I promise that if you take this journey, you too can emerge on the other side, better, stronger, healthier, happier and totally inspired. All the symptoms you were led to believe were a normal part of the aging process such as fatigue, weight gain, headaches, dizziness, brain fog/forgetfulness, night sweats, inflammation, lack of sex drive/energy, in fact are not “normal.” Don’t get me wrong, what I am about to tell you won’t be easy to digest or incorporate, but I promise, if you incorporate even some of it, it will be worth it in the end.” Are You Still There God? It’s me, Jodi, Jodi Brichta-Coyne
Fast forward about three decades to a time where, once again, Jodi’s body started going haywire and her emotions began to yo-yo. Where was Margaret when Jodi needed her now? What had happened to Margaret when she had turned forty? Jodi longed to feel the same level of comfort she had felt when she had read the book at age twelve. Jodi, a former corporate executive and small business owner, realized that too much stress and overwhelm were taking a punishing toll on her health and her career. She decided she needed to change paths and set off on a journey of self-healing and personal growth.
Jodi consulted a physician who, after hearing a list of her ailments, put a patronizing hand on her knee, smiled and said, “Oh, honey, you are peri-menopausal.” The doctor offered to increase Jodi’s anti-depressant medication and put her on birth control pills.
None of this sat right with Jodi. Why medicate with a one-size-fits-all synthetic hormone and anti-depressants that had been ineffective in the past? Unconvinced, Jodi set off on a quest to find her own answers, charting her own course to increased health, balance, and happiness.
Are You Still There God? It’s me, Jodi contains the results of Jodi’s investigations and self-experimentation all wrapped up in a sensitive memoir. I wish I’d had this book a number of years ago; a lot of people might have been spared a great deal of heart-ache.
Are You Still There God? It’s me, Jodi is available on Amazon.com
KM: You appear to have rapidly come to the conclusion that some significant lifestyle changes might help you weather the hormonal holocaust. Yet, the amount of nutritional information alone is enough to bring a body to her knees. Could you walk us through how you chunked it down into manageable steps?
JB-C: Yes, absolutely. It all starts with a willingness to reconnect with your body. When you are in tune with your body you can listen to what it is saying. Aches, pains, and stress are all signals that something needs to change. Decide right now that you MUST make lifestyle adjustments in order to survive this life stage. Once you have decided it is a must, start to look at all components in your life: relationships and family, career, self. Decide what your priority is and move toward it. For instance, if you cherish your family and put them as a priority then, in order to be there and support them, you must be strong. It is time to refill your well. Just like an airline attendant will tell you to put on your own oxygen mask before you help others. The same concept applies to your health. Find a doctor that will assist you from a holistic standpoint and not just treat your symptoms. Once you find a doctor that you feel comfortable with ask them to suggest small changes in diet, exercise; treatment for stressors as well as balancing your hormones. It all starts with small tweaks.
KM: Looking back now, which changes do you think made the biggest difference? Why?
JB-CFinding the right doctor, one who wasn't going to just mask my symptoms, and then eliminating my biggest stressor helped me on the path to healing. If I hadn’t decided to keep looking until I found the right doctor, and if I hadn’t researched natural ways to deal with my symptoms, I would be miserable on birth control and anti-depressants right now.
KM: You write a bit about eating “mindfully.” Could you say a bit more about what that means for you?
JB-C: The concept of eating mindfully is related to the GIGO theory (Garbage In, Garbage Out). The food you feed your body, as well as the thoughts you feed your mind, affect your overall health and emotional wellbeing. If you start to feed your cells nutrient-dense foods instead of starving them with alcohol, processed or highly acidic foods, soda and caffeine, you will thrive. The same goes for your mind. Feed your mind with positive affirmations and gratitude. Rather than thinking to yourself, "I am so tired all the time, I can't do this. Why me?” use positive self-talk, such as; "everyday in every way I am feeling stronger and stronger. I am thankful to be alive."
KM: You're a big advocate of taking charge of your own healthcare. Aside from changes in your diet, what other changes made the most difference for you?
JB-C: Believing in myself when my confidence was low. Just knowing that everything I needed was already inside me and that I had the power within to heal myself. This helped me transition from victim to victor. I had to learn to be vulnerable and put down my guard to really look within. Basically, surrendering and letting go during this life phase is the key.
KM: What's next for you, Jodi?
JB-C: I am working one-on-one with clients to help them navigate through these confusing times. I also have workshops planned and am working on my second book: The MOM Coach. This book will include case studies from mothers who have struggled with the stress of balancing their daily lives while looking to live more in harmony.
KM: What final message would you like to leave us with?
JB-C: I hope all women know that as confusing as this life stage is, you are not alone! It is a time to reevaluate your priorities and align them with your values. It is a time to reflect in and be proud of who you are and what you have accomplished in life. The negative self-talk of “should have; could have; would have” have no place here. You are beautiful just the way you are! We must all learn to listen to our body’s signals, take care of ourselves, and trust our intuition. It is also a time to eliminate unneeded stress from our lives and tune-in to our inner purpose. Gratitude is the secret.
Jodi is a certified life coach, strategic interventionist, relationship coach and NLP (neuro linguistic programmer). She now inspires other women to align their values with their priorities so they can live in harmony with their home and career life. For more information go to www.keepmeinmommy.com Jodi can also be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone: 845.222.7183