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The PCOS Workbook: Your Guide to Complete Physical and Emotional Health [Paperback]

by Angela Grassi, Stephanie Mattei, Leah Troiano, Christine Davis
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Book Description

June 15, 2009 0615217842 978-0615217840 1st
The doctor said I'm insulin resistant. What does that mean? Will I ever be able to have a baby? I hate my body. Will it ever change? I try to lose the weight, but I m hungry all the time. Why can t I just stop eating sugary, fattening foods? I don t have diabetes? Why do I have to watch my sugar intake? Why do I have hair growing everywhere and will it ever get better? I am so depressed and moody. Is this related to my PCOS? If any of these statements sound familiar, this workbook can help you! The PCOS Workbook, a practical and comprehensive guide, helps you understand not just the physiology of PCOS, but what you can do about it. Step-by-step guidelines, questionnaires and exercises will help you learn skills and empower you to make positive changes in your life that might not get rid of PCOS, but will help you live with it harmoniously: Lose weight, take control over your eating and improve your health Understand your medical treatment Improve your fertility Manage the stress in your life Be mindful with your eating and in life Challenge body image myths and insecurities Overcome obstacles to becoming more physically active Cope with the challenges of infertility ...and get closer to living the life you want to live!

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Editorial Reviews

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I finished your PCOS workbook tonight - and wanted to applaud you for what you are doing and congratulate you for a thoughtful book. My youth was lost to PCOS - best in your ambition to preserve those special years of the girls now being diagnosed. --Tanya Alison Sears

The PCOS Workbook is an amazing tool to partner with any patient with PCOS. My patients have really appreciated learning more about the role of stress and management of PCOS. I am so pleased an RD has published a PCOS guidebook based on evidence based research and reality. --Judy Simon MS,RD,CD,CHES

This is a FANTASTIC book for women with PCOS! Not only is there great info but the questionaires really got me to think about my health in a different way. Instead of just reading info on PCOS on what I should do, this book helped me to put it into practice. Definately get this book if you have PCOS! --Kate McDonald

The PCOS Workbook is an amazing tool to partner with any patient with PCOS. My patients have really appreciated learning more about the role of stress and management of PCOS. I am so pleased an RD has published a PCOS guidebook based on evidence based research and reality. --Judy Simon MS,RD,CD,CHES

This is a FANTASTIC book for women with PCOS! Not only is there great info but the questionaires really got me to think about my health in a different way. Instead of just reading info on PCOS on what I should do, this book helped me to put it into practice. Definately get this book if you have PCOS! --Kate McDonald

About the Author

Angela Grassi, MS, RD, LDN is the author of The Dietitian s Guide to Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. As a registered and licensed dietitian, she provides nutrition counseling by phone or in-person to women with PCOS and individuals who struggle with Eating Disorders. In 2000, she won the award for excellence in graduate research from The American Dietetic Association. Having PCOS herself, Angela has been dedicated to the advocacy, education, and research of the syndrome. She provides lectures to dietitians, other health care professionals and women with PCOS across the country. Angela resides in the Philadelphia suburbs with her husband and son. For more information about nutrition for PCOS or to sign up for her free PCOS Nutrition Tips newsletter, visit PCOSnutrition.com. Stephanie Mattei, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist who co-founded the Center for Acceptance and Change in Bala Cynwyd, PA. She has been intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and teaches as adjunct faculty in the doctoral program at La Salle University in Philadelphia. She has a particular interest in working with women who struggle with Eating Disorders, PCOS, Borderline Personality Disorder, self-harm behaviors and relationship distress. Stephanie has written chapters in The Dietitian's Guide to PCOS and Psychotherapists Revealed: Therapists Speak About Self-Disclosure in Psychotherapy. Stephanie lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia with her husband and two daughters. For more information about her practice, visit centerforaccetpanceandchange.com.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Luca Publishing; 1st edition (June 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615217842
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615217840
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 11 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Angela Grassi, MS, RD, LDN is a nationally known nutrition and health expert on PCOS. Angela's warmth and charisma have made her the go-to nutritionist for women with PCOS as she provides nutrition consultations in person, phone or online to women around the world. Having PCOS herself, Angela knows how frustrating living with this condition can be. She has dedicated her career to be on the leading-edge of helping women with PCOS improve their health and their lives through nutrition.

Angela co-authored The PCOS Workbook: Your Guide to Complete Physical and Emotional Health to help women with PCOS take control over this frustrating and complex condition. Angela's 2007 book, The Dietitian's Guide to Polycystic Ovary Syndrome was written to educate dietitians and other health care professionals on the medical nutrition therapy guidelines for PCOS throughout the lifecycle. She is a frequent contributor to PCOS Magazine and national media outlets.

An accomplished speaker, Angela is a frequent lecturer at numerous conferences and meetings for professionals and consumers, including: polycystic ovary association meetings, the American Dietetic Association's Food, Nutrition, Conference and Expo, state and national dietetic association conferences and provides national training programs for dietitians working with individuals with eating disorders and PCOS.

In 2000, Angela won the award for excellence in graduate research from The American Dietetic Association. Angela graduated magna cum laude in dietetics from Michigan State University and received her master's degree summa cum lade, in nutrition from Northern Illinois University. Her previous work experience includes working as an inpatient and outpatient nutritionist at the renowned Renfew Center, an eating disorder treatment facility, for 5 years before starting her own nutrition consulting business. Angela founded the PCOS Nutrition Center in response to the unique needs of women with PCOS.

Angela is a professional member of Resolve, The Androgen Excess PCOS Society, The American Dietetic Association, The Polycystic Ovary Association, and the following dietetic practice groups: Nutrition Entrepreneur, Women's Health, Weight Management and Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition (SCAN). She also serves as an adjunct professor at West Chester University.

Angela enjoys tennis, swimming, walking, photography, and travel. She resides with her husband and two sons in the suburbs of Philadelphia.


Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for working though PCOS! December 4, 2009
Format:Paperback
No two women with PCOS have the same experience with the syndrome. However,there is one universal truth about PCOS that all women facing it share - it will affect their nutrition, ability to control stress, fertility, body image, and emotions. Enter Angela Grassi and Stephanie Mattei. Grassi, who previously wrote "The Dietician's Guide to Polycystic Ovary Syndrome" partnered with Stephanie Mattei to write "The PCOS Workbook" to help women explore and "challenge specific difficulties" of living with PCOS. One of the greatest pieces of information in the early pages of "The PCOS Workbook" is the simple entry entitled "How to Use The PCOS Workbook." In these few short pages, Grassi and Mattei outline what you will be experiencing in the book, chapter by chapter. The first chapter, "Connecting the Dots: Understanding Polycystic Ovary Syndrome" is followed by chapters focused on nutrition, stress, the issue of body image, mindful eating, coping with infertility, and finally the management of PCOS to prevent further medical complications. This book is a treasure-trove of information. Here's what's truly great about this book: Throughout each chapter, Grassi and Mattei have developed questions and lists relevant to each topic, with areas for you to write what is relevant to your PCOS experience. This is a WORKbook in every sense of the word. For example, you turn to page 101, in the Body Image and PCOS chapter, and you're asked to actually challenge your own myths about body image. The authors ask you to think about your environment, what you consider to be "truth" and "rules," and how you might self-blame. Then you're asked to think about what you were thinking about body image as you were going through the process of answering the previous questions. Read more ›
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PCOS Workbook April 23, 2011
By Lian
Format:Paperback
I was diagnosed with PCOS April 2011, the doctor that diagnosed me didn't explain the condition and was more interested in explaining the affects it had on me (The insulin resistance mostly). I was very confused and heartbroken at the prospect of having a condition that was considered "Infertility" and every website I checked made it sound as though having kids and losing weight was a lost cause.

My husband ordered this book for me and I'm extremely glad he did. I highly recommend it to anyone who's confused or scared or just needs comfort and hope. The author explains the condition in an easy to understand and comforting way, they make it clear just because you have PCOS doesn't mean the world is going to end. The book is full of diagrams and helpful information such as charts to keep track of your diets and what foods you should eat to lose weight, as well as the medication that your doctor could possibly put you on and what they do and what side affects are possible.

It was a great comfort to know that the symptoms I've felt and couldn't understand were a normal part of having PCOS and that I wasn't alone when it came to pain, hypoglycemia and jealousy and explained why when I dieted I gained weight instead of losing it.

I recommend this book to any woman with PCOS! You aren't alone and you shouldn't suffer alone.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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I have mild PCOS and I'm TTC. I was looking for a book that would tell me specifically what foods to limit amounts of, what types of exercises I should do, and how to slightly change my lifestyle to get rid of my PCOS. But I'm the type of person that likes to read and then inact the areas of my choice. This is indeed a workbook with lines so that you can write our your feelings and goals. It's probably really good if you are dedicated enough to do that, but I'm not.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite PCOS book! April 15, 2011
By Laurie
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have read many books on PCOS, but this one is my favorite. I like that, while it explores the topics of nutrition and exercise, that's not all it is; most books on PCOS I read throw out the same "eat better, exercise, and take metformin" mantra. Those things are helpful, but that's not all pcos is. The sections on stress and body image are fantastic, because unlike the (few) other books that even address these topics, PCOS Workbook does not simply say "reduce stress", but gives you concrete ways of doing so. The workbook format is wonderful because it forces you to interact and think about how to manage your symptoms instead of passively read. This would be GREAT for a support group, but if you're like me and live in a more rural area, this brings the support to you! I would recommend it to anyone with PCOS. This goes in my top three. For managing PCOS in general, this is the book. For more in depth dieting information, my favorite is The PCOS Diet Book by Collette Harris. For infertility, PCOS and Your Fertility by Collette Harris. All three have the same basic premises, but with a different focus, and all three are valuable resources.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ready to make changes? Need some guidance? March 6, 2010
Format:Paperback
This book is the perfect choice for someone ready to make the lifestyle changes necessary to have a positive impact on their PCOS symptoms.

I have read at least a dozen books about PCOS over the last 5 years and would highly recommend "The PCOS Workbook." This book has basic information about PCOS, but is not meant to be a comprehensive resource. Instead, it is a workbook that takes you through written exercises that really get you thinking about your lifestyle and the impact your habits have on your PCOS symptoms. There are many books out there that give info on PCOS, but this is the only one I've found that guided me through the necessary work I needed to do to really start making changes.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely helpful
There is a lot of important information presented in this workbook. I've heard it said in other reviews that all of this information is available elsewhere. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Abigail Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars great book
Very helpful book and had information that my doctor didn't even know which tells you how clueless doctors are about PCOS.
Published 2 months ago by Mariposa
1.0 out of 5 stars A bit much
This is okay for those newly diagosned with PCOS, but I didn't enjoy the workbook style. The information is pretty much the same info you can find online for free.
Published 2 months ago by Jillian Wallace
5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable resource for learning more about PCOS especially in the...
This book was VERY helpful for me over all as it gave me insight into what to look for medically to help make sure that I am balanced hormonally. Read more
Published 4 months ago by BerryDirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful Exercises
I found the workbook to be very helpful since it not only shares information about the condition, but it also has exercises that make you really delve into how you feel and things... Read more
Published 4 months ago by NJGal
3.0 out of 5 stars A good book--for beginners
There's nothing wrong with this book, per se. It had a lot of good information, a lot of exercises to help people deal with any habits they may want to change, or thought processes... Read more
Published 4 months ago by L. Goodrich
5.0 out of 5 stars PCOS Workbook - Great for Better Understanding
My 17 yr-old daughter has been diagnosed with PCOS and we have been trying to learn more about it to control it with exercise and diet. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Elaine
5.0 out of 5 stars For my newly diagnosed Daughter
I bought this to help my daughter understand this syndrome and how to live with it. So far it has been informative and helped her to understand that a lot of what she is going... Read more
Published 5 months ago by V. Edwards
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice book!!
I never had the patience to write down what I eat and what I feel, but if someone can do it then wonderful book for them. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Abha
5.0 out of 5 stars PCOS
UGH! The struggle of living with PCOS. I have found this workbook to be VERY helpful figuring out the basics. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Katie Trombley
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