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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Thorsons (August 5, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007131844
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007131846
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #199,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As many as one in 10 women suffer from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome [PCOS] and Colette Harris explains how with the right nutritional approach sufferers can lose weight, improve their skins, overcome exhaustion, depression and mood swings.

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"Help is at hand!…This book is full of tips on diet and lifestyle changes that can help…It shows how the vicious cycle of weight gain, with increasing difficulty of weight loss, can be broken – and that the debilitating and embarrassing signs and symptoms of PCOS really can disappear."
'Dr Ann Walker, Ph.D., MNIMH, MCPP
Senior Lecturer in Human Nutrition, University of Reading.'

As many as one in 10 women have polycystic ovary syndrome. Its symptoms often include weight gain, fatigue, excess body hair, acne, irregular periods and mood swings. Most doctors advise losing weight to help you control your symptoms if you have PCOS. But as weight gain is one of the symptoms, it can be a demoralising cycle to break.

This practical book shows you that what you eat every day is a powerful self-help tool that can help you beat symptoms, protect yourself from diabetes and heart disease, boost fertility as well as helping you get to a healthy weight. Using the latest scientific evidence, real-life stories and expert advice, Colette Harris, author of the bestselling book 'PCOS: A Woman's Guide to Polycystic Ovary Syndrome' and Theresa Francis-Cheung, author of 'Androgen Disorders in Women', have teamed up to offer women with PCOS a practical plan for nutritional self-help.

Most PCOS experts now recognise that what you eat has a major role to play in treating PCOS. This book – written by women with PCOS for women with PCOS – explains exactly why and shows you how you have the power to change your health by changing your diet and healing your emotional relationship with food.

You will discover:
• How to beat symptoms and boost fertility with simple healthy eating plans
• Why the right nutrition can balance hormones and reduce insulin resistance
• A-Z of nutritional and herbal supplements for PCOS


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Customer Reviews

Read it and make notes and just try it.
N. Dibell
I liked this book because once you have an understanding of PCOS, you can really use the information as a compementary approach to conventional medicine.
Elif
I recommend this book to anyone who has PCOS, if it worked for me it can work for anyone.
Stacey Esposito

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275 of 277 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 28, 2004
Format: Paperback
I almost didn't buy this book because of the review complaining about how hard it was to find some of the food items listed in it. I bought it anyway and am extremely glad I did. It's true that there are a few items in here I might not be able to get in the US, but if you really READ the book, you'll find a tremendous amount of very specific information regarding foods that are readily available here (wholegrain pasta, wholewheat bread, apricots, spinach, brocolli) and very specific information regarding the ways in which these foods will affect your body. There is also a great deal of information on vitamins, minerals, weight loss, fertility, and alternatives to taking the birth control pill to regulate your period. You can even pick a PCOS-specific symptom that has been bothering you (say, your acne, for example) and they clearly list foods and natural remedies as well as changes you can make in your daily life that will help you control that specific problem and clearly explain WHY these problems occur in the first place. I was diagnosed with PCOS in my early teens and despite many doctors visits and pills have never felt like I had any control over my symptoms until I read this book. Please don't be turned off by it because you can't get one item on a list of twenty suggested foods. This book is for anyone who is ready to take control and make positive steps towards living with PCOS.
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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Janet Lee Brown on June 13, 2005
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This is a great book! As a vegetarian, I love the fact that she gives vegan/vegetarian options for protein. Do not be discouraged by the rating on this book that complained about the foods listed. I recognized nearly every food listed. It does not list just aubergine as one person that rated this book said. It actually says "Tomato with Eggplant (Aubergine)" So I don't know why this was even brought up. I have seen all of the foods in question listed (most at my local grocery store, some like Quorn at my local health food store). I own many cookbooks, so I do not have a problem converting measurements. I just convert them once and write them in the cookbook. I think the information in this book far outweighs the minor inconvenience of having to convert recipes.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By N. Dibell on August 19, 2005
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I have been living with PCOS for what seems like forever. I have been to doctors and infertility specialist that have done nothing for me. This book has brought me hope and an incredible amount to useful information. Yes, it is written by a british author but that takes away nothing from the information. If you are diagnosed with PCOS they should hand you this book. Read it and make notes and just try it. It is already working for me.
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355 of 424 people found the following review helpful By N. Mila on May 24, 2003
Format: Paperback
This books sounds like everything you are looking for in a holistic and/or nutritional approach to our misdiagnosed and misunderstood syndrome, right? Think you can pick it up and follow the diet excatly and have those fantastic changes that you hear about in all of those testimonials you read about? Well please keep this in mind before you get so excited. This book was published in LONDON ENGLAND. Therefore, you can expect all sorts of fabulous recipe ingredients and menus that call for things like:
175g muscavoado sugar
demerara sugar
jaffa cake
Twiglets
digestive biscuits
gooseberry fool
quorn fillet (yes that is how its spelled)
1 large aubergine
etc. etc.
All of the measurements are in metric and there tends to be a bit of a difference in our foods and termonologies. For this I give 2 stars (as an Amercian stuck in English measurements and food). Also, when you look at the menus as a whole, there is quite a bit of fruit (and juices) called for which concerns me because of the insulin resistance problems of PCOSrs. There is even a recipe for risotto - can we say white carbohydrate?HOWEVER, there is information on vitamins and nutrients and why you should take them and how they benefit PCOS individuals so again, I did at least give the books 2 stars.
No one mentions this little British detail about the book and for American cooks, this is a pretty big detail. I would try the "Insulin Resistance Diet Book" over this one for full menus and use this book at a supplement only. Good luck!
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Moheto on June 1, 2005
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I do have quite a few British Cook Books. Dont let this scare you:

175g muscavoado sugar = readily available at better grocers. It's a dark raw sugar.

demerara sugar = Raw sugar - they even have it in packets at Starbucks!

jaffa cake - a lot like Pims cookies (Usually in the cookie ailse near fancier cookies) It's actually a cakey cookie with a bit of fruit jam and chocolate coating.

digestive biscuits - plain tea cookies

quorn fillet (yes that is how its spelled)- Quorn is a name brand meat substitute (like boca burgers or Chik Patties) Made from corn instead of soy. Available most places that sell vegetatian foods, including many supermarkets (Fred Meyers for sure!)

1 large aubergine - Aubergine is simply the brit word for an eggplant!

As far as conversions go, they are easy to find on the internet, a cookbook or wherever. Figure it out once and write it in the margin of the recipe!
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