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Ok awhile ago I posted a thread in the weight loss forum about one of my friends who went on the HCG diet. Well she went off it and then started back on it just before Christmas. Now she is off it I think but she has more diet issues. She has PCOS (Polycistic Ovarian Syndrome). She's not vegan but on FB she made a comment saying that she has to go vegan now UGGHHHH (like it's a bad thing?) and doesn't want to eat anything with ANY estrogen in it or that messes with estrogen. So, she linked to this site
http://dogtorj.tripod.com/id45.html
and all these foods supposedly have estrogen. Problem is they're really all healthy foods. She also eats really low calories cuz when you're on the HCG diet you can't eat over 500 cals a day and she showed me a couple of her meals. One meal was chopped cauliflower with small amounts of tofu (this was before anti estrogen diet) in water with some seasoning. No stock, not cooked, not a lot of cals, no oil...etc. Another dish she made was shiritaki rice (it's 'rice' made from plant fiber so it's no cal), small amounts of tofu, and spinach. A. The food doesn't sound flavorful and B. It's low cal and not as high in nutrients as it could be.

I asked her about her weight and why she doesn't exercise she said because she hates doing it. She does have a wii fit though and says she enjoys that but it's not the same as real exercise, well...it's better than nothing I guess. The past like week and a half she complained about being sick. She always complains about having health issues.

I'm just concerned about her. Thanks for listening.
 

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The only thing I know about PCOS is that it often causes you to be infertile. Is she trying to conceive or something? What are the negative effects she's feeling that make her think she needs a diet change?
 

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The only thing I know about PCOS is that it often causes you to be infertile. Is she trying to conceive or something? What are the negative effects she's feeling that make her think she needs a diet change?
Yeah she really wants a baby and is trying to get her pcos under control but she says she needs to lose weight to do that and she's not losing weight the proper way (healthy diet and exercise). She's kind of starving herself. Also, she's really anti doctor.
 

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Is she overweight? Or just thinks she is? She's probably putting too much stress on her body to conceive naturally
 

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Ugh. The HCG diet is horrible. It's basically starving yourself while injecting yourself with pregnancy hormones. Would she be willing to talk to others with PCOS who are trying to conceive? Not only would she possibly be able to find local support groups but there are also many online communities with women who are in the exact same position. Maybe they would be helpful. You said she's anti doctor, but what about seeing a dr who specializes in PCOS and fertility?

Here are some links:
http://www.soulcysters.net/forum.php
http://forums.ivillage.com/t5/TTC-In...-p/iv-ppifpcos
http://pcosupport.org/
http://projectpcos.org/
 

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I hate that HCG diet...she's doing more harm than good! if she's trying to conceive, then she needs a really healthy vegetable filled diet, with lots of natural folate, not supplements. but 500 calories a day is downright dangerous!

hopefully she'll look at those links provided.
 

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Thanks for the links and info guys. She was vegetarian one time, then off, then veg again recently. She's pretty much veg now. I asked her about going vegan she says she LOVES cheese and then she made that post complaining how she pretty much has to eat vegan on this anti estrogen diet thing.
 

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I'm sorry your friend is involved with risky business...it's hard watching people we care about doing things to harm themselves. You've gotten some good advice for her. All you can do is present it to her. Whether or not she pays any attention to it is another matter. At least you did what you could do.
 
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