webinars. She said I could ask her anything I wanted.
For me, there’s a few missing pieces to the puzzle when it comes to understanding health and I jumped at the chance to chat to her because I knew she’d be the perfect person to deliver health info to us!
But over my time interviewing stacks of people (close to 100!) on ‘health and wellness’ and food, exercise etc, I’m starting to get a little picky about who I want to chat to.
The thing is, there’s lots of information out there. And there’s lots of people who proclaim to have answers.
Here’s my criteria for who I want to talk to:
- They must be awesome
- They must understand the ‘real world’ (some health peeps are so into their gig they can’t help the likes of you and me anymore because they’ve forgotten what it feels like to be you and me!)
- They must be cool with the SMALL STEPS approach and not advocate huge, massive, unrealistic and ‘destined to fail’ overhauls. I’m interested in changing behaviour for the long term. (If you do require extreme lifestyle changes then please work with a practitioner 1:1 to get the support you need)
- They must be passionate about what they know and open to what they don’t.
- They must enjoy a good laugh!
- They must be people my awesome community of Small Steppers can learn something from that they can incorporate into their life.
- They must speak English – literally – the English language! – and they must speak ‘English’ – as in – I need to understand what they are saying and they cannot talk over my head!
Nat ticks all those boxes. So I thought about the kinds of things I’d like to know from an expert on women’s health and hormones…
I came up with – understanding hormones, weight, thyroid and cravings (like – why do I eat what I eat?!)
What I’ve learned so far has been life-changing.
Here’s the biggest learnings that have come out of it for me:
Oestrogen Dominance is RIFE!
Learning that 95% of the clients she see’s in her clinic are dealing with oestrogen dominance was a massive shock. That is a HUGE NUMBER! And when she talked about the symptoms of oestrogen dominance I was sitting up to pay attention.
It can be the cause of weight gain, periods that are less than fun, emotional issues, infertility – you name it! This thing is a big issue so get your head around it here.
Of course, always looking for a small steps approach to dealing with things, I was surprised to hear her talk about removing plastics as an easy option to start reducing your oestrogen levels. Drinking water out of plastic bottles for example. Phyto-oestrogens are everywhere – these are oestrogen mimicking chemicals and will send your oestrogen sky-rocketing. Think – beauty products (even shampoo and conditioner!) and soy products are another one. And plastic, of course.
Yikes! But YAY for an easy win – choose more natural products.
It was a fascinating discussion – you can see it in our ‘balancing hormones’ interview here.
We need to stop treating SYMPTOMS and start treating the cause.
When most people think about being overweight they try to treat ‘being overweight’. When being overweight is just a sign from your body that things are not in balance. Same with skin issues, aches and pains – anything really!
Nat has highlighted the importance of getting to the root cause of the symptom. Why is your body behaving like that? Why does it always store the extra fat around your belly? Or perhaps your legs and bum? There are REASONS for all this.
We don’t have to accept dis-ease and discomfort in our bodies – usually they are just symptoms of something bigger going on. We need to be the detective in our lives.
And when it comes to the treatment she repeats the same kind of things… Every single time she mentions that …
Gut Health is key!
It’s not that I didn’t know this. It’s just that it comes up EVERY SINGLE TIME when she is talking about how to improve health in a certain area. I mean, it’s actually quite ridiculous.
Ensuring that your gut is not ‘leaky’, that you aren’t eating foods that aggravate it, that it has a good balance of bacteria, that things are basically working as they should.
This from Nat’s website: Poor gut health will affect every part of our bodies normal function. This gut bacteria is vital for wellness. After all, our gut forms the basis of our health. It helps us draw nutrients from food to fuel our bodies, it shapes our immunity and it ensures that we are well oiled. Poor gut health will result in a huge range of issues including fertility troubles.
There are lots of ways to improve gut health and I know in our family we have noticed big improvements by including fermented foods. Which inspired Nick and I to create the Small Steps to Fermenting course!
Stress is the missing link – in everything.
Our stress hormones have a lot to answer for. They are bossy!
When we are stressed (and by stressed I mean – any type of stress that puts your body on a high state of alert) we go into ‘fight or flight’ mode. The cortisol goes up, our adrenals fire and so many of our normal bodily functions take a back seat.
Your sex hormones are not needed when you are trying to flee from a grizzly bear – so back seat it baby!
The thing is, our body doesn’t know the difference between feeling stressed about getting to work on time, or stressing about whether the family dinner is healthy enough, or your anxiety over your marriage or running away from a burning building!
All the same to your body.
So think about how much stress (even low-level stress) is in your day. In the interview on balancing hormones we talked a lot about how to reduce stress and apparently the only proven way is through your breath. So that whole ‘take a deep breath’ thing – it’s got scientific backing!
I am just loving this series. If you’d like access then you can grab it here. It’s only $27 for over 6 hours of info pack content!
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