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Down To Earth PCOS Nutrition Podcast

English, Fitness / Keep-fit, 1 seasons, 153 episodes, 3 days 17 hours 14 minutes
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Struggling with PCOS symptoms and not sure where to start? I invite you to join me on this podcast to learn credible and practical nutrition strategies that address PCOS from the source. This podcast was created specifically for women with PCOS looking to heal their body and take charge of their health without dieting or deprivation. I’ll be here weekly to share the healthy living approach I have been teaching for over a decade with proven results that are nothing but transformational! On this show, you'll find expert guests and solos episodes packed with practical tips & tricks to balance hormones in a down to earth way that keeps you motivated & consistent on your PCOS healing journey.
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147. 3 PCOS Diet Mistakes To Avoid

In today's episode, we're tackling a topic that is challenging for many women with PCOS- PCOS weight loss. Specifically, we're uncovering 3 PCOS dieting mistakes that are likely keep you from seeing long term weight loss and feeling healthier physically and mentally. The three common PCOS diet mistakes we'll break down here are the ones you absolutely want to avoid.   The truth is that dieting, especially the kind that involves strict calorie counting, carb elimination, and fasting or meal skipping, can actually be harmful for PCOS.   Why, you ask? Because it doesn't address the root cause of hormonal disturbances associated with this condition and is highly unsustainable (do you really want to avoid bread for the rest of your life?!) Instead, it can lead to physical and mental health issues that hinder rather than help. Counting calories might seem like a good idea for weight management, but for PCOS, it often falls short. We'll explore why foc
22/02/202424 minutes 48 seconds
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146. What to eat for PCOS?

In this episode, we're breaking down a full day of meals and snacks tailored specifically for PCOS.   And, I've got a FREE 7-day PCOS meal plan to go along with it! Grab it at: www.dafnachazin.com/pcosplan   I am sharing my top meal ideas, tips, and strategies to create balanced, hormone-friendly meals that can help you feel your best. Tune in to check out the exact menus that have helped my clients lose weight, reduce cravings, increase mood and energy and regulate their menstrual cycle naturally.   As you know, PCOS can disrupt your hormonal balance, leading to symptoms like irregular periods, weight gain, and insulin resistance. But did you know that the right food plan can reverse most PCOS symptoms?   By focusing on high quality foods, blood sugar control and the right combinations of nutrients, you can put PCOS into re
15/02/202415 minutes 15 seconds
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145. Will my PCOS ever go away?

Welcome to the Down toEarth PCOS Podcast!   In today's episode, we are diving deep into a question that so many of you have been asking: "Will PCOS ever go away?"   This is a common concern among women living with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), and I'm here to provide you with the facts, evidence, and real stories from my PCOS patients and to give you a real answer.   PCOS is a complex hormonal condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It's characterized by a range of symptoms, including irregular periods, weight gain, hormonal imbalances, and often insulin resistance. The uncertainty surrounding PCOS and its potential to be cured or reversed can be overwhelming, and I understand your concerns since I speak with people struggling with PCOS every single day.   In this episode, I will explore the following key questions:   1. Is There a Cure for PCOS? We'll start by addressing the idea of a PCOS cure. Is
08/02/202411 minutes 9 seconds
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144. What's happening in your body with PCOS?

Today's episode is for you if you've ever asked yourself: What is PCOS? What causes PCOS symptoms? What hormones are imbalanced in my body? Today's episode is about the ways PCOS impacts your fertility, metabolic health and mental health. We're talking about the important interplay between hormones such as insulin, progesterone, testosterone, and cortisol. We'll discuss how one hormonal imbalance can lead to one another and what is happening inside your body that causes new symptoms to surface. In this episode, you will: Learn what is PCOS, how it's diagnosed and what symptoms are common. Discover the 3 main root causes of PCOS which are: insulin resistance, inflammation, and elevated androgen levels. Discover the influence insulin resistance has on common PCOS symptoms such as acne, missing periods, anxiety, male-pattern hair growth, and weight gain. Learn how inflammation shows up in PCOS and wh
02/02/202421 minutes 30 seconds
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143. How Do My Clients Stay Motivated?

On today’s episode, I talk about a topic key to achieving your health goals: motivation.  Motivation is what can keep us committed to a healthy lifestyle day-in and day-out, especially during challenging times in our lives when stress and anxiety may tempt us to simply give up. Because of this, today I share with listeners three questions they can ask themselves to better understand their own motivations and share with them the common themes I’ve found in my own clients’ answers to these same questions.   The first question I encourage you to think about is: What is your Big Why? This question encourages you to think about your reason for wanting to change your health. More so than just “wanting to lose weight,” the answer to this question should be me
14/12/202333 minutes 16 seconds
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142. Navigating The Holidays - Mindset Work That Helps

Before we get started, tell me this, have you subscribed to the show yet? Please take a second to hit that subscribe button in your podcast app. Today’s episode is focused on preparing you for the holiday season, which is a challenging time for many of us. The temptation from food, financial obligations, social interactions and time spent with family and friends can often feel stressful and lead to unhealthy food choices. However, we will not be talking about how to make the best food decisions on this episode, per se. But rather, discuss the important mindset shifts that will reduce stress, help you feel more in control as well as teach you how to set boundaries so that you can stay on track for the next month or so with ease.    3 Mindset Shifts to Adopt This Holiday Season  Set Your Intentions Ahead of Time – When you determine what the holidays truly mean to you, it will shape how you show up
07/12/202328 minutes 26 seconds
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141. Tiny But Mighty- How to Use Micro Habits to Manage Your PCOS?

What's small but super powerful? PCOS micro habits! Not sure what those are or why you should care about them? I'm spilling the tea on the benefits of micro habits, how to practice them and why they're so important for you as a person with PCOS. _____________________________________________ Apply for coaching: www.dafnachazin.com/apply.  Email me at: [email protected] Visit me on IG to check out my snacking tip and more helpful info about following a healthy PCOS diet: @pcos.nutritionist.dafna
30/11/202323 minutes 24 seconds
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140. Do This Before Coming Off Birth Control

Ready to get a healthy period back in 90 days or less? The doors to the PCOS RETURN PLAN are still open and you can jump in before I close the enrollment later this week.  In this program you'll get: A proven method to regulating your cycle Meal plans and supplement protocols to ovulate naturally  Private sessions and group calls to help you make the needed changes for period support Daily support and accountability  A like-minded community of women on the same period-health journey as you! CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE DETAILS.    ______________________________________________________ Today's episode is a quick guide to getting off bir
20/11/202326 minutes 40 seconds
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139. Do I even need a period?

Ready to get a healthy period back in 90 days or less? The doors to The Period Return Plan are currently open. Inside the program you'll: Learn how to ovulate and get a natural period every month Discover a huge variety of healthy meals and snacks that are PCOS-friendly Receive a customized supplement regimen that fits your needs and goals Have daily chat support inside my private app Meet privately with me to design a food plan that will regulate your menstrual cycle All the program details are available right here.  _____________________________________________________________ Today's we're answeri
16/11/202328 minutes 44 seconds
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BONUS. Can I Drink Alcohol With PCOS?

Ready to get a healthy period back in 90 days or less? The doors to The Period Return Plan are currently open. Inside the program you'll: Learn how to ovulate and get a natural period every month Discover a huge variety of healthy meals and snacks that are PCOS-friendly Receive a customized supplement regimen that fits your needs and goals Have daily chat support inside my private app Meet privately with me to design a food plan that will regulate your menstrual cycle All the program details are available right here.  ________________________________________________ Today's episode is about the common questi
14/11/202329 minutes 40 seconds
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138. Say Goodbye to PCOS Period Problems: Courtney Minors Shares Tried and True Healing Strategies

Today, I'm hosting registered dietitian Courtney Minors, who is a specialist in PCOS nutrition, to share her tried and true strategies for healing period problems with PCOS. Courtney's expertise comes from both her personal and professional experience with PCOS and her journey to manage her symptoms effectively. We discussed a variety of ways to fix period problems with PCOS such as nutrition, blood sugar balance, prioritizing self care, reducing toxins, using supplements and so much more! Courtney also dives into the topic of healthy periods and cycles, debunking misconceptions and providing valuable insights. She sheds light on the underlying factors that contribute to irregular cycles, such as insulin resistance and hormonal imbalances. Additionally, Courtney shares practical advice on managing various period problems and emphasizes the role of nutrition in supporting PCOS management. She encourages listeners to advocate for themselves and offers tips on
09/11/202359 minutes 15 seconds
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136. Want healthier periods? Balance these 2 hormones!

We all know balancing hormones is important for PCOS and especially for regulating the menstrual cycle. But what does that actually mean? we have dozens of hormones: hunger hormones stress hormones sex hormones - are they all important? Today's episode is about 2 specific hormones, estrogen and progesterone, that are crucial for a consistent, healthy period and regular ovulation. I'm sharing proven strategies to balance these hormones using food, supplements, and lifestyle habits so that you can get regular periods with PCOS and ovulate monthly.  What you'll hear is a training I did inside my program the Period Return Plan where I help work women with PCOS get their period back within 90 days or less and have confirmed ovulation like clockwork every month. By the way, if you're interested in learning more about the program and get notified when doors open (and also get a special ear
02/11/202338 minutes 7 seconds
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136. The Best Teas For PCOS

Ready to get your period back? The doors to The Period Return Plan, my 3 month nutrition program for period health, are almost open! Join the waitlist to be notified as soon as registration opens and get a special discount: www.dafnachazin.com/waitlist  Today's episode: Discover the best teas for managing PCOS symptoms, from reducing inflammation to regulating hormones. While alone can't help balance your hormones and reverse PCOS, it does have some added benefits that is even documented in some studies.  In this episode of The Down To Earth PCOS Nutrition Podcast, we'll dive into the world of tea and its potential benefits for managing PCOS symptoms. We'll cover  covers the benefits of green tea for reducing inflammation and regulating blood sugar levels, spearmint tea for add
26/10/202320 minutes 12 seconds
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135. How To Stay Positive On Your PCOS Journey With Tara Nosek

Want to get your period back? The doors to The Period Return Plan, my 3 month nutrition program for period health, are almost open! Join the waitlist to be notified as soon as registration opens and get a special discount: www.dafnachazin.com/waitlist PCOS can often feel overwhelming and isolating but our guest, Tara Nosek, is here to talk about the power of a positive mindset on your healing journey. Tara shares her personal experiences and insights from working with women with PCOS, emphasizing the importance of mindset shifts and developing a healthy outlook. In this episode we discuss the benefits of meditation and journaling as tools for managing PCOS and improving mental health. Our conversation touches on topics like self-love, the impact of language on mindset, and the need for self-reflection and therapy to address d
19/10/202354 minutes 25 seconds
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134. How Often Should We Eat?

When it comes to eating, timing does matter. Today we're talking about timing and spacing your meals for PCOS and what works well for balancing hormones. You'll hear valuable tips on how you can strategically gain control of your appetite and optimize how you manage your blood sugar and cravings. What You’ll Learn in This Podcast Episode: Meal suggestions for smaller dinners, bigger breakfasts, and healthy snacking How managing meal timing contributes to healthier eating habits The importance of managing insulin for women with PCOS Why eating three healthy meals a day is better than eating several small meals a day Helpful Links:   Apply for coaching: www.dafnachazin.com/apply.  Email me at: [email protected] Visit me on IG to check out my snacking tip and mo
13/10/202316 minutes 52 seconds
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133. Why We Snack At Night & What It Means for PCOS

I hear it all the time: "I'm really good with my eating all day, then things fall apart at night!". If you're feeling frustrated and defeated by your inability to resist nighttime eating despite your efforts to manage your PCOS, then you are not alone! You may have tried strict diets, portion control, or even staying busy to distract yourself, yet the urge to indulge in unhealthy snacks persists, leaving you feeling powerless and guilty. Instead of achieving the improved control over nighttime eating habits and mindset that you desire, you find yourself trapped in a cycle of self-sabotage that continues to impact your PCOS symptoms. In this episode of The Down To Earth PCOS Nutrition Podcast, I dive into the topic of nighttime eating and provide strategies to help you stop engaging in this behavior. Join me as I tackle the issue of nighttime eating and offer strategies to help you break free from this habit. I understand how challenging it can be t
05/10/202335 minutes 13 seconds
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132. My acne story & what foods to eat (and limit!) to heal

Today I'll be sharing a topic that feels particularly personal and that is acne. I will be talking about some of the root causes of acne, the role of diet and what are some ways to alleviate acne through food. Many women with PCOS are forced to deal with acne even in their adult lives, largely because it is caused by hormonal imbalances such as having too much testosterone. To help explain this, I'll be sharing some of the current research around acne and diet and talk about the important ways we can change what we eat to reduce acne symptoms. Because acne is often both painful and shameful, I share my own story about struggling with acne since I was a teenager with the hope of helping women with similar experiences. Doctors could not figure out the source of my acne; creams, cleansers, and antibiotics didn’t help; and it always felt like a problem that was impacting both my personal and social life. It wasn’t until I realized the connection between PCOS
28/09/202337 minutes 5 seconds
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The Absolute Worst Diets For PCOS

Ready to lose weight without food rules or dieting? The doors to my 8-week program Pause The Pounds are OPEN! Inside the program you'll learn how to reverse weight loss resistance and shed pounds naturally. You'll get access to video lessons, meal plans and other helpful resources as well as live coaching calls, and daily chat support. Check out all the details right here.
09/09/202322 minutes 50 seconds
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131. Am I weight loss resistant?

Ready to lose weight without food rules or dieting? The doors to my 8-week program Pause The Pounds are OPEN! Inside the program you'll learn how to reverse weight loss resistance and shed pounds naturally. You'll get access to video lessons, meal plans and other helpful resources as well as live coaching calls, and daily chat support. Check out all the details right here. PCOS weight loss resistance  Does it seem no matter how hard you tried, whether that's going on a diet like paleo or keto, counting calories and macros or just making small tweaks on your own - nothing seems to work for PCOS weight loss?  You may be weight loss resistance. In today's episode, we're uncovering what is weight loss resistance, what causes
07/09/202331 minutes 49 seconds
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130. How To Manage PCOS When You're Exhausted

Join me for a free class and discover the 3 PCOS diet mistakes that are keeping you stuck (and what to do instead to lose weight). Save your spot at: www.dafnachazin.com/masterclass   Today's Episode: Does this sound familiar- you've been told to simply push through the exhaustion caused by PCOS, but no matter how hard you try, your energy levels remain depleted. It's painful, frustrating, and leaves you feeling defeated. But how do you still manage PCOS through the fatigue? On today's episode we'll talk about PCOS fatigue and how to leverage simple habits to restore your energy and balance hormones. We will review the importance of routines, blood sugar balances and listening to your body's signals among other tips and suggestions. You'll leave this episode with a new set of strategies to combat fatigue, preserve your energy and stay focused on managing yo
31/08/202339 minutes 38 seconds
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7 Reasons To Continue Eating Gluten

Join me for a free class and discover the 3 PCOS diet mistakes that are keeping you stuck (and what to do instead to lose weight). Save your spot at:&nbsp;www.dafnachazin.com/masterclass &nbsp; Have you tried to cut out gluten since you've been told it's bad for PCOS? Many blogs, social media posts and even media outlets are claiming gluten makes PCOS worse and can exacerbate your symptoms. Click play to hear why this is not true. I am sharing the truth about gluten, and the 7 reasons to keep eating it daily- you absolutely need to hear this!&nbsp; &nbsp; Work and connect with Dafna: Apply for my coaching program&nbsp; <a href="https://www.instagram.com/pcos.nutritionist.dafna/" target="_blan
29/08/202318 minutes 55 seconds
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129. The Success Toolkit for PCOS Weight Loss

Join me for a free class and discover the 3 PCOS diet mistakes that are keeping you stuck (and what to do instead to lose weight). Save your spot at:&nbsp;www.dafnachazin.com/masterclass Successful weight loss for women with PCOS doesn't come down to counting calories or cutting out gluten and dairy. PCOS weight loss involves adopting well-rounded nutrition plans, avoiding restrictive diets, and focusing more on the quality of food intake rather than quantity. Developing a consistent, gradual weight loss approach is effective and sustainable and today's episode reveals that tools you need to accomplish it. &nbsp; If you're feeling frustrated and defeated because no matter how much you exercise and restrict your diet, the scale just won't budge, then you are not alone! Despite putting in so much effort, you may find that your weight remains the same, leaving you questioning if all your hard work is i
24/08/202340 minutes 39 seconds
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128. The PCOS Triple Whammy: How Insulin Resistance, High Androgens & Inflammation Are All Connected

Do you want to PCOS successfully but keep getting new symptoms to pop up ? Are you what's happening with your hormones and whether you're dealing with insulin resistance, inflammation, or high androgens? Today's episode is about the important interplay between these common drivers of PCOS. We'll discuss how one hormonal imbalance can lead to another and what is happening inside your body that causes new symptoms to surface. In this episode, you will: Learn about the 'PCOS triad' comprising of insulin resistance, inflammation, and elevated androgen levels. Discover the influence insulin resistance has on common PCOS symptoms such as acne, missing periods, anxiety, male-pattern hair growth, and weight gain. Understand how your hormones work and what factors are causing them to fluctuate outside the normal ranges. Resources &amp; links: Private Coaching: If you're looking for
17/08/202326 minutes 24 seconds
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127. 10 Easy Principles To Keep You On Track

If summer threw your healthy&nbsp;routine for PCOS a little off or you're just feeling a bit lost with your habits recently and you wish you could refocus and practice what really matters for your PCOS today's episode is going to give you a sense of direction and an easy plan&nbsp;to get back on track. There are 10 basic principles that will help you stay on track that I recently shared inside my program Reset Your PCOS. Grab a piece of paper and take notes throughout the episode so you can&nbsp;choose which of these habits will be most beneficial for you. Work and connect with Dafna: Apply for my coaching program&nbsp; Connect with me on In
12/08/202324 minutes 45 seconds
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128. Berberine For PCOS - Everything You Need To Know

Have you heard of the supplement berberine? Is berberine good for PCOS? Today we dive into the benefits and research behind this natural herb that is showing big promise for PCOS health. If you're looking to lower insulin levels, manage cholesterol, reduce androgens and tame inflammation, berberine may be a great option for you. I'm sharing the way berberine can improve metabolic health and even enhance fertility with PCOS. Plus, giving you the important facts about the use of berberine, potential risks and who&nbsp;should be taking berberine.&nbsp; On this episode we discussed: What is berberine and who can it work for? What studies are showing about berberine's health benefits? How berberine can help reduce disease risk and improve PCOS symptoms? How berberine and inositol compare as well a
03/08/202327 minutes 31 seconds
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125. Let's Talk About Sex with Danielle Savory

SHOWNOTES: Today's episode is a deep conversation about prioritizing pleasure, improving your sex life&nbsp;and developing a healthy relationship with your body, no matter where you&nbsp;are on the health journey. Women with PCOS often struggle with low self esteem and this can negatively impact sexual desire, relationships and overall confidence.My guest expert, Danielle Savory, is here to help. Through personal struggles and health challenges when she was younger, Danielle found herself disconnected from her own pleasure and robbed of the ability to truly enjoy life. But little did she know, this twisted path would lead her to a profound realization and a career dedicated to helping women experience pleasure to the fullest. Today, Danielle is a neuropsychology expert and certified coach who strongly believes in the transformative power of sexual pleasure as a means of amplifying happiness and energy in women's lives. Danielle's diversified coaching style, ho
27/07/202354 minutes 42 seconds
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124. Best Of: Thyroid Health with Dietitian Laura Dragon

In today’s episode, we are talking about the connection between PCOS and thyroid health with our special guest Laura Dragon. Laura is a Registered Dietitian, specializing in nutrition in women's health and hormones. She works with a variety of conditions such as PCOS, hyperthyroidism, and painful periods. Laura works with clients virtually to help guide them in making individualized diet and lifestyle changes to help support their hormones. Importantly, she has made it her mission to arm women with the tools they need to dig into the root causes of their symptoms to learn how to nourish their bodies and reduce stress around food. She can be found educating others and spreading awareness about conditions such as PCOS What You’ll Learn on This Podcast Episode:&nbsp; • Learn not to just treat the symptom but the root cause • What the thyroid is and how it works • How does the thyroid affect hormones • What to look out
20/07/202339 minutes
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123. 5 Hacks To Balance Hormones with Dr. Kela Smith

Are you on a fertility journey? If yes, then today's episode is for you. In this&nbsp;episode we discussed 5 ways to balance hormones and optimize fertility with PCOS. My guest is&nbsp;Dr. Kela Smith, she is a Holistic-Integrative Fertility and Hormone Doctor.&nbsp; Dr. Kela shares the framework she teaches her clients and broke down her signature PUZZLE method for fertility and hormone health.&nbsp; &nbsp; On this episode we discussed: Smart ways to balance blood sugar and Dr. Kela's top nutrition recommendation How stress is linked to fertility. We'll guide you through some stress-busting hacks that might just help you create that perfect environment for a new life. The 3 functional medicine tests Dr. Kela recommends How to select supplements and what you need to know about quality of your vitamins Positive mindset hacks that will keep you motiv
13/07/202329 minutes
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122. Sleep Issues- Let's Talk About It with Dr. Audrey Wells

In this episode, we dive into the fascinating connection between quality sleep, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), and practical strategies for improving sleep issues in individuals with PCOS. Our guest expert, Dr. Audrey Wells, a board certified sleep medicine doctor, sheds light on the impact of sleep on overall health, disease risk, and PCOS symptoms. Dr. Wells shares valuable insights on optimizing sleep hygiene, managing sleep apnea, and creating bedtime routines that are meeting your unique needs as a woman with PCOS.&nbsp; On this episode we covered: The benefits of quality sleep &nbsp;Impact of sleep on hormonal regulation The Essentials of healthy sleep hygiene How to manage Insomnia and sleep apnea Practical tips you can start practicing now to optimiz
06/07/202347 minutes 27 seconds
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121. Weight loss meds, metabolic health & practical lifestyle tips with Dr. Nisha Patel

Today's episode is a conversation about metabolic health,&nbsp;weight loss medications and chronic disease prevention. Women with PCOS are at high risk for metabolic complications such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol and cardiovascular&nbsp;disease.&nbsp;My guest today is an expert on these topics. Her name is Dr. Nisha Patel, she is a board certified obesity medicine doctor who&nbsp;specializes in cardiometabolic health. We spoke about the top strategies to stay healthy and reduce disease risk as well as the current data and research behind weight loss medications for PCOS such as Wegovy and Moujaro. On this episode you will learn: How&nbsp;these medications work and how they can help individuals achieve their weight loss goals (plus, who they are for, specifically). What&nbsp;metabolic health is and how it related to chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and
29/06/20231 hour 21 minutes 51 seconds
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120. Struggling with IBS? Dietitian Erin Judge is here to help!

In this episode we dive into IBS and how to manage it with a root cause approach. Women with PCOS are prone to digestive issues and gut inflammation, with bloating, diarrhea and constipation being common symptoms. Today's expert guest, Erin Judge, is a digestive health dietitian specializing in IBS. Erin and I explore the intricate connection between Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). Today's interview is full with&nbsp;valuable insights into the underlying mechanisms of these conditions and how to manage them effectively through diet and lifestyle habits. Erin Judge is a registered dietitian and founder of Gutivate, a virtual nutrition counseling practice for those with digestive disorders, including IBS. Erin is a wealth of knowledge and shared some tips for improving gut health, reducing bloat and treating IBS with a root cause approach.
22/06/20231 hour 1 minute 51 seconds
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119. What To Eat To Lower PCOS Inflammation?

Let's dive into the world of PCOS and inflammation with some specific recommendations to tame the flame! In today's episode, I share the best anti-inflammatory foods and how they can help in managing PCOS symptoms effectively. I also discuss the principles behind the world's most well-researched anti-inflammatory eating pattern: the Mediterranean diet. What You’ll Learn on this Podcast Episode: &nbsp;Why inflammation is considered a major driving force behind PCOS? What symptoms are associated with inflammation? How to change your diet to reduce inflammation? What specific foods are helpful in taming inflammation? How to continue including favorite foods such as sweets without worsening symptoms? Why the Mediterranean diet is considered the best dietary approach to lower inflammation? Links: <a href="https://foodforthoughtnutrition.practicebett
15/06/202335 minutes 58 seconds
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118. Irregular Periods - 5 Common Causes & What To Do Next

Exciting News: The doors to The Prior Return Plan are open! This 90-day program will help you regular your cycle and get a consistent period without taking medications or strict dieting.&nbsp; In side the program you'll get access to lessons, meal plan, daily chat support and live calls to make the essential changes to balance your hormones and have a healthy menstrual cycle every month.&nbsp; This is a small, intimate group and very few spots are still open. Please apply below and I will reach out with additional information &amp; next steps! APPLY HERE:&nbsp;https://l.bttr.to/MFCuv Today's episode is about the common reasons for irregular periods in PCOS. This recording of a recent IG live&nbsp;is a must-listen for anyone seeking to understand the intricate relationship between PCOS, hormones and menstrual irregularities. &nbsp; <
08/06/202330 minutes 32 seconds
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117. Reducing Toxins In Your Day

Endocrine disruptors are a group of chemical&nbsp;toxins that can interfere with our hormonal balance, potentially worsen&nbsp;PCOS symptoms. These chemicals are present in many common household products, food containers, personal care items, and even in the environment around us. But don't worry! There are practical steps we can take to minimize exposure and promote a healthier hormonal environment. Today's I'm sharing 3 easy (and relatively affordable) ways to get started if you want to reduce your exposure to endocrine disruptors. This is a recording of a recent FB live. On this episode we&nbsp;discussed: When and how to reduce plastic exposure and my favorite plastic-free water bottle brands. Organic produce- is it worth the higher price? How to choose your produce and reduce exposure to pesticides.&nbsp; <li class="ql-block
01/06/202324 minutes 36 seconds
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116. Tracking Macros - Does It Work For PCOS?

Today's episode is all about tracking macros for PCOS. We'll discuss what macros&nbsp;are, what are some of the benefits and drawbacks of tracking macros for PCOS and how to know if it's right for you. This is a recording of a recent FB Live I did inside my free FB group PCOS INSIDERS. Macros are a terms used to refer to macronutrients: carbohydrates, proteins and fats. These are the 3 nutrients that provide calories in our day and make up the total amount of energy consumed from different food groups.&nbsp; While all 3 macros are important for PCOS since they provide essential nutrients for the body, their quality may vary greatly. This is one aspect of counting macros that is not helpful&nbsp;for PCOS since it doesn't address hormonal imbalances such as insulin resistance and the low grade chronic inflammation seen in PCOS. Tune in to today's episode to hear about:<
25/05/202316 minutes 31 seconds
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115. PCOS, fertility, birth control and alternative healing with Dr. Uzma Naeem

My guest today is Dr. Uzma Naeem, she's a board certified OBGYN and a woman dealing with PCOS herself. We spoke about a variety of topics including her personal and professional experience with PCOS, fertility, birth control and the role of alternative healing techniques such as breath work in managing the condition successfully.&nbsp; What You’ll Learn on this Podcast Episode: &nbsp;Common misconceptions about PCOS and fertility. Causes of prolonged cycles, excessive bleeding and short cycles. Lifestyle changes and holistic approaches to enhance fertility in women with PCOS. The role of birth control in managing PCOS symptoms. Pros and cons of various birth control options for women with PCOS: hormonal pills, IUDs, implants, etc. How birth control can affect PCOS-related hormonal imbalance. The impact of bir
18/05/202341 minutes
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114. How to know which supplements are right for you?

PCOS supplement can make a positive difference in your symptoms and improve hormonal health. &nbsp; But how do you know which PCOS supplements to take? &nbsp; Today, I'm breaking down the exact process I use to create highly effective, customized supplement regimens for my clients. This is a great way to ensure that you're taking supplements that are addressing your issues and not just spending money on trendy products.&nbsp; What You’ll Learn on this Podcast Episode: What factors to consider when selecting supplements?&nbsp; The 3 questions I ask when creating regimens for my clients How to&nbsp;know if a supplement is high quality and to look for on the package.&nbsp; How long does it take to see results? What nutrients&nbsp;are particularly important&nbsp;to supplement with PCOS. Links: Apply for
11/05/202323 minutes 40 seconds
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113. Best of: Skin Routines for Hormonal Acne with Master Aesthetician Nicole Giacobbe

PCOS acne is a big struggle for many women.&nbsp;Today I'm re-airing a podcast episode&nbsp;from a couple of years ago since PCOS acne is still an issue I get many questions about and this conversation is PACKED with helpful skin care tips! On this episode we took a deep dive into&nbsp;managing hormonal acne with my special guest, Nicole Giacobbe, who has been a Master Aesthetician of over 20 years. Nicole is my personal aesthetician and during my visits, she has shared so much knowledge with me in regards to acne and how to manage it healthfully..&nbsp; If you are someone who struggles with acne, who has been overwhelmed and maybe you don't know where to start or what might or might not be working for your skin, this episode will be helpful to you in giving you insight to managing and healing your skin.&nbsp; What You’ll Learn on This Podcast Episode: Learn how common it is for women in late years to still have acne</l
04/05/202344 minutes 43 seconds
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112. Can I cure my PCOS?

Can PCOS be cured? I break down the answer to this important question in today's episode. I also share exactly what you need to focus on to reduce PCOS symptoms to the point that they're not noticeable and essentially reversed. This is the method hundreds of my clients have used with amazing results. I teach you exactly how to do this inside Reset Your PCOS and doors are now open. If you're interested in joining Reset Your PCOS, my 3 month coaching program, please apply here and I will reach out to you with the next steps.
27/04/202324 minutes 39 seconds
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111. Myofunctional Therapy- what it is and how it related to PCOS with Sara Mercier RDH, MAS

Did you know that the position of your tongue and the way you breathe can impact your hormones? We have a really interesting conversation on the show today, you're not going to want to skip this one. Especially if you're constantly tired, having a hard time managing inflammation and feeling the impact of stress on your body. My guest is Sara Mercier RDH, MAS and we're talking about myofunctional therapy, which is essentially like taking your mouth to the gym and improving your breathing, facial muscle functioning and achieving proper oral rest posture. Sara is Registered Dental Hygienist, Certified Specialist in Myofunctional Airway and she Works with clients with sleep disordered breathing, sleep apnea, TMJ disorder, and clenching/grinding to address and correct the root cause of these health problems. Sara and I spoke about how common these issues are, why they often go undiagnosed and what all of this has to do with PCOS and hormones which Sara is pa
06/04/202346 minutes 40 seconds
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110. Adding Fiber to your Day with Ease (and no Bloat!)

Today's episode is a recording of a FB live I did on easy ways to add fiber and the benefits you can expect once you increase fiber intake with PCOS. I believe fiber doesn't get the attention it deserves since it's not a trendy or "sexy" nutrient (we mostly associate it with chalky powders and constipation!). But did you know fiber has dozens of well-documented benefits? These range from scientific studies that range from weight management, stabilizing blood sugar, reducing cholesterol, boosting metabolism, improving digestion, reducing risk of certain cancers, increasing fullness and reducing cravings. Most fiber comes from carbs and plant based foods like grains (rice and oats), and starchy vegetables (potatoes and corn). These are often the foods women with PCOS are told to cut out! Therefore, many women don't e
30/03/202336 minutes 50 seconds
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109. Nutrition Is A Science, Not An Opinion & Finding Credible Info Online With Dr. Adrian Chavez

Welcome back to the Down To Earth PCOS podcast! Have you ever gone on social media to find helpful information about PCOS but left more confused and overwhelmed than ever before? It's challenging to figure out which sources you can trust and which are just speaking without any experience or knowledge about nutrition in general, and PCOS in particular! My guest today is Dr. Adrian Chavez. He&nbsp;holds a Ph.D. in Nutrition and Health Promotion from Arizona State University and he specializes in making nutrition science&nbsp;easier to understand&nbsp;and implement, while also calling out the misleading information that is so prevalent in the nutrition space.&nbsp; On this episode we discussed: Why nutrition is not about someone's opinion but rather a science with clear findings and evidence to support (or refute) certain claims. Why we hear so much about certain supplements, greens powders and other products with a "wellness halo".
23/03/202348 minutes 37 seconds
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108. Soy & PCOS - What You Need To Know!

Let's clear up all the confusion and misconceptions about soy and PCOS! You likely know that this is a very controversial topic that is often sparking some heated discussion in the nutrition world. What is soy? Soy is a legume that can come in minimally forms such tofu, tempeh and edamame, which are safe and even beneficial for PCOS in most cases.&nbsp;Of course, if someone is allergic or has a reaction to soy, they should avoid soy foods. The issue is that soy is also used in more heavily processed foods such as meat substitutes, bars, protein shakes, snacks and other products and the safety and benefit of those foods is unknown. When looking at populations of people around the world who consume minimally processed soy products, observational studies have shown that soy is actually beneficial and protective against cancer and other health conditions such as inflammation, insulin resistance, fertility, and heart disease- all very relevant for PCOS.
16/03/202320 minutes 15 seconds
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107. IG Live: 5 PCOS Mistakes To Avoid

Today's episode is a recording of an Instagram live I did recently about the 5 mistakes I see women make often when trying to manage their PCOS. If you're feeling stuck on your health journey, there's a good chance one (or a few) of these mistakes is what's holding you back. Tune in to hear what mistakes to avoid, what thoughts or actions may be keeping you stuck and what I recommend you do instead. And, if you're ready to finally stop struggling with PCOS and learn how to reverse your symptoms naturally, apply for coaching. I am currently accepting applications for VIP clients in March. If you're looking for a proven method and close guidance along the way, I would love to chat about your goals and see if we'd be a good fit. APPLY HERE.&nbsp;</
09/03/202332 minutes 28 seconds
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BONUS: Heart Health for PCOS (My Interview for Heart4PCOS campaign)

Women with PCOS are at high risk for cardiovascular disease due to factors such as insulin resistance, inflammation and higher levels&nbsp;of cholesterol and triglycerides. That being said, 80% of cardiac events are preventable!&nbsp; Recently I sat down with Ashley Levinson (AKA PCOS Gurl) for a conversation about the role of nutrition in reducing&nbsp;heart disease risk with PCOS and what you can do to manage&nbsp;your specific risk factors.&nbsp;This episode is a recording of my interview with her, which aired during the month of February as part of the wonderful Heart4PCOS campaign.&nbsp; You can check out The Heart4PCOS&nbsp;campaign&nbsp;right here.&nbsp;
28/02/202338 minutes 54 seconds
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106. Q &A: sugar cravings, mid-day fatigue, emotional eating, habits that stick and more!

The doors to my brand new program THE PCOS FOOD FIX are now open! Inside this 6-week coaching experience, I will help you create a doable food plan that reverses your most stubborn PCOS symptoms such as: weight gain, fatigue, missing periods and fatigue. You’ll get access to my proven method for treating PCOS and balancing hormones without dieting or confusion. You can check out all the details right here: https://www.learn.dafnachazin.com/PFF Today is a Q&amp;A day and I'm sharing a recording of a live session I recently hosted inside the Master Your PCOS Meals workshop! Inside the workshop I helped participants build PCOS-proof meals with confidence, fit healthy eating into their busy day and reduce overwhelm when it comes to healthy eating with PCOS. On our final day, the women had a chance to ask questions and get clarification regarding some of the concepts we discussed. Here
25/02/202354 minutes 27 seconds
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105. Client Success Story - Xiaopan

My guest today is Xiaopan, a valued client who joined my signature program Reset Your PCOS about 6 months ago and has seen fantastic results on her health journey. Hear her share about the process, what she learned and how she’s been able to improve her physical symptoms while making important mindset changes as a person living with PCOS. Xiaopan's main reason for seeking help was to restore her period. She would often go without a period for up to 6 months and was concerned about the implications of this on her overall health. She was also anxious and not in a good mental space after years of seeking out answers for PCOS without success.&nbsp;&nbsp; In today’s conversation she shares about her prior diet attempts, negative experiences she’s had with various doctors and feeling confused and anxious after finally receiving the PCOS diagnosis.&nbsp; <p
16/02/202341 minutes 8 seconds
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104. Meal Planning Tips for Busy Women

Have you heard? I’m hosting a FREE 5-day workshop called Master Your Meals in just a few days and you’re invited! Go check it out here: www.dafnachazin.com/mastermeals&nbsp;&nbsp; This workshop is for busy women who want to enjoy food &amp; treat PCOS symptoms without overwhelm, food boredom or spending hours in the kitchen! If this is you, I really hope you join us! When: Monday February 13 - Friday February 17, 2023 &nbsp; Now for todays episode: If you’re anything like my clients, you are super busy and simply don’t have the time or energy to prepare different meals throughout the week. Plus, staying consistent with a healthy fo
09/02/202322 minutes 25 seconds
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103. PCOS Weight Loss

Have you heard the news? I’m hosting a FREE 5-day workshop called Master Your Meals in just a few days and you’re invited! Go check it out here: www.dafnachazin.com/mastermeals&nbsp;&nbsp; This is a live workshop where I’ll show you exactly how to create an easy-to-follow meal plan for PCOS without getting bored or experiencing flavor fatigue. You’ll get my top tips for easy meal planning (these work even if you lead a super busy life!), you’ll also get tons of meal ideas &amp; product suggestions, as well as the opportunity to have me review your plan and provide feedback on how to make it PCOS-proof. When you join me for this limited time event you’ll learn how to shop for food, create a food plan in less than 3 minutes per day, add
02/02/202356 minutes 36 seconds
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102. Best of: Taming PCOS Inflammation with Martha McKittrick

When it comes to PCOS, I know you want the best of the best.&nbsp; The best information that is accurate and will actually help you on your journey of healing – you’re so tired of trying fad diets or trying supplements that are simply just useless. You want to understand PCOS to the best of your ability so you can start making informed lifestyle changes and start seeing the results you have been dreaming of for YEARS – no Keto, no Whole30, no Gluten-free/ Dairy-free! That is why I am re-releasing the gem of an episode! It is jam-packed with everything you need to know about inflammation – backed-by-science and here to help YOU on your journey to healing from PCOS.&nbsp; Let’s jump right in! Today I'm talking all about PCOS inflammation with our guest expert Martha McKittrick.&
26/01/202337 minutes 13 seconds
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101. Client Story: Kelly's journey to a healthy period, better mood & high energy!

If you’ve ever felt alone with PCOS — today’s guest will likely remind you that many women out there are struggling with similar issues to yours, and that relief can be just around the corner. I am hosting my lovely client Kelly for a conversation about her PCOS health journey, what she learned along the way, what has helped her heal and what goals she’s focusing on in the new year.&nbsp; In this episode, you’ll learn how Kelly went from dealing with common PCOS problems such as irregular periods, fatigue, mood swings and weight gain to feeling major symptom relief and feeling like her old self again. She even shares some of her favorite PCOS meals at the moment!&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; I know you will find hope and inspiration in this episode, seeing that healing is possible for you too!&nbsp;</sp
19/01/202333 minutes 57 seconds
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100. Should you be wearing a glucose monitor?

Welcome back to The Down to Earth PCOS Nutrition Podcast! Today I am answering a common question I get asked: “Should I be wearing a Continuous Glucose Monitor to manage my PCOS?” Whether you’ve seen IG influencers wearing one for their diabetes, PCOS or for no real reason (I get into this on the episode!), or you’ve seen an ad about managing blood sugar by wearing a device and wondered if it’s something you need to do to reduce insulin resistance - I’m here to clarify this topic for you! In today’s podcast episode I am breaking down what you need to know about glucose monitors, how they work, what they’re good for and who would benefit from wearing one. I think I covered every possible question you may have on this topic on today’s pod. When you tune in you’ll learn i
12/01/202326 minutes 4 seconds
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99. How to ditch All or Nothing thinking in 2023 and beyond!

Welcome back to The Down to Earth PCOS Nutrition Podcast! Happy New Year! As we welcome 2023, it’s the perfect time to reflect on the previous year, be proud of ourselves for what we achieved and the work we put in. It's also a great opportunity to think about what we DON’T want to carry over into the new year so that managing our health becomes easier! Based on my work with hundreds of women in the past year, I can confidently say that leaving “all or nothing” thinking behind is one of the best things you can do for your physical and mental health.&nbsp; Many of the members inside my programs have struggles with perfectionism which led them to feeling overwhelmed and burnt out! Letting go of the belief that being perfect is necessary for success in managing PCOS is a big step toward true
05/01/202334 minutes 25 seconds
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98. Getting To The Root of Hair Loss with Britt Reuter & Aimee Ely

We’re getting to the root of hair loss today- a stressful symptom so many women with PCOS are struggling to manage.&nbsp; My guests (yes, we are DOUBLY blessed today!), Britt Reuter and Aimee Ely, are here to get us educated on the root causes of hair loss, the various factors to consider when starting treatment and the most effective strategies to improve hair health and reduce shedding.&nbsp; Britt and Aimee are nutritionists and hair loss experts, helping women just like you get to the bottom of their health issues using a functional medicine lens and a thorough root–cause approach. This means there are NO band-aid solutions or surface levels remedies - it’s a deep dive into a complex issue and I couldn’t be more thrilled about it!&nbsp; <span style="font-weight:
22/12/20221 hour 5 minutes 54 seconds
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97. Carbs: 5 Things You MUST Know!

When it comes to reversing insulin resistance, curbing cravings, losing weight, and balancing blood sugar with PCOS, carbs are often vilified and described as the source of all PCOS-related issues. Nothing could be further from the truth! Carbs are actually an important part of a healthy diet and should be consumed regularly even if you have insulin resistance or elevated&nbsp; blood sugar levels. It’s time to bust the biggest myths about carbohydrates and finally gain a deep understanding of just how valuable they are for our health and hormones. In today’s episode, you'll learn exactly how carbs get metabolized in your body, what benefits your body reaps from regular consumption of high quality carbs and some of the biggest misconceptions we’ve all been fed through diet culture.&nbsp; <
15/12/202225 minutes 17 seconds
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96. Lowering Androgens Successfully with Alyssa Pacheco

If you’re someone who has struggled with acne, hair loss, unwanted hair growth or irregular periods while having NORMAL blood work and getting no answers from your doctor- this episode is for YOU! You may already know that these symptoms indicated high levels of male hormones, also known as androgens. This is very common with PCOS. In fact, high androgens are part of the diagnosis criteria for PCOS. Today’s guest, Alyssa Pacheco, is a registered dietitian helping women lower androgens, she also has PCOS herself so she understands the struggle! Alyssa is sharing her top tips for managing high androgens using nutrition, busting some serious myths around food restriction and exercise, explaining the link between high androgens and inflammat
08/12/202240 minutes 21 seconds
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95. Navigating the Holidays with PCOS

Welcome back to The Down to Earth PCOS Nutrition Podcast! The holiday season can be tricky to navigate, especially when it comes to PCOS. Friends and family may make comments about your body, asking when you will be having kids or simply giving unsolicited advice about whether or not mashed potatoes are a healthy option for you… This can be stressful and very discouraging.&nbsp; In order for you to feel good this holiday season and confidently manage social gatherings, food situations and your own mental health, on today’s episode, I’m sharing 9 game-changing tips to THRIVE this holiday season!&nbsp; Imagine feeling confident and in charge of your PCOS and health by setting boundaries with your loved ones, staying consistent throughout the season, and creating a wellne
01/12/202237 minutes 57 seconds
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94. Mastering Meal Planning for PCOS with Meggie Connelly

Welcome back to The Down to Earth PCOS Nutrition Podcast! Today on the pod, Meggie and I unpack a PCOS hot topic — Meal planning! Before the overwhelm sets in, and you click to a different episode, let me assure you Meggie makes Meal planning and prepping simple &amp; even fun! This is a stress-free zone. Meggie is a registered dietitian living with PCOS, culinary expert and a food lover. Her mission is to clear the nutrition clutter out there and show you how to eat, cook and enjoy healthy, delicious food. You’re going to LOVE the principles and hot-tips Meggie shares with us about Meal Prepping, taking your time back and starting to feel GREAT with PCOS. Meggie truly has good advice for everything!&nbsp; <span style="font-weight:
23/11/202244 minutes 26 seconds
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93. The Best Workouts For Your Cycle

Welcome back to The Down to Earth PCOS Nutrition Podcast! Do you have a workout you LOVE? Maybe it’s walking, swimming, weight training or yoga… BUT sometimes it just DOESN’T feel good? Well if you thought you were just “unmotivated,” there may have been more to it! The same workout can actually feel completely different depending on what phase of our cycles we’re in. That’s because your energy levels, degree of insulin resistance, body temperature and even muscle function can majorly change throughout the month.&nbsp; In today’s episode we chat about the 4 phases of your cycle along with what is happening within the bodies during each phase. We then review how to sync your movement with your menstrual cycle for optimal results, easy recovery and, most importantly, feeling your best!
17/11/202221 minutes 39 seconds
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92. Should I be taking Inositol?

Welcome back to The Down to Earth PCOS Nutrition Podcast! Today I am outlining why Inositol (known most commonly as the brand name Ovasitol) may vastly improve your insulin-related PCOS symptoms, improve fertility and restore a natural menstrual cycle. I’ll be backing up these claims with scientific evidence and giving you some ‘best practices’ for taking inositol with PCOS! While there are actually 9 types of Inositol, I am talking specifically about Myo-Inositol and D-Chiro Inositol and how they, with the correct dosage, can improve insulin resistance, lower the risk for heart disease, improve hair loss (or hair growth) and aid in weight loss among other benefits. When it comes to supplementation, it’s important to consult your doctor
10/11/202231 minutes 43 seconds
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91. Managing Your Blood Sugar with Kristie Messerli

Welcome back to The Down to Earth PCOS Nutrition Podcast! PCOS and diabetes are closely linked, especially since Insulin Resistance (IR) is a major role player for both conditions. Keeping your blood sugar levels stable with nutrition and lifestyle changes is an important way to prevent and/or manage your diabetes risk.&nbsp; On today’s episode I sat down with Kristie Messerli, Registered Dietitian and Diabetes Educator to discuss this in depth! Kristie shares why managing blood sugars throughout the day is so important and how to do so without restriction or dieting. We also discuss non-food ways to manage diabetes and how to get those pesky morning numbers under control.&nbsp; &nbsp;Kristie also shared her thoughts on topics such as:
03/11/202240 minutes 29 seconds
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90. Finding Purpose and Joy on your PCOS Healing Journey with Brenda Winkle

Welcome back to The Down to Earth PCOS Nutrition Podcast! Are you ready to feel inspired? Well you’re in the right place! Today I am talking with Brenda Winkle, empowerment coach, and an Advanced ThetaHealing Meditation Technique Practitioner. If you have been on your PCOS healing journey for a while now and have struggled with feeling positive, inspired or joyful - today’s episode is a MUST-LISTEN.&nbsp; Brenda is an incredibly inspiring person, with a powerful story and amazing tools to help you find purpose, joy and healing. Brenda shares her story of courage and how she started the process of self-discovery and joy through a difficult personal situation. She also shares tips, tricks and strategies to give yourself permission to get out of your comfort zone, set boundaries
27/10/202247 minutes 33 seconds
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89. The Ripple Effect of Healing PCOS

Before we jump into today’s episode I want to invite you to join my 8-week group coaching program – Reset Your PCOS! A brand new round is starting on October 24th and doors are now open! Inside the program we work on reversing insulin resistance and managing inflammation with hormone-balancing food plans and sustainable healthy habits.&nbsp; Imagine a life where you didn’t feel tired all the time or uncomfortable in your clothes, you didn't suffer from excessive hunger and you didn’t think about dinner… right after having lunch. A world where brain fog didn’t affect you and you were able to lose weight effortlessly. All of that is so possible for you inside
20/10/202229 minutes 19 seconds
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88. Why Cookie-Cutter Plans Are Not Cutting it for PCOS

Before we jump into today’s episode I want to invite you to join my 8-week group coaching program – Reset Your PCOS! A brand new round is starting on October 24th and doors are now open! Inside the program we work on reversing insulin resistance and managing inflammation with hormone-balancing food plans and sustainable healthy habits.&nbsp; Imagine a life where you didn’t feel tired all the time or uncomfortable in your clothes, you didn't suffer from excessive hunger and you didn’t think about dinner… right after having lunch. A world where brain fog didn’t affect you and you were able to lose weight effortlessly. All of that is so possible for you inside <a href="http
13/10/202222 minutes 34 seconds
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87. 5 Diet Mantras to Unlearn Right Now!

Before we chat about today's episode- I have exciting news: I’m hosting a FREE live masterclass called: 3 Expert Secrets to Reverse Insulin Resistance &amp; Manage PCOS. In this training I’ll share: • The ONE reason what you're currently doing to lower insulin is likely not working...• How to have carbs at every meal without worsening your PCOS (hint: it’s all about your carb tolerance!)• Examples of meals &amp; snacks my clients swear by for success!• How to create a meal schedule that works with your metabolism &amp; hormones• My top tips for staying consistent &amp; seeing results week by week - this stuff is guaranteed to work if you practice it! Join me by registering here: www.dafnachazin.com/masterclass Welcome back to The Down to Earth PCOS Nutrition Podcast! I often like to say
06/10/202220 minutes 31 seconds
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86. 7 Daily Habits My Clients Swear By!

Before we chat about today's episode- I have exciting news: I’m hosting a FREE live masterclass called: 3 Expert Secrets to Reverse Insulin Resistance &amp; Manage PCOS. In this training I’ll share:&nbsp; The ONE reason what you're currently doing to lower insulin is likely not working... How to have carbs at every meal without worsening your PCOS (hint: it’s all about your carb tolerance!) Examples of meals &amp; snacks my clients swear by for success! <span style
29/09/202229 minutes 45 seconds
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85. What's Driving Your PCOS Symptoms?

Welcome back to The Down to Earth PCOS Nutrition Podcast! &nbsp; I always get asked, “Dafna, if there was just one thing I need to do to improve my symptoms, what would it be?! I have no idea where to start!” &nbsp; In this episode, I’m telling you just that!&nbsp; &nbsp; I’ll be diving into the 3 Main Drivers of PCOS and how to identify yours! &nbsp; I’m sure you have heard of the term “PCOS Drivers,” but have wondered what that even meant to you. This, simply, is the root cause of your PCOS. Based on your symptoms and blood work results, we can identify how PCOS is being driven in your body. &nbsp; Why is this important?&nbsp;</
22/09/202235 minutes 5 seconds
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84. The Truth About PCOS & Anxiety

Welcome Back! PCOS Impacts so much more than your physical body. Did you know that women with PCOS are 3 times (!) more likely to develop anxiety. Additionally, about 1 in every 4 women with PCOS reports depressive symptoms. Studies show that there is a direct connection between PCOS symptoms such as infertility, hirsutism and acne and quality of life. In honor of PCOS awareness month, I invited licensed marriage and family therapist Selene Burley,&nbsp;LMFT&nbsp; to the show to discuss all things related to PCOS and anxiety. Selene works with adults struggling with anxiety and depression, and is very open about her own healing journey with both PCOS and anxiety. Selene shared her personal experience and professional expertise as it related to identifying signs of anxiety, managing anxiety successfully, setting boundaries and seeking therapy when appropriate. We also discussed the impact of factors such as so
15/09/202245 minutes 20 seconds
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83. Circadian Synced Eating (and why you should care about it!)

Welcome back to The Down to Earth PCOS Nutrition Podcast! We are putting all of the conflicting messages about WHAT to eat for PCOS aside today and, instead,&nbsp;chatting about WHEN to eat! Up until recently, we didn’t think meal timing was incredibly important. But, studies have shown us just how essential it is, especially when it comes to hormonal balance!In today’s episode, I am sharing the science behind eating in sync with your circadian rhythms and why it’s important. The circadian rhythm system, which is based on light and darkness cues from our environment, governs so many bodily functions. This includes sleep, mood regulation, heart rate, hunger cues, hormone function and so much more! When you eat in alignment with your circadian rhythm, your hormones function more efficiently and your body metabolizes food better. Today’s episode will explain the principles of this approach and provide some tips to get you started.
07/09/202233 minutes 58 seconds
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82. Sneak Peek: PCOS Client Coaching Call!

Welcome back to The Down to Earth PCOS Nutrition Podcast! On today’s episode, I am taking you behind the scenes of a recent coaching call with my VIP clients. You’ll get to hear some of the common struggles we address during these sessions, the important questions that come up (followed by solutions, of course!), and amazing tips and tricks from other women with PCOS. This is a special sneak peek into one of my programs and the type of coaching you can expect to receive when you join. I chose to share this special recording since I firmly believe in the power of group coaching and wanted you to see what it’s like! Coaching allows you to not only get support &amp; education about your condition but also feel like a part of a community of like-minded women, on a healing journey similar to yours. This can be truly tr
01/09/20221 hour 2 minutes 37 seconds
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81. Effective ways to manage insulin resistance (that have nothing to do with carbs!)

Welcome back to The Down to Earth PCOS Nutrition Podcast! We are revisiting an important and common concern for women with PCOS on the show today - insulin resistance.&nbsp;&nbsp; It is estimated that 70-90% of women with PCOS have insulin resistance. Having high levels of insulin not only increases the risk of type 2 diabetes but can also worsen PCOS symptoms. Insulin contributes to an increase in androgen levels as well as weight gain, cravings, fatigue and missing periods.&nbsp; One of the biggest misconceptions regarding insulin resistance is that it revolves around restriction of carbohydrates and elimination of sugar. This is not only unsustainable in the long run, it’s also often ineffective. There are many alternative ways to reduce insulin resistance that do not involve omitting carbohydrates and today’s episode is all about h
25/08/202229 minutes 57 seconds
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80. Why am I always hungry?!

Welcome back to The Down to Earth PCOS Nutrition Podcast! On today’s episode I’m answering a question I hear commonly from women with PCOS: &nbsp;&nbsp;“Why am I always hungry?” More specifically, women with PCOS tend to struggle with: Not staying full after meals&nbsp; Constantly feeling the urge to snack Experiencing intense sugar and carb cravings&nbsp; Thinking about food often and struggling to feel satiety&nbsp; Hunger, cravings and increased appetite may
18/08/202228 minutes 41 seconds
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79. 7 Questions to ask your Doctor

Welcome back to The Down to Earth PCOS Nutrition Podcast! The podcast that chats all about managing PCOS naturally, through nutrition and lifestyle changes. &nbsp; In this episode, we are talking about the 7 questions to ask your doctor so that you can leave your appointment feeling confident, full of clarity and without any dismissed concerns. &nbsp; I know that going to the doctor can feel like a huge chore when it comes to PCOS. You may have previously felt dismissed or have left the visit with more questions than answers… But the reality is that doctors play a crucial role in your PCOS health journey. &nbsp; Learning what to ask and how to clearly communicate with your doctor can improve your experience and ultimately, result in better care and less frustration for you. &nbsp; In today’s episode I discuss a few simple questions that relate to: Understanding your PCOS
11/08/202234 minutes 34 seconds
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78. Snacking For PCOS

Welcome back to the Down to Earth Nutrition Podcast! I'm excited to be back to podcasting after a long break during which I was&nbsp;focusing on my amazing coaching clients inside Reset Your PCOS and Pause The Pounds - hundreds of women have gone through these programs in the past year, and I'm so grateful for the opportunity to be part of their healing journey. That being said, I felt a huge calling to come back because I know the podcast can serve as a wonderful educational tool for women with PCOS that cuts through the misinformation surrounding the syndrome&nbsp;(and there's a lot of it!). I want you to have a place to find good, backed-by-science information that is free and accessible so that you can start managing PCOS&nbsp;in a way that works for YOU. On today's episode, we are talking about snacking with PCOS. I chat about what counts as a snack, the best ways to snack specifically for PCOS, how to build the perfect snack, stay fuller for longer and c
04/08/202232 minutes 33 seconds
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Ep 77 - FB Live - How Do I Lose Weight with PCOS?

Today's podcast is a Live Facebook video I did inside my private PCOS Insiders Facebook community. In this broadcast I am sharing the exact 5 principles I teach my clients in order to lose weight without strict dieting, cutting out carbs or regaining every ounce back. If you're someone that has been eating healthy but you're still not seeing results in weight loss, today I'm talking about some of the common challenges for weight loss and how to get over them. You'll also get all the details on why women with PCOS have a greater challenge with losing weight due to hormone imbalance and insulin resistance. With weight loss, there are common misconceptions around weight loss, and what it can or can't do for PCOS and today I'm telling you about what that is.&nbsp; In my 5 principles, you'll learn how to find the balance in your protein and fiber, how to create a calorie deficit, and learning your circadian rhythm for meal timing and spacing. You'll also learn th
13/04/202145 minutes 14 seconds
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Ep. 76 The Connection between PCOS and Thyroid Health w/ Laura Dragon

In today’s episode, we are talking about the connection between PCOS and thyroid health with our special guest Laura Dragon. Laura is a Registered Dietician, specializing in nutrition in women's health and hormones. She works with a variety of conditions such as PCOS, hyperthyroidism, and painful periods. Laura works with clients virtually to help guide them in making individualized diet and lifestyle changes. to help support their hormones. Importantly, she has made it her mission to arm women with the tools they need to dig into the root causes of their symptoms to learn how to nourish their bodies and reduce stress around food. She can be found educating others and spreading awareness about conditions such as PCOS What You’ll Learn on This Podcast Episode: &nbsp; • Learn not to just treat the symptom but the root cause • What the thyroid is and how it works • How does the thyroid affect hormones • What to look out for t
30/03/202139 minutes 54 seconds
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Ep. 75 Finding Food Freedom Using Intuitive Eating w/ Tianna Smith

In today’s episode, our guest is Tianna Smith, a Registered Dietician, and Certified Intuitive Counselor. She helps women with eating disorders and helps women who want to become intuitive eaters. Additionally, she helps women break free from dieting and "food rules" and helps them feel at peace with food by viewing food as neutral and not "good" nor "bad". Today we talk about the 5 stages of intuitive eating. How you can go from struggling with your relationship with food to becoming a fully confident intuitive eater. We break down the core principles of IE, and you'll discover if IE is suitable for you, and what the key benefits are.&nbsp; You'll also hear the biggest myths and misconceptions about intuitive eating, and what are some of the important pitfalls and challenges to be aware of when embarking on your IE journey.&nbsp; Tianna, shares 3 tips for someone that wants to get started in their
23/03/202147 minutes 47 seconds
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Ep. 74 Exploring A Plant Based Lifestyle with Jeanne Hendricks

In today's episode, we are exploring a plant-based lifestyle with Jeanne Hendricks, who is a Registered Dietician, and owner of a health and wellness brand, This InspiRD Life, which shares an appreciation for the food we eat and how it fuels our body, mind, and soul. Using scientific, yet simple and plant-forward cooking, Jeanne inspires audiences to reach their full potential through realistic and sustainable lifestyle habits.&nbsp; One important thing to note is that plant-based eating is not a diet, it's a lifestyle that involved a complete mindset shift and it is not a cookie-cutter plan that someone hands you, but rather a change that you make in your eating style to intentionally add an abundance of plant-based foods that you tailor to meet your personal health needs and lifestyle. This eating style is not restrictive but rather allows you to eat plentifully and can have many scientifically proven benefits for one's health. Jeanne goes into the princip
16/03/202146 minutes 34 seconds
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Ep. 73 Taming PCOS Inflammation with Martha McKittrick

Today I'm talking all about PCOS inflammation with our guest expert Martha McKittrick. Martha is a Registered Dietician and a Certified Educator located in New York City, with a virtual practice. She has specialized in PCOS for over 15 years, providing nutrition and lifestyle solutions. She is on the health advisory board of the PCOS challenge and plays an active role as a PCOS advocate and has met with congressmen to convey the importance of more funding for more PCOS research. She has some great PCOS resources on her site which include her blog, course, and free resources such as meal plans and more.&nbsp; &nbsp; What You’ll Learn on This Podcast Episode: Learn what inflammation is Learn what the connection is between inflammation and PCOS Discover if your PCOS type really matters How it shows up and how it impacts hormones What the main contributo
09/03/202138 minutes 9 seconds
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Ep 72 Treating Bloat with Tamara Freuman

Today's guest is Tamara Freuman, who is a New York-based dietician specializing in dietary management in digestive and metabolic diseases. Her expertise is in helping patients identity the many possible causes of gas, bloating, diarrhea, and constipation to become symptom-free. She is known as “The Bloated Belly Whisperer”, which I also the title of her book which I recommend you get. In the book, you can figure out what is causing your bloat and you can also take her online quiz to help you narrow down your options. The book provides treatment protocols to minimize your symptoms. Discovering what bloating is, what causes it, and how to treat it In addition, we talk all about what bloating is, what causes it, and possible ways to treat it. You'll also learn how common it is for people to misuse the term "bloating" when actually referring to distention, which we get into this episode, about what dis
02/03/202154 minutes
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Episode 71 - Getting Smart About Carbs

Today I’m sharing with you a Facebook Live training I did inside my private Facebook Group, PCOS Insiders. It’s all about how to add carbs into every one of your meals in a smart and easy way so that you can eat the foods you love while lowering your body's demand for insulin at the same time.&nbsp; Before we dive in, I want you to know that the doors to my signature program Reset Your PCOS are now open. It's an 8-week nutrition coaching program where I teach you how to reverse insulin resistance. You can join now at dafnachazin.com/reset. What You’ll Learn on This Podcast Episode: Why carbs are necessary Why you don't have to cut out the carbs Five smart ways to incorporate carbs healthily into your every meal Helpful PCOS Links: Join Reset Your PCOS: dafnachazin.com/reset Jo
23/02/202147 minutes 51 seconds
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Episode 70 5 Myths About Insulin Resistance

Today’s episode will help you understand insulin resistance (IR) so that you can feel more empowered to address it because it’s doable and you can be the boss of your own health by reversing insulin resistance using food and supplementation. On today’s episode, we will dig into the following myths: Insulin resistance means I have high blood sugar and will develop diabetes! I have to take medication to treat IR Cutting out carbs is the best way to manage IR I need to eat mostly protein and fats to manage IR Cardio workouts are the best way to lower insulin levels What You’ll Learn on This Podcast Episode: What Insulin Resistance is How Insulin Resistance works How your hormones work and what you need to do to reverse insulin issues
16/02/202146 minutes 3 seconds
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Ep 69 Does Your PCOS Type Really Matter?

Before we jump into today’s episode, I have an exciting announcement. I want to invite you to my free training, 3 Proven Steps to Reducing Insulin Resistance without cutting all carbs, dieting, or taking metformin. In this 60 minute training, I’m going to be sharing the exact 3 steps I use to help women reverse PCOS symptoms that are rooted in insulin resistance. We are going to be talking about things like cravings, weight gain, belly fat, fatigue, acne, missing periods, and even inflammation. If you join me, you're going to learn 3 steps you can take starting immediately after the masterclass to address insulin, including: The essential shift to make BEFORE changing anything about your food How to add carbs into every meal without feeling like you’re making the wrong food choices or worsening your symptoms Which eating style is best for you <li class=
09/02/202148 minutes 11 seconds
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Ep. 68 How To Flip Your Own Script

Today, I’m discussing 3 common limiting beliefs when it comes to women taking charge of their health in dealing with PCOS. What&nbsp; I have noticed over the years, is that the truth is, women know what they should be eating, but what they struggle with is getting started and letting go of certain limiting beliefs and thoughts that hold them back. In today’s episode, you’ll be getting some tough love. It may be harsh to hear because I’m keeping it real and calling you out. But my hope is that you’ll be able to flip your script by letting go of these three limiting beliefs and truly move forward (even if it’s imperfectly) into the results you desire. Helpful PCOS Links: Connect with me on Instagram @pcos.nutritionist.dafna What eating style is right for you? <a href="http://w
02/02/202125 minutes 50 seconds
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Ep. 67 Discovering Your Carb Tolerance

It is likely that you’ve tried to cut out carbs because you thought this was what you should have been doing to lose weight. But you discovered was that cutting carbs didn't work. In today's episode, I'm sharing with you, how in my program Reset your PCOS, you don't need to eliminate carbs entirely. You'll learn all about how to discover your carb tolerance so that you can still eat the foods you love while balancing your hormones and managing your PCOS.&nbsp; What You’ll Learn on This Podcast Episode: Why eating based on your carb tolerance is important How to achieve peace with your foods, particularly, carbs Learn what carb tolerance is not How diabetes and PCOS should not be treated the same Learn steps to get started eating based on your personal carb tolerance Discover what's inside my program Reset Your PCOS Helpful PCO
26/01/202123 minutes 29 seconds
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Ep. 66 Debunking Weight Loss Myths w/ Elizabeth DeRobertis RDN, CDE

Welcome back to the Down to Earth PCOS Nutrition Podcast. Today I'm speaking with Elizabeth DeRobertis RDN, CDE, and we are debunking common weight loss myths. What You’ll Learn on This Podcast Episode: What the blood type diet is &amp; why it doesn't work If you're actively working out, why are you struggling with weight loss? Insulin resistance and the best way to manage that while incorporating exercise&nbsp; Alcohol practical tips so that you don't have to cut it out of your diet The truth behind wine and it's effect on blood sugar&nbsp; Behavior/Mindset myth in regards to feeling like making one undesirable choice te day can ruin the day but the fact is you can make a change at any point What the GPS METHOD is and how you can turn on your internal GPS and get back on track Helpful PCOS Links: Connect with Elizabeth: www.eliza
19/01/202140 minutes 58 seconds
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65 - My Main Issues with Diets for PCOS

Today I’m talking all about why diets fail and why they will never work as a sustainable solution for women with PCOS that are looking to have long-term results.&nbsp; Even though diets don’t work,&nbsp; so many of us go on them. It may also seem appealing for women with PCOS. If you missed out on my last episode EP 64: What Your Doctor Didn't Tell You, I talked about how doctors mislead you to thinking you need to go on a diet. So many women have grown with this idea that they need to go back to a diet because they feel there’s nothing else for them to do. But the truth is, there is a better option. There are people who may argue that diets do work. But the fact is if the diet was as successful they believe it is, then why did they go on it multiple times? Diets are nothing but a cheap ba
12/01/202120 minutes 31 seconds
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64 - What Your Doctor Didn't Tell You

Welcome back to the Down to Earth PCOS Podcast.&nbsp; If you’re new here, my name is Dafna Chazin and I am a Registered Dietician and I specialize in helping women with PCOS, get to the root cause of their symptoms and find a holistic approach to healing their bodies through good eating behaviors and mindset management.&nbsp; Today I’m talking about what your doctor didn’t tell you in regards to solutions to your PCOS.&nbsp; If there's one key takeaway from today's episode, it's to let you know that there are options for you beyond what your doctor has prescribed you. You can come to whole-body custom solutions that work for you and I'm sharing with you what I recommend.&nbsp; Helpful PCOS Links: What Eating Style is Right for Your PCOS? Quiz: https
05/01/202117 minutes 47 seconds
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63 - Managing Hormonal Acne w/ Master Aesthetician Nicole Giacobbe

Welcome back to the Down to Earth PCOS Nutrition Podcast. Today we are speaking about managing hormonal acne with my special guest, Nicole Giacobbe, who has been a Master Aesthetician of over 20 years. Nicole is my personal aesthetician and during my visits, she has shared so much knowledge with me in regards to acne.&nbsp; &nbsp; If you are someone who struggles with acne, who has been overwhelmed and maybe you don't know where to start or what might or might not be working for your skin, this episode will be helpful to you in giving you insight to managing and healing your skin.&nbsp; &nbsp; What You’ll Learn on This Podcast Episode: Learn how common it is for women in late years to still have acne How hormones affect acne Learn what acne is and how a pimple is formed Where hormonal acne is most common What you can do to heal and manage acne Learn the differe
05/10/202045 minutes 31 seconds
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62- Exploring Binge Eating with Dr. Glenn Livingston

Welcome back to the Down to Earth PCOS Nutrition Podcast. Today we will be exploring the topic of binge eating with psychologist Dr. Glenn Livingston. Dr. Livingston is the author of the popular book, Never Binge Again,&nbsp; and is a daily blogger at psychologytoday.com &nbsp; First, we dive into Dr. Livingston's personal journey out of obesity and binge eating. He has spent decades on understanding the psychology behind overeating as well as what causes us to binge eat and what causes us to have this troublesome relationship with food.&nbsp; &nbsp; Interestingly, we get to hear his experience as a consultant for major food manufacturing companies and how these companies rather intentionally formulate our food or market it in such a way to make it addictive which becomes a high contributor to overeating habits.&nbsp; &nbsp; His unique way of appr
28/09/202059 minutes
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61 - Creating a Workout Routine That's Right For Your Body with Letisha Bates

My special guest today is Letisha Bates. Letisha is a registered health coach certified in holistic nutrition and weight loss for women. Having PCOS herself she understands the struggles women have with PCOS. She advocates for the PCOS community and encourages lawmakers to fill in the gaps in PCOS care and research. Her personal journey and struggles, help her to empower women with PCOS.&nbsp; Letisha shares all about her journey and how she was diagnosed. She opens up about her struggles with weight and how she overcame it by taking control of her health with fitness exercising.&nbsp; On the other hand, she also speaks about how she went into extreme fitness diving into bodybuilding and how it actually had an adverse effect on her body, breaking it down instead of building it up. She goes into how what you think about dieting and fitness may not be what's right for you, and how important it is to find the right workout routine that is right for your body specifically because
21/09/202056 minutes 52 seconds
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60 - Your Questions Answered!

Welcome back to the Down to Earth PCOS Nutrition Podcast. In this episode, I am getting your questions answered. These are questions that you've submitted to me via email and social media about PCOS Nutrition. &nbsp; I'll be talking about endocrine disruptors if they are something you need to take seriously.&nbsp; You'll get answers to your questions about herbal teas and if they are good for your PCOS.&nbsp; I'll give you helpful tips to reduce your toxins and explain the benefits of essential oils and more importantly, how to best use them effectively.&nbsp; &nbsp; I'll also talk about post-pill PCOS, and ovulation suppression and how you will know if your PCOS is birth control induced. You'll get helpful tips on reducing your cravings and understanding food sensitivities. I'm also inviting you to join my 6 Week online-coaching program, Reset your PCOS, which is now open for enrollment. Reset Your PCOS is a step-by-ste
14/09/202030 minutes 7 seconds
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59 -Reversing Insulin Resistance Using A Plant based Approach with Robby Barbaro

In this episode, we will be talking all about plant-based whole food diet for managing diabetes. Today I'm featuring my special guest Robby Barbaro. Robby is the co-founder and author of Mastering Diabetes, an online coaching program for people with all types of diabetes that want to manage their condition through reverse insulin resistance, utilizing plant-based nutrition. &nbsp; First, we discuss Robby's journey in plant-based nutrition, which began when he was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 12. Therefore, as a result of his personal experience, he’s successfully managed his diabetes and helps others do the same.&nbsp; &nbsp; Additionally, Robby is also the Cohost of the Annual Mastering Diabetes online summit. Notably, he is also a featured speaker at Whole Foods Global Headquarters. &nbsp; Mastering Diabetes is highly recommended! Importantly, his book, Mastering Diabetes, is a great r
04/09/202049 minutes 32 seconds
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58 -Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine w/ Dr. Caroline Floyd, DACM, LAc.

Welcome back to the Down to Earth PCOS Nutrition Podcast. Today’s wonderful guest is Dr. Caroline Floyd, DACM, LAc.. She practices in acupuncture and chinese medicine and is located in Sacramento, California. Dr. Floyd specializes in hormone health, emotional wellness for women. She sees patients with a variety of issues such as PCOS, menstrual issues, PMS, fertility, anxiety, and sleeplessness. She is the founder of Dr. Floyd Rx which is a Chinese herbal product line for those needing assistance with menstrual health, fertility, and emotional health. Firstly, in this episode, we will be talking about the principals of Chinese medicine. Next we discuss how Dr. Floyd works with her patients and helps them through their fertility journey. Importantly, as Eastern medicine treatments are growingly popular, it is important to understand more about it,&nbsp; how it can benefit you.
31/08/202040 minutes 51 seconds
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57 -5 Benefits of Becoming a Better Planner

Welcome back to the Down to Earth PCOS Nutrition Podcast. I'm a huge believer in planning. A few episodes ago I talked about PCOS basics, and the essential things to do when you're on your health journey. Episode 42 includes everything from the nutritional aspect to the mindset. One of the key things I mention at the end of that episode is planning.&nbsp; Planning is one of the key behaviors to master for success with PCOS. If you're tired of getting a short-term fix and want to cultivate sustainable long-term habits, then planning is absolutely essential.&nbsp; In my course, there is a module dedicated to just planning. My clients often walk away becoming better planners, feeling more confident in their newly built intentional habit of planning, being able to see the plan with clarity and see the results reflect in managing their PCOS in a healthy sustainable way.&nbsp; Today you will get
24/08/202023 minutes 51 seconds
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56 -Should you pay attention to the glycemic index?

Welcome back to the Down to Earth PCOS Nutrition Podcast. You may have heard about the glycemic index (GI) and you're not sure if you should be paying attention to it to improve your PCOS. In today's episode, I'm clarifying for you and providing answers to the questions you may have on whether you should or shouldn't be paying attention to the glycemic index. First, I break down for you, what the glycemic index is and how it correlates to your blood sugar levels.&nbsp; Secondly, I talk to you about how blood sugar levels affect insulin, and how that affects PCOS.&nbsp; Next, I discuss the issues with the glycemic index and what I recommend that you should be doing instead.&nbsp; But, I also tell you about what some of the scientifically proven benefits are.&nbsp; You will learn what I find the three main issues and flaws are with the scientific studies and why it's not a down-to-earth approach. However, there are certain situ
14/08/202023 minutes 53 seconds
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Ep 55: Overcoming PCOS Challenges w/ Dr. Dylan Cutler

Welcome back to the Down to Earth PCOS Nutrition Podcast. I’m so excited to introduce our wonderful guest today, Dr. Dylan Cutler, &nbsp;an online consultant who empowers women with PCOS. She helps them achieve hormonal balance, regulate periods, and enhance fertility.&nbsp; All of this while improving their mood and gain body confidence all without dieting or using pills. Dr. Cutler has her Ph.D. in Obstetrics and Gynecology, specializing in lifestyle changes for PCOS. She’s also a holistic health content creator. You may also know her as a food photographer, fitness enthusiast, feminist, vegan, and a PCOS fighter herself. Today Dr. Cutler shares her story and journey with PCOS. First, we discuss when and how she discovered she had PCOS and how she coped with it.&nbsp; She speaks on how that lead her to an eating disorder as a teenager. <p c
10/08/202037 minutes 37 seconds
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54: 5 Common Mistakes with Intermittent Fasting & How to Avoid Them

Welcome back to the Down to Earth PCOS Nutrition Podcast. As you may have noticed, I took a break from creating new episodes in the month of July, but I am back with fresh new content and great new guest for the upcoming episodes! If you are a brand new listener, my name is Dafna Chazin, your host of the Down to Earth PCOS Nutrition Podcast. I’m a Registered Dietitian that helps women with PCOS change their relationship with food, and help reduce their PCOS symptoms to feel healthy and happy. In this podcast, you’ll find PCOS scientific-based information to help create change through nutrition and lifestyle changes to make a difference on PCOS in the most natural and intuitive way possible. Today’s episode I will be talking 5 Common Mistakes with Intermittent Fasting &amp; How to Avoid them.&nbsp; What You’ll Learn on This Podcast Episode: Time-restricted eating &amp; what it is <l
03/08/202031 minutes 42 seconds
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53 - I'll Be Right Back!

Hey there! This week's episode is more of a brief announcement. I will be taking a short break during the month of July to refresh, create new content and spend time with my family. In the meantime I want you to check out some of my resources and come say hello on Instagram where I will continue to hang out daily! Helpful Resources:&nbsp; Take my new quiz and find out Which Eating Style Is Right For Your PCOS? Download my *FREE*&nbsp;PCOS Kitchen Guide to learn the 3 steps you can take right now to set yourself up for success and a follow a&nbsp;nutrition plan that will reduce your symptoms naturally. Joi
25/06/20206 minutes 23 seconds
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52 - Why Mindset Matters More Than Nutrition w/ Laurence Annez

Hello listeners! Welcome back to The Down to Earth PCOS Nutrition Podcast, where we are talking all about mindset and nutrition. Firstly, if you’re on a PCOS healing journey and you’ve been focused mostly on nutrition and food, then this episode is just for you. Today’s guest is Laurence Annez, and she is a Holistic Nutritionist coaching women on how to ditch cystic acne, regular cycles, and stubborn belly fat using a nutrition lifestyle and mostly mindset changes. Laurence’s mission is to show women that they can take control of their health. She believes that women can truly thrive with PCOS, even through all the difficulties. More importantly, she is a living example that it is possible.&nbsp; Laurence speaks on her personal journey through PCOS and the changes she has made in her nutrition, lifestyle changes, her mindset and inner-self to grow as a person to help her stay motiv
15/06/202052 minutes 35 seconds
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51 - Beating The Bloat w/ Rachel Everett, RDN

Hello listeners! On today’s episode of The Down to Earth PCOS Nutrition Podcast, I interview Rachel, a registered dietitian who practices integrative and functional nutrition. Her background was in pre-medicine until she was exposed to a class in nutrition, where her eyes were opened to this new field of study. In a nutshell, Rachel’s mission is to educate women on how to manage their IBS symptoms and repair their digestive tract using integrative and non-pharmaceutical methods. Rachel was drawn to gut health and integrative nutrition due to her own personal experience with gut issues and IBS, as well as her time working with university students in Dallas, Texas who were suffering from the same issues--especially bloating. In a nutshell, Rachel’s mission is to educate women on how to manage their IBS symptoms and repair their digestive tract using integrative and non-pharmaceutical methods. Even in graduate school, Rachel admits, bloating wasn’t really addressed during her cl
01/06/202053 minutes 3 seconds
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50 - What You Need to Know About Toxins and Hormonal Health w/ Dr. Katie Rose

Hello and welcome back to The Down to Earth PCOS Nutrition Podcast, where we will talk about what you need to know about toxins and hormonal health. &nbsp; Have you ever thought about the toxins in the chemicals of your daily products, whether it be in your skincare products, your hair care products, or even your household cleaning products?&nbsp; &nbsp; In today’s episode, I interview Dr. Katie Rose, a Naturopathic Medical Doctor, specializing in holistic women’s health, fertility, and hormonal imbalance issues. &nbsp; While in medical school, Dr. Katie Rose was dealing with medical hormonal imbalance and irregular periods.&nbsp; While her OBGYN doctor recommended birth control for eight years, she was diagnosed with PCOS.&nbsp; She wanted to get to the root of her medical issues and discovered holistic compassion medicine.&nbsp; &nbsp; She utilized the tools and concepts to optimize her own health.&nbsp; She switched her medi
20/05/202043 minutes 8 seconds
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49 - Improving PCOS Fertility and gut health w/ Stephanie Paver, RDN

Hello Everyone! On today’s episode of The Down to Earth PCOS Nutrition Podcast, I interview Stephanie Paver, a dietitian nutritionist who works with women with PCOS and specializes in fertility and gut health. Stephanie’s mission is to educate women on female hormones and reproductive healing and to help provide them with non-pharmaceutical solutions to healing. Today, Stephanie shares with us some of her recommendations and advice pertaining to nutrition, gut health, and fertility and what these may look like for women with PCOS. &nbsp; Stephanie begins by explaining to listeners her personal career path and how her own struggle to identify that she had PCOS made her realize the large gap that existed when it came to PCOS resources for women. Wanting to fill this gap, she decided to specialize in helping those with PCOS. One commonality she notes that she’s discovered is that most women with PCOS have certain food sensitivities that may be entirely unique to their ind
06/05/202043 minutes 18 seconds
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48 - Binge Eating Recovery w/ Zoe Klein

Welcome back ladies to a special episode of the Down to Earth PCOS Podcast! Today I interview Zoe Klein, a Toronto-based social worker who primarily works with individuals struggling with eating disorders, specifically binge eating. Because many women with PCOS struggle with binge eating, today Zoe sits down with me to talk about her personal journey with the disorder, offering tips and advice for how someone can begin recovery.&nbsp; &nbsp; Zoe shares with listeners both her experiences with binge eating as well as the difficulties she faced to get diagnosed with PCOS, talking about the ways in which women can often struggle to find validation for what their body is feeling and the problems they may be facing. Because of this, Zoe encourages women to trust in what their body is telling them and to seek out those who will listen.&nbsp; &nbsp; To h
04/05/202042 minutes 42 seconds
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47 - Should You Cut Out Dairy? (FB Live)

Welcome back, Ladies! On today’s episode, I talk about dairy - how it interacts with our bodies, what kind of dairy is best to consume, and whether or not you should consider cutting it from your diet. This episode is designed to help you make an informed decision regarding your personal dairy consumption so that your diet can become better designed to help alleviate your PCOS symptoms. Anyone who has worked with me in the past knows that I don’t believe in diet restrictions. I don’t believe women with PCOS need to eliminate everything from their diets but instead want to help them understand what they may be consuming that is potentially triggering their symptoms. Therefore, when considering what kind or how much dairy to include in your diet, you have to look at your own personal symptoms.&nbsp; When I talk about dairy, I’m referring to cow’s milk and its pro
27/04/202028 minutes 44 seconds
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46 - How To Manage Your Emotions During COVID-19

Hello Ladies, and thank you for joining me for another episode of the Down To Earth PCOS Nutrition Podcast! &nbsp; Today's episode is one I shared with my PCOS Insiders Facebook Community, and it is geared to helping you learn strategies to manage your emotions during COVID-19. &nbsp; I don’t think that anyone could have expected just how quickly and how deeply this would affect our day-to-day lifestyle. I know that for me I have been personally affected too! &nbsp; It can be difficult knowing that we no longer can carry on with our normal routines, and I understand how that can deeply impact the way you feel and the way you eat. &nbsp; However, the good news is, that even with the restrictions that are in place right now, there are still very simple, practical things you can be doing each day to feel better. You can adjust yo
18/04/202032 minutes 52 seconds
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45 - Let's Not Talk About Your Goal Weight Anymore

Hello Ladies, and thank you for joining me for another episode of the Down To Earth PCOS Nutrition Podcast! On today’s episode, I talk about the dieting trend of setting a goal-weight and why it can be problematic.&nbsp; &nbsp; Setting a goal-weight is a concept many dieting practices encourage and is one that I’ve even used for my own clients in the past. Recently, however, I’ve realized that oftentimes setting a goal-weight does not serve many women and can cause more harm than good. While setting goals along your health journey can be a powerful tool for success, setting a goal-weight for yourself is different and can lead you in the wrong direction.&nbsp; &nbsp; While the point of today’s episode isn’t to convince you to NOT set a goal-weight, I want to explain why it might be worth letting go. Therefore, I cover 5 reasons setting a goal-weigh
13/04/202022 minutes 16 seconds
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Is Keto Right For PCOS

Hello everyone! Today's bonus episode is an episode that I recorded in a Facebook Live video, within my PCOS Insiders Facebook community. I am talking all about the Keto diet, which is a widely popular low carb, high fat, low fiber diet. I am also answering your top burning questions at the end of this episode. In this episode, I go into my top 5 reasons why the Keto Diet is NOT good for PCOS.&nbsp; However, I do think that with healthy significant modifications, and if done correctly, then the Keto Diet might be able to work for you if you still decide that this is something you want to try. So, although I'm not a fan of Keto, I do feel that providing you with the support and insight you need is important and therefore you will find that I provide you with healthy alternative options to make the Keto Diet work most effectively for you. Ultimately, I do not recommend this diet for PCOS, for the reasons y
09/04/202032 minutes 28 seconds
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44 - How My Clients Stay Motivated

Hello everyone! On today’s episode, I talk about a topic key to achieving your health goals: motivation.&nbsp; Motivation is what can keep us committed to a healthy lifestyle day-in and day-out, especially during challenging times in our lives when stress and anxiety may tempt us to simply give up. Because of this, today I share with listeners three questions they can ask themselves to better understand their own motivations and share with them the common themes I’ve found in my own clients’ answers to these same questions.&nbsp; &nbsp; The first question I encourage listeners to think about is: What is your Big Why? This question encourages you to think about your reason for wanting to change your health. More so than just “wanting to lose
06/04/202038 minutes 42 seconds
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43B - (Bonus Episode) - 7 habits you CAN practice right now

In Episode 43, I laid out 3 steps you can take to create a new routine for yourself. In today's Bonus Episode, we're taking it a step further and I'm talking about the 7&nbsp; Habits You CAN Practice Right Now to help you create a healthy routine.&nbsp; My hope is that by now you have gotten into a new normal. I know that many of us are still dealing with many issues, including the stress and anxiety that relates to the Coronavirus. I hope that you are safe and well and are able to find a new routine, having established new and healthy habits during this time. However, if you have not created healthy habits, then this episode is for you. What I talk to you about today is how you can implement 7 simple healthy food habits that you can start practicing right now to help you get into a healthy routine. I am here to make sure that during this season, you are not making
02/04/202018 minutes 30 seconds
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43 - Finding A New Routine (Corona Virus Edition)

Hello Ladies, and welcome back to the newly renamed Down To Earth PCOS Nutrition Podcast! Today’s episode addresses the many anxieties and fears you may be having amidst the current healthcare crisis and coronavirus pandemic. What’s going on in the world right now has had a dramatic impact on all of us and our daily lives, and it’s easy to feel scared by the unknown. Because of this, I share with you some advice and tips for overcoming a doom-and-gloom mindset and how to use this time to continue maintaining your progress and moving forward.&nbsp; Rather than focusing on what you can’t control during this time and throwing all of your healthy intentions away, I encourage you to shift your energy right now and instead focus on how you can continue to practice healthy choices.&nbsp; I warn against the dangers of the limiti
30/03/202031 minutes 1 second
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42. Are you doing the BASICS?

Hey there! Welcome back to another episode of the Slim &amp; Satisfied podcast. I am so happy you're here!&nbsp;Today's we'll discuss what it means to do the BASICS. When it comes to healthy eating, there are a few&nbsp;simple, elementary habits that are essential for your success! Without them, you'll build your habits on a rocky foundation that will likely not last long. I know this since I've seen it time and time again with my clients. &nbsp;I chose to focus on this topic since I find that many women are not sure where to start their journey and often get "lost" since they're following what's trendy instead of doing the BASICS first. If you've ever thought of starting a new vitamin supplement, a workout routine that seems like a good fit or an online challenge that has you cutting back on all carbs- you're likely familiar with the temporary results these gimmicky thing produce.&nbsp; I firmly believe that anyone
06/02/202033 minutes 52 seconds
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41. How to Manage PCOS Cravings

In today's podcast episode, I share a recent video from my FB group PCOS INSIDERS about how to manage cravings when you have PCOS. In it, I explain what cravings really are, why they are happening and what to do to reduce the intensity. Why is this important?&nbsp; About 97% of people experience cravings, so it’s entirely normal. In fact, we are hard-wired to crave food as it is one of the body's survival mechanisms. However, women diagnosed with PCOS experience strong cravings the entire month, not just around their menstrual cycle. There are many reasons why cravings can get out of control, such as insulin resistance, going too long without eating, hormonal fluctuations, lack of sleep and anxiety. And if you only focus on adding supplements and not addressing the underlying cause, you may not be getting the results you desire. Not sure what to do about your cravings? We’ll cover a
03/02/202048 minutes 11 seconds
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40 - How To Know if You're Insulin Resistant (and what to do next)

In today's episode, I share all about how to deal with insulin resistance if you have PCOS. If you’re dealing with all of the classical symptoms of PCOS, including weight loss, insulin resistance most likely is the root cause. Between 70%-90% of women with PCOS are also diagnosed with insulin resistance (or are experiencing the symptoms). But good news! Today we explore the lifestyle changes that will help you manage and balance insulin resistance, including nutrition, sleep and supplementation. Not sure if you are insulin resistant? We’ll cover what tests you can request from your physician and specialists I recommend. Plus, in this episode I answer questions from listeners related to weight loss and how to make lifestyle changes when you’re dealing with picky eaters at home. Tune in now to learn about how you can manage insulin resistance and get back on the road to recovery. What you’ll learn in this episode: Overview of i
27/01/202048 minutes 2 seconds
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39. Easy Diet Changes to Make for PCOS

In today's episode, I share the 5 simple diet tweaks you can make in order to heal PCOS. So, if you’ve been just diagnosed with PCOS or if you’ve had it for a while and you’re just getting started with healing your body, this episode is a great place to start. These 5 simple changes are sustainable and highly effective, and that’s super important in supporting you in getting healthy and healing your body. I also share why it’s important to become a highly-educated patient. You want to understand what is going on in your body and have every right to ask questions of your healthcare provider. When you’re informed, you’ll be better able to make strides towards improving your health. I explain more about why cutting calories doesn’t work for you because 90% of women with PCOS experience insulin resistance. So, lowering insulin is the first step you need. You want an approach that’s customized and tailored to your condition and your needs. Tune in now to learn about
14/01/202026 minutes 3 seconds
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38 - Is it Head Hunger Or Body Hunger?

Welcome Back! In today's episode Dafna speaks about managing appetite. So many women with PCOS struggle with hunger, cravings and a strong desire to eat throughout the day. This may the result of hormonal imbalances or habits that formed over time. Regardless of the reason someone feels the need to eat frequently, it's important to identify the type of hunger we experience and then manage it appropriately. This, in turn, will help reach our health goals, and specifically weight loss goals, more quickly and easily.&nbsp; Head Hunger Versus Body Hunger To truly become mindful and in touch with our body, it's important to recognize the TYPE of hunger we're experiencing. Of course, true bodily hunger is an innate response to lack of fuel in the system and needs to be answered with the right type of nutrition. But what about head hunger? This type of hunger is usually more emotional. In this part of the episode, Dafna will provide 4 questions you can
06/01/202029 minutes 53 seconds
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37 - Make Your 2020 Goals Stick

Hello and welcome back! Thank you for joining me on another episode of The Slim &amp; Satisfied Podcast.&nbsp; On today’s episode, I talk about how to set the right goals for yourself and come up with a meal and lifestyle plan that’s easy for you to implement and sustainable to maintain. Oftentimes, people do not set the right type of goals for themselves, and this is why they ultimately fail. We receive so many mixed messages and advice when it comes to achieving our health goals that it’s easy to become stuck in an ineffective plan. To prevent against this, I explain some of the best ways to begin building solid, achievable goals for yourself.&nbsp; &nbsp; First, you need to spend time thinking about what your goal should be by reflecting on what behaviors are happening most frequently in your life right now that do not align with your health goals. By
30/12/201920 minutes 50 seconds
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36 - How Frequently Should I Eat?

On today’s episode, I focus on clarifying two important aspects of healthy eating I often receive numerous questions about: meal timing and snacking. &nbsp; When it comes to eating, timing does matter. Studies have shown that rather than eating bigger meals later in the day, as most families in the U.S. do, it’s actually healthier to frontload your calories and eat larger meals earlier. Eating your biggest meal later in the day isn’t conducive to healthy eating because these calories often get converted into fat and are stored, leading to an increased risk of high cholesterol, diabetes, and other metabolic problems, especially for women with PCOS.&nbsp; &nbsp; Therefore, I recommend eating a lighter meal at night, something that I know isn’t conducive for every
23/12/201919 minutes 16 seconds
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35 - Setting Up A Healthy Food Environment In Your Home

Hello ladies! On today’s episode, I talk about the best ways to set up a healthy eating environment in your own home.&nbsp; &nbsp; Food studies have shown that our food environment directly influences our food decisions. Oftentimes, an unhealthy food environment leads to mindless eating just because of its setup. Therefore, in today’s episode, I want to share with you small changes you can make to your home environment that can lead to major changes for the better in the way that you eat. &nbsp; Because the kitchen is where most food decisions in the house are made, this is where your best investment for change will be. Therefore, I recommend focusing on 3 specific areas in your kitchen that, when better organized, can lead to more intentional and strategic eating.&nbsp; &nbsp; 3 Areas in Your K
16/12/201924 minutes 46 seconds
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34 - How To Tell If You Have Anxiety w/ Liat Haim

On today’s episode, I interview a very special guest - my sister, Liat Haim! Liat is a licensed professional counselor and therapist who specializes in working with children and young adults with mood disorders. Together, the two of us talk about today’s topic: anxiety. Women with PCOS are far more likely to suffer from anxiety, and so Liat offers her professional advice on how to recognize when it is becoming unhealthy and negatively affecting our lives and what can be done to help resolve this.&nbsp; &nbsp; Liat explains that anxiety is a normal human emotion that everyone experiences, and that it can be helpful when it comes to having to perform under pressure. She clarifies that anxiety really only becomes a problem when it begins to interfere with everyday life tasks and starts to dictate what someone can and cannot do.&nbsp; &nbsp; In order
09/12/201935 minutes 34 seconds
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33 - The One Diet You Need to Follow in 2020 and Beyond

Hello and welcome back to the Slim &amp; Satisfied Podcast! As the new year approaches, I want to share with all of you the one diet you should consider following for 2020: The Mediterranean Diet. This diet is the one I successfully use in my practice with many of my PCOS clients. The reason I feel strongly that this is the ONE diet that's healthy across the board is that it has been proven to be highly effective in reducing disease risk and is also highly enjoyable and easy to stick with, which is a major downside of other plans. With some minor tweaks, this style of eating can truly help you reach most, if not all, your health goals in 2020! Studies have shown that a Mediterranean diet can offer incredible benefits such as improved cardiovascular health, longevity, and weight loss. I especially like this diet for PCOS weight-loss because it is designed to hel
02/12/201933 minutes 35 seconds
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32 - Three Important Mindset Shifts for the Holiday Season

Greetings ladies! Before we get started, tell me this, have you subscribed to the show yet? Please take a second to hit that subscribe button in your podcast app - I'll be putting out bonus episodes you don't want to miss! Today's episode of Slim and Satisfied is focused on preparing you for the holiday season, which is a challenging time for many of us. The temptation from food, financial obligations, social interactions and time spent with family and friends can often feel stressful and lead to unhealthy food choices. However, we will not be talking about how to make the best food decisions on this episode, per se. But rather, discuss the important mindset shifts that will reduce stress, help you feel more in control as well as teach you how to set boundaries so that you can stay on track for the next month or so with ease.&nbsp; Holiday Statistics&nbsp; Studies show that people gain between 3-5 lbs each holiday season, and, that this
25/11/201929 minutes 10 seconds
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31 - How Theresa Got Off Meds, Lost Weight and Healed Acne (Client Coaching Call)

Hey there and welcome back! Today's episode is special since I'll be interviewing Theresa Millerschoen, one of my current clients. I decided to have Theresa on the show since her story is inspirational and will likely resonate with you on multiple levels! Theresa's Story Theresa is a busy nurse who is also in graduate school. She has been struggling with PCOS symptoms such as weight gain, acne, oily hair, anxiety and migraines for years. After several weight loss attempts that were not successful she decided to make a significant lifestyle change. She will be sharing some of the habits she developed, what worked (and what didn't) and how she continues to work on improving her health every single day. &nbsp;We will also discuss some of the current obstacles she's facing and what goals she will be practicing to continue her amazing success path.&nbsp; What you'll learn in this episode: The way PCOS has impacted Theresa's body, both mentally and physicall
18/11/201955 minutes 7 seconds
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30 - Fitting Healthy Eating Into Your Busy Schedule

How many times have said to yourself: "I'm too busy to eat healthy"? I'm going to assume that you've done it more than once. If you're leading a busy lifestyle, as many of my clients do, you know the feeling that there is just not enough time in the day, let alone extra time for meal prepping, going to the gym or keeping up with your evening relaxation routine! However, over time, being overly busy and leaving no time for yourself can take a serious toll on your health. You're probably familiar with that, too.&nbsp; Today's podcast episode is designed to help to change that. I will be sharing some simple ways to incorporate healthy eating into your current lifestyle, without spending hours a week in the kitchen. I will be encouraging you to make these changes a regular part of your routine so that you become more skilled in practicing them. Before implementing these strategies, however, I sug
11/11/201933 minutes 43 seconds
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29 - Five PCOS Nutrition Tips You Should Ignore

Hello ladies, and welcome back to the Slim &amp; Satisfied Podcast!&nbsp; On today’s episode, I discuss the 5 PCOS nutrition tips and myths you should ignore. Following up with our topic from last week’s episode, I reiterate that while the Internet, social media, and online blogs can offer community and great advice for women with PCOS, they can also perpetuate a lot of misinformation and make it difficult to decide between what’s credible and what isn’t. So, in today’s episode I want to help clarify some common diet misconceptions given to women with PCOS so as to help you not become distracted by unhelpful advice. Instead, I want to help clear away confusion and provide you with the tools for becoming more confident in your eating and health decisions.&nbsp; Here are 5 PCOS Nutrition Tips to Ignore:
04/11/201929 minutes 38 seconds
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28 - Should You Go On a Social Media Diet?

Hello and welcome back to the Slim &amp; Satisfied Podcast!&nbsp; &nbsp; On this episode, I ask listeners the question: Do you need to go on a social media diet? In asking this question, I encourage women to reflect on their social media use and how it may be fueling their eating or creating unhealthy habits that set them up for failure.&nbsp; &nbsp; I recognize that social media is usually a double-edged sword, specifically for women with PCOS. This is often because women with PCOS fail to receive sufficient time and attention from their doctors and so are commonly left with generic or irrelevant advice regarding their health. Because of this, many women turn to the internet for advice and to feel connected, social media offering them a built-in community. However, while such a community can offer support and knowledge, social media can often bec
28/10/201937 minutes 24 seconds
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27 - Why Calorie Restriction Won't Work for PCOS

Hey there! This week's episode is from an IGTV video I recently shared on my page. It answers a common question I get asked which is: Should I follow a certain calorie level to lose weight with PCOS? The simple answer is: NO. You do not need to worry as much about calories, if your diet is incorporating the RIGHT type of foods. This, by the way, is part of the reason why calorie-focused diets such as Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig rarely work. They focus on numbers so much and do not teach you WHAT and HOW to eat. On this episode, I go through 3 main reasons I have seen calorie restriction fail to produce meaningful results for women with PCOS and briefly share what to do instead. The 3 reasons include: Calories are not going to balance hormones. Insulin resistance is more important to address first. Focusing on calories means an emphasis on quantity (not quality). Restricting calories can lead to diet mentality and a feeling
21/10/201911 minutes 2 seconds
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26 - Conquering Nighttime Eating

Hello Ladies! On this episode of the Slim &amp; Satisfied Podcast, I focus on the topic of nighttime eating, what it looks like, its causes, and a few simple yet powerful strategies you can implement to help drop this habit. Nighttime eating is a common problem for those with poor blood sugar control or insulin resistance, which is often the case for those with PCOS. This makes women with PCOS more likely to gravitate towards nighttime eating for both physiological and emotional reasons.&nbsp; &nbsp; Nighttime eating can quickly feed into unhealthy behaviors and cause a diet to fall apart. The main reason for this is that it can make women feel out of control; it perpetuates the feeling of being incapable and can lead to negative self-talk and feelings of shame and frustration that often lead to women giving up on their weight loss goals. Eating at night also means you are more likely to gain weight
14/10/201937 minutes 18 seconds
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25 - How Dairy and Sugar Can Cause Acne

Hello and welcome back to the Slim &amp; Satisfied Podcast with me, Dafna Chazin! Today I'll be sharing a topic that feels particularly personal and that is acne. I will be talking about some of the root causes of acne, the role of diet and what are some ways to alleviate acne through food. Many women with PCOS are forced to deal with acne even in their adult lives, largely because it is caused by hormonal imbalances such as having too much testosterone. To help explain this, I'll be sharing some of the current research around acne and diet and talk about the important ways we can change what we eat to reduce acne symptoms.&nbsp; Because acne is often both painful and shameful, I share my own story about struggling with acne since I was a teenager with the hope of helping women with similar experiences. Doctors could not figure out the source of my acne; creams
07/10/201937 minutes 44 seconds
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24 - Why Am I Always Hungry?

Hello ladies! Welcome back to another episode of the Slim &amp; Satisfied Podcast with me, Dafna Chazin. Today, I focus on what always seems to be one of the most difficult parts of healthy eating: Managing Hunger. People often report excessive hunger to be the main reason they couldn’t stick to a healthy eating plan. Thinking about being hungry can become all-consuming and most people view it as an unfortunate reality of weight-loss programs. Today, I want to help show you why this isn’t true in order to help prevent that anxiety over appetite that we so often associate with weight-loss goals. &nbsp; Drawing from my own past experiences in a weight-loss program that led to me making some unhealthy decisions, in this episode I really advocate for the importance of building a healthy relationship to food physically, mentally, and emotionally. I encourage women to listen to their bodies, think more de
30/09/201931 minutes 26 seconds
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23 - Organizing Your Kitchen w/ Emma Anderson

Welcome back to The Slim &amp; Satisfied Podcast! Today, I am joined by professional organizer, Emma Anderson. Emma works with women, particularly moms, to help them create systems for themselves and their families in their homes designed to eliminate overwhelm and establish a better sense of peace. Today, she shares with us how organizing your home (but specifically your kitchen) can help you to better meet your healthy eating goals. Emma explains how organization and the accomplishment of goals are closely linked. From her experience, she has found that when someone is organized, they are more likely to achieve the goals they have set for themselves. This is because organization allows you to create more space and therefore more opportunity, it can reduce the overwhelm of clutter that adds stress to the environment, and it trains the brain to be more decisive.&nbsp; <span style="font-weight
23/09/201938 minutes 26 seconds
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22 - How to PCOS-Proof Your Kitchen - Part 2

Hello everyone! Thank you for joining me, Dafna Chazin, for another episode of my Slim &amp; Satisfied Podcast. In today’s episode, we continue our two-part series dedicated to helping you PCOS-proof your kitchen. To review, I’ve broken down this process into 3 steps, which include:&nbsp; The 3P Purge (Which was covered on last week’s episode) Restocking your kitchen with the right foods Planning for how to incorporate these foods into your meals and snacks Today, I break down steps 2 and 3, emphasizing the importance of being intentional about our food choices. By choosing foods that we know are healing for PCOS, we can active
16/09/201936 minutes 20 seconds
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21 - How to PCOS-Proof Your Kitchen - Part 1

Hello everyone! Welcome back to the Slim &amp; Satisfied Podcast with me, Dafna Chazin. Today’s episode is part one in a two-part series of episodes dedicated to helping you make your kitchen PCOS-proof. As I’ve discussed in previous episodes, PCOS can be managed extremely well through diet. In fact, being deliberate in the food choices you make can oftentimes be more powerful than any other treatment, including medications, when it comes to healing PCOS and dealing with its many symptoms such as acne, mood swings, and cravings.&nbsp; Because our surroundings largely influence our food decisions and behaviors, I want to help you build the best environment for yourself within your kitchen. This will optimize your chances of seeing transformational results and keep your decision-making when it comes to food simple and easy. To do so, I’ve created a step-by-step process for PCOS-proofing your kitchen laid out in a helpful guide you can find below and that I’
09/09/201923 minutes 38 seconds
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20 - 3 Ways to Simplify Weight Loss

Welcome back, Ladies! Thank you for joining me, Dafna Chazin, for another episode of the Slim &amp; Satisfied Podcast. Today, our topic is simplifying weight loss where I'll be sharing with you some of the best strategies I’ve learned to help keep the weight loss process straightforward and simple.&nbsp; &nbsp; Putting our life on hold to lose weight makes the process become an obstacle that we’re less likely to stay dedicated to. However, by keeping a plan easy and straightforward, we’re more likely to smoothly integrate healthy habits into our lives and practice them consistently, which is the key to healthy living. &nbsp; So, in order to guide you in simplifying your weight loss plan, I outline three main principles that are easy to follow but will keep you on track towards your weight loss goals. They include: <li style="font-w
02/09/201927 minutes 35 seconds
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19 - Healing Your Relationship with Food w/ Kristin Burdi, Holistic Health Coach

Hello again and welcome back to the Slim &amp; Satisfied Podcast! In today’s episode, I am joined by holistic health coach, Kristin Burdi, who dedicates herself to helping women heal their relationship with food, particularly women with PCOS.&nbsp; Kristin shares with us her personal struggles with food and the negative relationship she had with eating before her PCOS diagnosis. She then explains how her diagnosis actually helped her to shift her lifestyle practices and self-image for the better.&nbsp; Together, Kristin and I discuss how the recognition of a hormonal imbalance should encourage reflection on self-care and emotional healing. Kristin opens up about how in the past, she was afraid of food, connecting this fear to her negative self-image. She does so to show us the important role our thoughts play in our relationship with food and how often times when we’re taking steps to heal regarding our di
26/08/201941 minutes 9 seconds
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18 - Get Your Mindset Right First. Here's How.

Hi Ladies! In today’s episode, I turn our attention away from the external and towards the importance of evaluating our internal mental and emotional approaches towards weight loss. Drawing from my own personal experience working with clients, I’ve learned that establishing a strong mental foundation is imperative for weight loss success. &nbsp; Because dedicating oneself to weight loss is often a major life change, it’s important for us to mentally and emotionally prepare ourselves to undertake it and to set aside time to reflect on our mindsets and whether or not they are aligned to help us best meet our goals. &nbsp; &nbsp;I understand how difficult it can be to maintain a positive mindset throughout the weight loss process, especially on the occasions when we encounter obstacles. Therefore, I share my “Three Pillars of the Weight Loss Mindset,
19/08/201929 minutes 7 seconds
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17 - Powering Through Plateaus

Hey there! Welcome back to another episode of the Slim &amp; Satisfied Podcast! In today’s episode, I’ll be focusing on the topic of weight loss plateaus, one of the most common obstacles women encounter when trying to lose weight. I understand how frustrating this apparent halt in progress can be, so my goal for this episode is to help listeners better understand why weight loss plateaus occur and how best to push through them and keep moving forward.&nbsp; &nbsp; When encountering a weight loss plateau, it is especially important to focus less on the numbers on the scale and more on the holistic progress you’re making in achieving a healthier lifestyle. Even when this progress seems invisible, simply evaluating how a healthier lifestyle has improved your energy levels, mood, self-confidence, etc. is a good way to help yourself stay on task. This mindset will help to prevent the temptation to fall
12/08/201942 minutes 36 seconds
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16 - The Biggest Lie in Weight Loss

Welcome back to episode 16! This is a good one that you'll want to listen to very closely. That's because I am revealing the BIGGEST LIE in weight loss today. I often see women complain about not losing weight despite exercising and feeling frustrated that their efforts at the gym are not showing on the scale. This is actually hardly surprising to me since many studies and lots of experience in this field has taught me that, while exercise is super healthy for our bodies, it does nothing for us in terms of weight loss. This episode is full of information regarding the main reasons we often find diet to be a much more powerful tool for weight management. We also talk about why the best workout cannot undo an healthy meal. What you'll learn in this podcast episode: The basics of human metabolism Why focusing on exercise is a waste of time for weight loss The reasons we tend to overeat when we work out 3 (non
05/08/201926 minutes 43 seconds
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15 - Five Things to Know About Weight Loss Medication

Welcome back to Slim and Satisfied! Today’s episode is a bit different than previous ones as I’ll be focusing on a topic I don’t talk about frequently – weight loss medications. I realize that for many people, the thought of using medications for weight loss is scary and even upsetting. And I can totally relate to that. Using medications is never my first choice nor do I believe they can work for every person. However, my goal is always to educate, inspire and equip you with knowledge that will help you find the right path to weight loss. Weight loss medications are something you may encounter as you begin the journey (by scrolling social media or speaking to your doctor) and I believe having a good understanding of what they are and how they work is important.&nbsp; I’ve also been receiving a questions on this topic and also seeing many threads on social media that reflect some confusion – so let’s clear things up!&nbsp; Important note: the medications discussed in today’s e
29/07/201928 minutes 43 seconds
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14 - Getting Started with Plant-Based Eating w/ Rosemary Logue

Thanks for tuning in to another episode of the Slim &amp; Satisfied podcast with me, Dafna Chazin. In today’s episode, I sat down with Rosemary Logue, a registered dietitian with over 30 years of experience with nutrition and wellness. She works in the weight loss industry and participates in the Ornish Lifestyle Medicine Program to reverse heart disease. She and I discuss one of her fortes, plant-based eating. What is Plant-based Eating? What are the benefits? It’s simple, really—eat more plants! This means consuming fruits, vegetables, and whole grains in their most natural state. We should be filling up 75% of our plate with these things. Rosemary breaks down some of the benefits of a plant-based diet: It can prevent (or even reverse) heart disease Reduce the risk of cancers associated with hormone imbalance Lower blood pressure Lower lipid profiles It can improve overall emotional wellbeing
22/07/201937 minutes 58 seconds
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13 - Is Intermittent Fasting Right For Me?

Hey there! Welcome back to the Slim &amp; Satisfied podcast with me, Dafna Chazin. Today, I want to clear up some confusion regarding intermittent fasting. I’ll explain what exactly intermittent fasting is, how it relates to things like keto, who can reap the benefits of fasting, how you can implement it in your wellness plan, and what a typical day looks like. To me, intermittent fasting isn’t really a single diet or strategy. This isn’t any sort of silver bullet, but it can be used as a helpful tool to augment a healthy diet in terms of nutrition, movement, and mindset. Not all fasting is created equal, and not everyone should be fasting. I’ll be sure to delve into some guidelines on how to practice sustainable habits throughout your weight loss journey. What is fasting? There are several types of fasting, but not all of them are sustainable and even fewer can help women with PCOS. These first two strategies I would no
15/07/201927 minutes 6 seconds
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12 - Filling Up Your Emotional Bank with Jeanine Miles

Hey There! Welcome back to the Slim &amp; Satisfied podcast. I’m really excited about today’s episode because I’ve brought on my first guest, Jeanine Miles. Jeanine is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) who helps women with their mental and emotional wellness as they navigate through their weight loss journey. Jeanine has been counseling women for over 15 years and provides an eclectic approach to treatment with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as the theoretical foundation. I have brought Jeanine on the show today since women with PCOS often struggle with depression, anxiety, low self esteem and sometimes even disordered eating. One of the ways Jeanine helps women overcome such issues is a concept called The Emotional Bank, which was first presented by Dr. Stephen Covey. Her version of an emotional bank centers around the idea that we have control over the deposits and withdrawals we make from our emotional a
08/07/201934 minutes 46 seconds
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11 - PCOS Basics Part 3: Supplements

Hey there!&nbsp; Welcome back to part 3 of the PCOS Basics series, today we're talking about supplements since this is often a key component of a healthy PCOS diet.&nbsp;Although a good meal plan is often all you'll need to stay healthy, many women with PCOS would benefit from supplementing their diet with specific vitamins to boost their health and reduce PCOS symptoms more quickly and easily.&nbsp; However, when it comes to supplements, we want to be strategic with how, what, and why we’re taking. Our main goal with supplements is to fill gaps and ensure that we balance hormones with food components that may not be found in our food. For that, there are several nutrients, specifically 5 supplements, that are especially helpful and will be the focus of this episode.&nbsp; The 5 Supplements I often recommend to clients: Inositol Berberine and&nbsp;M
01/07/201931 minutes 54 seconds
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10 - PCOS Basics Part 2: Success Boosters

Hello again and welcome back to the Slim &amp; Satisfied podcast with me, Dafna Chazin. The focus for part two of my 3-part PCOS Basics series is on non-food related steps we can take to boost our success and support us on our weight loss journey. We want to really hone in on addressing the symptoms of PCOS like inflammation and insulin resistance and expand our perspective on steps we can implement into our every-day lives to real our goals. There are two main areas I want to cover in today’s episode. Both are key factors in treating our body well, especially if we are living with PCOS. The first success booster we can shift our attention to is sleep. I think this is one of the biggest health concerns in our lives today. People who struggle with getting to sleep and stay asleep can see the effect it has on their health. Sleep apnea, or briefly stopping breathing during sleep, can lead to cardiovascular complications, something women w
24/06/201935 minutes 48 seconds
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9 - PCOS Basics Part 1: Eating Smart

Hello ladies! Welcome back to Slim &amp; Satisfied with me, Dafna Chazin. Today, I’m introducing a new three-part series dedicated to PCOS diets. I’m going to cover what kinds of foods we should be eating, I’ll identify some non-food success boosters that can optimize our results, and I’ll tell you some of the best practices surrounding supplements, vitamins, and minerals. I’ll be outlining what some basic, yet essential, information when you start looking at a healthy PCOS diet plan. This is something I go into in depth with some of my clients, so this is a sneak peek into what it’s like to work with me! As you may already know, PCOS is an endocrine and metabolic disorder that affects 10-20% of women of child-bearing age. There are several different manifestations of this, so it varies from person to person. Symptoms of PCOS are challenging—things like sugar cravings, acne, hair growth, anxiety and depression, and infertility due to lack of ovulation are all possible.
17/06/201938 minutes 47 seconds
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8 - What it Means to Eat the 80-20 Way

Hello again, friends! Today’s episode of Slim &amp; Satisfied takes some of the mystery out of ‘moderation.’ In this episode, I talk about how to get out of that black and white, on or off mindset that is so easy to fall into when we think about moderation. Often times, I see clients who struggle to find a middle ground in their diets. They’re either very strict and never break from their meal plans and exercise religiously, or they admit to eating out every meal, making poor food choices, and avoiding exercise. Occasionally, they’ll ask what difference would one meal make? To be honest, I can see where they’re coming from. However, the problem isn’t the treats, it’s the frequency. Eating perfectly also comes with its own set of problems. It’s an unrealistic way to live our lives and an equally unrealistic way to eat healthy consistently. There are a few reasons for this: the amount of temptations we face every day puts an intense mental strain on our bodies, we form a
10/06/201923 minutes 33 seconds
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7 - Picking the Right Plan

Welcome back, ladies! In today’s episode of Slim &amp; Satisfied, I’m talking about picking the right weight loss plan for you. It’s hard to choose a plan that’s suitable for your individual needs. To make things a bit simpler, I offer three key questions that you can ask yourself to help evaluate the plan you’re on now or the one you’re thinking of starting. Asking these questions can help prevent us from falling into the “shiny object syndrome” trap, which can lead us to falsely believe a plan will work for us because of a catchy ad or a friend’s experience. As a side note, moving forward on the podcast, I’ll be focusing especially on weight loss plans for women suffering from hormonal issues such as thyroid conditions and PCOS. But don’t worry, virtually all the information I’ll share with you will still be valuable even if you don’t have these conditions. Now, we all know that there is always a certain amount of trial and error when
03/06/201927 minutes 55 seconds
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6 - Do I Need to Eat Breakfast?

Welcome Back! About 60% of my clients tell me they skip breakfast. And, I’m cool with that, MOST of the time. I definitely see how breakfast can help with weight loss in some cases, and prevent progress in others. So, I decided to center today’s episode of Slim and Satisfied around breakfast—what we can do to make our breakfasts work for us, what are some signs that you shouldn’t skip it and what science is telling us about breakfast specifically for weight loss. Specifically, I describe a review article that was recently published and showed that eating breakfast doesn’t help people lose weight. It also showed that people who skip breakfast are not hungrier than those who skip it nor did they consume more calories later in the day. Interesting findings! However, there were some issues with the studies reviewed in this article and I describe what those are. Then I speak about the practical applications of these findings. I admit that if we’re just looking at wei
27/05/201929 minutes 21 seconds
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5 - Key Insights About Making Change

Hello again, everybody! Today, we’re going to cover something that I think is a core topic when it comes to weight loss—what it takes to make changes happen. When we first embark on our journey through weight loss, making changes to our lifestyle and unhealthy habits is key. I see a lot of women struggle to make consistent, meaningful changes because of some misconceptions and beliefs around their ability to make those changes. Making a positive change is something more profound than watching the numbers on a scale. It’s about how we feel, how we act, and how we go through our day-to-day lives.&nbsp; In order to successfully implement changes that really make a difference, there are 3 key insights we need to embrace: First, our body is not wired for change. Our brain is designed to keep us safe and in a familiar situation. This is called the “primal” or “reptilian” brain, and its sole purpose is su
20/05/201931 minutes 49 seconds
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4 - Why Calories Still Matter

Hey, everyone! It’s time to talk about, you guessed it, calories! In today’s episode of Slim &amp; Satisfied I offer some insight on what exactly a calorie is and what we need to keep in mind while losing weight. Believe it or not, it’s not as complicated as it seems! I explain what calorie awareness is and how macros (carbs, proteins and fats) come into play with weight loss. I also talk about the importance of a concept called&nbsp;Calorie Density. Calorie Density refers to the relationship between the volume of food you eat and the amount of calories we can gain from that. We’re looking to avoid eating those low volume, high calorie food items, and instead choosing nutrient dense foods. Then, I outline 3 ways you can determine how many calories you should be eating based on your body’s needs: 1. If you’re on a diet and you are either gaining weight or staying the same weight, then your body’s caloric need is <span styl
13/05/201937 minutes 28 seconds
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3 - No Willpower? No Problem.

Willpower is often deemed as necessary for weight loss but that’s all wrong. In today’s episode of The Slim &amp; Satisfied Podcast I’m going to bust this long-standing myth and give you a more effective method for staying motivated and making meaningful changes that last. I start by outlining a study that will demonstrate that willpower is a finite resource – it’s a very interesting experiment about food choices and self-discipline. Because willpower is a finite resource, it’s difficult to measure just how much is left in the tank, often resulting in a hamster wheel effect, offering no real, long-term solutions. To illustrate this, I discuss the “Triple-F Cycle”—fear, failure, and fatigue that so many women go through when trying to lose weight. The “Triple-F Cycle” is broken down into phases: The weight gain phase. This could be a life-long struggle with weight, a rough patch, or even a health condition. The frustration phase</
06/05/201943 minutes 6 seconds
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2 - Five Smart Ways to Eat Carbs

We’re living in a diet-obsessed world where restriction and elimination is the norm. If you’ve recently been on a weight loss regimen, you’ve probably tried to cut back on eating carbohydrates. So many of the top weight loss plans today revolve around reducing sugar and starches and increasing protein and fat (think of keto, paleo and The Whole30). So I decided to experiment and follow a low-carb plan a few months ago. I went on the Whole30 diet to see what it feels like to eliminate many of the foods I love eating. While I felt great initially, things weren’t as easy later on. So today, I want to share with you a smart way to cut carbs so you can eat your bread and lose weight too! In today’s episode I discuss: What it felt like to follow The Whole30 diet and what my thoughts are about this plan Why we see big weight reductions when we first cut back on carbohydrates Which carb foods we need to focus on most of the time 5 smart strateg
29/04/201935 minutes 1 second
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1 - Can limiting beliefs affect your weight?

Welcome to the Slim &amp; Satisfied Podcast! In Episode 1 (woohoo!) we take a deep dive into limiting beliefs and how they negate our most desired goals by facilitating self-sabotage. We will discuss how limiting beliefs are likely impacting your weight loss results and how to quickly identify them in our day-to-day life. While uncovering limiting beliefs isn’t always fun, it’s necessary. That’s because once you’ve taken care of these false thoughts, your weight loss journey will be so much better, easier and faster. In this episode you’ll learn: The number 1 reason we often do not make progress despite knowing “what to do” What limiting beliefs are and what are some key characteristics that can help identify them How limiting beliefs can impact our thoughts, actions and behaviors and why they’re so detrimental for weight loss. How to go about changing limiting beliefs and preventing them from posing a problem. After you l
04/04/201934 minutes 19 seconds