I was diagnosed with PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome)
While many doctors do not know how to specifically diagnose for this syndrome, my personal symptoms were:
• Inability/slow to lose weight, no matter how hard I tried
• Skin tags (small benign tumors, typically the size of a grain of rice, that stick out from the skin)
• I am pre-diabetic
With PCOS, you may have only a few symptoms or many symptoms. It is common for PCOS symptoms to be mistaken for other medical problems. Here is a link to PCOS symptoms:
BASIC ELEMENTS OF A HEALTHY PCOS DIET
1. There is no calorie counting or portion control required. Just use your common sense. The PCOS Diet is simply eating food that is helpful for optimal gene expression and avoiding food that is unhelpful.
(NOTE: Overweight women who exercise 5-6 days a week and eat between 40 to 50 grams of high-quality carbohydrate as described in this book will lose weight. But we do not recommend that you go below 40 grams of carbs per day.)
2. There is no "one size fits all" diet. Your genes are different in some ways from anyone else's. So a food that is helpful to someone else may not be helpful to you.
3. Eat the highest quality foods possible. Be aware of and avoid environmental pollutants in your food. Choose organically-raised and clean foods as much as possible.
4. You may eat all the freshwater fish, seafood and very lean meat you wish, provided it is as healthy as possible and as free of contamination as possible.
5. You may eat all the non starchy vegetables and fruits you wish.
7. Avoid all grains and legumes.
8. Avoid all dairy products.
9. Avoid all processed, fabricated, refined foods.
And, more info for those of you who love to know more...
THE BASIS OF THE PCOS DIET
(from "The Natural Diet Solution for PCOS & Infertility")
I highly recommend this book!
What you eat influences what your genes do.
Since your genes have predisposed you to have PCOS, you can change your diet and thus cause your genes to change what they do. Altered genetic expression can lead to an improvement in whatever PCOS symptoms you have.
We recommend that you return to your genetic roots and eat like your ancestors did. Since you still have their genes, it makes sense to eat like they did.
Humans and the human genome have slowly evolved over the past 2.6 million years. Our genes changed relatively little until the advent of agriculture about 10,000 years ago when our diet underwent a rapid, fundamental change.
Moreover, our diet has undergone a complete transformation within the last 100 years. Our genes changed relatively little until the advent of agmodern food processing techniques. In fact, most of the food products you see on the supermarket shelf today did not exist 100 years ago.
The mismatch between what we are genetically programmed to eat and what we are actually eating has lead to an explosive increase in health problems. A few examples:
• Two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese.
• 90% of the population wil have high blood pressure at some point in their lives
• 40% of middle-aged Americans have metabolic syndrome (similar to Syndromne X and PCOS).
• 41% of all fatalities are due to cardiovascular disease.
• 17 million Americans have diabetes and an unknown, much larger number are pre-diabetic.
Since we can't exchange our genes, the best way to get a handle on PCOS and a host of other chronic diseases, is to change our diet.
The book goes on to describe WHY it recommends avoiding grains & dairy, something about how it metabolizes in a PCOS body differently than in most other bodies.
PCOS & pre-diabetic symptoms can be reversed through diet and exercise, and in many cases you can allow some grains and dairy back into your diet, occasionally.
Hope this helps! For my personal recipes, please refer to my previous blog post: "FINALLY, My Scale is Moving Down..."