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Nicole Jardim is one of my favorite menstruation experts and co-host of The Period Party, a podcast that actually makes this sometimes-tough topic fun! Nicole joined the podcast today to break down Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) for us and answer the question, “Are Women with PCOS more likely to have PMS?” Listen in (or read the transcript) as we discuss this plus:

  • the root causes of PMS
  • the impact of stress, diet, nutrient deficiency, and environmental toxins
  • relationship to blood sugar instability, hypoglycemia, and hyperglycemia
  • how to lessen symptoms
  • possible triggers
  • fixes including what to eat and HOW to eat it

96- PMS- Why You Get It and What to Do - SoundCloud
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There is a lot you can do from an integrated perspective to assist your health without interfering with the chemotherapy, surgery, or radiation if you choose to do that… let’s take the best of both worlds and merge them together.” – Carol Lourie

Every woman has been touched by breast cancer. It may be you or someone you know or love, but all of us understand, on some level, the physical, emotional, and spiritual impact of the disease. Women with PCOS do not have a higher risk of breast cancer than our peers, though we do have a slightly higher risk of endometrial cancer. Carol Lourie has dedicated her professional life to supporting women and their health. Now, she has focused her efforts on managing cancer in a functional way. Listen (or read the transcript) as we discuss:

  • preparing yourself, your family, and your community for treatment
  • nutrition for prevention, preparation, treatment, and recovery
  • managing side effects
  • setting the right mindset

Links to Carol Lourie’s programs and free guides:

95 - Managing Breast Cancer with Energy, Empowerment, and Grace - SoundCloud
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“What else can we be doing to tap into our self-healing capabilities? We can’t just accept and hand over this diagnosis that the doctor gives us. There’s so much more we can be doing that we have control over.” –Joanne Verkuilen- founder and creator of Circle and Bloom

Your mind is a powerful thing. The science behind the mind-body connection and how your thinking generates physical response in the body is at the center of Circle and Bloom’s mission and programs. Joanne Verkuilen, founder and creator of Circle and Bloom joined the podcast to discuss how meditation and visualization work and how we can tap into it to help manage our PCOS, fertility, and much more. Self-care like this is critical to living like a PCOS Diva.

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Did you know that only .0.1% of the National Institute of Health budget goes to PCOS research despite being the #1 hormone syndrome in women?

Two major events are happening in the world of PCOS!  Sasha Ottey, founder of PCOS Challenge, a leading patient support and advocacy group visited the podcast to share the news.

First, House Resolution 495 is making its way through Congress. This bill advocates for national PCOS awareness and to make September officially national PCOS Awareness month. Make your voice heard! Listen in to find out easy ways to get in touch with your representative or go to PCOSChallenge.org/resolution or pcoschallenge.org/prioritize-pcos for more information.

Second, PCOS Challenge is holding its annual Symposium and BOLT 5K walk on September 15 & 16. This is one of my favorite events of the year. It is an uplifting weekend as women from around the country gather to share information and support. To learn more, visit PCOSweekend.org or PCOS5k.org.

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Most women with PCOS are overweight, but it is not necessary to be overweight to have a PCOS diagnosis. Many of us have a version of the syndrome called Lean PCOS. We share all the other symptoms but are often overlooked when doctors are searching for the root of our symptoms. Listen in as lean cyster Dr. Laura Dimler Radziwon and I discuss our experiences with Lean PCOS and:

  • Androgen excess, insulin balance, and acne
  • The journey to find a diagnosis
  • The importance of exercise beyond weight loss
  • Managing perfectionism in diet, exercise, and everything else
  • How to balance stress, anxiety, mood disorders, and hormones

93 - Let's Talk About Lean PCOS - SoundCloud
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Many women with PCOS have a combative relationship with their body and PCOS. We buy into the calories-in/calories-out myth and attempt to punish our bodies with exercise. PCOS trainer, Erika Volk visits the podcast to bust myths around PCOS and exercise as well as explain the far-reaching (and unexpected) benefits. Listen in as we discuss:

  • Why exercise and strength training balance your blood sugar
  • Exercising to regulate appetite, mood, and menstrual cycles, balance hormones, and more
  • Why all calories are not created equal
  • How you should feel after a workout
  • Advice for athletes who are training
  • Pregnancy and postpartum fitness

91 - The Biggest PCOS Exercise Myth: Calories In-Calories Out - SoundCloud
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