“PCOS Diet for the Newly Diagnosed” Review

If you follow PCOS Matters on Facebook you will have seen me mention a new-ish book that has been released called “PCOS Diet for the Newly Diagnosed – Your All-In-One Guide to Eliminating PCOS Symptoms with the Insulin Resistance Diet” by Tara Spencer. As promised, I read it and here is my video review of the book.

If you prefer a written review then I’ve included the highlights below the video.

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“PCOS Diet for the Newly Diagnosed” Book Review

PCOS diet for the Newly DiagnosedOne of the reasons “PCOS Diet for the Newly Diagnosed” has been recommended is because it comes with a foreword from Megan-Marie Stewart, founder of the PCOS Awareness Association, and you can’t get a much better endorsement than that. So, it’s clear that the book contains useful and accurate information.

It begins with an intro from the author explaining her own journey with PCOS and why she wrote the book. It goes on to talk about what PCOS is and how it affects the metabolism. The reason this book is good for someone who is newly diagnosed is that it keeps the explanations simple. So, this isn’t a book for someone who is trying to explore PCOS in depth; it’s more suited to someone who wants the basic whys and hows of PCOS and some practical help.

Similarly, the author explains the links with insulin resistance and how this makes what you eat and the exercise you take even more important. I suppose the other really valuable parts of the early chapters in the book are the author’s additional inserts about rising above self-esteem issues, practical lifestyle tips, and how to set reasonable expectations.

PCOS & Exercise

After this background to PCOS she moves on to the importance of exercise and the right kind of exercise.

In “PCOS Diet for the Newly Diagnosed” you will find a two week exercise plan covering a variety of exercises that can be done without having to sign-up to a gym, However, she does suggest taking yoga or other exercise classes if you prefer them.

PCOS Diet Recipes

After the exercise, there’s some relationship and more lifestyle tips before the author moves onto food staples, useful equipment and meal plans. These are quite comprehensive and come with a full shopping list for each week too.

All the recipes are included (and if you’re using the Kindle version, each recipe is linked to its mention in the meal plan). Under each recipe it tells you what categories the recipe comes under, such as inflammation fighter and gluten-free.

Pros and Cons

I suppose my only gripe about “PCOS Diet for the Newly Diagnosed” is that it isn’t really designed for people on a budget. Nor is it for those who don’t have a lot of time or inclination for food preparation. There are recipes that take under 30 minutes and all the recipes are healthy and tasty sounding, but I know many of you, like me, are not big on spending a lot of time preparing meals and would like a plan that keeps things even simpler.

So many diet plans seem to be designed for foodies who love to cook and prepare food. If that’s you, then you will enjoy this book. But if you dislike preparing meals for one (either because you’re single or your family will not eat the same food), or you’re on a tight budget that doesn’t allow for such a broad range of ingredients, then you might want to avoid the book. Of course, you don’t have to follow the plan exactly and can adapt it to include only the recipes that you can prepare easily.

Final Word

On the plus side, if you’re newly diagnosed with PCOS or still confused about the basics of living with PCOS then this book offers simple, straightforward explanations of what’s going on with your body. It provides practical tips and full diet and exercise plans to help you live with your PCOS and improve your symptoms. If that sounds like something you need, then you can buy it in physical or ebook format on Amazon.

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