My name is Jordyn Muirhead; I started my Instagram channel about 2 years ago now. In school and for my first year out of school I went through certain things that really impacted the way I saw myself and treated myself. I didn’t think I was worthy of love from anyone, I didn’t love myself or treat my body with any sort of respect. I hardly ate, I did minimal exercise and it just led me into this viscous cycle of self-hate and mild depression. . I was also diagnosed with poly cystic ovary syndrome and was put on some artificial hormones which made a lot of my symptoms worse.
Eventually I decided I was going to sort myself out, in a more holistic and natural way. I wanted to do it for me! I started dabbling in the health foods department, started instagramming and searching for more ideas, went to the gym regularly. Slowly but surely I started to see positive results. It definitely isn’t always easy, but starting this journey is the best thing I’ve done for myself…ever. My outlook on life in general has improved dramatically but I think the most important thing about it all was the relationship I was able to build with myself, with my mind and my body. I think the secret to a happy life is learning how to love yourself, self-acceptance, creating that mind body connection, being able to be left alone with yourself and being okay with that, self-respect and understanding one’s self worth, all of that is very important. I think it’s a great idea to spend some time working on yourself for yourself to understand how worthy you actually are. Now I spend my time trying to help and educate people (mostly woman and young girls) that everybody is worth loving and that manipulating your diet, exercising regularly, finding something that makes YOU happy can truly change your life for the better.
Tell us a little about yourself and your blog MacaMuir (Jordyn’s channel)
My blog is actually a mixture of healthy recipes and stuff I feel like talking about every now and then…mostly things that I feel are important and helpful, maybe some health tips, etc.
What are your pantry staples? – definitely frozen bananas, if you don’t know me – I LOVE smoothies, I have at least one every day and I always pop a frozen banana and whatever else I have in the fridge into them. I always have eggs because they’re so versatile, you can do sooo much with them. I did an elimination diet once and I didn’t have eggs for 30 days. It was very tough! So now I have mild separation anxiety when there are no eggs in my kitchen…haha
Routines are important for a healthy lifestyle – please with us your day-to-day routine? My days are not always the same, sometimes I get up at 6.30 and get everything done…other days I’m a bit lazier and relax on the couch and binge watch orange is the new black or Grey’s anatomy. I’ll tell you about my “ideal” day when all my hormones have their shiz together… wake up at around 6.30 am, have a morning smoothie (it’s probably strange but I love green smoothies a lot lately), do emails, do Instagram admin, plan out the post I need to do that day, I’m doing a nutrition diploma so I’ll work on that if I don’t have university classes. I’ll prep lunch and dinner. My ideal time for working out is usually about 9 am or 4:30 pm but gym is always a priority on my to-do list. In the evening I do research or do mild brainstorming for blog posts or Instagram chats, etc. or varsity work. I try my hardest to stay awake later than 9:30 pm but that hardly ever happens. I live the grandma life – I love it.
How has holistic “hacking” impacted your condition Polycystic ovary syndrome PCOS? when I first diagnosed I was extremely upset. The doctor told me I wouldn’t be able to have kids, she told me it was not curable and that I should go on the pill. It was overwhelming and i cried a lot. Then i went and googled it all and I cried a lot more. I have a phobia (type thing) of like bubbly like surfaces or things that are meant to be smooth but are like bulging in weird places and that’s what polycystic ovaries are like. A normal ovary is smooth but a poly cystic one has a lot of cysts so it’s all deformed and this “creeped” me out to the max. I remember walking on the treadmill when i was recently diagnosed and the vision of these deformed ovaries was manifesting in my mind so badly that i was considering getting my ovaries removed (I was 20 at the time). The doctor told me I would really struggle to have kids which upset me a lot too. Anyways luckily my 20 year old self did not get her ovaries removed because after some time I went back to the doctor and we did the ultra sound and there were no more cysts on my ovaries and most of my symptoms had subsided. I think I had managed to “cure” my symptom by eating a very clean diet (mostly paleo based) and by exercising regularly and just focusing a lot of my energy to healing my body and nurturing my reproductive system. I spent a lot of time reading reproductive health books and articles and actually did a whole holistic program that focuses on healing any reproductive issues through diet and exercise.
I don’t think women and girls pay enough attention to their reproductive system and don’t realize how amazing your life can be when you understand why your body does what it does, why you feel the way you do, understanding your cycle and talking about it. I think society has made girls fear their periods and not talk about them too much but getting your period every month is a blessing, that’s what your body is supposed to do. It means your body is working. Thank your body for that. I do a little happy period dance every month when I get mine because it means that my eating, my stress levels, my exercise are helping my body do what the doctor said it wouldn’t be able to do.
OUR BODIES ARE BADLY AFFECTED BY STRESS…here a few little things that help me deal with anxiety & stress… – sit down, in a semi quiet place, close your eyes, loosen your bra a little. Breathe in and feel your rib cage expanding (it sounds silly but it keeps your mind from wondering). Understand how lucky you are to do that, think about how amazing it is that you can do that. Think of one thing, anything, that makes you happy (the first thing I thought of was sweet potato chips 😂🙈). Breathe out. – Can’t sleep before bed? Try a magnesium supplement or close your eyes and run through your day, hovering over any thing good that happened that you maybe missed. Only the good things. Then from your toes all the way up to your head – try and tense and then relax all the muscles you can. One by one. (Flex your toes, relax them. Point your toes, relax them. Flex your leg, your thigh, your hip, your bum. Then the other leg. Until the whole body is relaxed. Take notice of how they feel when they are relaxed). Research some good breathing exercises. Don’t exercise 2 hours before bed. It might help. Stay away from caffeine after 2pm. That could help too. Meditate. – Feel emotional and irritable? Go for a walk, be outside. Or grab a notebook and scribble down every feeling that you feel, it’s okay to let yourself feel things. Try figure out why you feel it- if you don’t like the feeling, try eliminate stressors that cause you to feel that way, write that too. Write everything that comes into your mind. It helps me a lot. It makes me feel better when I can understand why I feel what I do and sometimes just getting it onto paper and reading it- my Brain processes it differently. -I always found that swimming, yoga and walking (not on the treadmill, actually outside) helped me clear my mind the most. Sometimes you just need some time alone and think things through. – it’s okay to say “no” to things, to people. It’s okay to not want the same things as everyone else. It’s okay to go slower. It’s okay to turn left when everyone turns right. Mistakes are okay too- they’re how you learn. They’re how you grow. #noragrets . #jordynschannel
What is your favourite book and how has it changed your life? The Woman-code is my favorite book. It taught me a lot. I don’t think I would be where I am now without it.
What challenges have you faced in your efforts at becoming healthier? Sooo many I think combating acne has been the most frustrating. there are days when i look in the mirror and I cry and i get so frustrated because I eat so clean and I try so hard to do everything right for my skin and it just doesn’t seem to completely work. There are days when i look in the mirror and I don’t like what i see. I’m human. but i think the biggest thing was realizing that my physical appearance and my flaws don’t define me, I don’t deserve any less than anybody else because of them. It’s hard for me to love myself on days when I feel like my acne has flared up, I’m bloated and just feel like shiz in general but it’s especially important on those days to be kind to yourself, to comfort yourself and love yourself through those days. Making a conscious effort to be kinder to myself, it’s hard. Changing the way you think of yourself, changing your mentality is challenging. It’s a habit that needs to be broken and reformed. It just takes time and effort.
What tips would you give to someone wanting to get healthier? Just go for it. Make the decision and just start. You’ll learn along the way.. All you have to do is just keep trying. It’s worth it
What are your thoughts on using food as medicine? All my thoughts revolve around using food as medicine. haha. I love food, good, wholesome, real food and I think eating well can make a huge difference to everyone. I’m convinced that a lot of diseases, etc. that are becoming so prevalent are because of all the nasty food we eat.
I want to leave you with this:
You deserve the love you keep giving to everyone else.
If you wouldn’t choose the life you’re living for anyone else…why are you choosing it for yourself
You get one life and it should be your top priority to at least go through it happy
It’s never ever too late to start
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