I love everything hormones!
Hi! I’m Sarah Jane Sandy, master nutrition therapist and women’s health expert. I am passionate about helping women fix their hormonal chaos, get pregnant, stay pregnant, and ultimately feel happy and content in their bodies.
The thing is, I wasn’t always interested in hormones, fertility or menstrual cycles. To be honest, I didn’t pay any attention to what was happening in my own body until it forced me to.
One of the things I’m often asked is
“How on earth did you get in all of this?”
The beginning of my journey
Starting at age 16, I began having horribly painful periods every two weeks accompanied by the classic PMS nightmare – horrific cramps, nausea, weight gain, bloating, skin eruptions, the whole kit and caboodle.
I saw acupuncturists, conventional doctors and healers who taught me to talk to my ovaries… I tried bio-identical hormones, thyroid medication, acupuncture, reiki, you name it – I gave it a shot.
Nothing seemed to help.
In my second year of college, suddenly my cycle stopped coming completely. I was 19, eating too little, exercising too much, staying out into the wee hours of the morning much too often, anxiety-ridden, stressed, and overall pretty much a mess. For years, my cycle remained elusive, never staying around for long and disappearing for months and years at at time.
Thank goodness for my parents. They knew taking the advice of my doctor to get on birth control pills to restore my cycle would only mask the crazy hormonal chaos I was experiencing and never really fix anything.
By then I was 22 and at a total loss for what to do to fix my body. My step-father, a medical doctor of 25 years with a passion and drive for holistic medicine, recommended I see a naturopathic doctor. The naturopath was the first person to ask me about my diet, my lifestyle, and my emotional health. She was truly interested in figuring out why my body was breaking down at the young age of 22.
Her treatment plan included eating one whole egg plus two tablespoons of cod liver oil every day. Wait, what?! I thought we were supposed to avoid fat, and especially cholesterol?!
Much to my complete surprise, within four weeks I had my first menstrual cycle in years. This experience fueled my fascination with food and its ability to heal.
My journey to understand fertility
I began reading EVERYTHING I could get my hands on about food and nutrition, discovering how the food we eat determines everything from how good our skin looks to how well our brain works, and everything in between… I was blown away at the power of food.
Around this time I left my corporate journalism job in Chicago and enrolled at the Nutrition Therapy Institute in Colorado to complete the graduate program in nutrition therapy. A program teaching a science-based holistic approach to nutrition rooted in the conviction that food, as Nature intended, is a form of medicine that can heal, protect, nurture and support health.
When it came to choose the topic for my thesis paper, I was immediately drawn to the subject of how to increase fertility naturally. Even though I wasn’t trying to get pregnant at the time, I realized if I was, I would definitely be struggling. I knew that one day I really wanted a family and to have the experience of becoming a mother.
I spent the next year studying, personally applying the research, and understanding everything there was to know about how to restore hormonal flow and improve fertility. I studied with various well-respected practitioners. I took courses on how to use functional medicine to restore hormonal health, how to optimize thyroid function, how to improve male fertility health, and numerous other topics relating to fertility and hormones.
I completely restored my own hormonal health
My research revealed that food and lifestyle changes were the most powerful tools to address the underlying issues of hormonal chaos. Our bodies have an innate ability to restore a natural balance if given the correct raw materials.
I discovered the solution to hormonal vibrancy is to live in a way that is closer to the natural rhythm of our bodies. Our modern day food, environment, lifestyle and habits look incredibly different than our traditional ways, but our hormonal DNA hasn’t changed a bit. The hormones made in our bodies still rely on the inherent cycles of nature for their regulation and balancing.
I came to understand our modern lives with the endless to-do lists, over consumption of frankenfoods, addiction to electronic devices and lack of nature and quiet time was unknowingly taking a major toll on the delicate hormonal orchestra of the body.
I rediscovered traditional ways of living and being, and began to apply them in my own life.
- Eating foods my great-grandmother would have recognized – foods she would have grown, raised, fished or caught.
- Syncing my wake/sleep cycle more closely with the sun so my body had a rhythm to rely on.
- Limiting the amount of time I spent on electronic devices.
- Making nature-time a non-negotiable part of my day.
- Learning how to sit quietly without the need to constantly be doing something.
- Moving my body in ways that felt invigorating and positive, instead of depleting.
- Being grateful for the body I was given. Accepting myself fully and letting go of wishing to be different in any way.
Eventually I completely restored my own hormonal health. No more missing cycles, painful periods, PMS, eczema, depression, anxiety, weight gain or brain fog.
I would love to help YOU!
Now my energy is high, my moods are stable, my food cravings gone, my skin is clear, and my sexual energy and weight are easy to maintain. I cycle with the moon, aligning with the flow of the earth. My body is prepared and ready to consciously conceive when the time is right.
For the last 12 years I’ve worked with hundreds of women, teaching them how to optimize their hormones and how to alleviate the most common modern hormone imbalances (such as PMS, PCOS, endometriosis, fibroids, and amenorrhea).
They learn how to restore and revive their innate fertility power. They discover how to eat and live in a way that profoundly nourishes not only their baby, but also their own body during pregnancy and the post-birth. And ultimately how to live in hormonal flow each and every day.
Now I would love to help YOU!
Welcome to a space created to guide you and inspire you. Whether you’re trying to fix your hormonal chaos, get pregnant, grow a healthy baby, or ultimately just feel happy and content in your body, I’m so glad you’re here!