Benefits of Resistance Training for Women with PCOS

Many women avoid resistance or weight training, because they believe they will “bulk up” and therefore appear more masculine. Bulking-up is a true concern for women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) because they already feel more masculine due to factors such as central obesity, infertility, male pattern hair growth and acne. Resistance training, as defined by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) “is a form of physical activity that is designed to improve muscular fitness by exercising a muscle or muscle group against an external resistance.” Resistance training can help you burn more calories, and is essential for managing PCOS.

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Water with Lemon, Please!

Drinking water with lemon shouldn’t be reserved for just dining in restaurants. The juice from this yellow citrus fruit offers numerous health benefits from good digestion to cancer prevention. While not proven to accelerate fat loss (that’s a myth) lemon juice is a healthy and low-calorie way to flavor drinks and food. Here are our top favorite benefits of lemon juice.

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Food for Fertility: A Group Program for PCOS

I had the pleasure of interviewing Judy Simon, MS, RD,CD, CHES a dietitian and fertility nutrition expert at Mind-Body-Nutrition in Seattle, WA about her novel Food for Fertility Program. Judy is the chair of the American Society Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) NutriSig group. Judy created this 7 week program to help her patients who struggle with infertility by providing support, resources, and nutrition education to women. Most impressive is the group’s zero drop-out rate, amount of women who got pregnant during the groups and the wonderful health improvements her participants experienced.

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Interview with top PCOS researcher Dr. Lisa Moran

It was a thrill for me to interview Dr. Lisa Moran, BSc (Hons), BND, PhD, the leading diet and lifestyle researcher for PCOS. Dr. Moran is a dietitian and National Heart Foundation Research Fellow at The Robinson Institute, Discipline of Obstetrics and Gynecology and The University of Adelaide, Australia. She has written over 70 publications on PCOS. I welcome you to watch the interview which discusses diet strategies, weight loss, exercise, and unique weight management challenges women with PCOS face.

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Pregnitude Update Part II: Six month Follow Up

I’ve been taking myo-inositol supplement (4 grams daily) for 6 months now. I first reported my experience and blood results in June after 3 months of using myo-inositol (you can read my post here). Back then I saw noticeable improvements in my HDL (the “good” cholesterol), hemoglobin a1C (Ha1C) and c-reactive protein (CRP) levels. I also reported how my hair was thicker than ever. These improvements were made with no change to my diet, medications, supplements or exercise.Find out what I experienced from taking myo-inositol for 6 months. You may be as surprised as me!

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The Best Pesto Recipe

I first fell in love with pesto when I was backpacking in the Liguria section of Italy (just south of Genoa on the Mediterranean). As I was hiking between the towns of Cinque Terre, I spotted (and smelled!) someone eating linguini with pesto and I had to stop and try it. It was love at first bite! At least once a summer, I make a large batch of pesto out of the basil I grow and freeze it to use all year. I love pesto for both its health benefits and its versatility. This pesto recipe is the best because it uses omega-3 rich walnuts and olive oil to give the perfect taste. Mangia!

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