When I opened The PCOS Diet Plan by Hillary Wright M. Ed, RD, I expected the typical low-glycemic based diet book, but what I got instead was a whole lot more! I wish this book was written 10 years ago when I first heard the words, “Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome”. The first half of The PCOS Diet Plan is dedicated to educating the reader about PCOS. The book serves as a much-needed guide to help navigate the journey back to health. Ms. Wright empowers you to be your own advocate and gives you the tools you need to insist upon the best medical care.
I believe strongly in the benefits of a holistic approach to treating PCOS. Clean, whole foods (vegetables, fruits, legumes, whole grains and lean protein) exercise, supplements and self-care should be the cornerstone of a PCOS treatment plan. Ms. Wright shares this goal, “to help you manage your health and hormones as naturally as possible through diet and lifestyle change.” She believes as I do that, “medication can never compensate for a lousy diet and sedentary lifestyle – that is, you can’t take meds instead of making diet and lifestyle changes and expect to get the optimal results from the medications.”
However, I am surprised that Ms. Wright titled her book “The PCOS Diet Plan”, when throughout the book she indicates that she is anti “diet”. She states in her introduction, “One important point to keep in mind throughout this book: learning to take better care of your health is not about “dieting.” It’s about modifying your behavior to incorporate lifelong healthy habits, while occasionally enjoying things that diets often tell us are forbidden.” Wellness isn’t about a following a restrictive diet but rather integrating a sustainable holistic lifestyle plan.
Ms. Wright shares lots of wisdom, tips and strategies in the second half of The PCOS Diet Plan, which lays out a carbohydrate counting program. To be honest, this diet would not be very sustainable for me because I hate the thought of daily counting carbs. I like to take the approach of eliminating processed carbohydrates and just eating complex whole grains with lean protein at every meal and snack and not worry about carb counting. However, it may be just the thing for someone else to help establish a healthy eating plan. The only issue I take with the diet is that Ms. Wright allows sugar-free products. I strongly feel that chemicals like asparatame have no place in a PCOS diet program.
Ms. Wright states, “Having PCOS may be the best excuse in the world for you to finally work on changing any unhealthy habits and routines.” Who knows where I would be today, if I hadn’t been pushed by PCOS to hit the road to heath. If you have been diagnosed with PCOS it is critical to become educated and take control of your health and The PCOS Diet Plan is a great place to start.