TW: disordered eating, body image, weight, dieting
I spent most of my high school years at war with my body.
I struggled with disordered eating habits and excessive over-exercising that started in my sophomore year of high school.
I cruised at a very low calorie intake and spent 2-4 hours exercising most days because I was terrified of “gaining weight” and truthfully because I had no idea how my body worked
I constantly googled weight loss tips, took fat burners, skipped meals, and spent a LOT of days crying from exhaustion
And of course all of this came with MAJOR hormone problems including rough periods, cramps, heavy flow, loooong cycles, hair loss, brain fog, inconsistent weight gain/ loss, bloating, yeast infections, and fatigue.
I missed events, canceled plans, and skipped vacations because I was so fatigued.
I honestly didn’t know it could be better than that. I thought this was normal and just dealt with it.
My senior year of high school, I went on HBC because I was sexually active and was going off to college and wanted to have my HBC figured out before I left. But very shortly after getting on, I knew it wasn’t a good fit for me and quit cold turkey a few months later.
And that was the turning point that ended up kick starting my health journey.
I broke out in acne and a rash all over my face and neck that was very red and incredibly painful. My hair fell out in clumps. I was constantly bloated and swollen. I just felt SO uncomfortable in my body. The fatigue kept me in bed half of the day.
My doctors told me everything was fine, this was normal adult acne, fatigue was normal – that there was nothing wrong with me.
I got into the mindset of quick fixes because I wasn’t mentally ready to “change my ways.” So I tried every “30 day healing diet” on the market – none of which worked and none of which stuck. They weren’t sustainable so I spent a long time yo-yo dieting between candida cleanses, paleo, keto, and whatever else.
I was terrified of committing weeks or months to an actual protocol in case it didn’t work, so instead I spent over a year wasting my time with quick fix diets.
Finally, I knew that something had to give. I reached a point where I just knew that shit had to change and I was sick and tired of feeling sick and tired.
I dove into actually learning the body – understanding nutritional needs, the role of exercise, the gut, hormones – anything and everything that I could get my hands on. I became wildly passionate about understanding my body rather than being at war with it. Once I started implementing the tools I was learning everything changed…
My skin cleared up
My hair grew back longer and thicker than ever
The bloating and swelling went down
My period got normal and SYMPTOMLESS
And while I didn’t initially pursue my education in holistic health to coach other women, I realized that I am so not alone in my struggles with hormone health.
I’ve never taught my clients from a place of “well this works for me so it’ll work for you” because I believe that every body is so different – so I use ALL of my training and knowledge with clients, not just the shit that worked for me…
And my clients saw life-changing improvements.
Fast forward to now, I’ve been lucky enough to get to support SO many womxn in healing their hormones and gut health.
Remember that when I say that I know how you feel… I absolutely mean it.
But I also know how fucking good it feels on the other side of it all and I believe that you can get there.
PB is the #1 program for womxn’s hormone health program and it is the program I WISH I had had back then.
I’ve seen these women learn how to eliminate pain and live in alignment with their bodies naturally in like 1/10th of the time that it took me because I’ve compiled every little detail and necessary tool to make shit happen.
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Calee Shea is a Holistic Health Practioner based in Atlanta, Georgia. She is your go-to gal for all things periods, vaginal health, and sex.