Wednesday, September 29, 2010
There has been much talk over the years about "Cabs" that they are bad, that they are good, that you don't need them, that you can't live without them, and the list can go on and on. I know my opinion on the matter and I know that it is not shared by all or in some cases even many of those who are Diabetic or have PCOS, but its what I've found works for me so its what actually matters when all is said and dun.
My personal opinion is as follows...
What is low carb? Some say it is not going over 40, 50 or even 60 grams of carbs in a day total. To others it means cutting out any and all processed carbs and only going for natural occurring ones such as what you get from fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds and select organic breads.
Well that is one view of the matter my own view of that matter is for myself and myself alone low carbing it is sticking around 130 grams of carbs max in a day, yes 130 grams of carbs to me is what I call low carbing it, why? Simple I've found that if I go under that for extended periods of time in a row that I end up with other issues going on that could mean a trip to the ER, my body doesn't handle going to low for very long, even if I try to do it over a period of months its not something my body can handle doing without consequences to my health taking place.
Then there is the camp for no carbs, this camp I have no idea about really its something that I've just been seeing of late around the net so I don't know much about it, the only thing I do know is that the brain needs carbs to function and not giving it the right fuel from those carbs can lead to developmental and other issues within the brain itself (at least from the studies i've read over the years).
High carb, again that camp seems to have gone almost into hibernation in the past several years, which many people getting on the low carb camp - so much so that every where you look you see low carb this low carb that - that seeing regular food is getting harder in harder. But that high carb camp its still around, it is still alive and I'm part of it in my own fashion. I support eating carbs to fuel the body as necessary but not to the detriment of hurting the body, if that means loading up on 300 grams of carbs in a day for some reason then so be it, if its needed its needed, if it happens because you chose the wrong foods in a day again it happens its not bad its just something that happened that maybe the next day or so you should be watching what you eat in general.
This is why I think that there is no such thing as unhealthy carbs in general, to me its all called moderation - yes sugar is not healthy in general but it is a fast acting carb that can give someone who is diabetic that small kick that might be necessary to keep one from going to low till one can get the right ratio of carbs and protein in to get their levels stable. But that aside nothing dun in excess is good for anyone, at least I don't think that is the case, to me I feel that if eating 150 grams of carbs a day is what works for you then great! If eating 50 grams of carbs works for you well great, just remember it works for you.
As a diabetic I know that carbs effect how my glucose levels will rise and drop, so I have learned though a lot of trail and error what will work for me, it doesn't mean that I have perfect control over my levels because I don't, but I have learned in general what to do to keep my levels within range.
As a woman with PCOS added into the mix, it can make it a harder choice because there are various theories on the matter about those with PCOS needed to do X for their carbs vs Y if you are diabetic or Z if you are both. Add in another medical condition or two or even allergies and the whole thing becomes just that much harder to figure out and work with. Which is why I know there will always be that debate of Low Carb VS High Carb VS No Carbs and so forth and so on.
Well post more as time allows for it, take care everyone
Friday, July 16, 2010
Sunday, July 11, 2010
It is estimated that over 5 million women in the US alone have PCOS, and many of them don't even know it. At this point in time no one knows what is the cause of PCOS and their is no cure, but there are treatments out there that can help you take charge of this condition and make it bearable.
I've been living with PCOS for as long as I can remember, but I've not let it slow me down or stop me. I might have Diabetes because of it, I might be infertile because of it and I might have a lot of other issues thanks to it, but it is just one more thing to deal with in life and as such it can be handled and dealt with and lived with.
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Houston, Texas, Sunday June 13th, 2010 — PCOS Foundation's first-ever, fun-filled, one-day symposium on understanding and controlling the effects of PCOS
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome affects 5-10% of women of childbearing age, with 30% of women having some PCOS symptoms. Over 75% of women with PCOS are undiagnosed: that’s an estimated 9 million women in the U.S alone.
Its causes are unknown. Its symptoms are misunderstood. Its diagnosis is difficult. Its numbers are staggering. And its worse case scenario is death. Yet little is being said or done about this life-threatening, life-altering condition known as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome or PCOS. The PCOS Foundation of Houston wants to change all that.
Their free, one-day symposium will take a light-hearted, energetic approach at educating women about small steps they can take to control PCOS symptoms and prevent potential long term health effects. Topics will include Hormonal Aspects of PCOS, Infertility & PCOS, Heart Disease & Metabolic Disease, Alternative Treatments for PCOS and Simple Exercise Techniques.
For one in every ten women, symptoms like obesity, excessive hair on the face and body, thinning hair on the head, acne, a lackluster sex drive, and the inability to become pregnant or maintain a pregnancy is cause for embarrassment, depression and hopelessness. It dramatically increases a women’s risk of heart attack, stroke, diabetes and endometrial cancer. Yet PCOS is the most common hormonal disorder occurring in women of child-bearing years and a leading cause of infertility.
Although there’s no known cure for PCOS, its symptoms can be controlled, allowing women to become pregnant, deliver healthy babies, and live a full, happy, healthy life. Through interactive education PCOS Foundation founder, Lisa Benjamini, and other experts in the field will partner with Houston area women to let them know they’re not alone in combating the devastating effects of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. PCOS Foundation is the largest Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Referral Center in Texas, treating patients from all over the world.
Learn more about the 2010 PCOS Symposium June 13 at: http://pcosfoundation.org/ Learn more about PCOS symptoms RSVP to Jilian Ryan at PCOS Foundation 713-467-4488 ext. 233 Hilton Houston Post Oak Ballroom C 2001 Post Oak Blvd. Houston, Texas
Monday, June 21, 2010
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
2010 PCOS SYMPOSIUM
Presented by PCOS Foundation
An amazing fun filled day of education, prizes, food and more!
> Hormonal Aspects of PCOS
> Infertility & PCOS
> Heart Disease & Metabolic Disease
> Alternative Treatments for PCOS
> Exercise for Your Health: Simple Exercise Techniques
> Coping with the Aspects of PCOS
SUNDAY, JUNE 13, 2010
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
HILTON HOUSTON POST OAK
2001 Post Oak Blvd.
Houston, Texas 77056
FREE ADMISSION when you RSVP by June 8th or $10 at the door
SPACE IS LIMITED!
RSVP now to reserve your seat: 713-467-4488 ext. 233