Healing PCOS Interview with Amy Medling
Amy Medling is the creator and host of the PCOS Diva website and podcast, and author of the just-released, best-selling book, Healing PCOS: A 21-Day Plan for Reclaiming Your Health and Life with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.
As you may know, I have PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), so this is a topic near and dear to my heart. Amy’s book on the subject is truly ground-breaking and life-changing, and I was so grateful to chat with her about her journey using holistic methods to recover from PCOS.
In this episode of the Clean Eating for Women podcast, we talk about:
- What is PCOS?
- Amy’s healing journey
- Principles of healing PCOS
Some highlights of this episode with PCOS Diva Amy Medling:
- How Carrie manages her PCOS symptoms with diet and lifestyle. A lot of women are frustrated with their doctors PCOS advice. Common symptoms like fatigue, hair loss, depression, and anxiety. Amy experienced many of these symptoms, but wasn’t getting a lot of help. [01:22]
- Doctors were giving Amy a lot of strange pharmaceutical drugs. She finally went to a reproductive endocrinologist and got a PCOS diagnosis. She was 31 when she was diagnosed. It took 15 years to get her diagnosis. [04:45]
- Amy wants to give women the knowledge to empower themselves, and be divas at the doctors office. After the birth of her second son, she was exhausted all the time. Mainstream advice wasn’t helping. She decided to take control of her health. [05:50]
- Amy spent countless hours scouring online and reading books about PCOS. She started experimenting with diet and realized as she ordered at a restaurant that she was a diva. This was an aha moment, because she realized that she had to be a diva to take the best care of herself. [07:58]
- The three main factors of PCOS are insulin resistance, blood sugar issues, and elevated androgens. Start with managing your blood sugar better. Amy actually used a glucometer to understand how food was making her feel. Eating to keep her blood sugar levels in check really helped. [11:42]
- She started eating an anti-inflammatory diet with a lot of vegetables, clean animal protein, and water. She also took supplements and eight healthy fats. This helped get her hormones in balance, and it made her feel a lot better. [13:03]
- Women with PCOS are at an increased risk of blood clots by being on the pill. It can also increase insulin resistance and exacerbate mood disorders. It lowers libido and creates nutrition deficiency. [15:47]
- Amy started reading PubMed articles and finding ways to decrease her blood sugar. She would use things like apple cider vinegar. Her lab work showed that what she was doing was actually working. She also started blogging about it in 2009. She feels it is her calling to help women heal from PCOS. She went back to school to become a health coach. [18:24]
- Amy’s book is a lifestyle plan. It talks about symptoms of PCOS and gives an overview. Then it jumps into the three tenets of being a diva. Thinking like a diva and changing your mindset. Then eating like a diva, moving like a diva, preparing for success to start the 21-day plan. [23:48]
Other helpful links to recover from PCOS:
Amy’s advice is based on the latest research and experience from functional, integrative medical professionals, so it goes above and beyond what a “regular” doctor would advise or even know to suggest. Not only that, but Amy has such a comforting and helpful voice, she is truly focused on the practical, daily techniques to help women heal.
Having read most of the popular books on PCOS, I most appreciated Amy’s positive attitude, including a section called “The Upsides of PCOS.” That section is valuable given the scary risk factors associated with this syndrome, such as diabetes and heart disease! The book also includes a full recipe section with balanced, delicious meal, snack, and smoothies ideas.
Note: this post is for informational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice. Please consult your healthcare provider for recommendations related to your individual situation.