#1 – Introduction to A Cyster & Her Mister

Welcome to the first episode of A Cyster & Her Mister, a podcast where we manage the PCOS lifestyle, gluten and dairy-free. In the first episode, we, your hosts, discuss our first date, how Tallene introduced PCOS to Sirak, and how it has impacted our marriage since. We’re also giving real advice to cysters who submitted their questions on how to manage PCOS in their relationships. Tune in for more! Follow us on IG @PCOS.Weightloss @acysterandhermister. Watch each episode on YouTube!

Episode Transcription:

TALLENE: What’s up Cysters?

SIRAK: What up cysters, we’re here on the first episode of a Sister and her Mister. I’m Sirak, this is Tallene. Most of you know Tallene from her Instagram, PCOS weight loss. She’s helped countless of you sisters and many others out there. I’m her lucky fortunate husband Sirak here with you. Oh, Tallene why don’t you give a little introduction to our sisters and tell them about ourselves.

TALLENE: Hi everyone, I’m sure you’ve seen us on our Instagram story, my cute husband teaching me how to work out and do all these cool things and our dinners and everything. My name is Tallene, I’m a registered dietitian and you can find me on Instagram. We decided to

start this podcast because we wanted it to be an extension of Instagram.

SIRAK: Yeah, we get a lot of great comments from you guys, great DMs to Tallene’s account about you how guys love the content that she puts out there and especially content about us and our life. So, what we really wanted to do was create a podcast that showcases our day to day lives with just what we do but also with Tallene’s PCOS and how we’re able to manage it from a day-to-day basis with no real issues.

TALLENE: Exactly, I know many of you have told me in my DMs and everything that you find it hard to apply the PCOS lifestyle when you have a spouse or a family to feed and eating gluten and dairy-free is kind of difficult to gather people on board. Sometimes we just want a supportive community out there so that’s what I’m trying to bring to you to help you figure out ways to apply it to your lifestyle while living with other people. So, I feel like we do a pretty good job of that because you’re so supportive since day one [To Sirak]

SIRAK: I guess I would say I’m supportive, but you know that’s because Tallene has always made it easy for me to understand what PCOS is. So, we’ll be here to talk about our day to day lives we’re gonna give you guys a quick introduction today about me and Tallene and how we met. You know, our little our little quirks about each other and what we do.

TALLENE: You guys will get to know us before we start on our next few episodes coming up.

SIRAK: To give you guys a quick introduction about us, Tallene and I met on Tinder, yeah it

was about three or four years ago that Tallene and I met on Tinder. We “swiped right” as they would say.

TALLENE: There I was sitting on my couch in downtown LA, yes, swiping on Tinder when I came across your cute face.

SIRAK: We had a date about a week later in Sunset/ Hollywood California.

TALLENE: He took me out to dinner.

SIRAK: The restaurant was called Church and Key, no longer open unfortunately but the memories are still in my head.

TALLENE: I used to go on drink dates with guys cuz I was scared to go on actual

dinner dates. Like, I would have to tell them I’m gluten and dairy-free and like what if they’re weird about it. What if they’re just weird in general. You don’t want to spend a whole dinner with them. With you, I just jumped into it full force. I’m so shy I can’t believe I did that.

SIRAK: Tallene wanted to talk to me on the phone before we went out on our first date and I was like that’s not gonna happen. First of all, you should know a man. I’m 29 years old, 28 when

we met. At 25 or 26, no person or no guy wants to talk on the phone to someone they don’t know yet. Talking on the phone is valuable time for a guy, that is like gold for someone in the 1940s who was like trying to make it out in the West. So, for me, I was like yeah I’m not gonna talk on the phone. You really sound like a great girl via text so I can’t wait to now go on the first date with you.

TALLENE: So, we went on the first date. There I was sitting in front of the restaurant waiting for you and I remember sitting there being like what am I doing with my life. I’m on a blind date, I don’t know who this guy is. I’m sitting outside, everyone can see me and then you walked

up to me, like hey!

SIRAK: I jogged up the stairs and I was like what’s up!

TALLENE: You were so sweet at first, but you were just really quiet.

SIRAK: Yeah, I actually had prior to this, about a week earlier, due to being sick and going on an airplane, I had some sort of ear problems where I couldn’t hear well because of this I was super quiet.

TALLENE: I had to yell like the whole day. Quiet is like completely the opposite of you.

SIRAK: It’s like, if you guys know me, I’m actually very loud and I’m kind of like a center of attention in the room sometimes. So, it’s like I kind of duped her there but it was by accident. We had the first date and it went great, not to mention we talked about Tallene’s PCOS. It came just out of nowhere we were about to order the appetizers and the drinks and Tallene just kind of hinted that oh she can’t have gluten and I right away I asked. All my life, I was health

conscious at the time. I had been for a while and I said oh I’m actually trying to avoid gluten as well because of the inflammation it causes, and she was like oh! I definitely got her interested. I got her interest right there it’s like I did research on it or something. You know, I had no idea.

TALLENE: He hooked me right there.

SIRAK: She explained to me why and about how PCOS affects a lot of women in America and in the world. She told me how the symptoms and the causes it can have with many aspects of a woman’s life. I had to like step back a moment and be like wow like so you really can’t even eat normal or think about the stuff that everybody does.

TALLENE: I had like a different approach and I think that the way I presented it to you was so confident. I had been dealing with it for long enough. To feel that confident about how I’m managing it, I feel good, I found what’s working for me. So, when I said it to you it wasn’t really a problem and so you kind of took it as like oh, she has this thing and she’s handling and that’s it. We moved on from it, we ordered gluten and dairy free and it was fine.

SIRAK: So Tallene’s first drink that I ever got for her I mean this is important because some guys are prideful. I take pride in getting a girl the right drink. Today me and Tallene went out to dinner actually and I went through the wine list. I got her a white wine that was you know obviously PCOS friendly but on our first date, because she told me she can’t have gluten, I had a conversation with the bartender and because I knew this restaurant, they had this special gold

pineapple cup, the ones that every girl loves right now the huge ones that are gold whatever. Anyways I asked the Bartender, I’m like “Can you please make a gluten-free drink, I had to explain to him what that meant I know that Tito’s is gluten-free because they make it from potatoes so was like you just wait and the guy brought it and I was like here you go she loved it you know. I think I had her in the bag.

TALLENE: It was so cute it was really very thoughtful, gentleman-like. It was perfect!

SIRAK: It was a great time we ate up the food, afterwards went out to a bar, just talked most of the night. It was really a get to know each other kind of night.

TALLENE: Did you know you wanted to marry me after that night?

SIRAK: I knew you were special for sure. It’s hard to say like the whole cliché story of “if I knew she was the one I had from the first time I laid eyes on her”. Like obviously you caught my attention from the first moment you were very different than most girls I knew that, but I knew after that night, okay there’s definitely something going on.

TALLENE: I’m just lucky that I was able to be in that place in my life where I was confident with PCOS when I met you because that set the tone for everything else. It’s hard when you’re

going gluten and dairy free while you’re already in the relationship because some guys are like what are you talking about? What’s going on, you’re still learning. I explain it to them, hopefully you ladies can share this podcast with your spouse’s or your partner’s so that they can start


SIRAK: The tough thing is not only getting someone to understand and support you but also you have to explain to them in the correct way. You can’t just be like hey I can’t have this or

that and expect them to just be like “okay, I understand and I’m gonna try to help you”. Like you have to not force them into a corner and also let them eat what they want to eat. Then let them kind of come around your way. Like Tallene never tried to force me to eat a certain way even now that we’re married you know. So, we got married about six months ago since in June or

late May and it’s been great since we got married. I really haven’t felt much difference in my day-to-day eating. Tallene does do gluten-free most of the time but you know it doesn’t make a difference to me because I don’t eat that much bread.

TALLENE: I get him regular bread.

SIRAK: I guess we go to the farmer’s market and we get this special sourdough bread that the

guy there makes himself, amazing.

TALLENE: You like cheddar cheese so I get slices of cheddar cheese.

SIRAK: Yeah, I like to have a turkey club sandwich or something along those lines. It goes perfect but besides you know those kinds of things, I don’t suffer.

TALLENE: Yeah, not at all. I feel like when I make something that could have cheese in it you can still add it on after. I make like a soup a chowder, like the other day I made a Mexican style soup, and you put cheese on it.

SIRAK: I mean cheese is cheese, I’m not dying for cheese all the time. Cheese has a place and if I say cheese one more time in the sentence, I will not eat cheese again.

TALLENE: Then pasta, for that I bought high protein. Listen, there are a lot of

gluten-free pastas out there and a lot of them are awful. I don’t care what anyone says, they fall apart.

SIRAK: What’s the gnocchi you made two days ago?

TALLENE: I made gnocchi, yeah.

SIRAK: Capello’s right? That’s the brand I think, it’s amazing, Whole Foods, so good!

TALLENE: We try new things together; he’s open to it. I’ve shared my favorite gluten-free pasta, it’s the shell one’s made from chickpeas and it’s called bonza I believe. It’s delicious it’s the only one that I recommend but anyways so back to the point. Getting people on board and sometimes with family and stuff they don’t understand you. Either explain it and they still don’t understand and then you have to take the initiative to cook for yourself. Do what you need to do for your own body and that’s it.

SIRAK: You don’t have to think you got to make it right for yourself. Obviously, you want people to support you but at the end of the day it’s up to you. You gotta take it in your hands to prepare the food you want, and people will eventually come around. You know Tallene still being married like we said, the gluten and dairy free life or the PCOS life doesn’t affect our life so much. We went to dinner today you know pretty good dinner. We had some brussels sprouts for an appetizer, some cauliflower, Chilean sea bass…

TALLENE: They even brought out a complimentary little dish for us in the beginning and when I said I was gluten-free, he said it was like this nut crumble thing on a lettuce wrap that he put for me.

SIRAK: That was actually on Tallene’s story, maybe you guys caught her or not. Well, that explains how we are and in the future in the podcast we’ll talk to you guys about how we are with PCOS day to day and what we do. Besides that we’re gonna have a lot more other topics. We’re gonna talk about research and articles about PCOS, how it relates to woman’s health currently and how it relates to you girls. Also, we’ll talk about different topics like in the

upcoming episodes we’ll talk about cravings.

TALLENE: Exactly! Going gluten and dairy free, how to go grocery shopping and save money and budget, and how to cook from home if you want to start meal prepping. Yeah lots of great topics to help you guys really adapt to the gluten/dairy-free lifestyle and manage PCOS in

a very doable way.

SIRAK: Yeah and we’re also going to take some DM and poll questions from Instagram.

TALLENE: Keep your eye out on out Instagram story.

SIRAK: We had some hilarious responses, a couple times Tallene asked some poll questions

and asked, hey what do you guys do when you have some really bad cravings? We got some

answers like some people take out the Bible and read a verse. We totally get you, get what you guys are saying. I don’t have PCOS, I’m gonna say that a hundred times in this podcast but I get cravings for certain things like cheese and bread and whatever. So, I totally get it. It was funny when we did some questions earlier on Instagram, so we’ll do some of that and you know we’ll even highlight some sisters who are doing great in the in the sisterhood and an Instagram who are following Tallene. It’s gonna be really fun.

TALLENE: I’ll give lots of advice and help you on your way to send me a testimonial that I can read on this podcast as well eventually.

SIRAK: So, before we go what are we doing this weekend?

TALLENE: This weekend on Saturday I’m gonna take a cooking class with my friend. We’re

gonna learn how to cook a Thanksgiving meal at Sur La Tapa, they have cooking classes. It’s not completely gluten and dairy free but it pretty much is.

SIRAK: So this is like a fall themed kind of dinner. Is this involving turkey and other poultry


TALLENE: Yeah there’s a turkey dish, pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce from scratch, mashed potatoes all of the good stuff. I want to be able to make it really good because we are hosting

Thanksgiving by the time you ladies are listening to this podcast. You will have seen on Instagram story my beautiful Thanksgiving dinner.

SIRAK: It’s our first year living together and it’s our first year hosting Thanksgiving, we’re going for it!

TALLENE: Thanksgiving and Friendsgiving!

SIRAK: We have big aspirations as you guys can tell.

TALLENE: They’re like five days apart.

SIRAK: People are like, what are you doing?! Are you out of your mind?!

TALLENE: We’re fine!

SIRAK: We’re just so good at hosting.

TALLENE: We’ll be talking about in the future episodes all how we host.

SIRAK: Tallene’s a great cook besides being a PCOS guru. I’m a great griller, I have a smoker we just know how to get it together and also I’m a hard worker, I can move things/big objects around for Tallene if she needs. We’re just a great team when it comes to hosting.

TALLENE: Yeah, I mean somehow we managed to make our guests eat gluten and dairy free meals without them noticing.

SIRAK: True, many times people come to our house and they eat a GF and DF meal. I’m very happy you’re practicing your kind of training. Then at night, we will visit my parents and then Sunday we’ll be doing some recording of some workouts and some other things related to a course that you guys may have may or may not have heard about. I don’t know.

TALLENE: We’re gonna give you a like a rundown about the course. You’ll hear about it in later episodes but ladies yeah!

SIRAK: Oh, and not to mention Sunday it’s football time!

TALLENE: You can hear him like screaming about football in the backgrounds of my stories. I’m trying to cook something on a Sunday afternoon there’s one thing behind the scenes like

tearing up the living room.

SIRAK: Let me look forward to this one thing in fall. I can’t go outside and play sports because of the weather, let me just enjoy this enjoy watching sports a little bit. So yeah that’s our plans

for the weekend sounds fun but that’d be us guys. I think that just about wrap up Episode one of a Sister and her Mister. This is just the first one, we’re gonna have so many fun episodes coming

to you once a week.

TALLENE: We can’t wait to show you guys more. Thank you so much for listening stay

tuned for our upcoming episodes.

SIRAK: Please remember to subscribe, leave a comment, subscribe on Youtube, iTunes, podcast, wherever you are. We’ll talk to you guys on the next episode yeah.

TALLENE: Take care, bye!

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