Hang in there!
So what is causing all those PCOS symptoms? The medical consensus is that PCOS stems from insulin resistance. What happens is that when you eat the typical American diet, it raises blood sugar quickly. This leads to a surge release of insulin which has the job of pulling the extra sugar into your cells and store as fat. Think of insulin as the gate keeper of your cells.
Basically, in PCOS, you get what is called insulin resistance which means it take more insulin to do the same job as before. This imbalance of the hormone insulin can increase androgen production. This is what causes the “fun” symptoms of PCOS and weight gain.
Your goal to break this cycle?
Keep blood sugar levels stable.
I know. I know. Easier said than done! Well with the following diet guidelines you will be well on your way to getting those hormones balanced leading to a decrease in your PCOS symptoms, an improvement in fertility, and a decrease in your risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
Here are the 10 simple diet “rules” to live by to help you get those hormones back in balance:
- Eat a high-nutrient, whole foods diet.
- Decrease sugar.
- Decrease salt.
- Decrease processed food.
- Increase color variety on you plate.
- Control your portions.
- Implement changes gradually.
- Take up snacking. It’s good for you!
- Drink lots of water.
- Decrease animal products.
I have found that these are the best tips for improving PCOS symptoms and will actually work for the most common diseases found in the US such as diabetes, heart disease, etc.
Many of you have asked: Are you vegan?
I do not like to label myself vegetarian/vegan/plant-based/etc, I have found the best way to eat healthy without sacrificing what our comfort foods are, is to adopt more nutritarian way of eating.
I simply focus on eating more foods that are higher in nutrients and less of foods that are lower in nutrients. Makes sense, doesn’t it? If we want our bodies to function optimally, we need to feed them more of the good stuff and less of the bad stuff. Pretty simple.
For more information on how I personally eat the nutritarian way, visit my most popular nutrition blog post: The Nutritarian Diet Review 🙂
What diet tips have you found to help your PCOS symptoms? Leave a comment below!