The PCOS Diet Plan, Second Edition A Natural Approach to Health for Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2017-05-02
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press

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An updated edition of registered dietitian Hillary Wright's popular book on nutrition and lifestyle management of PCOS, this prescriptive guide focuses on using diet and exercise to manage polycystic ovary syndrome and has new information on diet therapy and exercise, current food and fitness logging technologies, and all-new nutrition-backed meal plans.

PCOS is the most common hormonal disorder among women of reproductive age, according to the Mayo Clinic. Characterized by numerous small cysts in the ovaries, PCOS affects up to 10 percent of all women and 14 million women in the United States alone. It is linked to infertility, diabetes, heart disease, and endometrial cancer. While this disorder is believed to be genetic and incurable, it is controllable.

In this prescriptive plan, dietitian Hillary Wright demystifies the condition by explaining its underlying cause--insulin resistance--and helps readers understand how diet and lifestyle can influence reproductive hormones and decrease risk for diabetes, heart disease, and infertility. This book is packed with simple dietary and nutritional specifics: day-to-day strategies, sample meal plans, and shopping and snack lists. Updates include new information on diet therapy and exercise, the newest research on PCOS and soy and dairy, revised meal plans, and updated resources and shopping lists. The PCOS Diet Plan is the most comprehensive and authoritative guide to managing this increasingly diagnosed condition.

Author Biography

HILLARY WRIGHT is the director of nutritional counseling at the Domar Center for Mind/Body Health at Boston IVF, a Harvard-affiliated fertility treatment center. She is a registered and licensed dietitian with more than twenty years experience counseling clients on diet and lifestyle change. Wright serves part-time as a nutritionist at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. She is also a former contributing editor and regular writer for the newsletter Environmental Nutrition.

Table of Contents


PART 1. Defining Polycystic Ovary Syndrome 5 

CHAPTER 1. The Mystery of PCOS 6 
CHAPTER 2. An Internal Look at PCOS 31 
CHAPTER 3. Treating PCOS: Diet, Nutrition, and Medication 43 

PART 2. Managing Health and Hormones through Diet and Lifestyle 67 

CHAPTER 4. The Carbohydrate-Distributed Diet 68 
CHAPTER 5. The Ins and Outs of Carbohydrate Counting 96 
CHAPTER 6. Fighting the Weight War 130 
CHAPTER 7. Taking Exercise Seriously 159 
CHAPTER 8. Sensible Supplementation for Women with PCOS 166 
CHAPTER 9. Reducing the Risk of Heart Disease and Diabetes 175 

PART 3. The PCOS Diet: Making It Happen 181 
CHAPTER 10. Eating the PCOS Diet Way: Meals and Snacks 182 
CHAPTER 11. Mastering the Market: An Aisle-by-Aisle Shopping Guide 210 
CHAPTER 12. Negotiating the Menu: Dining Out 225 

PART 4. PCOS and Other Considerations 232 
CHAPTER 13. Finding Support and Relieving Stress 233 
CHAPTER 14. PCOS and Planning for Pregnancy 240 
CHAPTER 15. Integrating the PCOS Diet Plan into Your Life 246

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