Knowledge is power.
The more you know about PCOS the better you can work with your body to heal it! Here are some books for PCOS which I have found enormously helpful.
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“Healing PCOS: a 21-day plan for reclaiming your health and life with polycystic ovary syndrome” by Amy Medling
If you’re going to read anything, I highly recommend “Healing PCOS: a 21-day plan for reclaiming your health and life with polycystic ovary syndrome” by Amy Medling. She explains the syndrome in such an easy-to-understand way. I especially love the chart at the start where you self-assess your symptoms so you can track your progress. It’s so nice to look back at my chart from 2018 and see how far I’ve come.
The overall tone of this book is very positive. She mentions being grateful for having PCOS because it has made her look after her health. Without PCOS she might have continued an unhealthy lifestyle which would have led to serious health issues down the line. It’s so refreshing to view PCOS as a positive thing!
Medling very thoroughly prepares the reader for the 21-day plan by taking them through how to think, eat, and move like a PCOS Diva. It’s a really positive and uplifting book that made me feel so motivated to look after my health. The 21-day plan is a great step-by-step guide of how to gradually transition into a PCOS-friendly lifestyle.
“The PCOS Diet Plan: A Natural Approach to Health for Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome” by Hillary Wright
Hillary Wright is a registered dietician and she includes anecdotes of the various patients she has seen. It’s really nice to hear other women’s success stories. She advocates for lifelong healthy habits and not just “dieting” all the time. There is a ton of fantastic nutritional information in this book.
One thing that I wasn’t keen on was language like “fighting the weight war”. I know it can feel like an uphill battle but I much prefer Medling’s way of phrasing it in positive terms. That’s just a personal preference though!
There’s a great guide for food shopping in this book. Wright takes you through exactly what to look for when reading food labels, what to stock your pantry with, and some handy tipes like switching up your shopping destination and being prepared with a meal plan and shopping list!
“Beyond the Pill: A 30-Day Program to Balance Your Hormones, Reclaim Your Body, and Reverse the Dangerous Side Effects of the Birth Control Pill” by Jolene Brighten
Although this book is not strictly speaking about PCOS, it has a lot of information about hormones and how they work. I used to think the only hormones were estrogen and testosterone but now I know there are over 100 different hormones in the body and that insulin is one of them. I did not realize that insulin is a hormone!
Brighten uses a conversational tone that feels like you’re just talking with a friend who happens to know about this type of thing. It’s really easy to read and easy to understand. Like Wright, she also includes anecdotes of patients she has worked with. I especially loved her explanation of the role that the gut plays in achieving hormonal balance. She includes loads of recipes at the end of the book.