6 PCOS Diet Tips to Remember – Say NO to PCOS

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“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.” – by Mary Anne Radmacher

Taking charge of your PCOS takes courage, determination and perseverance. It’s not for the feint-hearted and it requires an inherent belief that you’re worth the effort – which I FIRMLY believe you are!

I also believe that with the right tools and knowledge, we are ALL able to improve our PCOS symptoms to some degree. So, this video gives you 6 more PCOS Diet tips and helps you to say NO to PCOS.

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I hope you enjoy the 6 PCOS Diet Tips and as always, I’d love to hear from you so let me know your thoughts and ideas by commenting below.

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Tarryn Poulton

Tarryn Poulton

Tarryn Poulton is a PN1 Certified Nutrition Coach and PCOS expert who has been a leader in the online PCOS space for over 8 years. Tarryn has the support of leading clinicians from around the world who support her scientific approach to understanding and talking about PCOS this includes all medical journals and ongoing research. You can read more about Tarryn and the team here.

15 Responses

15 Responses

  1. I just discovered this website. So, cool by the way! A few years ago in ’07 I was diagnosed with PCOS and finally got answers to why so many things were happening to me physically and emotionally. I wasn’t particularly obese but just noticed that since adolescence I would gain and not as easily lose the weight. As a matter of fact I kept about 10 lbs every four or five years. So, before I was diagnosed I went on a workout revolution and lost weight. But gained it all back 2 years later. Now married and ready to start a family. We visited a fertility specialist last December 2012, and ended up pregnant in July with the help of metformin and clomid. However, I miscarried in August at 8 weeks. It was devastating! But, I’m ready now to get back on the horse but I want to work out. I love to get moving. However with my job the hours leave me just enough time to sleep and very little time for much else. What would you suggest for those of us with little time for exercise? And as far as diet is concerned that is something else I’m struggling with.

    1. Hi Crystal,

      I’m so sorry to hear about your loss!

      I really like Jillian Michaals’ 30 Day Shred DVD. Its a 20 minute workout 5 days a week and I found that I could fit it in in the morning. Also, diet and supplements are crucial to managing all of your symptoms and increasing your fertility. You could sign up for the free starter kit to get some ideas of PCOS friendly meals and recipes.


  2. Hi Tarryn,,i’m 24yrs old i’m diagnosed as PCOS. can u suggest a perfect diet plan ..i’m very sad about myself.. 🙁

    1. Hi Aswathy,

      I’m sorry that you’ve been diagnosed with PCOS and that you’re finding things tough at the moment – hang in there! Why not sign up for the free meal plan to get an idea of the type of diet I recommend?


  3. Hi Tarryn,

    I was diagnosed with PCOS 6 months back. Since then I have been trying to control my diet and also exercise regularly. Even though I have PCOS, my blood reports are fine- 1. my androgen count is within the permissible limit 2. So far, my insulin levels are normal 3. I do have cysts on both my ovaries. I am 26 years old.
    I have 2 questions for you:
    1. Since the only PCOS symptoms that I have are cysts in the ovaries and irregular period, does that still mean I have insulin resistance?
    2. For flavoring my food, I use a considerable quantity of sea salt. Does having PCOS mean you have to be careful of your salt intake?
    Thanks a lot in advance. Also, kudos to you on providing support for many of us and inspiring us.

  4. Dear Tarryn,

    Ive just been diagnosed with PCOS and I am scared!I am only fourteen and the doctors think they can reverse it. 🙂 I have just started on a “diet” plan and i was wondering for any advice… At my high school there is a lot of carby food in reach. How can I not be tempted?

    1. Hi Hayley,

      Thanks so much for leaving a comment. I’m so sorry that you have been diagnosed with PCOS, especially at such a young age. PCOS is manageable and there really is hope. I think it is tough, though, when carby foods are so accessible. I think the best thing is to always be prepared. Make sure you always have some PCOS friendly snack with you and as far as possible take a packed lunch with you to school so you’re not tempted.

      I hope that helps!


  5. Dear Tarryn,

    I have suspected that I might have PCOS. Though it has not been confirmed. (I’m not good with blood tests and my doctor has not helped me with any advise or anything.) So I’m undiagnosed and I just have to go with my gut. I have had symptoms of irregular menstruation, weight gain, unwanted hair, spots, depression and head hair damage. I’ve had these problems for 5 years. The only conclusion that I can think of is PCOS which is why I’m like this. I wanted to ask, do these symptoms to you sound like PCOS? and what is the best and natural way to tackle the hormonal inbalance?

    Best wishes. Brill website.

    1. Hi Sera,

      Thanks for your question and for sharing your story.

      It does sound a lot like PCOS but you obviously would need the blood tests and ultrasound to confirm it. If it is PCOS, you need to make changes to your diet – following a low GI, whole foods diet. Also, taking supplements like Inositol, Omega 3, Vitamin D and Magnesium will help. Exercise will also help with insulin resistance and improve insulin sensitivity.

      Hope that helps!


    1. Thanks for your interest in the app, Alele! It’s something we’re looking into but we’re not quite there yet. Will keep you posted.

  6. I have a husband who eats a high carb, low health diet. His health isn’t very good, but I can’t get him to eat veggies and fruit nearly as often as he should. Therefore, there are foods in my house that are detrimental to my health. This makes it very tempting to eat the foods. Any advice?

    1. Hi Alele,

      It is really hard when your hubby isn’t on the same page as you. Mine was the same for a while and it was much harder to stick to the things I knew would be helpful for my PCOS. The first hing is you could put his unhealthy food in a separate cupboard. If you’re not always looking at the things that will tempt you, you’re less likely to be tempted by it. Also, ask hubby to help you. When you have a moment of weakness, ask him to help you say no to it. And finally, keep your goals in mind. Remind yourself why it is you want to eat healthily and what is actually at stake for you. Once you have been a couple of weeks junk-free, your cravings will eventually begin to diminish. Hang in there!!


      1. While (THANKFULLY!!!) my hubby was 100% on-board with changing our diet at home, he did say he was not planning to stick to it while out with friends or at work. I am fine with that as it will not impact me at all and as a bonus he will be eating healthier as well at least 75% of the time. Maybe your hubby might be willing to make the same concession for you? Have him give all the now unhealthy food to a buddy and then he can have a boys night and go enjoy it over there. Or if he has the space, take some of it to work. If your marriage is to survive, he has to be willing to compromise, it is your health on the line for goodness sake!

        Our biggest challenge is going to be our kids’ diet. They take meds for Bipolar/ADHD and those meds create a counter-intuitive dietary need. For them having a high fat/carb/salt diet is necessary to maintain health and body weight (which is already on the low side). I have no idea what we are going to do about that. For example when their lithium levels spike they need to eat salty chips, crackers, or pretzels and drink some gatorade. If I am going to attempt to not have any of that in the house, I need to find a healthy alternative that will do the same thing. Worst case scenario, I am going to get one of those rolling plastic storage drawers and have them keep their own salty carb type snacks in their rooms so they will be mostly out of site and no longer a temptation for me. Any other ideas?

        I really hope your hubby eventually comes around. I will pray for you guys! *hugs*

        1. Hi Jaelyn,

          Since writing this post, hubby was diagnosed with celiac disease (he is also a type 1 diabetic) so we’re very much on the same page now. It is helpful that I now only cook one meal for the whole family instead of us all being on different diets.

          In terms of your boys’ diets, I can understand how that might be counter intuitive. You might want to consider a Paleo diet for the whole family. There are some wonderful resources and recipes out there and a book called “Eat like Dinosuars” which explains to children why they should eat like a dinosaur. You could consider healthy fats that are high in calories like avocados, thai curries with coconut milk, lots of nuts. These are high in healthy fats and calories and should help them to put on weight. You could also make smoothies with coconut milk which will be really nutrient dense.

          If all else fails, your plastic roll-aways sound like a great idea!


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