Being diagnosed with PCOS can be difficult to take in. Especially overwhelming. Not only are you questioning what exactly is PCOS. But also what am i supposed to eat and start eliminating from my kitchen. It is tough. It’s not easy. Let me tell you that after almost a two years of being diagnosed. I am finally getting the hang of things. Let me emphasize that you don’t need to eliminate everything at once. This will only stress you out and you don’t want to consume your body and mind with stress. You are only hurting yourself and your PCOS.
So the first thing I did to work myself through eliminating all the foods that are bad for my PCOS is writing down my goals.
I asked myself ‘ Which PCOS symptom do I want to focus on?’
Since my periods are irregular and when it does show up I have the most painful cramps. I wanted to make this my top priority. Regulating and calming my period cramps without the help of a hormonal birth control.
Let me start with some Facts:
- Normal menstrual cycles range from every 21 to 35 days.
- short, lengthy, light, heavy, frequent, infrequent or painful periods can derive from stress, dieting, birth control pills and medical conditions, such as fibroids, polycystic ovary syndrome, endometriosis and, less frequently, cancer
- most women’s periods last four to seven days
One of the first things I did that i was already somewhat good with is taking Omega-3 acids. I wasn’t consistent about taking this everyday. But as soon as I found out that its so important for my health. I set an alarm every morning for 20 days as a reminder to take My omega-3 supplement
- Fish oils enhance blood circulation, reduce damage from free radicals, fight the effects of aging, and increase dopamine (which improves your mood!)
- If you’re not a fan of fish oil pills. Chia seeds are second best. And the best part is that you can sprinkle them to mostly everything. 3.5-ounce serving of chia seeds have 20 grams of omega-3 fatty’s) and is an extremely high source of fiber. The hormonal benefits of chia seeds include improved insulin sensitivity, stabilized blood sugar levels, and easing blood pressure and blood sugar spikes.
Now this one is pretty hard for me still. Avoiding processed white food.
- Avoid white flour, sugar, white potatoes, white bread, white pasta, and white rice.
- They disrupt your menstrual cycle by creating insulin surges that result in fat storage. This excess fat storage negatively affects ovulation and your periods – and can cause irregular periods
- Instead eat Avocados. Avocados help lower blood cholesterol levels. Beta-sitosterol also helps balance cortisol (a stress hormone), and it may also help restore other hormones to normal levels
- Nuts such as almonds and walnuts are rich in protein, beta-sitosterol, fiber, and other healthy nutrients – but they are high in fat, so go easy on them.
Enjoy loose Herbal Tea
- Studies have shown drinking tea (hot or iced) may help improve PCOS symptoms. Spearmint tea, for example, has been shown to have anti-androgen effects in PCOS and can reduce hirsutism. Green tea has anti-inflammatory properties and may even stimulate metabolism.
- drink unsweetened tea instead of soda or flavored drinks. You want to avoid those bad sugars that come in artificial juices or sodas. If you want to sweetened your tea. Go for a natural sweetener. I use raw honey or agave nectar.
Eat more Protein
- Now I don’t eat much protein. So I get most of from my plant base Vega protein Powder. I make my daily morning shake in the morning that consist of the powder, almond milk, whole grain oats, flax seeds, and sometimes a banana. It’s a must for hormonal balance. The more you balance your hormones, the more regular your menstrual cycle will be. Plant proteins are especially good for enhancing fertility
Eat your oats!
- Whole grains provide valuable amounts of fiber, protein and B vitamins — nutrients that improve hormonal balance and reduce symptoms of heavy menstruation.
- emphasize hearty whole grains, such as quinoa, barley, brown rice, oats and popcorn, instead.
Adding super-foods to your life!
I have found one of the best ways to take every super food in one pill. And that’s Nicole granato’s Nourishing Vitamin.
- Ingredients- Goji fruit powder, acerola berry powder, noni fruit powder, mangosteen powder, rose hips powder, camu camu powder, acai berry powder, spirulina powder, dulse leaf powder, irish moss powder, beet root powder, spinach powder, broccoli powder, ginger root powder.
- All of these ingredients are needed to improve you PCOS Symptoms including regulating your period. It also improves your hormones, gives you glowing skin, Improves Mood, gives you a peaceful nervous system, Free Radical Protection, and a great Antioxidant Boost.
- This one is so important for your overall body. You don’t have to sign up for a membership and do some crazy heavy insanity workouts.Go out for a one- hour walk. light jogging. a light cardio workout. yoga. pilates.
- I am a huge fan of Grokker app. It has everything i need. Food recipes, light- moderate workouts. I just started focusing on barre workouts. I love it!
Now, remember to not overwhelm yourself. I understand that it’s bound to happen. But remember. Baby steps and you will be fine.
Share with me your concerns and questions.