Recently I have been struggling with balancing my emotions. It is very hard being a college student and living with the daily struggles of my hair growth, dark skin spots and acne. Also knowing that none of my friends are going through struggles like this. I struggle with knowing that my future my have some setbacks because of the cysts that line both of my ovaries and and me having a hormonal imbalance. #pcosawareness#pcosfighter#pcos
Shorts!!! 😎😎Headed out to a birthday barbecue in my new postpartum wardrobe. I have been living in my maternity tanks and black sundresses, you know the ones I’m always pictured in haha 🤣 -
I feel great, I feel optimistic and excited to get down to business on Monday with the 21 day fix, and my mind is totally in the right place...3rd times a charm right?!? But alas my clothes still don’t fit. So instead of trying to stuff myself into clothes that are too small I bought bigger ones...
I still have a ways to go to get back to where I was pre-pregnancy but ya know what’s cool...I can have JUST AS MUCH FUN in this body as I could in a smaller-ish one😜
If you’re not where you once were (because of a baby or other reason) it’s OK because you’re still YOU 😍 and those that love you, love you regardless of your size. Don’t beat yourself up, buy a few pieces that you’re comfortable in! You’ll get to your goals or maybe you won’t! Either way it’s okay to enjoy your life. A body is a beautiful thing, but LIVING is why we’re here 💜💕
#postpartumbody#postpartumjourney#loveyourself 💕 #livemybestlife#liveyourbestlife#gotgoals#waterfirst#momlifebelike#veggiesmost#6weekspostpartum#ppd#pcosawareness#csectionrecovery#csection
For women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), crimini mushrooms are bursting with nutrients that help alleviate symptoms.
Crimini mushrooms are loaded with B Vitamins – particularly B2, which is essential for normal thyroid function and metabolism which can help reduce excess body weight.
They are also rich in Vitamin B3 which helps regulate blood sugar.
While mushrooms can be eaten raw or cooked, we love them sauteed over pasta. Add cauliflower for added antioxidant benefits.
Happy Saturday☀️ #NSV this shirt used to show my bra line & back rolls 😅 it’s an XXL & makes me look frumpy! I don’t wear it out anymore cause it’s so big! My legs have always been skinny/muscular, I was a basketball player, cheerleader & played volleyball from 8th-11th (which was my fav sport to play). So I was always doing sports that worked my lower half! I did have knee surgery in 11th & I’m only 5’5 and a half so I didn’t play in college cause I’m short 😂
ANYWAYS 🤗 peep my collar bones coming back! I’m also not super hungry today - so I’ve had cold brew & pepperoni with some cheese!
I woke up this morning and went to yoga and came back ravenously hungry. I’m about to enter my menstrual phase, so I wanted to give my body something nourishing and warm.
So I made a pasture raised egg with coconut oil sunny side up on top of @threebakersglutenfree great seed bread, organic arugula, and some pink salt/pepper/red pepper flakes on top. One of my favorite things about eating eggs is that runny egg yolk (swipe to 2nd pic) 🤤🍳
Before I started eating to naturally manage my PCOS I wouldn’t listen to my body and just have the same ole same ole breakfast like clockwork. One of the most important things I’ve learned is that a woman’s body changes day to day, week to week. And it’s okay that you don’t want a green smoothie everyday for breakfast - listen to your body and give it real, natural food! 👏 #dailysmilebykristin#pcosawareness#saturdaybreakfast
• Vitamin Usage 💊• •According to Wikipedia, “A vitamin is an organic compound and an essential nutrient, or micronutrient, that an organism needs in small amounts.”
Vitamins are substances that our bodies need to grow, develop and repair normally. There are 13 vitamins the body needs to function efficiently. They are:
* Vitamin A. * B vitamins (thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, biotin, vitamin B-6, vitamin B-12 and folate).
* Vitamin C.
* Vitamin D.
* Vitamin E.
* Vitamin K.
These vitamins are usually acquired by having a balanced diet, however not every time you consume food you will get the sufficient amounts due to how your meals are prepared. This is where the need for vitamin supplements come into play. Typical vitamin supplements are in the form of multivitamin capsules (Like Centrum and Wellwoman from Vitabiotics). These are NOT a substitute for healthy eating. [...]
•Full article coming in the newsletter 📨🗞📰• #PCOS#PCOSAwareness#PCOSHelp#PCOSSupport#PCOSCommunity#PCOSCysters#FightPCOS#PCOSDiet#PCOSWeightLossHelp
All ready to go learn some more! 🙋🏻♀️ Finished up our giant super workout and now all freshened up to hear from the greatest leaders. ✨ It has been a whirlwind of a trip and I am so incredibly grateful to get to help people be the best versions of themselves. 💕 It fills my cup to lift them up. To be there when people feel alone. Show them they CAN when they feel like they can’t keep going. To BELIEVE in you!! 🤸🏻♀️It’s such an amazing feeling and I won’t ever stop working to make the world a better place! 🌷
After years of shaving every day and refusing to let anyone touch her face, a woman has decided to embrace her facial hair 🙌
Nova, 26, was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome when she was 16-years-old and began shaving it off after she was bullied. But she decided to grow out her luscious beard during #noshavenovember in 2017 and hasn’t looked back since! Tap the link in our bio to watch her story now! @novafuzzcheeks #bodypositivity#ShakeMyBeauty
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“It is a shame for man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable of” ~ Socrates .
There’s an optimal relationship between the length of your muscles the force which it can generate. When a muscle is too short (ie tight), too much of it overlaps to engage it enough of it to produce a strong contraction. When the muscle is too long (ie overstretched), not enough is in contact with each other to generate a strong contraction. Like much else in the human body, there’s an important balance to try and maintain in order to perform at our best. .
In an age of constant sitting and not enough moving, it’s quite typical that a lot of our muscles become tight and shortened. Add a workout routine that aims to strengthen muscles by shortening them (traditional concentric exercises) but that lacks enough stretching + myofascial release, and it’s no secret why many of our major muscles groups become tight, shortened and dysfunctional. .
Because of the intertwined nature of our body, when one muscle is tight and shortened, others try to compensate and ultimately suffer from the consequences. Poor posture, unbalanced muscle groups, sore joints, sore soft tissues and more injuries are inevitable, and to be honest, an unwelcomed pain in the butt! 😓 no pun intended! .
To maintain optimal muscle lengths, add a routine of self massage and stretching to the end of your workouts. 10-15mins is all that’s needed!
Begin with foam rolling or self trigger point releases. Stretch all major muscles groups ~ 30-45sec hold has been studied as the optimal length of stretching. Take long even breaths and use the exhale to release further tension and slip deeper into the stretch.
ENJOY THE ENDORPHINS ✨💫
12 Weeks today!! #bumpupdate 🤰🏼Its the final week of the first trimester! We are thrilled to have got this far but really hoping my morning sickness improves soon 🤮🙏🏻Bump is still only small but am so excited to see it grow over the coming weeks. Starting to taper down my Meds from today which makes me super nervous😬but I have to trust in my body to keep growing our little miracle! 3 sleeps until our next Scan 💕
Having fertility issues ruins lives, and as I've said before this isn't just because someone hasn't had their baby yet. Although clearly it is the underlying cause. 😪
I have seen so many women and their partners reclaim emotional control of their fertility journey, and live their life to the full again, BEFORE having their baby.🙏 I want to help those individuals already in a bad way, escape the downward cycle of despair. 💗
For those who are much earlier on in their fertility journey, I want to help them avoid getting to this desperate place. 🌟
I need help though, I can't reach as many people as I want all by myself. 😍
If my vision resonates with you, please click on the link in my bio and come and join in the conversation on my FB group.💗💚💗
Today I cry 😭 tears of joy!!!
Today I celebrate another milestone!!
Today I’m officially 32 pounds down!!!
Today i have 6 pounds left to hit my lowest since I started!!!
Today you decide to join me and change your mind, body, & spirit!!
For so long I was ashamed of the number that popped up!!Today I celebrate 🎉 every gain, every lost and everyone up & down is this amazing journey!!It’s not about what I can’t control but what I have control over!!
Self love 💕 will always be the antidote to self doubt.I have done this.I will do this.And I will continue to peruse my BETTER.
🌸Tip 80 - Take Time To Reflect On Your PCOS🌸
My time in Lisbon has now ended! what an amazing city to have lived and worked in for 5 days 😍👌.
As this was my first week on my travels I wanted to share with you how I adapted my PCOS lifestyle and have some time to reflect on my journey so far! 👇.
Firstly I’m really glad that I brought all my capsule supplements and supplement powders with me as I did use them everyday and committed in making PCOS smoothies for breakfast and a homemade PCOS friendly lunch within our apartment. Finding a supermarket that had all PCOS friendly foods was not challenging at all and they were so much cheaper to buy!.
I’m not going to lie dinner was a different ball game 🙈😂. I started off making the right choices when eating out at the beginning of the week however living in the moment and relaxing in the evenings I was eating all different types of foods and drinks which was certainly not PCOS friendly!. If I feel that I went a bit over board (#pcoscysters you know what I mean when the addiction kicks in) I would ensure I took my supplements in the evening, drunk lots of water and made sure I stuck to my PCOS meal plan the next day. .
The most important thing that I learnt a while back is that I’m never hard on myself when this happens. You don’t have to be handcuffed to your PCOS especially if you are enjoying different cultures, foods and overall enjoying life! ❤️🙌.
I also loved the walking aspect around Lisbon as mentioned in my last tip due to the steep terrain and wow what a good work out I got everyday!.
Thank you Lisbon for being such a great city I have enjoyed every minute of my stay!.
Next stop #valencia ✈️
On March 22, 2018 I was diagnosed with pcos. Having all of this happen at the age of 18 was one of the biggest struggles of my life. I didn’t know how to take care of myself, and how to manage my symptoms. Lifestyle change was the biggest way to oppress my symptoms without taking any form of medication. #pcos#natural#pcosfighter#pcosawareness
Cycle day 53, missed period, sore nipples, positive OPK. Idk what is going on. I know I just need to take a preg test but I don’t want it to say negative 😢 everything month I tell myself it’ll be THIS month - then you look at realize 24 months have came and went and you’re still looking at a negative. 😕
>>> Getting those adrenals back firing<<<< I suffered some pretty severe ‘adrenal fatigue’ a few years ago. Off the back of running ultra marathons as well as a few cross- fit sessions, a high intensity job where I was travelling often, not eating enough and generally doing way too much.
The result wasn’t pretty- 3 bouts of shingles (adult chicken pox) in a year, and being told “you have the immune system of someone who’s over 80, or has HIV or
lukemia”. After a lot of testing, it turned out I had none of the above and had just been pushing it too hard for too long. Queue massive waves of relief.
The technical term for ‘adrenal fatigue’ is HPA axis dysfunction, and its a very real thing. Look it up in PubMed and you’ll find loads of articles. And it’s a pattern I see a lot of women with PCOS getting into.
You start putting on weight, which doesn’t budge. You’re already exercising, so you exercise some more, and more and eat less. Your stress hormone cortisol rises, and rises, until eventually your body says ENOUGH….and then it no longer produces anymore.
The result: you’re left feeling exhausted. You’re waking up every morning feeling like you’ve been hit by a double decker on Oxford St, you have to fuel your days with 5 americanos, workouts leave you slumped at your desk, exhausted for hours after, and you catch colds like never before.
But after about 2.5 years off doing anything too high intensity, I’m getting back into it, slowly.
So I’ll be giving more info into how I’m doing this on my stories over the next week.
In the meantime, Starting the working weekend right with this hunk of salmon, pesto and kale after a heavy workout this morning. It’s a working weekend as I’m opening up another round of The PCOS Protocol my 16 week program, next week. So I’m getting ready for a live webinar that I’m going to do on Sunday 4.30pm EST (or Monday morning 8.30am if you’re in NZ like me). I’ll be giving you the inside scoop of what we get up to in the protocol, so you can decide if it’s right for you.
I’ve put a link to the webinar in my bio if you’re interested, and if you can’t make the time, register anyway and you’ll get sent a recording.
The picture on the left was taken almost 6 months ago, the one on the right was taken 5 minutes ago. I have no makeup on in either photo and you can obviously see the changes in my skin. Before I started treatment, my skin was getting to the point where I would wake up every day with 2 or 3 new pimples. They weren't just pimples, either. They were painful and embarrassing. Part of my job is to have a clean and blemish free appearance, so my beauty routine became a vicious cycle of wearing makeup to temporarily cover up my skin, only to come home, wash my face, and find it in worse condition than it was at the start of the day. I never used to struggle with skin problems so you can imagine how this affected my self esteem and my overall mood. Especially when I interact with hundreds of people in a day. I'm beyond grateful that my skin has made a turn for the better. Getting rid of the scarring is my biggest battle now. I know it won't happen overnight, but, any improvement is worth celebrating! If you struggle with acne because of a hormonal disorder, or just have always had problem skin, talk to your doctor about different ways that you can help heal your skin and DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT settle for birth control as the solution. It's amazing how eating clean and drinking lots of water can help your skin. DM me for a vegan skin routine, if interested. Otherwise, keep shining.👍🏻✨🌞