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We dig deep on topics that are often difficult to publish in mainstream media and discover what health, happiness and success really looks like.

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We dig deep on topics that are often difficult to publish in mainstream media and discover what health, happiness and success really looks like.

    TCM, Acupuncture And The Treatment Of Hypothalamic Amenorrhea, Management Of PCOS And Endometriosis, Infertility, IVF Support And Postpartum With Dr Amanda Waaldyk

    TCM, Acupuncture And The Treatment Of Hypothalamic Amenorrhea, Management Of PCOS And Endometriosis, Infertility, IVF Support And Postpartum With Dr Amanda Waaldyk

    When it comes to the treatment of Hypothalamic Amenorrhea or HA, many of us wish that there was a magic pill we could take or that there was another reason why our period has gone missing.
    Lets face it, eating more, cutting out or reducing exercise and for some, needing to gain weight is a scary concept.
    Many of my clients have sought alternative treatments hoping for a way to bypass doing the deeper work, working on the root cause.
    Many of my clients have tried acupuncture, saw naturopaths, gone on liver cleanses, tried to mediate, do more yoga, tried seed cycling, gone all organic or cut out gluten and dairy hoping to maintain their current lifestyle and practices that make them feel safe and in control. I was once here too. They find that alone, they just don't work.
     
    In this episode I chat to Dr Amanda Waaldyk, a Traditional Chinese Medicine doctor who specialises in fertility and female endocrinology. Amanda is the founder and director of Angea Acupuncture & Yoga, an integrative Chinese medicine practice.
    Amanda’s approach is soul meets science, guiding her patients to ultimate health with a whole body system. Amanda has worked and studied internationally with some of the best fertility experts in both chinese medicine and yoga. 
     
    Amanda is author of her book Body Baby Ready, blogger and proud mother of two. Her passion for yoga led her to co-found Mindful Pregnancy Yoga training.
     
    Although we have quite diverse backgrounds in our education and professional practices, we share very similar aims for treatment for HA. We both agree that addressing the root cause of the problem is crucial and that involves supporting the body to feel safe and that energy is available. Lifestyle modifications including food or eating habits and exercise are important to allow the body to heal and a shift in mindset, relationship to self and approach to life is where lies the most deepest and healing work.
     
    Amanda combines both eastern and western medicine practices and uses acupuncture and TCM to support the body in finding the place of safety and balance.
     
    In this episode we also talk about other common issues or conditions women present with including PCOS, endometriosis, infertility, IVF support and how she helps these women. We both agree that menstrual cycle health is very important and can also tell us a lot about what is going on in our bodies and lifestyles. 
     
    For more information on Amanda check out her website or follow her on Instagram - @angea_acupuncture_yoga
     
    For more information on my services, including my self paced online program “Recover Your Period and Rediscover Intuitive Eating” visit my website.
     
    If you enjoyed this episode I would greatly appreciate if you could take the time to leave a 5 star rating and review. This will help get this information to women who need it!
     
    And if you are active on Instagram please share a screen shot and tag me so we can connect!
    You will find me on Instagram at @amyleegiannotti.
     

    • 1 hr 19 min
    From Prescribing Weight Loss to Non Diet Dietitian With Bonnie Roney

    From Prescribing Weight Loss to Non Diet Dietitian With Bonnie Roney

    My passion to help women have a healthy relationship with food, exercise and body was not found at university. Nor was my dedication to help women recover their period and fertility.
     
    It was fuelled by my own personal journey, challenges and growth.
     
    Many of you may know that when I started out as a dietitian I worked mainly in the area of weight loss. Through my university degree and then stepping straight into private practice I just did what I felt I was trained to do and what my clients were asking for. I didn't know any other way.
     
    Although I was busy, making money and doing what I thought was my “dream job”. It just didn't feel right, nor was it fulfilling. 
     
    Years down the track when I came across new approaches to health including Healthy At Every Size (HAES) and Intuitive Eating it was a huge pivotal moment in my life personally and professionally. Part of me wished I could unsee it because it brought up a lot of questions and discomfort. 
     
    It showed me that I had work to do on myself, that how I prescribed weight loss diets was NOT aligned with why I wanted to become a dietitian in the first place and that I was doing more harm than good. 
    My purpose in becoming a dietitian was to help people feel and function their best with nutrition and exercise. 
    I started to see that I was prescribing disordered eating behaviours, telling people to ignore their bodies and supporting them on a belief that they will be more happy, loved and successful if they lose weight.
     
    It also shined a light on my health and relationship with self. Without a period for 7 years was an obvious sign that I had to do work on myself before I could really help others!
     
    In the beginning I didn't even have the language or full understanding of why I felt so off track, confused and stuck but I knew I had to follow my heart and gut instinct and I would find clarity.  And I am so glad I did!!
     
    In this episode I invite fellow dietitian Bonnie Roney who helps women find food freedom by ditching diet culture and learning to eat without guilt or shame. Bonnie shares a similar journey with feeling the need to change direction and overcome the guilt, shame and judgement. 
    Growing up, Bonnie too struggled with her relationship with food, along with many other women in her family which inspired her to pursue a career as a Registered Dietitian and help other women overcome similar disordered eating struggles. 
    In her free time, Bonnie loves spending time at Florida beaches, going to wine tastings, and having fun with her husband and high school sweetheart Andrew, and Golden Retriever, Cooper. 
     
    To learn more about Bonnie and her services visit her website or follow her on Instagram - @diet.culture.rebel 
     
    For more information on my services, including my self paced online program “Recover Your Period and Rediscover Intuitive Eating” visit my website. 
     
    If you enjoyed this episode I would greatly appreciate if you could take the time to leave a 5 star rating and review. This will help get this information to women who need it!
     
    And if you are active on Instagram please share a screen shot and tag me so we can connect!
    You will find me on Instagram at @amyleegiannotti.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Developing a Healthy Relationship with Self to Overcome Disordered Eating With Psychologist Dr Libby Quinn.

    Developing a Healthy Relationship with Self to Overcome Disordered Eating With Psychologist Dr Libby Quinn.

    In this episode we delve deep into what's at the roots for disordered eating for many, we will help you to understand why you may have come to a place of fear, disconnect and distrust in your body and provide relatable concepts and practical strategies to help you develop a healthy and more self compassionate relationship with yourself.
    If you are struggling with your relationship with food, exercise or body and feeling stuck or confused this episode is a must to listen to!
    This episodes guest, Dr Libby is a Clinical Psychologist that has undertaken and completed a Bachelor of Psychological Science and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. She has worked solely in private practice for 10 years. Her mission in life is to SERVE, GROW + have FUN! 
    Libby has her own personal journey with bullying, an eating disorder and post natal depression which fuels her passion to now support women to OPTIMISE their psychological well being through the provision of evidence-based therapy. 
    Outside of the therapy room you can find her reading books, eating, and playing on the beach with her two very energetic boys and husband.
     
    For more information on Libby and her services visit her Instagram and website.
     
    For more information on my services, including my self paced online program "Recover Your Period and Rediscover Intuitive Eating" visit my website.
    If you enjoyed this episode I would greatly appreciate if you could take the time to leave a 5 star rating and review. This will help get this information to women who need it!
    And if you are active on Instagram please share a screen shot and tag me so we can connect! 
    You will find me on Instagram at @amyleegiannotti.

    • 1 hr 31 min
    From Healing from Hypothalamic Amenorrhea to Motherhood with Personal Trainer Britney Motzcuz

    From Healing from Hypothalamic Amenorrhea to Motherhood with Personal Trainer Britney Motzcuz

    Hypothalamic Amenorrhea (HA) is a common symptom or outcome of disordered eating and eating disorders.
    The hypothalamus is an area of the brain that plays a central role in maintaining the balance of body systems. It receives input from throughout the body in the form of hormones and chemicals. It responds by secreting hormones that affect other organs including those involved in reproduction.
    HA is essentially a condition where the Hypothalamus senses stress in the body, mostly due to low energy availability. The causes include insufficient energy intake, over exercise and/or insufficient body fat. In some cases lifestyle stress is also a contributing factor.
    It is important to note that HA can occur in any body size and it doesn't only occur in people with diagnosed eating disorders, in athletes or people who do a lot of exercise. The main cause is insufficient energy to meet the body's demands.
    In HA the body responds to low energy by switching off or dialing down non essential bodily functions in an effort to conserve energy. One of the most obvious signs in a loss of period. There are many other consequences of low energy availability including poor digestion, weakening of the bones, loss of libido, infertility, poor temperature regulation and exhaustion.
    Your body switching into energy saving mode can be likened to the low battery mode of your iPhone. Certain functions or apps are disable and some are dialed down such as screen brightness.
    Recovery requires correcting the energy balance, relieving stress such as over exercise to allow the body a chance to heal and in some cases weight gain if fat stores are inadequate for hormone production and for the body to perceive it is safe!
    HA recovery is not an easy journey and often requires work with overcoming fears and limiting beliefs around body image and self worth in order to effectively promote healthy behaviour change.
    Having my own personal experience in HA and know how stuck, scared and confused you can feel I have become extremely passionate, educated, skilled and dedicated to help other women overcome their fears and roadblocks to help them to recover their period, fertility, set them free and give them the health and life they deserve!
    In this episode I talk to fellow HA recovered Britney Motzcuz who I came across on my own journey! When we connected it was amazing how much we had in common and I know you will too!
    Britney is also a personal trainer and in this episode we chat about how our innocent love for fitness and pursuit for health went a bit off track to no longer being health enhancing.
    We share our struggles with denial, fears of recovery, our motivations for recovery, what recovery taught and gifted us with and words of wisdom we would now give our younger self!
    Now being pregnant myself I am even more grateful for what recovery has offered me and here I am not talking about just fertility. Brittany shares her journey through recovery, to pregnancy, postpartum and motherhood!
    I hope this episode helps you feel understood, provides you with clarity and inspires you to take action to recovery! I learned that if you want to get somewhere fast, i.e. recovering your period and healing your relationship with food, exercise and body find someone who has travelled that path before you!! This is why I am such a fan of coaches!
     
    More about Britney:
    Brittney is a Personal Trainer based out of San Diego, CA. After spending years over-exercising, under-fueling, and losing her fertility because of hypothalamic amenorrhea, she is passionate about being a different voice in the fitness industry. Her focus is helping women redefine health, stepping back from diet culture and fitness fads, and finding what healthy truly looks and feels like to them!
    Brit has since recovered from hypothalamic amenorrhea and enjoys a balanced relationship with food and exercise, while ta

    • 1 hr 30 min
    Gut Directed Hypnotherapy for the Treatment of IBS and how it can be helpful for those with Hypothalamic Amenorrhea and or Eating Disorders with Bianca Skilbeck

    Gut Directed Hypnotherapy for the Treatment of IBS and how it can be helpful for those with Hypothalamic Amenorrhea and or Eating Disorders with Bianca Skilbeck

    Poor digestion is a common symptom in those with Hypothalamic Amenorrhea (HA), which is the loss of period and in those with disordered eating or eating disorders.
    The main underlying driver is low energy availability. When there is a chronic energy deficiency the body responds by becoming more “energy efficient”.
    The loss of period is a common and more obvious outcome for women. Stopping menstruation and fertility is a way the body responds to the stress of low energy availability. But there are many other systems of the body affected. These include poor temperature regulation, decreased bone mineral density, poor growth of hair and nails and poor or sluggish digestion. This may be experienced as frequently feeling bloated and either constipation or diarrhea.
    Working with many women with HA and disordered eating and having my own journey I recognise there are many other influences on both poor digestion and recovery.
    One major one in recovery is fear. Fears acting like barriers to recovery can include fear of weight gain, of eating certain foods e.g. foods high in carbs or fat, of reducing exercise volume and intensity to allow the body to heal, of losing their “fitness Identity”, letting go of all their “hard work” and of what other will think of them for example thinking they have let themselves go! Many report that they do not “trust” their appetite. 
    I thought this topic was an important one to cover because for many women who experience poor digestion or IBS this leads to further restrictions of certain foods, fear of foods and pushes them further away from recovery, feeling at peace with food and restoring a healthy menstrual cycle, fertility and ultimately allowing their whole body to heal! 
    I recently learned about gut hypnotherapy with research having some positive outcomes and today I have invited a past guest, Clinical Hypnotherapist and Counsellor Bianca Skilbeck to chat much deeper on this area.
    Bianca is a Clinical Hypnotherapist and Counsellor from Melbourne Australia and founder of Freedom From Food. Bianca has a special interest in the treatment of eating disorders and body image related disorders.
    She has a special interest in working with and understanding the mind-body connection, and how the individual can work to integrate all parts of themselves to create more peace and acceptance in their lives.
    You can find more about Bianca and her services via her website Freedom From Food or follow her on Instagram.
    More information on my services:
    I help women with HA recover their periods, overcome food fear, inappropriate exercise behaviours, body dysmorphia and poor body image and help them to eat intuitively. I also help women who have had HA become pregnant.
    My 1:1 coaching program is my most personalised service I offer for women who prefer 1:1 support. This program runs over 3 months via Virtual Video Call. Limited spots available.
    I also offer a Self Paced Online Course - Recover Your Period and Rediscover Intuitive Eating!
    My online, self paced program contains my proven frameworks that have successfully supported many of my clients to regain their periods, make peace with their body and discover food freedom!
    Apply now through my website or book a free discovery call to give me the opportunity to learn more about you, your biggest struggles and discuss ways I can support you.I would love if you would connect with me over on Instagram (@amyleegiannotti)

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Body Image; A Vital Piece For The Recovery Of Eating Disorders with Clinical Hypnotherapist and Counsellor Bianca Skilbeck

    Body Image; A Vital Piece For The Recovery Of Eating Disorders with Clinical Hypnotherapist and Counsellor Bianca Skilbeck

    Body Image is a VITAL piece in the Recovery of an Eating Disorder and Disordered Eating.
    Too often it is neglected that Eating Disorders are psychological illnesses and that weight restoration does not mean full recovery. Further, people suffering from eating disorders and a poor relationship with food can live in ANY size body. 
    Treatment goes much deeper than just “food” and “eating” and will involve improving one's RELATIONSHIP with food, exercise and body. Recovery will involve looking at beliefs and understanding the LENS one looks through.
    In this episode I have invited Bianca Skilbeck to chat further about the role of body image in eating disorders as a risk factor and also in treatment.
    Bianca is a Clinical Hypnotherapist and Counsellor from Melbourne Australia and founder of Freedom From Food. Bianca has a special interest in the treatment of eating disorders and body image related disorders. 
    She has a special interest in working with and understanding the mind-body connection, and how the individual can work to integrate all parts of themselves to create more peace and acceptance in their lives. 
    You can find more about Bianca and her services via her website Freedom From Food or follow her on Instagram.
    More information on my services:I help women with HA recover their periods, overcome food fear, inappropriate exercise behaviours, body dysmorphia and poor body image and help them to eat intuitively. I also help women who have had HA become pregnant.
     
    My 1:1 coaching program is my most personalised service I offer for women who prefer 1:1 support. This program runs over 3 months via Virtual Video Call. Limited spots available.
     
    I also offer a Self Paced Online Course - Recover Your Period and Rediscover Intuitive Eating!
     
    My online, self paced program contains my proven frameworks that have successfully supported many of my clients to regain their periods, make peace with their body and discover food freedom!
     
    Apply now through my website or book a free discovery call to give me the opportunity to learn more about you, your biggest struggles and discuss ways I can support you.I would love if you would connect with me over on Instagram (@amyleegiannotti)
     

    • 1 hr 13 min

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