#3 – PCOS Cravings & What You Need To Do

Hey Cysters! On this episode of A Cyster & Her Mister, we talk about the different kinds of cravings that comes with PCOS and discuss tips to prevent PCOS cravings based on scientific research. We even read messages and comments from Cysters on how they fight their cravings! 

We reveal the Cyster of the Week and how she has been able to manage her PCOS in different ways to get the wins she deserves!

We had a recent fiasco in the house when our pumpkins were visited by some critters. Listen into the hilarious story about the discovery and the eventual cleanup that took place!

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TALLENE: Why hello there, Cysters!

SIRAK: What’s up sisters? Welcome to the third episode of A Cyster and Her Mister! 

TALLENE: Thank you for listening. 

SRIAK: Yes, I’m Sirak and this is Tallene, we’re husband and wife. We’re gonna talk to

you about a lot of different things, we got some exciting stuff today. 

TALLENE: Today we’re gonna go over cravings, this is something that I get questions about in my DMS all the time.  

SIRK: Definitely something I can relate to today, so I can’t wait to hear about the research and the article about that. That’s gonna be great.  

TALLENE: Well what do you crave?

SIRAK: I mean it’s hard, I crave a lot of things. I love bread and cheese especially feta cheese, but you know we’ll talk about that later.  

TALLENE: I feel like your cravings have to do more with the fact that your metabolism is so quick. You sweat a lot, you’re like constantly…

SIRAK: Yeah I mean, I’m not a sloth. Like you were moving 10 meters a minute!

TALLENE: I am kind of slow but no, PCOS cravings are different because of hormonal imbalance and we’re gonna get into that in this episode.  

SIRAK: Yeah besides that, we’ll talk about some personal stuff between me and Tallene, and you

know how it relates to PCOS. We have some funny stories to tell you guys, we have DM questions coming from all of you, from all the Cysters, all the Instagram followers. 

TALLENE: We’ll hear what your fellow Cysters are saying so that you don’t feel alone in this PCOS world, this feeling that you’re having all these cravings. You’re not the only one. So before we get started let’s talk about this weekend and what the heck happened to us. 

 SIRAK: I mean it’s some… 

TALLENE: Should we start with taco night or pumpkins?

SIRAK: Okay no, we gotta get into pumpkins right now. We had a fricken nightmare.

TALLENE: We had the worst, my worst nightmare happened. I don’t even want to talk about it. 

SIRAK: We had a pumpkin infestation.

TALLENE: The pumpkins that I had, the decorative pumpkins that I got from Whole Foods, I put them in front of the TV, next to the flowers. They started to rot I had no idea and the bottom of the pumpkin was disgusting. It was rotten.

SIRAK: There were larvae guys.

TALLENE: EVERYWHERE! They look like rice it was so disgusting! I started crying, screaming and crying. 

SIRAK: Well you’re like wheezing and stuff. I mean first Tallene just discovers these little dots, these little seed looking like things. I mean let’s just be brass tacks about this, I’ve always wanted to say that, that’s what you see just get down to the fact. So, there was all these little like seed things and then we realized some of these were in different locations. Like, when you squished them, it was almost like liquid like popping. Just shuddered all through my soul. Anyways, we looked and realized there’s some bigger ones that looked like maggots. That’s right, little worm like things and then we realized it was the pumpkins. They had been infected from the bottom, some flies went in there. They ate and laid eggs or whatever and became larvae. Larvae became that…

TALLENE: I’m never buying another pumpkin again. I know maybe I kept it too long, maybe I should have checked if it was rotting. 

SIRAK: We had pumpkins in front of the house, in front of the doors. Like hey, welcome! Just coming in, lay your eggs! We got some fertilizer in the back if you want that.

TALLENE: So Sirak got bug spray, I cleaned the floor with like, bleach solution.

SIRAK: I mean, it was the most non-friendly…

TALLENE: It was an hour-long fiasco. 

SIRAK: It was crazy, just crazy. That was like I said, two or three hours of cleaning, even just the living room full of all these little…

TALLENE: Oh I have a PSA, check your pumpkins on the Reg to see if they’re rotting and don’t keep them for a very long time! When you get those cute, fancy ones from Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s with the bumps all over them and they look cool, well, I feel like those are probably more likely to rot because of their shape.  

SIRAK: It also depends, I mean if there’s like 3 or 4 flies that get inside the house, they’re just gonna go after that. It’s our fault I mean,  there was probably some flies around the house. 

TALLENE: Okay anyways, we’re changing the subject. There was a wonderful meal that we had with our friends… 

SIRAK: All gluten and dairy free meal if you may have. 

TALLENE: Yeah it was so much fun, I want to share this with you ladies because I know the feeling of not being able to figure out what you’re gonna cook for your guests or what you’re gonna host, what food you’re gonna make for people when they come over. But this was super easy, like we invited my friends over, my friend Meghan, she visited us from San Jose and she

brought her boyfriend. So we invited them over for dinner and I really didn’t have much in mind to make, but then I realized you know, I always have ground beef in my freezer. I took that out I put it in a bowl of water and defrosted it… 

SIRAK: And then you made tacos yeah!

TALLENE: Yeah Sirak was craving them… 

SIRAK: On a Thursday, not on a Tuesday, but you know it’s fine. I’ll have tacos any day even if it’s not on a Tuesday. But Thursday tacos, gluten and dairy free were amazing!  

TALLENE: You know what, I took out some shredded cheddar cheese so people could put it on their taco if they’d like and my friend brought corn tortillas because I didn’t have any of those. I just took out the vegetables from the fridge, like cabbage I shredded that up. Yeah I always have cabbage because it doesn’t go bad quickly and then I put lemon and olive oil on that and salt. Then I had some cilantro, some onions, cheese for everyone and I always have taco sauce. I also

had taco seasoning that I put in the ground beef before I cooked it up. 

SIRAK: I gotta say ground beef, it’s so versatile for so many different flavors. You put some onions in there, chop up some cilantro some, I don’t know, basil maybe. Ok maybe not basil, but anything cilantro like. Then you have that with some avocado and some sort of safe carb

for PCOS. I mean what else you want? You get a little bit of fat too with the ground beef, just obviously don’t overdo it but it’s great. 

TALLENE: So you have a perfectly gluten-free meal and then if people want to add their cheese they can and you don’t have to. We opened a bottle of wine and it was a very easy meal, super easy to clean up, super easy to make, and very beautiful and presentable as if I had spent all day making it. So if you Cysters are ever trying to pull together a little hosting or a little party at night this is a great option.

SIRAK: All right, so that pretty much sums up our weekend, what we did in the last couple of days. Next, we’re going to talk about a really important topic: cravings. Yeah, we even have some research that Tallene and I did. We’re gonna really get it get into this so if this is something you suffer from…

TALLENE: Listen up, there’s a difference between the cravings that you get, like my husband

gets. For example, he wants tacos, he’s craving tacos. Fine, there’s that, but there’s like these crazy cravings that Cysters get, like, we cannot focus on what we’re doing, all we’re thinking of is the next meal. What we’re gonna eat, how we’re gonna eat it… You know, we’re starving all the time, you eat and you’re still not full. You want sugar or you want salt and it’s crazy. I mean, some of you guys even message me saying it’s like, “an unstoppable feeling, like a monster has taken over me”. I mean this is the words right out of your mouth, I can totally relate to that. 

SIRAK: Oh yeah, I have some descriptions right here guys. How would you describe your PCOS cravings: Specifically, unstoppable, like a monster took over me, intense, overwhelming, unquenchable, it’s like not being myself, having a demon inside of me that pushes me to eat to feel happy again. I totally feel that right there, I’m always hungry even after eating a big meal. I’ve been there so many times, I’ll eat a huge meal and then 20 minutes later I’m like, “Oh I’ll have some chips and then just down another and another one right there. When I was eating gluten and dairy, I always wanted chocolate and cheese. I mean, I would definitely recommend don’t combine those, chocolate and cheese. I don’t know if that’s a good combination, but I see if you’re craving one or the other. Yeah, I like a dark chocolate after dinner, but like one tiny piece. There’s that, but it probably doesn’t help me. 

TALLENE: “Like my stomach is an endless tank that never reaches full…” 

SIRAK: Yeah, always thinking about what to eat next…

TALLENE: “I crave sweets like a smoker crave cigarettes”.  That’s insane! Yeah, so let me just go over some of the reasons why this happens. So, let’s talk about this comment, “It’s like not being myself again but having a demon inside me that pushes me to eat to feel happy again.” Okay, so I’m sure you guys have heard me talk about insulin resistance. This is when there’s the insulin hormone floating around in your bloodstream because your cells are resistant to it. It’s trying to give yourselves sugar or energy so that it can burn it for energy for your body to function. But your cells are resistant to it, insulin is floating around in your bloodstream, making you feel like you’re not eating enough, like you need more energy, and this is why your body is

feeling desperate for food and energy. Because insulin hormone is triggering you to want more food, to make you have cravings. So is it your fault that you have cravings? Not really, it’s your hormones, which you can do stuff for your body to make it so that you’re not having these terrible cravings. So for example, sleeping more because if you don’t get enough sleep, you’re 30% more insulin resistant. 

SIRAK: I think they recommend 7 to 9 hours, correct? 

TALLENE: Yeah, 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night. So, this study showed that if you sleep or if you miss like five hours sleep of a total throughout that week, you’re 30% more insulin resistant I mean. 

SIRAK: Yeah, sleep affects so many things. Like if you don’t get enough, your metabolism isn’t the same and you don’t have the same insulin resistance. It’s really big, it’s a really big difference

maker totally and then there’s this other comment, “so when I was eating gluten and dairy, I always wanted chocolate and cheese.” Okay, definitely gluten is in one of the IG TVs I

did but is there reason why she would be craving those two things specifically? That’s a good question then. 

TALLENE: Okay, so when you eat gluten, your leptin is the hormone which tells you how much fat is in your bloodstream so that you can be in either storage mode or burning mode. So your leptin hormone is 50% less sensitive to the fat in your bloodstream, so if it’s not detecting the fat in your bloodstream, your cells are just going to be in storage mode because you don’t have enough fat. This is your body’s way of surviving; this is what’s happening when you’re eating gluten if you’re gluten sensitive. Now your body wants fat to store, so when you’re eating cheese or fatty foods like chocolate, your body’s gonna want to store it. So you’re craving it, you eat gluten and dairy. You crave the fatty foods that your body can store and so there you go. 

SIRAK: It really makes sense when you go slowly over the facts, by the way on Instagram, Tallene’s got a great IG TV story or IG TV post about this exact thing about leptin and how the leptin sensitivity is reduced by up to 50% because of gluten and other factors. So you should really look at that one because she really goes into the details like she did right now and just explains all that. I recommend that but otherwise I think you made a really good point there babe, I mean you just gotta think about those little things. Sleep, gluten, and dairy, and all these other factors really add up. You just got to look at everything. You don’t have to be perfect at it every single time, but make sure you’re aware of what you’re supposed to do and you’re at least

within that range.  

TALLENE: Exactly, if you’re aware of these things, if you educate yourself, then you can

slowly make changes towards bettering your PCOS. That’s all that matters at the end of the day. I’m over here yammering on about all this information, you don’t have to be perfect but if you listen and open your ears, you can make slow changes. That’s how you turn this into a lifestyle, so get some more sleep, heal your insulin, we’ll talk about that in a second. Do you want to read the other comments on what people are doing to manage their cravings? 

SIRAK: Yeah, so we asked a question on Instagram, “What do you do about your cravings?” Definitely don’t recommend eating fruit because you’re gonna get a huge sugar spike and we just talked about insulin resistance.

TALLENE: I recommend having one fruit a day when you’re starting out to heal PCOS, just one fruit. 

SIRAK: Even me personally, I don’t have any stress obviously, but I don’t really eat fruit. The only time I eat fruit is before a workout and I don’t even do that every time, but I just try to avoid it. I know it’s very nutritious and everything but to me, there’s a time in place…alight how about the next one? Ovasitol and trying to manage hormones, that’s a good one. 

TALLENE: Gold star for this Cyster!

SIRAK: She took the 3 Steps to PCOS Weight Loss course too. 

TALLENE: Yes, definitely Ovasitol! Let me just elaborate on this before we continue with these

responses. I have been screaming from the rooftops about Ovasitol since the day I found out about it.

SIRAK: Why don’t you explain to some of the listeners what Ovasitol is because not everybody probably knows about it. 

TALLENE: Okay, so Ovastiol is a supplement made from vitamin B-8 and it’s kind of like

Metformin. It really heals your insulin resistance but it’s not a drug like Metformin. There’s little side effects and a lot of studies show that it has a huge impact on your ability to get pregnant with PCOS as well. Ovastiol has a 40:1 ratio of inositol, so it’s not the same thing as taking in an

inositol supplement. It mimics the inositol ratio that’s in your cells, because with PCOS, we’re lacking that ratio of inositol. It mimics that and that’s why it really helps treat insulin resistance from the actual… you know, what the heck is going on deep deep down. Once you take the three-month supply that they send you, you don’t have to continue to order it because you’ll

probably be fine. It really just depends how insulin resistant you are, but one 3 month set is enough and it’s just made from vitamin B-8.  I can go on for hours about this and I have a promo code on my Instagram page and we’ll put it in the show notes. 

SIRAK: Yeah, you could take that promo code if you’re interested in taking Ovastiol, you’ll get 15% off. Tallene hates when I mention this to her, but the microphone is currently blocking her face for the camera, so let’s just put that little bit down, little down. There you go, thank you very much. Alright, next question was, “What do you do about your cravings?” This Cyster said drink

lots of water and have something else. That’s a very good one right there you know, drinking your water always helps with cravings and just overall health. Have something else, just make sure that something else is something that’s good, neutral, and that it’s a balanced approach for your body.

TALLENE: Even when you have something else, consider like, a fatty food like avocado or something instead of the cheese or the chocolate that you’re craving. That’s also really good for

your hormones, you’re gonna heal as well as help with the cravings, so yeah.  

SIRAK: And it helps with when you eat something fatty like that like avocado, it’s very sustainable for your body to digest for the next two or three hours instead of spiking up the insulin just to digest it right away. Alright next one, “I’ve cut out gluten which basically takes my cravings away”. That’s a gold star, very good job Cyster! I think we’ve pretty much talked about

Gluten, so we’re not going to discuss that any further. Perhaps write a whole book about it, maybe Tallene already has! Is that a secret surprise? Maybe one day, why not? I try to stay away from sugar, but it’s hard, that’s definitely hard. it’s in everything you eat these days.

TALLENE: So I try to stay away from sugar but it’s hard! I mean especially if you have this

hormonal imbalance and there’s sugar, let’s say like in your pantry. You have candy, chocolate, or whatever. You’re constantly gonna obsessively think about it or you have insulin resistance. When you don’t have insulin resistance, you’re not even gonna think about it at all. There’s so much chocolate in our pantry right now, but  I’m not even concerned about it. Sometimes I get like a nibble though…

SIRAK: That thing will last for a whole year! What we have is from gifts and from just your Whole Foods grocery shopping. We have maybe a few packets of it, but we’re not gonna eat them but that’s because we have some good discipline at this point. 

TALLENE: No we don’t! You may have discipline maybe, but I have to manage my cravings. I have to take my Ovasitol as needed and I need to sleep well. This is why that chocolate is in the pantry most of the time untouched. You could eat everything in sight but you stop yourself. 

SIRAK: That’s true, alrighty last one right here. “I avoid it, but I give in 90 percent of the time.” Come on Cyster! You can do it! I know that ten percent you’re succeeding, which is good, but the next time try to get 11 or 12, maybe 15 percent of the time. Eventually, you reverse it 90% of the time you resist it and it’s okay if 10 percent of the time you’re craving. You have a little bit of this or a little bit of that, but eventually, you won’t even think about that. 

TALLENE: So you know, one little percentage in the right direction makes the biggest difference. 

SIRAK: Soone step at a time and you’ll get there. I mean that’s pretty much the research we did on cravings and I mean a lot of this stuff Tallene knows because she’s a dietitian and she’s really had first-time experience with this. I mean, I don’t have PCOS…I feel like I’m gonna say that so many times on this podcast! 

TALLENE: You physically cannot!

SIRAK: But like, I get cravings I know cravings as well you know, cuz I feel like any person can if you’re just normal. So I get cravings and what I would recommend is what one of the Cysters said, it was drink some water but obviously another one could be too, you know, sleep more. But also have a snack or a destination snack for you to eat whenever you’re craving when you’re not supposed to really eat. It can be a secret stash of protein bars… well let’s not call it secret,

you don’t have to have a friggin James Bond compartment in the bathroom or something! 

TALLENE: Then what happens when somebody takes your snacks when you’re expecting to have something in the pantry and somebody eats it?

SIRAK: I’m a grown adult, this is not happening to me. I don’t live with roommates but like

Okay, so forget that what I would recommend. Something like a protein bar, I mean protein bar may be a little bit too much if you’re craving something at night. I might recommend something like a rice cake…no? What’s wrong with a rice cake? 

TALLENE: You’re just gonna eat some carbs? You might as well have the chocolate! 

SIRAK:OPh yeah that’s true. 

TALLENE: Oh I’m so glad you brought this up okay.  

SIRAK: So see, there I made a mistake. How about you put some peanut butter on it? See you didn’t let me finish! I said a rice cake and I looked at you, I thought you’re gonna be like

“and peanut butter” but you looked at me and you were like… 

TALLENE: What did you just tell them to do? Oh a rice cake?  

SIRAK: So yeah a rice cake with peanut butter. Yeah rice cakes, they’re gluten-free, very low in

carbs, and you eot some fat and protein with the peanut butter. Have one of those, pack up your bag and go to bed ladies and gentlemen! Tomorrow, we have a good day. 

TALLENE: Also, consider what you ate throughout the day. Why are you craving something at night? Did you have enough carbs at lunch time?  

SIRAK: How dare you be so judgmental?

TALLENE: Like reflect, did you not eat enough carbs at lunch? Perhaps you didn’t eat enough throughout the day, you had a big meal at dinner and you have this huge rush of insulin. Now

you’re still craving food after you eat your dinner you know? So you want to eat more and more, yet you have to spread out your meals throughout the day. I mean lots of different naturopaths and dietitians say different recommendations on how to eat for PCOS. I’ve heard people

say like, skip breakfast and just eat a big lunch or I’ve heard people say eat a big lunch and don’t eat anything…

SIRAK: Intermittent fasting. 

TALLENE: You have to find what’s right for you, but I recommend eating throughout the day a large high protein breakfast, a nice balanced meal for lunch and dinner, and snacks in between so that you don’t have carbs at night. 

SIRAK: You know, a handful nuts here and there is a perfect snack between breakfast and lunch or lunch and dinner. A handful of nuts here and there or some peanut butter, whatever!

TALLENE: Peanut butter on your rice cake, yeah!  

SIRAK: Honestly if you like, eat dinner at 6 or 7 o’clock after that, you know, a couple of weeks of having the right diet, I promise you, your cravings will be almost non-existent. Yeah, so well Tallene, I think we have some wins to talk about for the Cysters for this week. What are they?

TALLENE: Ladies, I hope to hear about your wins soon! You can always DM me and I’ll

feature you in a podcast episode at the end like I’m about to right now. So Angela messaged me

“I’ve been on Ovasitol for literally a week and I just got my period back! The second I started sipping it, my cravings started to go away and thank you for the meal plans in the Cysterhood. I’ve dropped a whole dress size and it feels so much better dairy and gluten free. I don’t feel like I’m dieting, as much as exploring new ways to cook and eat.

SIRAK: That is exactly the right way to go at it! It’s not a diet, it’s just a new way or lifestyle. But it’s the new way to look at life, new way to look at eating, new way to cooking, and a new approach. 

TALLENE: New beginnings too!

SIRAK: That is so good I love it. 

TALLENE: The best part, the best line is, “…the second I start sipping it, my cravings start to go away. That’s exactly what happened to me when I started with Ovastiol. I took one or two gulps and that insatiable craving I had before I drank it were gone instantly. This thing is crazy. 

SIRAK: I believe it, in the past I’ve taken supplements and other things that like, really change my performance and or how I feel throughout the day. So I believe it and am with you and the

other Cysters. As a vast all thing, it’s a real thing, it’s not like some sort of a gimmick like a supplement or something. 

TALLENE: There are so many supplements out there, but this is the first one I recommend. 

SIRAK: Yeah, this is like a real thing. Made for women who suffer from PCOS and designed for PCOS. You know, Tallene didn’t make this, I didn’t make this, it’s made by some scientific company. It’s great that they’ve made a solution to a lot of the symptoms for PCOS>

TALLENE: I mean, I just want everyone to cut to the chase and stop taking a thousand supplements. Stop trying all these crazy diets and just do my proven framework for a month at least and then see how you feel, see if it works for you because it has been working for many

women including Angela over here. 

SIRAK: I think we covered everything we wanted to talk about in today’s episode. We talked about the cravings research and you know how to prevent cravings going into the future.

TALLENE: This is what your Cysters are saying and I hope you feel more a part of this Cysterhood community of women learning how to manage PCOS. 

SIRAK: Please feel free to message in the DMs and everything, like the Cysters we read from did today. Just feel free to talk to us and you know, we’ll read your questions and your answers out loud here. You know, we’ll talk more about our lives and what we do on the daily, how PCOS affects Tallene…

TALLENE: How we’re navigating PCOS flawlessly… just kidding!

SIRAK: You know, we’re getting better. We’re gonna make this a good podcast for you guys always going forward. 

TALLENE: Always giving you valuable information on how to make this PCOS lifestyle attainable for you. 

SIRAK: That’s right, so thank you for joining us and we’ll see you next week for the fourth episode. Take care!


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