What is the first thing you can do in helping someone with PCOS? On this PCOS Valentine edition, we explain what PCOS is, how symptoms can differ from woman to woman, and essential ways you can help your partner or friend with PCOS!
What can you do to help someone with PCOS? You’ll learn the impact of insulin resistance, stress, and what you can do to help your partner/friend incorporate changes to her diet & lifestyle without putting unneeded pressure!
What if you don’t like the foods she eats or don’t understand how to work out together? We help explain how you can make meals you can modify and find activities that keep you active together!
What’s the hardest part of getting your partner supportive of the PCOS lifestyle? We asked you on Instagram and gathered all the answers! Tune in to hear all your responses!
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Tallinn and sick. The third sister and her Mr. Well, sisters, we are in our new studio, AKA our old bedroom. If you’re watching on YouTube right now, check it out. Of course, we’re not just done quite yet, but basically we have our new studio set up just enough to be able to start recording a podcast here from now on and do more content and things like that.
Let us know how do you like? Yeah, let us know. We have these shelves behind us we’re to make them cuter. So the next podcast episode might look differently of course, but you know what? I’m really feeling this vibe. And I feel like my voice is coming out better. I look like a news anchor. Of course, a lot Of things will be changing.
Like talions said, we’re going to like keep decorating the top of the shelves or the shelves themselves. We’re going to put some things around the neon light. I don’t know at, to be honest with everyone, I don’t like our neon light sign behind us because one glass behind it is kind of ugly to the blue. And Mr. Just shines way too much making it look a bit blurry on camera.
I’m sorry about that. And I don’t know, three what’s three at three Is that my back, my back is itching. I don’t know what to talk About. I don’t know. I’m going to try to make a cute this weekend moment glue on these two leaves. I’ll do an Instagram poll. Get some ideas from you guys, but I’m going to try to revive this thing on the wall To note,
are there any sisters who are maybe like experts in lighting or with these neon signs as I’m trying to like figure out the lighting, make sure there’s no shadows. Make sure that the neon sign looks good without that glare. I mean, I’m new to this. I’m still learning as I go, but there are any experts please feel free to DM us.
I would, I would love to talk with you, get some inspiration, get some help from you. We love your feedback. We’ve had so much progress with our garden from asking you guys on the Instagram story stickers like you’ve given such great suggestions. So feel free to message us. We’re always listening. Yeah, Exactly. But yeah, today’s episode though,
is going to be all about my partner has peace us. How can I help? That’s right. So you can forward this episode to your partner. That’s the point. Yeah. And maybe it will inspire him or her to, to help you and get more involved with your PCLs friendly lifestyle. Absolutely. We have lots of DMS that we’re going to read and talk about,
but first we want to kind of explain PCOS and kind of break it down in a way so that your partner can understand and apply it and help you. Yeah. So that being said, let’s launch into it. Exactly. So if you’re listening right now, if you’re a Mister or a sister, if you’re listening, this is the best episode to find,
to learn, get some information about PCs and be able to help your partner out with her PCs. That’s right. So the first question you might be asking is what is PCO S Is it polycystic ovarian syndrome? Or what the heck is this? It’s a big word. It’s a weird, like, you know, what is ha you know, P C O S First thing to know that it’s a syndrome,
which means that symptoms look for every woman with PCLs. It should be renamed because they put a lot of emphasis on your ovaries and SIS, when the emphasis should be really on the metabolism and the hormones that influence blood sugar and stress and stress. So that’s a whole lot to have taken out first, but let’s, let’s go out one at a time.
So let’s remember that once a syndrome means that it’s a spectrum so that there could be some women can have more symptoms than others. So there’s a wide spectrum. So the symptoms are different for every woman with peace, U S second, the name polycystic ovarian syndrome puts a lot of emphasis, as we said on ovaries and SIS, but it’s not always,
it doesn’t always have to do with having cysts in your ovaries. There are other conditions, other symptoms that can be more prevalent. Yeah. In fact, the majority of the issue resides with the metabolism and the hormone issues that are effecting the blood sugar and stress. Exactly. So it’s when you start approaching PCLs and treating it, you want to think of what is affecting our blood sugar and what is affecting our stress.
And we’ll get into that in our first point. Yes. So anything that affects that is going to affect your reproductive hormones and it’s going to affect, so I should say our, because if a guy’s the same thing, yours, so anything that affects your blood sugar and stress is going to affect our, our reproductive hormones and influence our ability to ovulate have regular periods.
And then, you know, with that being said, it’s going to affect our mood and our skin and our hair and our weight and so on. So it all starts with blood sugar and stress. And some women struggle with one more jump. Some women struggle with the other more, but once you find out what that root problem is, then you can start to treat it and you’ll have more direction.
And you’ll be more aware of the different things that can contribute to making these things worse. Yeah. I mean, I don’t want to simplify too much. Like there are other factors that can play into it, like fibroid, et cetera, but we’re going to keep it simple right now. We’re going to stick to blood sugar. Yes. And just to remember too,
this is a, it’s a genetic predisposition, as well as the environment playing a huge factor on women who have PCRs, who are diagnosed. So I’m sure you know, this, you know, this already, but it is not her fault. It’s not, it’s our hormones that are causing us issue. It’s a matter of metabolic symptoms are causing this issue.
So just remember too, that it’s not her fault. And this is a, it’s a genetic predisposition and the environment plays a huge, I like that you bring this up because oftentimes when someone’s overweight, you want to blame them for like eating too much and this and that. Yeah. And you know what it P with PCLs, it’s so much more than that.
It has to do with your genetic predisposition, like you said. So it has to do with that and how that influences that genes to show up. So what happens in your environment for those genes to show up? Not everybody has those genes PCLs so, yeah. Yeah. And just, I want to make one, disclaimer, my voice shouldn’t be mentioned this in the beginning of the podcast episode,
but I talked about this on Instagram. I’ll get over this in two minutes, but I talked about it on Instagram. I got Invisalign. Oh God, here we go. And I was already a mumbler to begin with. I’m sorry, but English is actually my third language that I learned, you know, first was Armenian Turkish and then English. So it’s my third language.
So I’m already a mumbler as it is. And then I just got Invisalign last week. Cause you know, I have some teeth, teeth issues, tooth issues, however you want to say it. And well, at first the Invisalign, it was a little difficult, but I totally like got over it. And I was a champion. It was like,
it was going great until yesterday my dentist called me. He’s like, oh, I forgot to give you. Or the rubber bands came in. You need to put the rubber bands as well, rubber bands. So I go, and now there’s a rubber band connecting the top to the bottom to make sure that my bottom chin doesn’t protrude while I’m wearing the Invisalign.
So this has made it a lot more difficult. I thought it was easy at first, but now I’m having so much trouble talking clearly because he said like, don’t open your mouth too wide or else it’ll snap. And then the rubber bands, like the friction against the side of my mouth. So like I’m salivating as I’m talking. And I’m just putting a disclaimer out there that if I mumble a bit more than usual,
these next couple of episodes, I’m just getting used to it. And a lot of people in the Instagram story stickers said that it gets better. It’s just the beginning. I’m sure like your, your mouth muscles. I get used to things like that. So just a disclaimer, I am sorry for the extra mumbling, but yeah, let’s continue. So what is the first thing that you can do as her?
Okay. So first things first, you want to understand what’s turning on the genes in her lifestyle. So, you know, what’s affecting the blood sugar or the stress, is it the food she’s eating? Is it the way she’s exercising? Is it her sleep? These can all tweak into a sustainable lifestyle that can help her manage her peace. Cos yeah.
I mean, it’s super interesting how even the smallest bit of lifestyle change can affect your blood sugar a little bit, which will affect your hormones a little bit and that’s all you need, you know? Yeah. So it’ll, it’s just major to think about these factors that are going to contribute to our blood sugar and to her stress. So let’s see.
So 80% of women with PCOS have insulin resistance. And so this has to do with, you know, big rise in blood sugar when you eat carbs, you know, some people are more sensitive, some people aren’t. So it is, I would say that it’s up to the woman with PCOS to really, you know, discover like what her carb tolerance is and like how to manage her insulin resistance best.
And then the partner can help support those lifestyle choices. Yeah. It can help make suggestions to like help tweak her diet, exercise, supplements like that. And the thing is, is to help, but not to like pressure your partner to do anything, you know, your, your job should be to kind of help her learn, help her find different solutions,
but never be like, oh, like, come on, do this or come on and do that. Cause you know, the whole point is to help make these sustainable changes that are going to last, but not to like pressure someone to just do it for a couple of days or a week because that just adds the extra pressure, which is going to be stress.
Sometimes the positive reinforcement of being like, oh, that’s great that you did this, you know, is enough. Like everything doesn’t have to be perfect right away. And that’s really important with PCs. There are so many factors that influence blood sugar, four. I’m going to give you some examples so that you can keep an eye out when she’s, you know,
managing her blood sugar. So that’s having a high protein breakfast. That’s having, you know, protein, carb and fat for lunch. So not just the salad, but the salad with a little bit of beans, a little bit of chicken, like a balanced lunch, you know, not cutting calories. And then that’s also like preparing the snack before she leaves the house.
So, you know, an apple and a packet of almonds butter, like something that will pair together to help slow down the absorption of sugar in her bloodstream. Right. Because apple has some sugar in it. The almond butter is fat. It’ll help slow down its absorption, her bloodstream. So the, this is just a few examples of how she’s managing her blood sugar.
So let’s say she like forgot to do one of them. You know, I think it’s better to say, you know, good job for eating a high protein breakfast instead of like, why didn’t you pack a snack? Like you’re not doing it. Right. You know, that’s the support is in the positive reinforcement. Absolutely. It’s in the way you say it honestly.
So yeah. I mean, okay, so now let’s move on to stress hormones. Like how you can manage that pain. I know, you know, exercise is a major part of our method. And I think that a lot of guys have trouble jumping on board when a sister turns to them and says like, you know what, I’m actually going to do slow weighted workouts.
I’m not going to work out like you were, you, you know, you’re lifting heavy weights and going really fast or like doing whatever, you know, it’s too much for me. Sometimes guys have trouble accepting that. Yeah. And that can be the part that’s a bit harder for us guys to like really understand that like, oh wait, our AR isn’t working out as hard as possible going to give you the best result because that’s what us guys that’s what we’re learning to do is like work out hard as possible.
Get those gains, get the muscle, all that kind of stuff. But of course, everyone is different. Especially for women with PCOS, we don’t want to incorporate exercises. That’s going to increase stress hormones. So for example, a lot of women with PCs, they are told to work out hard as possible. And what ends up happening is when they do work outs like hit or spin classes,
or really intense workouts that just increase basically their heart rate, their breathing constantly. It’s raising our cortisol levels. And those cortisol levels for women with PCs are not able to get lowered down. So like for us guys, maybe when we work out, we do crazy workouts, maybe our stress hormones by the next day, they may be less. We feel good.
We feel like we’re just recovering all that stuff. But for a woman with PCOS, your partner, when she does those exercises, what can happen is those cortisol levels stay increased sometimes for up to like a day or two. And he can wake up feeling very fatigued in a mood, like in a different mood. You can wake up feeling less energy,
like having less energy and basically like you’re not able to get through your day. So we’re trying to mitigate those kinds of mitigate those kinds of reactions in the body by incorporating workouts, like slow way to workouts, which still engage the muscles in a really efficient way, look to build lean muscle and avoiding those stress hormones being spiked. Now the real important thing about building lean muscle is that like we mentioned earlier,
PCOS is a metabolic and hormonal dysfunction, right? There’s a, there’s a metabolic and hormonal dysfunction happening. Well, one of the ways to resolve the metabolic dysfunction is to get down to the root cause with the exercise. So one removing the stress, hormones being spiked and two helping the body to build that lean muscle, which will help to permanently raise the metabolic rate because the body runs or I’m sorry,
a muscle requires more energy than does fat. So fat just like stays as like a depo as a resource for whenever the body needs it. It doesn’t require any energy, whereas muscle, no matter what you’re doing, even when you’re sitting down, not working out muscle always requires energy. So as a result, when you have more muscle, the body,
as a result, increases the metabolism in order to feed those muscles. So when you slowly increases lean muscle mass, and we’re not talking about bulking up or like doing heavy weights, now we’re talking about five, 10, 15 pound weights, depending on the exercise, that’s going to help build lean muscle. It’s going to help reverse that metabolic dysfunction and not add on to the stress and cortisol fuel that a lot of,
you know, intense. I Love that explanation bump because it’s super important to understand it so that you’re not her into doing your workouts and try to understand her metabolism and what’s happening with PCs and what she needs to do. That’s A good point because a lot of times when, like we work out with our girlfriends or wives and like, we’re like, all right,
babe, let’s do this crazy workout. Come on, come on, come on, run, run, run. But like we’re doing it because we think it’s helping her. We think it’s fun. And like, of course, I know that nobody here has like a bad intention. It’s just, there are things that you may not know that, you know,
maybe she doesn’t know as well until she figures out the best workout for her. So it’s just like learning, applying, you know, trying to see like, if something is not working, what is, what is the reason it’s not working and improving on it? And you have to have an open mind too. Like you can’t just go with what you’ve learned,
you know, calories in calories out, workout, more, burn, more calories like this isn’t, this is not metabolism. If you inject someone with cortisol, for example, you know, you get a cortisone shot and if you have pain, if you do that a lot, you can gain weights because that is a hormone that will make you gain weight.
So let’s say you have a lifestyle that is making you pump a lot of cortisol all the time, because maybe, you know, that’s in your genes where you you’re susceptible to that, then you’re going to gain weight from that. So it’s not, it doesn’t have to do with calories. It has to do with your hormones more. So that being said,
I just want to recap this because it’s the super important like core. So everything is to understand that it starts with blood sugar and stress hormone control, and then that will affect your hormones, your hormone levels, not yours, but like a woman with PCs is hormone levels. So th and so that’s progesterone, estrogen, testosterone, and then that’s going to affect her mood,
libido, skin, hair, weight, everything. So it all starts with blood sugar and stress and whatever you can do to support her in her journey while she’s trying to figure out all of the components that will contribute to her blood sugar and stress, that would be very helpful. It’s, you know, it’s very important to have support around you, instead of people mocking you for your new lifestyle changes.
Why are you gluten and dairy free? Is this a trend like, you know, cause that has to do with blood sugar and inflammation and stress. So you have to, you know, see what’s working and help. Yeah. And do we, do we talk about this paper? The testosterone brother, D H E S Oh, well, I didn’t.
Okay. So I didn’t want to like get too sciency, but that being said, when, when I talk about how insulin and cortisol can affect estrogen, testosterone, things like that, specifically testosterone, because when you don’t have blood sugar control or stress, hormone control, you’re going to end up triggering high androgens, which is high male hormones and that’s DHAs and that’s testosterone.
And when those are high, they cause so many symptoms like weight gain, hair growth, facial hair, you know, hair loss on the head acne. So, I mean, yeah, it just, it just goes to show like what a huge impact insulin and cortisol can have on these hormones that affect so many symptoms of PCOS. Yeah. And as I mentioned earlier,
like looking for those sources of stress, like it’s, it’s all, I feel like it’s always a partner’s job, no matter what, if it’s PCs or not, if you’re in some sort of relationship or even friends, it’s like our job to look out for each other. Like if you’re saying that your friend or partner has a source of stress affecting her,
it’s like, it’s kind of your job to kind of help out and let them know. Obviously it’s not your job to stop that for them and, and change it for them because that’s always up to that person. That’s their responsibility. But it’s always in my opinion that your job as a friend or partner to like, let them know, Hey, I’m,
I’m noticing that so-and-so or this is affecting your stress levels. I see. You’re getting extra stress. I think maybe you should try something to avoid it or, you know, try to improve it. You know, it’s always our, I think our job to do that too. Yeah. I mean, people have even bought the sisterhood membership for their partners as a gift so that they can go through the videos together and like learn about our method and so on.
There’s so many ways you can nicely introduce PCO lifestyle change instead of impatiently and aggressively. And you know, yeah. The hard Thing is too is like finding the resource that’s like completely organized. And like, you can go through the video structurally because when, you know, when you go on like YouTube or like any other like social media, it’s just like a bunch of videos.
All like here, you hear they’re all talking about different subjects and how do you connect them all? So in the sisterhood we do help like make a series of videos, like one, two, three, four, five in different chapters that basically go in order of like important things and like what you should know and like connect them all together. So it’s just all one big lifestyle change that can,
that can help you in your yeah. Cause like we said, in the beginning, PCs is different for everyone. Symptoms are different for everyone. So there are so many things you can do in some will work and some won’t. And so you want to try it out. Like the sister has to try it out. So in the meantime, you can understand it with her and be supportive and like hold her hand as she goes through it.
Yeah. So that being said, all of this is not temporary. It is a lifestyle change. Yeah. Sometimes going gluten and dairy free is temporary. You can fix your gut health and improve the gut microbiome. And eventually you don’t have to be gluten and dairy free anymore. If you don’t want to be. Or if you find that you’re not having symptoms when you eat it anymore.
But typically like all of these lifestyle changes are lifelong and you can’t just like do a four week thing. I’m like fix it. And it’s all done. Go back to your old habits. So I mean consider ways to, you know, especially if you live with your partner, like how can you do this lifestyle with her in a way that works for you in a way that works for her.
So, I mean, B do you feel like, do you feel like I’ve restrict, I’ve held you back in your own lifestyle changes with my lifestyle changes? Like, is it too much for you? I, I cook gluten. Yeah. Personally I feel healthier. I feel a lot better. I feel more mentally put together. So I have no complaints.
I mean, yeah. I mean talking about the four week too, like it’s not just about the four weeks because like with S it is something you can reverse. Of course, like there’s, there’s no cure. There’s not like one pill or a cure you can take, that’s going to completely fix everything and you know, no longer have to worry about it.
But the importance of knowing it takes longer than four weeks is that it is reversible. Meaning you can reverse your piece. She has symptoms. But the way to do that is through life, time of sustainable changes, it doesn’t mean like every day you’re working hard to like, keep it going. It’s like, you, you, you set up a habit,
you set up a lifestyle that works for you, perhaps going gluten, dairy free, you know, taking like an all-star supplements or basketball, or even just finding different diet and lifestyle changes that just works for you once, you know, it works for you and you continue that for life. Meaning you just like going through yeah. Like going through your life with it,
your symptoms are reversed as long as you just keep it going. And that’s why we say like, it’s not just the four weeks, because if you do four, four weeks, things get better, but then you stop. Well, unfortunately it’s going to come back because it’s not a cure. It’s a lifetime, a lifestyle that can reverse the symptoms.
So some of the ways that we make it a lifestyle in our household is by making food that we can modify. So for example, last night we had tacos, you know? And so I put cheese on his and not on mine. And it works, you know, some, some dishes are easier than others, but a lot of dishes are easy to like modify,
honestly. And, and yes, maybe you won’t be able to eat like a cheesy casserole cause you can’t modify the class, But maybe sometimes you can make That and she can eat something else. You know what I’m saying? Like compromise. Yeah. And I’m telling you right now, if your partner is gluten Durfee, don’t be like, oh my gosh,
what am I going to eat? Now? Trust me. When I say this, trust me. When I say you can have almost everything you had before, like Talon for me, like sh sh yesterday, we made, she made tacos. She put cheese on mine. So I feel extra special. It makes me Turkey club sandwiches for lunch almost all the time with bacon and bread for you.
Regular sourdough bread. For me, she has gluten free bread. I mean, like, I don’t even know what else to say. Like every dinner you make every night, it’s delicious. Like you make fish, you make chicken, you make grumpy. If you make sweet potatoes, you make rice. I can make all the things. Yeah. Once Again,
we have a lot of recipes in the system that you can just refer to that are absolutely delicious. Like creamed corn with chicken thighs, barbecue seasoning. Yes. It can be absolutely amazing. Okay. My gosh, breaded chicken, breaded chicken, breaded chicken with gluten-free breadcrumbs. Sorry. My mouth is watering. Not because of the Invisalign. Cause I’m getting hungry now Anyways.
So you can figure out a way to make it work. So both of you like to eat the foods that you’re making and not, not just that activities like, okay, maybe you want to do a more intense workout and she doesn’t. Right. Okay. That’s fine. Workout separately. But then sometimes you can go walking together or swimming or hiking or something fun,
like an activity that both of you can enjoy, you know, workouts don’t need to be the same for both of you. Yeah, exactly. You can still work out next to each other and be doing something slightly different than her. And Yeah. And another point I want to make is don’t think of one kind of healthy. Like just because we learned in school,
this is how you lose weight. You know, you have to cut calories, you have to work out hard. There’s no one kind of healthy. Like it’s really hard to have a significant other. Who’s not on board with your lifestyle change. So you have to understand everyone is different and the more you can help and be helpful, the more likely it is that she’s going to succeed.
So you want to open your mind and learn more about PCOM And let’s get into that for a second. Like you may have heard, you know, like it’s a very common thing, cut calories, eat less food and just work out more, you know, less comes in, more, comes out kind of a thing, which is a very, very common misconception about one working out too for weight loss as well as for women with PCOS.
So like PCLs is very similar to like the famine was that term that Dr. Felix curse talks about, Well, you mean circadian rhythm? No. I mean, I’m talking about like, so PCLs is like, like our ancestors, they, they most likely had peace. Your was however, for them, it was more of an advantage because when they had peace us there increased testosterone,
it helped them be stronger than perhaps like other women within their tribe, which was an advantage. It also helped them to not get pregnant in certain cases, because back then miscarriages were very common. As warfare time in warfare was very common. Stress. Hormones would stop them from oscillating as much and having as many children as they should. Exactly. And when they couldn’t eat,
it basically reduced their metabolism in order to protect our, so what happens is when you don’t eat as much, your body realizes this and thinks that there’s a famine, that there’s not enough food. And the body’s reaction is to, okay, let’s reduce our metabolism so that we’re saving resources so that we’re not losing weight. And we make sure that we survive.
So if your partner does the same thing where she’s cutting calories and her body’s not getting enough resources, the same thing is going to happen. Her body will shut down the metabolism in order to save resources and try to go into survival mode. And again, it’s very interesting when you think about, like we mentioned, our ancestors for them PCLs was an advantage in most cases,
like they didn’t want to have children all the time because there’s famine there’s war and Then stress, stress, not enough food, blood, sugar, dysregulation, things like this. So now, now, like when we have PCO S symptoms, it’s a lot more extreme for, you know, it shows up more significantly and women struggle with infertility and like,
you know, all of these symptoms because we have so many factors contributing to our stress and like, we’re not in nature enough and we’re not meditating enough. Oftentimes we’re not eating the type of healthy diet that is like, plant-based that we should be eating, you know? So we have all this processed foods and it contributes to it. Yeah. Not just plant-based,
But also like meat proteins or stuff like that. Yeah. But of course, more plant, we should have more plants in our diet. Yeah. As well as chemicals in the atmosphere affecting our hormones, you know, when that BPA, it gets stuck in our fat cells, it stays in our bodies. It contributes to weight gain. Like all of these things like can affect our hormonal endocrine system.
And it’s a lot more significant now than it was before when women would just make less babies because there’s a famine or warp you now it’s like a lot more extreme symptoms. Yeah. But given so many stimulants to PCs, so again, lifestyle what’s happening, what is she eating? And what’s around her lifestyle. That’s influencing her stress and her blood sugar super important to think.
Yeah. And honestly, it’s, it’s a lot harder for your partner when her significant other, her friend is not on board, you know? So the more you can help, the more you can be helpful, the more you help her learn, the more likely that she is to succeed. Because a lot of the symptoms of PCOS, like, you know,
the, like the acne, even like the hair, the hair loss or facial hair growth, even like the fertility issues, they’re all reverses in like 99.9% of cases. So, Well, we just threw out that number. No, I mean, this is what, but, but it’s true. Most of the situations you can reverse. Yeah, yeah.
Yeah. So by, by helping by getting on board, you know, just making suggestions or just like learning with her, she actually has an army behind I’m sure. Through, you know, it’s, that’s really the best way to look at it. It’s like you have an army to tackle this beast. That’s called PCRs. That’s Right. And you know what?
I just want to bring one more point before we read some of the DMS. Yeah. I got a message from someone who was talking about how, like her husband, wasn’t helping with her fertility and, you know, kept calling her infertile and just like making her feel less than for not being able to like bear child and you know, with PCLs yes.
You struggled to ovulate, you know, you want to figure out what’s really contributing to this. There’s a lot of time that it takes to figure out what’s happening, you know? And when, when someone who, you know, when you’re not supportive of her, it makes it so much harder. And I just want to point out that when you have a kid eventually,
and this is the type of attitude you come with with, you know, with, in terms of teamwork and your relationship having, even when the kid is there, you’re going to have problems. So like there needs to be some type of attitude, adjustment for anyone out there who is not being supportive of the infertility journey or the fertility journey with PCOS,
because it’s not getting any easier once the child comes. So I’m telling you this right now. I was just like, when I read that you looked at me like, no, when I read that damn, I was like, Who is this guy? Why don’t you just have him call me? Yeah. Okay. Let’s read these stickers, huh?
Yes, of course. Okay. So we do an Instagram sticker in the story. So we asked you, what’s the hardest part of getting your partner supportive of the PCs lifestyle. And The first response was from exotic travel. She says, trying to explain in detail the problems I experienced and getting him to understand totally get you there, sister. That is,
that could be the, the, the difficult part is just getting them to understand, just to like, to understand, learn the experiences that she’s having. Sometimes the symptoms that are, you know, so awful are more like vanity problems. So like acne, hair loss, things like this, and people don’t take it as seriously as they would other medicines That can be the most debilitating,
debilitating. I can’t, I can’t even blame to Invisalign cause I’ve never been able to see that Word. You habilitated any w what was the, yeah. AI can be so depressing. You don’t want to go out cause you have so much cystic acne, you know, these, you know, he needs to be supported so that she feels like, you know,
you’re beyond what you look like at that moment. Like, you’re just going through something like I’ve been there. You know, I had horrible acne. I had facial hair, weight, gain all of it. And like, my mom would even tell me, she was like, don’t stop looking at yourself and look around you. There’s so much happening.
There’s so much to see in the world. Like, it’s not all about you and what you look like. And all of these things like move forward from that. And I think that’s really important to say sometimes to your partner who gets, who might get caught up in all of the symptoms. So, okay. And then Stephanie says, thinking gluten dairy free is a popular trend on following.
Hmm. Yeah. That could be a common one. And honestly, the only way you might be able to convince that person is showing them the science behind it. There are several books talking about gluten dairy free for PCLs by written, by gynecologists, like Dr. Phyllis Gersh, as well as other doctors, there’s like a piece U S S O S H steps reverse you piece us all appear.
You can see behind us. There are several books talking about how gluten free can help with inflammation can help with insulin. Resistance can help with fertility. It can help with so many of the symptoms that’s causing that are prevalent brief synopsis About this gluten and dairy free. I mean, I just want to say so gluten and dairy can, first of all,
be very inflammatory. And the more inflammation you have, the more stress hormones you’re going to pump, and the more stress hormones you’re going to bump, the more that’s going to affect your DHA hormone, which is going to cause you no hair growth, facial hair, acne, this mood swings the whole nine yards weight gain. So what I’m trying to say is inflammation is what we’re trying to reduce with diet change,
the more gluten dairy sugar that she eats, the more inflammation, the more blood sugar dysregulation that’s going to happen. And that’s going to affect her hormones at the end of the day, unless she’s not sensitive to gluten and dairy. So you would have to figure this out, right? You want to cut it out for 30 days, see how you feel,
add it back into your symptoms, get worse and so on. You want to test it out. Yeah. Yeah. So it’s not a popular trend. It’s more of a lifestyle change that can really, really benefit a lot of them with peace. U S all right, next one is from Robin. He doesn’t want to eat what I eat now with this one,
just one thing too, is as for the one with peace us, I would say like, don’t always assume that your partner is going to eat everything that you’re going to eat. You know, you have to also give them the freedom to choose what to want to eat too. Like, they don’t have to go gluten, gluten they’re free. They don’t have to eat a certain way.
If they’re already supporting it with your lifestyle changes and what you’re doing, that’s already great. And if they’re eating something else, but still being supportive of you, like that’s good. You know, that it’s their life, it’s their lifestyle choice, you know? And just to con the next DM, just to continue off, this was from Lucchesi houses,
pull up temptations. My husband’s long, my husband’s non-gluten dairy-free food is what to do. So, so to connect that with Robin’s comment, what would you suggest? I mean, there’s not much you can do except, you know, make him a shelf in the pantry so that he can put his stuff there and kind of separate it from yours. So it’s kind of like out of your sight,
but, you know, everyone has a right to their own lifestyle. Right. So if he wants to eat this and that, even if it’s tempting for you, you know, grab your Avast the tall. Okay. Cause that really helps with cravings and temptations as well. Have your PCs friendly snack and step aside, let him do his thing. Whatever you want to eat.
That’s, you know, something that’s unhealthy that I choose not to eat. That’s fine. Yeah. Yeah, exactly. I think that what you said about putting in a certain, like in the pantry, like having one certain section B his stuff or her stuff and having your section be somewhere else, you know, with your own things and just, you know,
like, let, let, let him let him or her know that like, Hey, like I don’t like it when there’s a, like a crap load of stuff around, that’s all gluten dairy that I used to, like, you know, just let them know that you like it. If, if it could be in a certain area and just let them know,
you don’t have an issue with them having it just, you know, it would be, it would help you if it wasn’t a certain area. Exactly. And then next comment, next DM is from my hair. She says, when do you eat something? You can’t like, like soda snacks. It’s hard not to feel left out, pull the,
get you. And again, the thing with this one though, I would say is if you know how much it’s helping you to not have the sorta or those snacks that you don’t, that you don’t find helpful, then you won’t even feel like you’re left out. Like, for example, when we’re, anytime we’re eating dinner with family, or we’re like,
we’re somewhere. And like, if my brother or like someone like my brother, my oldest brother, he has like so much a Coca-Cola like two, three times a day. And not, I’m not trying to like, make anyone feel guilty for having, Coca-Cola absolutely not. Like it’s totally up to you. But I, and I tell him all the time,
like, it’s a lot of sugar. Like if you’re going to have one, just have one, like don’t have two or three during dinner, whatever, try to talk to me at times. But my point is like, I know myself like that, that Coca-Cola can has 40 grams of sugar. And after I drink it, I’m going to feel pretty bad.
I’m going to feel like my mouth is dry. It’s like, it’s feel that, that sugary feeling. I already know that. And I don’t feel left out when I see him drinking it. In fact, I feel the opposite. I feel like, I feel like I feel very glad that I no longer crave that kind of stuff. So like,
that’s, that’s the mentality you want to achieve. I would say, Yeah. It’s you can change your taste buds to not like things anymore. If you, if you really get used to eating a certain way. So, you know, when he’s eating the soda and snacks, maybe you feel left out. Maybe you can have your own PCs friendly,
drink, like a liquid or something. You know, something that’s not as sweet and sugary or has any artificial sweetener, just, you know, some lemon, water and Perrier, whatever, and enjoy yourself. He can do his thing, you do your thing and you’ll eventually stop craving. It’s like, see that cut, stop craving. Yeah. And again,
like, I’m not trying to shame anyone who drinks Coca-Cola if you’re drinking it, you like it. And you feel fine. Live your life. Exactly. Like there are things that I do personally, And I have something to say, yeah, Like I personally, like I do other things in my life that may not be as healthy as compared to other things.
So like, it doesn’t mean just because I don’t like Coca-Cola that I’m perfect at being healthy. You know, I have my own things that are probably not healthy compared to other people. So just, just keep that in perspective too. Like, it’s just one thing, that one example I’m making here And I’m going to interrupt and say, Beanfields chips.
Everyone is ruining. No, not a sponsor, not an Affiliate. Wish we were so We could get some free boxes. They sent this free boxes a couple of times, but that was it. No, like no more. We haven’t gotten any more, but bean field chips, no joke. He takes them. We haven’t had them in a,
in a month actually, because we cut it out. We’re like, okay, this is too much chips. Like every time we grocery shop, we were buying chips and like eating them at night. And finally we just stopped buying them all together. Yeah. That’s the only Way to stop this. And then we’ll probably buy it this weekend. Cause it’s been like a month,
but Benfield chips is made out of beans instead of corn. So when you eat it, there’s actually protein. There’s fiber. It’s a lot healthier compared to like, I don’t know, like Doritos or something. I don’t even feel like eating it and you take it out and it smells so good. And then I say no to myself and some days I’m like,
okay, I’m not going to eat it some days I have one chip and it’s so good that I just, you know, now I’m having chips at 11. O’clock like, this is not my vibe, but yeah. But I’m not going to stop it if your life. Yeah. I’ll need that. Just because being filled is made out of beans.
Like, we’re not saying you have all you want, but you know, it’s a lot healthier compared to like a corn chip. Great alternative. I mean, I love them again. Not a sponsor, but I wish they were Alrighty. Next one is from Venus tinker. She says the diet, my husband still eats the stuff I can’t eat. So yeah.
As we mentioned earlier, once you like, you’re once you’re like sick of that stuff or you like you’re over it. And you’re like, you’re, you’re you like your new lifestyle change. You won’t even think about it. You won’t even care. And again, I think it would help to just talk to your husband, talk to your partner about it,
let them know how you feel so they can meet. They can be less intrusive when they’re eating those things. Yeah. Like maybe he can go outside and eat his chips. I’m joking. He says, make him understand my moodiness. So with this, I would say, of course, like you want to be understanding, talk about it. But then there’s a certain degree of like anxiety and moodiness where you should take it into your own hands and see a therapist and make sure that you’re applying these lifestyle changes that will help you with your moodiness.
And maybe he can help you apply those lifestyle changes like meditating together. And there’s acupuncture. You know, things that can help you. Can’t always depend on your partner to pick you up when you’re down. Like you have to be able to pick yourself up too sometimes. So it’s, it’s a two way thing with that. Like, I don’t want to say that,
you know, you’re the partner fix the problem. No, no. Like you, the woman with PCs, you have to take care of yourself and the partner should help you along the way and support that lifestyle. Yup. Make the work. Oh, that was really Good. Well, so yeah. I also want to just say that the moodiness like explaining that LinkedIn,
a lot of times the insulin being in the hyperinsulinemic state, as well as the stress, you just basically said everything. I don’t know. I don’t know why I repeat it. All right. Megan says, well, I’m sorry. I got distracted for a moment. There are like three screens around us. So sometimes I just get distracted. Megan says the work and time it takes to see results.
Yeah. That can be the, why can be the frustrating part for you. But the other, another frustrating part is explaining, explaining that to your partner. So just letting them know that peace us is a lifetime condition that can be reversed through sustainable changes for life. So that’s not going to happen at one week or two weeks. You know, we’re talking about lifestyle,
it’s going to take a month, couple months for maybe a year, a year. Like even a month is too little, in my opinion. Yeah. A month. I don’t know why everything done perfectly. No, you know, it takes a year to, Yeah. I mean, you can really buckle down for a month to see if it’s going to help you.
And then if it does, you know, you continue. And of course you’re not perfect. And then maybe after a year of like trial and error in certain situations, eating out excellently, having gluten, you know, you’ll learn. And then after a year you’ll Be good at it. Yeah. Yes. Red dog says won’t learn about PCs yet is somehow confident.
It’s an excuse to not try hard enough. Well, that person I’m sure after listening to this episode is embarrassed. Are you embarrassed? Just to me? But I think after everything we’ve talked about, I think that person should know now that there’s nothing, nothing to do with not trying hard enough, nothing to do with being lazy, nothing to do,
just not working out hard enough. It’s just figuring out what will work for her body. And if you could support her in this journey of figuring this out, that would be very helpful instead of calling it an excuse. And just thinking of all the moments That your partner has helped you, it’s your turn to help her. Now, that’s all I’m going to say.
All right. And now let’s go on to the last part of the podcast. Our favorite part is the wins of the week. So fellow Mr. Or sister, if you’re listening, these are great examples of other sisters who have, who have been able to reverse your symptoms. And they’ve been able to manage their, their peace S so just know that your partner can do this exact same thing and you can help them do the same exact thing.
So maybe they are, maybe they’re already doing it. So Yeah, here we go. The first one is from the sisterhood Gwendolyn. She says, usually I use my dry erase board to write down my goals for the morning for things I want to accomplish. Before I head out the work to work this week is going to look different. Stage one,
here I come. And she drew out the download from Sage one. She copied it onto her whiteboard. So basically in stage one of the sisterhood, our membership, you can download a lifestyle checklist. So after you figure out what type of piece you S you have, you download the checklist for the lifestyle changes and you just check them off as you go.
So she put it on her whiteboard, which I think is cool. And I included it here because I just wanted to show you how, like she’s actively involved, you know, with her lifestyle changing. You know, I’m not sure if she has a partner or not, but if she does, it would be so much easier for him to like,
see this check list on a whiteboard and like, Hey, did you meditate today? Let’s sit down and meditate. You know? So yeah. And You get like some of the things she has here, like meditate, CBD, awarding, screen use, and a bunch of more snacks. I love it. And like, just, it’s probably like right in front of a room,
probably like right when she gets up and sees it, it’s a great reminder. I love, and this is something as well you’re going to, you can help her do, like, if she’s in this sisterhood or even if she’s not, if she, if you know that she has a couple of goals that she’s trying to meet, put it on a whiteboard,
just to help her not to like, remind her, like, Hey, you have to do this, but more like, oh babe, can you just, here’s a checklist to help you kind of get through it when you need help with it. You know? Exactly. Alrighty. And the second one is from Alfie. Alfie says, Hey, sisters finished stage one.
I really noticed the difference in my sleep. When meditating at night, I’m normally a super light sleeper and wake up at the smallest sound, but not anymore, not waking up as frequently during the night, either meditating in the morning, also cleared my head for the day and have slowly noticed the differences in my energy and the amount of anxiety I’m having time meditating after this.
She also says also really enjoying the meal. Prep recipes being strict with dairy free has really made a difference as I was a bit blahzay. Oh, I didn’t know it was a word as I was a bit blahzay with the, even though I was like toss and tolerant. Thank you for reading. My long post have a lovely day. You have a lovely day.
If you love your message. I love how meditation has helped you, because that has helped me personally tie in as well. But no joke like meditation has great benefits for sleep, for stress, having a clear mind, having more mental energy to get through tasks. Beautiful. Yeah. I mean, You look how much better she feels after applying some of the changes from the lifestyle changes from stage one,
like she’s already feeling a little better and all of these things are so, you know, it’s not even just like PCO as like anyone could do it. The partner who doesn’t have PCRs could do it. So yeah. Yeah. Great. I love it. So that’s all the wins of the week. And that concludes basically the podcast. This is,
this was a Valentine edition. We should have mentioned at the beginning. This is like the downtime edition for all the scissors out there who may have, who may have a partner, a husband, boyfriend, or girlfriend or friends too. Like if you have friends that maybe they don’t really understand peace us, or like you tried to explain, this is a great episode to send to them.
It doesn’t have to be just for partners. It can be for friends too. And know, I think it’s, it’s really helpful for, for them to listen To. Yeah. So pass this on ladies and gentlemen. Yes. Alrighty. So I think that’s it for today. We’ll see how this studio goes Episode. You’ll see how it’s going. What’s going on.
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