What actually are genetically modified foods? (And the 7 most common genetically modified crops to avoid)

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It seems to be a common belief that genetic modification is a necessary and harmless part of farming that has been used to produce a heartier and more bountiful harvest for centuries. In truth, modern genetic modification is very new technology that hasn’t been around long enough to establish it’s safety. The first genetically modified crop (a tomato) appeared on the scene in 1994 and it is now estimated that up to 65% of North American foods contain some genetically modified ingredient(s).

The world health organization defines GMO’s as ‘organisms in which the DNA has been altered in a way that does not occur naturally.’ This is actually pretty terrifying when we really think about it. Far from selective breeding that IS safely used by organic farmers, and has led to the evolution of certain modern crops that are now more hearty and robust than they were in the past, genetic modification happens in a lab, and is far from natural.

Genetic modification (also referred to as biotechnology or gene technology) allows genes to be transferred from one species to another. Gm seeds are commonly modified to be resistant to high doses of herbicides, high doses of pesticides, pest resistance or a combination.

Plants modified for herbicide resistance are able to withstand super high levels of toxic weed killers which end up on the foods we eat and can lead to congenital problems, hormone imbalances and cancer. Plants modified for pest resistance (ie: Monsanto’s BT Toxin) have insecticide built into their seeds on a cellular level so when pests eat the crops, their stomachs are broken open and they die. Just think of what this is doing to the stomach lining of humans who eat the crops in large amounts?! Could GMO crops be at least partially responsible for the huge modern rise in digestive issues and leaky gut?

Scarier yet, the modern prevalence of GMO’s also threatens pollinators such as bees and butterflies. Could it be coincidental that bee populations have recently dwindled to alarmingly low numbers?

And GMO crops can also mean bad news for organic farmers as cross pollination could in theory eventually make truly organic foods a thing of the past. Crazier still, GMO crops are protected under restricted use patents so organic farmers can actually be sued by the corporations if it is discovered that their organic crops were inadvertently cross pollinated with GMOS!

Much like cellular technology, GMO’s have not been around for long enough for their long term safety to be established. The best thing we can do to protect ourselves, our families and our planet is to look for foods labeled Non GMO project verified or certified organic, especially when consuming the most commonly genetic modified crops.

The most common GMO crops are:

Soybeans: 93% genetically modified particularly for herbicide resistance, commonly hidden in processed foods and vegetarian meat options.

Canola/rapeseed: 90-95% genetically modified particularly for pests and pesticide spray, used in fried and processed foods.

Corn: 88% genetically modified particularly for pests and pesticides. Found in corn starch, corn syrup, and processed foods.

Cotton: 94% genetically modified for both herb and pest resistance. Common in fast fashion retailers, wash new clothes prior to wearing.

Hawaiian Papaya: 50% genetically modified for ringspot virus.

Potatoes: 10% genetically modified for pest resistance, also one of the dirty dozen.

Sugar beets: 95% genetically modified for pests and pesticides, always choose organic.

In the past week I have had to explain to explain on three separate occasions that genetic modification as we know it today is not normal and has not been practiced by farmers for centuries. Sometimes I take for granted that everyone in the world is as interested in nutrition as I am and I wrongly assume this is all common knowledge.  In working with clients and speaking with friends and family I am constantly reminded about how much misinformation is out there regarding nutrition and in particular GMO’s and realise it’s so important to spread the word about the dangers of these frankenfoods.

Dropping genetically modified foods from our diets is an essential first step towards better health and one we should all take to protect ourselves and our planet.

Cream of sweet potato and cauliflower soup

Cream of sweet potato and cauliflower soup



This soup is easy peasy.  The only special thing you need is an immersion blender (something I could not live without!)

I suppose you could do it the old fashioned way in a blender but after a blender explosion that involved 3rd degree burns and ceiling stains, I generally stay away from putting hot things in my beloved Vitamix.

This was one of those use what you have soups that turned out so good I had to blog it. Pureed soups can be a bit of a hit or miss with me  I find they can go from gourmet to baby food mush pretty easily so I always garnish them up really nicely to add interest to my palate and eye.

This time I indulged with bacon, pine nuts, parsley and cashew feta.  I ate two bowls to myself and by the time my family got done, there were no leftovers to forget about in my fridge.  Success!

If you want a hot, creamy, nourishing bowl of soup on your table tonight, give this one a try!


Cream of sweet potato and cauliflower soup


1 large or two small leeks (white parts washed well)

1 clove garlic

3 cups chopped cauliflower

1 sweet potato (about 1.5 cups cubed)

1 tsp thyme

2 tbsp. grass fed butter or coconut oil

1/4 cup coconut milk (creamy part)

3 cups bone broth or veggie stock

3 tbsp. cashew cheese

salt and pepper to taste



Heat butter and sauté leeks until translucent

Toss in garlic and remaining veggies

Season with salt, pepper and thyme

Cover with stock and simmer 30 minutes

Turn off heat and stir in coconut milk and cashew cheese

Using an immersion blender, blend until a creamy pureed consistency

Garnish with some herbs, meat, nuts, grain free crackers, and or any cheese of choice.  Just have fun with it, the soup is a perfect base for a wide range of flavours!






Almond Chicken Stir Fry – Hunan Kung Pao- Whole 30 – Paleo – Dairy Free – Grain Free

I  love this dish and I make different variations of it all the time.  Since going grain free I really miss noodles and I find the zucchini carrot ‘noodle’ combo really hits the spot.

Because this is essentially just a big plate of delicious veggies and meat I can serve it atop rice or actual noodles for my grain eating fam and they don’t complain one bit.

The magic here is in the sauce that just takes a few moments to whip up with ingredients easily found in most pantries.  I like to divide it up, use half to marinade my meat and half for cooking with/ drizzling on at the end to taste.


It’s honestly so satisfying and healthy, much better than my sub par photography skills make it out to seem.

Sometimes, I sub out the chicken for beef or prawns and the almonds for cashews, or sesame seeds. When I feel like living dangerously I add chopped peanuts or even add a spoonful of peanut butter to the sauce to make it richer and creamier.  (Oh the joys of food sensitivities!)


It can be made ahead of time and stored in a mason jar in the fridge.  Sometimes when ingredients allow I will make a huge batch, it always gets put to use. 

4 tbsp. tamari or coconut aminos

1 tbsp. fish sauce

1 tsp sesame oil

Juice of 1/2 lime

1 tbsp. coconut sugar (or sweetener of choice)

1 or 2 grated clove(s) of garlic

1″ piece of grated ginger

1 chopped red chilli ( I like thai ones, use more or less to taste)

Black pepper

Mix it all up and divide in two portions.


Hunan Kung Pao – Almond Chicken Stir Fry



Meat – pasture raised and humanely handled – of choice

Veggies – preferably organic – of choice

Sauce – see above

One fresh zucchini

Two fresh carrots

Coconut oil



  1. Chop your meat into long thin strips and marinade for 1 – 24 hours in the sauce.
  2. Using a vegetable peeler slice one zucchini and two carrots into long thin strips of ‘noodles’. (A spiralizer could be used as well though I prefer the thinner strips texturally)
  3. Chop your veggies.  I Like to use, mushrooms, broccoli, bok choy, and peppers.
  4. Using either a wok or cast iron skillet, fry the meat in coconut oil until lightly browned and fragrant.
  5. Remove meat and fry veggies in the same pan – add more oil if necessary.
  6. Toss in the ‘noodles’ and add the meat back on top.  Pour over more sauce to taste, cover and steam for 1-2 minutes.
  7. To finish drizzle with a bit more sesame oil and sprinkle with almonds (or whatever you opt to use) and fresh chopped scallions.

And that’s it.  So super easy, nourishing and compliant with most diets.  It could easily be made vegan by subbing out the fish sauce and meat for miso and tofu or just leaving them out altogether.  If you try it let me know what you think and what combos you opted for.

Three ways to know when its time to quit.

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There I was, one semester into a specialty program that I had fought my way into and hating every second of it. It was a tech-based program with competitive entrance requirements and I applied only half expecting to be accepted.

On my 31st birthday I received the letter in the mail. I. Got. In.

I was overjoyed. This was it, the breakthrough I had been waiting for. It was my first step towards a better future. I called my Dad first and broke the news to him. He was proud and excited for me, but wary. “Are you sure you’re ready for this?” He asked.

“I was born ready”, I thought. I can write, I have a great eye for design, this program is the missing link I need to start a web-based business of my own.

Soon everyone who knew me had heard the news. I would soon be a full-time college student, doing the thing that having kids so young had prevented me from experiencing in my twenties. Everyone seemed to be impressed and this was something I wasn’t used to, as I had been a struggling entrepreneur for the past decade.

“Wow, so you’ll be working, mom-ing and going to school? You’re amazing.” I would answer something smugly like, “Well, I’ve got to do what I’ve got to do”.  I liked being amazing.

But it wasn’t long until the cracks started to show. As it turns out, I hate computer coding. I’m also not a big fan of photoshop. I was so tired at work that I started doing sub par hair and zoning out on clients. I had to close my etsy shop because I couldn’t keep up with orders. To top it all off my kids went for a full two weeks having nothing but pizza for dinner.

And I hated never seeing them. And I hated not taking quality walks with my dog. And I hated the fact that when the program was all over and I was in a hefty chunk of debt I would be qualified to work in an industry that I hated.

I also hated it when a girl in my class asked me loudly if I was old enough to be her mom, but it did get me thinking. I’m already this old and feel like I was just a baby yesterday. How will I feel in another thirty years? Time happens in the blink of an eye. Life is short. I could continue pushing and striving to accomplish things that will impress other people or have the courage to say, “yep, this isn’t for me, I’m turning this ship around.”

When I really sat down and thought about if I should stick it out or quit my reasons for staying were all ego driven. “What will people think of me? Will they think I’m a dropout loser? Will my classmates think I am too old and stupid to handle the work?”

But when I looked at the reasons for leaving they came from a place of peace. “I will have more time for my kids. I will have more time for my dog. I will have more time to chase my real dreams, no matter how absurd they may seem to others.”

And so I finished the semester, thanked my instructors and bowed out of the program.

People may think I’m a drop out loser, but that’s ok. Truthfully people spend far more time worrying about their own lives than they do judging others on their decisions. Plus, who really cares what anyone thinks?  This is my life to live, my one life. So I’m going to be calling the shots.

Knowing I don’t ever have to write another line of code makes me feel like an elephant has been lifted from my shoulders. I have signed up for a different course with a way lighter load, and I chose it not to impress others but because its something I’m truly interested in.
I’m also going to follow my heart and study clothing design over the summer. It’s true,  when I tell people I want to be a clothing designer I am often met with looks of pity, or apprehension, but it just doesn’t matter. I know what my heart wants and if I end up a struggling clothing designer, I will be happier than I ever would be as a successful web developer.

Being a quitter is often regarded as something bad. People who quit things don’t make very inspiring heroes, but quitting something you know is not your higher purpose can actually take more bravery than sticking it out.  Whether we are talking friendships, romantic relationships, school, careers or even just a gym membership there are a few key questions I like to ask myself to determine if it’s quitting time.


  1. Is my happiness to unhappiness ratio consistently greater than 50%? Sometimes things suck.   Anyone who has been married for more than three years can attest to this.  No one gets to coast through life without shitty bits, and bailing at the first sign of discomfort isn’t being brave but actually being a bit of a baby.  Nothing will ever be peachy keen 100% of the time, but if a situation is bringing me unhappiness on a more regular basis than it brings happiness it’s time to step back and ask myself how much happier I could be if I removed the situation from my life.
  2. Will I be able to recoup the cost of both time and money? Some things in life are completely free and still cost way too much.  Time is actually a much more limited and valuable resource than money.   Well invested time can lead to more money and conversely well invested money can provide us with more free time.  If something is draining my time and/or money reserves and I can not see the end result being worth more than what I have had to put in, I am so out.
  3. Do the people in your life encourage you to stick it out, or gently assure you there is no shame in quitting? I do not think we should consistently look to others for approval in all of our life decisions, but it can be easier for people to see our situation from a place of love rather than ego. Sometimes it takes talking with people I trust to help me further realise all of the reasons I should walk away from something.   When loved ones stop pushing me to keep on pushing, I can be sure that I’m not just being a baby but genuinely making an intelligent choice to leave something behind that is no longer serving me.


When it comes to deciding what we want in life we may need to quit a few things before we find the right thing. My Dad always says failure is just learning to succeed going forward. He’s a smart guy.

It’s all in your head

pexels-photo-256302.jpegWe are part of a limitless universe, and yet though our own perceived limitations most of us never get to experience our full potential? If we are all born a blank slate why do so many of us grow up to be sick, sad and less than what we could be?

While its true that some of us come into the world with a golden spoon in our hands it’s also true that many of us are born into circumstances that may ‘seem’ to set us up for failure. I personally know privileged people who live lonely, loveless lives filled with illness and pain, and likewise have met people who were born with nothing, and have ended up building great fortunes and living a life full of love and vibrant health. (Just look up the SELRES_86837e3f-92ee-4e49-b30b-8a1bb265316aSELRES_d6475fb2-b0ff-44ff-a5d9-c37e59bb4e6dSELRES_424af9af-7e38-4006-b666-3d5f396a847eSELRES_4507549a-d088-4328-9644-94bc745a263eSELRES_d36ecaac-5de2-4dc8-9d21-0c941e2c3a93SELRES_44a323e4-ecfa-4279-b285-139719d33080SELRES_c62f8074-9e3b-40ae-824b-c8f7ab3c1031SELRES_8ed41df1-8938-4c28-b597-263d69a075b2SELRES_38c48204-2eb2-4961-8e49-ecc46dfa8a9cSELRES_7b5a03c9-92e8-409a-9fd4-993b9269ca14Charles Mulley story)SELRES_7b5a03c9-92e8-409a-9fd4-993b9269ca14SELRES_38c48204-2eb2-4961-8e49-ecc46dfa8a9cSELRES_8ed41df1-8938-4c28-b597-263d69a075b2SELRES_c62f8074-9e3b-40ae-824b-c8f7ab3c1031SELRES_44a323e4-ecfa-4279-b285-139719d3308)SELRES_d36ecaac-5de2-4dc8-9d21-0c941e2c3a93SELRES_4507549a-d088-4328-9644-94bc745a263eSELRES_424af9af-7e38-4006-b666-3d5f396a847eSELRES_d6475fb2-b0ff-44ff-a5d9-c37e59bb4e6dSELRES_86837e3f-92ee-4e49-b30b-8a1bb265316a

The reality is, the playing field is much more even than it seems. The main reason so many people are living lives that don’t measure up is not a result of our outer environment but our inner one.

I have personally observed in my own life, how choices, thoughts and words shape my reality daily.

Most of us have it ass backwards, we think to ourselves when I have money – then I will feel rich, when I have love – then I will feel worthy, when I have health – then I will feel whole. The reality is we must first feel we have the things and be grateful for them before we can attract them in abundance.

Wouldn’t it be easier to get fit if you walked into the gym every day feeling super strong?

Life is a complex dance of energies and like attracts like. Why do so many millionaires say the first million is the hardest to make? Because once they have made that first million they are no longer living in a mindset of lack, and all of their existing wealth can go out and earn/ attract more wealth.

This applies to health as well. I recently read the story of about a woman who fought and beat cancer, mostly with health and a positive mindset (AMAZING!) But one thing about her experience that stuck with me is that she somehow knew she was going to get cancer years before she was ever diagnosed. In fact, she started making funeral plans, wrote up her will and even had dreams about getting cancer long before the illness manifested. Was this woman psychic and having premonitions or did she literally create cancer in herself by believing to her core that she was going to become ill? Only the Creator truly knows that answer, but I have a strong sense it was the latter.

Every cell in our bodies is 99% empty space. We are made of 1% protons neutrons and electrons and 99% nothingness. Matter, at it’s tiniest observable level, is energy, and human consciousness is connected to it, human consciousness can influence it’s behavior and even re-structure it.

Ever heard of SELRES_13224304-ce64-4b0d-8c02-166474624f82Emoto’s water experimentSELRES_13224304-ce64-4b0d-8c02-166474624f82? In the early 1990s Dr Masuru Emoto did a series of experiments extensively studying how water, at a molecular level, is influenced by its environment. In a nutshell, the good scientist used photography to capture images of water exposed to different energy frequencies, music, thoughts, and prayers. The results were pretty much mind blowing. When the water exposed to positive, loving, thoughts and compliments froze, it formed into beautiful symmetrical ice crystals. But the water that was blasted with insults, ill will and hatred froze into ugly, chaotic, jagged formations.

We are all anywhere from 50% – 80% water. So just imagine what constant negative self talk, and thought patterns are doing to us on a molecular level?!

For a long time I struggled with the woo woo-ness of it all. ‘Yeah suuure, I’m making myself sick, I’m making myself poor, I’m making myself unhappy… with my thoughts. Riiiiight.’ Yet, if you look at it from a purely logical scientific level it becomes abundantly clear that we are in fact writing our own stories with out minds.

“A fundamental conclusion of the new physics also acknowledges that the observer creates the reality. As observers, we are personally involved with the creation of our own reality. Physicists are being forced to admit that the universe is a “mental” construction. Pioneering physicist Sir James Jeans wrote: “The stream of knowledge is heading toward a non-mechanical reality; the universe begins to look more like a great thought than like a great machine. Mind no longer appears to be an accidental intruder into the realm of matter, we ought rather hail it as the creator and governor of the realm of matter. Get over it, and accept the inarguable conclusion. The universe is immaterial-mental and spiritual.” (R.C. Henry, “The Mental Universe” )

So how do we break through years of mental programming that has convinced us we are *insert thing here*; too ugly, too sick, too old, too fat, destined to fail, destined for illness, destined for loneliness etc etc etc? It takes work. Period. But like everything else that has brought us to where we now are, it all simply begins in the mind.

If we want to change our health we need to examine our diets, detox our cells and exercise, but if we still believe we are sick we are just spinning our wheels doing all that work. If we start by believing we are healthy it becomes intuitive and easy to make the small changes our body needs to keep us in that state.

One of my favorite ways to break through mental programming is using positive affirmations. Just as the Emoto experiment demonstrates, our words hold more power than most of us even realise. Positive affirmations, can apply to any area of our lives and can have a profound impact on shifting us out of a negative mindset into a positive one.
If we are dealing with an illness this affirmation can be a simple as ‘I am a healed healthy and whole’ spoken out load daily anytime thoughts of illness creep into our minds. If we are dealing with feeling of lack we can say something like ‘I am abundantly provided for, (insert whatever I need) flows freely into my life and I am deeply grateful for it.’

It might seem silly and even a little cheesy at first but sometimes we have to step outside our comfort zones to effect real change.

Another super helpful exercise is through writing down our limiting beliefs (skip a few lines), crossing them out and write our TRUTHS below them. So it would look like this.
I will always be alone.

I am attractive, I am worthy of love, I attract love into my life, I am so thankful for the quality relationships I have, I am a magnet for men/women, my life is filled with love, I am never truly alone, etc.

It’s important we speak in the present tense with all affirmations, if we speak in future tense (I will have love some day) we are always chasing that future day and not inviting it in right now.

Hypnosis is another effective tool for mind reprogramming. Ironically, I am a trained hypnotist and still spent years not fully grasping how important my thoughts truly were in shaping my reality. There is a reason hypnosis can be a useful tool in quitting addictions, losing weight, and changing many other areas of our lives. A good hypnotist communicates directly with our subconscious, which then communicates directly with our cells. This communication reprograms our entire being on an atomic level. Mindset also explains why hypnosis doesn’t work on some people who believe they can’t be hypnotised. (‘Whether you believe you can or believe you can’t you are right’ ~Henry Ford.)

No matter where anyone is in their healing journey, it is inevitable that negative thoughts will squeeze in from time to time, as long as we have some positive affirmations at the ready to squash them with we will be well on our way to re writing our reality.

A great man (Jesus) once said, ‘ If you have faith as small as a mustard seed you can say to this mountain, move from here to there and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.’ Matthew 21:21

By reprogramming our minds, crushing negative self talk and limiting beliefs, we can all move mountains in our own lives. Through faith, mindset and positive thinking anything is possible. We are all healthy, wealthy, lovable, beautiful, limitless souls having an experience in these human forms, by understanding the true power of our thoughts we have every ability to make the very most out of our time here, no matter how our journey began.

My kids (and my) favorite green juice

Green juice can be scary the first time you try it, and quite honestly depending on the ingredients you choose can range from shockingly delicious to plug your nose and chug it down gross. The first time I tossed back a cup of the green stuff I was fully expecting it to taste completely vile and was actually surprised by how light and refreshing the flavours were.

Having owned a juicer for a while, I have been known to get a little experimental and have concocted some flavours that are more revolting than refreshing, yet knowing all those beautiful nutrients are flowing directly into my cells, they still somehow taste ‘good’….at least to me.

So, my game plan for getting my little ones to drink juice was to make sure the first one would be so undeniably tasty that they wouldn’t be scared off by some of the more unconventional versions. (Fyi mixing beets or carrots with greens does not produce an appetizing color.)

And… it worked! I managed to get my kiddos so hooked on the crisp addictive flavour that they now come running whenever I tell them I have made them a ‘shooter,’ and will happily chug down whatever I have made, (even if it looks like sewage water) often they will ask for seconds!

(I serve their juices in a small glass and call it a shooter, this for some reason has worked to get them to drink it consistently so I’m going with it, all parents do weird things to get their kids to eat right?!)

If you don’t yet own a juicer its time to get on board! Seriously. It is the easiest, most pain free way to get a whole heap of nutrition into you and your families bodies.

There are many juicer options out there and they are not all created equal, but if you’re just dipping your toes in the juicing pond any centrifugal juicer is a great, low-cost, place to start. If you are ready to get serious about juicing for health and are willing to make a bigger investment you want to look at masticating juicers. They extract more juice and preserve more nutrients than centrifugal ones. Also, the juice made in masticating juicers doesn’t oxidize as fast so less pressure to chug it down seconds after juicing.

So, on to my favorite juice…. It is loaded with tons of nutritional benefits including liver and kidney detoxification, it has antiseptic qualities and contains vitamin c, a handful of b vitamins, a healthy dose of key minerals, is highly alkalinizing and is a rich source of chlorophyll.  Plus it’s 100% yum.

If you make just one juice for the rest of your life this should be it….


(My favorite) Kid fully approved green juice

2 apples (washed seeded and cored, the green ones have less sugar or you can leave them out entirely if you’re watching your glucose and add more cucumber)
½ cucumber (washed and peeled if not organic)
6 stalks of celery (washed)
1 lemon or lime (peeled)
1” piece of ginger (peeled)
2 hand-fulls of spinach (or other organic greens ) you should be sure to cycle your greens weekly which I will talk more about in another blog post.

Juice them all and enjoy as soon as possible.

*Juice tip* If you have made your juice in a masticating juicer and want to save it for later, add a little pulp back into your juice, and fill your glass container right up to the brim before sealing it and storing it somewhere cool. The fibre in the pulp will slow the oxidation process. Citrus juices are also good natural preservatives and they taste amazing so I usually include a lemon or lime in all my mixes.

Bottoms up!

What is PCOS, what causes it and what to do about it?

pexels-photo-735966.jpegPCOS or polycystic ovarian syndrome is a tricky little beast that can crop us seemingly out of nowhere and completely turn your life upside down. Up to 1 in 4 woman are currently living with PCOS but exact numbers are hard to pin down due to the fact that many women spend years searching for a diagnosis, and some are never properly diagnosed.

In my own case it took five years of harassing doctors with a long list of questions before I got referred for an ultrasound where they found my cysts.

Pcos is an endocrine disorder that presents itself when elevated androgens (or male hormones) are excreted from the ovaries causing a whole smorgasbord of life altering symptoms. It is the number 1 cause of infertility in women and can lead to type 2 diabetes and heart attack if not properly diagnosed and treated. (Women with pcos face a risk of heart attack 4-7 times greater than the average woman!)

Symptoms appear slightly different in everyone affected and can include menstrual disorders, hair thinning/ loss, unexplained weight gain, excess fat storage in belly or hips, facial hair growth and infertitly among others. These are all particularly devastating symptoms for women as they not only affect a womans health and quality of life but her physical appearance as well.

No one knows for sure exactly what causes PCOS but there are a few suspected culprits that likely all coexist in to some degree to bring about the disorder. These are excess insulin, low grade chronic inflammation and genetics.

So if you have received a diagnosis of PCOS or are presenting with enough symptoms to assume you have it (official doctor diagnosis aren’t always easy to come by so its vital you listen to your body first and your doctor second) you are probably left wondering what to do next. There are heaps of information about PCOS that can sometimes be conflicting and always overwhelming so to get to the root of healing we must first examine the cause.

Because there is not much we can do about hereditary influences we must look closer into the other two possible culprits, excess insulin and low grade chronic inflammation. Both of these likely have a genetic component but can be mostly controlled by DIET!

First lets look at insulin resistance, IR occurs when insulin doesn’t do a proper job of getting your cells to open up and absorb the glucose secreted through the digestion of sugars and carbs. In turn your body secretes more insulin in an attempt to absorb all that extra glucose. Over time this results in far too much insulin in the blood stream which makes it super difficult for the body to use stored fat and it just keeps running on sugars. (This also leads to all those fierce carb/ sugar cravings!) All of this creates an environment of weight gain which in turn worsens insulin resistance. It is the great catch- 22, losing weight is the best way to reverse insulin resistance but weight loss with IR can seem downright impossible with all that sneaky insulin running free in your bloodstream.

So how do you stop your body from producing all that insulin? You buck up, grab those cravings by the balls and cut your intake of sugars and carbs drastically. (Because ALL carbs turn to glucose when digested)

Studies have shown a ketogenic diet is one of the best diets to manage and reverse PCOS symptoms. My only issue with the ketogenic diet is that if you are also dealing with adrenal fatigue, thyroid disorders or other autoimmune disorders, such a dramatic reduction in carbs can sometimes do more harm than good. Because I am a huge believer in the healing powers of fruits and veggies, and because fruits and veggies contain carbs, I just cant get fully on board with a lifetime of keto eating.

To ease into the low carb lifestyle in a healthy and sustainable way I suggest limiting your carb intake to between 50 and 100 g per day, don’t bother including the carbs you get from fruits and veggies but DO go super easy on the starchy ones like potatoes and bananas. After eating this way for at least six months, if you are still not at an ideal weight and experiencing symptoms you can always hop onboard the keto train to lose those last stubborn pounds.

I personally do not recommend anyone with thyroid or adrenal issues staying on the keto diet for any longer than a month at a time, but again, listen to your body and do what works for you.

There are also some great supplements for insulin resistance including, Berberine, Chromium, magnesium, cinnamon and green tea.

So now that you know what’s going on on the insulin side of things,  we have to address that other sneaky little culprit, chronic inflammation.

Accute inflammation can actually be a good thing, it means your white blood cells are capable of addressing and fighting off infections. Without inflammation wounds would not heal and common colds would stick around forever. It is when the inflammation is chronic that things can get out of control.

Chronic inflammation occurs when your body sends your white blood cells to fight a foreign invader but this ‘invader’ ends up being a necessary part of your human anatomy (intestines, thyroid, ovaries etc) When there is a low grade viral, bacterial or fungal infection present in the body your inflammatory response will be heightened. Candida for example can be a harmless fungus that lives symbiotically with the flora in your intestinal tract, but if it is allowed to grow out of control (which can happen when it has a diet rich in glucose to feed on) it can spread throughout your body causing chronic inflammation wherever it goes.

Undiagnosed food sensitivities can also cause chronic inflammation. If you have a sensitivity to gluten or dairy (most people do) nightshades, saponins, and many other common irritants, particles of these foods can be mis-read by your body as foreign invaders and BAM- your white blood cells are at war leading to chronic inflammation and a body that is more susceptible to infections and disease.

To address chronic inflammation it is also super important to reduce/ remove exposures to other common allergens, pet dander, molds, and pollens that could be aggravating your bodies inflammatory response. I also highly recommend switching to all natural household and beauty products as well as being mindful of the fabrics you wear as your skin is your bodies largest organ and everything that touches it is absorbed into your bloodstream.

One major thing I did to set my body on track to healing was to follow a total healing protocol, the results have been nothing short of amazing for me and for anyone else who has tried it out. It takes time and commitment but it well worth the effort.

You CAN heal your body of PCOS symptoms, and with a solid game plan and the proper mindset you WILL. With so much doom and gloom around this disorder its easy to feel hopeless, that’s why hearing stories of other peoples success is so important. Here’s SELRES_bf5b7340-f36f-4a89-a9df-08b24f89aad5SELRES_8a8b4648-1521-499c-b5b5-5badc4b925c5SELRES_2515d88f-8df0-44f2-9687-03dc3c63fe89one storySELRES_2515d88f-8df0-44f2-9687-03dc3c63fe89SELRES_8a8b4648-1521-499c-b5b5-5badc4b925c5SELRES_bf5b7340-f36f-4a89-a9df-08b24f89aad5 of a woman who put her pcos into remission, and if you look around there are many more out there.

Just remember it probably took years to reach the state of health you are currently experiencing, healing and transformation is not going to happen overnight. Be patient, be kind to yourself, and remember your health and wellness is worth the sacrifice. You only have this one body to live in for your entire lifetime, so love it, be good to it, and treat it with respect and kindness, it will return the favor.