Even in the PCOS world there is so much controversy about what is a good diet for healing from the symptoms PCOS.
There is no doubt, whether you’re heavy or thin with PCOS, that insulin resistance and unstable blood sugar are at the root of almost all, if not all, of the yucky symptoms you may be experiencing. So eating to manage blood sugar is key.
Within just a few days of changing your diet you can feel so much better. It’s amazing. But what works for one woman might not work for you.
The key? Focus on whole, real, foods – ditch the “food” that comes in boxes and bags.
Use food to feel great. It’s broken down into 3 categories:
- Protein: Building blocks for everything in your body from muscle to brain chemistry and bones. Also is essential for detoxification in your liver.
- Fats: Your brain is mostly fat 60-70% so healthy fat can make you smarter, all of your hormones are made from fat, all communication in your body (through hormones) is because of fat, and healthy fats reduce inflammation.
- Carbohydrates: Energy! They also provide fiber for healthy digestion, immune function, and detoxification. And they contain many vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals that can support your body to heal.
Here are a few quick tips that can make all the difference:
- Reduce the amount of carbohydrates you’re eating to about 20 grams per meal to start. As you begin to heal you can increase this. The more carbs you eat the more you need to exercise. Focus on vegetables and legumes (beans) for this category.
- Focus on protein. Eat lean protein from sources like 100% grass fed meats, wild caught fish, and cage free organic eggs. If you don’t have access to organic, focus on the wild caught fish. You can find this almost anywhere. Most fish from the Atlantic is farmed. If you’re a vegetarian, use small amounts of seeds like tahini, sesame, sunflower, pumpkin, etc. along with beans to get more protein in, and protein powder like our Vegan Vanilla. Just watch the number of carbohydrates.
- Healthy fats come in the form of olives, avocados, coconut, nuts and seeds, and pasture butter or ghee. Eggs too have great healthy fat in the yolks.
- Wheat and gluten-containing grains like oats, rye, wheat, kamut, triticale, barley, etc. and all grains if you can (try quinoa instead – it’s a seed – but use a small amount because it’s 60% carbohydrate).
- Dairy because it contains so many hormones and can cause digestive and immune problems.
- Sugar keep us stuck in a vicious blood sugar and cravings battle. Don’t eat any added sugar and read all labels.
Let me know what you notice.