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Books and a website...

Hello!

I would like to recommend two books and a website.

The website used to be called the Women's Nutritional Advisory Service, but is now the Natural Health Advisory Service.

They publish quite a few books, but the two that I've read and can therefore recommend are these:

No More IBS!

No More PMS!

Both books are divided into two sections. The first explains a bit about the health problems from a scientific point of view, and discusses lots of different symptoms which may be associated with IBS or PMS. The second part is basically an eating plan, with lots of recipes and suggestions.

The IBS one is quite extreme - it's a ten-week exclusion diet, where you basically stop eating loads of different foods, and gradually reintroduce things week by week. It's a complete bugger to do, but I found that it really worked for me, and helped to identify which foods were genuinely causing problems.

The PMS one talks a lot about vitamins and supplements, and explains a lot about which supplements you probably need to buy, and which nutrients you're better off getting from your food. You also fill in a lot of charts about when various symptoms occur.

Both books also help with other problems which can affect your general health and well-being, particularly hormonal issues. They don't do a book specifically for PCOS, or for endometriosis (which is something I suffer from), but taking the advice in the PMS book genuinely helped to ease a lot of my endometriosis symptoms as well. I would imagine that the same would be true for PCOS, as it's all about balancing your hormones as much as you possibly can.

My IBS and my hormones have both been playing up a lot recently, and the first thing I did was go back to these two books, to remind myself that there is something that I can do about it.

Also, the recipes are really nice! If you follow the IBS diet strictly you'll spend about a fortnight eating nothing but rice cakes, but it gets a lot better after that. ;)
Hello hello,
Ok, I'm here because I'm trying to not grow beyond a size 18, and to keep myself healthy generally. Also, the whole diabetes (type 1) thing is helped by being in better shape, which helps me stay in better shape, blah blah blah, you see the cycle.

So. Um, yeah. Motivation wise, I did find that once I started doing stuff regularly, it seeems easier and easier, to the extent that I feel wierd when I don't do my little routine. Of course, I started by making my muscles hate me, which was stupid, still, here are the things that I'm trying to keep to at the moment.

15 easy-girl pushups a day (start on all fours, and bring your chest to the floor, that's one, now do 14 more), making it harder by pushing my legs further back if it starts to get easy.

A number of repeats of the bridge thing, where you are on your back, knees bent, straight back, and you gradually lift your hips up, and then back down to the floor, slooooowly. I'm doing these to keep my back strong and recover from an injury, and hopefully, to tone my midriff. I'm sadly addicted, and I like the fact that I can sneak them in to fool myself when I'm feeling lazy...

My other healthy thing is magic fruit, by which I mean the frozen black forest fruist mixes from the supermarket. We always have some in the fridge, and that plus a handul of muesli and some yogurt are my breakfast at the moment, and I'm feeling a bit smug and virtuous. I think it's better for me than my traditional two slices of toast and butter.

So, um, yeah, what are you guys eating for breakfast. What cool and tasty things am I missing out on?

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