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Welcome to the Period Recovery and Fertility Podcast! Here we discuss the challenging, rewarding, and life changing process of recovering your period and finding freedom with food and exercise. Whether you’re hoping to regain your cycle and get your health on track or you're ready to become a momma- this podcast is for you.

While the recovery process isn't always rainbows and butterflies, it’s my hope to bring you both information and inspiration during your own recovery journey. I’m your host, Registered Dietitian and fellow HA woman Lindsey Lusson.

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Period Recovery and Fertility Podcast Lindsey Lusson

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 55 Ratings

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Welcome to the Period Recovery and Fertility Podcast! Here we discuss the challenging, rewarding, and life changing process of recovering your period and finding freedom with food and exercise. Whether you’re hoping to regain your cycle and get your health on track or you're ready to become a momma- this podcast is for you.

While the recovery process isn't always rainbows and butterflies, it’s my hope to bring you both information and inspiration during your own recovery journey. I’m your host, Registered Dietitian and fellow HA woman Lindsey Lusson.

Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/lindsey032/support

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    Ep 56: Understanding Labs with HA

    Ep 56: Understanding Labs with HA

    Have you been told your labs are normal, but still missing your period? In this solo episode I’m going to walk you through what typical labs look like with Hypothalamic Amenorrhea.

    In this Episode


    Why labs can be “normal,” but you’re still missing your period
    Best labs to have to done to distinguish between HA and PCOS
    When to test Progesterone to confirm ovulation
    What does low AMH mean with HA?
    Is it possible to improve low AMH?
    Pros/cons of using labs to assess your progress in recovery




    Episodes referenced today:


    Ep 48: PCOS and HA? Navigating nutrition when you have both
    Ep 39: What happens if you don’t recover your period
    Ep 12: Do I have HA or PCOS?



    Connect with Lindsey:

    Instagram: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@‌food.freedom.fertility⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

    Website: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠www.foodfreedomandfertility.com/⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

    Twitter: @lindseylusson

    Tiktok: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@‌food.freedom.fertility⁠





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    • 30 min
    Ep 55: Overcoming denial about your habits and finally making changes to support fertility

    Ep 55: Overcoming denial about your habits and finally making changes to support fertility

    Beth is a registered nurse and nursing professor with a background in obstetrical nursing from just outside St. Louis, Missouri. In an effort to "get in the best shape possible" before she and her husband tried to conceive, she unintentionally set herself down a path of severe disordered eating, over exercise, and consequently developed HA. After two years of no period returning after coming off hormonal birth control, seeking fertility assistance with a REI, and attempting recovery on her own, she made the decision to join Lindsey's program to get the additional support, guidance, and encouragement needed to get her period back and get pregnant naturally!

    Show notes:


    Taking your fitness journey too far and losing your period
    Maybe tiny tweaks and not getting results
    Being tapped out on fertility treatment and getting serious about recovery
    Thinking about period recovery as a prescriptive diet
    When you need more than spousal support to recover
    Getting pregnant in under 3 months after over a year of infertility
    Take pride in healing from disordered eating to be a role model for your kids

    Have a question you want me to answer on the podcast? Add it here!

    Ask the REI: Diagnosing HA Episode 52

    How your partner can support you during recovery Episode 15



    Connect with Lindsey:

    Instagram: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@‌food.freedom.fertility⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

    Website: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠www.foodfreedomandfertility.com/⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

    Twitter: @lindseylusson

    Tiktok: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@‌food.freedom.fertility






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    • 51 min
    Ep 54: Cycle syncing your workouts with Courtney Babilya

    Ep 54: Cycle syncing your workouts with Courtney Babilya

    Courtney is a registered nurse and women’s fitness specialist. She provides sustainable fitness programs for women by incorporating menstrual cycle periodization, which means timing your workouts to the four phases of your cycle. As a mom and former athlete, she’s passionate about making fitness accessible to real-world women who are tired of burnout but want to feel strong and healthy.



    In this Episode:


    Overcoming an ED and becoming a health expert
    Why there’s a need to train around your menstrual cycle
    Explaining what a “normal” cycle looks like
    Using cyclical fitness to help regulate your cycle
    Understanding how your hormones impact motivation and exercise performance
    Approaching fitness without being overly focused on changing body composition
    Adjusting fitness to the life stage that you’re in and making it fun!



    Links Mentioned in the episode:

    Dr. Stay Sims book: “Roar”


    Connect with Courtney:

    Instagram: ⁠@courtneykeepingbalance⁠

    KBM App: KBMAPP

    KBM Podcast: Keeping Balance


    Connect with Lindsey:

    Instagram: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@‌food.freedom.fertility⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

    Website: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠www.foodfreedomandfertility.com/⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

    Twitter: @lindseylusson

    Tiktok: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@‌food.freedom.fertility⁠⁠








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    • 36 min
    Ep 53: Pressing pause on IVF and getting pregnant naturally 3 months later

    Ep 53: Pressing pause on IVF and getting pregnant naturally 3 months later

    Jean wrestled with an eating disorder and Hypothalamic Amenorrhea from her late teens until her 30s. She started working with Lindsey at age 30 with the hopes of becoming pregnant. After over a decade of period loss, excessive exercise, and a complicated relationship with food, she was not only able to regain her cycle, but she is now 32 weeks pregnant with a healthy, happy, amazing baby girl! Jean lives in Dallas, Texas with her husband and two dogs, and plans to get back into her work as a Pilates instructor at some point postpartum.

    In this Episode


    Overcoming denial about disordered eating
    Hitting your breaking point in “quasi-recovery”
    When measuring food turns into a crutch that perpetuates under-eating
    Understanding what foods help you to feel your best through recovery
    Getting pregnant naturally on your first ovulation
    The benefits of having food freedom during pregnancy
    How to avoid disordered eating relapse during pregnancy
    Why you need to break up with your scale ASAP
    Exposing the lie “I won’t care about weight gain once I’m pregnant”



    Links: Episode 18 from IVF to Natural Pregnancy

    Have a question you want me to answer on the Podcast? Add in here





    Connect with Lindsey:

    Instagram: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@‌food.freedom.fertility⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

    Website: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠www.foodfreedomandfertility.com/⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

    Twitter: @lindseylusson

    Tiktok: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@‌food.freedom.fertility⁠









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    • 56 min
    Ep 52 Ask the REI: How Should we Approach Getting Pregnant with HA?

    Ep 52 Ask the REI: How Should we Approach Getting Pregnant with HA?

    Dr. Goldstein is the founding physician of Beverly Hills Fertility. She is one of the most trusted names in fertility and is highly recommended by her patients for her communication, responsiveness, and attention to detail. Dr. Goldstein obtained her MD from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City and is a double board-certified OB-GYN and Reproductive Endocrinologist. In an industry that is continually becoming less personalized, Dr. Goldstein is proof that you can provide world-class fertility care and empower hopeful parents to choose a fertility journey that aligns with their goals before anything else. She weaves her way through the often overwhelming world of fertility care with intuition and empathy, to make sure her patients have a clear understanding of their diagnosis and treatment options. Dr. Goldstein lives in Santa Monica with her two children and her husband. When she is not taking care of patients, she enjoys rowing, kayaking, yoga, traveling, and hiking in the Santa Monica Mountains.



    In this Episode


    Understanding the physiology of Hypothalamic Amenorrhea
    Distinguishing between HA and PCOS
    Diagnosing HA when your labs are “normal”
    How set point comes into play with regard to fertility
    Should you do IVF if your period is still missing?
    Why some women lose their period with HA, and others do not
    Why some Obgyns aren’t up to speed on how to properly diagnose HA
    The questions your REI should be asking upon your initial fertility assessment



    Connect with Dr. Goldstein

    Website: Ellen Goldstein






    Connect with Lindsey:

    Instagram: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@‌food.freedom.fertility⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

    Website: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠www.foodfreedomandfertility.com/⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

    Twitter: @lindseylusson

    Tiktok: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@‌food.freedom.fertility





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    • 40 min
    Ep 51: Going from No Period to Pregnant in 8 Weeks

    Ep 51: Going from No Period to Pregnant in 8 Weeks

    Kelly has been a physical therapist for 7 years and lives in eastern Pennsylvania w/her husband of 5 years. Shortly after getting married, Kelly lost her period due to Hypothalamic Amenorrhea. After months of trying recovery on her own, Kelly joined Lindsey's program in the summer of 2023 after realizing she couldn’t keep putting recovery on the back burner if she wanted to get pregnant ASAP. By the end of the summer, Kelly had not only gotten her period back, she found out she was pregnant! Listen as Kelly, and I visit through her experience going from no period to pregnant in 8 weeks!



    In this Episode:


    Linkage between Physical Therapy and a potential pathway to developing HA


    Leaning into your gut feeling that something is off with your body


    How weight status can impact your body’s ability to get a period


    Flipping the script on weight gain: tips and tricks to reframe your mindset during recovery


    Achieving pregnancy naturally in 8 weeks after going 4 years without a period


    Lessons learned from HA recovery that can serve you well in pregnancy





    Connect with Lindsey:

    Instagram: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@‌food.freedom.fertility⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

    Website: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠www.foodfreedomandfertility.com/⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

    Twitter: @lindseylusson

    Tiktok: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@‌food.freedom.fertility⁠






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    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
55 Ratings

55 Ratings

misspiggyrieke ,

A great help

As someone who is learning a lot of HA on their own, I have been greatly helped by Lindsey’s Q&As, general HA information, and recovery stories. It has encouraged me to press on in my health journey, gain some LBs, walk rather than run, and I have already gotten my period back after a month of work! I am thankful for this platform of hers!

Dunkin1234567 ,

Pressing Pause

Pressing Pause on IVF and getting pregnant was SUCH an inspiring episode!! You are doing amazing work! Really helps those who are afraid of choosing recovery gain the courage and strength to make the decision! LOVED this episode, Lindsey, and Jean!

HumidityRN4FN ,

Found freedom!!

This podcast and Lindsey have been the reasons I discovered I have HA. Lindsey is an amazing host! She is so well informed and back all of data with science. This podcast has helped me find food freedom and brought me closer to my fertility goals. I thank God for Lindsey and all the work she has done in the HA community.

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