by Amy Medling, founder of PCOS Diva
We know how to eat.
But do you know how to nourish your body?
Women who thrive with PCOS know that food is medicine. The right foods can heal your most challenging symptoms.
The essence of eating to heal with PCOS is to consume anti-inflammatory food in its most natural state. Processed and refined foods wreak havoc with hormone levels. So, clean eating will actually help you begin to balance your hormones. As insulin, cortisol, testosterone, progesterone, estrogen, and thyroid become more in balance, PCOS symptoms will be alleviated.
PCOS Diva’s 8 PCOS Diet Rules:
1. Avoid processed and refined foods.
I’m talking about anything that comes in a package, especially those made with white flour, sugar, breads, & pasta. Avoid artificial colors, MSG, trans-fats, and high saturated fat. Instead eat whole gluten-free grains like oatmeal, brown rice, millet, amaranth, and quinoa. Shop the outside edge of your market. That’s where the fruits, vegetables, and lean meats are found.
2. Drink two liters of purified water per day.
You can flavor your water with fresh citrus, cucumber, mint, or berries. This not only hydrates you and flushes toxins, it reduces the amount of sugar and chemicals you take in.
3. Upgrade your sweeteners.
4. Eat breakfast.
Many women with PCOS skip breakfast either to “save” calories or because morning insulin imbalance leaves them feeling nauseous. It is important to eat something in the morning which will help to keep your energy up and your blood sugar level. It will also keep you from hitting the vending machine or drive-through when you find yourself starving. I start most days with a power smoothie.
5. Make alcohol an occasional indulgence – not an everyday occurrence.
A glass of red wine is fine once and a while, but after one glass, the benefits are reversed.
6. Eat every 3-4 hours.
Healthy snacks spread throughout the day keep your metabolism up and your blood sugar stable. Always combine a lean protein and complex carb at every meal/snack. For example, try a sliced apple with 2T nut butter.
8. Pack and stash.
Take food with you. Make sure you have snacks packed with you so you have healthy choices wherever you go and don’t eat whatever is available because you are starving.
Where do you start?
I have created hundreds of PCOS-friendly recipes to help you manage your symptoms AND satisfy your taste buds in my Seasonal Meal Plans. Learn to make your own PCOS-friendly choices and truly thrive in my 7 Day Jumpstart Program!
Amy Medling, best-selling author of Healing PCOS and certified health coach, specializes in working with women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), who are frustrated and have lost all hope when the only solution their doctors offer is to lose weight, take a pill, and live with their symptoms. In response, Amy founded PCOS Diva and developed a proven protocol of supplements, diet, and lifestyle programs that offer women tools to help gain control of their PCOS and regain their fertility, femininity, health, and happiness.