Spilling all the tea with fellow Cyster Gabby!

A fellow Cyster, Gabby, joins us to talk all about her journey with PCOS including how she lost 20 pounds, how she reduced her fatigue, bloating, cravings, and more!

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It’s stressful because you know, you feel bloated all of the time. You feel very uncomfortable in your skin, your clothes aren’t fitting, right. You know, you’re cutting your calories and working out really hard and nothing is working. And then of course, doctors think that you’re not doing any of those things. You’re lying, you know, cutting your calories,

basically down to nothing. And somehow you still gained five pounds that week. It’s very frustrating. my own hands. And with the other stem naturally, Welcome everyone to another episode of a sister and her Mister today, we have Gabby. She is going to tell us all about how she lost 20 pounds in the sisterhood and reduced her symptoms like feeling bloated,

fatigued, and awful terrible. PCLs cravings. Welcome Gabby. We’re so excited to chat with you and spill all the tea about your PCOS journey. Yeah. Thanks for having me guys. Welcome. Welcome. Where are you calling in from today? I’m from California, central, California central. What city would that be? Just curious. I’m in Tracy right now.

Okay, cool. Okay. We’re a bit more south, I guess, if you want to call it in Newport beach. So California girls. Awesome. Well, Gabby, tell us about how your PCLs first started and what it was like being diagnosed. Okay. I actually want to say it started probably when I was a teenager. I just didn’t know it yet because I had a regular periods.

I want to say when I started high school, probably about 15 years old, but you know, my parents just thought probably just hormonal things through high school. It’s stressful. Didn’t really think too much into it. Actually didn’t get diagnosed until I was, oh gosh, let me see. Oh, maybe like 2320 for me, eight years you would say,

or, oh, that was in 2014. Yeah. 2014 Going to the doctor and talking about your symptoms and then they were like, not diagnosing you. Yeah. They were just, you know, trying to give me birth control. And of course when I was a teenager, my parents didn’t want that. Yeah. So they just tried to, you know,

just push birth control on me and, and that’s basically, I didn’t have really any symptoms other than I just wasn’t having a cycle. I’ve weighed pretty much, you know, normal throughout most of my life wasn’t until right before I was going to get married, I got on birth control. Then I started noticing a lot of weight gain. I was always tired.

I had really bad cystic acne. I felt really bloated. I could not keep any weight off. I just kept gaining and gaining and gaining. And of course, right before you get married, that’s not something that you want. My doctors just, you know, push birth control on me and said, when I want to have baby, let them know It’s exactly what so many people are told.

I’m sorry, Andrew. It, but it’s like so many what so many people are told, right? Yeah. It’s stressful because you know, you feel bloated all of the time. You feel very uncomfortable in your skin, your clothes aren’t fitting, right. You know, you’re cutting your calories and working out really hard and nothing is working. And then of course doctors think that you’re not doing any of those things.

You’re lying. You know, you’re not exercising, you’re overeating and, you know, cutting your calories basically down to nothing. And somehow you still gained five pounds that week. It’s very frustrating. So it’s, it’s hard to go to the doctor and get absolutely no answers and just getting medication pushed on you. My doctor also tried to give me a Metformin because I was having insulin issues,

but they also just put that more as, because of the weight that I had gained, that I was having insulin issues. And I try not to put too many like chemicals and things and take too many medicines and put them into my bodies. I definitely refused that. And glad that I did because now you guys recommended oh, basketball. And that has worked wonders for me for That’s awesome.

I think like when it comes to Metformin, it can help with the root issues of like the instant resistance, but I’m sure as you know, it doesn’t really fix insulin resistance. It doesn’t get down to what’s causing in the first place. So w so it’s something like, that helps to restore the 40 to one ratio of the Mayo MD Kyra.

Not-so-subtle, you’re able to actually resolve that from the root cause. And eventually you can stop taking a basketball and continue like that. So, yeah, There are so many studies on that 40 to one ratio. I still wonder why they sell any other form of an ASA tall. I was actually reading one study about how it helps women with PCLs manage their symptoms.

And it literally said like, it’s a disservice that like any other, and also tall is being sent when, like, there are studies that the 40 to one ratio helps women with PCOS specifically. And some other ones actually make our in NASSA tall levels, like worse. It ruins the ratio, like the other types. Yeah. I’m really surprised more doctors don’t know about it,

especially because of the symptoms or the side effects that Metformin can have. It can actually make your PCLs symptoms worse and you feel bloated more cravings, those kinds of things. Yeah. Yeah. It depletes you a lot of like the vitamins and minerals in the body that you need for recovery and to manage PSUs And thyroid health, you know, it’s like depletes all those nutrients that support your thyroid.

And then maybe you struggle with thyroid issues after you’re off Metformin. And then we’re in a whole other problem now. But before we move on from, Avesta tell us, I know like sometimes when I drink it in literally a minute, I feel better. Like it actually like as if like sparkles. Yeah. So, you know what I’m saying? My husband’s like,

oh, it’s all in your head. I’m like, no, this is like, it’s not as if you just don’t understand. Like sometimes after I’ll have like my breakfast more specifically, my dinner is when I get my cravings. And so I’ll be sitting there after dinner and I’m like, oh man, I just, I feel so hungry. Why do I still feel so hungry?

And I’m like, I didn’t take my Avast at all. Like instantly. And then literally a minute, five minutes later, I feel better. Yeah. And your blood sugar, your insulin levels can, can trigger like mood swings as well. So like if your, your blood sugars too low, or it’s like out of ratio with your insulin resistance,

then you can start to like, just feel tired, lethargic. It puts you in a bad mood. Whereas, you know, if you’re on top of it, you’re going to feel a lot better. Yeah. Yeah. It gives you anxiety. And there’s so many symptoms that come with it. And then studies do show that it helps with weight loss,

depression, anxiety, insulin, resistance, ed, quality, ovulation, everything we’re struggling with. And before we move on sisters, it’s linked in the description of this podcast. If you want to order Obasi, it’s all, we are huge proponents of it. Is that the word? Yes. So Gabby, tell us more. So you joined the sisterhood.

What were your next steps And actually joined? I was like stalking your page, basically. All of your, all of your videos, like everything that you had done previously, like listening to your podcasts. And so I had already started going gluten-free of course we know going dairy free is much harder than going gluten free. I had already been doing that for,

I want to say two months and I had already lost 10 pounds at that point, which is unheard of for me. Wow. And that was amazing. Even notice like different. I was in a different mood. I wasn’t, and he calls me a crazy lady, but I was acting like a crazy lady anymore. And so that was really nice.

But when you go and you join the program, it really breaks it down. It really tells you why you’re having those symptoms and why gluten and dairy is having the effect on your symptoms and why taking it out is going to benefit you. And once you do it and you realize the benefit that it has, you don’t want to do it anymore. Of course,

sheets is so hard to get away from because of the casein protein. You don’t realize the addictive qualities that you have, that it has, but once you stopped taking or putting cheese or just any dairy product in your diet, you feel so much better. Yeah. I love, I love how you’re like, you know, all this, it seems like you really gone public Joining the sisterhood.

I think it’s more educated me so that when my friends say, oh, you, why aren’t you having cheese on that? Why can’t you? I mean, of course you can have pizza. Everybody loves pizza, right? Like, oh, I just prefer not to have any, any type of dairy product. Even the, the dairy free cheeses.

I just don’t particularly like it. But when you’re educated about it and people ask, then you can give them an answer instead of, oh, I’m just not eating that because I don’t know why people would just get so offended when like, you don’t want to eat cheese. Or If somebody doesn’t know, they make it, like, it’s their problem.

Yeah. You’re saying something about them for eating cheese. It’s just your individual personal choice. Not Exactly. They take it personally. Like you are judging them and you’re being pretentious for having a special diet. Yeah. It’s so silly. Who cares? What anyone’s eating? Why are we even asking each other? Exactly. Most of my friends and my family that they get.

Why? So now when other friends they’re asking to like, oh, well, this is why. And did you know that cheese has a, you know, a protein in it that makes it addictive. Isn’t that crazy? You’re addicted to cheese. So now my friends and my family know all of this information and then they’re telling other people, yeah,

That’s awesome. I love that. I love how you’re like, starting that, just that little bit of education now. It’s like spreading like spiderwebs, like around family. And now it’s the other people that you don’t even know. That’s like, that’s awesome. Yeah. That’s a power of knowledge. So good. So what’s it like making gluten and Dave pre-meals now,

does your husband eat it too? He does. Honestly. He doesn’t notice the difference, but they make, I mean, I still give him cheese cause he really likes cheese and have issues with it. So that’s fine. Your favorites, like what’s your favorite meals to make for dinner or for breakfast today? Okay. So last night it was a little bit cold.

So I made into a lot of soup, so good. It’s basically an interlock, but wow. And instead of putting cheese or sour cream, I just use avocado. Instead, you still get like that creamy texture that you’re looking for when you get sour cream and cheese and then corn tortillas, those are gluten-free this Natchez. And so like I’ll bake those on to get them a little bit crispy instead of using oil to try not to put too much fat into my diet and put that on top.

And it’s delicious. Yeah. We actually have Chipolte late for lunch today. I Feel like Mexican food is the easiest to make so easy. It’s like beans, Rice, corn, perfect. Gluten-free corn. Yeah, of course. Yeah, of course. A lot of the dishes have the cheese factor in it, but like, you can just remove that and still it’s like an amazing dish.

I feel like so many Mexican dishes are so good. Exactly. Yeah. I mean, I just replace it with avocado. You’re still getting that healthy fat. You’re still getting that creamy texture that you’re looking for with cheese and sour cream that you normally put in those dishes and you still get that satisfaction that you’re that texture that you’re looking for without having the dairy.

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personal trainer, but how do you feel about like the workouts had that been different for you since you’ve been in the sisterhood? Or have you tried slowly to work out methods? Yeah, I think like telling, you know, I was like doing not kickboxing, but like cycling and doing the hit workouts. You know, working really, really hard sometimes to the point where like,

you’re just so tired. You just want to go to sleep and those exercises aren’t satisfying at all. Cause you’re not losing any weight on top of it. You’re working so hard and nothing’s happening. But with the slow weighted workouts, I sweat so much. It’s amazing when I don’t feel tired afterwards, I like feel like I have more energy afterwards, which never happened to me before.

And so being able to not overexert yourself and still get your workout in and feel good afterwards and lose weight on top of it is the best workout ever. You just, you don’t have to like over exert yourself, which I think is the best part. Some people like to work out because I go home and be so tired afterwards, out of breath and with the slow weighted workouts,

you’re not like that. And then the one minute breaks in between really helped, like kind of get your heart rate back down, you kind of close yourself and then go straight back into it. Yeah. That’s amazing. That is it. I love it. Like the combination of all the positives you mentioned and the thing was so to workout. So like,

cause I feel like a lot of people, they want to go as hard as possible because they’re thinking more short-term but we all know like when you focus on something for long-term reasons for better health, that’s when you’re gonna see the most benefit. So it’s solely to workouts because we’re going in a controlled fashion and you’re doing this like three, four times a week over,

over several weeks, a month, like your body starts to change. But not just that, like it helps with your metabolism, your instant resistance, all the root issues. And like you’re saying, you’re feeling better. That could be just that boost of like energy that your body is getting. And like your brain loves that. Right? Your anyone’s brain,

when you get that boost of energy, you love it. So you feel better. Yeah, absolutely. I think it’s good too, because I don’t know like for everybody else, but when you go to the gym sometimes like, oh, I don’t want to go. It’s going to be so exhausting. You’re doing this low. We did work out.

It’s not, I feel like it’s more sustainable because you’re like, okay, when I do my workout, I’m not going to feel tired afterwards. I’m going to feel like I have energies opposed to doing a hit workout. You’re going to be so exhausted. Yeah. I don’t want to do anything for the rest of the day. So I feel like it’s more sustainable doing the slow way to work out.

So that’s something that you can keep up. Long-term Yeah, something I’ve noticed is now when I do the slow aide workout or like I have been for a year, so it feels like a meditation or the pace, like you’re getting a good workout in, but you’re not like exhausted and annoyed that you’re exhausted. And like over it in the middle of it,

like just the other day I turned on sex in the city and I put like the yoga mat down and I put all of my weights, you know, next to me. And I had my timer for the 62nd rest and I was like, hardly paying attention. Like I was just watching my show and doing my self-care and then I felt so good.

And I was in a good mood afterwards. I would never go back to any other way of, Okay. It doesn’t feel like a chore when you’re doing it. And like, you don’t even have to really be paying attention to it. I watch a show usually too, when I’m doing my workouts done, when the show’s over and I’m like, oh,

well how much energy you got my workout in? Like, yeah. Do you usually work out at home or at the gym? Oh nice. Yeah. I like that. I mean, it’s good to like sometimes leave the house, but I feel like when you work out at home, like it’s more comfortable. You put the TV on. There’s no one like interrupting you,

you don’t have to wait to grab some dumbbells. You just do your thing and you’re done Exactly. I’m so with you, have you tried any specific recipes in the sisterhood? Ooh, I think the egg roll the egg roll-ups I think that’s what they’re called. I love my husband loves them too. It’s like, oh, where’d you get this out?

I’m like, come on the sisterhood kind of laugh. And he’s like, well, this is really good. I like, Wow, you have to post a picture. Next time you make it. I love to see the stuff that I put on there. Yeah. And stay to them in like a few, maybe in a week or so we’re going to drop some like new recipes and assistant here,

like 10 year recipes for like seeds for the holidays. It’s going to be really good. So we’re excited about that. We’ve been working on them for a minute. We’re getting into colder weather now. So like warmer things I think are like chilies and soups and stuff like that. I think to make dairy free to Britain, We have some festive, like low sugar desserts coming up to like pudding and then brownies.

Like I don’t want to give it all away, but So, so far, like going through your pictures journey, have you been able to like discern what kind of PCs type you have and are you like just focusing on just, you know, on those issues or I feel I have all of them. Yeah. Oh yeah. Is unfortunate. Yeah.

Cause some people have only like insulin resistance or I’ve got the inflammation and insulin resistance. I I’m pretty sure I have a problem with my thyroid as well. I’m struggling with my doctor to get a full thyroid panel done. Cause you just did, you know, the basic and my thyroid’s fine, but yeah, I don’t think so. But yeah, just focusing on mainly right now,

I think inflammation and insulin resistance. But when you focus on those two, it also helps with your adrenal fatigue. So, you know, going gluten and dairy freeze, what we did work out, I think to, like you said, to either meditate or like turn your screens off before time wind down. I like to crochet. That’s something that I do to relax.

I love that. So I do that before bed and I can usually fall asleep. Pretty good. Unless of course my daughter’s, you know, wanting to be up. But for the most part, I feel like my symptoms have, have pretty much gone away. I haven’t gone back to the doctor to check if I have my, if my sister gone,

let us know, I need, I need to, because last time I had gone to just my regular doctor, he was like, wow, you lost. I think at that point it was like 15 pounds or something. It’s like, how did you do that? I was like, I don’t think gluten and dairy free. I showed him your guys’s page.

And he’s like doing, he’s like, I’m going to do research on, on them. Wow. This is amazing. Oh good. And so, so we’ll see. I hope he, he does actually do that because it would really help up his patients and stuff. But yeah, I’m interested to see if the Avastin hall to help with my ovarian cysts because I didn’t even realize until I think it was right before I got pregnant with my daughter’s like 2018.

Yeah. I mean, it’s, the studies have shown in all-star supplements can help with ovarian function. So, you know, it’s yeah. Population and egg quality, which is key to avoiding ovarian cysts. So that’s great. How many months did this all take you? How long has this? I think seven or eight months now. I mean, I’ve,

I’ve had, you know, some, some family things come up and I fall off the wagon a little bit and then came back on. So I’ve maintained my weight, my weight loss. Haven’t lost any more weight, but now I’m starting to get back on track, starting to feel less bloated. Yeah. You know, I usually get blue in my face.

It’s usually when I can tell like, oh, I’m eating too much gluten that’s that’s usually the thing for me is the gluten cheeses that early an issue for me more. But yeah. Getting back on track. It’s okay. If you mess up the deal, we make it a big deal. Your cortisol level goes levels, go up, Calm down.

I love, I love that you said seven months because, and on and off, because that’s just the reality of it took me a whole year to get used to eating gluten and dairy free. Like now I’m totally consistent. Yes. I never eat gluten dairy. Like literally never, unless, you know, it’s just the bite, whatever to try something,

but there’s never an incident or an accident, but that usually doesn’t happen anymore. But in the beginning, the first year I was like, this is great. I’m going to have some pizza. This is terrible. I’m going to go back to gluten and dairy free. This is great. It’s definitely a yo-yo but you can’t think of it as a diet.

I don’t like that. Yeah. That’s a horrible word because it’s not a diet. It’s something that’s temporary. This is a lifestyle change. That’s going to better your health. And so it’s going to take time. It’s not going to be overnight. I mean, some people can cut things out, cold Turkey and do great. I am not one of those people.

That’s certainly not how I was able to sustain gluten and dairy free. And like the first year was on and off and I was experimenting and I was seeing like, how bad is it? Oh, it’s terrible. And I’m back. And then, oh, how bad is it? Can I have some cheese up acting in a back? And then once you realize those things,

like it’s almost not worth it. You kind of look at it. Not worth it. It’s not worth it. It’s yeah. I just wanted to go back a couple of minutes ago when you mentioned the thyroid and how your doctor wasn’t able to, or wasn’t showing you the results were insuring that you have thyroid issues. It may be that your doctor is checking conventional ranges and yeah.

Yeah. You want to ask for functional ranges. So functional is a more specific, whereas conventions have wider range. So you can easily fall out of like having a thyroid issue and conventional, but have it in a functional because of those tighter ranges. Oftentimes your doctor won’t check functional ranges. So it’s best to actually go to a naturopathic doctor and have them look at your lab test results.

You can have your doctor do, do the actual tests of like a full thyroid panel. But to evaluate the functional ranges, either look up the functional ranges or ask a naturopathic doctrine, they’ll guide you. That’s a good idea. I definitely need to do that. I want to know. Yeah, there’s we actually there’s that lab kit that we always include the podcast subscription,

but I, after this yabby will talk to you about it and try to get that for you. But it’s basically a lab kit. That’s a functional ranges and we’ll basically help you find what the root is, what the root issues of your piece to assist looking at your hormones, by looking at your metabolism, insulin levels, all those things, and even includes like a 30 minute call with the health coach.

So I think that can be really helpful for you, for anyone listening, just trying to know what’s going on with their body. I think too, that that helps push you in the right direction too. If you see it on paper and all that, you do it, isn’t a medical issue that, you know, can have long-term effects. And so if you could see it on paper,

I think at least for me, that would be a motivator to keep going on top of noticing the differences. You know, you’re feeling better. I’m seeing it. Yeah. On paper. Yeah. It’s been life-changing to understand the functional ranges. I know I did it myself time did it herself. Unfortunately, you learn some things and you’re like, okay,

I guess I got to stop drinking coffee. Or like, for me, I had to stop drinking coffee, which was a bummer, but very much worth it. All right. Well cool. Gabby, this has been great. Before we go there. I just want to, do you have a message for any sister who’s listening who has maybe started her journey or is going through their journey already?

Any inspirational message you have for them? Yeah. I think just take it one day at a time. Not even one day one meal at a time, because for me, I wasn’t overnight. I’m still working on it right now. I backtrack now I got to get back on track, but sometimes even just one meal, starting with one meal, maybe breakfast,

you’re going gluten, just gluten free, dairy free, like don’t. And don’t beat yourself up about it too. If you’re backtracking a little bit, it’s not a big deal. Just get back on track. It’ll be all right. What is it saying to a one step back two steps forward, right? So it’s not, it doesn’t mean you’re reversing anything you’ve done before.

It’s just part of the process. Yes. Yeah, absolutely. Great advice. I love that. It’s like you took it out of my mouth. Thank you to Awesome. Well, thank you, Gabby. Stay with us as we say, bye. And then we’ll talk after the interview, but thank you so much for joining us and giving all this motivation,

the sisters, telling them about your journey. This is something that we love to do because we want everyone to be aware that it’s possible to thrive with PCs And you’re not alone. And there’s thousands of sisters in the sisterhood reversing their symptoms, just like Gabby. We’re so proud of you, Gabby. I know it takes so much commitment, effort, hard work to really get to this point.

And you’re such an inspiration cause there’s so many sisters out there committed and putting in effort, but it’s hard to, you know, know what to do or get the proper direction. And we try to provide those resources. And you’re just a great example of someone who utilized it and literally memorized everything because I feel like you’ve quoted me like a thousand times throughout this podcast,

which I love. That’s great. Awesome guys. I appreciate it. Absolutely. Bye-bye all right, everyone. Thank you for listening. And we’ll talk again next week. If you enjoyed listening to this podcast, you to Come check out the sisterhood. It’s my monthly membership site, where sisters just like you are learning how to move through the stages of DCOS from Sage one cold and alone at the doctor’s office to stage five,

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