My Story

It didn’t happen over night.  I didn’t wake up one day and decide I’m going to change my life and get rid of the junk. Nope! It would have been nice if that was the truth, but its been a journey. This is my Story…

It all began around 13.   I began to struggle with my weight, acne, irregular cycles, and my self esteem.  I just believed that was how my body was, and I hated it.  I was told by doctors that I could get on birth control pills to regulate my cycle and control my acne, and that my body would just “figure itself out.”  Birth control (and a ton of acne medication) was my only option and it did not come with a diagnosis. So thats what I did.  I was on synthetic hormones for years, through my teens and 20′s.  They helped a lot.  I had regular cycles, clear skin, and I was able to maintain my weight pretty well. However, I still did not have a diagnosis and as we all know, any type of prescription comes with side effects and with birth control, those increased with age! I knew I could not be on them forever, and I knew one day I would want children. There had to be other options!

I was 26 when we got married.

August 17, 2007

We had the time of our lives! The first few years of Marriage we traveled a lot… Fiji, Italy, Hawaii, etc. and just enjoyed each other! It was awesome!

After marriage comes children, or at least it is supposed to!  I knew I desperately wanted to have children, but I knew in the back of my mind that it might not be so easy.  I was scared to get off birth control pills in fear that my skin would get out of control, I would gain weight, and have irregular cycles again.  It all happened.

I had read an article years prior that described all of my symptoms.  It was like I was reading about my own body in a magazine.  Doctors back then were not as familiar with this condition as they are now.  I went and visited my doctor and finally received my official diagnosis! I have Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). I suspected it for years, but it was nice to finally make it official, so to speak.

Unfortunately, Western Medicine is extremely limited, and many doctors knowledge for treating PCOS was even worse.  Doctors know how to prescribe and they do not educate you on how to treat or manage your symptoms.  I was given two options… get back on birth control pills or begin taking Metformin, a diabetic drug that lowers blood sugar.  Since we wanted children. I picked the later.

After two and a half long years  of trying (test after test, two surgeries, and so much disappointment), we were beyond blessed when found out we were pregnant with two little miracles.IMG_0005

Twins! God is so good and he made our dreams come true! We were beyond ecstatic when we found out on New Years Eve, 2010.

I had a great pregnancy! I was so worried about gaining a lot of weight, but I only gained 37 lbs!  I was actually trying to gain weight at the end of my pregnancy because my Baby B was beginning lag in growth.  I did yoga throughout, which I believe was my saving grace, until I ended up on strict bed rest at 30 weeks for pre-term labor. I was on five weeks of bed rest for the remaining weeks of my pregnancy, but I treasured every minute. I loved feeling every kick and roll, knowing that this might be my one and only pregnancy with all that we had been through.

The verse for my pregnancy that gave me strength, comfort and hope for the little ones growing inside me was Jeremiah 29:11. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  I knew God had a plan for me as a Mother, and for my boys.

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Taken at 33 weeks pregnant. I was finally able to take bed rest to the pool to float.
Delivery Day! August 5, 2011
Delivery Day! August 5, 2011

 On August 5, 2011, I delivered, by emergency C-section (baby B had stopped growing and they were both breech), two healthy boys, Rocco Gianni (5 lbs 7 oz) and Maximus Matteo (3 lbs 12 oz) at 35 weeks and 1 day. They were so tiny and so perfect! I knew at that moment that I would give them the best. They were pure, they were perfect and they were gifts that I would treasure. 20110813_117(2)

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 I knew that nutrition was going to give them the best start in life and I was able to provide that.  I nursed them both. It was so amazing to be able to provide the perfect food for your perfect babies. Breastfeeding is so empowering, so giving, so selfless. I used only natural products on my pure little ones.

 

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I made all of their first foods all organic.  I did the best I could with the knowledge that I had, like most new Mommy’s and Daddy’s.

 

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I have always had a passion for health which developed in high school. I became very calorie conscience to watch my weight, though I wasn’t chemical conscience (I chose low-calories over natural foods).  Through College I became a certified personal trainer. I graduated with my Bachelors Degree in Mass Communications and returned to receive my teaching Credentials in Health Science.  I am, by trade, a Certificated High School Health Science Teacher, now stay-at-home wife and mommy.

With all my schooling, education, personal training background and teaching, my children have been my biggest inspirations.  Once I stopped breastfeeding, I knew I needed to make a choice… get back on birth control pills, take Metformin to control my PCOS symptoms, or once and for all heal my body naturally.

I did my research.  Although I did eat [somewhat] healthy before, I really “cleaned up” my diet completely and fully. Because of my two little miracle inspirations I cut out ALL processed foods, artificial ingredients, high fructose corn syrup, processed sugars, colors, chemicals, and preservatives.  The whole family started drinking green smoothies (the twins started at 12 months) and even making natural body products (deodorant, body butter, diaper cream).  What a difference!  Slowly but surely, my body started taking on a new shape.  I was getting leaner, stronger, healthier.  I had so much more energy!  And I wasn’t spending hours in the gym.  I was listening to my body.  I was eating real food, working out two to three days a week with weights, and taking the boys on walks.  It wasn’t over the top.  I wasn’t killing myself in the gym (like I was before!).  I was eating when I was hungry (which was five or six times a day!) and stopping when I was full.  I wasn’t counting calories, points, or following any kind of diet.  I was eating foods our maker has provided for us!  God gave us the perfect foods of this world, humans have made it poisonous… Literally! I gained 37 lbs during my twin pregnancy and I have since lost 47 lbs!

Homemade 1st Birthday Cake made by mommy
Homemade 1st Birthday Cake made by mommy

I visited a doctor who practices natural medicine (which I highly recommend) and I take natural supplements to control my PCOS… Cinnamon 2000 mg, Chromium 800 mg, Vitamin D 5000 iu (which I was low on!), a whole food multi and fish oil, N-Acetyl Cysteine 600 mg (NAC), and myo-inositol 4000 mg. That may seem like a lot, but you know what? I am not on any prescription drug.  I have healed my body naturally.  I am VERY proud to say that for the FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE, I have had regular cycles for over a year(they previously ranged 50-90 days)!  My skin is clear.  I am at a healthy weight.   My blood sugar is in control. I am no longer a prisoner of PCOS. I am FREE!

This life is a journey.  I am taking one day at a time and learning as I go.  Health is my passion. I am an educator by trade, but more importantly, a life long learner.  I hope you continue to follow along so we can learn together!

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28 thoughts on “My Story

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  2. Just stumbled across your site & am inspired & encouraged! My husband & I are just starting out on this health & fitness journey & I have to admit, I’m finding it difficult. So to stumble across your story is a blessing. I will be following you for sure!

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  4. Hello, I stumbled across your blog as well. I suffer from PCOS badly and gained 30 pounds when I went off BC and am having the most difficult time figuring out my cycles so I can try to get PG. It has been tough on me and times I just want to go back on BC to get “normal” again but I don’t want to give up my dream of being a mother. I have acne, excess hair and pretty much all symptoms and Met has not subsided these at all. I think mine is so bad that only BC can help me.

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    1. Mary, I am so happy you found me! I’m so sorry to hear that you are suffering, but can honestly say, I know exactly how you fee! It is so frustrating, but there is hope and you can heal your body! All women with PCOS suffer from a lack of progesterone which leads to an array of imbalances in the body. I have added Natural Progesterone cream (USP) to my regimen and am having GREAT success with it. Use after ovulation 2 times a day to begin regulating your cycles and to help mimic a natural cycle. How is your diet? Carb cravings? Sugar? It is crucial that you clean out all processed and unnatural foods in your diet to truly heal your body. I would love to help you further if you have more questions… feel free to email me personally! There is a link on my home page! As always, you should get your hormone levels checked by your doctor (hopefully one that believes in natural medicine!).

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  5. Hi Sara, I actually came to your blog after you started following me on Instagram. I LOVE your blog and everything you stand for. The information you provide to people is so truly educational and inspiring. It seems like you’ve been blogging for awhile and it is wonderful to see the success of your blog. Hoping I can shape mine in a similar way. 🙂 I’ll be reading!

    -Hallie (and Havarti)

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  7. Hello! You started following me on Instagram yesterday which is how I found your blog 🙂 how truly inspiring and encouraging it is to know there are other women out there — real women! — who have dealt with or who are currently dealing with the same challenges and life events I’m currently facing now! I look forward to reading more and seeing more of your beautiful family here and on Instagram 🙂

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