Nutrition: Embracing My Womanhood, by Jacquie Robertson
How I was Charmed into Embracing My Female Body
If you’re a woman and you’ve ever experienced even the slightest bit of pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS), you understand how awful it can be. It can leave you feeling helpless, hopeless and at the worst of times, shameful to be a woman. As a result, we often feel that we need to suck it up and suffer through what can be a very difficult time of the month.
How My Body Charmed Me Into Whole Health
Since my teenage years I have struggled with on-again, off-again PMS. In order to cope, I tried just about everything. You name it, I tried it. I was desperate for a solution, but, almost nothing seemed to work.
As the years went on, the discomfort, cramping, moodiness and pain around my monthly cycle only seemed to get worse and more persistent. It was as if my body was screaming at me to get my attention to address the pain.
It wasn’t until my early to mid twenties that I started to make the connection between what I was eating and (my nutritional habits) and how I was feeling. As I started to clean up my diet and cut out key PMS promoting foods, such as refined sugars and fats, I started to see ever so slight and subtle changes in my monthly cycle and painful periods. Small change, I came to realize, was better than no change at all.
My body had physically charmed me into changing my eating habits and lifestyle in order to address my health at a deeper level. In addition to changing my nutrition, I also came to see that how I was feeling about myself and viewing my female parts and anatomy was also playing a role in my menstrual pain.
Shaming Our Womanhood
I had been shaming my womanhood and all the parts that naturally came with it and I believe it had in part come to manifest itself through physical symptoms. Being emotional, sensitive and vulnerable, as represented by our female organs, were parts of me that wanted to be seen. My body was trying to communicate with me that it was time to put this shame to rest. My body had loudly charmed me into considering loving the parts of me I had been neglecting and loathing for so very long.
It’s only been very recently, that I’ve started to realize that maybe there isn’t anything to change, find a solution to or “fix” within myself and my body. Maybe this monthly pain is just part of me. It’s a reminder that I am woman and to embrace the softness of me, however painful it may feel. Perhaps it is time to truly and really accept myself for all of who I am – even the yucky, painful and dark parts that I had been trying to squash because they felt so unlovable. These parts, I now see, are actually some of the most charming parts about me.
An Opportunity to Release the Old
Our periods are an opportunity for rebirth and renewal. The cycle allows our bodies to cleanse out the old and release any weighted baggage both physically and emotionally from the past. It’s an opportunity to honour our womanhood and celebrate in part what makes us the beautiful female beings that we are.
It is my hope that in sharing how my body painfully charmed me into digging deeper into my female roots and all the pain that lay beneath it, that I will empower and invite other woman who too may be suffering from chronic PMS, to consider how this may be a gift and not a burden. That this pain just might be an opportunity to heal the old wounds and parts of ourselves we feel so unworthy and unlovable.
All we really want as human beings is to feel love and be loved. When our body begins to charm us with what feels like unfriendly and wanted signs and symptoms, we can use this as part of our self-healing process and help to accept what we think we cannot. I invite you to turn up the charm in your body deep within and wait for the message.
Jacquie Robertson, RNCP, ROHP, is a Certified Nutritionist practicing clinical nutrition, specializing in hormone imbalance, PMS, digestive health and depression. Her mission is to educate, empower and inspire women to heal themselves naturally through the use of food as medicine, hormone balancing, emotional wellness and self-love. Jacquie offers both in person and online 1-on-1 nutritional coaching and women’s health workshops through her private practice. Jacquie holds a BA (Honours) from McMaster University, diploma from Centennial College’s Workplace Wellness & Health Promotion program and is a graduate from the Institute of Holistic Nutrition.
For more information on Jacquie, please visit www.jacquierobertson.com.