Say Yes to Nourish
I help people with periods navigate menstrual health education & wellness with a healthy serving of sass (and not an ounce of nutrition pseudoscience).
10 Facts About Vaginas
You’ve heard me say it once, and this won’t be the last time I’ll say it – sexual health education is a burning pile of trash. It’s not current, half of it is corrupted by political opinion and it’s hard to find information that’s inclusive and accurate without paywalls or practice legislation (i.e. accessing a great provider who is a country away from you and requires expensive travel). I actually decided to return to grad school in order to specialize further in sexual health, marrying it to a nutrition & wellness approach.
The Signs & Day 1 of Their Period
Okay, hear me out. I’m a sucker for astrology stuff. If I see articles and quizzes that tell you about your personality or which colour you’re best aligned with to wear, you can guarantee I’m either applying it to my life or I’m at least considering it. Is any of it accurate? I have no idea, but I’m having a blast anyways.
The Most Common Fertility Blood Tests
Building a family isn’t as easy as you think. For individuals and families who struggle with loss and infertility, the road to becoming a parent is paved with pain, grief, needles and bloodwork after what seems like endless appointments. And for some, the end result is not always parenthood.
Fatphobia & Fertility Treatment
TW: Use of words ov*rw*ight and ob*sity in references. Anti-fat bias is alive and well in the fertility space, and becoming a parent is already a big deal. It can derail birth plans, ruin the pregnancy experience, and for some folks, be deadly.
The Liver & Hormones
I used to say it repeatedly when I was studying to become a dietitian, and then again when I was in my internship – I love the liver. It is such a critical organ when it comes to our health, our use of nutrients and in keeping us safe from harmful products in the world around us. It helps to filter through our blood (in a different way than our kidneys, of course) and send nutrients to where they need to go.
IUD Insertion Pain & Your Options
Over the last year (and likely even before that), there’s been more and more discussion around the insertion of IUDs for birth control and the surfacing of lived experiences. To the distress of many, it has not been positive.
The Myth of the Birth Control Detox
“You need to detox your body after coming off of birth control.” I have to believe that people spout this off because they actually care – not because they’re selling a product “designed” to treat an issue they talk about. I have to. I can’t let myself believe people exist out there, thinking about the ways they can intentionally hurt others just to make a buck. I don’t think I would be able to function – the anger would consume me.
You Don't Have a Parasite, BUT...
The trend of cleanses has morphed into something new. It’s not just drinking fruit and vegetable juices anymore. Cleansing the body is an interesting concept, especially given that the human body contains a complex and multi-organ system designed to protect the tissues from harmful toxins and by-products that exist following the normal processes of metabolism. The lungs help us to clear carbon dioxide after the use of oxygen. The skin helps us to sweat out breakdown products. Our liver has two phases of detoxification to turn hormones, nutrient by-products, alcohol and drugs into water-soluble forms and the kidneys help clear them through urine. Even our digestive system plays a role, using muscular contractions and stool to clean out dead bacteria, toxins and more.
Pelvic Floor Muscles & Periods
My special focus in period health and wellness is definitely nutrition, but I’ll let you in on a little secret… I do a significant amount of referring to my pelvic health colleagues. We work together on many cases to ensure our clients have less painful periods and can create a stress-free cycle overall.
The Playlist for Your Entire Cycle
Let’s be real – periods haven’t had the best PR team. They’re positioned as the biggest inconvenience with no fun to be had (and for some folks, yes this can be the case). Which certainly doesn’t set the stage for a healthy and positive relationship with our periods.