Nourished, vol. 1

I’m always a little turned off by the put-your-own-oxygen-mask-on-first type theories. Apologies if you’re a proponent, honestly, it’s nothing personal.  I just don’t know how to “do” oxygen mask without becoming a lazy slob. Moderation, you are my enemy.

Last week I  broke down a little. My body isn’t working the way it should. I gained about 40 lbs with Rosalie, and while 17 came off within about a month, I’ve gained 7 back.  Ugh.  Honestly, nothing about my diet or exercise has changed much, and I can’t help but wonder why my body is fighting weight loss this much and (even more frustrating) why it’s so easy to gain weight. Maybe it’s age.  Maybe it’s sloth.

Or maybe something is wrong. At the very least, out of balance. Rosie posted an article last week about postpartum hormone imbalance and it reminded me of one I read by Wellness Mama awhile back. After reading several related posts, the underlying gist is obvious: I have been starving – starving – my body of sleep. For my entire adult life, I’ve been a complete night owl, and that has only been exacerbated by children. Sometimes I rely on less than 5 hours of sleep, many nights less than 6.  It’s sort of been a source of pride that I could function on that little sleep.

I think it’s finally caught up to me. I’m a poster child for hormone imbalance.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, I’m pretty hard on myself.  About the way I look, about being tired and snappy with my kids, about my lack of “real” exercise. You name it, I beat myself up about it. No, it’s not fun being in my brain.

Enough with my issues. It’s time for me to nourish myself, as corny as that sounds coming out of my mouth. Not in the laying around at the spa and eating bon bons way, but in the way I eat and supplement, in the way I pray, and in the way I think about myself. So I’m starting this little series about how I plan to nourish myself.

Goals for this next month:

Nourish spiritually: 

~DailyMass alone and/or Adoration alone at least once/week

(Note the “alone” part. I may discuss that on the blog later, but in the meantime, ahem: life changing.)

Nourish intellectually:

~Put down the iPad. Pick up a book. (at least once/day)

Nourish physically:

~Sleep! (I’ve been trying to get to bed by 10:30, but 11 is my cutoff.  This is easily an hour to an hour and a half earlier than usual.)

~Green smoothie first thing in the morning.  This does double duty: gives me a nutritional boost and makes me feel pretty damn good about myself.



My point in sharing is that, well, I do a lot better at things with accountability.  Thanks for being my support group!

I’ll let you know in a month how I’m doing. In the meantime, have any of you tried balancing hormones?  How did it go? Any advice?



  1. Good for you. I read that article that Rosie posted too, and definitely thought it was interesting. I haven’t experienced that exact situation, but my morning sickness has increased exponentially with each pregnancy (27 weeks with #4, and still taking zofran) and I wonder so much about how much nursing right into pregnancy has affected me.

    As for Mass alone, yes! I take mine to a babysitter each Friday for two hours (and have for three + years now) and go to Mass and adoration. My eldest just recieved his First Communion in June, and I do feel slightly guilty that I don’t bring him. I do bring him each First Friday – so that’s our compromise for now. I’ll be interested to hear your take on it.
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  2. I’m not too in tune with hormones… I just usually silently blame everything on someone else in my home 😉 But I love this post and your plan (and that sweet, sweet Rosalie picture!) I’ve been doing things that I would have scoffed at a year ago, like eating coconut oil and apple cider vinegar. I’ve been making more sporadic stops at Adoration too, but I REALLY need to take a page from your book and GET TO BED ON TIME. I always think, “oh, I can sleep in!” but that actually hasn’t happened since 2006 😉
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  3. Oh Micaela! I am with you sister. I read the post Rosie shared and knew it had me pegged. I have been pregnant and/or nursing/being super attached to baby for seven years now. My body is t-i-r-e-d and my hormones are out of whack. I need to make a plan like this.

  4. I love it. This is exactly what I set out to do this past month. Stop putting everyone else first and focus on my own health and we’ll being. I even weaned my daughter on her first birthday to give myself a little of the nourishment I eat since I’ve been nursing and pregnant for years. That was really hard though. And my girlfriend and I always say that as soon as our fuse gets too short, we need confession and our FCLO stat!!

  5. Ugh. I’m with you on the weight thing. For the first time ever, I weigh more than I am comfortable with and it’s harder to get off. I’m not sure what the reason is – age, hormones, or my never really exercising catching up to me. And I don’t know what the plan should be. But know that you’re not alone!
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    • Dear Mary,
      I was just reading through Micaela’s posts, and I’ve got a possible solution for you. I’m a Ph.D. friend of hers who lost 50 lbs using dips, and wrote a diet book about it. Micaela did the cover! I’m an orthodox Catholic homeschooling mom too. Check out, where you can read my story. I know it works because 3 friends of mine have lost over 20 lbs on it in just over a month, and one man even lost 13 lbs in a week! There’s a spiritual side to it; it’s ecumenical, but heavily Catholic. Micaela, I hope you don’t mind my posting it here.
      God bless you,
      Dr. Jen

  6. Micaela can I do this with you?! I think it’s awesome! Maybe not the green smoothie or supplements cause I’m a cheapo 😉 But maybe!

    Nourish spiritually:
    ~DailyMass alone and/or Adoration alone at least once/week
    (Note the “alone” part. I may discuss that on the blog later, but in the meantime, ahem: life changing.)
    Nourish intellectually:
    ~Put down the Facebook. Pick up a book. (at least once/day)
    Nourish physically:
    ~Sleep! (I’ve been trying to get to bed by 10:30, but 11 is my cutoff. This is easily an hour to an hour and a half earlier than usual.)
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    • Green smoothies aren’t that expensive actually. A couple heads of lettuce, some kale, and a bag of apples for the week. 🙂 You can do it! <3

  7. Micaela! Post-partum is such a tough time! Especially being a cesarean mama I feel my body doesn’t find its new normal till a year or more sometimes. I love your goals. Especially the daily Mass/adoration solo once a week. I imagine that would be life changing! Ha, but this is coming from someone who totally failed at confession once/month per your amazing post back at the beginning of the year (gee whiz I’m a the slacker of all slackers!). Regarding hormones, I will say that over Lent this year I did the Whole 30 thing which basically restarted me in a good way. Prior to the whole 30 I had been anovulatory for almost 9 months which has never happened. One month in and my cycles returned to normal. I’ve also seen benefits during this pregnancy (mind you I don’t stick to it 100%! More like 80% of the time now). I do still see benefits. Either way, I’m praying for you and your journey! I think you’re beautiful and am praying for the grace you’ll need to find the peace and joy I know you want in this realm.
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  8. Oh, and I’m totally with you in the sleep department! Being a night owl doesn’t lend in motherhood! But way to go on the new bedtime! Soooo hard! I seriously do a little jig in my head once kids are sleeping and get a second wind knowing I should save it for the morn. So hard!!!
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