57 episodes

Welcome to the Period Recovery podcast. Here is where your host Cynthia Registered Dietitian Period Recovery expert, will discuss the reality, ups & downs & life-changing journey of getting your period back and finding balance with food, body & exercise. After overcoming missing period issues of her own, Cynthia started to help women across the world get their periods back for good & restore their health & fertility through her unique methodology for period recovery. Cynthia breaks down the science into simple-to-follow ways so that you can understand why your period is missing (still) and what you can do to get your period back every month (or get pregnant if that's your goal). It's time to stop stressing & guessing & get your period & your life back! Tune in every other Thursday & feel empowered to take action to get your period back for good with all the tips, information & stories Cynthia is sharing. Follow Cynthia on Instagram @period.nutritionist or visit her website www.periodnutritionist.com.

The Period Recovery Podcast Cynthia Donovan

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 45 Ratings

Welcome to the Period Recovery podcast. Here is where your host Cynthia Registered Dietitian Period Recovery expert, will discuss the reality, ups & downs & life-changing journey of getting your period back and finding balance with food, body & exercise. After overcoming missing period issues of her own, Cynthia started to help women across the world get their periods back for good & restore their health & fertility through her unique methodology for period recovery. Cynthia breaks down the science into simple-to-follow ways so that you can understand why your period is missing (still) and what you can do to get your period back every month (or get pregnant if that's your goal). It's time to stop stressing & guessing & get your period & your life back! Tune in every other Thursday & feel empowered to take action to get your period back for good with all the tips, information & stories Cynthia is sharing. Follow Cynthia on Instagram @period.nutritionist or visit her website www.periodnutritionist.com.

    The Biggest Thing Holding You Back From a Monthly Period: Weight Gain

    The Biggest Thing Holding You Back From a Monthly Period: Weight Gain

    Caitie, a fellow Registered Dieitian and I sit down to talk about the biggest fear in period recovery. Weight gain & body changes.

    Struggling with body image while trying to regain your period can feel like a never ending battle, but it doesn't have to be. Caitie joins us with her expertise in nutrition and body image coaching, providing insights and strategies to help you embrace your body's natural changes and foster a positive relationship with food and exercise. Our heartfelt conversation peels back the societal layers dictating body norms, and we offer practical advice for those feeling stifled by expectations that can disrupt the healing process.

    Weight gain fears and the desire for control are real hurdles in period recovery, but together, Caitie and I share personal stories and client experiences that illuminate the path to acceptance. Learn how to replace compulsive behaviors with ones that honor your well-being, and understand why nurturing your body and mind is pivotal for true healing. We explore the depth of these emotional landscapes, offering solace and support to anyone seeking to navigate these complex waters.

    Confidence and resilience in a world brimming with judgment are not just ideas but necessary tools. We discuss how to build them by nourishing your body, taking risks aligned with your values, and practicing self-forgiveness. End the episode feeling empowered, knowing that our community is here to support each step towards reclaiming not only your period but a life enriched with self-compassion. Join us on this transformative journey as we continue to break stigmas and build strength in body image resilience.

    Caitie Corradino is a Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist, Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, eating disorder recovery coach, body image expert, Personal Trainer, Registered Yoga Teacher, and breathwork facilitator. She combines nutrition counseling with movement and a powerful toolkit of somatic healing modalities to help women heal from binge eating, yo-yo dieting, food anxiety, eating disorders, disordered eating, body dysmorphia, GI issues, and more. She provides 1:1 counseling services and group retreats at her practice, Full Soul Nutrition.

    Some fun facts:
    Caitie is a full-time nomad! She's currently parked in Lisbon, Portugal, where she has a digital nomad visa. 
    Caitie is a genuinely extroverted person that is truly energized by connecting with people.
    While Caitie no longer dances "formally," she's a forever dancer - she loves taking dance classes, dance fitness classes, and multiple daily kitchen dance breaks
    A few of her favorite things are: coffee, sunrises, playlists for every mood, candles, Ted Lasso, truffle fries, dogs, bathtubs, her friends, the moon, journaling, and being a Scorpio
    Get in touch with Caitie: fullsoulnutrition.com
    @caitie.c.rd on Insta 

    Apply for coaching w/Cynthia:
    https://p.bttr.to/3ybjfOb 
    Need guidance in eating? Check out this FREE Meal Plan from Cynthia
    Website: https://www.periodnutritionist.com  
    Instagram: www.instagram.com/period.nutritionist
    For the full show notes - please visit my website: periodnutritionist.com

    • 44 min
    Medical Gaslighting: Navigating the Complexities of Women's Health with Nicole Bendayan

    Medical Gaslighting: Navigating the Complexities of Women's Health with Nicole Bendayan

    Have you ever paused to consider the true weight of the words "informed consent," especially when it comes to birth control? Join me, Cynthia Donovan, and our insightful guest, Nicole Bendayan, as we shed light on the oft-overlooked nuances of women's health and empowerment. This episode is a testament to the strength and resilience of women navigating the healthcare system, where Nicole's personal narrative brings to the forefront the challenges and dismissals many face from healthcare professionals.

    Together, we peel back the layers of disordered eating, hormonal contraception, and menstrual health, highlighting the profound need for transparent communication and comprehensive education. Our discussion ventures into the labyrinth of transitioning off hormonal contraceptives, addressing post-pill amenorrhea, and underlines the importance of equipping women with the necessary tools to make empowered healthcare decisions. We confront the controversial Washington Post article featuring Nicole, sparking a crucial conversation about women's rights in healthcare choices and the political undertones that often muddy the waters.

    Wrapping up, we tackle the challenges of a fragmented medical system and the merits of seeking holistic care.


    Where to find Nicole?
    https://www.instagram.com/nicole.bendayan/
    https://www.tiktok.com/@nicole.bendayan

    **Apply for Period Recovery coaching w/Cynthia**
    https://p.bttr.to/3ybjfOb 
    Need guidance in eating? Check out this FREE Meal Plan from Cynthia
    Website: https://www.periodnutritionist.com  
    Instagram: www.instagram.com/period.nutritionist
    For the full show notes - please visit my website: periodnutritionist.com

    • 56 min
    A Marathon Runner's Race to Period Recovery

    A Marathon Runner's Race to Period Recovery

    Katy, a former physical therapist who loves running marathons, lost her period. Katy’s world turned upside down with a rare cancer diagnosis and the ensuing battle with amenorrhea, she never imagined that her fight for health would take her down a path of extreme behaviors with food + exercise. Katy’s story exposes the raw struggle many face with body image, the mental toll of living in a former larger body, and the bittersweet realization that sometimes, stepping back from exercise is what moves us forward.


    Katy's experience as a marathon enthusiast provides valuable insights for all of us who juggle the love for intense fitness with our body's need for balance. This episode peels back the curtain on the complex relationship between vigorous training and menstrual health, offering hope and practical guidance for listeners who may be grappling with similar challenges. 


    Katy's transformation - regaining her menstrual cycle while still embracing her passion for running - serves as an inspiring testament to the power of rest, proper nutrition, and listening to one's body.


    Finally, we celebrate the incredible impact of community support on Katy's path to healing. Through shared struggles and triumphs, Katy's narrative underscores that period recovery is not merely a physical process but a journey that can enhance every aspect of life. From improved relationships and career satisfaction to the joy of meals without anxiety, this conversation is a stirring reminder of the freedom that awaits on the other side of fear and restriction. So join us, and be uplifted by the collective strength that comes from a supportive network as we navigate the road to wellness together.



    Apply for coaching w/Cynthia:
    https://p.bttr.to/3ybjfOb 


    Need guidance in eating? Check out this FREE Meal Plan from Cynthia


    Website: https://www.periodnutritionist.com  


    Instagram: www.instagram.com/period.nutritionist


    For the full show notes - please visit my website: periodnutritionist.com

    • 41 min
    From the Partner's Perspective: Navigating Love and HA Recovery with Isabelle's Husband Dylan

    From the Partner's Perspective: Navigating Love and HA Recovery with Isabelle's Husband Dylan

    When love confronts the hurdles of health, the bonds we share are tested in ways we never expect. Join us as Dylan, the devoted husband to my client Isabelle, opens up about their shared path through the complexities of Hypothalamic Amenorrhea recovery. Their story is a poignant reminder of the resilience required in the face of eating disorder battles and the profound influence of unwavering partnership on the road to healing.

    This episode is a tapestry of vulnerability and strength, where we traverse the importance of communication, understanding, and the delicate art of support without overstepping. Dylan's insight into the nuances of being a pillar while ensuring his own self-care illuminates the balance that is often unspoken, but vital in navigating recovery together. His reflections on life post-recovery are a testament to the ongoing commitment to sustain healthy habits and the positive ripple effects they have on a relationship.

    We wrap up with a heartfelt discussion on the power of joy and acceptance, particularly in an era dominated by social media comparison. Dylan's approach to embracing change, especially in the context of weight gain, offers a perspective on expressing unconditional love that goes beyond the physical. His experiences serve as invaluable guidance for anyone walking alongside a loved one on their journey to wellness, and a reminder that the strength found in shared victories and understanding is immeasurable.

    Apply for coaching w/Cynthia: https://p.bttr.to/3ybjfOb 
    Website: https://www.periodnutritionist.com  
    Instagram: www.instagram.com/period.nutritionist
    For the full show notes - please visit my website: periodnutritionist.com

    • 1 hr 3 min
    What Happens When Period Recovery Takes Longer Than Expected: Isabelle's Story

    What Happens When Period Recovery Takes Longer Than Expected: Isabelle's Story

    Isabelle is an accountant who lives in the state of Washington with her husband who is a nurse, Dylan. Isabelle grew up in a family of women who had a lot to say about their bodies. Isabelle decided to get ready for her senior prom and that’s when it all really began. Isabelle was also married in the depths of her eating disorder and she was scared into recovery when she found out all the health implications that come along with a missing period. Her biggest FEAR-weight gain. Needless to say, she’s glad she didn’t let that hold her back. 
    She joined Cynthia’s program in May 2023 and so far has recovered multiple periods & now is living her BEST life ! 

    In this episode:
    Isabelle gives you the deets on how to overcome period recovery when its taking too longHow morality of food & perfectionism fueled her missing period How she wishes she started period recovery sooner (yes, even before her wedding) How she worked with another nutritionist and she was misinformed Digging deep into why you want to change your relationship with food & bodyRecovery hope when you are feeling stuck 

    Apply for coaching w/Cynthia: https://p.bttr.to/3ybjfOb 
    Website: https://www.periodnutritionist.com  
    Instagram: www.instagram.com/period.nutritionist
    For the full show notes - please visit my website: periodnutritionist.com

    • 57 min
    Leading the Way with HA Diagnosis & Research with Dr. Christiana Shufelt

    Leading the Way with HA Diagnosis & Research with Dr. Christiana Shufelt

    Dr. Shufelt is leading the way when it comes to hypothalamic amenorrhea research! Dr. Shufelt is the Chair of the Division of General Internal Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Florida. If you want to know the most updated information when it comes to HA, this is a MUST LISTEN episode! 


    We talk about it all today, including:
    HA is underreported, understudied, and undertreated, but it is much more common than we believePCOS & HA AMH levels & how they relate  to missing periods You should ask your doctors many important questions to get the answers you need (especially if they aren’t asking you the right questions) Since stress is such a big factor when it comes to HA, how we internalize and take on stress is important to recognize how it could prevent your period from returning 

    Want to be a part of HA research?  Click Here or call 904-953-9805


    Connect with Cynthia: 

    Apply for Coaching: https://p.bttr.to/3ybjfOb 


    Website: https://www.periodnutritionist.com  


    Instagram: www.instagram.com/period.nutritionist
    For the full show notes - please visit my website: periodnutritionist.com

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
45 Ratings

45 Ratings

Isabelle Reinhardt ,

Healing!

I started listening to Cynthia’s podcast over a year ago after coming across her Instagram page.

Never had I felt so SEEN and HEARD for the things I was struggling with. I didn’t feel condemned for my behaviors, but rather, I felt ENCOURAGED to pursue deep healing and change!

I completed her program last year and I’m happy to say it was one of my best decisions ever. I’m now living FREE, and with a PERIOD!

rukiddingmerihhtnow ,

My favorite podcast

Inspiring, never triggering (for ED recovery), always helpful, and full of positivity and good information. If you have HA, or if you think you’re under eating, this is the podcast to listen to!!

HumidityRN4FN ,

Educational, inspiring, a joy to listen too!

This podcast is nothing short of amazing. Cynthia combines education with her personality to create a podcast that is such a joy to listen to! I have learned so much from this podcast and it has inspired me in my personal journey to regain my period. Lindsey also has some information on how to support others going through HA and I especially loved the episode on the pelvic floor. I hope she continues doing this for many more years. Would recommend to anyone with a uterus!

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