A Gluten and Dairy Free Approach to Healing PCOS

Newport Beach Registered Dietitian, Tallene Hacatoryan Teaches Us How

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PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) is a hormonal disorder that affects 1 in 10 women of childbearing age. PCOS can affect fertility and menstrual cycles, cause acne and weight gain, as well as increase your chances for other health problems, including diabetes and high blood pressure.

The exact cause of PCOS is unknown. Early diagnosis and treatment along with weight loss may reduce the risk of long-term complications, which is where Newport Beach Registered Dietitian, Tallene Hacatoryan MS, RD, CLT comes in.

Tallene specializes in helping women with PCOS lose weight via a gluten and dairy free lifestyle. Tallene has PCOS herself and after healing her own symptoms, she has committed to helping women feel their best while balancing their hormones.

Hormones are those pesky little chemicals that cause PCOS symptoms when imbalanced. But they’re actually part of a beautiful system that controls our metabolism, sleep cycles, skin health and beyond. If we nurture our hormones, they can be the superpowers that give us glowing skin, rested sleep and a happy mood.

Your hormones are controlled by the ​endocrine system​. This is a series of glands that creates and distributes hormones throughout your body. The foods you eat, the stress you harbor, all impact the way these glands function and produce hormones. It’s important to give them a little love in order to heal PCOS.

Tallene Hacatoryan

5 Steps to Balance Your Hormones Naturally

  1. Eat more cruciferous veggies.​ At least three servings per day of these superfood veggies (think: broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower). These foods contain compounds that bind to excess estrogen in your gut and flush it out.
  2. Eat more healthy fats.​ Too few good fats on your plate will impair your body’s ability to produce the hormones that boost energy and feelings of satiety and suppress cravings.
  3. Sleep seven to nine hours a night.​ This is the magic range to give the body time to release, rebalance, and replenish hormones.
  4. Take time to relax.​ Cortisol and stress hormones wreak havoc on our other hormones when we are constantly stressed. Our body steals from our other hormones to make more cortisol, giving us the symptoms of hormonal imbalance mentioned above. So, taking time to squeeze in some deep breathing, meditation, yoga, jogging, reading—whatever helps you chill—is crucial.
  5. Cut back on stimulants. ​Too much caffeine in the form of coffee, energy drinks, sodas, and sometimes even tea or chocolate interfere with the hormones by stimulating your adrenal gland and producing more stress hormones like cortisol instead of reproductive hormones like progesterone.

Gluten free and diary free living doesn’t have to be boring! You can join Tallene’s membership program for women with PCOS called The Cysterhood. On The Cysterhood website (and app), women can read her articles and recipes, take her courses and chat with like-minded women about the journey to healing PCOS via a gluten and dairy free approach.

Try this Gluten and Dairy Free Lavendar Honey Cake

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