Tag Archives: PCOS

Do you need to lose weight to become healthy?

Do you need to lose weight to become healthy?
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Do you need to become healthy in order to lose weight?

scalesAs you may know, I’m a huge fan on Sean Croxton from Underground Wellness. It was in his book, the Dark Side of Fat Loss that I first realised that we generally have things the wrong way around.

We think that we need to lose a few kilos in order to look healthy. But in fact, our body won’t release excess weight (on a permanent basis) until it’s actually healthy. (Read more about Sean’s take here)

Being thin doesn’t automatically make you a healthy specimen of the human race!

My experience:

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fertility health and happy hormones

Those of you who follow my blog may have noticed I’ve been a little quiet for the past few months… To be honest, I’ve been lacking the creative drive to even think of blog articles or newsletter themes.

But I guess that is because my creative energy has been subconsciously assigned to something else. Yep that’s right, I’m growing a baby!

Source: via Pintast on Pintast

 

The past few years, I have been invested in getting my health back on track. When I learned of my PCOS diagnosis, suddenly I was reading all things fertility, even though a baby was not on the cards just yet.

One of my favourite philosophies is based on the inspirational work from Dr Nat Kringoudis, who reminds us that fertility is not about making babies – it’s an extension of our health. If our bodies aren’t in a good way, the reproductive switch will be turned off, because biologically it’s not a good time to fall pregnant.

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Essential Oils 101 – Part One

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Have you discovered the many benefits of essential oils?

Essential oils are made of very small molecules that can penetrate your cells, and some can even cross the blood-brain barrier. This means they act fast! Within 4 seconds of inhaling an aroma the body responds via the brain and central nervous system by releasing certain chemicals and endorphins.

What are they?

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an update on my personal PCOS story

Things have been moving in the right direction this year with my PCOS diagnosis, so I felt I should share my success! As you may be aware, last year I decided to tackle my PCOS and hypothyroidism without the use of medications. I wanted to balance my hormones naturally.

light end of tunnel

It’s taken a very long time to start to heal, but I can see light at the end of the tunnel!

If you wanted to catch up on my diagnosis and story thus far, please check out this post.

This year, my cycle has slowly returned, inconsistently but at least it’s happening! As you may be aware, women ovulate from alternate ovaries. I seem to have one cycle that is pretty close to 28 days now, and I can pinpoint the day of ovulation. The period associated with this cycle is completely pain free! No PMS!!!

However, the other cycle from the other ovary is not so pleasant. It fluctuates from 35 to 65 days long, and I can’t seem to pinpoint ovulation. The period associated with this ovary still quite painful, with cramps, headaches and a bad mood.

I have found that castor oil heat packs have eased the period pain. You can read more about them here.

So what do I believe have been the contributing factors to easy my PCOS symptoms, balancing my hormones and  bringing my cycle back into line?

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sugar-free september

sugarAlright, so I’m a little late on the bandwagon… But 3/4 of a sugar-free September is better than none, right?

The negative effects of sugar consumption are well-documented in the media these days.

Personally, I “quit” sugar nearly 2 years ago after reading David Gillespie‘s Sweet Poison, followed by Sarah Wilson‘s I Quit Sugar. 

Can I be frank? (probably not, as I am a woman…and I’ve never heard of a female Frank). The effects of sugar consumption are really scary and if you aren’t familiar with them, I suggest you read up and try the sugar-quitting experiment on yourself and see how good you feel.

But if you are  anything like me, you know what you should be doing, but for some reason you self-sabotage. Slowly, but surely, sugar has crept back into my world. No where near the same amount that I previously consumed, but still enough to have a negative effect on my blood sugar levels and wreak havoc in terms of PCOS symptoms. Continue reading