Insulin Resistance & PCOS

An episode of NourishMel

By Melissa Lee
My name is Melissa Lee and I talk about everything that is nourishing for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and aspects of women's health.
I cover both real life stories of women dealing with PCOS and tips from experts and my blog on how to manage your own life with PCOS. I love geeking out on fertility, our menstrual cycle and detoxification strategies as well. It's time to reclaim your fertility and reverse your PCOS symptoms through natural means. To health and happiness!
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My name is Melissa Lee and I talk about everything that is nourishing for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and aspects of women's health.
I cover both real life stories of women dealing with PCOS and tips from experts and my blog on how to manage your own life with PCOS. I love geeking out on fertility, our menstrual cycle and detoxification strategies as well. It's time to reclaim your fertility and reverse your PCOS symptoms through natural means. To health and happiness!

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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: If you would like to be a speaker on the podcast, email me at
November 14, 2019
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.
November 8, 2019
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 Available for downloads: Free Breathing Break Free Balancing Yin and Yang Meditation A Healthy Curiosity Podcast
October 31, 2019
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!
October 22, 2019
Knowing the Menstrual Cycle as a Natural form of Birth Control & to Enhance Fertility
It is my pleasure to introduce you to Lisa Hendrickson-Jack. Lisa Hendrickson-Jack talks about vaginas a lot! She’s 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 recognising 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 optimisation.  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 The Fifth Vital Sign: Sample of the first chapter of The Fifth Vital Sign for free: Other freebies: Facebook:  Instagram: @FertilityFriday  Twitter: @FertileFriday  Pinterest: FertilityFriday  Skype: FertilityFriday
October 11, 2019
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.
September 20, 2019
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 
August 26, 2019
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. 
August 12, 2019
The 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 Applications to my PCOS Weight Loss Program is now open.
July 25, 2019
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 
July 20, 2019
Real PCOS Stories " Progesterone is our life hormone" - 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 for interviewee opportunities or future collaborations.
July 5, 2019
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.
June 28, 2019
Real 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 Instagram, Facebook Find out more about my work at  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.
June 21, 2019
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 
June 12, 2019
Real 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 You can find out more about my work at
June 7, 2019
Real PCOS Stories: "What if this is the hardest thing that you have to go through?" 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 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 If you would like to be a podcast speaker, please email me at Find out more about my work at NourishMel.
May 15, 2019
Real 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: If you would like to be a podcast speaker, please email me at Find out more about my work at
May 9, 2019
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:
April 27, 2019
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.
April 18, 2019
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:
April 11, 2019
#1 NourishMel on a Podcast, Say whaaaat!
My warmest welcome to all listeners to the NourishMel podcast - I hope you ladies can find what you're looking for relating to wellness topics and eventually discover tips for you to achieve the health goal that you desire.
March 29, 2019
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