Free read Period Power By Maisie Hill – noapathway.co.uk
Only things I eat that aren t on that list are fruit eggs and I guess spinach Hill does include on the next page a caution that If you have a history of disordered eating then I don t recommend doing an elimination diet but still Holy shit Suggestions to exclude gluten dairy and sugar recur elsewhere notably as treatments for period pain Yet Hill also comments that many of her clientspatients turn out to have menstrual problems related to undereating or lacking protein in their diets What the hell are we supposed to eat It s all very overwhelming and depressing I have in the past tried giving up wheat and dairy which made my life much difficult and did not make me feel any better The idea of eating masses of special seeds fills me with horror Maybe I should read Just Eat It How intuitive eating can help you get your shit together around food again for reassurance In a similar vein Hill recommends exercise which is fair enough while also cautioning against over exercise So how are we supposed to now what the correct amount of exercise is If the answer is to listen to your body what if you have anxiety that causes your body to constantly mislead youThere is some advice from the book that I will try to follow Drink my morning coffee with breakfast not before it Eat protein Try and work out whether cheese is a protein Stop microwaving plastic containers as apparently this releases toxins Go to bed earlier Get B vitamins somehow Not sure whether the cycle tracking format suggested would work for me but I could try itAs this list suggests Period Power left me feeling rather like the main character of The New Me filled with vague intentions towards self improvement that are highly unlikely to result in meaningful change due to wider issues While it was refreshing to read a book about periods and Hill makes some good points about sexism and the environmental cost of disposable sanitary products as a whole it didn t really work for me Someone trying to get pregnant andor with greater tolerance for wellness advice and supplement suggestions would probably find it a lot helpful Every woman should read this I initially rated this 3 stars but have now downgraded it to 2 after I ruminated on it some over the weekend This was mainly due to a level of unease that Period Power left me with as well as a feeling that I didn t really take as much away from it as I d hopedI don t Spoiled know if this was mainly because I d already fairly recently read Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler which was a phenomenally helpful and insightful text almost like the bible of fertility really but I didn t really find much in Maisie Hill s book that I didn t alreadynow at least from a biological perspective The first few chapters are fairly comprehensive in terms of the female reproductive system and understanding how your body works and Hill writes in a way that makes the topic very accessible So there are definitely some positives to this book especially if you haven t read much on the subject before and are fairly new to itHowever the majority of this book was mainly dominated by what I ve seen a couple of other reviewers refer to as woo and I d have to agree with them on this While I think it s fun and fairly illustrative to define the stages of the menstrual cycle as seasons with certain positives and negatives to be found in each stage it didn t really feel like a lot of the content was based on solid scientific fact so conjecture and straight up opinion That s not to say that there s nothing in going on your own experience and that of others and anecdotal evidence can sometimes help especially when it comes to managing symptoms but I think that relying on this solely would be a mistake especially when dealing with important reproductive issues I also found the idea that you could pretty much tailor your life including external commitments such as work and parenthood around your cycle to be fairly naive and not possible for those who maybe come from a less than privileged background Maybe it s ideal to not take on any commitments at your job during a certain season for example but the fact of the matter is that when deadlines come looming you ll be working towards them whether you feel like it or not The reality of life going on around you is inescapableAnother part of this book that made me feel uncomfortable was the vilifying of the pill Now don t get me wrong Hill re iterates again and again that
she feels that if you decide the pill is the absolute best option for you then that is fine and thatfeels that if you decide the pill is the absolute best option for you then that is fine and that respects people s opinions about what is best for them in terms of contraception But I can t help but feel that this is just to cover her back because again and again she points out the negative aspects of using hormonal contraception I do agree that there are a lot of negative side effects of using the pill especially long term and I m not going to say her points are wholly incorrect I m not ualified to do so But I did feel as though my personal decisions in the past were being attacked and I felt depressed about the future in a way that I didn t feel reading Toni Weschler s book which tackles many similar topics and besides I felt like I was in a hopeless place like I had done irreparable harm to myself and I don t think any book based on helping women with reproductivefertility issues should make you feel this way It should empower you if anythingI also think that this book is definitely not one that should be listened to on audiobook in retrospect Maisie Hill does a good job of narrating don t get me wrong but it s incredibly hard to remember where you have heard certain snippets of information that you maybe do want to remember and act upon Unless you have a pen and paper to hand it s going to be ultimately pointless and the information will have been lost on youOverall I think this is an alright book I think its heart is definitely in the right place and I do believe that Maisie Hill has helped a lot of women to overcome fertility and cycle related issues But this book wasn t for me and it just made me glad that I had read Weschler s book first So Much Woo Save your money and look for a book about the menstrual cycle that sticks to facts and evidence There are portions of this book like the first section which provide a genuinely helpful insight into how our cycles work from a biological perspective I did learn a lot about my bodyBut and it s a big one beyond that there is so much woo and uackery that I almost couldn t finish the book I held out in case there were any nuggets of useful information there weren tBeyond the pseudoscientific treatments I also find it unhelpful to suggest restricting one s life and work according to a largely arbitrary set of seasons Who in the real world can reorganise all public speaking to land on a handful of days in the month Or to restrict creativity socialising introspection developing plans etc etc according to someone else s imposed timetable I really do find it odd in 2019 to be restricting women to be slaves to the monthly calendar Feels like a real step away from eualityAnd if you don t believe me about the cycle seasons being largely arbitrary try the section for those not
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can just the seasons into the phases of the moon How about this gem There hasnjust the seasons into the phases of the moon How about this gem There hasn been much research on cod liver oil packs but it s been used by women for over 100 years and is proven to work proven without researchIf it sounds like a duc. Can achieve this as well as focusing on particular milestones that reuire an altered approach such as coming off hormonal birth control infertility pregnancy motherhood and the perimenopausal years Using what Hill calls the cycle strategy a woman’s secret weapon when it comes to improving her relationships career and health she will apply the principles of Eastern and Western medicine to give women all they need to make sense of their cycles as well as accessible and practical suggestions through which readers can improve their physical symptoms and stop berating themselves because of the way that they evolve through each menstrual mont.
Maisie Hill Î 1 SUMMARYLe can help balance your hormones and ease the darker seasons of your cycle There are many things you can do to regulate your cycle and boost your menstrual health Most changes will come to you naturally as you track your cycle and become familiar with your particular moods uirks and behaviors A lot of menstrual health tips are pretty straightforward A diet rich in nutrients from vegetables healthy fats and proteins will improve digestion and help your hormones stay on track If you have PCOS cutting out dairy gluten and sugar will be especially important to improving your condition Exercise is another great way to boost your immune system and hormone production It also allows you to sweat out excess estrogen which can be useful if you suspect that you have estrogen dominance a common condition in perimenopause Sleep is another big factor in hormonal health Just one night of bad sleep can mess with your blood sugar and raise levels of the stress hormone cortisol which in turn suppresses the production of estrogen and progesterone To prevent this aim for 7 to 9 hours of sleep per nightLess obviously you might want to consider your form of contraception Hormonal contraceptives like the pill work via synthetic hormones that suppress your natural hormonal cycle and prevent ovulation In recent years hormonal contraceptives have been linked to significant health issues from depression to inflammatory bowel disease to pain while having sex And the pill s negative effects extend well beyond its use One study found that long term pill use permanently decreased the thickness of the uterus lining an important factor in your ability to conceive Although a lot of health practitioners fail to inform their patients about the negative aspects of hormonal contraception these are worth considering when deciding on a contraceptive Your menstrual cycle shouldn t be a burden to get rid of through hormonal contraceptives but a source of joy and power If you can work on regulating your cycles through lifestyle changes and with the help of a trusted healthcare professional it s worth a shotAs you ve learned in these blinks going with the natural flow of your menstrual cycle can be a radical act of self care By helping you discover your individual patterns faults and strengths it will enable you to thrive in all stages and areas of your lifeWhat to read next Flow by Elissa Stein Susan Kim Now that you The Business of Family Business know how to best work with your own period perhaps you re interested in taking a step back and considering periods as a cultural phenomenon In Flow Elissa Stein and Susan Kim trace the cultural social and political history of menstruation and debunk the myths and misconceptions that still surround periods todayref blinkistcom This book is 10% very interesting facts and info about hormonesstages of your cycle etc that I m very glad to have read and 90% fillerabsolute nonsense I make no secret of the fact that I hate my periods I hated them when they started and twenty years later I hate them even However this is the first book I ve ever read or indeed come across on the subject of menstruation I saw a copy in a bookshop and immediately became hopeful that it could tell me what I ve been doing wrong all these years The blurb makes some pretty grand promises about taking control of your menstrual cycle and by nature I m inclined to put great faith in reading books as a means of life improvement It was therefore almost inevitable that I d feel at least slightly let down by the reality of the book I don t regret reading it however it hasn t had the effect on me that the author clearly intended and I m doubtful of whether it ll help me manage my periods any better The content is approximately half medical details of how menstrual cycles work and half somewhat dubious wellness stuff The former half is intended to demystify a normal bodily function to make it seem like an amazing and cool thing I appreciated Hill s inclusive language and recognition of ineualities Unfortunately learning about periods just reinforced my opinion that genitalia and everything to do with human reproduction are totally disgusting More complicated than I d previouslynown yes but still entirely gross There is also a chapter detailing all the unpleasant illnesses associated with periods which mainly frightened and confused me I m an anxious hypochondriac so the lists of symptoms and causes were alarming I m lucky that my periods aren t too bad they make me feel ill for around a week to a greater or lesser degree but are rarely incapacitating Unlike friends of mine I ve yet to faint or vomit in the street thanks to a period From Period Power I now have a slightly better idea of which hormones to blame for the symptoms I do generally get though three types of pain stomach upsets loss of appetite clumsiness exhaustion etcThe wellness half of the book was dubious The menstrual
CYCLE IS CHARTED AS THE FOURis charted as the four with winter as the actual period Hill ascribes enormous significance to Healing Herbs Spices knowing where in your cycle you are at any given moment Ieep track of when my period is going to turn up but am not sure how much this helps My lecturing timetable has zero respect for whether I m bleeding from the cunt and feeling like shit Thus I wasn t receptive to Hill s suggestion not to treat period pain with painkillers and instead to see if you can experience the pain as a trippy natural high I ve been trapped on a train
with period pain and nothing to treat it for hours and that is not an experience I care toperiod pain and nothing to treat it for hours and that is not an experience I care to If I want to have a natural high via pain I ll get another tattoo That said I take Hill s point that by treating the pain we allow ourselves to Kit de Formation Microsoft TCP/IP keep going when our bodies actually need rest I get through my periods by taking a painkiller as soon as they start to head off the pain This doesn t help with any of the other symptoms of course Ideally I d just lie on the sofa with a hot water bottle but under capitalism this often isn t an option It was naive of me to hope that there was some magic secret to happy and painless periods which I just hadn tnown but it seems there isn t Hill s advice is depressingly similar to that in every self help book and wellness blog eat better exercise but not too much try a long complicated list of supplements and if in doubt see a naturopath To be fair Hill also encourages readers to take serious issues to a GP and advocate for treatment from an informed standpoint which is laudable However I now from experience that GPs have little to offer for period pain I ve been prescribed painkillers and told to eat complex carbs every few hours While there might be people out there capable of eating complex carbs every couple of hours I am not one of them and never will be Given the lack of help from conventional medicine this area is cluttered with wellness claims that are hard to evaluate I should not have been surprised but was disappointed to find so many suggestions of dietary exclusions in Period Power At the very start of the Self care chapter is this which practically made me shriek The autoimmune paleo protocol is what I recommend following In the first phase the foods that most commonly cause problems are eliminated including grains dairy sugar alcohol nuts seeds and nightshade vegetables aubergine tomato bell peppers and white potatoes To be thorough they should be excluded for at least three weeks It is no exaggeration to say that if I excluded all those foods for three weeks I d starve to death I m a vegetarian so
"the. Rselves in a state of physical and emotional discomfort and fatigue wanting nothing than to collapse on the "Rselves in a state of physical and emotional discomfort and fatigue wanting nothing than to collapse on the in front of Netflix But what if instead of just trying to plan for our dark days women were euipped with ways to improve them What if our desire to improve ourselves could be combined with our need to now just what our womb and ovaries are getting up to every month Not to mention how to take advantage of the natural superpowers that sit in each phase of our cycle so that we can plan our month to perform at our best Maisie Hill is uniuely placed as an acupuncturist women’s health practitioner and doula to explain just how we. .
This book This must be my favorite non fiction in a long long time Maybe of all non fiction I ve read so far ever It s well researched for as far as I can tell an easy read very informative dense useful funny at many times and inclusive in its language It s easy to understand despite the many biology lessonsI ve been reading the entire work throughout several months and during my last cycle I ve been reading about the different seasons while I was in a specific season reading about Winter during menstruation etc Woah this book is useful I will be returning to this a lot working on the cycle strategy and heightening my awareness of my cycle but I am sure this will stay a five star read for me Highly recommend for anyone who is menstruating Or used to Or will Or anyone who is hoping to get to Binary Sound (Boston, know their partnerfriendfamily member who is menstruating betterchokengtitiktitikchokengs it has some woolly bits I like that but it may not be for youpchokengtitiktitikchokengs Don t read this while simultaneously reading a dystopian novel and going through a pandemic you ll have some weird dreams This book gave me whiplash No doubt the authornows what she s talking about she is fully ualified after all but one minute I d be reading scientifically backed information about periods or hormones or the menstrual cycle and the next I d be told that the universe has my back during my spring The pseudo scientific aspects of this book and the whole idea of terming phases of your menstrual cycle as seasons and using that to shape your behaviour in each one respectively didn t really speak to meThat said I did enjoy reading this Packed full of really interesting facts and links to resources Plus the author is super inclusive Definitely worth a go Have you ever wondered what your body is doing while you re on your period Have you ever experienced a change in your cycle or symptoms and been unsure what it meant Period Power is a fantastic guide to your body your cycle and ways to improve your relationship to menstruation Maisie Hill strikes a great balance between accessibility and scientific background making this book both readable and reliable Don t let the casual tone fool you Period Power is full of research experience and practical advice The biggest takeaway from this book is the life changing influence of Hidden (Otherworld Stories, keeping a menstrual journal and tracking your personal patterns during your cycle Period Power will have you saying Wow I had no idea at least once per chapter I should have stopped reading this book when I read the most vapid sentence ever uttered by human beings The Universe has got your back UGHThere were some helpful hints in this book but nothing new if younow about the female menstrual cycle Then there s some psychobabble I really do want to read a good book with new research on the psychological changes during the menstrual cycle Medical book to be read by women and even men to avoid unwanted problems and have a healthy balanced lifestyle Blinkist summary She s probably just on her period How often have you heard or overheard this statement Even in ostensibly progressive societies it s all too common for men to dismiss women s ideas opinions or anger simply on the basis of their ability to bleed every month The idea behind this is that periods somehow make you volatile dangerous or outright crazyBut the fact that your hormones fluctuate every month doesn t make you any less of a level headed or competent person Changes in mood energy and desire throughout your cycle are all perfectly normal if you learn to recognize and work with them they can even boost your natural talents and abilities To harness your period power you just have to become familiar with the science behind your menstrual cycle as well as the strengths and challenges that accompany each stage By learning to go with the flow uite literally you ll be able to access a power you never new you possessed Because your hormones are sensitive to stress illness and life changes your menstrual cycle is a mark of your overall health and well being Tracking it can help you identify when in your cycle you
Thrive And Struggle And How To Adjust Your Life Toand struggle and how to adjust your life to your mood and energy better The stages of your cycle correspond to the four seasons Your period is winter a time of rest and introspection As hormone
levels rise again spring brings new energy reaching its peak around ovulation which is your summer Your energyrise again spring brings new energy reaching its peak around ovulation which is your summer Your energy mood drop again just before your period in fall a time when it s especially important to take care of yourself Actionable adviceUse homemade castor oil packs to ease menstrual crampsIf your periods are painful castor oil packs can be a simple and natural way to ease Cramps All You Need Is All you need is piece of cotton or wool flannel some castor oil and a hot water bottle You might also want to grab some old clothes and towels as the process can get a bit messy Let the flannel soak in the oil until it s fully saturated and place it on your abdomen with the hot water bottle on top Leave it there for 30 to 60 minutes and your cramps should improve Afterwards you can massage the leftover oil into your skin Your menstrual cycle is regulated by the ebb and flow of the hormones estrogen and progesterone Menstrual tracking will help you take charge of your hormonal well beingHormones like estrogen and progesterone don t just tell your uterus what to do They affect your mood and behavior in all inds of ways regulating your energy sleep libido and appetite In fact hormones don t just affect menstruators they rule all humansBecause your menstrual cycle comprises an ebb and flow of hormones the mental and physical changes you experience throughout can feel uite drastic The different stages of your menstrual cycle are like the seasons of the year each brings with it a different set of strengths and challenges Your period during which you withdraw from the world and rest is like winter After that comes spring when your body and mind begin anew Around ovulation you re in summer when you feel light and energetic Finally before your period you move into fall to slow down and get ready for another winterYour menstrual cycle and the length and experience of each season are highly sensitive to changes in your life Work stress poor diet relationship issues and illness are just some of the things that can throw your hormones off balance As a result your cycles may be too long too short or very irregular When your menstrual cycles are out of whack it s a sign that something in your life or body is not going according to plan But tracking your cycle one of the most underrated and underused tools can help you take charge of your mental and physical health The best thing is all you need to get started are a pen and paper Menstrual tracking can be as simple as jotting down a few words each day Some useful things to note are energy levels mood uality of sleep appetite libido headaches digestion or pain but you can customize your data as you please For example write down how you re feeling about your relationships what food you re currently craving and which task feels extra hard today Period apps such as Clue and Kindara are another simple way to eep track of your cycleOnce you ve tracked a full cycle you ll be able to see how your mood and energy changed throughout it And after tracking a couple cycles not only will you be able to calculate when your next period is about to start you ll be able to plan for changes in mood energy and desire as wellA healthy lifesty. Period Power is a profound but practical blueprint for aligning daily life with the menstrual cycle to give women a no nonsense explanation of what the hell happens to their hormones every month and how they can use each phase to its full advantageNinety per cent of women experience symptoms of PMS a syndrome which features a wide range of signs and symptoms and yet there’s an enduring lack of understanding about what it actually is and a disappointingly meager range of treatment optionsSo many of us have a Jekyll and Hyde experience of our lives; we feel on top of the world capable confident and sexy for part of each month then find ou. .