On the verge of Type II Diabetes. Painful periods. Facial Hair. Obesity. Inability to have children.
When I was 14, I finally had an answer. After years of being dragged from doctor to doctor, I was told, “You have PCOS. You are on the verge of Type II Diabetes and you probably won’t be able to have kids in the future.”
Hi, my name is Ali Leipzig, and I am so happy to be sharing my story with you today. I am a body confidence coach and founder of SOUL CAMP as well as a woman who has decided to claim her body as her own.
I spent my teenage years on birth control, Metformin, and some appetite suppressants that managed all of my symptoms from PCOS. But the medications were only helping me manage. I wasn’t thriving and I sure as hell didn’t feel good in my body. The facial hair, weight gain, foggy brain, and feeling disconnected from my body took a toll on my self-esteem and I felt like my body had betrayed me.
My body was giving me so many problems so of course I blamed my body. When I graduated college, I made the decision to go off all of my medications cold turkey and heal myself from the inside out because what I was doing just wasn’t working. I started seeing a holistic chiropractor, I hired a trainer, I started eating all organic, and I went to nutrition school at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
Throughout this journey, I turned to people like Nicole, our lovely Period Whisperer, and integrative doctors to help me with the physical side of things. Today I get my period about every two-three months (which is a huge improvement from it being every 6 months before), and I finally feel connected to my body, clear in my head, and trusting of my body’s ability to heal.
Actually, after attending one of Nicole’s Period Parties, I started visualizing my brain, thyroid, and uterus being connected and I got my period two days later. Call me crazy but you can’t make this stuff up.
The supplements helped. The physical movement helped. The change in diet helped. The mind-body connection helped. But along the way, I’ve learned that owning and loving the body that I am in is just as essential as taking care of the physical side. And actually, loving your body will be the catalyst for taking impeccable care of her physically.
Think about it this way. If you are in a relationship with a man, and you hate him, you are going to act out, call him all sorts of names and definitely NOT treat him nicely. But if you are in a relationship with a man that you absolutely love, you will do anything you can to take care of him, to love him and to listen to him. Well, the same thing goes for your body. And if you are alive right now, you are in a relationship with your body. You can’t escape that, as much as you try.
REASONS TO MAKE FRIENDS WITH YOUR BODY
1. Making changes become easy. When you actually want to honor your body for the temple that she is, you don’t have to force yourself to go to the gym or force yourself to stop eating gluten if you are sensitive to it. You have an internal motivation that doesn’t break. You become one of those women that can easily pass on the sweet potato fries or the woman that takes a jog outside in the morning.
2. You will know all the answers. When you have a clear channel to tune into, your body will provide you with all of the answers you need. You can ask your body anything. “What medication should I take?”, “Should I go out on a second date with Jeremy?”, “Do I turn right or left here?”, “What would be the most loving thing I can do right now?”. Tune in and listen inside for the true answers and I promise you, complete health and confidence is at your fingertips.
3. It feels good! You live inside your body. It’s your real house. If you are in a house you hate, you are always uncomfortable. When you decorate your house the way you like it, when you bless it, when you allow the people that you love in your house, you feel amazing. Do you want to feel good?
I know that when you are dealing with hormonal challenges and infertility, befriending your body is possibly one of the hardest things you can do. So I have put together my top 3 tips to help you on your way.
HOW TO BEFRIEND YOUR BODY
1. Get honest about how you feel. Write a letter to your body and back from your body to you. Make a sacred space (light a candle or some incense) and allow yourself to get brutally honest. This is your space to get out all of the feelings that you don’t even know you harbor. Read over the letters and tell me you didn’t learn something new about yourself.
2. Touch your body. Let others touch your body. Sounds creepy but hear me out. Touch her down there, of course, and also before bed, while you are lying down, place your hands lovingly on different parts of your body and thank your body for everything you do. When we have spent years outside of our body, even just acknowledging our body physically is incredibly healing and grounding. You could also get yourself massages- the full shebang at a spa or even the 10-minute ones at the nail salon. The touch will calm your nerves which will help your hormones work the way they need to and you will come back into your body.
3. Rock out in your closet. Pick out an outfit that you would wear if you were extremely confident in your body. Maybe accessorize a little more, wear a dress that shows a little more cleavage, or maybe just a tad more color. Walk outside of the house and you will notice you start acting as if.
If you desire to stop struggling in your body, to be able to walk outside this summer and feel confident in your skin, I have a 4-week group coaching program, Stop Fixing Start Living, starting next week. If hating on your body isn’t working, it’s time to do something different. Join us next week and give yourself the gift of true ease in your body this summer.
Alison Leipzig is a Body Confidence Coach who has been featured in Lucky Magazine, The Today Show, ABC’s The Chew, and Huffington Post Live. Alison inspires women to own and love their unique body and selves so that they can step into the world with confidence and create the lives that they truly desire. She believes that our bodies are our greatest teachers and that listening and trusting their messages allows for a deeper connection with oneself, which ultimately leads to the confidence and joy us women are craving. Download a free podcast on “How To Stop Being Such A Bitch To Your Body” at alisonleipzig.com