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?
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...