With my Debunking Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome tour set to start in just a few short weeks, I’ve been digging into my bag of tricks to really be able to offer women some juicy solutions. In preparation for live events, I’ve had a lot of time to realise, that like every health condition, there’s so much more than meets the eye.
And of course, to think that there is only ever one way to treat anything is plain ludicrous.
I mean genetically we are all different, then we throw into the mix things such as environment, diet, lifestyle, upbringing, and emotional wellness – there’s a lot to know. But here’s the thing, I don’t want it to be confusing or overwhelming or confronting. I don’t want your health and wellness to be in the too hard basket – heck, it needs to be on the top of the checklist!
When we look at things front on, we run the risk of areas being shadowed. I’m so excited to be able to shine the spotlight on PCOS from above and reveal it all – no room for shadows. I want to debunk it good and proper and allow each individual to understand her own situation better. Because no two bodies are exactly the same – not even for identical twins!
Did you know – the wrong kind of exercise for those with PCOS can have horrible effects?
I guess when you think about it, it’s not rocket science. But how many women are being led to believe that slogging it out at the gym is the solution to getting weight in check (because PCOS is so influenced by weight)? Any kind of stress or load on the body for women with PCOS can be disastrous. And I’ve come to learn that exercising smarter and not harder is, for many, the best way.
What does this mean?
+ Switch heavy weights for working entire muscle groups
+ Replace long taxing workouts for quick 25 minutes of moderate level exercise
+ Ditch the gym – get outdoorsy. Walk, run, skip, hop, jump, climb stairs, run on sand, switch it up and absolutely leave no from for boredom (if its only 25 minutes, its unlikely you’ll get bored right?
+ Find a bendy, stretchy kind of class that you enjoy – think barre, yoga, pilates, tai chi – all of which are actually great all over body workouts and get the blood flowing to every corner of your body.
PCOS may develop post pill
By far one of the most common things we see in the clinic is women coming off the pill only to discover their bodies are in all kinds of imbalance. Very often, the signs of PCOS are simply this – hormone imbalance. And by far the number one driver of this is stress. Now it’s all good and dandy for me to say “relax”, although not very useful if you don’t have the tools to know just how.
These are a few simple, foolproof ways to de-stress:
+ Meditate. I know it’s a learned and takes practice kind of thing, but extremely valuable and helps tremendously in balancing hormones. If you prefer guided meditation, you might like this one here you can download free of charge.
+ Schedule in your ‘you’ time. 4 hours per week. Make time, even if it is 30 minutes each day to take a walk around the block. It’s essential.
+ Book that holiday – even if it’s 25 minutes north in a camping ground. Just do it already.
+ Journal – write down what comes out on paper. Extremely therapeutic and pulls you out of your head!
Genetics may not play the big role
As we’ve learnt along the way, we have the ability to essentially ‘turn off’ or ‘turn on’ our genes behaviour be it by our thoughts, mindset, attitude, environment, diet and lifestyle. So with this in mind, we know that emotional health plays a huge role – especially from a TCM viewpoint. From this perspective, the heart plays a huge role in the sequence of events around ovulation (and if we needed to translate this into a modern standpoint, we’d look at the role of the pituitary). When these signals can’t be fired to promote ovulation, it simply won’t happen. But equally it may be a case of poor spleen (gut) function and excess damp and toxins in the body (again from a TCM viewpoint). You see – no two women are the same.
I’m getting pretty pumped with the upcoming Debunking PCOS live event (and of course the e-course will follow). This stuff here today is just the tip of the iceberg. My aim, is to unravel PCOS like never before and get into the nitty gritty so each and every woman that comes has so much information, she can only help but make informed decisions about her health. Because nobody can really tell you what’s best for you, other than you. And the only way you can do that is by collecting as much information as possible to help make those choices.
For more info on my upcoming Debunking PCOS tour (including dates and locations), click here.