“You have to trust your gut and be an advocate for yourself.” – Angela Grassi
There is no one-size-fits-all approach for managing polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). It’s a very common, very misunderstood condition that often goes undiagnosed for years. Even after diagnosis, many women are quickly put on birth control pills that mask the symptoms and do nothing to address the underlying issues.
Today I’m joined by nutrition and health expert on PCOS, Angela Grassi. After a long, complicated journey to her diagnosis, Angela took matters into her own hands and gained control over her PCOS. Since then, she has dedicated her career to being on the leading edge of helping people with PCOS improve their health and their lives through evidence-based nutrition.
In this conversation, Angela and I talk about why PCOS is so misunderstood, the difficult situations many women are forced to endure with doctors, why you need a multi-faceted approach for managing PCOS, common signs and symptoms, how you can start to establish sustainable lifestyle changes, Angela’s supplement recommendations, and more.
If you’ve been diagnosed with PCOS, but you’re still struggling, get a second opinion, educate yourself, and know that you have options. Angela is a fantastic resource for anyone with PCOS, and I highly recommend checking out her website and all she has to offer.
About Angela Grassi
For over 20 years, Angela has been an internationally known nutrition and health expert on PCOS. Named one of the Top 10 Incredible RDs Making a Difference by Today’s Dietitian, Angela’s warmth and charisma have made her the go-to nutritionist for people with PCOS. She provides personalized and compassionate nutrition consultations in-person, phone or online to people around the world using the Health at Every Size approach®.
Having PCOS herself, Angela knows how frustrating living with this condition can be and firmly believes that you can take control over PCOS instead of letting it take control over you. She has dedicated her career to be on the leading-edge of helping people with PCOS improve their health and their lives through evidence-based nutrition.
Angela is the co-author of The PCOS Nutrition Center Cookbook: 100 Easy and Delicious Whole Food Recipes To Beat PCOS and the bestselling, The PCOS Workbook: Your Guide to Complete Physical and Emotional Health. Angela’s other book, PCOS: The Dietitian’s Guide, now in its second edition, is the most comprehensive evidence-based nutrition resource available for PCOS.
-Angela’s long journey to her PCOS diagnosis
-The problem with the way many OBGYNs diagnose and treat PCOS
-Common signs and symptoms of PCOS
-Why Angela starts all her patients with a PCOS nutrition assessment
-The most critical piece is establishing sustainable lifestyle changes
-The potential connection between PCOS and eating disorders
-Elements of a balanced plate
-Anti-inflammatory foods to include in your diet
-Angela’s love-hate relationship with metformin
-Why Angela recommends inositol for her clients
-Building your healthcare team
-The protective effects of muscle
-Exercising for PCOS
-Key considerations around intermittent fasting
-A typical daily schedule for Angela – supplements, diet, exercise, mindfulness
-Paying attention to trends, not numbers
-The pros and cons of GLP-1 drugs
-How you can work with Angela
-What you need to know about berberine
-Testing and markers for a PCOS diagnosis
-Angela’s message for anyone who’s frustrated with their PCOS journey
Angela’s confession: Being shamed and criticized by doctors
Connect with Angela Grassi
Angela Grassi’s Website | PCOS Nutrition Center
PCOS Nutrition Center on Instagram | @PCOSNutrition
Work with Angela Grassi
PCOS Nutrition Center Supplements
Angela Grassi’s Books
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