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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

Period Recovery and Fertility Podcast Lindsey Lusson

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 53 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 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

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    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
    Ep 50: Bridging the Gap in Practitioner Care for Period Recovery

    Ep 50: Bridging the Gap in Practitioner Care for Period Recovery

    Join me and my friend Cynthia Donovan, aka the Period Nutritionist, as we discuss the gaps we see currently in our healthcare system with properly diagnosing and treating Hypothalamic Amenorrhea and our hope for how our new program, Period Recovery Practitioner will help to better educate and equip healthcare professionals.



    In This Episode:


    Statistics on the prevalence of HA
    Why all healthcare providers need to know about HA
    What you won’t learn in books and research papers
    Understanding the health ramifications of missing periods
    How Period Recovery Practitioner can help you level up and better serve your patients and clients



    Ready to learn more about PRP? Start by filling out this form and be sure to give us a follow on Instagram @period.recovery.practitioner




    Connect with Lindsey:

    Instagram: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@‌food.freedom.fertility⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

    Website: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠www.foodfreedomandfertility.com/⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

    Twitter: @lindseylusson

    Tiktok: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@‌food.freedom.fertility







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    • 37 min
    Ep 49: Recovery Reflections 7 years later

    Ep 49: Recovery Reflections 7 years later

    Join me for a casual conversation with my friend Kristen Kelly who I met through HA recovery 7 years ago! We review our experiences coming to terms with an HA diagnosis, what recovery looks and feels like now versus then, and our reflections on how recovery has changed our lives for the better.

    In this Episode:


    Two very different paths that led to period loss
    Being honest with yourself and navigating PCOS misdiagnosis
    Challenges of going straight from recovery into pregnancy
    How to approach eating and exercise post-recovery
    The rabbit hole of toxic-free living and how to approach this mindfully
    Learning patience, acceptance, and appreciation for your body regardless of what size or season you’re in



    Stay up to date with all things Food Freedom Fertility and gain access to my free Period Recovery Meal Plan.

    ⁠⁠⁠Get my Period Recovery Meal Plan⁠


    Links Mentioned in the Episode:


    Podcast Episode 1: My Recovery Story


    Podcast: Fertility Friday Podcast





    Connect with Lindsey:

    Instagram: ⁠⁠⁠⁠@‌food.freedom.fertility⁠⁠⁠⁠

    Website: ⁠⁠⁠⁠www.foodfreedomandfertility.com/⁠⁠⁠⁠

    Twitter: @lindseylusson

    Tiktok: ⁠⁠⁠⁠@‌food.freedom.fertility








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    • 56 min
    Ep 48: PCOS and HA? Navigating nutrition when you have both

    Ep 48: PCOS and HA? Navigating nutrition when you have both

    Cory Ruth is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and women's health expert. Cory is the founder and principal of The Women's Dietitian and Instagram account @thewomensdietitian, a private practice and digital platform for women seeking nutrition support for hormone balance, PCOS, fertility, and weight management. She specializes in PCOS and nutrition therapy for infertility and assisted reproductive technology. Cory is also the creator of the successful online programs The PCOS Boss Academy and Get Pregnant with PCOS- It is through these programs that she is able to help countless women on their journeys to weight loss and fertility with PCOS. Cory has launched a PCOS supplement and protein powder line called Vita-PCOS to further support women with PCOS symptom management. She also has a new podcast, The Imperfect PCOS Podcast!



    In this Episode:


    The blurred line between HA and PCOS when looking at labs
    Understanding a true PCOS diagnosis
    Cory’s experience in developing HA while having PCOS
    Tips for navigating HA recovery when dealing with a dual diagnosis
    The importance of balance versus restriction
    Key supplements for managing PCOS



    Stay up to date with all things Food Freedom Fertility and gain access to my free Period Recovery Meal Plan.

    ⁠⁠Get my Period Recovery Meal Plan⁠



    Connect with Lindsey:

    Instagram: ⁠⁠⁠@‌food.freedom.fertility⁠⁠⁠

    Website: ⁠⁠⁠www.foodfreedomandfertility.com/⁠⁠⁠

    Twitter: @lindseylusson

    Tiktok: ⁠⁠⁠@‌food.freedom.fertility








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    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
53 Ratings

53 Ratings

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.

Swiftie10/18 ,

Great Podcast

Wow! The Food Freedom Fertility podcast is such an informative podcast. I’ve learned so much over the past few years of listening. Lindsey provides a wealth of information while also being kind. She truly empathizes with HA women, as she went through it herself. Her Instagram page is also fantastic. Thank you Lindsey! You’re changing lives. ❤️

hayleek93 ,

FFF Follower & Long Time Runner

Wow! These podcasts along with the FFF Instagram posts have been so helpful in my period recovery journey. As some who has been extremely active my entire life I wasn’t sure if I’d ever be able to get my period while still running marathons. I started listening to these podcast a few months ago and by following many of the FFF tips I was able to gain my period back, while still continuing to train for the upcoming Boston Marathon, something I didn’t think would be possible. I reached out to Lindsey about a week ago and told her I would be looking into starting her program in April after one more race. I felt it was time I put running on the back burn and focus on more important aspects of my overall health. She was so helpful and kept sending me emails about recovery tips and told me that we could reconnect about her period recovery program after my race. Little did I know that that by really fueling my body and being okay with gaining some weight over the last few months, I got my period! This was without giving up my training plan, purely fueling my body, more and more everyday until it felt safe enough to get a period! I know this is my story and won’t work the same for everyone but it is possible with the right guidance and encouragement.

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