My PCOS diet and some do's and don'ts
Hi, since being diagnosed with PCOS since 17 years old, I experienced a number of symptoms:
1. Weght gain
2. Difficulty losing weight
3. Low energy and stamina, constantly sleepy
4. Low body temperature, would be shivering at times
6. Mood swings
7. Period pain and cramps
8. Dizziness with the pills
and many other things to do with PCOS.
I am 20 now and still battling with it. Since going on the Pill and taking metformin, I have lost 27 kilos, my skin has cleared up.
However I still experience low body temperature, high cholesterol, obesity, mood swings, fatigue, irregular periods. I managed to battle indigestion by kicking fried, rich, processed food and red meats from my diet. I stick to a low GI diet
Cup All-Bran with low-fat milk
1 low fat yoghurt apple
Salad olive oil, seeds, tomatoes and cucumber
Cup of green tea, multi vitamin pills
1/2 cup cooked brown rice
cup of tofu boiled vegetables
My general do's and don'ts
No tuna- mercury, less salt, no caffeine, no processed foods like instant noodles, pies, bread rolls. No artificial sugar, diet coke, sweetener. No alcohol, cigarettes, don't forget to take your medication everyday. Don't eat too much red meat, hard to digest - heart burn.
Drink soy milk, tofu, greens, lots of water, take fish oil, eat salmon, eat more fiber, use low fat milk, brown sugar, flax seed, good sleep, exercise, 10 minutes of sunlight for Vitamin D, listen to music stay happy.
Editor's comments: Hi Jessica, thanks for sharing how you deal with PCOS! Good suggestions.
I would disagree a bit with the brown sugar. That is a highly refined carbohydrate that can cause blood sugar and insulin problems for many women with PCOS. Since you're overweight, I would avoid any sugar, brown or not. A better sweetener would be stevia.
Thanks for pointing out the importance of getting sun exposure every day. However, research has shown that even 10 minutes of exposure does not always result in adequate vitamin D levels. People not living near the equator tend to have less vitamin D. Many women with polycystic ovary syndrome have a vitamin D deficiency. If normal levels were to be restored, I wouldn't be surprised to see some of the common symptoms of PCOS begin to diminish. There is substantial supplemental vitamin D in this product.
We also strongly endorse your suggestions of fish such as salmon, and fish oil.