In this Episode, Nico and Florence chat with Cynthia Donovan, also known as @period.nutritionist. Cynthia recovered using No Period. Now What? and is now one of the NPNW Support Group admins, where she shares with members her knowledge as an anti-diet Registered Dietitian and former HA patient.
Cynthia explains she started dieting and over exercising in college, after being placed on birth control for suspected PCOS due to having painful, inconsistent periods as a teen. And how her dieting and workout routines went up a notch in the preparation of her wedding in her mid-twenties.
She explores how her training as a registered dietitian gave her very little knowledge about disordered eating or hormonal issues related to living in an energy deficit, and may have even been triggering a troubled relationship with food, exercise and her body.
Together, we discussed the constant confusion between HA and PCOS diagnoses (learn more at http://noperiod.info/HAvsPCOS), and how getting the right diagnosis finally helped Cynthia go #allin. We also share strategies to be a better advocate of your own health with your healthcare practitioner, by using the No Period Now What book as a reference.
Cynthia reminds us all of the importance of community in recovery, as well as increasing patience and perseverance, letting go of control, and reevaluating what your dream life really looks like (hint: it is usually the opposite of what you have to do to maintain a "dream body" as per society's unrealistic standards).
To find support in your HA recovery: Get the "No Period. Now What?" book at noperiod.info/book.
To make an appointment with Dr Rinaldi and get individual support to get your period back or improve your fertility, please go to noperiod.info/appointments To make an appointment with Florence Gillet and get help with the body and mind changes happening in recovery please visit www.beyondbodyimage.com We also have joint coaching clients so you can access both our domains of expertise at the same time by reaching out to either of us.
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Editing by Steven Worlow Original Music by the Andy Shulman Band "Lost & Found", available on Spotify
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