EVERY MONTH WE ASK SEVERAL WOMEN IN OUR COMMUNITY TO SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCES WITH ALL THINGS PERIODS.
This week we’re delighted to talk to UK based female wellness expert, Le’Nise.
Name: Le’Nise Brothers
Occupation: Registered Nutritional Therapist, Women’s Health and Wellbeing Coach, Yoga Teacher and Founder, Eat Love Move
Tell us a little more about your journey to becoming a nutritional therapist and women’s health and wellness coach. Why did you start, why is it important to you, what courses you did etc:
I’ve always been really interested in health and wellbeing, starting from when I was a teenager. I used to have very heavy, painful periods and a lot of anxiety and depression. I didn’t want to have to rely on pills to feel better for the rest of my life, so I started seeking out alternatives. After years of self-study and trial and error, I decided to make a career change from advertising to nutrition and wellbeing. I studied naturopathic nutrition at the College of Naturopathic Medicine in London and received my 200 hour yoga teacher qualification from YogaLondon.
My nutrition tutors always encouraged me to go deeper and specialise in a specific area. When I was pondering what to specialise in, my mind would always go to my own negative experience of my period, as well as the experiences of my family and friends. It made me wonder why women continue to accept a painful, emotional period and menstrual cycle as the norm. I knew there had to be a better way, so I decided to make it my mission to help change the narrative around menstrual health, what’s normal and what isn’t and help women feel empowered through better knowledge about their body and menstrual cycles.
What’s your favourite thing about periods:
The many skills that come into focus during the four phases of the menstrual cycle. Once women harness this understanding, it gives them an amazing power.
What’s your favourite thing about your job?:The privilege of working with a wide range of women and giving them the space to open up, be honest and share. Seeing the difference the work I do with my clients creates in their overall health and wellbeing. Planting seeds in women’s minds that shift their understanding of what a normal period is and teaching them simple things that can be done to improve their menstrual and hormonal health.
You currently run your own practise in the UK, can you tell us a little more about that, can people book 1:1 with you and what would that involve/entail?:
I feel really privileged to be able to work with women from all walks of life through Eat Love Move, my private and corporate nutrition and wellbeing practice.
I work with clients at my Chiswick and Islington clinics, as well as through Skype / FaceTime calls to deliver health and wellbeing programmes that are tailored to their individual needs.
My signature programme is a 12 week one-to-one hormone and personal health programme that helps women who want to increase their energy, reduce sugar cravings and finally get control of menstrual and hormonal health issues such as painful, heavy, missing and irregular periods, PCOS, endometriosis, fibroids, post-natal depletion, perimenopause and menopause. We look at changes in nutrition, movement, sleep, breathing, stress management, self-care to help improve their overall menstrual health.
The coaching I provide throughout the 12 weeks helps my clients create better, healthier habits that can take them through the rest of their lives.
Why do you love ilo?:
I love this brand! When women know more about their cycles, it empowers them to take charge of their health and wellbeing and find solutions that suit them and their lifestyle.
Tampons that are organic AND biodegradable reduce the impact they have on a woman’s health and on the environment. A double win in my books!
What do you feel your role is at ilo and making a difference to women, girls, men and boys around periods?
Education, understanding and empowerment! When girls, boys, men and women understand that periods are a normal part of life, it starts to remove the taboos and stigmas and allows girls and women to get the support they need and deserve.
Your favourite period resources - can you mention in here our period journal (if you want to sell this hard back book on your site link it here) any podcasts/ezines about periods:
The ilo period journal, of course. I love Dr Jolene Brighten! She’s doing amazing work educating women about what to do after they’ve come off hormonal birth control.
Tell us one way you honor and celebrate your period every month and why it’s important to do so?:
I slow down, listen to my body and do exactly what it tells me. If it’s telling me to spend the evening on the couch under a warm blanket watching something that makes me laugh, then I listen!
Tell us the one thing you wish more women and girls knew about their periods and why:
That periods aren’t supposed to be painful and a time of emotional upheaval. Pain is a sign that something is wrong. A YouGov study showed that 49% of women in the UK believe that pain is ‘a normal part of having periods’. It’s not!
What’s one thing you wish men and boys knew about periods and why you feel it’s really important that ilo isn’t just changing the conversation for women but for men too:
Periods are completely normal, nothing to be feared. I wish all parents would have open conversations about the menstrual cycle and periods with their daughters AND their sons.
What do you wish you’d known when you started your period, that you know now?
I wish I knew that pain isn’t normal. It could’ve saved me years of suffering, tears and hatred of my body.
When did you start your period and what was it like (did your mum explain it before hand etc, were both parents, if you had them, in on the chats etc):
I started my period when I was 13 and it was a total non-event. I eventually cobbled together information from my friends, books (Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret opened my eyes to ALOT!) and eventually, the internet.
FINALLY LIGHTNING ROUND:
When you have your period you feel …………..drawn to being closer to home, with lots of nourishing foods and snuggly clothes.
You crave………salty………….. Food when you have your period.
Favourite song to listen to when you’re bleeding……………… My energy tends to be lower, so I like to listen to upbeat songs to boost my mood. Lots of Diana Ross, Tina Turner, Donna Summer and of course, Beyonce!
What’s your favourite season of your period and why: Spring - I love the rebound in my energy levels! (you should check out this blog post if you’re not sure what we’re talking about!)
What’s one thing you can’t live without when you’re bleeding…. My menstrual cup!
How long does your cycle last………….between 24 - 27 days.
What are the three things (yoga, breathing etc) that connect you with your cycle: Yoga, to remind me to connect with my body and be grateful for everything that my body can do for me.
FINALLY WHAT’S ONE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’D GIVE A PARENT WHO HAS A TEENAGE DAUGHTER?
Listen, give her space to ask questions, make sure you’re giving her the right information about her period and menstrual cycle and if she’s in a lot of pain, get it checked out sooner rather than later.