Given that we have just launched our national Debunking PCOS tour, I thought this post was pretty darn fitting. As you will learn today, any stress placed on the body, be it physical or emotional, really plays havoc with hormone health and especially those with PCOS (after all, as we're learning in the Debunking PCOS workshops, PCOS when you strip it right back is simply hormone imbalance). Personal Trainer, Rachelle Bayley understand how important it is to recognise that we are all unique and we all require a different regime if we want our bodies firing on all cylinders. So over to her today to discuss how to best exercise for happy hormones.
In the Personal Training world, hormonal health is largely overlooked when it comes to weight loss and the ultimate journey to health. Unfortunately the first time hormonal health becomes a priority is when things go wrong and hormones start playing up and getting in the way of the results we are working so hard for. I used to be guilty of this. I put my hand up here and say that after all of the research I did day in and day out on nutrition, exercise and weight loss in general, hormonal health was something that I knew very little about and a topic that I often avoided with my clients.
Well, didn’t that backfire! Last year I found out that I had Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). This rocked me like you wouldn’t believe. I had always been in great shape, my body, my mind and my health were always what I would have considered ‘immaculate’. All of a sudden things were changing and seemed to be out of my control (not something I was used to). [click to continue…]
Oh my golly gosh wow wee wetting my pants we have launched! This weekend saw the launch of my new national tour – Debunking PCOS.
We had a blast! Next stop is Sydney! ALL the event details and times you can check out here. There's still an handful of Sydney tickets and then we're onto Brisbane where tickets are selling fast too. Run, don't walk people!
I'm also super excited to share that pre-sale has gone live and should you wish to be one of the first when the download goes live (sometime in April) you can make sure you don't miss out by purchasing at www.debunkingpcos.com.
Anyway – here's a few happy snaps from the weekend. Thank you to all of those who attended. For those who can't make it, I'm sure the news of the download will be very welcome! [click to continue…]
Oh my little loins will you look at what's being served up today?! If anybody wants to make this recipe for me and drop it in, feel free. I have to say Hummingbird cake is my all time favourite. With recipes this good – nobody is missing out! Today's recipe is thanks to the beautiful Nicole Beardsley from the Happy Parent Project. I know Nicole well – she is a delight and an asset to the wellness industry. Keep reading to find out all about this gorgeous girl and all she has to offer PLUS how to score yourself a copy of her book 'Sugar Free Baking,' because who doesn't want a slice of THAT?
Whowsers! What a weekend. It's been a busy few days for this little duck but I'm so excited to remind you of my Gentle Body Cleanse which starts Monday!
Before I dive into that – did you see all the fun I got up to on the weekend? I spent the majority at the FitX event here in Melbourne. I was also lucky enough to speak at the Feed Your Soul event here in Melbourne alongside the two beauties – Ashy Bines and Nicole Joy. I had a blast. But oh so tired now!
Which is why I'm so looking forward to this round of cleansing – my body is screaming for some lovin' and I'm so in need of a good clean and some attention – I do hope you are joining in the fun. You might remember I wrote a post a few weeks back as to why cleansing will help to sort out your hormones and get your body firing along. Cleansing is the key to happy hormones and hormone balance. If you missed that – check this out.
So how about this for an experiment with double the fun? TWO recipes from the one amazing mix.
I was playing around in the kitchen this week and fell over THIS.
See above. It's my coconut yoghurt recipe – LITERALLY blending the flesh of a coconut (or might I suggest a few for a decent batch) with a probiotic capsule and blending until it's a super smooth consistency. Even my husband was licking the bowl!
Then, after I made this, I thought I'd take it one step further and create….
Here's what you need (makes 2 serves):
1 cup of my My coconut yoghurt (or you could use coho)
2 tbs chia seeds
1 cup of coconut water
Blend the coconut yoghurt with berries and set aside.
Combine chia and coconut water and allow to sit until the chia absorbs the coconut water.
Mix the coconut yoghurt with the chia seeds and serve in martini glasses.
I'm pretty pumped for this one! My lovely gal pal Claire Baker and I met some time ago in the midst of her quest for menstruation. Claire, like so many women came off the pill, found herself in the full swing of PCOS and decided it was high time she walked her walk and heal her body. Claire is a health coach in Perth and an all round delight to share the wellness arena with. Her blog – this is life blood is not only an account of her journey thus far, but a resource for women seeking wellness.
Anyway, this is a must watch for all women, especially those with PCOS and hormone imbalance.
And of course, if you want to learn how to really understand PCOS more, get your body back on track, get off the pill and being to peel away the layers and get back to wellness, my Debunking PCOS tour kicks off on March 15th in Melbourne. We're coming to a city near you. I can't wait to help women get their own individual keys to hormone happiness!
Isn't it funny how things click into place always just when they should? Although we may be, at the time none the wiser, hindsight always provides us with the realisation. There's been a theme running through me over the past few years. Not really knowing or digging too far into it, I've allowed it to wash through every part of me – through my home life and family, my business, in practice, with my team, and through my blog. In setting up deliberate structure around my business, I was guided to hone in on my highest values. In doing so, it became apparent to me, that love was on the very top of my list. And of course we all have different values, different priorities and various feelings and emotions that propel us. Funnier though for me was, I never felt like I was a 'lovey dovey' type of gal – much like I never thought that what I did was very 'feminine' – but as you see (and you may be laughing because could it be any closer to what I do), both these things are central to who I am and what I do. How we perceive things is up to us.
But with love as my driving force, recognising and most importantly naming this as what drives me most, it's now come at me like a road train – and continues to come at me thicker and faster than ever before. So what I'm about to reveal to you, came as no surprise to me, but more so one of those 'meant to be' discoveries like so many before it.
Don't you just love an impromptu delight? This is one like no other. I'm known to experiment in the kitchen. This beauty came from a 'I feel like a chocolate tart' moment without any 'pre preparation.' I had to improvise from what was in my cupboard.
Anyway you can make this gluten free, sugar free and dairy free should you so desire. It tastes divine and will have your tummy hap hap happy!
Are you enjoying these Wellness Women Wednesdays? I'm loving how each of us view fertility as something different and most of all my message seems to be infiltrating – because fertility IS so much more than babies. Today I'm delighted to chat with Alison Morgan about fertility, life and how being healthy is highly addictive!
What does fertility mean to you?
Fertility is so beautiful. To me, it tells you when the body is in a healthy state, recognising it’s capable of carrying a new life.
What the one thing you do regularly that connects you back to yourself as a woman?
I love regular yoga practice. To hold the poses correctly, you must be present and in the moment. It’s at this moment you truly connect with your body, mind and spirit.
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!
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Owner of The Pagoda Tree - Melbourne's Home of Women's Health, Traditional Chinese Medicine & Alternative Therapies. Dr of Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncturist, Natural Fertility Educator, Writer and Blogger. Wife, Mother, Daughter, Sister, Family lover & Friend. Lover of Natural Health & Living.