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The PCOS Workbook: Your Guide to Complete Physical and Emotional Health 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0615217842
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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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Luca Publishing; 1st edition (June 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615217842
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615217840
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By L. Goodrich on November 28, 2013
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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 to challenge.

But as someone newly diagnosed with PCOS/Insulin Resistance, I found that most of the information in this book is stuff I've already become intimately acquainted with over the 15 years I've struggled to lose weight because of the undiagnosed PCOS. If you're the kind of person who has done a lot of research about good nutrition, the benefits of exercise, the effects of stress, etc., and are already living a healthy lifestyle incorporating fresh foods, exercise, and you don't struggle with binge eating or body image (or maybe you've already had to deal with those issues in your own personal journey), this book may be of limited help to you.

I think this book would be best for someone who has realized that their current lifestyle needs to change, rather than someone who has already changed their lifestyle to be pretty austere and has done the corresponding homework along the way.
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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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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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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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