This week, I’m talking to Kirsten Karchmer. Kirsten is a health-tech pioneer and women’s health expert. She’s the founder and CEO of Brazen, where she’s leading a women’s health revolution committed to significantly improving the lives and clinical outcomes of women with PMS, menstrual cramps, PCOS, endometriosis, and infertility. Kirsten has helped more than 10,000 women over the last twenty years improve their health, menstrual cycles, and fertility. Her new book, Seeing Red, is out now.
In this episode, Kirsten and I discuss how every piece of the menstrual cycle tells us something about our bodies, why it’s important to talk about PMS and PMDD right now (15% of people with PMDD will have one suicide attempt in their lifetime), how to better communicate with our partners, family, and friends about the symptoms we face each month during our periods (and how they can support us), and why mindset and surrendering play such an important role in our health.
Kirsten’s Congee Recipe
Before going to bed, place 1 cup organic, brown rice, 8 cups of water, and a handful of dried apricots
into a crockpot. Cook on low overnight. If you prefer a smoother consistency, puree congee with a hand blender.
Scoop out your desired amount for the morning, add in an ingredient or two listed below. Save the rest
of the congee in the fridge and reheat a portion each morning for the rest of the week. Viola!
Add-Ins: Black Strap Molasses, Granola (without added sugar), Flax Oil, Cardamom or Cinnamon (only in the last half of your cycle), Almond Slivers (cook in the congee with the apricots the night before)
Dried Cherries or Dried Blueberries
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