What to Eat if you have PCOS
If you read my blog often you will know I have PCOS, just like 1/4 of women. From my own experiences, I’ve learnt that PCOS can be controlled and healed with a good diet and here is a little guide on what to eat.
What to eat:
1. B vitamin rich foods
Make sure you’re munching on your green leafy veggies, chicken, fish and mushrooms. B vitamins are essential for sugar and fat metabolism, thyroid function and hormone balance.
2. Pasture raised meat
Make sure you prioritise the quality your meat. Grass fed meat contains more omega 3 fatty acids, it’s leaner and is hormone free. I love field and flower, check our my healthy meat box with them here.
3. Healthy Fats
Essential fatty acids from eggs, fish, hemp seeds and avocados are vital for hormone balance, weight management and fertility. Try and add them into each meal.
What to cut down on:
1. White sugar
The issue with sugar is that it is effected your insulin levels. When you eat refined sugar it causes an insulin spike in the blood stream so the body can effectively make use of the energy from glucose. However, high levels of insulin increases the symptoms of PCOS such as increased hair growth, weight gain, cravings and and irregular menstrual cycles. This also applies to other high GI foods like white rice and bread.
This is another one that might help if you cut out. It has been seen to effect testosterone levels which can effect PCOS and increase symptoms.
Other things to avoid are soy milk and trans-fats from processed meats and vegetable oils.
Reducing your stress is key to managing your PCOS.
Don’t panic about having it, it will be ok! Speak to your doctor if it gets out of hands but eating a nutritious diet bursting with whole foods, spending time outdoors, practicing yoga and spending some time loving yourself will help also.
Do you have any PCOS tips? leave a comment below..
Disclaimer: I am writing here from my own personal experience and research as well as from what I’ve learnt at nutrition school. I would always suggest going to see a healthcare practitioner or medical professional if you’re concerned or want more information.