Taking the Plunge; living in truth
I apologize in advance to the men that read this. But who knows, one light bulb may go off, so it's worth the blog journal. I have been on birth control off and on since the early 1990's. I mainly have stayed on it to subside my PMS side effects. I suffered from menstrual migraines, and very bad cramping. My OB/GYN's solution was ALWAYS for me to take birth control. So that's what I did. I am 42 years old, and for the past 5 years I have struggled with my inner self, my "gut Instinct", telling me to stop taking it. I kept ignoring my gut out of shear laziness. I didn't want a period, and I surely didn't want the migraines or pain. For those of you that don't know, the birth control pill is quite risky for women over 40. Your chances for ovarian cancer and heart disease drastically increase.
This past week I went to the pharmacy to pick up my birth control prescription. There was an issue with my discount coupon, and the pill was going to cost me $96. I sat at the pharmacy for 20 minutes while they called insurance to try and reduce this cost. It didn't work. That was my cue. That was the last sign I needed. I simply stood up, walked out and decided right there in the pharmacy it was time to stop taking this hormonal risk.
I share this with you because I want to be a transparent health coach. Being healthy and putting your health first is work; even for a health coach. I don't want to paint a picture that being healthy, and striving for holistic balance is always a breeze. It's not. It takes work, dedication and LOVE FOR YOURSELF! But the outcome is so rewarding, and I want to be a walking example of how good you can feel just by eating wholesome foods and loving yourself enough to crowd out those foods and chemicals that do not nourish your body, mind and spirit.
Wish me luck! I am going to really be listening to my body, adjusting my diet and supplements to minimize the symptoms that have haunted me in the past. I encourage you to take a step back and try something new this month that increases your health and balance. Thanks for reading and I hope I can be a light in your own journey!
Every Day Grateful,