Back After New Year

Hellooooo. I have not posted anything since Christmas – it might even have been Christmas day itself. No reason why in particular, other than the general excuse of being busy ūüôā And ‘with what’ you might ask…

in which case a run down must include: being asked to write a book review for The Times Literary Supplement. Something I’ve wanted to get into doing for a while now – it happened mostly as a result of me getting a poem published in there last November; boyfriend stuff. Urgh. Sometimes relationships are very VERY stressy; finally *nearly* finishing work on my album; German AS Level; getting together all of my poems from the past year or so, having been awarded funding for some one-to-one tutorials; discovering and cooking excellent recipes I will share elsewhere on the site; going to Warsaw; finally getting back out in the hills and doing some hiking; finally making a regular thing of yoga classes; work (yes, I’ve started doing that again); joining a new band on guitar; and then there was just general laziness/ joyous instances of indolent comfort while reading or streaming films in bed.

My experiences of PCOS has inevitably continued over this time. I’ve had some extremely painful and debilitating periods, which included vomiting a couple of times, such was the pain. I’ve found some ways of alleviating this pain, or so it seems for now. I’ve also found ways of ridding the cyclical breast pain associated with PMS (via evening primrose oil supplements) and have finally changed the sanitary products I use, switching from expensive and uncomfortable tampons and pads, to the more environmentally and biologically friendly Mooncup. I’ve also learned some further diet information: started cooking with various forms of buckwheat, taking vitamin E etc. For Christmas I bought my mum Yotam Ottolenghi and Sammi Tamimi’s latest recipe book, ‘Jerusalem’, and that has got me cooking some exceptional vegan/PCOS-friendly food from the Middle East.

Now I just have to decide where to start, after this blog update… ūüôā

Blog

I thought I’d do a proper blog post thing, as I’ve yet to do one since starting this website. ¬†Wondering how to approach getting it rolling, I decided I would use it to try to provide the kind of advice I could have done with when I first learned I had poly-cystic ovaries.

The first thing I could have done with knowing was simply that it’s actually not the most hopeless diagnosis in the world. ¬†While I paid to download the ‘Ovarian Cyst Miracle’ PDFs, and while these were certainly useful in helping me to take good steps towards controlling the symptoms, it should be known that, actually, there is no miracle involved in solving PCOS… ¬†I think in most cases, slight weight-loss is all that is needed to get periods regular. ¬†Perhaps the only miracle I’ve experienced is the simplicity of the symptom-relief: cutting gluten intake, cutting refined sugars, switching to brown rice instead of white, cutting out caffeine, drinking more water, eating more greens, reducing dairy intake. ¬†No rocket science.

I’ve also found – of all the supplements I read about, Vitex 750 has been the best for me in terms of regulating my periods.

Many women have managed to overcome PCOS and have babies.  That I only found out really after months of internet searching Рthe first sites I found about PCOS emphasised the difficulties associated with the illness and worsened my fears re. fertility.  If I had known the amount of women who have conquered the cysts, I would have saved myself a lot of worry.

Sad Truths About Juicing

One of the things I first read about in relation to PCOS was making sure I got a good daily intake of super foods Рgreens and flax seeds (aka linseed)  and that one of the ways I could do this was by drinking juiced veg.

However what I did not know is that, by juicing, which is a form of processing, the fibre is removed from the solid fruits and salads. ¬†And that this in turn makes the insulin spikes from sugars more pronounced. ¬†Having read this apparently well-researched¬†article, I have decided not to juice so often…