One day when I was crossing 100 kilometers per minute, I ran into my hormonal doctor’s office to do a blood test.
A beautiful girl was standing in front of me and talking to the doctor. In the end, we met, talked, and as it turned out, she is a member Skinny confidential community.
Once we talked, she told me her name was Amy Kerner and that she had been to our hormone doctor for a long time. She has amassed a bunch of tips and tricks since coming to LA. I was very intrigued.
Amy is smart, well researched and I felt like I would be the perfect person to have a blog. I wanted her to come talk about her health journey. In this post, she will share her experience with hormones, her relationship with food and the things that helped her become healthy.
Hello Amy on Skinny confidential.
♡ Introduce yourself to The Skinny Confidential audience. We want your whole life story!
Amy Kerner: Hello TSC community !! My name is Amy and I am a lover of all things, health, wellness, fashion, art and history. At heart, I’m a city girl who secretly wants me to be a housewife.
I was born and raised in New York and Westchester County New York. I now live in Los Angeles, California. I still feel like I’m either on vacation or on a witness protection program. I learned to adapt to the tulip lifestyle by walking and going to agricultural markets for fresh fruits and vegetables and supporting local farmers. I love how easy it is to find vegan restaurants here. Still a city fish, but I added a girl from South Cali to my file.
♡ You’ve had a journey when it comes to hormones and food. Can you talk about it?
IF: I suffered from an eating disorder when I was younger. I never actually share this part of myself with anyone because of the shame and stigma associated with it. Not only does this disappear, but you learn how to function in society. I realized that with self-love and a healthy lifestyle, it gets easier over time.
As for my hormones, one day I felt absolutely exhausted, depressed and gaining weight. All I could do was practice and then I was done for the day. Luckily I had an annual checkup at the doctor’s, where I literally broke hysterically from Dr. Aliabadia, who is absolutely the most amazing doctor.
She suggested I come back the next morning to examine my thyroid plate. This is a blood test in which they check hormone levels. So let’s say my thyroid didn’t work at all. I still thank her all the time today for this discovery.
This started my journey living with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, also known as chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis, which is the most common cause of hypothyroidism. It is an autoimmune disorder that involves chronic inflammation of the thyroid gland. Basically my thyroid is not working and I go to a hormone specialist, Dr. Shirley Elzinga. She was my saving grace and I am so grateful to have her in my life.
♡ Looking back, what do you think food problems started and how did you overcome them?
IF: I have always been a perfectionist and a pleasure to people. So food was something I could control and focus on when my life felt uncontrollable. I am now able to use the tools I learned to be healthy and happy.
♡ How does hormone balancing help you overall health?
IF: I believe hormone balancing has changed the game. I am so thankful that I listened to my intuition and knew something was wrong. I could get to the root of the problem. I sleep better now and have so much energy. I really feel like a new person.
♡ What advice would you give to someone struggling with food?
IF: I think I find a therapist with whom you feel comfortable and who specializes in eating disorders. I concentrate on eating fresh fresh food. I never leave the house without snacks and water. If I am organized and prepared, I feel safe for success.
♡ What advice would you give to someone who is struggling with their hormones?
IF: I would go to test your hormones to gain a clear understanding of what your baseline value is so I can then understand what is in store. Then find doctors who specialize in hormones. Then you can start treating what is wrong.
♡ What is your most useful, tangible list of tools that have helped you become healthy?
IF: I concentrate on eating fresh organic fruits and vegetables. Food is medicine. I also @issacboots full body training every day. It challenges me and feels absolutely fantastic. I’ve learned to listen to my body when it needs a break too.
I am also aware of whom I allow life. I stay away from toxic people and situations. This allowed me to trust my intuition.
♡ What wellness practices do you do every day to sign up with yourself?
IF: My number one exercise is movement. It helps with my mind, body and soul. It also helps me stay responsible, especially during COVID. I’m taking it too organic selenium 200 mcg which I get from NOW food & Vitamin D3 5000 iu. I limited caffeine and really see the difference.
♡ What is your morning routine?
IF: First I drink thyroid medicine with a glass of water on an empty stomach. Then I drink a cup of black coffee. While drinking coffee, I massage my face Glossier Super Glow Serum and then use a jade gua tool at least 10 minutes.
At 8am EVERY DAY I do @isaacboots TORCHED training on instagram live. He offers free training and has raised over a million dollars for the charity NO KID HUNGRY. He has built a wonderful community where everyone is welcome.
♡ What is your nightly routine?
♡ Where can everyone find you? Get under it!
IF: You can find me on Instagram @amyrkerner.
As I said on the blog still podcast, checking hormones after Zaza was one of the best things I ever did. I just wasn’t my own.
I hope this post has brought you value, and if you don’t feel like yourself, it may have prompted you to do some research, be your own guru, and check your hormones.
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