Dear Robin: “I’m trying so hard to deal with the insulin resistance associated with my PCOS, but I don’t feel like I can get a handle on it. My doctor has me taking Metformin, which I can’t say that I love, and I’m also trying to watch the amount of refined sugar I eat. The problem is that I don’t feel like I can control the sugar cravings that hit on a regular basis. More often than not, I give into the cravings and then feel like I’ve failed myself afterwards. Can you give any tips on ways to help with the sugar dependency, eventually leading to not taking Metformin at all?” ~ Hollie
Dear Hollie: Insulin resistance may seem hard to overcome, mostly because it’s hard to get off the sugar. Here are two resources for you (both videos)
>> Sugar, Carbs and PCOS
>> Sugar & PCOS
You can absolutely heal your insulin resistance (IR), but you always have to pay attention because it can easily come back. Here are 5 things that are critical to resolving IR:
1. Take the right nutrients: zinc, magnesium, chromium, vanadium are the biggies…
2. Eat enough fiber: helps to keep your blood sugar from spiking.
3. Manage stress: stress will cause sugar cravings and sabotage even your best effort because it adversely affects serotonin, our feel-good hormone.
4. Get enough sleep: sleep is critical for insulin sensitivity – make sure you’re getting enough restorative sleep.
5. Hormonally balanced meals: eat within an hour of waking and then every 4-6 hours – stop eating 3 hours before bed. This will keep you from craving because your energy will be more balanced. PCOS Diet video
6. Movement: just walking every day, 10K steps, will reduce stress and help to build serotonin to keep cravings at bay.
Don’t expect miracles overnight, but slowly begin to implement the above and see if your cravings begin to subside. You’ve got this Hollie. ~ Robin
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