Monday, July 26, 2010

Fustrated

Wow am not sure where to begin - I am feeling fustrated, angry and hopeless. Within the past mths I have gain over 15lbs. Now I am hitting a size 10, all my summer clothes are too small, and I feel totaly hopeless and disgusting.  I know I should be saying to myself yeah I am beautiful, I am pretty and all the nice things to go with it, but honestly thats not how I feel. This feels like a never ending battle. I am very careful with what I eat- mostly frutis veggies and other healthy stuff but instead of the weight getting less its getting more- this is just plain out crazy. How do u justify looking 8wks pregnant when you know that you are not, how do you deal with people telling you congratulatons on the baby, how do you deal with your jeans not being able to close-What do I do! where do I begin! how do I begin! How do I make this go away. - grrrrrrrrrrrrr

How You Eat Is How You Live

How is your relationship with food a mirror for your life?

That's an interesting question, well worth some contemplation.

Unfortunately, all of the medications for treating insulin resistance have some adverse effects.

The majority women with PCOS are likely to have issues with food consumption and food choices. One reason is biochemical because their appetite control system is disordered.

Another reason for poor eating habits is psychological, due to poor self-esteem or feeling depressed and out of control.

For both biochemical and psychological reasons, it's very easy to reach for the wrong foods, or to eat more than we need. Much of our eating behavior is unconscious.

Below are some statements from Cheryl Richardson, a life coach after she participated in a seminar with Geneen Roth, author of "Women, Food and God". Use them as a way to gain some insight into your relationship with food, and your relationship with yourself.


"What my mind and my mouth tell me to eat is rarely what my body wants."

"What my mind tells me to do in relationship to exercise is rarely how my body wants to move."

"My head and heart often make my food and exercise choices, not my body."

"How I eat is how I live. If I'm rushed, overwhelmed, or irritated, for instance, I eat on the run, shovel food in my mouth to get meals over with, or make food choices designed to numb my frazzled nerves. These behaviors do not support weight loss or a vibrant and healthy body."

"Deprivation, restrictions, and rigid rules will always lead right back to poor food choices, rebellious overeating, and a "what the hell" attitude. It's requires a paradigm shift to get that we change with love, not with demands."

"Ending the war with food is about beginning a relationship with myself based on trust. Staying awake and listening to my body so I eat when I'm hungry, eat what my body wants, and stop when I'm full, is the path to creating a more loving and trusting relationship with myself."

"When we learn to trust ourselves with food, an even bigger world opens up to us."


Geneen Roth said: "This path isn't about losing weight quickly, it's about connecting with who you really are -- the part of you that doesn't weigh a pound."

Food for thought!

PCOS Hair Loss and Saw Palmetto

Saw palmetto is a nutritional supplement extracted from the berries of the saw palmetto tree.

It is widely used for the treatment of enlarged prostate glands in men. Prostate glands become enlarged partly because of a male hormone called dihydrotestosterone, or DHT.

Women with PCOS tend to have higher levels of DHT than other women. Therefore, if saw palmetto works for men, it may work for women.

Excessive levels of DHT in women has been linked to acne, hirsutism (hair growth in the "wrong" places), and female pattern hair loss.

Female hair loss is one of the most troubling and difficult aspects of polycystic ovary syndrome. It is caused in part by DHT, which causes the hair follicle to shrink and thus causes the hair shaft to be discarded. The result is thinning hair on the scalp.

The Journal of Alternative Complementary Medicine published a study showing that saw palmetto may slow down this hair loss process. This was a small study of ten men. Six of the ten men taking saw palmetto had reductions in their hair loss.

Excessive levels of DHT in women has been linked to acne, hirsutism (hair growth in the "wrong" places), and female pattern hair loss.

Female hair loss is one of the most troubling and difficult aspects of polycystic ovary syndrome. It is caused in part by DHT, which causes the hair follicle to shrink and thus causes the hair shaft to be discarded. The result is thinning hair on the scalp.

The Journal of Alternative Complementary Medicine published a study showing that saw palmetto may slow down this hair loss process. This was a small study of ten men. Six of the ten men taking saw palmetto had reductions in their hair loss.

The type of hair loss that men have is similar to the most common type of hair loss that PCOS women have.

Therefore, if saw palmetto works for men, it should also be helpful for women who have PCOS and hair thinning.

Because of its inhibitory effect on the male hormone DHT, saw palmetto should be useful for acne and hirsutism in addition to hair thinning.

Empresses