I try to keep my diet healthy everyday because I want to be a Hot Fudge Sundae, not eat one! When I first realised that I had PCOS I was inclined to dismiss it, partly because my Doctor did not accept it existed and secondly I thought I could deal with it. Many years and many operations for the removal of cysts later, I decided crunch time had come.
I want to be a Hot Fudge Sundae
I searched pcos weight loss success stories, and through my research realised first I had to eat less processed food and also lose weight. fortunately the two objectives went hand in hand. As I cut down my consumption of food I lost weight and then found a lot of my symptoms were reduced and the cysts were gone forever. I am not saying that this was easy but the severity of my symptoms meant that I had to make a choice to be healthy or very poorly.
Developing my Natural PCOS Diet
At first I fought it wanting to get back to my normal way of eating, but each time I had a really day I felt terrible afterwards. I found that not eating wheat was a wise choice, but that did not mean I had to do without bread I discovered Spelt bread; and could still have the odd sandwich.
The second biggest change I made was to cut milk from my diet, this in fact was one of the easiest as I hate cow’s milk. I started to drink soy milk made from soya. Cows eat a lot of grass and the pesticides in the soil are present in that grass. The pesticides go from the soil to the grass to the cow and then to the human. Not only that, but changes in food production mean that cows are injected with massive amounts of hormones, that eventually reach your system and that is the very last thing that anyone with PCOS need. Also milk is very high in fat and the vegetable alternatives such as hazelnut or almond or soy milk are far healthier. if you find the change hard then use half milk and half soya milk for a week then a week with a quarter of cows milk and three quarters of vegetarian milk. This way you get used to the taste of vegetarian milk. Having spoken to hundreds of women they can’t even drink cows milk once they have made the swap. One of the greatest benefits of changing from cows milk is the fact that phytochemicals in soya beans reduce the effects of excess estrogen in the body, a great benefit to PCOS sufferers.
Another huge change in my natural PCOS diet was to radically reduce carbohydrates. Spelt bread is a once a week treat, but pasta was reduced as well. I only ever ate whole grain pasta, but looking at the ingredients I was dumbfounded how high in carbs it was. Every 10 days I now eat half a packet of ramen type noodles. Yes vegetarian spaghetti on top of noodles is a tad weird, but you do get used to it. When the food choices got tough I remembered the surgery I had undergone and bingo those food choices didn’t seem half bad.
So what is it I do eat. I eat meat but less of it and I make sure it is organic. Organic meat comes from animals that live outside naturally. They are not injected with chemicals or hormones. Have you ever noticed how much water there is in bacon when you fry it, that is chemicals.
There is saturated fat in red meat but it is the same in processed meats and unprocessed meat. However processed meat such as bacon, sausage and deli meats contains nearly five times as much sodium than unprocessed meats. Equally worrying is the fact that they contain a much higher amount of nitrogen preservatives.
Modern research indicates that the bigger the choice of food the more we eat. I know that is true with fruit and vegetable and salads, the more I prepare the more I eat, but those foods are the good guys. We should all try to avoid buffets, they are designed to make us overeat. Increase the color of the vegetables that you eat daily. Eat loads of fruit, but eat it alone don’t combine it with other foods. Add raw vegetables to your diet by putting them in bowls on the table. Start your meal with raw vegetables and snack on vegetables.
These changes may sound extreme but don’t forget for many women they are choices they will have to make because one of the key side affects of PCOS is infertility.