*thinking chill, relaxing thoughts*
Hiyah gang! How was your week? I hope it was a good one! Admittedly, mine has been hectic, stressful and I feel like I might be dying of stress-induced heart failure. 😀 How does that ol’ saying go? “Put on some gangsta rap and handle it?” That’s what I’ve been trying to do. I have so much on my plate right now that I’m having a hard time relaxing and unwinding. I’ll share more details as they come, but one of my major stressors is my living situation. The urge to nest and create a home with my love is out of control. And, although Nick and I are in the process of taking that next step together, we were waiting to make some concrete career decisions first.
Over the winter, I was interviewing for a few positions in both Oahu and Kauai. Doing a lot of soul-searching in terms of what I want: not only for my career, but my life with Nick. The more we researched living in Hawaii, we quickly realized it would be awesome to live in the tropics (No winter! Acai bowls and surfing all day, everyday), buuuuuut we’d still be in the same middle-class financial situation that we face here in the Rockies. Living in paradise comes with trade-offs and it can definitely work… but if you’re average folks like us (who want to buy our own home and start a family), it’s difficult to get ahead financially. I’m not 25 and my ovaries are going to expire sooner rather than later. The career options and opportunities are limited. Especially for Nick, who wants to get back into sport and fitness.
We love Canmore, but it’s become ridiculously expensive to live like “normal people”. Like why is bread $10 and vacant homes 10 million dollars. Arnold Schwarzenegger is my seasonal neighbor. Unless we win the lottery, we’ll never have a home to call our own. So it looks like we’ll be moving to Calgary sooner rather than later. Or maybe Cochrane. <– that little town is so cute! While Nick is working this weekend, I’ll be viewing a handful of condos and hopefully signing a lease.
There’s more to the story and I promise to keep fill you in and share it in it’s entirety soon. I want to talk to you guys about being afraid of making ‘the wrong decision’, trying to figure out ‘the best option’ and how that all ties into this. Life feels like a giant cluster fuck of clarity, messiness, excitement, terror… but at the same time, as though everything is falling into place.
That being said, I’m not sad about leaving “Never never land” as I’ve come to call it. We’ve grown to really love Calgary and it’s close proximity to the Rockies. We’re both ready for a fresh start and I know our free time will still be spent exploring the mountain parks.
All that aside, a few things that have brought some extra joy into my life lately…
Five years ago I discontinued hormonal birth control and I’ve experienced EVERYTHING from amenorrhea, constant spotting, 6 week cycles, stretches of normal periods, missed periods, painful periods and extreme PMS (mood swings, terrible cramping, exhaustion, etc) After years of feeling confused about my body and how the female endocrine system works – particularly how it’s SUPPOSED to work, then feeling frustrated that mine seemed so… broken. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve left my family Dr’s office enraged because the solution they always offer is birth control pills and anti-depressants to mask the symptoms. “How is that a solution?” I’d ask. “Well it’s not” they’d say.
I feel like Western medicine is excellent for diagnostic imaging, fixing gunshot wounds and broken bones, but when it comes to anything complex – particularly endocrinology they’re all, “We have no idea! But here’s some drugs.”
Based on tidbits of information I’ve picked up here and there from endocrinologists, naturopaths and my Traditional Chinese Medicine Dr, I feel like Woman Code brings EVERYTHING together in an easy-to-digest way. The book is like one major ah-ha!
It explains genetics, epigenetics (how lifestyle can turn our genes off and on), honouring the four phases of our cycle, syncing our cycles for better health, nutrition, estrogen management and physical activity. “Cycle syncing means selecting behaviors that nurture you and engaging in activities that you can excel at based on what’s going on biochemically and physiologically at the same time. This includes choosing foods that provide nourishment you need at each point in your cycle. Choosing exercise that honors and maximizes your physical capabilities…” Ever notice how the first couple weeks of your cycle you feel energized and craving harder workouts vs. the last couple weeks where you gravitate towards gentler movement – like walking, yoga, stretching, cycling, etc.? Yeah!
As for the food recommendations, don’t worry – it’s pretty straightforward and doesn’t have you guzzling Bulletproof coffee and turmeric lattes or collecting moss, algae and medicinal mushrooms from the woods to brew some sort of weird elixir. Think lots of fresh vegetables and fruit, healthy fats – like avocado, egg yolks, butter, fish, meat and whole grains – rice, oats, quinoa, etc. Food combining tips to keep blood sugar levels stabilized. Avoiding refined sugar, alcohol, dairy and excessive caffeine – particularly when you’re getting close to the P’s arrival.
The biggest takeaway I got from the book is this: us ladies seem terribly confused about how our bodies work and although common, hormonal disruption ISN’T normal, nor do we have to accept ‘that’s just the way it is’. With some sustainable lifestyle adjustments and understanding, we can learn to work with our bodies instead of against them. Highly recommend this book! Even if you don’t have PCOS, fertility issues or irregular cycles, you’ll get something out of it. I LOVED the week to week food and exercise recommendations most. These days I’m feeling “almost normal”. I’ve been on a supplement protocol and have made a few dietary tweaks. I’m not perfect with my eating and have treats here and there, but I’m more mindful of my daily choices.
Rumble Boxing (with friends!)
Kris, her mom, Nick and I enjoyed another awesome boxing class together last weekend. It was a lot harder than the first class we tried – it was more cardio-based and I’m not even exaggerating when I say I had to WRING my clothes out after. You can read my first recap of Rumble HERE
Nick and I are obsessed with this place. We often have grand plans of checking out new-to-us restaurants in Calgary, but more often than not, we go back to Jerusalem Shawarma because it never lets us down. I’m literally sad when I’m done eating – GAH I love it so much! If you know of any other bomb middle eastern restaurants I should check out, lemme know. 🙂
Finding big, beautiful, juicy limes on sale.
And using the ingredients in my basket to make fresh spring salads like this:
A mid-week dinner at Table Food + Drink with Nick. We won dinner for two that included a giant spread of chicken, roasted and picked veggies, fries, mashed potatoes and a bottle of wine. 😀
Over to you:
I have a question! Have you tried these Nourish bowls yet? I’m so tempted to try one, but are they worth the $4? Which one is the best?
What is your go-to never let you down restaurant? What do you order?