Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Food item of the week-a perfect match for a meal idea

Here is a perfect combination from once again our good old friend "Trader Joes"

Trader Joes brand Valencia Peanut Butter with Roasted Flaxseeds-crunchy and salty, it contains 320 mg ALA Omega 3 Fatty Acids per serving (approx 2 tsps) and the ingredients are merely peanuts, roasted golden flaxseeds and salt

plus.......

Trader Joe's Organic Superfruit Spread (a blend of morello cherrys, red grapes, blueberries and pomegranates) which is mostly from juices but only 8 grams of sugar per tsp and contains 60% DV of Vit C per serving

This combination is an anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and pro-nutrient dense match and might I add, on some whole grain full of seeds bread, it is a yummy sandwich!!!!!!!! you can enjoy as a meal or snack!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Incyst Saturday PCOS seminar with Ellen Reiss-Goldfarb, R.D.

Incyst PCOS Saturday Seminar

Date:August 8th, 2009
Time:9am-12noon
Location: Office of Ellen Reiss-Goldfarb, R.D.
11500 W. Olympic Blvd. Suite 400
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Phone: 310-408-1770
e-mail: info@ellenreissgoldfarb.com

Cost: $60 in advance, $75 at the door
Pay pal accepted

Saturday, June 27, 2009

PCOS Challenge review by Monika Woolsey


A must-listen if you have an eating disorder with your PCOS
Hello everyone,I missed the live version of this interview but stayed up until midnight listening to it. I was going to just catch the first few minutes but Ellen and Sasha did such a wonderful job of talking about body image, eating disorders, and PCOS, I was hooked!It's such a great, thorough, and compassionate look at a part of PCOS that is not easy to discuss. A lot of physicians who treat PCOS are more skilled at managing your lab values than your emotions...and it can be frustrating to feel that such an important part of your disorder is not being acknowledged.I do not intend to criticize physicians with my comment. They are often under pressure to see their patients in a tightly scheduled day, and if they're good at managing your insulin level, they need to be respected for what they're best at.One of the things PCOS Challenge AND inCYST are trying to do, is provide support that sometimes simply is not available in a medical office visit. A major goal at inCYST, as well, is to network with physicians and help them understand the importance of recognizing this very important aspect of PCOS, and knowing where to refer their patients if they can't or don't want to be the caregiver offering emotional support.If you've been feeling like that support is what you need, then a good start might be to listen to this broadcast. I guarantee, at the very least, you will learn that you're not alone. www.pcoschallenge.comThanks, Sasha and Ellen, for taking the time to talk so compassionately about such a challenging topic!
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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Food Item of the Week

While shopping at Trader Joes the other day, I stumbled upon an amazing product!Trader Joes Five Seed Almond BarsThey are made with flax, poppy, sunflower, sesame and pumpkin seeds and combined with almonds, cinnamon, vanilla, brown sugar and honey to create these soft, chewy and delicious cookie barsThey taste amazing, but what is so wonderful is that each 110 calorie bar has 53mg EPA and DHA. The omega 3 sources seem to be from the flax as well as Omega-3 refined menhaden fish oil (with tocoperols)If you live by a Trader Joes you just have to try it!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Important Lab Tests for PCOS

Many women who have PCOS have not had the correct blood work done or don't know what blood tests to ask to have done.
I would like to post some important labs used to diagnose and monitor PCOS

1. Total testosterone (elevated levels are > 50ng/dl
2. Free testosterone
3. Luteinizing Hormone (LH) (plays a role in ovulation and egg development)
4. Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) (responsible for egg release from the ovaries)
5. LH/FSH ratio (results should be under 2)
6. DHEA-sulfate (this test tells how much androgens or "male hormones" your body is producing) DHEA sulfate converts into testosterone.
7. Prolactin
8. Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) this test will help to rule out hypo or hyperthyroidism (slow vs fast metabolism issues)
9. Liver Function tests (LFT's). Important since medications pass through the liver, to check for possible damages. Checking every 3-6 months is recommended.
10. Fasting Lipid Profile: Total Cholesterol (< 200 mg/dl is ideal)
High Density Lipoproteins (HDL) (>45 mg/dl is ideal)
Low Density Lipoproteins (LDL) (<130 mg/dl is ideal)
Triglycerides (fat in blood) (<150 mg/dl is ideal)
11. Fasting Insulin (results should be <10) difficult to do, it needs to be frozen when brought to the lab and tested before it reaches a certain temperature, expensive but would be very beneficial in determining and monitoring insulin resistance.
12. Fasting blood chemistry panel (includes glucose, electolytes and sometimes renal labs)
13. Fasting glucose to insulin ratio (used to diagnose and monitor insulin resistance, ratio under 4.5 usually indicated insulin resistance)