Ayesha Dhai Coach

Ayesha Dhai Coach Health and wellness coach for women located at Prestige Fitness
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When it comes to PCOS; we know what/where the problem is (unless you’re still telling women to lose weight).The issue is...
02/27/2023

When it comes to PCOS; we know what/where the problem is (unless you’re still telling women to lose weight).
The issue is that each case presents itself differently and thus requires its own approach.

The end goal is almost always to reduce cortisol, improve insulin sensitivity and lower inflammation. The tricky part is figuring out how to get there.
There’s no one size fits all approach and this is why it’s a long patience game.
We have to look at the bigger picture instead of focusing on each symptom.

It’s my pleasure to announce that I am now offering my services as a Naturopathic Health Coach and Personal Trainer at  ...
02/13/2023

It’s my pleasure to announce that I am now offering my services as a Naturopathic Health Coach and Personal Trainer at in LaSalle.

Let me help you optimize your health through lifestyle adjustments!

I specialize in:
-Hormonal health (PCOS, menopause,etc)
-Digestive health
-Stress management
-Nutrition/supplement counseling
-Customized training

📲 send me a message to book your free consultation!

*These are only recommendations and are by far not the only supplements that can help with PCOS* Here are some of my go-...
02/01/2023

*These are only recommendations and are by far not the only supplements that can help with PCOS*
 
Here are some of my go-to recommendations:
 
1.     Inositol: Women with PCOS usually have an inositol deficiency. Supplementing with both myo and di-chiro insoto aids in improving insulin resistance, lowering androgens, improving ovulation/cycle frequency and metabolic dysfunction.
 
2.     Omega 3: One of the key aspects of PCOS is chronic low-grade inflammation created by the vast array of symptoms. Omega 3 supplementation aids in lowering inflammation, improving blood lipids and aid in fertility.
 
3.     Magnesium: This mineral aids in blood sugar regulation, has cognitive support, improves sleep quality, lowers cortisol and supports bone and muscle health.
 
4.     Green Tea Extract: One of the most frustrating symptoms of PCOS is hair loss/ excess body and facial hair that is due to higher level of androgens. EGCG has been shown to help lower androgens and thus improve this unwanted symptom. However, it is important to note that it has also been shown to increase cortisol levels, which is something we want to avoid with PCOS. Is is recommended to resort to androgen lowering supplements once cortisol has been lowered/ hair growth has not improved on its own.
 
5.     Curcumin: As mentioned above, inflammation is a major symptom of PCOS. Curcumin has been shown to lower inflammation, improve insulin sensitivity and aid with blood lipids profile.
 
6.     Berberine: When you think PCOS is it highly likely to also think of insulin resistance and both are often experienced at the same time. Berberine has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity and fertility. Unfortunately, this supplement isn’t tolerated by everyone as it can cause digestive upset that is unsupportable for some.
 
Remember, if you have PCOS not all of these may be right for you and make sure that whatever you’re taking fits your personal case and needs.

There’s a lot of confusing information out there when it comes to how to eat with PCOS.The reality is that it’s not THAT...
01/16/2023

There’s a lot of confusing information out there when it comes to how to eat with PCOS.
The reality is that it’s not THAT much different than how anyone else should eat.

Cutting carbs, gluten and dairy aren’t necessary to help subside symptoms (unless an intolerance is present).
In fact, a diet higher in carbs than that of the the “average” person, is often beneficial to keep cortisol levels lower (of course keeping in mind the quality of the carbs eaten and eating them with vegetables to lessen the blood sugar spike)

Skipping meals/fasting is also highly unrecommended, as the goal is to keep the body calm and under as little stress as possible. Not eating does the opposite effect.

Probably the most important part is eating in a calm/neutral setting, without any distractions.
This will aid in proper digestion and assimilation of what you’re eating and once again help calm your body down.

For all my PCOS ladies, here’s my wish for you for 2023:💜Take time to learn how to really calm down your mind and body.G...
12/31/2022

For all my PCOS ladies, here’s my wish for you for 2023:💜
Take time to learn how to really calm down your mind and body.
Give yourself a real chance to accept that this condition IS manageable if you’re willing to be patient and focus on improving your symptoms, rather than focusing on losing weight.
There’s no special diet or workout that you need to do. But you DO need to find what works for you and stick to it.
Not sure what that means for you?
Send me DM and let’s get your body back to working optimally!

Holiday eating isn’t supposed to be stressful or harmful to your mind and body. It’s supposed to be a time to enjoy with...
12/22/2022

Holiday eating isn’t supposed to be stressful or harmful to your mind and body.
It’s supposed to be a time to enjoy with loved ones and food just so happens to be there.
This doesn’t mean don’t focus on the food part but it definitely doesn’t mean go all out for 2 weeks because nothing will happen.

To think that over indulging will have less impact on weight gain than worrying is false.
Sure the stress won’t help, but the impact of engaging in such behavior multiple times isn’t going to erased because you had a positive mindset about it.

Stress isn’t only psychological and let me tell you that having 3 slices of cake following 2 servings of food and 3-4 drinks on several occasions or over a period of weeks is 100% going to stress your body.
It’s going to stress your mind too - what you eat has a direct impact on your hormones and neurotransmitters and thus impact your brain. Over eating will poorly impact your sleep, your digestion, your immune system and thus create many ripple effects for days, weeks or months to come (depending on how much you did it).

Now I’m not saying 1 or 2 days of indulging is the end of the world but for most people it’s not just a 1-2 day event - it snowballs into days and weeks and this is where the problems happen.
It’s still hard to recover from just 1 dinner of over doing it - imagine 2-4 weeks!

Being conscious and mindful of your well being isn’t pro diet culture or anti-fun - it’s pro making your health a priority for the next year to come.

I wish you all a wonderful holiday season full of yummy food and most importantly full of memories with those you love.

More work, more responsibilities, more expectations, sounds great right?Wrong. Now I’m not saying women should live in b...
11/24/2022

More work, more responsibilities, more expectations, sounds great right?
Wrong.

Now I’m not saying women should live in bubble-wrap, locked up at home doing nothing all day, but we need to do LESS - or at least take time to unwind and recharge.
There’s only so much our bodies can handle before they give up.

Unfortunately, modern lifestyles are only getting worse.
We do more, eat less, sleep less, move less, and take no time for ourselves or our health.
As a result, our bodies adapt. Our cortisol levels and chronically high and this impacts the rest of our hormonal makeup negatively.
Hence why women work PCOS tend to develop type 2 diabetes, accumulate fat in their midsection, have fertility issues, don’t sleep well etc.

So before we start telling women they just need to lose weight and stop eating carbs; we should be encouraging them to stop overdoing it, to make their mental and physical well-being a priority and teach them ways to do so.

Source:
Parker, J. (2020). Understanding the Pathogenesis of Polycystic O***y Syndrome: Transgenerational evolutionary adaptation to lifestyle and the environment. Journal of the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine, 39(4), 18–26. https://search.informit.org/doi/10.3316/informit.812304400162020

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t really have a hormonal imbalance. You have a lifestyle imbalance. Your body didn’t...
11/21/2022

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t really have a hormonal imbalance.
You have a lifestyle imbalance.

Your body didn’t just magically decide to stop working properly.
How you treat it is what made this happen.
So yes, technically your hormones are out of whack but this is due to them needing to adapt to you sleep less than 5 hours a night, having only a coffee with creamer for breakfast and your only downtime being spent watching TV.

Want to fix your hormones?
Fix your daily habits:
-eat nutrient dense meals at regular times
-sleep 7-8 hours per night
-move 3-4 times a week for 30 mins
-take time yourself to actually unwind and lower stress (meditate, breathe, read, journal)
-limit your exposure to negative people/thoughts/experiences (those you can control)

And most importantly: let go of the mindset that your body has given up on you and there’s nothing you can do about it!

You’ve probably seen the “Best workout for PCOS” or “Follow this diet if you have PCOS” posts. The issue with these, is ...
11/01/2022

You’ve probably seen the “Best workout for PCOS” or “Follow this diet if you have PCOS” posts.
The issue with these, is that although there’s some underlying truth behind them in some cases; they omit the fact that these are all relative to each person’s experience with PCOS.

Should women with the condition be training 6-7 days a week for 3 hours? Probably not.
But this also doesn’t mean that they can’t be in the gym lifting weights a few times a week and going on a couple walks/bike rides/etc. as well.

To the same degree, there’s no one size fits all dietary approach to PCOS. Contrary to popular belief, the only thing that most women should be doing is eating more overall and NOT avoid nutrient dense carb sources, all while prioritizing protein and not omitting fats. Pretty much the way any women should be eating.

In both cases, it’s all case dependent.
I have some clients who go to the gym 5 times per week, while others are only going for short walks because their bodies are too stressed to handle more.
Just like I have clients eating primarily carbs, with others having a more equally balanced macronutrient diet.

Promoting the “one and only way to get over PCOS” approach becomes very discouraging when you realize that there’s so many views on what that solution is.
However, it simply proves that there isn’t just one way to go about it and each women will benefit from eating/training according to her own needs.

PCOS and IR often go hand in hand, regardless of weight and fat mass. This should serve as a good indication that weight...
10/03/2022

PCOS and IR often go hand in hand, regardless of weight and fat mass.
This should serve as a good indication that weight loss is not the solution and the driving factor behind both of these “symptoms” (yes PCOS is a symptom - a bunch of them grouped together) needs to be addressed.

Poor lifestyle, high stress (high cortisol), and genetics are all driving factors to PCOS and the IR that accompanies it.
Weight gain happens as a result of the adaption the body is having to these symptoms, but not the cause of them.
Hence why lean PCOS women will also have IR due to their hormonal adaptation.

The solution? Lower cortisol and the rest will fall into place.

PS: lowering carbs isn’t the answer either 🙃

Weight gain in PCOS is the result of high cortisol, which interferes with insulin sensitivity, increases androgens, dere...
08/22/2022

Weight gain in PCOS is the result of high cortisol, which interferes with insulin sensitivity, increases androgens, deregulates hunger signals, amongst other issues.
You don’t have PCOS because you gained weight; you’re gaining weight because you have PCOS.
The weight loss approach is super frustrating for women to hear because it’s pretty much impossible to do, makes them even more stressed and makes all other symptoms that much worse.

Regulating the stress/cortisol response should be at the forefront of managing/minimizing symptoms and weight loss will be a byproduct of this effect.

Unfortunately, more than ever, people (especially younger generations) are taking their good health (or illusion of it) ...
07/18/2022

Unfortunately, more than ever, people (especially younger generations) are taking their good health (or illusion of it) for granted.
Often times, assuming their youth makes up for sleepless nights, too much alcohol, lack of muscle mass and under eating required nutrients.
The truth is, at all ages, we see the mindset of “if it’s not killing me, it’s not weakening me”
And yet chronic (yet preventable) illnesses are at an all time high, more children are getting sick, more adults are diabetic, obese, metabolically unhealthy and stressed.

Being aware that your lifestyle matters shouldn’t be vilified or seen as toxic.
It’s a fact: your health is ultimately dependent on how your choices affect your physical and mental states.

PS: there’s a difference between obsession and consideration. Don’t get them confused 😉

You want to look good for a wedding in 2 weeks, feel confident in a bikini on your upcoming vacation or think that losin...
07/13/2022

You want to look good for a wedding in 2 weeks, feel confident in a bikini on your upcoming vacation or think that losing 25lbs in 1 month will finally make you healthy?
Think again.

Women are renown for yo-yo dieting/training/sleeping/etc.
And in most cases they’re going from one extreme to another: starvation, endless cardio to binging and no movement.

If you aren’t planning on actually committing to being healthy in the long run or make concrete changes; I’d suggest you stick to whatever it is you’re doing now than wreak havoc on your body for nothing and end up in worse health, as each attempt at a magical solution fails or leads you back to your old ways.

PS: it’s understandable to be attracted/lured into wanting fast results. The health/wellness industry is constantly flooding you with these false hopes through transformation pictures, supplements, extensive marketing strategies and plain old lies.
Take your time.

Little reality check. Just because something is time consuming or requires thinking ahead; doesn’t mean it has to be str...
06/28/2022

Little reality check.
Just because something is time consuming or requires thinking ahead; doesn’t mean it has to be stressful.

On the contrary, never knowing what/when/how to eat is way more nerve wracking and time consuming than having it figured out in advance.
The less you’re prepared, the easier it is to make less optimal choices, skip meals, snack instead of eat a real meal, eat in a rush etc.
Those things are stressful to the body and mind - not routine, consistency and proper nourishment.

If you can plan a night out with friends at a restaurant because they have your favorite meal; you can plan/prepare food for the week knowing it’ll save you time, guessing and ensure you’re giving your body what it needs.

Meal prepping/planning isn’t a an eating disorder
Restricting your eating/the foods you eat is.
Make sure you know the difference!

Your body isn’t getting better at dealing with stressors over time…It’s getting better at protecting you at all costs an...
06/21/2022

Your body isn’t getting better at dealing with stressors over time…
It’s getting better at protecting you at all costs and this skill isn’t in your favor.

It’s a common misconception that I see with clients to believe that only their current stress has an impact on them - anything from the past doesn’t apply because they “made it through” and/or “got stronger”

The reality is that you didn’t get better at dealing with stress
Your body simply had to create new mechanisms to cope with them and keep you alive

Stress isn’t something your body gets better at - you don’t build a tolerance
On the contrary you build a chronic heightened response to even the smallest new stressors that in normal circumstances should be beneficial to you
IE small amounts of acute stress are necessary - anything beyond this over time is a recipe for disaster and unwanted symptoms

Take away?
Go as far back as you can remember (or have been told) - as far back as the womb. And go over all the emotional and/or physiological stress you’ve been through until now.
That’s all the years of damage you need to work through!

Be patient. Acknowledge the impacts of your past and then work on moving forward for the best.

PCOS does have a large genetic factor - it also has causal links to the mothers stress during the pregnancy in some case...
06/08/2022

PCOS does have a large genetic factor - it also has causal links to the mothers stress during the pregnancy in some cases
This being said- it’s a misconception to think that the symptoms are a result of the condition
It’s more the other way around

One of the types of PCOS is related to cortisol dysregulation - for those familiar with the term “adrenal fatigue” (although not a real thing) - PCOS would be an effect of this
Chronic cortisol release due to high levels of stress that create multiple symptoms across varying systems in the body

If we consider the genetic predisposition and then add on
Mothers stress
Emotional stress
Poor lifestyle stressing the body
It’s no surprise that PCOS can come out as a result (look back to previous posts for how this works)

As cortisol is in constant elevation, s*x hormones are affected, insulin sensibility decreases, visceral fat goes up, and thus loss of ovulation, irregular cycles and other common symptoms arise

This is why the pill as a fix-all approach is a backwards way of thinking
Take the pill and your PCOS will go away and so will your symptoms

We should actually be doing the opposite
Work on the biggest symptom (chronic stress) and the rest will subside as well!

I know no one wants to hurt people’s feelings by turning down a second helping of food; deal with unpleasant comments fr...
05/31/2022

I know no one wants to hurt people’s feelings by turning down a second helping of food; deal with unpleasant comments from family members who don’t understand why you woke up one morning and decided to start eating eggs and avocado for breakfast or constantly need to explain to your friends why you rather not go out to bar on a Wednesday so you can get enough sleep.

However, the reality is that until you fully embrace the changes you’re making as part of who you are now, rather than who you want to eventually become; you will constantly be in your own way and it’ll be that much harder to get there.

This doesn’t mean you need to turn down social gatherings or never have a cocktail – it simply means being prepared to hear negative/discouraging comments from time to time because you rather put your well-being first!

Yes, this is hard at first, especially for someone who doesn’t have a strong support system or has a hard time dealing with critique/lack of understanding – I get it.
My advice? Set clear boundaries and stick to them.
Let people know that you’re doing this for YOU.

This can look like:
-“Hey, you know I love your chocolate cake, but I’d appreciate it if you understand that I’ll only have one piece tonight.”
-“I would love to go out for a drink, but could we do on the weekend, this way I can sleep in the next day and feel tired for the rest of the week?”
The key is to not attack the other person or get upset at them because they aren’t also living the way you’re trying to, but simply let them know what you’re okay with and how you’d like them to treat you. If you go in aggressively claiming you want them to leave you alone, you’re more likely to get an aggressive response.

End of the day, you’re taking care of you – focus on that.

PS: if someone never respects your boundaries and is repeatedly making you feel bad about what you’re doing – you can then unkindly tell them to f*ck off.

First, let’s point out that a syndrome is a cluster of symptoms – that can vary from person to person – it is NOT a diag...
05/26/2022

First, let’s point out that a syndrome is a cluster of symptoms – that can vary from person to person – it is NOT a diagnosis of an actual disease
Hence, many syndromes can have the same symptoms in varying degrees.
In these instances: digestive troubles, acne, hair loss, painful periods, cravings, fat accumulation, poor sleep, lack of energy, ect., are common for all of these syndromes, thus often making it hard to pinpoint what the real issue is at first – hint: it’s not just ONE thing.

So, why are more and more women suffering from simultaneous syndromes?
Probably because they all stem from common roots: poor lifestyle, high stress, modern life and some genetics thrown in (but usually far from being the main cause).

This is why it’s so important and necessary to view the body and the symptoms it presents as a whole, rather than as individual systems.
The goal is to work on the bigger picture – IE what’s the link between each issue – and NOT to address each one separately.

For example: a client who presents IBS with constipation and severe PMS – I will suggest things to #1 help her digestion as this will have a direct impact on her hormonal profile and lower PMS symptoms. But the bigger issue here is most likely also due to high stress, poor food choices, lack of sleep etc. Basically, everything is working together and against her.
Working only on IBS or only on PMS wouldn’t lead to much because they are actually SYMPTOMS themselves!

If you find yourself having multiple symptoms – find someone who can help you see the common denominator – it’ll save you a lot of time and frustration!

PS: as mentioned already, genetics are only a TINY reason of what you’re feeling – take a bit of responsibility and you’ll find the true culprit 🙃

You may feel physically fine but mentally exhausted, or feel your body is run down but your mental health is intact – ho...
05/23/2022

You may feel physically fine but mentally exhausted, or feel your body is run down but your mental health is intact – however, this can only go on for so long.

The body isn’t meant to continuously keep up with stress – any kinds. It’s meant to adapt to short bursts of unexpected/new events/situations – not 10+ years of them.
The more you endure, the more your “resilience” threshold is shortened and the less your body (and mind) are able to keep up – they’ll try, but it won’t be in your favour.
As one part gets more used up, the other will eventually have it’s turn and you’ll be left completely shut down.
AKA cortisol (stress/adaptation hormone) being released in response to any stimuli it doesn’t recognize in an effort to keep protecting you from the mess you’re in.
And we know now (from all my posts about it) – that we don’t want this.

Psychologically, this also wears down your “willpower threshold” and further increases your inability to make choices that are in your benefit.

Do less. Ask your body for less.
Less work, less sleep deprivation, less malnourishment, less inactivity and less lack of concern for your overall wellbeing.

This is especially important to consider for younger generations who are just about to embark on the “no time to waste” mentality that WILL run them down.
You can’t train your body to better respond to your poor choices – keep this in mind!

PS: after all this, you can’t expect that your body will actively cooperate in weight/fat loss.

I’m all for non restrictive eating, not following a strict plan and/or having food freedom.BUT that’s pretty hard to do ...
05/20/2022

I’m all for non restrictive eating, not following a strict plan and/or having food freedom.

BUT that’s pretty hard to do when you don’t even know what your body is signaling.

The #1 thing I see in my office is women not eating in the morning because they aren’t hungry and not worrying about it because everyone on Instagram is telling them it’s ok, “listen to your body”

Unfortunately, what that person doesn’t know is that constant lack of hunger in the morning is really a cry for help.
Something else that you’re doing (not doing) is creating this symptom.
Your body is NOT saying “it’s ok don’t feed me”, it’s saying “fix me”.

Whether it’s stress, lack of sleep, skipping meals in general etc, your body does things for a reason and usually it’s to warn you that you need to make a change.

The idea that our bodies are always doing things in our best interest is kinda false.
It’s doing things for ITS OWN best interest to SURVIVE! - doesn’t mean it’s actually good for you or helping.

Do you struggle with this issue?
Let me know and I can help 🙂

PS: there’s a difference between not being hungry for eggs or yogurt but having no problem eating Cheerios VS actually not being hungry at all 🤓

05/17/2022
“People are lazy, people don’t care, people don’t want to change”.Maybe that’s the case for some, but the majority simpl...
05/16/2022

“People are lazy, people don’t care, people don’t want to change”.
Maybe that’s the case for some, but the majority simple have no idea what proper eating even looks like.

You may even feel like you know what healthy eating is, but your idea is actually a combination of all the misinformation that’s bombarding you every day.

I’m not talking about the people eating waffles for breakfast with a glass of OJ; I’m talking about those genuinely wanting to do better for themselves, but don’t have the proper guidance.

My suggestion?
You don’t have to hire a coach full time - book a couple consultations just to understand a bit better and it’ll make a huge difference!

Remember, it shouldn’t be so complicated 😉

05/16/2022

Happy Monday!

For many of you today is a “fresh start” day
New diet, new cleanse, new detox, new challenge etc

Do yourself a HUGE favor and let those go.

The only fresh start you need is the one where you start putting your health and well being at the forefront and stop worrying so much about things that don’t matter (like the non existent toxins preventing you from losing 5 lbs)

Feeling good comes from making actual changes and giving your body a chance to recover from the weeks, months, years of ups and downs and constantly adapting to you

It’s not a 30 day, one size fits all kind of thing
It’s a be patient and give your body and mind the care and conscience effort they’re asking for in order to give you what you’re truly after: vibrancy and vitality

“Unbearable PMS is just part of being a woman”False. Like anything; just because many(most) women experience it or becau...
05/13/2022

“Unbearable PMS is just part of being a woman”
False.
Like anything; just because many(most) women experience it or because you’ve had this forever, doesn’t mean it’s normal.

Having slight discomfort before (and during) your period is normal - having to put your life on hold because it’s unbearable, is NOT.

So what’s going on?
Well in majority of cases, it’s simply a matter of lifestyle habits that are influencing an imbalance in your hormonal profile
Lack of sleep, eating too much processed foods, stress, poor digestion etc can all be contributing to your strong PMS
Remember that these are all stressors and can negatively impact your cortisol levels, which can disrupt your s*x hormones (Aka have too much estrogen circulating) - and/or even too much androgens (male hormones), which in turn lead to more dysregulation of other hormones like insulin, progesterone and even go back to impacting cortisol at the top!

With time, as your body continues to adapt, your symptoms keep getting worse and can make it harder to get back to what’s normal

Tips?
-improve your sleep
-optimize your digestion
-lower stress (mental + physiological)
-eat enough (more) whole food carbs/fats and fiber 🍎🥑🥕🍠
-use supplementation as needed (magnesium would be a good start 😉)

PS: yes there are supplements marketed for correcting hormonal imbalance
Do you need them? Probably not.
You’re much better off spending on better food, fiber and magnesium first (or ever)

The majority of women I meet in their mid/late 30s feel like they’ve been doomed to gain weight and that it must be norm...
05/09/2022

The majority of women I meet in their mid/late 30s feel like they’ve been doomed to gain weight and that it must be normal, since all the other woman around them are going through the same thing.

Let’s put things into perspective – most women have a similar pattern of messing with their bodies through years of:
-yo-yo dieting
-losing and regaining weight continuously
-under eating most of the time
-avoiding healthy carbs
-fearing weight training and eating protein
-periods of excessive cardio
-extremely unhealthy relationships with food
-sleep deprivation
Add to that the pill, pregnancy, life’s stressors and/or genetics and we have the perfect recipe for their bodies to be in “protection mode” – AKA gain some fat…

You can’t beat your body up for years and except it to come out stronger on the other side.
Unfortunately, the list above is comprised of behaviours that together create havoc on the nervous system, which in turn affects your hormones, neurotransmitters, digestion, sleep, etc. These in turn have an impact on your overall metabolic health.
Are we really surprised that you’re gaining weight?
High cortisol/metabolic dysfunction is linked to belly fat
Estrogen dominance is linked to lower body and arm fat
Overall poor lifestyle creates inflammation, water retention and some fat gain as well
So maybe the fat/weight gain kinda makes sense?

It’s too late to go back and time and change your past behaviours.
But it’s not too late to change and have a better future – regardless of your weight – you can optimize your health and feel GOOD again!

Women are put on the pill for a ton of reasons other than birth control, under the illusion that it will fix/correct any...
05/03/2022

Women are put on the pill for a ton of reasons other than birth control, under the illusion that it will fix/correct any hormone related problem they have
However, the word’s gotten out that if they stop it, things will go back to before and then some

The biggest fear women have about stopping it - besides previous symptoms returning - is weight gain

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know what our bodies don’t just put on fat for fun:
They’re adapting to something and trying to protect themselves
When you stop the pill - your body has no choice but to adapt to the new flux of hormones and try to keep you going AKA you’ll gain some weight

The good news is that you CAN come out of this cycle by facing your fears and going through the process
However, once again the fear of it taking months to regulate, keeps women stuck with the notion that they’re better off being on the pill than spending a chunk of time actually addressing the problem that led them to the pill to begin with
In fact, your issues were probably a lot easier to deal with BEFORE starting the pill, than they are now, 5,10,15 years later (yes that’s gonna be a lot of adaptation to get out of!)

If you’re on the pill for heavy periods, cramps, acne, etc - you’re really only masking the problem.

PS: stay tuned for a future post on how PCOS can be triggered when stopping the pill (I know I’m not helping my case - but it’s the reality)

*disclaimer: I’m not saying stop the pill - I’m simply giving you my input and information*

This pattern can take a while to figure out because we tend to blame it on the “adaptation process” of changing eating h...
04/29/2022

This pattern can take a while to figure out because we tend to blame it on the “adaptation process” of changing eating habits, rather than spotting a recurring behavior from the get go.

Usually this cycle stems from the perspective that a couple crackers is less calories than a full meal and thus not affecting results
This notion results from years of thinking that the only solution is to eat less and less and only focus on calorie intake over food quality

What to do once it’s observed?

Rationalize
-Remind yourself about the nutritional difference between real/whole foods VS the foods you’re reaching for when left hungry.
Also emphasize that you probably wouldn’t be feeling hungry IF you ate enough to begin with!
It’s also important to touch on food volume.
A cup of veggies, a steak and some potatoes is much for filling than 6-7 chocolate chip cookies (and has WAY more nutritional value)

As you begin to UNDERSTAND the value behind what you’re eating VS focusing on small quantities size or calories; you’ll slowly start opting for healthier options and choose to eat appropriate portions that don’t leave you feeling hungry

When you make it about health and nutritional education; it’s much easier to follow through and embrace the full process of change!

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