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Thriving with NourishMel Health

By Melissa Lee
My name is Melissa Lee and I am your health coach here at Thriving with NourishMel Health. I provide women with the resources to reclaim fertility and celebrate periods through the lens of Functional Medicine. It's time to empower ourselves with natural solutions over bandaid medicines. We will get to the root cause of symptoms to see the bigger picture. Let's find the ability to heal ourselves, get back to Mother Nature, and live in a healthier world.
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#101 Optimize Your Fertility Garden with Jun Negoro
In this episode, I chat to a Singapore-based physician about using Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to help with fertility and PCOS. Jun covers technical detail about body constituencies and herbs and how TCM can help with fertility based on our blood flow, kidney essence and liver function. She explains concepts beautifully in a simple manner and I hope you will enjoy this episode as much as I did! Jun Negoro is a licensed physician trained in Biomedical Science and Traditional Chinese Medicine in Singapore. In her clinical practice, she focuses on women’s health and general wellness. With the passion to make TCM modern and accessible to everyone, she created a wellness brand - Kanpobliss to integrate TCM knowledge that is simple, fun and educational. During her free time, she is actively involved in curating wellness retreats and workshops as well. Through the ancient wisdom of TCM, we can learn to take a holistic approach for our wellness. She hopes that by understanding its philosophy, we can better understand ourselves both physically and spiritually, and find solutions for our modern-day challenges. Find her on IG @kanpobliss and her website https://kanpobliss.com/ Free app download: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/kanpobliss-tcm-self-care/id1457916828
35:31
September 23, 2021
#100 5 Lessons I Learnt from My Clients
It's the 100th episode! Thank you so much for tuning in and leaving me feedback, I love hearing from you. In this episode, I share my reflections about the podcast and also 5 lessons from my coaching practice that I think are incredible to witness from my clients. Reclaim Your Fertility, When You Have PCOS Webinar Sign up here: https://nourishmel.ck.page/f521028205  Reach me @nourishmelhealth (IG), nourishmel.com
15:42
September 3, 2021
#99 Using Tea for PCOS Support with Katie Dwaileebe
Katie Dwaileebe is a certified nutritionist with a Bachelor in Science of Psychology from Santa Clara University and a Master of Science in Nutrition from the National University of Natural Medicine. Based in the Pacific Northwest, Katie guides women in understanding food and lifestyle choices that help quell hormonal chaos to improve their menstrual cycles, energy levels, and blood sugar health. She is a tea-enthusiast, a cat mom, and a book nerd. Website and blog: www.wellnesstoatea.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wellnesstoatea/?hl=en Teas: spearmint green tea support liver: dandelion, milk thistle
38:25
August 12, 2021
#98 TCM and Acupuncture Use for PCOS with Allison Locke
Learn the use of Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture to help heal PCOS.  Allison is a licensed Acupuncturist and a registered member of the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia. She is also a fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (ABORM), a member of the Obstetrical Acupuncture Association (OBAA), a Certified Laser Technician (CLT), and a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200). She has specialized training in fertility and reproductive health. As a stage 3 Endo Warrior herself, Allison is extremely passionate in helping treat the pain and symptoms of endometriosis. Allison believes in truly understanding the holistic picture of every individual’s health in order to provide exceptional care that surpasses the boundaries of the physical, mental, and emotional levels. She believes that each patient is a unique case that requires understanding, skill, and above all else, compassion. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sea_of_qi_healing/ Website: https://www.seaofqihealing.com/
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August 5, 2021
#97 How to Recover from Migraines and Stress with Dr Doni Wilson
DR. DONI WILSON, a naturopathic doctor, certified professional midwife, and certified nutrition specialist, graduated from Bastyr University in 2000. Dr. Doni believes it is possible to be healthy, even when we are stressed. She experienced severe migraines for 25 years and was determined to find a way to resolve them. In the process of solving her migraines, Dr. Doni developed her Stress Recovery Protocol™ which identifies how stress uniquely affects each individual and then uses epigenetics to reoptimize health. She helps patients reverse challenging health conditions including fatigue, anxiety, autoimmunity, fertility and recurrent miscarriages, MTHFR, insomnia, as well as HPV and abnormal pap smears. Dr. Doni is frequently called upon to discuss her approach in the media, as well as at both public and professional events. She writes a blog you can find at DoctorDoni.com and her podcast is called How Humans Heal. C.A.R.E: Clean Eating, Adequate Sleep, Rest and Recovery, Exercise Stress Warrior Book: https://doctordoni.com/stresswarrior/ 7-day Stress Reset: https://doctordoni.com/stress-reset/ Reversing HPV course: https://drdonistore.com/Reversing-HPV-with-Dr-Doni--Live-Group-Course_p_1169.html Website/Blog: DoctorDoni.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/drdoniwilson/ Instagram: @drdoniwilson Twitter: @glutenfreedoc LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/doctordoni/
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July 22, 2021
#96 Gut Health and Moods with Maci Matherne
Maci Matherne is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner who runs the virtual nutrition practice, Flora Nutrition. She studied Psychology and Neuroscience at Tulane University in New Orleans, then completed post-grad education in nutrition through Precision Nutrition and Academy of Culinary Nutrition, and more recently, the Nutritional Therapy Association. She has also completed continued education in the gut microbiome and digestive health. The convergence of her interests and experience in nutrition, fitness, mental health, and culinary arts, plus her own struggles with food sensitivities, anxiety, depression, and poor gut health, have guided her to this work. Using nutritious food and supplementation as tools to improve her gut health, energy levels, mood, and overall wellness has been one of the most profound journeys of her life. Her journey to healing is what has made her so passionate about guiding folks on their own path to better health. She takes a holistic, functional approach to helping clients make sustainable lifestyle changes and thrives on empowering folks to feel their best in their bodies! You can find her at @flora.nutrition on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/flora.nutrition/) and on her website: macimatherne.com.  She is currently taking on 1:1 clients in her nutrition practice. Foods to generally slowly add to improve gut health: vegetables prebiotics resistant starches probiotics omega3s polyphenols Books that were mentioned in this episode: Beyond the Pill - Dr Jolene Brighten Brain Maker - David Pulmetter and Kristin Loberg Cultured Guru shop
44:34
July 1, 2021
#95 The Importance of Ovulation in PCOS with Rebecca Hughes
This episode brings you a wealth of information about the purpose behind ovulation and why it is the key event of the menstrual cycle. Humans are dependent on ovulation because it brings about pro-creation and using the birth control pill is going against this. Find out more about the symptoms of PCOS, misconceptions surrounding PCOS, the side effects of the birth control pill and when is considered too young to be going on the pill. Some of the scientific terms and content that were mentioned in this episode: Androgens: Besides testosterone, the other androgens are DHT and DHEA and Androstenedione Herbs (do check with your medical provider before taking any) for hirsutism: peony and licorice, saw palmetto, nettle, rosemary, spearmint, zinc as a nutritional supplement Testing for hormones: DUTCH test Amenorrhoea: absence of menstruation Hypothalamus: an area in the brain which controls the pituitary gland and the downstream effects including hormones Rebecca Hughes is a functional medicine naturopath with a special interest in skin conditions, women and children’s health, autoimmunity and digestive health. Rebecca is committed to delivering high-quality, results-driven health care to her patients and, more broadly to excellence in the field of natural medicine. In fact, Rebecca won the 2020 BIMA Clinical Excellence award as recognition from the natural health industry of her outstanding skills as a practitioner! Rebecca’s contribution to natural medicine extends beyond the clinical setting. She has lectured in nutrition and naturopathic degree programs, regulated complementary medicines at the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), coordinated mental health guidance for the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), and contributed to a national reference text on Herbs and Natural Supplements. She brings a wealth of clinical experience to the treatment and management of acne, eczema, psoriasis, period pain, PMS, menopause, thyroid conditions, and IBS. Work with Rebecca at melbournefunctionalmedicine.com.au Associative reading: Lara Briden - Period Repair Manual Related podcast episodes: #89 Insulin Resistance & PCOS  #76 A Functional Approach to PCOS  #59 Overtraining & Undereating in Hypothalamic Amenorrhea with Sarah Widjaja #53 The Pill and PCOS 
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June 24, 2021
#94 Charting Your Cycles with Haley Smith
In this episode, we learn what the difference is between using fertility awareness methods for conception versus natural birth control. We also learn the fundamentals of FAM and how it is not being taught in sex-ed classes. Haley is a women’s health provider for those wishing to consciously conceive, use conscious contraception, or overcome reproductive disease. She received a Masters of Science in Nutrition from the National University of Natural Medicine, a degree dedicated to healing using food as medicine. Within this time and beyond, she has specialized in body literacy using East Asian dietetics and fertility awareness. She is in the 2021 class of the Fertility Awareness Mastery Mentorship certification from the renowned FAM educator, Lisa Hendrickson-Jack of Fertility Friday. Haley’s dietetic philosophy stems from considering the thermal nature and energy of food to match a person's inborn makeup. Weaving in fertility awareness, her work is devoted to helping women understand and take control of their internal landscape. Website: https://www.innaterhythm.com/ Haley has slots open for 1-1 clients starting in September. Related podcast episodes: #90 Fertility Awareness with Nathalie Daudet #84 Eating for Your Constitution with Haley Smith #16 Fertility Awareness Method with Lisa Hendrickson-Jack Associated reading: The 5th Vital Sign by Lisa Hendrickson-Jack Understanding Your Menstrual Cycle + Returning to Cycle Sense by Aviva Romm
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June 17, 2021
#93 Functional Medicine Approach to Autoimmunity with Karin Reiter
This is a wonderful episode introducing you to the approach of using Functional Medicine to heal, specifically autoimmune conditions. Factors which contribute to autoimmunity: Genetics Stress levels Toxin exposure Poor diet Trauma Our beliefs systems Spiritual practice Karin, functional medicine nutritionist, fitness trainer, author, wife, mama and founder of Nutritious N’ Delicious,  has been a leader in the nutrition and wellness industry for the last 15 years.Karin founded Nutritious N’ Delicious in 2011 in Australia (after a corporate career in law and finance) and her aim was to touch as many people as possible and provide knowledge, support, guidance and advice on building a healthier lifestyle. She has led workshops and nutrition programs in Singapore, Hong Kong, Israel and Australia.Karin’s passion is to educate, to ask questions and to bring to light the importance of natural, nourishing foods.Karin is a passionate speaker & journalist in the area of nutrition and has written for numerous publications in the USA, Australia, Israel and through-out Asia. Karin is also the author of 2 children's recipe books branded “The rosy cheeked kids”. Find out more and work with Karin: https://nutritiousndelicious.com/meet-karin/ Free handouts from Karin: https://nutritiousndelicious.com/2019/01/01/free-handouts/ Book a consultation with Karin: https://nutritiousndelicious.com/private-consultations/ Find Karin on Instagram (@karingojiberry): https://www.instagram.com/karingojiberry/ Other relevant episodes on autoimmunity and functional medicine: #75 Resolve your Trauma & Physically Heal with Natalia Rachel #31 Adrenal Thyroid Revolution with Aviva Romm #30 Foods to Help with Inflammation with Cecilia Yu #9 Adrenals, Thyroid & Weight Loss in Women with Dr Stephanie Zgraggen Blog article: STRESS, THYROID & METABOLISM Recommended reading: The Body Keeps the Score
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June 10, 2021
#92 PCOS Fertility Q&A with Dr Sara Norris
Dr. Sara Norris, ND is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor specializing in women’s health and pediatrics. Dr. Norris brings a fresh, balanced approach to persistent health problems, including hormonal issues, pediatrics, thyroid health, dermatology, digestive disorders, chronic fatigue, and more. Dr. Norris has practiced in Oregon, Oakland, and Vermont, where there was way too much snow for her liking. She’s held positions on various state boards focused on integrative medicine, and has received multiple awards for her community clinic involvement. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two sons, and a rescue cat named Itchy Kitty—and she may or may not be learning how to breakdance. In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Norris provides lectures for conventional medical and osteopathic doctors on the topic of natural medicine. She is currently working with local universities and the California legislature to help make naturopathic practices available to everyone. How do you approach women who have been recently diagnosed with PCOS and told that they are unlikely to have a baby? What can affect fertility when someone has PCOS, aside from anovulation and irregular periods? What kind of lab tests should a woman get if she's thinking of conceiving later on but just found out she has PCOS? If someone is in her early 30s and am thinking of conceiving but she has PCOS, when would be a good time to think about freezing her eggs? If someone has PCOS and is trying to have a kid right now but it's not working, what would you tell her? How long should someone with PCOS try to have a kid before trying fertility treatments? For someone with PCOS and who has been on the pill for years, what can she do to help her get in the optimal state to conceive? What are the mental health pieces you've come across when it comes to seeing PCOS women who want to conceive? What is the vaginal ecosystem and why should we care? Find Dr Norris at the Paracelsus Health Center: https://pasadenanaturalhealth.com/about-us/our-doctors/dr-norris/ Website: https://www.drsaranorris.com/
43:53
June 3, 2021
#91 Mindset Shifts & PCOS Weight Loss with Emily Allen
Emily Allen is a former obese girl turned Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. She lost 70 pounds and put her PCOS symptoms into remission by cutting processed food, an experience she documented on her site, www.healthbyemily.com Emily now teaches women how to balance their hormones, find PCOS relief, and ditch crappy PMS symptoms. She teaches cooking classes, does public speaking about healthy living, and appears on local news programs featuring her recipes. Emily believes that anyone can live a healthier life, no matter their schedule or budget. Find Emily on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/healthbyemilya/ Information about seed cycling: #78 Benefits of Seeds for Our Hormones: https://www.breaker.audio/nourishmel/e/84534558 Start seed cycling with Food Period: https://youtu.be/St0yuDnvmmM Code NOURISHMEL10 for 10% off seeds: foodperiod.com/bites
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May 27, 2021
#90 Fertility Awareness with Nathalie Daudet
This episode is more about the misconceptions and methods about fertility awareness method, with a focus on irregular cycles/mucus and PCOS. To learn the basics of how to chart, check out my conversation with Lisa Hendrickson-Jack about using the menstrual cycle as a 5th vital sign:  Episode #16: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/16-fertility-awareness-method-with-lisa-hendrickson-jack/id1458622640?i=1000453177116 More episodes about the basics of BBT charting: BBT Temperature: https://fertilityfriday.com/episode-258/ Nathalie Daudet is a certified fertility awareness educator, social worker and menstrual cycle coach. She discovered fertility awareness after searching high and low for a non-hormonal method of birth control. After learning the magic of fertility awareness and the gift of body literacy, she decided to pursue formal fertility awareness training and Fertility Awareness Project was born. Hundreds of people worldwide have learned to chart their menstrual cycle for birth control with her online course, Cycle Love. Nathalie's website: https://fertilityawarenessproject.ca/ Free course: FAM Fundamentals Group course: Sign up for Cycle Love happening in the Fall 2021 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fertilityawarenessproject/ Nathalie's podcast: Body Literacy Babes
41:35
May 20, 2021
#89 Lifestyle Tuesday: Insulin Resistance & PCOS
In this video, you will learn: - What is insulin? - How do we become resistant to insulin? - Solutions to help your body become more sensitive to insulin - Importance of reading ingredient labels Access to my supplement dispensary where you can find practitioner grade supplements like inositol, berberine and magnesium at a discount: https://us.fullscript.com/welcome/nourishmel Blog post: https://www.nourishmel.com/blog/2019/7/10/insulin-resistance-amp-pcos?rq=insulin Podcast: https://www.breaker.audio/nourishmel Take Back Your Energy Workshop: https://nourishmel.ck.page/products/take-back-your-energy-workshop
16:19
May 18, 2021
#88 Mitochondria Health and Identify Mold Symptoms with Bridgit Danner
Bridgit has been a licensed acupuncturist since 2004 and a certified Functional Diagnostic Nutrition practitioner since 2015. After losing everything to toxic mold, Bridgit now educates about toxins and coaches women on how to detoxify through a functional approach. Check out my previous conversation with Bridgit about toxins in our home #Ep 56 https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/56-toxins-in-our-home-with-bridgit-danner/id1458622640?i=1000494057468 Check out Bridgit's Coq10 supplement from the Hormone Detox Shop https://hormonedetoxshop.com/coq10-energy/
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May 13, 2021
#87 Lifestyle Tuesday: How to Avoid Blood Sugar Rollercoasters
What are blood sugar levels and how can they disrupt our lives - energetically and impact our hormones? Blood sugar levels are the cornerstone to hormone balance and improving gut health, immune strength and various other inflamamtory symptoms. Excess glucose contribtues to oxidative stress and if we do not have enough antioxidants to counteract, inflammation runs wild and we develop chronic disease. Sign up for my energy workshop happening next week: https://nourishmel.ck.page/products/take-back-your-energy-workshop
15:51
May 11, 2021
#86: Functional Medicine Approach to Infertility with Sarah Clark
When Sarah Clark was 28 years old, she received a diagnosis of premature ovarian failure. She accepted the diagnosis and had both her children through in vitro fertilization. Years later she realized the root cause of her infertility was a food intolerance. She is a certified life coach with accreditation from the International Coaches Federation and a health coach with training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She is the author of Fabulously Fertile - Supercharge your Fertility Naturally, Fabulously Fertile Cookbook and Fertility Preparation Program. Her fertility coaching program, which includes functional lab testing, supports couples to make diet and lifestyle changes that dramatically improve the chances of a healthy pregnancy and baby! On her Get Pregnant Naturally Podcast she shares that with functional medicine and natural fertility solutions we can eventually reverse infertility. Find her website: https://fabfertile.com/ Join the Fertility Diet challenge: https://www.fertilitydietfreebie.com/khhkhkkh
25:58
May 6, 2021
#85 Lifestyle Tuesday: Why I Started Charting my Menstrual Cycle
Do you cycle chart? Fertility Awareness Method (FAM) is amazing as a tool for natural conception or birth control. My experience gave me more flexibility and took the pressure off the timing of intercourse. Plus, it gave me more insights into the way my body works, how my lifestyle affects my cycle and hard data about whether I ovulated or not. I feel more empowered ! Check out my conversation with Lisa Hendrickson-Jack about using the menstrual cycle as a 5th vital sign:  Episode #16 https://podcasts.apple.com/.../16.../id1458622640... Books & resources: https://fertilityfriday.com/ https://www.tcoyf.com/
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May 4, 2021
#84 Eating According to Your Constitution with Haley Smith
Haley is a women’s health provider for those wishing to consciously conceive, use conscious contraception, or overcome reproductive disease. She received a Masters of Science in Nutrition from the National University of Natural Medicine, a degree dedicated to healing using food as medicine. Within this time and beyond, she has specialized in body literacy using East Asian dietetics and fertility awareness. She is in the 2021 class of the Fertility Awareness Mastery Mentorship certification from the renowned FAM educator, Lisa Hendrickson-Jack of Fertility Friday. Haley’s dietetic philosophy stems from considering the thermal nature and energy of food to match a person's inborn makeup. Weaving in fertility awareness, her work is devoted to helping women understand and take control of their internal landscape. Website: https://www.innaterhythm.com/ Conscious Conception Workshop: Use code 'MEL' to get $50 off: https://www.innaterhythm.com/conscious-conception-workshop
27:50
April 29, 2021
#83 Lifestyle Tuesday: The Gut's Impact on Our Hormones
Learn what gut health is all about and how it influences our estrogen levels. Our gut is also known as our second brain: - involves the immune system - communication with all the other organs - healthy digestion and absorption of food - there is constant chatting between the gut and the brain - can be linked to mental health - linked to anxiety and depression, ADHD etc. - it has its own control center The vagus nerve connects the brain and gut in a bidirectional pathway. What are toxic to the gut? - GMOs (wheat, corn, soy in USA) - Insecticides & Pesticides Glyphosate - Antibiotics - Gluten - Sugar - Buildup of bad bacteria Nourishing for the gut: Start in small steps (have a different vegetable every week). Start removing food triggers, sugar, alcohol and processed foods. Add in nourishing foods: antioxidants, vegetables, fermented vegetables, bone broth, berries Supplements for the gut: - Probiotics (ideally 50 Billion), containing lactobacillus - Digestive Enzymes
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April 27, 2021
#82: Change Your Mindset to Improve Fertility with Aimee Raupp
Aimee Raupp, MS, LAc, is a renowned women’s health & fertility expert, celebrity acupuncturist & coach, and the best- selling author of the books Chill Out & Get Healthy, Yes, You Can Get Pregnant, and Body Belief. Aimee works virtually with clients all over the world, as well she is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist in private practice in New York and Connecticut. Aimee holds a Master of Science degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and a Bachelor’s degree in biology from Rutgers University.  She is also the founder of the Aimee Raupp Beauty line of hand-crafted, organic skincare products that are optimized for hormone harmony. She has appeared on The View, and has been featured in Glamour, Allure, Well + Good, Mind Body Green, GOOP, Shape, and many podcasts including Wellness Mama, Melissa Ambrosini, and Dr. Frank Lipman. Aimee has received endorsements from Deepak Chopra, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Arianna Huffington, and Gabrielle Bernstein for her work in helping thousands of women to improve their fertility, celebrate their beauty, and reconnect to the presence of their optimal health.  Aimee is also the Head of Chinese Medicine at The Well in NYC and is a frequent speaker at women’s health & wellness conferences across the nation. She engages her large community worldwide through her social media presence, online programs, and her website, www.aimeeraupp.com. Find Aimee on Instagram @aimeeraupp
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April 22, 2021
#81 Lifestyle Tuesday: Choose Exercise Aligned to Your Menstrual Cycle
How do we know what exercise to choose from? Do we go hard all the time? If we don't go hard, does it mean we are not excelling at our health? How does exercise affect our hormones? Learn which exercises probably work better for you in the Follicular and Luteal Phases, Ovulation and Menstruation. Be mindful of how much you exercise and how much you are eating. Are they matching up? Check out 'In the Flo' by Alisa Vitti. Alisa Vitti on the Broken Brain Podcast #Ep 94: https://luminarypodcasts.com/listen/dhru-purohit-dr-mark-hyman-762/broken-brain/94-unlock-your-hormonal-advantage-by-harnessing-the-power-of-your-infradian-rhythm-with-alisa-vitti/aa94f7d2-47fd-4190-bdba-13872381d978?country=US This episode with Sarah Widjaja is very relevant too. We talked about overtraining and undereating.  #Ep 59: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/59-overtraining-undereating-in-hypothalamic-amenorrhea/id1458622640
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April 20, 2021
#80 Diving Deep intro PreNatals & Fertility Nutrition with Macy Coleman
Macy is a new mom and women’s health registered dietitian with a passion for individualized nutrition care for women seeking optimal health during their most crucial years. Macy runs a virtual private practice called Well Women Nutrition for those seeking a root cause of hormone dysfunction and women that want to prepare their bodies for pregnancy and beyond using personalized and evidence based testing, nutrition and lifestyle solutions. She has a bachelor’s degree of science in nutrition and dietetics and completed her internship at one of the top programs in the country, the San Diego VA. Macy loves to eat, hike, practice yoga, read, cook, and create. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her husband, new baby boy and a poodle named Luna. Macy utilizes a functional and integrative nutrition approach as she believes in the body’s ability to heal itself when given the appropriate support and guidance. Find Macy on Instagram at @wellwomennutrition and her website: www.wellwomennutrition.com Thorne PreNatal: https://thor.ne/wHpqx Find high quality PreNatals and other supplements through my dispensary: https://us.fullscript.com/welcome/nourishmel
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April 15, 2021
#79 Lifestyle Tuesday: Tips to Sleep Soundly
What do you know about getting better quality sleep? I am talking general tips to sleep soundly today! - Pay attention to light exposure - Our cortisol and melatonin levels are in a dance - Choose activities that help you calm down and stay present - Look at the temperature in your room - Open the windows to have ventilation - Don't go to bed hungry! - Try to have your dinner 3 hours bed time - Avoid foods which contain sugars and MSG before bed - Use the time before bed to reflect on your day and feel your feelings Sign up for the free sleep challenge: https://nourishmel.ck.page/sleepchallenge
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April 13, 2021
#78 Lifestyle Tuesday: Benefits of Seeds for Our Hormones
Seed cycling - a new concept, radical or not? Learn about: - What seed cycling is - How to seed cycle - The benefits of using various seeds for our hormones - How do seeds affect our menstrual cycle Tell me your experience about seed cycling! Code NOURISHMEL10 for 10% off seeds: foodperiod.com/bites Blog post: https://www.nourishmel.com/blog/2019/3/19/seed-cycling-what-is-it-and-why-do-it Food Period podcast episode: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/foods-for-your-period-with-britt-and-jenn/id1458622640
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April 6, 2021
#77 Lifestyle Tuesday: Lifestyle Changes to help Estrogen Dominance
Do you know what estrogen dominance is? I'm talking mostly about estrogen today and it's connection to other hormones including progesterone, insulin and cortisol. Root causes of estrogen dominance: Excess estrogens coming in from the environment Inability to detox and excrete excess estrogen from the body Insufficient progesterone Note: Women in peri-menopause will experience some sort of estrogen dominance as progesterone naturally decreases with age. This is when modulating stress levels is crucial because progesterone is now produced in the adrenals. Learn more about estrogen dominance: Blog post at PCOS Diva: https://pcosdiva.com/2020/09/estrogen-dominance/ What causes PMS: https://www.nourishmel.com/blog/2020/2/13/what-causes-pms-and-how-to-reduce-its-prevalence FOOD.PERIOD video: https://www.instagram.com/tv/CEroWeTAX2M/?hl=en
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March 30, 2021
#76 Lifestyle Tuesday: A Functional Approach to PCOS
PCOS is widely due to insulin resistance, but it is also an inflammatory condition. This episode is related to the release of my beta program right now! It is a unique oppportunity for you to experience what coaching is like and to really dig deep into the causes of your PCOS. Apply here: https://bit.ly/3rgEZ4C Deadline is March 31 2021! Approaching PCOS functionally means: - Eat according to your ancestry and the environment you are in - Exercise according to the phases of the menstrual cycle - Debunk PCOS myths and discern overwhelming information online - Create your stress toolkit - Change your mindset and perspective when looking at PCOS - Consider complementary healing modalities to help you heal holistically (therapy, energy healing, acupuncture etc.) - Detoxify from a place of strength (consider daily practices that improve excretion of toxins and heavy metals from the body) - Become an empowered PCOS woman who gets to know her body, and know what works for her specifically Natural Solutions to PCOS: https://www.nourishmel.com/blog/2019/10/2/pcos
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March 23, 2021
#75 Resolve your Trauma & Physically Heal with Natalia Rachel
Natalia is the Director of Soma Clinic, somatic trauma therapist, and educator. All of Natalia’s work stems from the intention to support a shift from disempowerment and oppression to empowerment and expression, with relationship as the cornerstone for transformation. We talked about our trauma can be the root cause of physical illness, including autoimmune conditions and thyroid issues. Physical symptoms like chronic headaches, neck tension, mood imbalances and gut issues can be due to unresolved trauma too. Find Natalia at Instagram https://www.instagram.com/natalia_rachel_change/ Youtube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC920mIYGYrtvqELJzisIFLw Soma Clinic Singapore https://somaclinic.sg/
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March 18, 2021
#74 Lifestyle Tuesday: The Impact of Stress on Fertility & Hormones
Stress - how does it affect our hormones physiologically? Some science terms in here, get ready! Stress response is modulated by cortisol HPATG Axis : hypothalamus, pituitary, adrenal, thyroid, gonadal To improve our stress response and resilience -> look at thyroid and adrenal function first and foremost Cortisol level testing & hormone tests are important Stress can worsen PCOS androgenic symptoms Stress can prevent ovulation and periods from occuring Stress affects fertility Hyper stimulated & under stimulated stress axis How to check for electrolyte skewing on your labs to signify your stress response Nourish your adrenals Nourish your thyroids (nutrients) Relevant Podcast Episodes Rest & Radiate with Mia Tarduno https://podcasts.apple.com/.../rest.../id1458622640... Adaptogens & The Stress Response with Megan Grover https://podcasts.apple.com/.../adaptogens.../id1458622640.. Blog posts Adrenal Stress & Weight Gain: https://www.nourishmel.com/blog/2019/6/24/adrenal-stress-amp-weight-gain?rq=adrenals Stress & Sex Hormones: https://www.nourishmel.com/blog/2019/6/5/the-importance-of-sex-hormones?rq=adrenals
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March 16, 2021
#73 Clean Beauty with Alicia Muchow from Annmarie Skincare
Founded in 2009, Annmarie Skin Care has provided Clean Beauty Since Day 1 with a natural, sustainable, and intentional unisex skin care line. Beyond handcrafting products with organic and wildcrafted ingredients—from high-vibration plant extracts to herb-infused oils—they are dedicated to pure formulations, free from alcohols, chemicals, and synthetic preservatives and fragrances. This ensures safe, supernaturally-effective skin care that upholds our commitment to clean, non-toxic beauty and environmental protection. Best of all, Annmarie Skin Care ships their products worldwide! Click here for a special discount: https://www.annmariegianni.com/nourishmel-essentials Nourish and refresh your skin daily Annmarie Skin Care. You can order two full-size NEW Annmarie Skin Care products—a cleanser and facial oil—at a fraction of the price. These potent formulations include a wildly simple scent profile with proven plant-based ingredients, wildcrafted and organic. And again, for a limited time, if you purchase the oil to get the cleanser for free (a $23 value!). Free Shipping in the US & Canada
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March 11, 2021
#72 Lifestyle Tuesday: The Power of the Menstrual Cycle
I chat about the importance of the menstrual cycle and how we can use the different hormone and energy levels during every phase to show up big. You will learn - the different phases of the menstrual cycle - which hormones are dominant in which phases - why a period matters - the impact of our sex hormones on the rest of the day - what kind of exercise to do during each phase of the menstrual cycle Tell me about your relationship with your menstrual cycle!
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March 9, 2021
#71 Birth Control & Periods Q&A with Dr Jessica Drummond
Dr. Jessica Drummond, DCN, CNS, PT, NBC-HWC Founder and CEO of the Integrative Women’s Health Institute is passionate about caring for and empowering women who struggle with women’s and pelvic health conditions. She is equally passionate about educating and supporting clinicians in confidently and safely using integrative tools to transform women’s and pelvic healthcare. Having two decades of experience in women’s and pelvic health as a physical therapist and functional nutritionist, plus owning a private women’s health clinical nutrition and coaching practice, gives her a unique perspective on the integrative, conservative options for pelvic pain management, hormone balance, preconception and fertility support, postpartum recovery, and chronic pain and fatigue management in active and athletic women.  She regularly lectures on topics such as integrative pelvic pain management, natural fertility options, optimal hormone health, female athletes, and functional and integrative nutrition for rehabilitation, nutrition, wellness, fitness, and medical professionals. Dr. Drummond was educated at the University of Virginia, Emory University, Duke Integrative Medicine, and Maryland University of Integrative Health. Questions that were asked about birth control and fertility: Does coming off the birth control pill lead to missing periods? Can I conceive?/How soon can I conceive after going off BC/does BC affect my fertility long term? Is there anything that I can be doing to help conceive quicker after birth control? Should I be doing anything before I get off of birth control in preparation for pregnancy? How will my body react/what are the changes in my body/lasting effects/side effects after going off BC? What are the side effects of using the Mirena IUD? Are there any nutritional deficiencies associated with using an IUD? Find out more of Dr Drummond's work at the Integrative Women's Health Institute: https://integrativewomenshealthinstitute.com/ Outsmart Endometriosis: https://www.amazon.com/Outsmart-Endometriosis-Relieve-Symptoms-Career/dp/1950367509 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/integrativewomenshealth/ Episode with Lisa Hendrickson-Jack on the 5th vital sign: https://open.spotify.com/episode/5uGcgNuZKUzidcZYWOF7Dr
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March 4, 2021
#70 Lifestyle Tuesday: Important Thyroid Nutrients and Foods
Do you know what you need to include in your diet to improve your thyroid function? Suboptimal thyroid function makes us feel sluggish on a daily basis. Symptoms of feeling cold consistently, constipation, weight gain, rapid heartbeat, mood imbalances, hair loss, lack of ovulation etc. Nutrients to take note of: - Iron - Tyrosine (healthy protein) - Selenium - Vitamin A - Zinc - Iodine
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March 2, 2021
#69 Eating Right for Your Future Baby with Monique Cormack
Monique Cormack is an Accredited Nutritionist based in Sydney, Australia. She specializes in fertility and pregnancy nutrition, including helping couples optimize their nutrition for fertility treatments. On her website and social media, Monique shares practical and evidence-based advice on women’s health with particular focus on preparing to conceive, IVF and how to have a healthy pregnancy. She is passionate about helping you through your fertility issues and providing you with the education and tools needed for long term health, too. Nutrients to take note of for preconception: folate, iodine, iron, B12, omega3 fatty acids Nutrition for fertility: whole grain carbs, fish & seafood, fruit & vegetables Find her at moniquecormack.com Instagram: @moniquecormacknutrition
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February 25, 2021
#68 Lifestyle Tuesday: How to be Resilient in Health
These tenets are from the School of Applied Functional Medicine. Here, I break it down for you into different categories that is simple for you to absorb. Let me know which one aligns with you and which ones you didn't think about! 1. Sleep 2. Play 3. Skin 4. Fresh Air 5. Eat whole foods 6. Organic foods 7. Clean water 8. Quality of oils 9. Avoiding fluoride 10. Wellness markers in labs 11. Avoiding grain flours 12. Stop shoulding on yourself 13. Find your purpose (larger than you)
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February 23, 2021
#67 Eating for Fertility with Leigh Caroll
Leigh Caroll is a Registered Nurse and Certified Health Coach. She is the owner of TriWell Women's Health and specializes in working with women who are looking to improve their overall well-being, enhance fertility and optimize their pregnancy by focusing on preconception health. Her background in hospice and medical-surgical nursing has led her to this passion of women's health, specifically fertility and reproduction, as she feels preconception is the crux of prevention. When she's not health coaching, she works as an RN for a natural fertility clinic and absolutely loves being able to combine her passion for preventative health and nursing. We talked about the main guidelines of eating for fertility: Whole fat dairy - goat's milk (A2 cows) Pasture raised eggs Grass fed liver Seafood Probiotics Bone broth Fruit & vegetables Focus on: Antioxidants High fiber, low sugar Omega3s DHA supplement There are 3 main difficulties when it comes to trouble conceiving: ovarian dysfunction autoimmune hormone imbalance Find Leigh at https://www.triwellwomenshealth.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/triwellwomenshealth/
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February 17, 2021
#66 Lifestyle Tuesday: Detoxify Your Home
Why do we need to care about our home environments? Toxin exposure is way more rampant than you think! Let's explore how toxins can impact us and how we can reduce the amount of toxins in our homes. Toxins are not only chemicals, but also heavy metals. -- Detoxing can also help with weight loss: https://www.nourishmel.com/.../how-to-detox-your-home-to... Relevant podcast episode: https://www.nourishmel.com/.../toxins-and-their-impact-on... Skincare Database: https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ Annmarie Skincare: https://www.annmariegianni.com/nourishmel-cleanbeauty OSEA Malibu Skincare: https://www.shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=793466&u=2245911&m=62364 W.A.N.T Skincare (Singapore): https://www.wantskincare.com/ Black Paint Skincare (Singapore: https://blackpaint.sg/ Dr Bronner's: https://www.drbronner.com/
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February 16, 2021
#65 Lifestyle Tuesday: Eat the Rainbow for Healthier Plates
Why do we add colors to our plates? Today I chat about all the colors to add to your diet and examples! Information referenced from Dr Deanna Minich's work: https://www.deannaminich.com/ Red and the immune system Orange and reproductive health, especially for your ovaries Yellow and digestive health Green foods and heart health Aquamarine and thyroid Blue and purple for brain White for detox
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February 9, 2021
#64 The Menstrual & Lunar Cycle with Kristen Ciccolini
Kristen Ciccolini is a Boston-based holistic nutritionist, menstrual health educator, speaker, writer, and founder of Good Witch Kitchen, as well as the host of the podcast, The Lunar Body. She is certified from the Academy of Culinary Nutrition and the Functional Nutrition Certification Program to help women manage their health naturally through evidence-based nutrition and spiritual practices. Her specialties include hormone balance and menstrual health, as well as working with chronic dieters to overcome disordered thought patterns, emotional eating, and body image issues. We talk about the connection and patterns between the menstrual and lunar cycle. This is a spiritual practice that can be brought into women's health and help us realign with the energies coming from the cosmos. Find Kristen at: https://www.goodwitchkitchen.net/ If you'd like to find out more about syncing with the moon, check out her free download: Syncing With the Moon for a Better Flow http://www.goodwitchkitchen.net/flow Books: Moonology by Yasmin Boland Many Moons planner, The Moon Book, Moonbeaming podcast - Sarah Faith Gottesdiener Magic of I Planner
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January 21, 2021
#63 Adaptogens & The Stress Response with Megan Grover
Megan Grover has been in the industry of nutrition, herbal medicine and education for the last ten years. Megan has a Masters of Medical Science in Human Nutrition and use herbal medicine in her practice. She has worked with a variety of clients, incorporating herbal medicine in her practice and have a small apothecary at home. In addition, she currently teaches for the Nutrition Therapy Institute in Denver, Colorado and have also worked as an assistant professor of nutrition, anatomy and physiology for the past three years.  She believes in understanding the reason behind physiology and the connection between mind body and spirit.  We had an engaging conversation about what it means to be stressed and how our body reacts to stress on a daily basis. Learn more about the use of adaptogens and their powerful ability to modulate our stress resilience and response as plant medicines. Find out more about Megan on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ladyadaptogen/ Sofia Health: https://sofiahealth.com Nutrition Therapy Institute: https://ntischool.com/
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January 7, 2021
#62 Rest & Radiate with Mia Tarduno
Mia is a Women’s Mentor, Yoga Instructor, and Women’s Gathering Facilitator. Her mission is to  connect people with their natural states of being to restore balance in their health, lifestyle, work,  and relationships. Her offerings include movement, yoga, rituals, menstrual cycle awareness and  exploring vulnerable moments and conversations. She is a 500hr Registered Yoga Instructor,  Certified Trauma Informed Yoga Teacher and Certified Professional Life Coach. Her work blends  tools of women’s wisdom, breath work, somatic movement, and yoga to nourish and find balance in  the body, mind, and spirit. Find Mia at https://www.movecreateradiate.com/ & Instagram @movecreateradiate Her 5 day course at: https://www.movecreateradiate.com/ecourse 
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November 23, 2020
#61 Birth Control Pill & Future Fertility with Lisa Paladino
Lisa Paladino CNM, IBCLC is an experienced women's healthcare provider, lactation consultant, and nurse midwife, dedicated to her mission of helping all women achieve their personal health care goals. Lisa holds certificates in Herbal Medicine and Integrative Healthcare for Women, and is a graduate of Dr. Aviva Romm’s professional program specializing in women’s health.  She helps women balance their hormones, regulate their periods, and have thriving pregnancies using a heart-centered and integrative approach. She loves working with women who have PCOS and thyroid imbalance. Why Can’t I Get Pregnant? Quiz- Website: www.LisaPaladino.net  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lisa_paladino/  Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/LisaPaladinoCNM
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November 19, 2020
#60 How to Deal with PMS & Rage with Merly Hartnett
Merly is a Holistic Health Coach with a particular interest in helping women struggling with PMS, menstrual disorders and extreme mood swings to address not only the hormonal imbalances but to live in harmony with their menstrual cycle. Merly shares her own PMS experience and what she did with her lifestyle that changed everything. She also shares with us lifestyle tools which we can use every month to help manage PMS and eventually reduce it. Find her at her website & Instagram Reduce PMS Symptoms in 5 Days Challenge, sign up here To learn more about fertility awareness, listen to Lisa Hendrickson-Jack on the show talking about the 5th vital sign.
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November 10, 2020
#59 Overtraining & Undereating in Hypothalamic Amenorrhea with Sarah Widjaja
Sarah is a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and Health Coach whose interests lie in educating about women’s hormones and gut health.  She believes in the power of holistic health – creating a lifestyle that goes just beyond green smoothies and 6-pack abs; one that includes a happy brain, daily movement, and positive vibes. As a former competitive athlete, Sarah understands the pressure that women face in the fitness and health sphere to do more and weigh less. After battling with Hypothalamic Amenorrhea for nearly 4 years, she has made it her mission to help everyday athletes find a sustainable approach to nutrition and exercise that gets them in tune with their body’s signals and doesn’t leave them feeling hungry, drained and burnt out. If you have someone who has hypothalamic amenorrhea, consider these points: You could have a misdiagnosis of PCOS HA occurs when you don't have a period for a year or more HA is based on the fact that your body thinks it is unsafe HA is linked to high stress levels and under-eating Consider the amount of calories and carbohydrates you are putting into your diet Consider how much energy you are expanding on a daily basis Book a free Discovery call with Sarah at The Nourished Co. Find her on social media: IG: @thenourished_co FB: @thenourishedco.sg
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October 29, 2020
#58 Choosing Naturopathy to Heal Holistically with Ashleigh Mythen
Ashleigh Mythen is a qualified Naturopath practitioner, based in Melbourne, Australia.  Many of us might not know what a naturopath does, compared to a conventional doctor. Ashleigh explains her approach to healing and balancing hormones using a holistic view of the body. She emphasizes the importance of looking at the individual as a whole and understanding the bigger picture is key start to heal. Get on a call with Ashleigh at her site or Instagram.
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October 22, 2020
#57 Functional Approach to Fertility & Health with Dr Miranda Naylor
Dr. Miranda Naylor is an Osteopathic Doctor, board-certified in Family Medicine and Functional Medicine. She is passionate about partnering with her patients to identify the root causes of symptoms and restore optimal health. She treats the whole person - addressing not only physical, but also emotional, spiritual, energetic, environmental, and community factors. She believes in supporting the body’s innate healing capacity by nourishing each individual’s needs and removing barriers such as toxins, infections, chronic stress, and structural imbalances. She blends evidence-based science with traditional wisdom to customize a treatment plan for each patient, including nutrition, lifestyle, and nutraceutical supplementation. Dr. Naylor specializes in women’s health, particularly preconception, fertility, pregnancy, and motherhood. She regularly treats thyroid, adrenal, and sex hormone imbalance, digestive concerns, autoimmunity, and mitochondrial health. Dr Miranda emphasizes on the fact that everyone is a unique individual and so we have to look at our own bodies and lifestyle choices in order to heal. Going off the birth control pill may lead you down a path to a lack of ovulation and periods but there are ways to get your periods back on a monthly basis. We talk about the importance of functional approaches, creating a backbone of foundational lifestyle choices, side effects of the birth control pill and the importance of pre-conceptive care before trying to conceive. If you are someone who is on the birth control pill, or wants to conceive using natural means, and/or want to shift into a path of optimal health, this episode is for you. Get 15 minute calls with Dr Miranda at her website, and find her on Instagram. More ways to balance hormones using natural solutions with me and my community - join the facebook group.
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October 15, 2020
#56 Toxins in Our Home With Bridgit Danner
Bridgit Danner has been a licensed acupuncturist since 2004 and a certified Functional Diagnostic Nutrition practitioner since 2015. After losing everything to toxic mold, Bridgit now educates about toxins and coaches women on how to detoxify through a functional approach. We talk about environmental toxins in our home which are more complicated: mold, toxins in cookware and kitchen equipment and furniture. Find Bridgit at her website, Facebook and Instagram. Resources: Safer non stick cookware: Green Pan Stainless steel cookware Canned food: Look for 'No BPA lining' Wendy Myers for more information. Avoid aluminium foil - use parchment paper, beeswax wraps instead Avoid cling wrap/don’t touch food with your cling wrap Avoid plastic touching food as much as possible. Furniture Avoid black out curtains with rubber backing - choose polyester Vinyl shower curtains off gas - choose polyester Opt for real wood that’s old - antiques if possible
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October 8, 2020
#55 Why Having a Period Matters with Vienna Farlow
Vienna Farlow is a Holistic Reproductive Health Practitioner and the founder of The Cuntsultant, Your Vagina’s Consultant. She completed her training at Justisse College and is a member of the Association of Fertility Awareness Professionals. Her work is focused on demystifying the female body and teaching women and people with vaginas ways to connect with their bodies. The Cuntsultant is the culmination of her lifelong pursuit to learn as much as possible about the vagina and the people who have them -- physically, emotionally, and spiritually. She believes that all people should be empowered to know more about the menstrual cycle and the way it works. She is passionate about reproductive justice, LGBTQ+ inclusion, full spectrum care, abortion access and provocation in the name of education. We chatted about: - the importance of having periods - the benefits of the menstrual cycle and hormones - what fertility awareness method is - how we can create rituals around our period - how we can empower ourselves about menstruation again Find Vienna at her website and on Instagram
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October 1, 2020
#54 Energy Work & Trauma Healing with Donna Piper
Donna Piper is a trauma therapist and her work involves the energy world. In this episode, she explains the energetic world that we do not see but is yet so very present with us. She explains how energy healing can be powerful to heal old wounds and trauma stored in our bodies. If you are into energy work and want to know more, this is the episode to listen to. If you are a skeptic, this episode is for you too! Donna used to be on the show on 'Movement as A Form of Healing'. Listen here: https://www.breaker.audio/nourishmel/e/56305113 Learn more about Donna's work on her website, Instagram and join her Facebook Group Free & Thriving.
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September 24, 2020
#53 The Pill and PCOS #pcosawarenessmonth
Some women who come off the pill and not know the implications it has on their health can develop PCOS after. Perhaps their periods stay irregular or they start having acne.  This episode covers the side effects of the pill, what the hormones in it really are and how to reset your health and diet after taking it. Full blog post: https://www.nourishmel.com/blog/2019/4/5/the-pill-and-how-to-reset-after-taking-it?rq=pcos Join the NourishMel FB Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/576858976311822
24:15
September 22, 2020
#52 The Bigger Picture of Under-eating, Fasting, Low Carb Diets & Shame around Eating with Erin Holt
Erin Holt is a board-certified integrative and functional nutritionist with a feisty attitude and over a decade of clinical experience. She blends evidence-based practices, functional lab testing, energy medicine, boundary work & humor for a unique and customized approach to women's health. In addition to running multiple online nutrition & functional medicine programs for women all over the world, Erin is also the founder of the Funk’tional Nutrition Academy, a 12 month practitioner training and mentorship helping nutrition pros level up with functional medicine methodologies. You can find Erin rabble-rousing on her weekly show, The Funk’tional Nutrition Podcast. We talk about the physiological impacts of shame and fear around eating, how fasting does not work for women, why low carb diets aren't great for menstruating women and much more! Erin is fantastic at giving us a clearer picture about the bigger facet of the diet culture we are living in.  Ep 30 on Low Carb Diets: https://www.erinholthealth.com/funktional-nutrition-podcast/2018/9/18/episode-30-low-carb-diets-part-2 Ep 37 on Intermittent Fasting: https://www.erinholthealth.com/funktional-nutrition-podcast/2018/12/8/episode-37-liver-health-bile-production-amp-intermittent-fasting Find Erin on Instagram and her work on her site.
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September 17, 2020
#51 Insulin Resistance & PCOS #pcosawarenessmonth
We are born with a likeness for the sweet taste due to the sweetness of breast milk. Our brains are also wired to like sweetness due to the hits of dopamine every time we eat a bar of chocolate or candy. This episode explains what insulin resistance is and how, with PCOS we can combat it using natural lifestyle solutions. Check out the blog article: https://www.nourishmel.com/blog/2019/7/10/insulin-resistance-amp-pcos?rq=pcos Join the NourishMel FB group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/576858976311822
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September 15, 2020
#50 Hair Concerns with PCOS #pcosawarenessmonth
This is part of the series for PCOS Awareness Month. Women with PCOS have struggles with androgens (male hormones) like testosterone which can contribute to hair concerns. The hair concerns which I am talking about include excessive hair on the chin, jawline, face and other body parts including legs and the back and hair thinning from the frontal hairline termed as alopecia. Some women with PCOS can also encounter hair loss due to higher levels of androgens than normal. If you have hair loss or excessive hair growth, you might want to check your DHT levels and address insulin resistance and high stress. There are multiple root causes of hormone imbalances. Check out the blog post: https://www.nourishmel.com/blog/2019/11/9/hair-concerns-amp-pcos?rq=pcos Join the NourishMel FB Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/576858976311822
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September 13, 2020
#49 Natural Drivers of PCOS #pcosawarenessmonth
In light with PCOS Awareness Month (September), I am reproducing a previous episode about PCOS and the natural drivers of this condition. PCOS is multi-factorial and multi-symptomatic. This means not all women have the same symptoms but the hormone imbalances can be similar. In this episode, consider root causes of hormone imbalances including insulin resistance, coming off the birth control pill, being inflamed and having too much adrenal exertion. Check out the blog article: https://www.nourishmel.com/blog/2019/10/2/pcos?rq=pcos Join the NourishMel FB group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/576858976311822
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September 12, 2020
#48 The Connection between Our Gut, Sleep & Hormones with Dr Corina Dunlap
Dr. Corina Dunlap is a licensed naturopathic physician and medical researcher specialising in women's health. She earned her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and Master of Science in Integrative Medicine Research from the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) in Portland, Oregon.  I am excited to have her speak about gut, sleep and hormones today. So often we regard our body systems as being separate. Our gut and sleep can impact our period health, fertility and energy levels.  Learn more about how the gut is connected to estrogen dominance and how we can use foods as an aid to help us sleep. Find Dr Corina at her website or Instagram.  ______________ If you want to learn more about how to balance your hormones via natural solutions, request to join my FB Group. In there, you will meet other women who have similar hormone struggles and an engaging community that wants to learn together. For more guidance into rebalancing your gut and hormones, book a free call with me.
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September 11, 2020
#47 Foods for Your Period, with Britt and Jenn
Britt and Jenn are the co-founders of Food Period, a company that empowers women to slow down and care for their menstrual cycle via the use of seeds. Both of these women are exceptional in understanding the gap in period health and they created products which can help improve the lives of women everywhere. We talk about the concept of seed syncing and the benefits it can give us. I loved Britt and Jenn's innovation and explanations of how they transformed a simple idea into an entire business! Talk about women power! Get your own Moon Seeds/Moon Bites! Use code "NOURISHMEL" at checkout for 10% off. Find out more about Food Period: Website Instagram Blog - Period Matters Downloadable E books
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September 4, 2020
#46 Reclaim Your Fertility with Dr Kalea Wattles
Today's episode is about reclaiming fertility with PCOS. Dr Kalea addresses her patients from an individualised holistic approach which is based on functional medicine tenets. This means she looks at the entire picture of a patient, including the diet, family history, environment and more. Important takeaways: - Importance of Ovulation - Whole Foods comes first to provide all nutrients needed (Mediterranean Diet) - What has worked for PCOS women: Myo-inositol, Soluble fiber, fatty acids, Cinnamon, Curcumin - Focus on Mitochondria health (nutrients include Coq10, resveratrol, IV glutathione, NAC, quercetin) - Start dietary and lifestyle changes 6 months to 1 year in advance  Dr. Kalea Wattles is a Naturopathic Physician specializing in fertility and Functional Medicine. She earned her doctorate from Bastyr University and received additional training from The Institute for Functional Medicine. Dr. Wattles combines her Naturopathic and Functional Medicine training to treat patients with a “Functional Fertility” perspective, using a root-cause, science-based, body-systems approach to cultivating a fertile body. She is dedicated to using this patient centered method to support patients anywhere on their fertility journey – whether they are thinking about getting pregnant for the first time or exploring advanced fertility treatments. Further, Dr. Wattles is passionate about providing fertility education that empowers women with the information they need to plan for the future of their dreams. Dr. Wattles has been a clinical staff member at The Institute for Functional Medicine since 2017, where she develops curriculum for advanced training in male and female hormones, thyroid and adrenal function, and gut health. She also sees patients in her clinical practice at Vida Integrated Health in Bellevue, WA. Find her on: Instagram Website At Home hormone test kit: Modern Fertility: modernfertility.com/nourishmel/ Modern Fertility Essentials
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July 16, 2020
#45 Love Your Skin with Danielle Diaz
Danielle Diaz is a holistic acne specialist and clear skin lifestyle coach on a mission is to make the world a more beautiful place by promoting loving self-care, imperfectly healthy living, and building compassionate community. As a licensed esthetician and founder of Saving Face in San Diego, Danielle provides cutting-edge facial treatments blended with traditional healing philosophies for an integrated approach to beautiful skin. With over 15 years in the health and fitness industry, Danielle understands how to work with the body both internally and with topical remedies. She guides her clients to simple diet and lifestyle shifts that help discover their best skin. We talk about acne, excessive facial hair, the physiology of clogged pores and what skincare ingredients to look out for. Find Danielle here: www.savingfacesd.com https://www.instagram.com/savingfacesd/ https://www.facebook.com/SavingFaceSD/
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July 10, 2020
#44 Period & PCOS Talk with Nicole Jardim
These are the questions we covered in this episode: What should we be looking for with our periods? What are the causes of irregular periods? How do we know if our periods are light or heavy? Are heavy and painful periods a sign of estrogen dominance? How do we deal with PMS in a natural way instead of popping pills? For PCOS women, what are some ways to shorten the follicular phase, for those of us who have longer cycles? What are some nutritional and lifestyle adjustments for PCOS? The nutrients we should pay attention to for period health includes: NAC, Glutathione (the body's most powerful antioxidant), B-complex (Thorne's Basic B is great), Omega 3 fatty acids, Magnesium  Nicole Jardim is a Certified Women’s Health Coach, writer, speaker, mentor, and the creator of Fix Your Period, a series of programs that empower women to reclaim their hormone health using a method that combines evidence-based information with simplicity and sass. Her work has impacted the lives of tens of thousands of women around the world in effectively addressing a wide variety of period problems, including PMS, irregular periods, PCOS, painful & heavy periods, missing periods and many more. Rather than treating problems or symptoms, Nicole treats women by addressing the root cause of what’s really going on in their bodies and minds. She passionately believes that the fundamentals to healing any hormonal imbalance lie in an approach that addresses the unique physiology of every woman. This is essential to reclaiming and maintaining optimal health and vitality at any age. Nicole is the author of Fix Your Period: 6 Weeks to Banish Bloating, Conquer Cramps, Manage Moodiness, and Ignite Lasting Hormone Balance, and the co-author of The Happy Balance, a recipe book filled with over 80 hormone balancing recipes. Finally, she’s the co-host of The Period Party, a top-rated podcast on iTunes—be sure to tune into that if you want to learn more about how to fix your period—and has been called on as a women’s health expert for sites such as The Guardian, Well+Good, mindbodygreen and Healthline. Find her at: Website – https://www.nicolejardim.com Website for the book: https://www.fixyourperiod.com/ Nicole’s Period Quiz – https://nicolejardim.com/quiz/ Nicole’s Programs – https://nicolejardim.com/programs/ Instagram – http://instagram.com/nicolemjardim Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/nicolemjardim
40:24
July 3, 2020
#43 Finding Peace with Food & Enjoying It without Guilt with Julie Dillon
How is your relationship with food? Do you struggle with eating disorders or body image issues? Women with PCOS tend to worry a lot about which diet to be on and what would work for them without bringing awareness to their individual bodies.  Julie Duffy Dillon is a Anti-Diet Dietitian, PCOS Specialist, and Food Behaviour Expert who partners with people along their Food Peace journey. Julie hosts the weekly podcast Love Food. It is a Dear Abby show for those with eating concerns hoping to rewrite their fate. Julie also works with people with PCOS individually and in her online course and teaches how diets harm PCOS and that there is another way. Julie speaks internationally on PCOS management and trains future anti-diet dietitians. She was the featured expert dietitian on TLC's documentary My Big Fat Fabulous Life.  Learn more about her work at JulieDillonRD.com
41:48
June 26, 2020
#42 Test, Don't Guess! (#regulateperiodswithoutbirthcontrol)
The easiest way to know for sure the reason for your symptoms and the signs that your periods are giving you is to test your hormones! "Test, don't guess!" - is a phrase integrative functional medicine professionals adhere to and there is profound reasoning to it. The more detailed you know about your hormone levels and possible nutrition deficiencies you might have, the better. Find out which hormones you should test for in this episode. Modern Fertility DUTCH Test Find A Functional Medicine Practitioner Free 30 minutes strategy call with me
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June 24, 2020
#41 What are Xenoestrogens? (#regulateperiodswithoutbirthcontrol)
Xenoestrogens a.k.a toxins can not only act like testosterone or estrogen, they can bind to the same receptors due to their similarity in shape (sort of like a lock and key) and affect your periods! More so, chemicals that are disruptive to your hormones. List of ingredients to avoid when shopping for makeup, skincare etc: Phthlates Bisphenol A (found in receipts,airline and train tickets and lining in canned food) Parabens Coal Tar dyes Formaldehydes Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS and SLES) (shampoo,body wash, bubble bath) Triclosan and Triclocarban (commonly found in toothpaste) Fragrance (brands do not need to disclose the ingredients found in here, so there can be thousands of chemicals embedded) Retinyl palmitate Check out the full list from Beautycounter. Resources: EWG Skin Deep Toxins & Its Impact on Belly Fat (article) Toxins' impact on our bodies (podcast episode) Toxins in the Home (article) Natural beauty brands in Asia Green Cleaning (article) How to Reduce Single Use Plastics (atricle) Made Safe Directory Make your own Makeup Pretty in Green Plants (US only) Chlorofeel Plant store (SG only) Environmental Working Group AnnMarie Skincare Pai Skincare Follain Skincare W.A.N.T Skincare (based in Singapore) All in one Soap Grove Household & Personal Care Products (US only) Dirty Dozen Dr Bronner's Castille Soap Cora cotton tampons & pads The Period Co menstrual products (singapore only)
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June 22, 2020
#40 Exercise & Period Irregularities (#regulateperiodswithoutbirthcontrol)
There is a misunderstanding that more exercise can help your body be in optimal shape. Yes, exercise is wonderful in so many ways but are you doing the right type that is suited for your body? Most importantly, today we will be visiting the concept of over-exercising i.e. exercising in excess and causing excessive stress load on your body, which influences your hormone levels. Hypothalamic Amenorrhea (HA) is a condition whereby your periods are absent due to under-eating carbohydrates/under-eating or exercising too much. Sometimes, it can be hard to differentiate between PCOS and HA. Consider this article and finding a practitioner that can best diagnose your absent periods. Resources: Stress & weight gain Stress and your sex hormones Stress & its link to the menstrual cycle Adrenal Fatigue: a myth Meditations (Gabby Bernstein) 5 Minute Journal Yoga with Adriene (commit to 30 days of yoga) Discount on essential oils (US only) 'NOURISHMEL25' for 25% off your order Yoga poses for Menstruation Fertility Yoga Movement as a Form of Healing
16:17
June 22, 2020
#39 Prime Your Body before getting off the Pill (#regulateperiodswithoutbirthcontrol)
Welcome to Part 2 of How to regulate Periods without going on the birth control pill! This episode's topic covers fertility charting using Fertility Awareness Method (FAM) and what to take note of before you actually start going off the pill.  Charting involves: Tracking basal body temperature (BBT) Monitoring cervical mucus Checking cervical position The pill side effects includes stripping the body of many nutrients including B2 riboflavin (energy production) B6 pyridoxine (crucial for noradrenaline and serotonin production, involved in brain, immune and nervous system) B12 (regulates DNA production, formulates red blood cells and prevents mesoblastic anaemia) C (repair tissues, antioxidant) E (skin, hair and nails, repairmen of tissues) Zinc (childhood development, immune system) Iron (circulatory system and red blood cells) Vitamin D (immune system function, helps absorption of calcium) Selenium (enhance liver detoxification) Magnesium (energy production, hormone control, glycolysis (& blood glucose levels), muscle and nerve function, protein synthesis) Folate (crucial in infancy and adolescent years, produces DNA/RNA, energy production, formulates red and white blood cells) Resources: The 5th Vital Sign book My interview with Lisa-Hendrickson Jack (author of The 5th Vital Sign) Taking Charge of Your Fertility book Beyond the Pill book Dr Jolene Brighten on various podcasts to hear her talk about the pill 5 Minute Journal Yoga with Adriene (commit to 30 days of yoga) Rainbow Meal Recipe Plant based recipes Cleaner Beauty Resources: OSEA Malibu Skincare Annmarie Skincare Beekeeper's Naturals Propolis Spray Follain Clean Essentials Beauty Kit
22:08
June 10, 2020
#38 Four 'Seasons' of the Menstrual Cycle (#regulateperiodswithoutbirthcontrol)
This is Part 1 of a 5 part series called How to Regulate Periods without going on the birth control pill! I will address different topics which affect period health over the next few episodes and these are important information whether you have PCOS or not. Part 1 : In this episode, learn the phases of the menstrual cycle and how to explain the phases to your partner. I see this as an important and awesome step in a relationship to get your partner to understand you better, from a hormonal standpoint.  Important Nutrients & Lifestyle Considerations for Period Maintenance (adapted from 'Period Repair Manual'): Magnesium Zinc Vitamin B (include B6 if you have PMS symptoms) Rhodiola to help with relaxation (can consider ashwaghanda too) Vitamin D Moderate Exercise Restorative practices including yoga and meditation Good source of protein at every meal (include liver and plenty of vegetables) Phytoestrogens - soy products, ground flaxseeds, nuts & seeds Avoid vegetable oils, dairy and artificial forms of sugar Be sure to consume carbohydrates from vegetables to sustain your brain function and musculature during exercise Sweet potato Whole fruit Rice Resources: Menstrual Cycle Basics Video Menstrual Cycle Basics Article Know Your Lady Parts 4 Phases of Your Menstrual Cycle (and what to do during each phase to increase self love) Understanding the Menstrual Cycle
24:12
June 8, 2020
#37 The Benefits of Breathwork with Shanila Sattar
Shanila is the founder of AlwaysPlay Studio in Los Angeles which offers sound baths, workshops, breathwork and more. I first found Shanila through a virtual breathwork session and its effects were so profound on me that I had to share it with my audience. Shanila uses sound baths and breathwork as emotional and mental wellness tools to help people with anxiety, stress, depression, mood imbalances and sleep troubles. She gives in depth explanations about the history of breathwork, how it was used in tribes before and how we can incorporate it into our lives now. Find Shanila's events on AlwaysPlay.
34:07
May 17, 2020
#36 A Multifunctional Approach to Adult Acne with Hannah Stoffel
Hannah Stoffel is a certified Health Coach trained through Dr Sear’s Wellness Institute and I met her through our business group. She draws from personal experience when dealing with acne and is now helping her clients to do the same in a holistic way. Acne is just one of the symptoms of PCOS but can contribute very much to low self esteem and a lack of confidence. How do you deal with your acne? Some main things we talked about include: - Doing your own research and not following blindly to anyone on social media about their skincare regime - Seeking out professional help when needed - Looking at other solutions for acne including diet and lifestyle factors such as stress management - There is no one cause of acne, therefore there is no one solution to acne Check out Hannah's work through her website and download her freebie: 10 things in 10 Days for Blemish Free Skin Check out some natural skincare options  Shop OSEA Malibu
33:54
May 15, 2020
#35 Basics of Addressing Infertility with Jennifer Redmond
Jennifer Redmond is a certified Integrative Nutrition health coach who has worked in the infertility field for more than 15 years. Jennifer helps women boost their ability to get pregnant, feel deeply supported, and in control of their health by taking a 360-degree view of their wellness. We talk about how approaching infertility with the right mindset helps and why diet and other lifestyle strategies are of vital importance when it comes to trying to conceive. At the end, Jennifer outlines the process of searching for the right kind of doctors and which tests are important to take during the fertility journey. Find out more about Jennifer's work. More resources for infertility on: RESOLVE: The National Fertility Association If you are looking to test your hormones including ovarian reserve, I would recommend Modern Fertility.  There are more episodes on infertility on the NourishMel Podcast as listed: 1) Modern Fertility test 2) How to chart ovulation 3) Taming the Shame of Infertility 4) Infertility treatments Some real stories of PCOS Women getting pregnant and having children: 1) Getting pregnant with Traditional Chinese Medicine 2) Conceiving Naturally 3) Being okay with the possibility of not conceiving
36:25
May 1, 2020
#34 Organizing Your Pantry with Kim van O
Kim van O is on the show today - she is a dear friend of mine and is a certified health coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She has travelled and lived in many countries so she is an expert at organising her pantry whenever needed. Kim helps to simplify grocery shopping and will be sharing some simple recipes with us today. She has prepared a week's worth of meals in her free Meal Plan, download it here. Check out her blog which is full of informative posts which we talked about in the episode and find her on Instagram.
27:17
April 18, 2020
#33 PCOS Stories: Being a PCOS Diva with Amy Medling
Say hi to Amy Medling, author of Healing PCOS, certified health coach and founder of PCOS Diva. She gives tons of information through her website and empower PCOS women around the world, also known as divas, to use their diagnosis to transform their lives and achieve their goals. I first found Amy through her PCOS Diva podcast and found it highly insightful as she drew from her own experience and shared knowledge from experts, specially relating to PCOS. She shares about her journey with PCOS, her success at having three beautiful children and what it really means to be a PCOS Diva. Find Amy at PCOS Diva Morroco Method Hair Products OvuSense Fertility Monitor Melatonin If you are trying to conceive and want your hormones tested, check out this test by Modern Fertility which you can do in your home and get results delivered back to you. Check out my lifestyle downloads for managing your PCOS.
36:57
April 17, 2020
#32 Using CBD to Deal with Anxiety with Emily Kyle
Emily Kyle is an award-winning, nationally recognised media dietitian, nutrition spokesperson, speaker, two-time published author and certified Holistic Cannabis Practitioner. Emily Kyle Nutrition is a private practice specialising in cannabis counselling, food sensitivity testing and medical nutrition therapy for autoimmune and inflammatory conditions like Hashimoto’s. We dive into anxiety issues today - why it is so prevalent, what are the tell tale signs of having anxiety and strategies to deal with anxiety, including the use of cannabis.   Find out more at Emily Kyle Nutrition, Instagram and Facebook.
19:41
April 9, 2020
#31 Adrenal Thyroid Revolution with Aviva Romm
Aviva Romm, M.D. is both a midwife and an Internal Medicine and Board Certified Family Physician with specialties in Integrative Gynecology, Obstetric and Pediatrics, with a focus on women’s endocrinology. She’s also a world renown herbalist, and author of the textbook, Botanical Medicines for Women’s Health, as well as 7 other books, including The Adrenal Thyroid Revolution. A practitioner, teacher, activist and advocate of both environmental health and women’s reproductive rights and health, she has been bridging the best of traditional medicine, total health ecology, and good science for over three decades. She practices medicine in both NY and MA, and lives in the Berkshires of Western MA. I am thrilled to have Dr Aviva on because I have her book the Adrenal Thyroid Revolution and strongly recommend it to any woman who is feeling not optimal but am unable to find a diagnosis to their symptoms. Dr Aviva is someone whom I respect and is an expert in the medical industry. She is active on Facebook and Instagram.
30:23
April 8, 2020
#30 Foods to Help with Inflammation with Cecilia Yu
Cecilia Yu is back on the podcast! She has been on a previous episode talking about the anti-inflammatory diet and how inflammation can affect us. Today, I am excited to have her on to go through various ingredients in different whole foods categories which we can buy from the supermarket even during COVID-19 times. So much of the canned foods may be sold out but the produce sections are still stocked full!  Your mini challenge: Try out 1 food ingredient from every category which she listed every week or make your own pasta sauce! Find her at A Dose of Vitamin L. She is now offering meal planning services too.
25:17
April 7, 2020
#29 Staying Grounded at Home with Erica Zellner
Erica Zellner is a health coach with Parsley Health in Los Angeles and she has tons of information to give out today about how to deal with stress at home.  These are anxious times and Erica gives her top tips on why setting up a routine and even sticking to old ones but being flexible at the same time can help us stay grounded and adapted. She talks about how inflammation affects our bodies physically and especially for women, our menstrual cycle. It was a light hearted conversation, we busted some myths and overall wanted to inspire all of you listeners to look for the silver lining of #stayinghome. Find out more about Erica at: Instagram: @ericazellnernutrition Website: www.ericazellnernutrition.com Parsley Health at: Parsley Health: www.parsleyhealth.com Code for first month of parsley health membership free: BEWELL Instagram: @parsleyhealth
25:45
April 6, 2020
#28 Restorative Work at Home with Marilyn Loo
Marilyn is a dear friend, previous NourishMel client and yoga teacher in Singapore. She is someone who wants to spread awareness about restorative yoga and highlights the importance of this practice during ur #stayhome life. Tune in as we talk about what restorative yoga is, how it differs from other types of yoga and how to get it set up in your home. You don't need much and all you need is your breath. The restorative yoga home set up is available here on Youtube. Find Marilyn's work on Instagram and follow her sound healing practices at Theta Space Singapore.
14:58
April 5, 2020
#27 Stress During Quarantine: What Can You Do?
It is indeed a weird time for us! I am introducing a mini series about #stayhome life - where every episode introduces a specific topic that has an effect on our lifestyle and health. Today's topic is about stress. Where are we feeling stress, why we feel even more stressed during this pandemic time and how it can affect our hormones, and ultimately our mood swings, energy levels etc down the line. This episode is linked to my blog post on Adrenal Stress & Weight Gain.  Pick one or two suggestions from the list and see how you can incorporate them on a day to day basis!
23:30
April 3, 2020
#26 5 Day Clearer Skin Reset
Hi Nourishers! I am hosting a 5 Day Challenge for Clearer Skin in April and here are my reasons. In this quick episode, I am sharing with you what you will get out of the reset, what education you will learn and bonuses you will receive. Join me in this free 5 day reset: https://nourishmel.ck.page/e94d5d9dfb Stay tuned to my Facebook and Instagram, where I will be sharing tons of information about skin health for the next two months.
07:42
March 6, 2020
#25 Making meal prepping simple with Chelsea Strandberg
Join me in today's conversation with Chelsea Strandberg, meal planning queen. I learnt tips from her that did not even occur to me after 3 years of meal planning myself. She gives us her tips on how to cook ingredients in bulk and make your home cooked meals easier to create.  If you are someone looking to create the basic foundation of healthy eating, Chelsea is the person to listen to. Find Chelsea on Instagram @csintegrativenutrition and on her website: https://www.chelseastrandberg.com/ Give-away! Between now and February 14th, 2020 - Listeners to this show can reach out to Chelsea for a complimentary health consultation and 15-min pantry overhaul. She conducts sessions electronically over FaceTime and WhatsApp. Chelsea Strandberg is a health and wellness coach based in San Diego, CA and has experience working with clients across the U.S. and around the world. She is a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) and the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice where she earned her graduate degree in public health (MPH). Chelsea started her career in International Development in Washington D.C. and traveled extensively for work and adventure. With a background in for-profit and nonprofit settings, she really appreciates how challenging it is to eat healthy and balance self care with a busy career. Chelsea offers practical (mostly) plant-based solutions to fit the realities of small kitchens, diverse cultures, and busy schedules.
44:22
February 7, 2020
#24 A fertility test you can take at home!
Click here to watch my personal experience taking the test. An awesome initiative by Modern Fertility - a company which supports and empower women to take control of their health and educates women about benefits of hormone testing.  The test and online experience includes physician-reviewed personalized reports, access to a weekly webinar "egginar", a free 1:1 consult with a fertility nurse and an invitation to a real talk community of women sharing their journeys.    What will the Modern Fertility Test Tell You?   1. If you have more or less eggs than average   2. What you could expect from IVF or egg freezing   3. How your hormone levels relate to PCOS (which 1 in 10 women have)   4. Your general hormone health - which is a window into your broader health!   Order your test here: https://bit.ly/33QS6xY
17:30
February 3, 2020
#23 Movement as a Form of Healing with Donna Piper
Donna is on board today to speak about movement and the importance of having consistency in moving the body daily in order to regulate our joints and make sure we can go about in our daily living. For many of us, exercise is a big part of a weight loss solution.  Donna and I would like to bring a different perspective to movement i.e. it can be fun, something you actually enjoy rather than push yourself to do, it can heal emotions and old trauma and it can bring better posture and alignment to your body. Find Donna at her local studio www.choosetomovela.com and on social media Instagram & Facebook: @choosetomovela Twitter @la_choose
45:57
January 10, 2020
#22 What is PCOS & Goals for 2020
Today is going to be a solo episode! I will be covering details on PCOS from my latest blog article  PCOS: Main Drivers & Natural Lifestyle Solutions If you would like to work with me, fill out this non-obligatory application. Towards the end, I quoted my favourite natural skincare brands to gift to your friends and family for the holidays! Follain Clean Essentials Beauty Kit Essential Oil Labs : NOURISHMEL25  to get 25% off any order Beekeeper's Naturals to Strengthen Immunity Pai Skincare The Detox Market Annmariegianni Skincare
34:34
December 6, 2019
#21 Chatting with The Fertility Godmother, Denise Noyer-Erez
Denise Noyer-Erez has her expertise rooted in Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture and is the founder of the AIM Women’s Wellness Center in California. She and her team combines Western & Eastern healing modalities and work together with fertility doctors and physicians to ensure the best fertility outcomes for their patients. Join us as we talk about all things fertility, including PCOS, IVF, and egg freezing. She also stresses the importance of preconception and the man's role in conceiving. Free Downloads include the Fertility Diet and Essential Supplements for PCOS. Free consult with Denise here. Find out more about AIM Women's Wellness Center on Facebook and Instagram. 
37:50
November 22, 2019
#20 Incorporating Yoga & Taming the Shame of Infertility with Living Lela
We have a wonderful episode today about fertility yoga and the topic of naming and taming the shame of being infertility with the ladies from Living Lela - Wendy Obstler and Deborah Anderson. Both of these women are yoga teachers, specialising in fertility yoga and they have gone through their own experiences of infertility concerns.  Living Lela gives women a chance to go on a fertility journey that encompasses yoga, breath-work, stress management and more through a mind-body-spirit approach. Wendy & Deborah gives a lot of information with regard to the importance of mindset and understanding that our environmental health can affect our fertility in more ways than one. Find more about their work and what we talked about during the conversation at: Soulful Conceptions - digital content including a free resource library and the fertility ball method Living Lela Tame the Shame Campaign Social Media: Facebook: @livinglela Instagram: @living_lela IG: @tame_the_shame Pinterest: livinglela A special code for all NourishMel podcast listeners: Enter code: nourishmelhealth50 for 50% off all Living Lela digital courses/practices, excluding the Fertility Ball Method® physical product.  Code expires 12/31/19. Raffle giveaway: Stay tuned to the Living Lela Instagram page to find out how you can win a huge prize when entering their raffle! The winner will be announced on Nov 29th. In reference to the episode on Fertility Charting with Lisa-Hendrickson Jack: https://www.breaker.audio/nourishmel/e/52431157 If you would like to be a speaker on the podcast, email me at melissa@nourishmel.com
01:01:13
November 14, 2019
#19 Managing Period Pains & Endometriosis with Gemma Barry
Are you a well woman?  Gemma Barry is the founder of Well Woman Project and she enables her clients to move into a pain-free lifestyle when it comes to that time of the month. She used to be a nurse and now is an expert in helping her clients deal with period problems and is trained in abdominal massage therapy.  Our conversation stems from period pains, to endometriosis, adenomyosis, charting periods and the importance of knowing the seasons of our cycle. We end off with lots of awareness about the types of sanitary products to use and her favourite way of balancing hormones. Well Woman Project Menstrual Mentoring To find out more about managing periods and hormones, check out my tips at NourishMel.
47:30
November 8, 2019
#18 Making Conscious Choices for Our Health Everyday with Brodie Welch
Brodie Welch introduces us to the idea of cultivating a lifestyle that truly lets us thrive from a big picture instead of fixing certain symptoms. Brodie helps type A women find themselves and time for self care through modalities in Chinese Medicine, yoga and functional medicine. Our conversation was centred around the social constructs of the masculine energy that runs our day to day life - and why it is so important to look at the 'yin' aspect and draw into our feminine energy too. We talk about stress management and how our health can truly start to improve when we start from the basics and look at our day to day routine and habits. Find out more about Brodie's work at https://brodiewelch.com/ Available for downloads: Free Breathing Break Free Balancing Yin and Yang Meditation A Healthy Curiosity Podcast
40:18
October 31, 2019
#17 Insulin Resistance & PCOS
Insulin Resistance. Big prevalence in PCOS Women and up to 4x increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes as a result. Find out how insulin resistance can impact your hormones, confuse your ovaries and hunger hormone, make you crave more and store more fats as a result. This episode is linked to my blog post on insulin resistance. Here, I also highlight solutions that you can use right away in order to stabilise your blood sugar levels. Need more hormone balancing help? Check out some breakfast bowl recipes that has helped me kickstart my day better and not end up crashing later in the afternoon. As always, please support my podcast by either leaving a review or donating some funds - in this way, I would be able to better support you by creating and giving more quality content. To health and happiness!
25:33
October 22, 2019
# 16 Fertility Awareness Method with Lisa Hendrickson-Jack
It is my pleasure to introduce you to Lisa Hendrickson-Jack. Lisa Hendrickson-Jack is a certified Fertility Awareness Educator and Holistic Reproductive Health Practitioner who teaches women to chart their menstrual cycles for natural birth control, conception, and monitoring overall health. In her new book The Fifth Vital Sign, Lisa debunks the myth that regular ovulation is only important when you want children, by recognizing the menstrual cycle as a vital sign. Drawing heavily from the current scientific literature, Lisa presents an evidence-based approach to fertility awareness and menstrual cycle optimization.  She hosts the Fertility Friday Podcast, a weekly radio show devoted to helping women connect to their fifth vital sign by uncovering the connection between menstrual cycle health, fertility, and overall health. With well over a million downloads, Fertility Friday is the #1 source for information about fertility awareness, and menstrual cycle health, connecting women around the world with their cycles and their fertility — something our education systems have consistently failed to do. When she’s not researching, writing, and interviewing health professionals, you’ll find her spending time with her husband and her two sons.  To learn more, visit fertilityfriday.com. The Fifth Vital Sign: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07MVGB2DH?pf_rd_p=1581d9f4-062f-453c-b69e-0f3e00ba2652&pf_rd_r=6N2K75K86FFVSZKWBCZB Sample of the first chapter of The Fifth Vital Sign for free: http://fertilityfriday.com/vitalsign Other freebies:http://fertilityfriday.com/freebies Facebook: Facebook.com/FertilityFridays  Instagram: @FertilityFriday  Twitter: @FertileFriday  Pinterest: FertilityFriday  Skype: FertilityFriday
50:21
October 11, 2019
#15 Using Spellwork and Rituals to Heal Internally with Mallory Leone
Mallory Leone, founder of Manifest Box and someone who uses magic to heal is on this week's episode! She started out as a nutritionist and since have turned into an energy healer in Las Vegas. Mallory guides us through the importance of healing internally through the mind-body connection, outside the realms of food and exercise.  Here is what you will learn: - the mind body connection - the importance of having a human experience - how energy can get stuck in our bodies and manifest as illness - the prevalence of unresolved childhood traumas  - the strong intuition of a woman - use of rituals and spellwork to help us heal alongside Western Medicine - how to use crystals to heal - how to create an altar for manifesting fertility Find out more about Mallory through her personal site and you might want to purchase a Manifest Box. You can also follow Mallory and her products on Instagram. Download your moon manifesting guide here.
58:14
September 20, 2019
#14 Expanding Your Self Care Toolkit
This episode covers a little on what I have on my self care toolkit and it is a complementary audio file to my blog post on My Recovery and Self Care Essentials. Find out more about foods that can help you lose weight via my PCOS Weight Loss Guide. Stay tuned to find out about my launch event coming up at the end of September! If you would like to be a guest on my podcast, please email me at melissa@nourishmel.com 
18:21
August 26, 2019
# 13 Skin Detox: How to Do it Properly?
Clean Beauty is on the rise and it's huge for women's health and stubborn weight loss! Toxins from chemical beauty products have long plagued our endocrine systems and cause women to suffer from reproductive issues, hormonal imbalances, irregular periods, skin conditions, developmental conditions, autoimmune disease such as Hashimoto's and more. It is time to start thinking about how to revamp your skincare products to not only detoxify your skin but your overall health as well.  If you want to know what my skincare products looks like and the entire list of product lines that I have used and plan to use, check out my skin detox blog post and Youtube video. For more information on toxins and its impact on our health, feel free to check out my podcast episode with Vashti Kanehele, because it is related to this one.  Find more about my work on Facebook, Instagram and my website. 
20:51
August 12, 2019
# 12 Role of Chinese Medicine in Women's Health with Diana Lane
Diana introduces us to the world of Chinese medicine, herbs, acupuncture and other modalities to help women with chronic fatigue, adrenal issues, weight loss, PCOS and more. Diana is an acupuncturist, herbalist and Reiki master. In this episode, we learn why the Spleen is a huge organ that is in the centre of many hormonal imbalances, how acupuncture can help with stagnation in the body, and what reiki is. She also explains why Chinese medicine is powerful in helping PCOS women achieve pregnancy and regular periods. Find Diana at Moon Medicine Magic If you would like a list of foods to help with Dampness and Phelgm accumulation in the body, please visit the NourishMel Podcast page episode 13 to get your downloads. If you would like to be a speaker on the podcast, please email me at melissa@nourishmel.com Applications to my PCOS Weight Loss Program is now open.
46:27
July 25, 2019
# 11 Lowering Cellular Inflammation with Cecilia Yu
 Cecilia Yu is a dear Facebook friend and an integrative IIN health coach who lives in Bangkok. We found each other on Facebook and connected due to our passion for health and healthy living. Cecilia is an expert in immunity and cultivating anti-inflammatory diets for children and women. She helps mothers build a healthier home environment for their families and conducts frequent cooking classes and workshops that are reviewed highly.  Cecilia breaks down the basics of inflammation and explains what someone needs to do in order to adopt an anti-inflammatory diet. She has experienced success with curing her daughter's asthma and respiratory problems with this diet and is now on a mission to help other mothers with children who have the same respiratory concerns. Find Cecilia on Facebook at her page - A Dose of Vitamin L If you would like to start incorporating foods that can fight inflammation and help with weight loss, check out my guide to PCOS Weight Loss. If you would like to be a speaker on the podcast, please email me at melissa@nourishmel.com 
55:05
July 20, 2019
#10 PCOS Stories: Using Chinese Medicine to Get Pregnant with Melissa Christie
 Melissa Christie is the founder of PCOS Pathways and an awesome person to chat with. She is a beautiful woman, wife and mother who lives in New South Wales Australia. I found out about Melissa through her invention of the PCOS Journal, which has helped many women record what happens in their body and acts as a supportive day planner. She shares a lot about her personal journey with PCOS, a miscarriage in India, the power of Chinese medicine, the birth of her son and why progesterone is the most important takeaway for women with PCOS.  Purchase her PCOS Journal 2019 and find more about her work at PCOS Pathways. If you would like to incorporate foods to help with weight loss with PCOS, check out my free guide here. Please email me at melissa@nourishmel.com for interviewee opportunities or future collaborations.
55:56
July 5, 2019
#9 Adrenals, Thyroid & Weight Loss in Women with Dr Stephanie Zgraggen
Dr. Stephanie is the clinical director of Lime and Lotus Healing Arts Center in Charleston, South Carolina and is an author and leading expert in women’s health. Her private practice is centred on functional endocrinology, lifestyle modification and whole food supplementation. Her expertise includes functionally evaluating thyroid, adrenals, male and female hormone imbalances, and digestion. Her mission is to empower women on how they can transform their lives and incorporate nutrition, supplements, and positive lifestyle choices. She has written for national publications such as Chiropractic Economics, Natural Awakenings and Nutrition Perspectives and has shared the stage at events with Elizabeth Gilbert and Marianne Williamson. Freebie -  Dr. Stephanie’s Free Gift: Detox Your Morning Routine - Your Quick Start Guide to Balancing Your Hormones Naturally. Dr Stephanie Zgraggen brings over 14 years of clinical experience working with women to give you the goods on what you can be doing this morning to start balancing your hormones naturally! In her E-book, she covers effective and actionable steps that you can easily add into your morning routine to help your body detox more efficiently. It also includes a toxicity quiz, detox quick tips and a shopping guide. Your hormones will definitely thank you for this one! (Retail value - $49) Find Dr Stephanie on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. If you want need an accountability coach or someone to guide you along your stubborn weight loss journey, do check out how to apply to my PCOS Weight Loss Program.
47:15
June 28, 2019
#8 PCOS Stories: "If Men had periods, we would talk about it all the time" with Cory Levin
Check out my entertaining casual chat with Cory today about women's health and the importance of nutrition that can affect the endocrine system in our body. Cory is a women's health expert and registered dietitian who has PCOS herself but managed to use the power of food to help her get pregnant. She shares more about hormone health testing and why it is so important to show the treatment path for each individual woman. Whether you have PCOS, Endometriosis, Fertility Issues, Gut health Issues or Weight Management, you should definitely tune in. Find Cory at https://www.thewomensdietitian.com Instagram, Facebook Find out more about my work at www.nourishmel.com  Struggling with weight loss and want three specific foods to help you ASAP? Check out my Three Unexpected Foods for PCOS Stubborn Weight Loss Guide.
37:20
June 21, 2019
#7 Toxins and their impact on our bodies and weight loss with Vashti Kanahele
Vashti Kanahele is a coach, activist, advocate, and educator. Her mission is to help women fix their period problems, know their cycle, balance their hormones and get back to leading an awesome life. Vashti is a certified integrative women's health coach, hormone specialist, and environmental toxins educator. As a functional health coach, I look at the foundations of her client's health to lead them to the root cause of the hormonal imbalance. Vashti has helped women 1:1 and in group programs around the world balance their hormones and fixing their periods. Find out more about Vashti at her site at Green Papaya Health, Instagram and Facebook. Download Vashti's guide to detox your home ASAP in 5 ways. In addition to detoxing your body, feeding your body with specific foods to help with your hormonal balance is a great way to kickstart your weight loss journey. Find three unexpected foods for PCOS Weight loss here. If you would like to be on my podcast to share your PCOS or weight loss journey, whether you are a wellness professional or not, please email me at melissa@nourishmel.com 
48:22
June 12, 2019
#6 PCOS Stories: " You can conceive naturally with PCOS" with Susie Licci
I have my fellow health coaching classmate and friend Susie Licci on board today. Susie has had irregular periods for years and also was on the birth control pill for 10 years. She has since managed her symptoms and managed to get pregnant with PCOS.  I am excited to have her on the show because a lot of women with PCOS struggle with infertility and I want you to hear her story.  Links covered in the conversation: Tips & Tricks for Improving Sleep   Paleovalley Grass-fed Organ Complex Dessicated Liver Capsules Natural Calm Magnesium Powder You can find Susie on Facebook, Instagram, Youtube. She also has her Hormone Balancing FB Group and Safer Skincare FB Group. More on natural skincare at LimeLife Lastly, Susie has a 5 day Meal Plan that can help boost your fertility chances. If fertility is not your area of main concern right now but stubborn weight loss is, check out my guide that captures three unexpected foods for PCOS Weight Loss. If you would like to be a podcast speaker, please email me at melissa@nourishmel.com You can find out more about my work at www.nourishmel.com
46:08
June 7, 2019
#5 PCOS Stories: Mindset Shift with Jamie Berman
Real PCOS Stories cover personal experiences with PCOS women from around the world.  Meet Jamie Berman! The PCOS Coach who deals with the huge misconception and link that is in all weight loss journeys - that mindset and mental health don't matter. Jamie is powerful at educating women to go through the tough struggles and why we need to avoid being easy and comfortable in order to get to the next stage in our weight loss journey.  Weight loss is not only about diet and exercise according to Jamie and she finds more benefit in changing the way we think and our perspectives in order to effortlessly lose the stubborn weight.  Join us today as we talk about the exercise, nutrition and mindset pieces and how they all come together especially if you have PCOS.  Find out more about Jamie on Facebook and Instagram. She shows you 5 steps to lose weight with PCOS though her simple guide https://thepcoscoach.com/freeguide/ If you want more guides to help you in your PCOS Weight Loss journey, check out my 3 Unexpected foods to PCOS Weight Loss Guide at https://pages.convertkit.com/c58a5ddfd2/90a1638feb If you would like to be a podcast speaker, please email me at melissa@nourishmel.com Find out more about my work at NourishMel.
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May 15, 2019
#4 PCOS Stories: "Am I going to be okay with no children?"
Real PCOS Stories cover personal experiences with PCOS women from around the world. This story of Angelica provides an insight into the common problem which PCOS women face: the possibility of infertility and the acceptance that comes with it.  Check out my 3 Unexpected foods to PCOS Weight Loss Guide: https://pages.convertkit.com/c58a5ddfd2/90a1638feb If you would like to be a podcast speaker, please email me at melissa@nourishmel.com Find out more about my work at www.nourishmel.com
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May 9, 2019
#3 The Pill & How to Reset after Taking It
A good summary and basics of what you need to know about the pill and the protocols for reset after being on it. Spread the awareness and be part of the #periodrevolution! If you are keen on shedding some of that stubborn weight associated with PCOS, check out my guide where I bring you three unexpected foods that can help with that specific issue: https://pages.convertkit.com/c58a5ddfd2/90a1638feb
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April 27, 2019
#2 Seed Cycling: What is It and Why Do it?
Everything you need to know about seed cycling and why it can help you get your periods regular again! A natural alternative using seeds as part of your diet - besides hormone balancing, you will understand the mineral benefits you get from these amazing seeds.
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April 18, 2019
# 1 Detoxification & Weight Loss
The secret sauce to getting that stubborn weight loss which you deserve!  Plus.. three unexpected foods that can help with PCOS Stubborn Weight Loss: https://pages.convertkit.com/c58a5ddfd2/90a1638feb
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April 11, 2019