Episode 7: Stress Baking with Leslie Haasch



Leslie Haasch runs Stress Baking, a blog where she shares easy-to-follow homemade recipes as well as details about her struggles with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and endometriosis. She likes to put all the highs and lows of her condition out there with a sense of humor because she believes you have to be able to laugh in the face of frustration. For Leslie, a fulfilling life is waking up and not dreading the day ahead. She believes in setting realistic expectations, setting herself up for success, and making the most out of what she terms life's "fluffy dog moments."


  • Realizing something was wrong at a young age, but not being able to determine what for years.

  • Figuring out what her health triggers are and how she has found stability.

  • Finding support at her job, but also realizing the importance of a work-life balance.

  • How pain and insomnia pushed Leslie to take up baking.

  • How opening up about her condition on her blog improved her connection to her audience.

  • The kindred spirit she found in another blogger suffering from chronic illness.

  • The way her condition impacted her diet, and how that compelled her to try new recipes and variations.

  • The importance of recognizing her limits and why she doesn't try to push too hard against them.

  • What she would say to her younger self if she could go back in time.

  • The benefits of not being embarrassed easily.



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