WHAT WOMEN ARE SAYING
I started seeing Nicole because I struggle with PCOS and secondary infertility. I had very irregular periods and a whole host of other PCOS symptoms. I had tried some PCOS medications and infertility drugs prior to seeking Nicole’s help but neither were successful. Nicole taught me A LOT. Beyond what she taught me about nutrition, endocrinology, spirituality, to name a few, she made me feel that I had a friend to help me through my struggle. It was refreshing to speak to someone who actually took my ailments seriously and understood how difficult it was for me, as a woman, to suffer from conditions that made me feel less womanly.
Through working with Nicole, I gained a tremendous amount of knowledge about how to eat right for my body based on my hormonal needs. It is a different approach to nutrition specifically designed and catered for a woman. Her methods go outside the box and are so far from and better than your typical “eat right” fads. I would recommend her program to anyone for any reason. The program primed my body to do what I was hoping for… I am now pregnant with twins and I could not be more thrilled. This time around, keeping up with what I learned from Nicole, I am having an easier and healthier pregnancy and remembering to take care of myself. It sounds so simple but it’s not when you own your own business, work too much, are pregnant and exhausted with a wild almost-3-year-old boy at home. It is not just about fixing your period, Nicole and the program are so much bigger than that. Nicole Rocks!
JORDANA S., Attorney, Boca Raton, FL
As far as testimony there is such much to be said. I have thoroughly enjoyed every bit of this ongoing journey. I first heard about Nicole through a fertility summit a few months back. Upon seeing the topic that she was planning to speak on even before I heard her speak I signed up for her newsletter and started reading her blogs.
Nicole has so much information to share, but it’s more than information – she genuinely has a caring spirit that shines through in her assistance to women. Although I’m still learning because of all the knowledge that Nicole has imparted all my friends think I’m some sort of period genius now. *smile*
I’ve been suffering with PCOS and painful heavy periods for about 4 years. I’ve researched and tried a lot of different things in an effort to relieve the symptoms. About a year ago I decided to get really serious and try the natural approach and deal with my body as a whole and through the laws of attraction I believe it connected me with Nicole. This chick is awesome. She helped me to really pinpoint what I should eliminate from my diet and what I should include in it. She also helped me to appreciate that although I may be taking appropriate supplements and botanicals that if I’m not taking the right amount I wouldn’t see the results I was aiming for.
I also thank Nicole for being a listening ear when I needed to vent about a few things. I’m taking a slower progressive approach but there have been small changes that I have become more cognizant of lately. My sugar levels are more balanced at meals, I’m including more grains of different varieties & leafy green veggies and healthy fats at every opportunity. My energy levels have increased and I know that eventually I will get my whole body not just my cycle in order.
SHARNA O., Student, Baltimore, MD
When I found Nicole I had been off the pill for a few months and was struggling with my cycle, or the absence of it. I had made some life style changes and made sure I took extra care of myself, but for some reason I wouldn’t get my cycle back. That’s when I found Nicole, spent hours digging in her blog and had a lovely consultation session with her on skype. That was the beginning of an amazing journey for me. Over the past months I have radically redefined the concept of womanhood. I have learned so much about myself and my body, and I have made more necessary life style and nutrition changes. As for my cycle, the situation has improved a lot, I had a very easy period and I feel I am so much more in contact with my body. I have started charting my cycle and I am loving it! I am still a work in progress and I feel my body needs more time to get adjusted, but I know I am on the right path.
What I love about Nicole’s program is the way she has set it up – it becomes naturally a part of your daily life without getting overwhelming. Every week you get great information and practical tips that you can start implementing right away. By the end of the course you’ll be surprised how many positive changes you’ve made over such a short period of time. The best part is that you’ll feel so much better in your skin and you’ll learn to listen to your body. And yes, you will fall madly in love with yourself! Also, having Nicole holding your hand and being there for you with her knowledge and expertise makes such a big difference. Oh, and as a bonus you have access to the most amazing private FB community of lovely ladies! So, overall this journey has been very empowering as a woman. The best part of it – you can keep the changes and the ladies in your life!
HELINA M., Buenos Aires, Argentina
“I have loved Nicole’s course. One of the reasons I signed up for the course was I knew my hormones were out of balance and I was also trying to get pregnant. In the past I had suffered from endometriosis and constant attacks of cystitis so I knew something was not quite right. I had only just begun the course when I discovered the good news that I was pregnant! I am now 9 weeks along and hopefully everything will continue to go well.
I had done a lot of research myself online and embarked on diet changes from January of this year (eating a mainly wholefoods, plant based diet) but the information on Nicole’s course helped in a huge way as it confirmed I was going in the right direction and was also a really practical help (loved the e-book of recipes). I also went for acupuncture and took herbs to help me when trying to conceive. I just wish I had discovered Nicole’s course a lot sooner as I honestly believe it would have saved me months of pain and drama
I found Nicole’s course to be hugely beneficial. It confirmed my belief that the foods I put into my body were causing a hormonal imbalance and various health problems. I was struggling with terrible pms, bloating and painful periods which prompted me to join the course. In the past I had also suffered from endometriosis and I now believe that the changes to my diet & lifestyle will stop any recurrence. The help Nicole gave me was also very practical and I love making the recipes from her ebook. Thank you Nicole for providing me with the knowledge to keep my body balanced and happy.
CAROLINE S., Dublin, Ireland
This year, my husband and I decided that we were ready to have a baby. However, I had noticed that since going off of birth control, my periods were extremely irregular. In fact, I had only receieved my period 3 times during the year. Knowing this, I was concerned and therefore, went to see my obg. He had informed me that I may, in fact, have some problems getting pregnant and diagnosed me with PCOS. In addition, he recommended that I see a fertility specialist in order to get the ball rolling.
The fertility clinic gave me several blood tests, and by doing this, they found out that I had high prolactin levels due to a prolactinoma, a.k.a. a tumor in the pituitary gland. At that point, they told me that without help, aka IVF, I would not be able to get pregnant. I was very concerned and quickly contacted Nicole.
First and foremost, Nicole provided me with hope and encouragement that everything will be ok. She created an amazing plan for me regarding what I should eat and what to avoid. She constantly checked up with me to make sure that I was doing ok and to keep providing me with Information and motivation. After 3 months of following Nicole’s plan, I became pregnant completely naturally. It was a miracle and I am so grateful to her! Nicole really was amazing in my quest to get pregnant and was there for me whenever I needed her. She is an awesome person, health coach and now friend.
DANIELLE W., Queens, NY
I feel very fortunate to have met Nicole. She is so full of energy she could make any topic fun to talk about, even periods!
While I don’t have any major period issues I personally struggle with, I found the information she shares in her Fix Your Period program to be incredibly helpful in other areas of health (so much so that I’ve created a binder full of her helpful tips!) After taking her course, I’m pleased to report the minor menstrual symptoms I was experiencing (breast tenderness and moderate cramps) have almost disappeared!
It is really eye opening to learn just how much hormones affect all areas of your health. It deeply frustrates me that our health system focuses so much on pharmaceuticals when there are so many answers that lie within our own bodies. I really enjoyed learning what you can do with your diet to make positive changes. One of my favorite ah-ha moments is when she said, “People need to stop thinking of greens as a main dish, but a side dish.” I know I’m not the only one thinking salads (and other greens) belong on the side.
It was extremely valuable to learn how much control one can take over their own health (menstrual or other) by learning healthy (non-pharma) ways to manage hormones and their effects. I think it is a disservice we are not taught these things in school. Thank you Nicole for all the great work you are doing to not only improve women’s periods, but their lives!
TARA B., Owner, Be Prepared Period, Seattle, WA
I stumbled upon Nicole’s FYP program while searching the web looking up natural options for birth control. Being someone who suffered severe cramps, to the point of nearly passing out, my interest was definitely piqued! Although I felt like I was nutritionally well balanced and aware of the good and bad’s in food around us, I wanted to hear what she had to say. So, I skeptically booked a phone consult. After hearing the things Nicole had to say about how I could feel about my period I wanted to learn more.
In addition to cramps I also experienced major mood swings, head aches, extreme tiredness, hunger and CRAVINGS!!! I had come to grips with the fact that each month I would be experiencing these symptoms for about a week and a half to two weeks a month. That’s nearly half the month!! Spending half my time in misery was getting old. I was ready to put all my effort into feeling better. Knowing that working to make a better version of me would mean a better life for my kids, family and friends around me.
During the program I learned such diverse things. I learned nutrition. Being that I have celiac disease I have always been into reaching and knowing all things nutrition. As I said, I thought that I knew a lot to know about the topics Nicole would be covering. None the less she went above and beyond to explain why certain things were good or bad, what effects that had on our daily lives, as well as our physical well being (short term and long term). Most important she explained the effects it would have on us as women. I also learned a lot about myself during this program. My outlook on life and my cycle has been impacted in a positive way!
The results that I have seen since going through the FYP program are amazing! I have no cramps at all! Not even a little ache! Bloating (which I wasn’t even aware that I was having until after not having it) is gone! Headaches gone! Cravings are gone! I realized the tiredness was due to insomnia that was happening and now is not! My energy levels are higher than ever! I don’t crash in the middle of the day. And my mood swings, while they are still happening, are not nearly as extreme as they were. I am continuing to work on improvements in diet and mental/emotional well being. It’s a process that I believe is always continuing throughout life. As I like to say ”We are always headed in a direction and never standing still. We are either headed forward and improving or headed backward. Because staying stagnant is equal to heading backwards”. The improvements made during this program are not a diet change, it’s a lifestyle change. And it’s one that is definitely worth making!!
TARIN A., Doula, Egg Harbor Township, NJ
Nicole happened to me right when I was journeying through a very difficult time in my life. I was overweight, my face was full of acne, and I was suffering from iron deficiency anemia, acid- reflux, and heavy, painful, and irregular periods. Being a broke graduate student in NYC, I was very cautious about joining one of the many available health-related counseling programs. Thankfully, I decided to join Nicole and Kerri’s program and they just blew me away with their knowledge about the human body right away! They were right on about how stress wreaks havoc on our endocrine system and how the body goes haywire trying to adjust itself to the elevated levels of hormones. I was glad that I finally got some proper scientific explanation and not some abstract holistic shoptalk..
Nicole patiently answered my zillion queries about my ailments and provided solutions that actually worked and which did not involve taking pills with a thousand side effects. She coached me to make those subtle changes to my regular diet and was totally sympathetic about my frequent flirtations with sugary delights. She was not guilting me to give up french fries or chocolate truffles but was actually directing me to food that was already there in my kitchen which would act as a substitute and help satisfy my cravings for sugar and fat. She checked on me every week, listened to my problems like a shrink, and offered solutions like a true dietitian and a personal trainer! How awesome is that? I found a shrink, dietitian, personal trainer, and a friend by joining just one program! Sweet indeed.
Thanks to Nicole I finally made those lifestyle changes and within a month saw the promised results! I am losing weight, my acne has subsided, my sugar cravings are down, my period is lighter and less painful, and my acid reflux is almost gone. I feel beautiful and I am now in control of my own body and that is an awesome feeling. She made me desire “good health” and that is infectious because I can clearly see that I’ve passed on that desire to my loved ones!
DEE B., Professor, Queens, NY
After a long struggle with infertility for many years I was advised by a friend to contact Nicole and try her “Fix Your Period” program. Doctors had basically told me that I was entering early menopause and that my egg reserve was so low that chances of getting pregnant naturally or through IVF were almost impossible. We decided to try with egg donation. We had one try and it didn’t work. Right after the procedure I got sick so many times and I felt bloated and very unhealthy. My immune system was affected by stress, hormones and unhealthy eating. My body seriously needed a makeover. When I contacted Nicole I instantly had such a great feeling about the program due to her scientific and professional but at the same time very caring way of explaining how the foods can have a great impact on our bodies, positively and negatively.
I looked forward to our sessions each Monday. Nicole was my nutritionist, a friend, psychologist and a dietitian. I realized that my regular diet was not so bad but I have learned so much about what to add to my everyday diet. I kept telling Nicole that I wished I had met her before but now I know that it is never too late to regulate your body and start eating healthy. After two months of following the program and a 5 day cleanse I felt better than I had in years! My feeling of being constantly bloated went away, I felt more energetic and light, and my skin was much more clear. I have decided to do the cleanse twice a year from now on.
After the program Nicole continued to check on me to see how I was doing and if I was continuing to eat right and follow what she had taught me. Not only have I continued following what she taught me but I have also converted my Italian husband to use whole grain pasta!
Since we still weren’t getting pregnant naturally we decided to go back and try the egg donation IVF procedure again. I felt ready, my body was stronger and I reacted to the hormone intake much better. My breasts were not as tender as before and I didn’t feel tired and sick all the time. About three weeks ago we learned that we were pregnant!! I really think that the program had a huge positive impact on our result and that Nicole is an amazing person to work with. Whatever the result of this pregnancy, I will continue to follow Nicole’s advice and hope for the best.
CARLA S., Stylist, New York, NY
I first got my period at age 11. During high school I struggled with painful cramping, so bad I couldn’t walk and had to lie down in the nurse’s office until my mother picked me up.
As an adult, I tried painkillers, homeopathy, and acupuncture, but nothing made a big dent. As a Yoga Teacher, I learned how to use Yoga to relieve some of the tension in my abdomen and back, even reducing the cramps from all day, to a few hours. Yet, I did not look forward to being incapacitated for those few hours, and had to schedule my work around that. My periods were regular, but the strength and duration of the cramps were unpredictable.
I took the Fix Your Period course, hoping that my diet was the missing link. I never knew what to eat and I always went for comfort foods because it was the only thing that I could look forward to that would ease the intensity. I was listening to my body, but I was making poor food choices that were destructive to my hormonal health. I didn’t realize that my endocrine system played such a huge role in how I felt by the time PMS and my period showed up.
After the 8 weeks, I noticed that my eating habits changed thanks to the support of the group and Nicole. I made very small changes and after 3 months, I had a pain-free period!!! It came and went, and on the last day, it dawned on me that I didn’t have any pain this time around. My cravings for coffee and sugar have greatly diminished and overall I feel balanced.
DHYANI P., Yoga Teacher, New York, NY
If you have a period, you MUST take this course. You really only need a vagina! Much of the information is valuable for a woman in various stages of her hormonal career. This is one of the best online courses for women. Kerri and Nicole are fantastic hosts with a wealth of information that is unparalleled. This course is exceptionally comprehensive. No woman is left behind whether her symptoms are derived from food, emotions, toxins or most probably, a combination of everything. Kerri and Nicole cover it all. They are warm, caring, funny and crazy smart. Besides providing vast information, a guided cleanse and hugely entertaining sessions, they actually follow up through e-mail and phone sessions, making sure everybody gets individual attention. They have provided a really great forum to educate women on what the hell is actually going on down there.
I walked away from the class armed with great information and resources, tasty and healthy recipes, a cleaner body and new friendships. You won’t believe the magic that happens when women come together to talk about their period! Who knew our period could be so much fun?
STEPHANIE S., Omaha, NE
Nicole, you changed my life, and it’s time I thanked you. It was suggested to me in 2005 that I likely had PCOS. I knew that it might mean that I might have trouble conceiving, but at that time I didn’t have a sense as to the extent and didn’t do any research — I figured I’d just suss it out later.
Last year, my husband and I started seriously thinking about what our next chapter might look like and I got off the pill. In July or August, I stumbled on your two-part series about PCOS and it absolutely knocked the wind out of me. I had no idea how serious PCOS is, i.e. the leading cause of infertility in women, 1 in 10 women have it; I was crestfallen. But your article offered ideas and solutions and so I felt hopeful. I immediately changed my lifestyle and started following your suggestions. I started eating a low glycemic index diet, cut out soy and avoided BPA exposure. I also started counting calories with the help of an app called MyFitnessPal. Over the next 12 months, I lost 32 pounds. I’ve struggled with my weight for the past several years, and for the first time in a long time I felt great.
Meanwhile, we started seeing a reproductive endocrinologist. After lots of tests and doing a few months of ovulation predictor kits, I learned on June 20 that I was ‘anovulatory’ and would most likely need some sort of fertility drug support. I was heartbroken. The doctor suggested we immediately start taking Chlomid. We decided to think about it and instead started Metformin. After much thought and conversation, we decided that we would not go the Chlomid route; we didn’t want to ‘play god’. We decided that if it didn’t happen naturally for us, then we would look to adoption when it was financially feasible.
In October, we learned that we sure are pregnant I’m nearly 14 weeks now, and get this – my due date is June 20, 2013.
I am so grateful to you, Nicole. You have made a profound difference in my life, and I am so thankful that you have chosen to share your passion and knowledge for health and wellness. I feel confident that if I hadn’t come across your article, this journey would have been even more challenging and emotionally distressing for us. I probably would have felt more pressure to consider synthetic drugs as well. You made me feel empowered. You made it clear that I had choices; that I had some influence over the disorder. You were the catalyst for me taking my health and wellness into my own hands. Thank you.
AMY T., Atlanta, GA
I had the privilege of participating in Nicole’s 10 week Fix Your Period group program. The information I learned about adrenal fatigue has com- pletely changed my life. Prior to taking the course, I was strung out and exhausted. I was clueless about the damage that I was doing to my adrenal glands. I knew I needed more rest but I was unaware of the long term damage I was doing and furthermore felt powerless on how to get more rest when there seemed to always be an endless list of things to do.
As a direct result of Nicole’s encouragement, I have rearranged my clients and all life activities so that they better accommodate my needs for sleep and down time. I don’t know that I would have ever made these changes on my own as I did not fully grasp the importance of what my hectic New York lifestyle was doing to my poor adrenal glands. I feel much more empowered after taking the course and overall feel that I have been resuscitated from deep fatigue of the soul. I am loving my new energy!! Nicole is fabulous! She has extensive knowledge of women’s health issues. She shines with passion for her clients and for this subject. I would confidently recommend Nicole and all of her programs to any of my clients or friends.
ALLISON VERNON, Fitness Coach, New York, NY
I went to Nicole for some help with learning how to eat healthier — especially on a vegetarian diet. She was patient, knowledgeable and supportive. I learned to think about food in a different way and it has stayed with me to this day. Definite recommend!
MARY N., TV Producer, New York, NY
My favorite sessions were about food! Learning to chew, chew, chew...and respecting what precious gifts food brought to my body. I now (1) follow the 80/20 rule ensuring that I follow a healthy diet 80% of the time, (2) I pay attention to the yin and yang of food balance (which has totally helped with my heartburn) and (3) because I have PCOS I keep a food diary and incorporate cleanses into my diet plan (in the 8 week program I successfully lost and kept off 5lbs). Specifically, The Liver Cleanse has forever changed the way I eat today, I look for fruits and vegetables in every meal, and I now see soup as a breakfast option! I highly recommend the Fix your Period program to women, so that they can begin having Mindful breathing, Mindful eating and Mindful living!
Camille W., Finance Manager, Jeffersonville, PA
These two ladies were so inspiring and they helped me exceed all of my expectations! They supported me on my journey and showed me so much compassion and love along the way. I soon realized that getting healthy involved so much more about living life to the fullest and less about restrictive habits and crazy diets — which were not working for me!
Today I am happy to say that I have lost all the weight and I am PCOS-free. I feel sooo empowered and I consider myself an expert on my own body!
Christine M., Jewelry Designer, New York, NY
Nicole is a great listener and kept me focused on what was important. She really kept me on track throughout the program. There were times when I doubted myself but Nicole was constantly encouraging me. She was truly on my side! After each session I came away with concrete ways to effect change not only on a physical level but on a mental and emotional level too. After just two sessions I started to see and feel a difference in my cycle. It was so liberating to finally have some control over my body. I recommend Nicole's program to every woman I know!
Shannon L., Graphic Designer, New York, NY
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