Weight gain? Chronic Fatigue? Not feeling like yourself? I may have some insights into why in this blog.
If your pants suddenly don’t fit anymore, and you are frustrated and hate what you see in the mirror, I am going to shed some light on possible causes. Note that all of these are symptoms, and have different root causes!
1) Adrenal, Thyroid, Progesterone, Estrogen imbalance. (HPA Axis Dysregulation).
As I said, these are symptoms of a greater root cause, and the biggest one being STRESS. With each of these imbalances (that can be happening at the same time), handling nutritional changes, taking supportive supplements, movement and healthy lifestyle are part of restoring balance, but if chronic emotional stress is going on, due to relationship challenges or ongoing stressful conditions, seeing any improvement is greatly reduced until the stress is addressed within and without. Get the full testing done on your thyroid, and if your doctor only will run the TSH, find a doctor who will run the full panel. Inside of my membership program, I have a printable PDF you can take to the doctor.
2) Emotional Eating. So many women I have worked with, and still work with, struggle with emotional/stress eating patterns. Sometimes they aren’t aware that this is going on, and through 1:1 sessions or them going through my 30 Days to Food Freedom program, they see this has been a go-to way to relieve stress. And, let’s get real, you’re not reaching for veggie sticks during these times, it usually sugar, salt, and refined carbs that we crave when under stress. All of this added food intake = fat storage over time! Often this falls into the restrict (diet) binge (rebound) pattern, and needs to be looked at on a deeper level. Another thing I help my clients with is unwinding this pattern, including body image work, and finding love for the body they have now, while they are moving toward weight loss. Not, when we get to the magic number on the scale. Deal with your unmet emotional needs for why you are using food to cope, and this will no longer be an issue.
3) Low Iron (Ferritin). Get your ferritin (iron stores) checked. Not just the standard hemoglobin tests your doc will order. Ferritin should be at functional medicine optimal levels of at least 50 – 100. If you have heavy menstruation, along with fatigue that is worse before and during as well as after your period, this could be another cause of chronic exhaustion, exercise intolerance, as well as feeling cold often, with pale skin, and hair loss. Again, you must request your ferritin test, as most doctors don’t run this as a practice.
4) Emotional Stress. This is the most toxic kind of stress on the body, and is the one that will do the most damage to our health. Whether it is past emotional trauma being triggered, anxiety, guilt, shame, not feeling good enough, low self esteem, beating up the image you see in the mirror, negative self talk, chronic frustration, or daily strain and conflict in your relationship, dealing with emotional stress is a massive part of regaining your health, and as a side effect, lose weight if you desire that as an outcome. Ask yourself: What am I avoiding actually feeling in my life? Where am I neglecting my pain, emotional needs, and fears? How much is anxiety present in my daily life? And what am I doing with these emotions?
Inside out health has to be the goal first. Feeling our best has to be the intention behind all that we do. Self love has to be the energy we come from. Weight is an outward sign of an inward condition.
There are emotional root causes to all imbalances in the body.
So it’s essential to look beyond the physical, and into where the issues have originated.
And, the thing that is important to note here, is that everyone’s triggers are going to be different.
That’s why a cookie cutter approach or meal plan, or IV therapies, or supplements that worked for someone else, may not be what works for you.