If you have been in the nutrition world for a little while, you would have heard the term “macros” or macronutrients. In this article, we look at the ideal macros for PCOS – is it high fat, low carb or high carb, low fat or perhaps somewhere in the middle?
Coffee… I love the smell of it; the ritual of it. Okay, I also need the caffeine, if I’m honest. But, I haven’t been convinced about the health benefits or the negative impact on my PCOS. So, I’ve done the research and made some decisions. Here is what you need to know.
Getting started on a new way of eating can be both energy and time consuming. It takes a while to work out what you can and can’t eat, to plan your meals that fit the guidelines. And most importantly, to actually stick with your new way of eating. Here are some tips to get you started.
A ketogenic diet is nothing new but it is something that I have been experimenting with recently. There is some strong research on the keto diet for PCOS and in this article, I go into all of the detail, including sharing my own experiences with going keto and some invaluable resources.
Very often when eating clean or dieting, we rule out all alcohol. But, a recent study has shown that there is a chemical in red wine that might actually help women with PCOS. Here’s a look at what you should know about red wine and why it might be a good choice when going out for a drink.
It’s not uncommon for women with PCOS to feel hungry all the time, even after they have just finished a meal. And there is a reason for that. PCOS wreaks havoc on our metabolism and hunger hormones, making us feel hungrier than other women. This also makes weight loss more difficult. There are some things you can do about it, though…
It is so easy to get derailed when you are travelling or in a foreign country and you don’t have access to the foods that you would normally eat. It is still possible to eat well for your PCOS, though, and in this blog post I show you how to do just that. So, here is how you can still follow your PCOS diet while on the road.
Sometimes we need a little motivation to keep us going and on the right track. There are a number of ways to do this, of course, whether it be tracking your symptoms, getting support or using technology. My Fitbit is one of my favourite ways to track and manage my PCOS.
We know that the way that we eat is crucial to managing our PCOS but sometimes making changes to the way that we eat can be time-consuming, especially with a family or in times of high stress. Here are some ways to ease the transition and make the PCOS diet work for you and your family.
Giving up dairy as part of your PCOS diet can be tricky and is often easier said than done. Many of us miss our cheese, yogurt, and milk. Also, recent research on the link between dairy and fertility has raised some questions. So, let’s have another look at whether dairy should be part of our PCOS diet.
Soy and soy products are particularly controversial in the nutrition world, with some people claiming their health benefits and others suggesting that it should be avoided. But how does soy impact on your PCOS? I’ve done the research and this is what I’ve found…
Luteinizing hormone is one of the hormones affected by PCOS and it’s important to get it within normal range. High LH levels can cause increased testosterone to be released from our ovaries as well as anovulation. Here are 4 ways to lower LH levels naturally.
Gut health has become increasingly popular in the health world as more and more research reveals how important our guts are to our overall health and well being. And, unsurprisingly, you gut health can also impact on your PCOS. Here is what you need to know.
Superfoods are all the rage at the moment and we’re all looking for ultra healthy foods that will pack a nutritional punch. Well, there are also some superfoods that will help your PCOS and symptoms. It may be worth including these foods in your diet on a regular basis.
The feeling of discomfort after meals… Pants feeling tight and uncomfortable. People asking if you’re pregnant. I’ve been there and I know how uncomfortable bloating can be. But, it can get better. Here are some ways that you can beat the bloat with PCOS.
For many years, I’ve recommended a gluten free diet for PCOS. And there is good reason for that. Gluten causes chronic inflammation (something we’re already prone to), it’s a hormone disruptor and it is often high in carbs. Here is what I do instead of having gluten.
If you have fallen away from eating well for your PCOS, as a way to get back on track, you may be tempted to do some kind of detox or cleanse. But, what does the evidence say and is a cleanse the best thing for your PCOS? Let’s have a look at the research and offer some alternatives to a cleanse.
Testosterone is often the cause of a lot of our troubling PCOS symptoms – hair where you don’t want it, not enough hair where you do want it, acne, that irregular cycle. There are some foods that have been shown to lower testosterone levels and may be worth including more of these in your diet.
When we want to lose weight with PCOS, one of the first things that we do is try some kind of diet, only to find that we don’t lose weight. We may even gain more weight. Why is that? Well, we’re probably watching calories but not addressing our PCOS, the cause of our weight gain.
Many people focus on a low glycemic index diet. The thing is, it is not entirely accurate and even foods with a low GL can impact on your insulin and your PCOS. So, the glycemic load is a better indicator. In this article, I explain the GL in detail and how it can work as part of your PCOS diet.
Milk has a chemical that mimics insulin and causes our levels of testosterone to rise. Many women find that their acne clears up after stopping milk and that is testament to milk’s negative effects on our PCOS in general. This article looks at why milk is not great for PCOS, as well as alternatives.