So, I decided that it was time to take back the reigns and put PCOS in its place. I did loads of research and worked out what I needed to do and how. It’s not easy to actually make the start and work out WHERE to start.
So, here are my tops tips for getting started on your PCOS diet:
Throw out (or give away) the junk foods
I think it’s really helpful to go through your cupboards, fridge and freezer and work out what shouldn’t be there. If you don’t see it and don’t have it in the house, you are much less likely to crave it and if you do crave it, to get your hands on it.
So, what do I mean by junk? Start with the following foods:
- White rice
- Dairy products (you can read more about that here)
- Frozen ready meals – they’re far too processed and contain too many additives
- Rice cakes (very high GI and taste like cardboard – no thanks!)
- Processed meats
- Sodas (even the diet variety)
Hit the shops
You don’t have to spend a fortune on food but unfortunately buying fresh, healthy foods does tend to be a little more expensive.
You will be saving money on all the junk food you won’t be buying though. Also, try to go for lean, organic meat. If you can’t afford it, stock up on more plant-based protein as they tend to be less expensive and don’t have as many trans fats as meat does.
I have put together a PCOS shopping list (and much more) to get your started. The list is not comprehensive by any means and I’m sure you’ll find things that you could include. However, all of the foods on the shopping list are low GI, PCOS friendly foods and are a really good place to start and get you going on your PCOS butt-kicking mission.
To get access to a PDF printable copy of the shopping list, register for a free PCOS Diet Support account by clicking HERE you will have instant access to it.
Plan your meals
Planning your meals in advance should help you to be more organized when it comes to meal times. You’ll also have all of the ingredients you’ll need to prepare a healthy, nutritious meal that will help you get your PCOS under control.
When planning your meals, keep in mind that you’re looking for recipes that are:
- Dairy free
- Low GI with a low Glycemic Load
- Balanced in terms of carbs and protein
- Free of refined foods and sugars
- Low in saturated fats
If you feel like you need a more structured approach to your meal plans, have a look at the PCOS Resources where you find find quick and affordable access to weekly PCOS meal plans.
These three simple steps should help to get you started on your PCOS diet. Staying on it is another matter and we’ll get into that in the future.
Feel free to print your PCOS shopping list, stick it on the fridge
Tarryn is the founder of PCOS Diet Support, the top ranked PCOS diet & lifestyle site with over 50,000 users per month. As a fellow cyster there are no empty promises here, just facts
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