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Now one thing about PCOS that a lot of people don’t know, is that it can actually affect your bodies sensitivity to certain foods; the main culprits being dairy and gluten. This is mainly caused, because certain foods naturally cause an inflammatory effect in the body, even in a healthy person. But a ‘normal’ person’s metabolism will deal with this inflammation pretty quickly, however, for someone with PCOS, their metabolism is disrupted and isn’t as well equipt to deal with it. This results in their gut being inflamed and uncomfortable for longer periods of time.
This can make eating out pretty difficult, especially when you have to explain yourself to people.
The best thing to do in these circumstances is to try and avoid certain foods, for example;
- Grains (Gluten)
- High levels of Fructose (corn syrup etc)
- Seed oils (soy, bran, sunflower, corn)
- Red Meat
- Processed Soy
Of course, as well as food sensitivities, some women with PCOS also have to deal with a condition called Insulin Resistance, which essentially is your body not producing and using insulin effectively enough to deal with the sugars in your blood. Because of this, watching both your natural and processed sugar intake is very important. When the body has too much insulin it triggers the production of other hormones such as testosterone, which causes hirsutism among other problems.
So what can we eat? The best things to eat to help heal the damaged caused by PCOS are high fiber vegetables such as broccoli and spinach, lean proteins such as those in fish (which is also great for omega 3) and anti-inflammatory foods such as spices and tomatoes.
Of course, no one is perfect and there are going to be days when you just really want that cream doughnut and you should let yourself! Don’t let your PCOS ruin your life. This being said, there are so many delicious recipes out there, created by women with PCOS for women with PCOS. You can find so much inspiration on Pinterest, Youtube, and WordPress.
I was in my second year of University when I discovered my PCOS, in fact, it was probably my terrible diet in my first year and gaining nearly two stone that made the condition worsen to the point I sought out help! But I found myself living away from home, no idea how to cook and suddenly being told I basically couldn’t eat anything! But, you have two choices; fight against it or roll with it.
I personally decided to roll with it. By my third year of university, I was a pescetarian, I’d cut dairy out of my diet, I was more careful with the amount of gluten I ate and I was a lot more watchful over the amount of sugar I put into my body. I lost three stone and felt a lot better in myself in regards to my PCOS!
But expecting yourself to always eat perfectly isn’t a realistic expectation and there are going to be periods of time when you ‘fall off the wagon.’ I will be perfectly honest and say I am currently going through one of those periods right now! I started eating meat again and I’m nowhere near as careful about my dairy intake as I should be (especially considering how ill I can become). The important thing is not to beat yourself up about it, don’t give up because you’ve had a lapse. You are only human.
Once you noticed you’ve strayed away from your healthier eating, take note of it and start making those small changes to the healthier options. Have fruit rather a cake and all that jazz. Living with food intolerances is really the cherry on the cake when you have PCOS, but remember the only person who is going to benefit is you and the only person who can make that change is you!
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