Pie hole devotees will recall a few months ago we discussed the most common cause of female infertility: Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). A quick recap of PCOS: It prevents ovulation due to excessive production of sex hormones, called 'androgens'.
Previous research shows that timing of meals, hormones and nutrients can effect metabolism, fat metabolism and fat storage. Where it gets really interesting is with a new study that investigated lean women with PCOS (where weight loss is not an appropriate treatment option).
This is exciting because it is a simple, safe way for lean women with PCOS to improve factors like sex hormone levels and insulin resistance without medication. So go on ladies, make breakfast really pack a nutritional and caloric punch to get those ovaries off to a great start!
Most beers use malted barley, although some beers use other grains, or combinations of grains including wheat, rice, oats and rye. As we said earlier, red wine is often promoted as 'heart healthy', but the truth is, it's the ethanol (alcohol) that provides benefits like increasing 'good' cholesterol, decreasing 'bad' cholesterol and reducing risk of blood clots. A fun fact about polyphenols in wine: The red stuff contains about 10 fold more polyphenols than the white stuff. To answer my friend's first question: What is regular for me, might be different to what's regular for you. As for my friend's next question: If you want to put your faeces in the fast lane, a good place to start is with fibre. I do hope this has unclogged and cleared up a few everyday queries people may have about their bowels. For those of us who can turn on a computer, check emails and acknowledge the internet isn't a passing fad, the world is online.
The pitfall of food diaries is that they are time consuming to keep, which means they're not sustainable long term. There are many fancy (and expensive) devices and apps that monitor one or many of your physical activity, heart rate, sleep patterns, food and beverage intake, mood, etc.
So here are my thoughts: I borrowed and trialed the Up band by Jawbone, which retails for $130. People already in the habit of exercising and who know how much food they need to maintain their weight, will find these devices redundant.
The abridged digest of "Don't Wait to Lose Weight and Ovulate" is that weight loss, irrespective of diet composition (eg: high protein, low fat, low carb, etc) improved menstrual regularity and ovulation in women with PCOS.
Two major factors cause this overproduction of hormones: Insulin resistance and hyperinsulinaemia. A recent study looked at overweight and obese women with insulin resistance, and found that caloric distribution of meals impacted insulin levels. One group had a high calorie breakfast and low calorie dinner (BF group), the other had a low calorie breakfast and high calorie dinner (D group). Perhaps more time walking and less time on our bums letting our fingers do the walking would help. There's almost a headline a week about how wine helps ward off cancer, gallstones, atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), cardiovascular (heart) disease, 'bad' cholesterol and more.
Polyphenols are potent antioxidants that have protective health effects like reducing risk of heart disease and blood clotting, and lowering 'bad' cholesterol.
Beer beats wine per ounce in niacin, pantothenic acid (vit B5), vit B12, folate, selenium and silicon. When my friend's husband, with a cheesy grin and red face, sheepishly broached the subject with me (right after dinner at a restaurant), my, perhaps too enthusiastic of a response was: "don't be shy, bowel dialogue with patients is mandatory, nothing you say can possibly perturb me on this subject". It makes us aware of our food habits, and makes us accountable for what we put in our pie holes.

BUT for many people, these toys provide an incentive to go for a walk, or swap that chocolate bar for an apple.
But for people who are making big lifestyle changes, these tools could be the difference between a 'fad' change that lasts for a week, or a change that becomes a habit and lasts long term.
When you have polycystic ovarian syndrome, your body fights against you and it seems almost impossible to have any lasting weight loss. Oh, I almost forgot, the usual disclaimer for potentially blush-worthy words applies to this article: Words including ovulation, menstruation, sex hormones and ovaries will appear frequently.
The group eating a high calorie breakfast and low calorie dinner had both improved weight loss and insulin sensitivity (fewer ball boys needed), compared to the low calorie breakfast and high calorie dinner group (lunch calories were identical). Wine beats beer in the calcium, iron magnesium, potassium, zinc, manganese and flouride departments. So there begun a discussion about fibre and faeces (yes, I'm spelling them the Australian way).
Want to pick a movie, listen to the radio, find a restaurant, share pictures of your baby or launch multicoloured birds into precariously built wooden structures? It's also a very handy tool to show your dietitian, who can help you assess meals, snacks, portion sizes and more (shameless plug). Or you could just get a smart tooth implant to track your various pie hole habits - I presume the incentive to put that device in your mouth is that it's a 'chip'. The nifty slumber function tracks info like how long it took to drop off, how many times you woke up and time spent in deep vs light sleep. Even worse, the hormone imbalances cause you to pack on the excess pounds and soon you have a spare tire hanging over your jeans and you would rather walk over hot coals than climb on the scale. This is a staggering number and it means that we have to work harder than ever to develop my ways of treating PCOS that will actually be effective. If you're squirming already, or weak of stomach, hold your breath and strap yourself in coz there's more toilet humour ahead. If you're going less than three times a week, your usual habits change, or it's painful to go, this could mean constipation (gosh darn, I said it and the sky didn't fall).
Adding extra vegetables and legumes to meals and soups, snacking on fruit, and buying whole grain products like bread, crackers, cereal, etc are economical ways to boost the fibre in your diet.
It sucks, doesn't it?The good news is that you can lose weight with PCOS, but you will have to make some really intentional changes. Basically, your yuppie, wine swilling neighbour isn't getting a better deal on polyphenols with his expensive bottle of wine. Along with these apps have emerged a breed of health apps, often connected to a device that monitors, well, you. It takes more than half hearted attempts at exercise and nutrition to make it work, but with total commitment, you can drop the pounds… I did!If you are struggling to drop some weight and you need some practical advice to make the whole journey easier, I want to help.
After dropping 85 pounds with raging PCOS, here are my favorite tips to push your PCOS body to lose weight.1. Cut Out the "Fat Five"My PCOS diet turning point was when a doctor told me to eliminate five foods completely. This might seem counterintuitive considering PCOS makes it difficult to get pregnant anyway, but your contraceptive-pushing doctor has a good reason for writing that prescription. By simply getting rid of these five foods, you will have the framework for a low carb PCOS friendly diet. Taking oral contraceptives is the fastest way to induce your period and keep it coming on a regular basis. Without further ado, meet the "Fat Five" and then promptly kiss them good-bye: Potatoes, Pasta, Bread, Rice, and Corn. While it doesn’t work for everyone, sometimes taking birth control can bring back your period and inhibit androgen production.

Even wheat bread, brown rice, and whole wheat pasta are your enemies if you are trying to lose weight with PCOS. Your body is so sensitive to carbs and prone to insulin resistance that you can't afford to take a half hearted approach. For me, the whole world seems a little brighter and I have less anxiety and stress when I’m eating right. A tiny incision is made and the surgeon uses a laser or electrosurgical need to puncture your cyst-covered ovary 10-12 times.
Get Off the Couch and Move!Even if you are tired (and PCOS will make you tired!), you have to get up and move. Research shows that 80% of women with PCOS will benefit from ovarian drilling and many experience a dramatic reduction of the male hormones within days after the procedure. For women trying to get pregnant, ovarian drilling can make fertility drugs more effective. Squeeze in 30 minutes to ride your bike after work or go up and down the stairs a few extra times. Try to gradually increase your activity level each week and you will undoubtedly have more energy.
Plus, you will notice a change in your body with less joint pain and fatigue to keep your down.3.
Get a Handle on Medications and SupplementsThere are a lot of medical interventions that can help with PCOS symptoms.
This drug is normally used to treat adult onset diabetes, however it is also effective for PCOS because endocrine abnormalities often result in elevated insulin levels. Some studies suggest taking 500-850 mg of Metformin twice a day can reverse endocrine abnormalities within 2-3 months. Research always shows that this drug can result in reduced hair loss, less facial hair, weight loss, more regular periods, normal fertility, reduced chances of miscarriage, and a lower risk of heart disease.
I talk about this topic in more depth in the Overcome PCOS Guidebook, so make sure you check it out and then build up a regimen of medication and supplements that will work for you!These tips might sound simple, but they will offer you a frame work for successful weight loss. To put it simply, you must ovulate if you want to get pregnant and that is tricky if you have polycystic ovaries.
Doctors usually begin by prescribing Clomiphene (Clomid, Serophene) to try to force ovulation. The patient takes Clomid for five days and then the ovaries are monitored by ultrasound to track follicle development and potential for ovulation.
Some doctors also offer an HCG trigger injection that will often boost the chances of successful ovulation. Eating a clean, gluten-free diet can make a big impact on your hormone levels and your chances of getting pregnant. Regular exercise is another important step for boosting your overall health and balancing those wacky PCOS hormones. The stress of dealing with PCOS drives many women to pick up the cigarette habit, but it is so destructive to the ovaries. It reduces your chances of getting pregnant and increases your risk factors if you do manage to conceive. Kick the tobacco habit – gum, patches, tobacco-free e-cigarettes – do whatever it takes to stop smoking now!
For me, treatment involved a heavy mix of medication, dietary supplements, and big lifestyle changes.

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