Inspired by Judy Chicago, I’ve created a virtual dinner party: One category of my blog will be dedicated to honouring women who I want to be a part of my soul community. Each woman at my virtual table has a lesson to teach, even if it’s simply to inspire us with her ability to hold greater aspirations for ourselves than we’d ever thought possible. Each one will be a manifestation of the Goddess, a Wise Woman, a pilgrim on the road of the Sacred Feminine. I want to share the wisdom of these women as part of my community of support.
This October – Breast Health Awareness Month, a month all about the very seat of nurturing and nourishment – who better to invite to my virtual table than the Holy Trinity of Women’s Health.
For the young woman trying to stabilize her periods, reduce PCOS and acne, or improve her fertility, Alisa Vitti is the Go-to-Girl. The Maiden of my trinity.
In her book, Woman Code, Alisa not only teaches how to eat and change your lifestyle to optimize your health, she teaches you how to “go with the flow”. You don’t need me to tell you that each week of your menstrual cycle comes with its own set of symptoms, emotions and brain capacity. Alisa demystifies the stages and teaches you how to tap into the power of each phase. How to live more fully with the body you have, embrace its wonders and be the deliciously vibrant woman you should be.
Some of us didn’t have the benefit of her wisdom at a young age, so we have Dr. Sara Gottfried, the Matron, to set us straight in middle age.
Examining the hormone trinity: thyroid, adrenal glands and ovaries, Dr. Sara explains in her book, The Hormone Cure how to determine which of these babies is out of balance and how to get them back on track. She speaks specifically to women in perimenopause who’ve lost their memories and sex drive and gained an extra 20lbs and bad moods in their place.
The one who helped snowball the shift in approach to women’s health is Dr. Christiane Northrup, Supreme Goddess.
In her first book, Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom, she dug our particular challenges out from under the weight of a male-centric medical system and invited us to own our individual experiences within our symptoms.
Her current focus is on helping women flourish both physically and emotionally past menopause. No longer seen as the declining years, Dr. Northrup has breathed new life into the notion of the Crone.
These women inform my personal health journey as much as they inform my work.
They, along with countless other authors and practitioners today, make it imperative that we own our bodies, be proactive in our health and live from a deep sense of power and vitality, no matter our age.
I raise my glass to each of you. Salut!
Who’s your favourite author, what’s your favourite book or website for women’s health? Who would you invite to join the conversation here? When you share in the comments, you open the possibilities for others.