hypothalamic amenorrhoea

LU 067: Lindsay Meisel – When “healthy” becomes unhealthy… How a runner got her period back.

Hey lovely radicals, podcast ahead!

In today’s episode of the “Life. Unrestricted.” podcast, you’ll hear my conversation with Lindsay Meisel from San Francisco. I’ve known Lindsay from the Facebook groups we’re both in that are specifically for women who are dealing with Hypothalamic Amenorrhoea (or—in layman’s terms—women who are missing their period). Lindsay is one of the strong voices in those groups, and I always wanted to talk to her, since she has recovered from “HA”, as we call Hypothalamic Amenorrhoea (to not have it be such a mouthful), and she is clearly very knowledgeable about this. Lindsay works as the head of content for Ava, a women’s health technology company that makes a sensor bracelet that monitors the menstrual cycle. She was a long distance runner for over a decade, but gave it up to get her period back.
You’ll hear Lindsay talk about:
– What set off her disordered eating and exercise behaviors
– Why the lure of “reaching energy deficit” can be so addictive and dangerous
– How she was only able to break that compulsion by actively changing her behaviors towards “reaching energy surplus”
– Why she is angry at people in the medical field who give women terrible advice when it comes to issues like missing periods
– Why her own doctor encouraged her to dismiss her HA, which kept her in her disorder for a number of years to come
– How the stages of her disordered eating/exercise morphed over the years
– What her breaking point was
– How she started to wake up to the fact that she wasn’t healthy
– Why, when she decided to start recovering, she unknowingly went about it in the completely wrong way
– Why it was only when she read Nicola Rinaldi’s book “No Period. Now What?” that she finally got an idea of what real recovery looks like and what she had to do to “go all in”
– How long it took her to break free (and feel free) from her exercise addiction
– Why we often compensate not “formally exercising” by compulsively ramping up low-level movement
– How she reframed her thought-patterns and taught herself to think about her recovery as her goal and mission to get healthy
– How she started filling up her time and using her energy for different things than exercising
– Why recovery without the mental work doesn’t work, and why a person with HA is never at “a healthy point“ with exercise and eating
– Why for women with HA (coming from a history of overexercising, undernourishing) it takes a phase of letting the pendulum swing in the other direction (full rest and complete replenishment of the body’s depleted energy stores)
– Why it’s important to stay “all in” for 4-6 months more after getting the menstrual cycle running again
– How there really is no “cheating” in HA recovery since the “feel good hormones” of exercising are exactly what cause the hypothalamus to stay shut down
– Why it’s completely normal to experience exhaustion and pretty extreme hunger in recovery
– Why it is important to work on body image while recovering
– How HA is impacting a person’s health in worse ways than one might suspect at first glance (bone loss, depression, anxiety, thin hair/nails, mood swings, irritability, low libido, lowered body temperature, sleep issues, etc.)
– Why (even though many physicians might recommend it!) going on the birth control pill is NOT solving the problem of HA, but, in fact, only masking the problem by producing a so-called “withdrawal bleed”
– Why she says that life “after recovery” is a million times better than before…

… And so much more!

Check out Lindsay’s blog at:
https://differentkindofhuman.blogspot.com/

Here’s the link to the company Lindsay works at, the company that produces a bracelet that tracks a woman’s cycle:
http://www.avawomen.com

The book on HA (Hypothalamic Amenorrhoea) that Lindsay and I highly recommend is called “No Period, Now What?” by Nicola Rinaldi:
https://www.amazon.com/Period-Now-What-Regaining-Improving/dp/099723668X

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LU 063: Chris Sandel – Effects of food restriction (and exercise) on your body and hormones.


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Hey, lovely radicals… podcast time!

In today’s episode of the “Life. Unrestricted.” podcast, I talk to Chris Sandel from outside of London, UK. Chris is a health and nutrition expert who runs his own company called
“7 Health”, and alongside that, his wonderful podcast “Real Health Radio”. Chris works with clients all over the world through private consultations, and he also creates and runs online training programs. Chris’ approach to health and food is completely non-dogmatic, and he knows that there IS no solution that’s perfect for everybody, and that the more anxious and stressed out we are about food and weight, our health and our life will only suffer for it. Chris wants his clients to find their own personal best health, whatever that means for each individual, mentally, physically and emotionally. He also has a specific interest in improving client’s general relationships with food and body image issues.
Listen to Chris talk about:
– Why he considers himself lucky in terms of body image, and relaxedness around food
– How he went from being a “fast food” youngster to a food-appreciating, health-conscious cook
– Why it’s the people who are most “keen” to go on detoxes, cleanses and any types of restrictive eating are the very people that should avoid all that
– Why he thinks that the majority of “diet-y” tipps out there are dangerous, and why we should NOT restrict our food
– Why anyone with a “difficult” relationship to food should never do a cleanse or detox
– Why we should broaden what foods we allow ourselves to eat, instead of narrowing the choices
– Why he thinks weight-loss as a focus is not conducive to improve health
– How he works with clients and what he focuses on
– What kind of questions he asks of his clients to find out what the real issue is
– What he would do with our imaginary client Susy who’s experiencing a loss of periods, bad sleep, digestive issues, who’s often restricting food and overexercising
– Why sleep is a central piece when it comes to health
– How eating and sleep are related
– What frequent nightly peeing (and/or nightly sweating) points to
– Why restricting is directly linked to the increase of stress hormones, and how they wreak havoc with our system
– What HA (Hypothalamic Amenorrhoea
– when the menstrual cycle goes missing) translates to, in terms of why a body decides to shut down the reproductive system
– How HA is impacting a person’s health in worse ways than one might suspect at first glance (bone loss, depression, anxiety, thin hair/nails, mood swings, irritability, low libido, lowered body temperature, sleep issues, etc.)
– Why (even though many physicians might recommend it!) going on the birth control pill is NOT solving the problem of HA, but – in fact – will only mask the problem by producing a so-called “withdrawal bleed”
– What the Minnesota (Semi-)Starvation Experiment tells us about our own experiences with restriction, the impact on our physical and mental health, and how it is all related to a lack of energy availability
– How he helps his clients deal with weight gain when they start recovering from dieting/overexercising
– What is usually hidden underneath the fear of gaining weight
– Why, especially in the “health and wellness (and weight-loss) realm”, we are prone to fall for the “survivorship bias” (meaning that just because something worked for someone, we automatically assume that the same advice must be true for us)
– What we trip over with the “halo effect”
– What the “negativity bias” does to our judgment
– How recovering from Hypothalamic Amenorrhoea improves much more than a woman’s hormones
– Why he brings the ACE (Adverse Childhood Experience) study with all of his clients, and why taking this test can give a lot of insight as to why a person is struggling in life
– What his latest project “Tummy” is about…

… And so much more!

Here’s the link to Chris’s website:
http://www.seven-health.com

Here are some of Chris’ podcast episodes that you might find interesting!
1. The Minnesota Starvation Experiment:
http://www.seven-health.com/2016/06/042-the-minnesota-starvation-experiment/
2. The difference between eating disorders and disordered eating:
http://www.seven-health.com/2016/08/054-eating-disorders-and-disordered-eating/
3. Issues with a woman’s menstrual cycle:
http://www.seven-health.com/2016/02/025-issues-with-your-menstrual-cycle/
4. Chris’ overeating experiment:
http://www.seven-health.com/2016/05/040-my-over-eating-experiment/

The book on HA (Hypothalamic Amenorrhoea) that Chris and I highly recommend is called “No period, now what?” by Nicola Rinaldi:
https://www.amazon.com/Period-Now-What-Regaining-Improving/dp/099723668X

The podcasts Chris mentioned where cognitive biases are addressed (something we all fall prey to) are called: “You Are Not So Smart” and “Hidden Brain”.

There are also lots of great books on human misjudgment/cognitive bias/implicit bias out there, I highly recommend:
– “Mistakes were made (but not by me)” by Elliot Aronson:
https://www.amazon.com/Mistakes-Were-Made-But-Not/dp/1491514132
– “Thinking, fast and slow” by Daniel Kahnemann:
https://www.amazon.com/Thinking-Fast-Slow-Daniel-Kahneman/dp/0374533555
– “The Righteous Mind” by Jonathan Haidt:
https://www.amazon.com/Righteous-Mind-Divided-Politics-Religion/dp/0307455777/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_14_img_0?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=71BTDKKRKBBCBRZTKZFK
– “You Are Not So Smart” by David McRaney:
https://www.amazon.com/You-Are-Not-So-Smart/dp/1592407366/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_14_img_2?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=71BTDKKRKBBCBRZTKZFK

Here are a few example of biases that mess up our decision making process: http://www.businessinsider.com/cognitive-biases-that-affect-decisions-2015-8

If you enjoy and love my podcast, please consider supporting it by becoming a “Patreon”! It would greatly help me to keep those episodes coming to you. Thank you! https://www.patreon.com/lifeunrestricted

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