Signs, Symptoms and Health Risks
A good cocaine habit could do it. Do you offer personal consultations or know anyone who does in Sydney? Notify me of follow-up comments by email. But from 2months , even though I have lost 2more kgs my periods have stopped again. My daughter 26 years old has been diagnosed with PCOS and her main symptoms are no menses and very bad acne.
How She lost 125 lbs. with PCOS
When I was 14, I went to the emergency room with 4 cysts which had ruptured on my ovaries in unison it was agonizing pain. But after the ultrasound confirmed that the cysts had ruptured, the doctors said I should be fine and those too were ignored. I had other signs that something was wrong with my body.
When I was 12 my hip joint fell out of its socket and I had to go to the ER to get it put back in place. Once I had a headache so bad I spent a night in the ER. The spinal tap showed nothing and so it too was ignored.
I looked so healthy despite the symptoms I guess it might have been hard to take me seriously since I was such a pretty young teen. How could anyone so pretty and thin have hormonal problems? And so, I was eventually diagnosed with mental problems. All the cramps, the diarrhea, the pain, the joint problems were all in my head, so they said.
Since I was 12 it was the job of psychiatrists to fix me. Depression and mental problems are avoidable and correctable. By the time I was 21 it became severe and cystic. My mom now started sending me to doctors of all kinds — mostly dermatologists which are, for the most part, a waste of a good brain since all they do is treat outward symptoms and not even bother with cause. After a while I ran into a doctor that prescribed the pill, which made my symptoms worse, and I tried 3 years of antibiotics, which never helped at all.
I was handed a prescription and told to go on my way by every single doctor I ever saw. I went to probably 15 or more doctors in the Denver area in the late nineties. More symptoms of PCOS started to surface In my hair started to noticeably thin out and my acne became worse than ever despite the drugs I took for it.
I applied Retin-A and developed terrible scaring. Hair growth around my body was very thick. I felt and looked so horrible I wanted to hide much of the time.
In I found out that I had celiac disease and started to realize that there was some kind of connection with what I put in my mouth and how I felt. This started a mission to save myself. I had given up on doctors long ago.
If anyone was going to help me it was going to be me. I started reading all the books I could get my hands on in my free time. I experimented with every type of diet. I read that milk causes acne not always and how the rise in insulin from eating sugar causes acne not the whole story and how reactions to topical products causes acne bullshit and on and on.
It gave me a clue about the connection and how I should be limiting carbs and grains. Not much later, I discovered Paleo. PCOS is a hormonal imbalance. In women with PCOS the ovaries produce too much male hormones androgens , making it difficult or impossible for the ovaries to release an egg. This leads to cysts on the ovaries and a host of troublesome symptoms. While there are many factors which can predispose a woman to develop PCOS such as obesity, genetics, and exposure to synthetic estrogens, insulin resistance is the root cause of polycystic ovarian syndrome.
Over time, the cells become desensitized to it and blood sugar regulation is impaired. Eventually this can lead to diabetes. When cells become resistant to insulin, the glucose must make its way to the liver to be converted to fat instead of being used as energy by the cells. This is why women suffering from PCOS often are often but not always overweight.
Insulin resistance leads to an excess of androgens. Now you have excess insulin floating around in the bloodstream. This free-floating insulin stimulates the ovaries to produce excess testosterone. This prevents the ovary from releasing the egg each month a leading cause of infertility.
Xenoestrogens Pollution, exposure to plastics, other chemicals, and conventional beef treated with synthetic hormones can also contribute to hormonal imbalances because they contain xenoestrogens synthetic or environmental estrogens. These environmental estrogens wreak havoc on our delicate hormonal processes by tricking the body into thinking that there is too much estrogen, causing it to produce excessive amounts of other hormones in attempt to balance it out.
Like with every other modern health condition, PCOS can be avoided and controlled by diet and lifestyle changes.
Genetics can predispose a person to develop the condition but genetics is rarely the cause of disease. My health improved immediately and within 3 months I was pregnant. It was amazing that I was starting to get my hormonal problems under control but, unfortunately, a return to an evolutionary diet was not the whole solution for me. So I started taking vitamins, minerals, and hormone balancing herbs.
I did all the things that I read should take care of the problem. They said that after we got that under control, they would test me for food allergies too since I was a mess. I find this extremely odd because for a long time I thought I was allergic to eggs when in reality, if I go gluten free for a few weeks I can eat eggs with no problem. Anyway, thank you sooo much for this article.
Thank you for your honesty! However I had ruled it out because I read that it is usually accompanied by weight gain due to the insulin resistance and I have always been thin. Even when I gained weight over the last couple of years due to eating grains and having a very sedentary lifestyle I only went up to a size 6. Reading that you have always been thin is making me wonder again. I also have struggled with acne which recently got much worse after switching to a paleo diet.
On such a low inflammatory diet I imagined my skin would only clear up. The vegetables and fruit angle is very intriguing since I have increased consumption of those lately and I notice bloating after eating raw veggies especially.
Well it will be a long journey, I have resigned to that. Sounds a lot like my experience. I have decided that there are doctors guys that fix broken arms and there are healers people who understand the body on a much deeper level. What you eat IS so important. I react to eggs if I eat vegetable. If no veggies, no egg problems. Funny how that works, huh?
I was always thin. The biggest size I ever reached was a 5. But I also walked to my high school and then to the university every day. I had diarrhea and so I lost most of what I ate and I ate a whole lot. PCOS creeps up on you. I had hormonal problems for years and years before it got bad enough to be diagnosed as PCOS. Not until I was 22 that it got cystic.
Not till I was 26 that my hair started thinning out. But I had cysts young. I had depression and amenhorrea young. Not everyone at every stage has all the symptoms…. I always thought that everything should clear up since I ate so much vegetables and kept my carbs pretty low. My acne got quite a bit worse when I increased the veggies actually. That one was really hard for me to let go because everyone seems to concur that health can be found in things that grow.
I am seeking an endocrinologist to help me figure out why. My cystic acne stopped when I stopped drinking milk. This is something you have to be proactive about.
American doctors are either overworked and quick to stereotype so you have to be your own advocate. After 5 surgeries, numerous infertility treatments and life threatening illnesses on the part of my kids and a second trimester loss, I started to dig and dig deep.
After seeing what changing my diet has done, I believe it should be the first plan of attack for any ailment, physical or mental. It makes me so happy to read about other women overcoming the terrors of PCOS! I had such a rough time with it over the past 10 years and love that all of my symptoms have disappeared since adopting a Paleo lifestyle.
Keep your fingers crossed for me. It seems crazy to me, though, how people could choose to live in misery just to keep eating their favorite foods. The minute someone told me to go get checked for celiac I ran to the doctor and gladly changed my diet. Good luck to you! I love your blog and its very inspiring! I am currently 30 weeks pregnant and follow a paleo diet. My baby girl is growing well and I feel great! Do you stick to animal fats skin on chicken, grass fed beefs, etc.?
I really do stick to animal fats. I used vegetable oils until fairly recently. Within five minutes or so of consumption my eye sight goes so blurry I would need some pretty strong glasses to correct it. Please take your time. I am trying to get more guests posts on my blog and I am always saying for the writer to take as long as he or she needs. No rush at all. So take your time. Just email me, Todd Primal Toad. Take a month if you need it! I very recently had a diagnostic surgery to check for endometriosis.
According to the doctor my reproductive organs look perfect. I still have a lot of problems including a history of ruptured cysts and wow you are NOT kidding about utterly agonizing pain. I never thought I fit the description for PCOS but now your article and my all-clear for endo has me rethinking this. Can I second the request above for a short outline of your typical daily consumption? Its hard to wrap my head around getting all my calories from meat and fat but I am more than willing to experiment with it if it makes me feel better.
Thanks so much for sharing, Peggy. I must share this with my sister too. I thought it was only me that feels best on meat. I feel really thrown when I read things like this. Like, one person heals on all meat and fat, while someone else heals on raw vegan. I have a friend who is allergic to vegetables also. I have always disliked almost all vegetables, which until I discovered low-carb made me feel guilty. I eliminated sugar from my diet a few months ago, and I noticed that my menstrual discomfort went from just bad enough to need some ibuprofen, to being mild enough I can go without pain relief.
I think eliminating sugar was the key to dialing down the carb cravings for me. I still have carb cravings, but they are manageable. I think I might have to sometime try eliminating carbs completely to see if that finally kills the cravings.
And oh yeah, stress interferes with just about any healing process! My goal in writing this article was to help women who may be suffering from hormonal conditions understand a possible cause, if not simply inspire them to keep searching. I absolutely will give a break down of my day or maybe a week of what I eat. I tried the raw vegan thing before. It made me feel worse than any diet I had ever done. There are traditional people in the world who eat very little animal products but never none.
Raw vegan is unsustainable. In time a raw vegan will start to break down. Sugar and carbs and fiber all contribute to cravings for me. Yeah, raw vegan is unsustainable. I just was thinking it might have some short-term therapeutic merit. So it makes me wonder if it would be beneficial to do raw vegan for a spell, then follow-up with high-protein paleo for a while.
Does that make sense? I think I would be starving. The same is true for paleo diets, but paleo diets tend to be more sustainable because they allow for more variety less likely to feel deprived and the inclusion of animal fat typically allows for better nutrient absorption and thus satiety. Good on you, Peggy! I did the atkins diet back in like and it made me feel better too but only to some degree. I have been doing zero carb off and on for years. I often try to add other foods.
While I love meat more than anything else, eating just meat can get boring. BUT, it is actually on my list of topics to cover at my blog since someone requested it. So, peggy, I must ask… would you be willing to take this article and make a shorter version for my readers? I too was diagnosed with PCOS, and was told that I would never be able to have kids without medical intervention. I just added it to my reader and look forward to reading more! How long did you have to go zero carb before you saw results?
I lost my period 18 months ago when I lost weight, and I went LC paleo months after that. My insulin resistance has been tested and my fasting insulin levels are okay. The theory is that our stress hormones and our insulin production get out of whack when we go into ketosis. What is your opinion of this theory? I think my best shot is to keep carbs on the low side and always natural and hopefully keep stable blood glucose levels that way.
Stress has also been a huge factor for me and dealing with amenorrhea my whole life— as well as with cystic acne, the worst part! I have read the theory too that adding carbs can help stabilize blood sugar. I think it is true for some and a little more complicated for others. I can not eat fruit. To be completely free of symptoms I had to go zero carb.
It took several weeks before I started to feel ok with it. But very quickly my symptoms of PCOS were gone. But the thing is they all come back if I eat any fruit or veggies even zero carb veggies. I have had experience with sleep problems on both high carb diets and zero carb diets. Hopefully I can answer more of your questions there. I would love to hear about what exactly your diet is since you are still having cystic acne.
Do you eat cheese at all? Even though that is carb free it causes cystic acne in me. Dear Peggy, Thanks for your thoughts. Turns out that dairy, including butter, caused most of my acne problems.
My current diet consists of calves liver, eggs, lots of fish, particularly salmon, and the whole host of vegetables, mostly carrots, onion, broccoli, spinach, peppers, and tomatoes. And, for that matter, afterwards. Yeah, dairy is problematic for me too.
Over the years I have found that cheese and butter are the worst. Occasionally I try dairy because I like it so much. It always leads to acne and bloating and wrinkles seriously.
But I have found that these ill effects are gone within days of elimination. The really allergic ones give me cysts, the others just little pimples. You might try vlc again, this time without dairy and you might give it a shot eliminating veggies, just to observe if nothing else.
But there is fructose in sweet potato which gives me cysts. Hey Peggy, have you heard of the gaps diet? Guts and psychology syndrome http: A lot of what you describe reminded me of what i have read about the gaps diet.
Specially your do eats. Maybe its worth a look. I think the website even contains enough information on the protocol do try it. I appreciate you sharing your story. I have both PCOS and endometriosis. Maybe a more drastic dietary change is the key.
Please share details on your diet so I can give it a try. I will check that out. I ran into it before but have since forgotten what it was all about. Thanks for the tip! I suffer PCOS as well. I would like to try zero carbs, but I have troubles with anxiety and insomnia when I go low carb, so I have a few questions about that. Specially because I do know that acne just means that my body is so messed up.
That really made my day. I wish you the best of luck on your journey to get you and your son healthy. But as I pointed out, it may not be easy to fully recover. Just keep trying and reaching out for support along the way. I do not think that a ketogenic diet causes anxiety and insomnia.
Now, when your hormones are unbalanced and your insulin control is poor, the low blood sugar levels may send your body cues that you are in danger of dying and yes, that is mighty uncomfortable.
But that is just a transition. A body will eventually in most cases figure out how to utilize ketones and work without carbs. A zero carb diet still may not be totally necessary, however. There are many factors that a lot of people on the paleo diet miss. Carrying extra weight affects the production of insulin and other hormones. One must make sure that they are getting adequate nutrition.
Again, later in the week or early next week I will write a post detailing what I eat and why. It should be pretty interesting. In the meantime, if you can give me an idea about what you eat when you go low carb I can try to mention something about it in the post. Do you still live in Denver? I credit him getting my PCOS under control enough that having two kids was relatively easy. No drugs needed, and I was able to go off metformin based on diet.
I read stories like yours and realize how lucky I was to get a diagnoses in , and get good dietary advice back in Really, cutting out dairy was the biggest difference between what Dr.
Maruca told me to do and primal. I have too many friends who had problems for years and years before PCOS was finally zoned in on as the correct diagnosis. You know they think there is a male equivalent now? Insulin resistant males have low T and high E, causing all sorts of male issues.. I am sure a good diet was included as well, but probably not as good as Paleo. But most if us have quite a few underlying issues….
You may have just saved my life. Peggy, thanks for making it easier to understand what insulin resistance actually is too. I do have some questions.. Hi Peggy, forgive me if you or someone has ever discussed this, but have you ever read or followed Healing Naturally By Bee?
It is far more strict than PB but it is so similar to your diet. I tried it with great success but fell off and will try again after my PB jumpstart…which I also follow as a long term lifestyle. Great post and thank you! It is a myth that fiber assists bowel movements. The worst my bowel movements have ever been has been while eating the most vegetables. The best has been when my gut flora is plentiful and balanced. I had diarrhea all my life until I quit eating gluten.
Then I struggled with constipation. I no longer had vegetable fiber fermenting inside and I had plenty of beneficial bacteria from raw foods. Cheese is constipating for me and quite a bit worse if I am eating veggies at the same time. Constipation with a whole bunch of fiber sitting in there is pretty darn uncomfortable.
Metaphors are great but come on. I really just had to eliminate everything that grows to feel good in the end. After reading and experimenting during this year, I am pretty convinced that hormones and blood sugar issues are my main problems. I have always had hypoglicemias, which eventually got worse since I was grasping all day with high carbs snacks.
When I go low carb I normally eat meat, eggs, seafood, leafy greens and other vegetables, coconut products and sometimes fermented dairies. I went Primal back at the beginning of May and refuse to ever look back again. Best thing I ever did for my mind and body.
I posted a link to this article on My Fitness Pal. I have come across threads there from people suffering from PCOS and trying to lose weight. If I can help at least one person realize that what they are eating could be causing their problems then — well — I have done a good deed. I noticed that the more fiber I ate the worse my IBS and all my digestive issues became. Since I have cut back on my fiber intake and am taking digestive enzymes to help heal my gut protein and fats were moving a little too slowly I feel almost normal for the first time in my life.
It sucks I had to hit 40 before getting there. You are an inspiration. I feel the same, Heather. I get such a good feeling knowing that a even few women doing a google search for more info on PCOS will end up here and start on a new path towards health.
I just wanted to tell you how much I appreciate your blog. What an eye opener. I had no idea one could go to a nearly meat-only diet and have such good results. Sometimes just a change in the specific foods you eat or in the macro-nutrient composition of those foods will be enough to jump over a plateau.
That often happens when switching from a carbohydrate burning metabolism to a fat burning metabolism. Thanks for this post. You have inspired me to look very closely at my diet and the effects of stress. Intrestingly I grew up in Nairobi, Kenya and would often go on safari in the maasai Mara. I have met the maasai before and they are extremely healthy and athletic people.
I remember once my dad drank a Maasai drink of blood mixed with milk. I declined but he said it tasted ok. Anyway have you been to Kenya? I think most of us will do just about anything humanly possible to be free of these horrible symptoms. I lived in London after high school — I was traveling and got a job there. But where I really wanted to go was Kenya.
I was saving my money for a big trip, but I ended up getting busted for working illegally and was kicked out of the country.
So far, no trip to Africa but it is still high on my list. In college most of my friends were African which grew my fascination even more. I will go there. I have suffered from cystic acne since 18 and have tried everything to correct it. Where did you go to get an allergy test for vegetables done? How would I find a doctor where I could just go in and ask for an allergy test and they would get me one?
What kind of allergy tests are there or due they just tests for general categories? Sorry for all the questions. I am currently having a bad break out. I am eating no sugar, yeast, vinegar, fruits, grains and most condiments.
I do eat a small amount of veggies each day but my carbs are around 30 or less. If you could give me any personal advice I would greatly appreciate it.
I did notice that I got rid of oily bowel movements when I cut out gluten and then grains. I am not constipated a lot and have undigested food everytime. It appears to be nuts and seeds and some vegetables. Sorry for the long reply…. I listed my allergies in my most recent post carnivore. No matter how low carb I am, if I eat vegetables I break out.
I would back off the yogurt if I were you. I can tolerate a little bit of non-fat yogurt personally but still, not too much. Over the years I have taken my fair share of herbs to kill yeast to no avail. Have you lose any weight?
If you are, when you start losing, estrogen will be released from your fat cells. You will start having periods again. It might take a few months for your body to adjust.. So just keep going. You may even naturally have a long cycle.. That helps me too. My experience with doctors is that they know medicine.
I have no experience with metformin other than that the doc offered it to me and I refused. I have never believed in taking drugs for ailments, not even pain if I can help it. I think that if your body is showing signs of imbalance with symptoms you need to get to the bottom of it, not cover it up.
Generally, the best way to do that is with diet and maybe supplements. You can google soulcyster and find the forums.
Everyone complains of extreme stomach upsets and other issues. I try not to take it. Thanks for sharing your story. I also know that I have had hormonal issues since about that time as well. The last one is the best so far. Several issues have been resolved, but I still struggling with hormonal balance.
In addition to your diet, did you try any supplements to help balance your hormones? To this day I have found that supplements make no difference if my diet is not suited for me. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your knowledge with everyone. This article specifically caught my attention because acne has always been a battle for me. I first noticed pimples when I was about 14 and am now My acne has only gotten worse over the years. I have read about PCOS before but never thought I had it because my periods have never been painful or absent and I had a wonderful pregnancy at age 20 and gave birth to my daughter who is happy and healthy.
However, early last year I had a miscarriage and an ultrasound was performed to make sure everything looked OK. I have an OB appt. Then I went off of birth control and things got messy after that. I have put weight back on and my acne went out of control, like face, chest and back. Hi Laura, welcome to the blog! But it hardly matters.
Taking a look at the symptom list and then going primal is most important. Try and pinpoint some allergies too since those can be a huge set back. In january I changed to a low carb, high fat diet. The ruptured cysts on my ovaries were sudden and all at once. They were all confirmed ruptured on the ultra sound. My periods were rare and they were incredibly way beyond painful.
And my bleeding was heavy. When I switched to paleo my periods got closer together — I remember it was spaced out at 5. I was pregnant within three or four months so that was it for periods for me for the next 2.
They are unhealthy because they are composed primarily of omega 6 fats, which cause inflammation. Inflammation is one of the primary causes of insulin problems, hormone imbalance, and PCOS. Avoid them by avoiding processed foods, and by cooking with coconut oil my favorite here , olive oil another favorite here , or ghee clarified butter at home.
The proteins in grains gluten is one but not the only one can be harmful to the gut lining. Certain molecules in grains bind with nutrients in the gut and carry them out of the body with excretion. Consider eliminating grains for at least a few weeks and see if that helps you!
Some women I have worked with have found that eliminating grains was the most important thing they did for their healing. Though others of course had different problems and needs. By grains I mean all bread products, pasta, breakfast cereal, bagels, sandwiches, pizza, etc. Grain-type things that are okay in my book are rice, quinoa, and occasionally corn and oats though be sure they are gluten free.
Some women need to remove it for PCOS and others do not. This is another food, like grains, that I recommend experimenting with. Remove all dairy — milk, yogurt, cheese, cream, and butter though ghee is fine since it is clarified! Some women need to eliminate dairy because of its harmful effects on the gut.
Others find that doing so helps with symptoms of PCOS like acne because dairy is simply a food that has a lot of male-type hormones in it. You can find the book here. That may seem like a lot of food to eliminate! No processed foods, no oils, no sugar…. Then you are left with a literal bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables, healthy cooking fats like olive and coconut oil, and all the animal products you might ever want, from eggs to ribs to bacon and back.
They are rich in B vitamins, vitamin E, vitamin C, and many other antioxidants. Try to have at least one serving of greens like kale, spinach, chard, or broccoli every day. More often than not, cook the greens, as this reduces a potential threat they might pose to your thyroid gland.
Starchy vegetables like potatoes, sweet potatoes, yams, cassava and taro are great choices for meeting your carbohydrate needs which I consider to be at least grams a day. Women who struggle with insulin and who are type I PCOS may not want to have a TON of starch, but they should still have at least some carbohydrate — at least grams a day!
Fruit is also awesome! Fruit is also full of antioxidants and vitamins. As with starches, women who struggle with insulin and who are type I PCOS may not want to have a TON of fruit, but they should still have at least some carbohydrate!
I especially love berries, cherries, and other dark fruits like plums for great antioxidant content. Antioxidants improve detox and lower inflammation, which is crucial for overcoming PCOS. Eggs are super healthy super foods! In particular, eggs are rich in choline, which supports liver health, helps lower triglyceride levels, and which can help reduce inflammation and metabolic dysfunction.
Seafood, particularly wild caught fatty fish like salmon a great salmon snack here! Not only does seafood contain high levels of good vitamins like vitamin D and iodine, but it is also the only rich source of the super healthy omega 3 fatty acids EPA and DHA in the diet.
Aim for one pound of fatty fish like salmon every week. If you cannot get that, consider taking this cod liver oil supplement. This is the highest quality and most nutrient dense fish oil available in the world today not exaggerating. Seaweed is awesome for PCOS because it contains lots of trace minerals in it, including iodine and selenium, which are great for supporting thyroid function. Organ meats are some of the healthiest foods around! Aim for about one pound of liver consumption a month.
Grass-fed cows, bison, pork, and other animals are great sources of protein and fat, rich in the B vitamins you need to support detox.
Butter from grass fed cows is also great -particularly ghee , which tastes like butter but is safe for everyone even those of us with autoimmune diseases to eat. It is great at low temperatures but can go bad and be unhealthy at high temperatures , so use your olive oil mostly for cool foods like salads. Avocadoes are super healthy and high in vitamin E, which can help promote progesterone production, so this is a definite must for women who like their taste buds and have PCOS.
I already mentioned that this is my favorite coconut oil. Red palm oil is another option that is good for high heat cooking if you do not particularly love the taste of coconut oil. Here is the tastiest, in my opinion. Fermented foods are great for PCOS because they are excellent ways to help support gut flora health, which is crucial for overcoming insulin resistance, cooling inflammation and balancing hormone levels.
Unfortunately, the answer to that question vaires based on which type of PCOS you have. I also recommend different meal timing. A healthy protein level for women with PCOS is between 50 and grams of protein every day. This is the equivalent of cans of fish a day for sizing purposes , which is also roughly about 3 palm-sized servings of meat a day, 0.
One of the best things you can do to help keep homocysteine levels in check is eat a moderate protein diet. Another thing you can do is take a high quality methylated B vitamin supplement. This methylcobalamin B12 is good. Always start with a low dose and take it in the mornings since B vitamins can be energizing! It is optimal to eat at least 36 grams of fat each day, which is about 12 grams of fat per meal or approximately fat calories.
It also helps keep blood sugar levels stable, which is important for keeping insulin and therefore testosterone levels in control. There is no need to supplement with fiber, or to try to eat high fiber cereals. A diet rich in vegetables and fruits will having plenty of its own natural fiber to give you.
Fiber is great for PCOS because it helps moderate blood sugar responses to meals it slows down absorption in the intestines , and also because it helps feed gut flora, and also because it helps the body keep digestion moving along at a healthy pace. In this case, they should eat carbohydrate on the lower end, but probably not go much below grams a day.
I see far too many women suffer ill effects from a low carbohydrate diet to advocate a very low carb diet for any significant length of time. Other women should definitely try to stay above grams of carbohydrates like fruit and starchy vegetables every day. And I personally eat approximately grams of carbohydrate each day — so you are probably lower than I am in carbs!
I have not laid out a specific diet plan. I have not given you meal times or necessary serving sizes. After you meet these minimum requirements, you can fill in the rest with whatever your heart desires. This diet is a very nourishing one. Choose a variety of foods from the vegetables and fruits, healthy animal products and healthy fats I list, and you will be eating a diet that is highly nourishing, that reduces inflammation, and that helps support hormone balance.
The best part about it all is that it is long-term, and long-lasting. Medications cannot do that for you. Medications are like band-aids.
The diet I describe here, which I have used personally and used with countless clients all over the world, has literally saved so many of our lives. It gave me my libido back. It cleared my skin. It gave me my fertility back. Everything you Need to know. And what about you? Have you tried your own version of a PCOS diet? What works for you?
What do you think of my version of the PCOS diet? My only issue is the addiction to the carbs, even when they are whole foods.
I will eat ALL of the rice and potatoes I can get my hands on in one sitting. And then I feel awful. Have you written about this topic at all? Thank you for all you do and share.
Awesome article and suggestions, Stefani! Would the recommendation for liver supplements be for 10 capsules a month total? Do you have any gut symptoms? That may be another.
Do you think you may have any auotimmune diseases? Those could all point towards a leaky gut or low gut flora count. My doc did not know which label to give me, so she mentioned both and left it at that.
I decided to keep my clean eating and add back in my non-gluten sources of carbs, and viola, my period returned!!! Now, to maintain this for life. No big deal, right? Eventually I began eating tortilla chips…drinking beer…then eating bread etc. I got my period back a couple months later. This article is awesome. I just got back from my Dr who gave me an Rx for Metformin. Going to try your suggestions and see if that helps my symptoms.
Hi there, I am going on 24 yrs old and i have PCOS, diagnosed when i was 18, hypothyroidism, insulin resistance, etc. At times it is very painful and I can feel how large it is by how bloated and inflamed I feel. I also feel that it makes my period cramps worse.