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I'm Karagan is the founder of S'moo.
She wanted to share a story with you and what brought her to found S'moo and our very first product, Ovary Good. This is her interview with GetPregnant.Today
From the time I was 14, I've been a fitness and nutrition fanatic.
It's not every day that a 14 year old becomes obsessed with living a healthy lifestyle... but I was left with no choice... seriously.
At 14, I was diagnosed with PCOS...
I remember the day so vividly as I walked into the doctors with 50 extra pounds on my body. I remember the feeling of shame as I stepped on the scale as a 170 pound, 5'4 14 year old and not knowing how I had gotten here.
Despite how active I was, how healthy I ate, I was now considered obese for my age... I was mortified.
That day I was diagnosed with PCOS, and that day is what changed the entire path of my life. My mom hadn't wanted me to get on the recommended birth control, knowing that birth control was unnatural, and only masked the symptoms of PCOS instead of solving them for good. So we took the holistic route, which was absolutely the choice I'd make time and time again.
Through herbs, my menstrual periods were quickly regulated. So my only other focus was going to the gym, and managing my calories accordingly. From that point, I was obsessed... with food, and calorie counting. I'd spend every night on the treadmill for 2 hours, and every moment away counting calories or waiting until my next meal. It wasn't healthy. Nor did I feel healthy.
What I didn't realize at the time is that PCOS wasn't just weight gain, and menstrual periods... it impacts so much more than that.
For the next 4 years, I tried to manage my PCOS symptoms by trying any solution in the book. I tried any supplement I could get my hands on, every diet that I could follow and every workout regimen out there but I still:
• Had trouble losing weight
• Hormonal/ Cystic acne
• Anxiety and Mood Swings
• Lack of Energy
• Abnormal Hair Growth
• Mild Depression
• Mental Fuzziness
Through years of trial and error, I figured out what worked and didn’t work for me.
After honing in on what worked best, I had found my secret sauce... The only problem?! 12 pills a day... UGH! This would soon lead me to creating Ovary Goood. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves
My secret sauce didn’t just allow me to function normally every day but it also gave me the energy and confidence I needed to pursue my fitness journey. So much that I took on the challenge of weight lifting and which lead me to become internationally ranked elite in powerlifting! What was only merely a dream as I sat through my many tribulations in the past years, had been made possible from such a small change in my lifestyle.
I've been fortunate to find what helps best along the way and reliving those moments of frustrations and endless seeking of solutions, compelled me to share with all of you what helped me in my journey through PCOS.
I feel amazing, and I want all my cysters to feel the same!
I can't wait for you to try what I created for you and look forward to hearing your stories on social! #SmooCysters
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