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Giving Sugar the Cold Shoulder: Fertility Problems or PCOS or Not Blog Feature
Lisa Rosenthal

By: Lisa Rosenthal on September 30th, 2014

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Giving Sugar the Cold Shoulder: Fertility Problems or PCOS or Not

PCOS | Wellness


Sugar and Health

There's been a lot of talk about sugar and health this week at Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT), as we talk about weight, and healthful lifestyle choices, and all the discussion topics related to PCOS: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.

Recognizing PCOS Symptoms 

PCOS is characterized by a variety of symptoms that can make it very difficult to become pregnant. Symptoms include, but are not limited to and do not always include: hirstuism (hair growth on face and other places); ability to gain weight easily and not lose it easily; irregular or non-existent menstrual cycles; insulin resistance; and/or small non-malignant cysts in your ovaries.

What Is PCOS? 

This blog is not here to explain what PCOS is and what it isn't. Click here and you will get all the information you need about the clinical assessment of PCOS, how to treat it and more.

This blog is about chocolate cake. And fried foods. And white flour. If you've ever had a weight issue, you will probably understand.

By weight issue, I mean if you ever wanted to lose a pound or two, or thirty pounds, or if you ever needed to gain ten pounds. By weight issue, I also mean that you may have had problems sticking to a diet or eating in a way that you decided you would--instead finding that you have gone off the diet in ways that you had decided that you wouldn't. Weight issue might also mean that you have found that you have gained or lost weight without meaning to and without having a good idea of how it happened. 

Pretty much covers all of us, no? If you are an exception, wow. Write and tell us, cause I want to know how you do it!

Finally, though, to the point of this blog. It appears that I owe a chocolate cake my apology.

LOL. I know. Sounds ridiculous, doesn't it?

PCOS and Weight

In all my conversations this week about PCOS and weight and all, it turns out it's not so ridiculous.

So here goes, my formal apology:

I apologize to you, gorgeous-looking cake, with your alluring sweetness and tempting flavor. Turning my back on you was not meant to be disrespectful to you; it was from an intention to be respectful to myself. While you are not evil, nor do you mean to do damage, you are an unhealthy choice for me. Perhaps some people can eat you without damaging side effects; I am not one of those people. I would feel the effects of you for days, in terms of craving and I do not want that for myself. 

So my apology for my cold shoulder. I did deliberately turn my back to you so as not to be tempted to eat you. I'm happy there were people who could eat and enjoy you. Perhaps it lessened the impact of my snub.

While I'm at it, I may as well apologize to all the fried foods that I won't be eating and white flour products that I will be avoiding. Sorry!

Those of you reading my blog today, read this with a smile. I'm not really crazy, just a little bit.

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photo credit: Thomas Claveirole

About Lisa Rosenthal

Lisa has over thirty years of experience in the fertility field. After her personal infertility journey, she felt dissatisfied with the lack of comprehensive services available to support her. She was determined to help others undergoing fertility treatment. Lisa has been with RMACT for eleven years and serves as Patient Advocate and the Strategic Content Lead.

Lisa is the teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a program designed to support men and women on their quest for their families through gentle movement and meditation.

Lisa’s true passion is supporting patients getting into treatment, being able to stay in treatment and staying whole and complete throughout the process. Lisa is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, which is helpful in her work with fertility patients.

Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association (now Path2Parenthood), where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director.