New Book Features Rules, Recipes, and Relief from PCOS
What is PCOS? Polycystic ovarian syndrome. 10% of women in industrialized countries suffer from PCOS, some not even aware that they have it. Common symptoms include fatigue, weight gain, acne, hypoglycemia, irregular cycles, unwanted hair growth, and infertility. Authors Jennie Brand-Miller, Nadir R. Farid, and Kate Marsh—in their new book, The Low GI Guide to Living Well with PCOS--advise that many of the symptoms can be relieved by dietary changes. Switching to a low glycemic index diet is an important step to alleviating even the most troublesome symptoms.
Beginning with a comprehensive definition of what PCOS is, Brand-Miller, Farid, and Marsh offer guidelines for living with the disorder, compare low- and high-carbohydrate diets, and offer four steps for taking charge of one’s condition (and life): weight management, healthy diet, moving more (exercise), and taking care of yourself.
According to The Low GI Guide to Living Well with PCOS, there are seven dietary guidelines that contribute to mastering a low-GI diet:
• Eat seven or more servings of vegetables and fruits each day
• Choose whole-grain breads and cereals with a low GI
• Eat more legumes
• Include nuts in your diet regularly
• Eat more fish and seafood
• Choose lean meat and low-fat dairy
• Choose monounsaturated and omega-3 poly unsaturated fats (canola oil, fish, nuts, seeds, avocado)
Thirty recipes, including “Ricotta Blueberry Hotcakes,” “Pork with Creamy Mustard Sauce,” and “Baked Ricotta Cheesecake,” will help readers understand the changes—mostly simple—that need to be made to achieve the low-GI diet. “Authoritative Tables of GI Values” also help with food choices. The Low GI Guide to Living Well with PCOS is designed to “help readers lose weight, boost fertility, beat PCOS symptoms, and regain control of their lives.”