Sunlighten: You turned 40 this year…what are your thoughts about that? It’s a big milestone.
LeAnn Rimes: I was really excited about turning 40. I love the fresh energy of a new decade. I feel like I’ve lived a lot of life in my 40 years and have garnered great wisdom from all of my experiences leading up to 40. So, I felt like I was really settling into myself, allowing my heart and soul to guide my life, and beginning to live more from the inside out, rather than the outside in. So far, this new decade has felt more grounded, and I feel the most comfortable and confident I’ve ever felt in my own skin.
SL: How did you get the idea to build a healthy foundation before perimenopause hit and why is that important to you?
LeAnn Rimes: Throughout my life, I’ve heard from my mom or other women in my life that “everything goes downhill after 40,” and I was like “nope, not on my watch!” I am aware of the hormonal changes that women go through during this season of our lives and the cascade of health challenges that our ever changing hormonal landscape can usher in, but I also am very aware of the influence we can have over our own health journey by educating ourselves and making lifestyle changes to not only survive perimenopause/menopause, but to thrive during this time and make the transition a whole lot smoother.
At 39, I stumbled upon Dr. Mindy Pelz’s work. After reading her book, “The Menopause Reset,” I reached out to her for help and my upgraded health journey began. I have always been healthy and taken care of my body, but not even close to the degree at which I take care of my health now. The knowledge I have gained about my female body--its magic, wisdom, needs and challenges--that knowledge is now vast and guides my day-to-day choices. I am BEYOND grateful for Dr. Mindy and her guidance. I know I would be headed down a very different path with my health if it wasn’t for listening to my intuition and reaching out to her to help guide me during this stage of my life.
SL: Have you experienced any perimenopause symptoms yet? Which ones?
LeAnn Rimes: I have, and I’ve probably been experiencing them for even longer than I am aware of. I was on birth control since I was 17 years old and on continuous birth control since my early 20’s. I had such severe periods that my whole body would swell, including my vocal chords, so in order to rectify that, my doctor put me on continuous birth control. I would go from one pack of pills to the next without ever having a period. Back then, it seemed like a great idea, but now, I know better. I can only imagine what that truly did to my hormones. At the age of 38, I began having breakthrough bleeding and so, I thought it was time to come off of birth control and allow my body to return to its natural rhythms. Since then, I have been working on balancing my hormones and getting things to come back online naturally that had previously been manipulated by synthetic hormones. But I am also at that perimenopausal stage where hormones start to dwindle, so the mix of the two has posed some challenges.
Over the past couple of years, I have experienced significant brain fog, higher anxiety from decreased progesterone, more significant mood swings and as of late, night sweats, here and there.