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Meet Claire Baker from This is Lifeblood – her journey to wellness & dealing with post pill amenorrhea

Meet Claire from This is Lifeblood.  She’s one inspiring woman on a mission!  She knows a thing or two about how to move toward health through holistic treatments.  Whatsmore, she recognised the ill effects the pill was having on her body, experienced post pill amenorrhea AND realised she needed to act on it and like so many women who come off the pill, she’s since been diagnosed with PCOS.  And rather than me rave on about her – let’s hear it from the gorgeous woman’s own mouth!
Tell us a bit about yourself, what ignited your passion for the health and wellness industry?
Hi! I’m Claire, a lover of all things colourful, creative and soulful. My heart lies in health and wellness. 9 years ago I was diagnosed with acute liver inflammation which kickstarted my education of the healing power of whole foods and holistic health therapies. I cleaned up my diet, experimented with hypnotherapy and kinesiology and witnessed firsthand the incredible abilities our bodies have to heal themselves when we give them half a chance. And then, how life becomes sweeter and clearer and the creative channels open when our bodies are functioning at their prime. It was a tough gig for a 17 year old to go through, but a blessing in disguise really! Now I am a Certified Health Coach and I get to support other women as they discover this truth for themselves.

I love the name of your blog ‘This is Lifeblood’. I’d love you to share with us where the name came from?
A lot of brainstorming with my sister and my Thesaurus! But really, it’s our essence; what pumps through our veins, what gets us out of bed in the mornings. Lifeblood is passion and purpose and what makes YOU who you are. I believe that we are all here for a reason, we each have a purpose on this planet and it is our bliss as well as our obligation to live that! That is what Lifeblood is all about.

Recently you wrote a post about the troubles you have been having coming off the Pill. I speak about this often but I would love for you to share you recent experience and where you are at with getting your body back on track post pill…
That post is by far the most popular post on my blog, with an absolute army of comments from people who are frightened and confused as to where their bodies are at post-pill when their periods don’t arrive. I really have to stress here Nat, how wonderful it is that you are speaking about this and educating people, because so many young women are uninformed and unsure when it comes to their reproductive health. So thank you! (*insert fist pump on my part here*!!)

After being on the pill for 10 years, I stopped taking it in January. After 5 months had passed without a period, I realised my body was in need of some extra-nourishing as it rebalanced itself, so I decided to research foods and healing therapies that would be beneficial. I’ve been seeing a Chinese Medicine Practitioner and Acupuncturist fortnightly, as well as taking prescribed herbs and eating fertility-fuelling, blood-building, hormone-balancing foods. It’s really important to me to take responsibility for my health and understand where my body is at, so I’ve also seen a GP to test my hormone levels and undergone ultrasounds to figure out what is going on.

I’ve recently discovered I have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), so the next step for me is deciphering how to best support my body now that I have this knowledge, but at the end of the day, I know I am doing everything in my power to nurture my body while transitioning off the pill. I choose not to feel stressed by the situation, because that would counteract all the healing work I am doing, but I will certainly be throwing a ‘Period Party’ when mine finally returns!
Your readers can read more about my journey here and I promise an update soon.

Who inspires you?
People who are honest, real and fearlessly themselves. My parents. Danielle La Porte. Sarah Wilson. Cheryl Strayed. The gorgeous women I have the pleasure of coaching. My amazing bunch of creative, soulful friends. And anyone who does what they love to do, purely because they love to do it.

What motto do you live by?
As above; do more of what you love. And trust the process.

What is your number one go to meal on the run?
I keep a bunch of cooked quinoa in the fridge, so I scoop some of that in a bowl, add a can of sardines or boiled eggs, some grated zucchini and carrot, turmeric and a teaspoon of coconut cream. It’s like a curry in a hurry!

Where to from here, what’s in the pipelines for yourself and this is lifeblood?
Well, I’ve just opened my doors to take on more clients which is wonderful as it’s my dream to support women as they navigate through the health and wellness world. I’ve also recently started my yoga teacher training, I’ve got a live event and an eBook in the pipeline for next year, plus I’m planning on getting out there and writing-my-butt-off for some other wellness magazines, programs and platforms to continue to share the love. Plus my travel bug has been biting and I’ve got New York in my sights…

Do you have a recipe you would like to share?
I recently posted my Sensational Stuffed Tomato Halves that I contributed to an upcoming online detox program. They’re the perfect cleansing, plant-based meal or side dish. Very impressive and so delish.
Sensational Stuffed Tomato

Where can we find you?
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Claire Baker is a Certified Health Coach who digs peppermint tea, medjool dates, a good belly laugh and wearing yoga pants all day. Addicted to living authentically with gutsy passion and purpose and helping others to do the same, Claire received her training through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City and works with women who are ready to transform their health and make real lifestyle changes. Her clients experience greater confidence, improved relationships, more joy and clear complexions. Through her honest and informative wellness blog and unique health and lifestyle coaching packages, you can consider Claire your personal advocate for living a creative, energised and passionate life.
Come say hi at This is Lifeblood, her online space to share her passions for all things nourishing, spiritual and creative and subscribe to her free weekly love letters.

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4 Responses to “Meet Claire Baker from This is Lifeblood – her journey to wellness & dealing with post pill amenorrhea”

  1. Lisa

    Such a familiar story! I too experienced post-pill amenorrhea and was also diagnosed with PCOS. Luckily for me, acupuncture worked wonders and my period returned and soon after I was pregnant. Once my period returned post-birth and settled down, I started to have completley normal, regular menstrual cycles. For me, pregnancy seems to have resulted in a complete reset, ridding my system of the ill affects of the pill. And in my case, I really doubt the diagnosis of PCOS – I think it was nothing more than my body trying repeatedly, but failing, to ovulate as it struggled to return to normal post-pill.

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    • Claire // This is Lifeblood

      Lisa, I really appreciate you sharing this. To be honest, I am somewhat taking the PCOS diagnosis with a grain of salt. Sure, it might be what is going on but there’s a part of me that believes that while I have the ovarian cysts, I’m not convinced I have always had this syndrome (as my GP has informed me – she believes the pill was masking it) but in fact, the pill has contributed to the cysts forming. Only time will tell as I continue on my journey! Congratulations on taking the time to look after your body and falling pregnant, that’s so wonderful to hear! x

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      • Lisa

        As I understand it, or at least in my case, the “cysts” were really just caused by eggs which had tried, but failed, to release from the ovaries. I remember having an argument about this with the fertility specialist, with me asking him how he could say definitively that it was PCOS and not just that, my bodies failed attempts at ovulation, and he had no answers but would not concede that the pill might have caused the problem either. I am not sure why the doctors are so reluctant to recognise that the pill might actually be the cause of the problem rather than the cover for some underlying issue. It just reinforces the point that Nat makes repeatedly on this blog – often, we know better than the doctors what is going on within our own bodies. All the best – I hope that you enjoy celebrating your period party very soon!

  2. Claire // This is Lifeblood

    Thank you so much for having me Nat, such an honour. Again, a bucketload of gratitude to you for continuing to share this message with women all over the world. You rock! x

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