043 – Mary Thomas – on Healing, The Expectations of Birth and Embracing Surrender

Welcome to The Steph Sanzaro Podcast, today we are joined by the beautiful Mary Thomas.

Before we begin, there is a **Mindful Warning** to proceed with care, as this episode discusses fertility, birth and suicide, please exercise caution and kindness to yourself while listening as these topics may be triggering for some.

Mary is a mother, wife, entrepreneur, yoga and pilates teacher and a content creator, among many other things. Over the years Mary has dedicated countless hours to healing from PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), an eating disorder, anxiety, depression and past trauma, so that she could fulfil her life long dream of becoming a mother.

‘Wellness’ is the perfect word to describe Mary’s passion and purpose. She has wholeheartedly shaped her life around it and inspires her Instagram community each and every day with ways to improve their own. Today’s conversation is for anyone that has ever encountered illness or mental health issues, for anyone who has ever wanted to become a mother or who has gone through birth, and this episode is for anyone who has ever known struggle of any kind.

The message in this episode is so so special and we are so excited to bring it to you in time for Mother’s Day. Mums are so incredible and they have so much strength and resilience to go through the birthing experience, they truly are heroes and Mary’s story today is a true reminder of that strength.

In this episode we talk about evolving online, rebranding and being authentic to our individual growth. We discuss Mary’s experience with PCOS, bulimia, mental illness, her travels and wellness journey and we are guided into an incredible account of her birth story, with some incredible wisdom to take away from it. If you’ve been thinking about or are looking forward to getting pregnant or having a baby one day, then I definitely recommend you dive into this beautiful episode.

You can contact and connect with Mary via Instagram at @marythomaswellness and myself at @stephsanzaro
Thank you for joining us today, you can stay up to date with all of the upcoming episodes by pressing the subscribe button before you head off.

If any of the topics in today’s podcast brought up anything for you, take the time to reflect and to reach out to the appropriate support networks and services. It is never weak to speak. Please note these episodes do not serve as mental health advice.

Happy listening xx

Welcome to The Steph Sanzaro Podcast, today we are joined by the beautiful Mary Thomas.

Before we begin, there is a **Mindful Warning** to proceed with care, as this episode discusses fertility, birth and suicide, please exercise caution and kindness to yourself while listening if these topics may be triggering for you.

Mary is a mother, wife, entrepreneur, yoga and pilates teacher and a content creator, among many other things. Over the years Mary has dedicated countless hours to healing from PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), an eating disorder, anxiety, depression and past trauma, so that she could fulfil her life long dream of becoming a mother.

‘Wellness’ is the perfect word to describe Mary’s passion and purpose. She has wholeheartedly shaped her life around it and inspires her instagram community each and every day with ways to improve their own. Today’s conversation is for anyone that has ever encountered illness or mental health issues, for anyone who has ever wanted to become a mother or who has gone through birth, and this episode is for anyone who has ever known struggle of any kind.

The message in this episode is so so special and we are so excited to bring it to you in time for Mother’s Day. Mums are so incredible and they have so much strength and resilience to go through the birthing experience, they truly are heroes and Mary’s story today is a true reminder of that strength.

In this episode we talk about evolving online, rebranding and being authentic to our individual growth. We discuss Mary’s experience with PCOS, bulimia, mental illness, her travels and wellness journey and we are guided into an incredible account of her birth story, with some incredible wisdom to take away from it. If you’ve been thinking about or are looking forward to getting pregnant or having a baby one day, then I definitely recommend you dive into this beautiful episode.

You can contact and connect with Mary via Instagram at @marythomaswellness and myself at @stephsanzaro
Thank you for joining us today, you can stay up to date with all of the upcoming episodes by pressing the subscribe button before you head off.

If any of the topics in today’s podcast brought up anything for you, take the time to reflect and to reach out to the appropriate support networks and services. It is never weak to speak. Please note these episodes do not serve as mental health advice.

Happy listening xx


038 – You Are Not Alone – Managing Anxiety, Miscarriage and Cultivating Self-Care with Bec Connolly

Episode 38 comes with a Trigger Warning for *Miscarriage*.

I recommend erring on the side of caution and moving through this episode mindfully. Feel free to put down the podcast at any time and to reflect upon the feelings that it may raise. Take the time to journal and to validate how it makes you feel. The invitation is always there to pick the podcast up again and to listen to this incredible story of hope.

Bec is the founder of Botanicals by Luxe, an incredible natural skin care brand taking Australia by storm. She is the proud mum to Ollie and Jack and wife to loving husband Nato. In this episode we discuss learning to manage anxiety and accessing mental health care, raising awareness for miscarriage, tools for self-care and slowing down, skin hacks for this season, building a business, ‘mum guilt’ and prioritising self-care and setting boundaries.

This is a powerful episode that encapsulates so much beauty and wisdom in only 53 minutes! That’s just how incredible Bec truly is! You can connect with Bec via Instagram over at @botanicalsbyluxe.

You can find your host over at @stephsanzaro. Happy listening xx

Welcome to The Steph Sanzaro Podcast, today I am joined by the radiant Bec Connolly for a very very special episode.

Before we begin, I must give a *Trigger Warning* for *Miscarriage*.
I recommend erring on the side of caution and moving through this episode mindfully. Feel free at any time to put the podcast down for while and to reflect upon the feelings that it may raise. Take the time to journal and to validate how it makes you feel. The invitation is always there to pick up the podcast again and to listen to this incredible story of hope.


Bec is the founder and owner of Botanicals by Luxe, a natural skin care brand launched in 2018 that has taken Australia by storm. Most surprising to learn however, is that Bec has a relationship to anxiety, has been diagnosed with endometriosis and PCOS, has experienced multiple miscarriages and is now the proud mum of two, to her loving husband Nato. Her story is nothing short of incredible and I am so honoured to be able to share it here with you today.

After a year of discussing the idea of meeting up to record an episode, and the world having other plans, Bec and I are so thrilled to finally get together today with the aim of raising awareness for mental health and to embed the message into people’s hearts that they are truly never alone.

In this episode Bec and I talk all things anxiety, skin health, miscarriage and self care. It is an episode that you truly do not want to miss. I could not help but be blown away by Bec’s story and to sit before her and to learn of her life and more importantly her strength, was simply remarkable. I am extremely inspired by this incredible woman and I know that you will be too!

In today’s jam packed episode beautiful Bec and I discuss:

  • being diagnosed with endometriosis and PCOS and the unheard struggle behind fertility treatments
  • the importance of raising awareness for miscarriage and words of hope and inspiration for all women
  • the joy of giving birth to beautiful Ollie and Jack
  • the scary experience of anxiety onset after birth
  • the relatable fear of losing your family to COVID 19
  • learning about your anxiety to better understand it and manage it
  • how you can access a mental health care plan, normalising mental health and therapy
  • why you shouldn’t be ashamed to utilise the wonderful resources like Beyond Blue and Lifeline
  • creating a successful business as a mum and the hurdles she had to overcome
  • how to incorporate more self-care in this season and tools for slowing down and taking time for yourself
  • ‘mum guilt’ – making self-care a priority as a parent
  • tips for ‘maskne’ – skin hacks
  • setting boundaries and protecting your energy

This episode is magic. I cannot believe the amount of beautiful information this episode was able to encapsulate in as little as 53 minutes! That’s just how amazing Bec is!

I really hope that you loved this episode just as much as I did, I believe that it carries so much power and so much weight in raising awareness for miscarriage, anxiety and self-care. It is a message that is very needed in today’s world, I could not be more honoured to have shared the space with Bec to create this episode.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to Bec and I today, we are incredibly grateful!


I am going to list a few helpful resources for you just in case:

Here are some wonderful mental health resources we discussed today.

Beyond Blue – 1300 22 4636

Lifeline – 13 11 14

How to access a mental health care plan – https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/mental-health-care-plan


You can find Bec and her incredible product line here – Botanicals by Luxe

Find her on Instagram here – @botanicalsbyluxe

If you have any messages or thoughts, Bec and I would love to hear from you!

You can connect with me via instagram at @stephsanzaro

I appreciate your time more than you know and am so grateful for you listening to this episode today!

Love Steph x

033 – Understanding Your PCOS with Elly Mclean

We warmly welcome back Elly McLean to the podcast this week, for episode 33 ‘Understanding Your PCOS’. In this episode we will be diving deep into Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. PCOS effects more than 1 in 10 women world wide and the diagnosis can leave women feeling confused and alone. That is why Elly and I are so excited to share this episode and help women to better understand their condition. We will be digging a little deeper, helping you to understand the drivers of your PCOS and how these can ultimately help lead you to a more specific treatment. We look at Insulin Resistant, Post Pill, Inflammatory and Adrenal PCOS, have you been misdiagnosed with PCOS? Why you should think twice before jumping back on the contraceptive pill, what questions to ask your doctor and much more! Have your pen and paper ready, you’re going to want to take notes! Connect with Elly on Instagram at @nutritionelly Happy listening!

Welcome back to The Steph Sanzaro Podcast, today I am joined by the wonderful Elly Mclean of Nutritionelly.

Elly joins us again this week for another episode, to delve deeper into PCOS diagnosis and sheds some light on how women can learn to better understand their condition.

There is a lot of confusion out there surrounding PCOS and a diagnosis can leave women feeling confused and alone, that’s why Elly and I believe that this conversation is such an important one to have and one we hope will help many women out there.

We head into more detail about the types and drivers of PCOS and how finding out which category you sit in, can ultimately help decide your treatment moving forward.

In this episode Elly and I discuss:

  • what is the criteria for PCOS?
  • understanding the 4 types of PCOS
  • insulin resistant PCOS
  • post pill PCOS
  • inflammatory PCOS
  • adrenal PCOS
  • getting the right testing
  • why you should think twice before jumping back on the contraceptive pill
  • why you should treat your period like your monthly report card
  • what to do if you are in the “post pill PCOS” category
  • do you have PCOS or Hypothalamic Amenorrhea?
  • what questions to ask your doctor

We hope this episode helps bring some awareness to PCOS and has given you some direction moving forward in helping you to better manage your PCOS diagnosis.

Thank you so much to Elly for joining us again on the podcast, if you would like to work with Elly you can find her website here and connect with her via Instagram here

It has been an absolute pleasure,

Happy listening

Steph xx

013 – Healing the Gut NutritionElly with Elly McLean

In this episode I sit down with Elly McLean to talk all things nutrition and gut health. We discuss plant based nutrition, PCOS, hormones, building a meal, coffee, her journey and much more. This is an extremely valuable episode that I think you will learn so much from!

Welcome back to the Plant Based Body Podcast!

Today I am joined by Elly McLean of Nutritionelly.


Elly and I could have talked for hours and hours!

This episode is PACKED full of information, you are going to want to listen to this episode more that once… and make sure you have a pen ready to take down all of the amazing tips Elly shares.


In this episode we discuss:

  • Elly’s journey and gut healing story
  • Why the gut is important
  • Plant based nutrition
  • How to build a meal
  • PCOS and hormones
  • Navigating being a female
  • Coffee myths

Elly is honestly a wealth of knowledge and we are so lucky to have had her join us today on the Plant Based Body Podcast!

Her journey is so relatable and the things she has been through have ultimately lead her to a place where she is now using her experience to help others with their own gut healing journey!

You can hear how passionate Elly is and it is honestly incredible to be in a room with someone who has that much knowledge, we will definitely be recording a second episode.

You can find more from Elly here at her Website

On instagram Here


I have no doubt that this episode will teach you many many things and that you will be more equip with the knowledge you need to live a happier and healthier life after listening to this podcast!

I hope you enjoy it!

Happy listening,

Steph x