After a tiny bit of pleading a few days prior, on Monday October 12th my husband Glenn begrudgingly joined me in starting a 3-week detox geared towards resetting the 7 main hormones associated with metabolism: estrogen, insulin, leptin, cortisol, thyroid, growth hormone, and testosterone.
Although I am of the belief all disease begins in the gut (thank you Hippocrates!), I am also a “woman of a certain age”, and to put it simply:
Incredibly stressful career
+ Serious lack of self-care over the past 20 years
A very exhausted, sometimes psychotic feeling, sugar addicted, not-as-lean-as-I-know-I-can-be Lesia.
And because I’m always excited to learn something new that can help get me, my clients, and pretty much anyone I know who’ll listen, trying out Dr. Sara Gottfried’s 3-week Hormone Reset Detox was something I was very much looking forward to both personally and professionally! The fact that I was able to wrangle Glenn into doing it with me was an added bonus I was super grateful for too!
What did this mean for us…?
Dr. Sara’s Hormone Reset Detox is based on the concept of (unhealthy) consumption of food plus a stressful lifestyle being connected to, even responsible for hormone dysregulation. The 3-week protocol consists of removing 1 food tied to a certain hormone every 3 days so by the end of the detox, you’ve given your body a break from those foods, and your hormones have had a chance to reset. All the while, you’re also rejigging your lifestyle choices to de-stress, and incorporate some much needed self-care. Better sleep, more energy, less inflammation, weight loss, and less stress are some of the promises made if staying true to the 3-week protocol.
The 4th week is considered the start of “Re-entry”, where you start bringing back 1 food at a time, once a day, for 3 days in a row, observing any negative reactions that may come up. If nothing happens, you’re good to go! If, however, you experience any undesirable symptoms (e.g. digestive discomfort, runny nose, itchy skin, inflammation, whacky sleep, etc.), it means either you’re not ready to bring this food back into your culinary fold, or it may be something you need to let go of entirely.
For us, week 4 came and went several weeks ago, and I’m still following the reset protocol, because I feel I need more time (it’s a tall order to undo 20 years of denial and self-abuse in a mere 3 weeks…). Glenn, however, has been re-introducing 1 food every three days, and so far so good (he was sooooo happy to be reunited with his Guinness!) (Insert pint holding emoji here…)
So what’s the verdict? Overall, it was a great experience full of valuable lessons for me – personally and professionally. The fact that Glenn and I did it together was also huuuuuge, because it meant not only were we accountable to ourselves, but to each other as well. And for me, that was paramount for my success!
In the end, we both lost weight and inches, have a much better appreciation for eating every 4-6 hours with no snacks in between (giving the gut a much needed and well-deserved break in between meals), feel super clear headed, and our brains and taste buds experience/consider certain foods very differently now than they did weeks ago at the start of the detox (e.g. me – I’m not craving sugar at all; Glenn – he’s more interested in bringing back tea than going back to his daily Americano or Latte; us as a family – we’re much more conscious of our food choices, and are spending way more time cooking and connecting with the food we eat!). I also learned that for me, it was much easier to reset leptin and insulin than it has been estrogen, cortisol, and thyroid (mine’s been on the lazy side my entire life!) It’s also taken several weeks, but my sleep is finally pretty sound, and I rarely wake up in the middle of the night, even to pee! Shazam!
As far as my gut is concerned, doing the detox was amazing, because it led me to my first colonic (such an incredible tool in colon health!), the realization that I was dealing with SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth) in addition to Leaky Gut, and that it’s in my best interests to follow a low FODMAP diet, along with an anti-inflammatory diet for a few more weeks or months until my gut’s in better shape, and is better able to process all this delicious, nutrient-dense food I’m consuming. So, I’m moving forward day by day, with extra experience and information under my belt.
During the detox I also consulted with my naturopath; and, had acupuncture, a colonic, and reflexology done – all for some extra self-care and extra special attention for my liver, adrenals, colon, gall bladder and heart!
Overall – I’m super pleased with the results and the resources available during the detox, and would recommend it for those interested in resetting their hormones through diet and lifestyle changes. What I would also encourage folks to remember though, is no detox or diet is “one size fits all” and the best thing you can do is really listen to what your body is telling you and make adjustments as you go. Checking in with your primary healthcare provider is also super important, just to make sure you’re getting the most out of your detox or diet.
Thank you Dr. Sara and team!! (insert smiling, high fivin’ emoji here…!)
Interested in how gut health and hormone health are connected? Wondering how diet and lifestyle choices can help get you through perimenopause without tearing out what little hair you have left on your already over-stressed head? Let’s talk! Get in touch today, and we can chat about your health concerns and goals during a complimentary Health History Consultation.
Until next time, get your veg on, get your hormone health on and take care of your gut – it’s always trying to tell you something!
Eat well. Be well.™