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Book Club: Chapter 1 Review

As part of the Mama’s Got Change books club, I decided that I would read a chapter or two a week and post a review/summary/report on what I read for all of you. It’s a big book and people are busy.

So what did we learn in chapter 1?

Something called PPAR’s: PPAR’s is our peroximone proliferator-activated response. They regulate fat burning, blood sugar levels, and the balance of energy in cells. They are naturally present in the liver, fat cells, and heart & skeletal muscles. They react when you eat and they get triggered when you exercise. Things that mess up the beautiful symphony of your PPAR’s is hormonal imbalance and inflammation. So if your hormones are out of whack and you have inflammation, then the pathways for fat burning from the liver and muscles will not be accessible.

Causes of chronic inflammation:

  • poor digestive health
  • overworked immune system
  • poor nutrition
  • lack of exercise
  • abdominal obesity and insulin resistance
  • estrogen decline
  • toxicity – environmental, liver, fatty liver
  • depression and stress

Our bodies are magnificent!  “…a truly phenomenal machine that naturally strives to remain in a balanced state. When we’re cold, we shiver. When we’re thirsty or hungry, the brain gives us the appropriate signals to drink or grab a bite to eat.” They are built to respond to problems, but when the problems are in excess, we then run into trouble.

5 major factors that affect metabolic rate:

  • thyroid – everything slows down when thyroid levels are low because your thyroid controls every cell in your body and maintain body temp
  • adrenaline – first response to stress. It’s a short term boost from body fat stores
  • muscle – metabolically activate, so you burn calories even when you are sleeping. The more muscle the more burn.
  • eating – thermogenic foods heat you up and raise metabolism. Burn calories through digestion
  • liver – fat burning organ , so it’s important to have a healthy liver!

Chapter two:

Reading or filling out a hormone profile. It’s really interesting to see what is listed under each checklist. The checklist includes categories with characteristics pertaining to: inflammation, excess insulin, low dopamine, low serotonin, low gaba, excess cortisol, low DHEA, excess estrogen, low estrogen, low progesterone, excess progesterone, low testosterone, excess testosterone, low thyroid, low acetylcholine, low melatonin, and low growth hormone. Once you’ve added up your “score” the book helps you to interpret the data. I, personally, didn’t have any alarming numbers, but I’m still very interested in all of it, because I may have hormonal chaos one day, again.

 

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Mama’s Got Change Book Club – Our Female Bodies

We go through A LOT! Starting from birth, we have these amazing bodies that move, grow, and shape as we age. Some of us wish that we could be as physically strong or fast as our male counterparts but we, to put it simply, are just built differently. So, when I read material authored by male fitness pros and/or research performed by men… I just have a hard time agreeing. Here’s the thing, I don’t even think we, as women, really understand the complexities of our body and men certainly don’t either. The intricacies of our hormones on an individual level can’t be compared to a small cohort of women from a study.

I used to puke every time I got my period and now the only reason I know I have it is because I see blood. I’ve taken courses and certications to help me understand and work with women better and nothing has even compared to my own exploration. When my hormones weren’t under control, a hard workout on my first day of menstration was hard! I still did it though. Now, my workout can be just like any other day. So, when I read articles and research regarding hormones and how to adjust exercise regimens around the menstruation cycle I… pause. I pause because I love science and I love learning, but at the same time every women needs to learn their own body and find what works best for them – from nutrition to stress to exercise.

Reading about hormones has been a pastime of mine for the past seven years or so, specifically beginning when we were thinking about having children. Since going plant-based, gaining some knowledge of my own genetic make-up, and seeing women all around me struggle with their own hormones has really intensified that fire for understanding our bodies. Since I’m not a doctor or a naturopath, I leave diagnosing and all that jazz to the professionals. However, I do think learning is important for all of us women. We need to take a stand for our health and equip ourselves with information so we aren’t blind-sided at age 45 or 50, feeling achy, run-down, or maybe even buzzing at night sleepless all the while being diagnosed with excess estrogen or cortisol or testosterone!

To gain this knowledge, I propose a health book club and the first book is The Hormone Diet by Natasha Turner, ND. I’ve read others but this one really has spoken to me, just in the first couple of chapters. No one needs to take every thing they read as complete truth, but learning as much as one can to better themselves and their health is how you find the truth. We will talk, discuss, say “Yes” or say “No way.” We will agree and disagree. In the end, we will discover more about ourselves than we knew before we  flipped to the first page. You can post a message below or contact me at me@keelygrand.com to be added to the secret Facebook page – Mama’s Got Change Book Club.

 

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