If you’ve been diagnosed with PCOS then you may be feeling overwhelmed with what to do next. You may have turned to Amazon or your local bookstore to look for PCOS books and found…crickets! PCOS books that don’t promote diet culture are hard to come by. Instead, we have rounded up weight-inclusive, non-diet, HAES® aligned books that will have a positive impact on your relationship with food.
What is PCOS?
PCOS is a common endocrine disorder that impacts about 1 in 10 people in the UK. Symptoms of PCOS include oily skin, acne, alopecia, hirsutism, irregular periods and more. It can be so challenging to find non-diet books to support your PCOS journey but we’ve gathered our top 7 books for people with PCOS – all through a non-diet lens.
Top 7 non-diet books for people with PCOS
When you are diagnosed with PCOS it can be tempting to try to be drawn in by claims to “cure symptoms in 90 days” or “30-day meal plans”. But realistically, PCOS cannot be cured and instead, a holistic, compassionate approach to your diagnosis is more likely to improve your symptoms – as well as preserve your mental health!
Working on your relationship with food, movement and your body can help you begin to treat your body with respect and kindness. This can lead you to make more nourishing choices to help with PCOS symptom management. Here are our top seven books to support you on this journey.
Eating Intuitively for PCOS: A step-by-step guide to manage your PCOS symptoms with Intuitive Eating and discover a more nourishing way to live£4.99
The only non-diet book for PCOS on the market. Manage your symptoms whilst moving away from restriction and dieting. The intuitive eating approach specifically for people with PCOS.
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Intuitive Eating for Every Day: 365 Daily Practices & Inspirations to Rediscover the Pleasures of Eating£8.99
Looking to bring intuitive eating into your daily life? Evelyn Tribole, the author of Intuitive Eating, brings you everyday practices to rediscover the pleasures of eating.
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If you are looking for more practical approaches to intuitive eating and PCOS management then this diet-free recipe book may fit the bill. Supportive gentle nutrition with easy recipes in this book by Rachael Hartley RD.
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The Body Is Not an Apology offers radical self-love as the balm to heal the wounds inflicted by these violent systems. This book reclaims black people’s bodies and asks you to interrupt the systems that keep us small.
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Anti-diet is a how-to guide to reclaiming your time, money, health and happiness in our toxic diet culture. This book offers a radical alternative to diet culture and helps readers reclaim their bodies, minds, and lives so they can focus on the things that truly matter.
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Jessica Willson brings black women back into the wellbeing conversation by intertwining body liberation, diet culture rejection and social commentary in their debut book.
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The original Intuitive Eating guide by founders Elyse Resch and Evelyn Tribole is the go-to resource for anyone wanting to make peace with food, eat intuitively and rebuild their relationship with themselves.
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Founder and Editor | Registered Associate Nutritionist
Founder of Be The Collective LTD [The PCOS Collective & The Endo Collective] Alex Okell ANutr is a London-based reproductive health nutritionist with experience in research, private practice and digital media. She holds a Master’s degree in Nutrition from King’s College London and has co-authored papers with the University of Cambridge, King’s College London, The Food Foundation and the Food Standards Agency. Alex offers 1:1 PCOS support in our virtual PCOS clinic.