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Diet – A weapon in the fight against PCOS

We are what we eat, literally. And especially when it comes to PCOS. Eating a healthy and balanced PCOS Diet is one of the key weapons in our fight against PCOS. Here’s why:

Everything that we eat has an impact on our delicate hormone balance and the food that we eat affects our bodies, right down to the cellular level. It’s important to ensure that we’re eating foods that will normalise our hormones and not add to the confusion and imbalances that already exist.

Also, insulin resistance is one of the key issues affecting women with PCOS. This is why doctors will prescribe Metformin or Glucophage (a drug normally prescribed for Type 2 Diabetics) to manage PCOS. Insulin responds to blood sugar levels and acts to move sugar from the blood stream and into the muscles. When we become insulin resistant, the pancreas secretes more and more insulin to try to deal with blood sugar levels. Side effects of high insulin levels include: Histruism, cystic ovaries, acne, weight issues and infertility. Sound familiar?

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One of the primary ways of dealing with these symptoms then, is to eat low GI and whole foods as these do not have as significant an impact on blood sugar levels. This means that your body does not need to secrete as much insulin.

A PCOS Diet is not an easy diet to follow and it needs to become a way of life. – Tarryn

A PCOS Diet is not an easy diet to follow and it needs to become a way of life. We naturally crave junk foods like crisps, chocolates and sweets but it’s important that we cut them out of our diets. Not an easy thing! So, make sure you have good support from family and friends. Also, finding other women with PCOS who can motivate and encourage you is key. My hope is that PCOS Diet Support will be a place where women with PCOS can connect with each other, find motivation and tackle PCOS together, one bite at a time.

With that in mind, I’d love to hear about what you find most difficult about keeping to a good PCOS Diet. Are there times of year that are harder than others or certain foods that you struggle with more than others? Leave me a comment below and I promise to get back to you…

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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.

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  1. Since learning that I have celiac disease and having to change my diet, I have had little to no issues with my PCOS. Once you accept and are willing to make the necessary dietary changes to help yourself feel better… it’s AMAZING how much better you feel all over.

  2. Hi,

    Just finished day one of the new year , new diet plan and new outlook (beating pcos) just wanted to say how impressed I am with the delicious recipes, I never ever though gluten dairy free food could taste so good, recipes are easy to follow and portions are generous too. I’m looking forward to the delicious delights over the next few weeks. Cookery is a big part of my life and something I do to relax and connect with my family and friends so I was very apprehensive about taking this step but I feel reassured and empowered. Thank you so so much. Xx

  3. plz give me a daily chart of pcos diet.i hv irregular period.what kind of excercise or yoga suits to my body.i also want a baby bt because of pcos my period is irregular.plz help me for this problem.i have 72 weight- 5’5″ height.i also want to lose my weight.plz help me to come out this..plzz.

  4. Do you substitute any other probiotic sources for yogurt? I have found yogurt made with almond milk, would that be preferable?

  5. Hi Tarryn, I am very new to your site and absolutely love it! I wanted to know if we should cutout all carbs in our pcos diet?really struggling with my diet.

    Regards
    Ilham

  6. Hi Tarryn,

    do you recommend low GI foods or low glycemic load?? have seen different info on various sites

    1. HI Stephanie,

      I personally prefer to look at the glycemic load as it takes quantities and combinations of foods into account.

      Tarryn

  7. This is a great video and somehow motivates me in wanting to keep on the path of fighting PCOS. I look forward to more videos and updates 🙂

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