Why ‘high impact changes’ are the key to improving your PCOS?

Have you been searching the internet ‘abyss’ for information and try to piece together a list of lifestyle changes that can help your PCOS symptoms after being diagnosed?

And end up with a list SO freakin’ long it’s hard to keep up with and you didn’t even know where to start?

Lifestyle changes can make a massive, positive impact on your symptoms – that’s pretty undeniable and we can all agree on that. 

But it doesn’t mean that loading up on as many lifestyle changes as possible is the best idea. Figuring out what those few ‘high impact’ changes are for you that you can maintain long term is what’ll really make the difference. 

Learning that more isn’t always better can be kinda tough and it’s something that I know a lot of you struggle with or have struggled with. You’re not alone – both myself and the protocoler you’ll be listening to on the pod have been there. 

In this episode we talk all about this and more with Lily, one of our lovely PCOS protocolers. Like me — and probably a lot of you — Lily is a perfectionist, type A kinda gal. So when she finally got a diagnosis after years of trying and suspecting, she jumped straight into ‘ok now give me the steps to fix this and I’ll follow it to a tee’ mode. 

And yes, as suspected this of course left her feeling frustrated when she got only tiny, unhelpful crumbs of information from her doctors. There’s so much information out there, so she ended up with an extremely long, unsustainable list of changes to made life feel really restrictive. 

She dealt with aggressive cystic acne (like the accutane type, not a couple of measly spots), uncontrollable weight gain, some hirsutism and unexplained fatigue. Not only did we help her drastically improve those symptoms (5.5 inches of her waist, 6 inches of her hips, no need to sleep in the day, cleared up acne and no more hirsutism!) but she’s also come out the other side (and into our Lifers program) equipped with knowledge about her body and with some really solid, fantastic mindset shifts that enable her to continue keeping on top of her PCOS symptoms.

If you’re feeling like you’ve tried everything, you’re feeling like a failure and it feels like the list of things you need to do to get on top of things is miles long, then you’re going to get so much out of this chat. 

Plus, there were plenty of laughs and relatable ‘that’s so me’ moments along the way — it’s a hoot of a pod!

This podcast is for you if:

  • You’re struggling with uncontrollable weight gain
  • Acne is a major symptom for you
  • You find that you’re always tired for no logical reason
  • You feel like your doctors aren’t really giving you any options beyond the Pill, IVF and eating less moving more
  • You have a type A / perfectionist personality
  • You’ve been looking all over the internet for answers and stitching together different recommendations but you can’t seem to get on top of your symptoms
  • You think you may have or know you have thyroid issues
  • You want to know how to make changes for your PCOS sustainable
  • You think you may have or know you have autoimmune issues
  • You’re doing so much for your PCOS so you’re confused about why nothing seems to be working
  • Talking to your family and friends about PCOS usually ends up in them asking why you can’t eat certain foods and what someone they know did to help their symptoms
  • Your tests have come back ‘normal’ but you don’t feel normal

Some things we cover in this episode:

  • Weight gain
  • Aggressive acne
  • Why making more and more changes isn’t always better