So Far So Good - But What about Wheat in the PCOS Diet?
Like every one else, I was so depressed for a long time, not knowing what's causing me this weight.
I am an Indian... recently got married and moved to USA.
Since then, I felt I went on putting on weight and nothing could help me reduce it.
I went 6 miles walking, swimming and taking care of the daily chores (doing dishes, cleaning, cooking and lot more.) I occasionally had inch loss but never weight loss.
I used to cry and started blaming it on the country.
My periods were irregular and the flow was scanty. I was recently diagnosed with PCOS. Even the medication didn't help much.
Thanks for your book. It helped me realise that eating right is more important than just cutting down on food and waiting to reduce weight.
But I have a major problem... as I'm an Indian, wheat is our staple food. I have been a veggie all my life. But after reading your book I started eating chicken breast and fish.
I eat whole wheat flour mixed with old fashioned oats made rotis for lunch with a healthy vegetarian or chicken curry.
Do I have to avoid even this amount of wheat I eat? It's completely home made. Dough is just made with water. Please suggest.
thankz again.. :)
Editor's comments: In some cultures, there is an emphasis on refined carbohydrates such as white rice or highly refined wheat flour. These foods are not helpful for PCOS. So the less you eat these foods, the better off you are likely to be.
If you feel you must continue to consume refined rice and refined wheat, then try to minimize the amount you eat at one time. Also try to have to some protein and healthy fats (such as nuts) with that meal in order to slow down the absorption of the carbohydrates.
When you absorb carbohydrates too fast, your blood sugar rises too much, too quickly. The result is an excessive response by insulin. When you habitually consume these "high glycemic" foods, you force your insulin to remain too high. This leads to problems such as insulin resistance, difficulty in losing weight, and increased production of male hormones, all of which results in infertility, acne, hirsutism, hair loss, weight gain, etc.
It's probably OK to have some wheat but you want to be careful.
Think of wheat as a minor accessory item for your meal, not a staple food that forms the core of your meal and your diet.
There's always a tradeoff between what we want to eat or customarily eat vs. what we should eat.
And please, resume or continue your exercising! Losing inches from around your waist is every bit as important as total weight loss. So if your waist is shrinking even if you're not losing weight, that is a good thing.