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Today’s TLS episode is one of the most listened to episodes of all time — and this All Star guest has personally influenced my daily habits in more ways than any other guest thus far.

In this interview, hormone specialist, integrative nutritionist, and Flo Living founder, Alisa Vitti, shares some surprising facts and an entirely new way of approaching our lives. For example:

Did you know that today’s traditional nutrition, work schedule, and exercise recommendations are all centered around male hormone patterns?

Did you know things like PMS, cramps, unexplained infertility, low libido, PCOS, endometriosis, fibroids, and eczema are improved (or even fixable) by optimizing our hormones?

This episode is perfect for women looking to understand how we can optimize our hormones to improve every aspect of our lives.

 

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IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL FIND OUT ABOUT

 

  • What inspired Alisa to start a period club in the 6th grade with her friends.
  • The intuitive feeling she had as a young woman that something wasn’t right in her body.
  • The severe health issues Alisa experienced in her 20’s and how she finally discovered what was the cause of her problems.
  • Why Alisa decided to find an alternative to her doctor’s recommendations for how to treat her Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).
  • Alisa explains what hormones and the endocrine system are, why they are important, and why now is an especially important time for women to examine their hormonal health.
  • Why Alisa’s protocol is helpful for any woman, not only women with serious issues like PCOS, fibroids, and endometriosis.
  • Why I initially experienced resistance to learning about Alisa’s protocol.
  • Why she believes in eating, exercising, and working differently throughout the month based on where you are in your cycle.
  • Alisa’s advice to someone who is currently on the pill who would like to get healthy using the FLO protocol.
  • Alisa’s advice to someone who might get criticized by friends and family about the new changes they are making.
  • 3 baby steps you can take right now to get your health and hormones in balance.
  • How having balanced hormones has given Alisa energy, focus. and power both during and after her recent pregnancy.
  • What Alisa would tell someone just starting out on this journey.

 

SHOW NOTES

 

Flo Living

WomanCode

Alisa on Dr. Oz

Functional Medicine Directory

 

LISTEN TO THE SHOW

 

 

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  • Morgan

    Hi Jess,

    I’m interested to hear more about your journey on this protocol over the past year. Have your symptoms cleared up? Have you written about that anywhere?

    I actually had an OB/GYN tell me once that my digestive issues weren’t related to my gynecological issues, but I refused to believe it and this interview and Alisa’s book have been so affirming to my intuition all along. I will start the protocol soon and I was just wondering about your experience with it. Thank you so much for sharing this.

  • Katie

    The timing of this post is more than coincidence! I just purchased “PCOS Unlocked” which offers a lot of similar information about PCOS and hormonal issues.

    So my backstory, I got my period when I was 10, I had just turned 10 a few months earlier. This is a really young age (I think) to start menstruating, but it turns out girls are getting their periods earlier and earlier nowadays. My mom believed it was from eating deli meats growing up which were laden with hormones, and it could have been that in part, but I now believe that it was probably related to the copious amounts of milk I drank growing up!

    After the first few months of my period, wherein my cycle was up and down and all over the place, which I’ve heard is “normal” when you start your period, it levelled off and I have had regular periods my whole life. I have never had cramps and not much PMS symptoms. I’m so so grateful that I weathered those tough first months instead of going on the Pill like a lot of other young women do. My mom always advised against taking the pill and I am glad I have never yet went on it!

    Flash forward to today, where I have self-diagnosed myself with PCOS. I have several of the symptoms including the hugely embarrassing and frustrating facial hairs! I have also developed more acne lately, which is so frustrating as a young woman in my twenties. I am reluctant to go a doctor because I know they will just recommend the Pill. That is why I bought PCOS Unlocked, which advocates food as medicine. I already consider myself to be a really healthy eater but now I am going to kick it up a notch and cut out soy and gluten because my body could be reacting poorly to these substances. PCOS Unlocked divides PCOS into three types. PCOS has always been associated with overweight women, but it can definitely occur in women who have a healthy weight (like myself) or even underweight women as well, so it is great in outlining the different causes. I now believe mine has been onset by Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.

    I am just so so happy that I’ve found great information about this and a possible cure! I will look into Alissa’s book as well. Our systems require such a fine balance and I’ve gained an enormous respect for my body recently and just how intricate it is.

    I know this post is annoyingly long but just one more note! A colleague of mine has been trying to get pregnant for 9 years, yes, 9 years. She also has facial hair like me! I know that she most likely has PCOS and that until she takes care of it she will not get pregnant. I will at some point venture to suggest these resources to her, but I’ll be honest, not sure if it will sink in. Unfortunately with our world today, people sort of like just being prescribed something from the doctor don’t they? Or they hope a simple surgery will solve everything. A diet overhaul is a much bigger commitment.

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