LETTER FROM The editor

Jared Kocka

Jared Kocka

When I was a little girl growing up in the Midwest, the arrival of autumn was a true marker of change and with it came all kinds of feels. The foliage would turn a kaleidoscope of colors, the leaves would start to fall, and temps would turn drastically cooler. This time of year evokes all sorts of memories – my first kiss under the bleachers at a football game, getting my driver’s license, breaking out my sweaters and boots, and more. 

Today I am fortunate to live in sunny California where the markers of the season are basically my kids returning to school and whispers of Halloween on the horizon. However, this October is definitely signaling more for me personally. I have been more concerned, more introspective, more interested overall in my health than ever before. 

You may have seen me allude to this on my IG-stories, but this year hasn’t been my best physically. I have had the worst periods of my life, I have felt bloated, moody, fatigued, and for the first time in my life – seriously, ask my friends – I am having trouble sleeping. After enduring this for long enough and feeling miserable about the inflammation in my gut, I went to see Dr. Andrea. And oh-my-god.

After feeling my pulse and hearing my story – like my whole life story – was I ever on the pill? (not for more than five days) How did I feel? (like a monster) And then learning about my cycles getting closer and closer together as of late, she knew my hormones were literally screaming and my body was out of whack aka out of balance. She said my adrenal glands were drained, my intestines were on fire, my liver was mad at me, and more. And yes, all of this combined also points to a word I’ve been googling a lot lately. PERIMENOPAUSE. Fml. 

Well, no matter how young you feel in your mind, your body might have other ideas for you, kids. It’s the way it works. And I love my body! Right now it’s like we are in a massive fight and truthfully, I don’t want to live like this. It’s exhausting. So, what does that mean? It means I have work to do. I have sacrifices to make. Yes, eliminating sugar. Cutting waaaaay down on alcohol. Drinking broths and sipping herbs and refusing to eat packaged foods of any kind (goodbye bars). This is going to be a long road to feeling better. As I write this today I’ve had two rounds of head to toe acupuncture both of which were night and day different experiences. The first time I cried incessantly and had to come home and go to bed. The second one brought me great relief and completely healed my cramps; overall I felt better. 

What’s also making me feel better is hearing from YOU. I cannot tell you how many women I heard from between the ages of 38 and 55 who said – Omg, I feel the same! This sucks! No one is talking about this! – and encouragement like – Hang in there, you’ll get through it, I did! 

So I promised to share my journey and I will try to do that here! This week will mark my third appointment with my doc so I’ll give you an update on how that goes. I’m also kicking off my Sakara Life meals this week which are plant based and nutrient rich, packed with superfoods. This in an effort to calm my insides a tad. Then, next week the BIG super duty extremely specific food prescription kicks in: bone broths, kimchee, polyphenols, fermented veggies, the list goes on. What can’t I have? Gluten. Lectins. Sugar (of any kind). Any medications (not even ibuprofen).  You get the idea. This is a massive lifestyle adjustment and I’m not complaining, I’m just sharing because it will be a huge undertaking. But hopefully, well worth it!

In between @thecattwalk shares, the @nakedpod offerings, and taking you along with me on day-to-day life, I thought I’d give you a glimpse here about the month ahead in my world. 

Thank you for the encouragement, the support, the DMs, the emails. I truly love hearing where you’re at in this journey as well. We are not alone – ever – and this community we’ve created here in cyber land gives me a whole lot of comfort. It means more to me than you know!

Happy October. I appreciate you!