PCOS and Diets. Establishing Healthy Habits

HABITS

You’re struggling with your weight.

Feeling tired all the time.

Periods are irregular.

You’ve read that changing your diet may help.

Great!

You find a diet plan to follow.

Great!

Read all the information. Most of it you know already!!

You do well for the first two weeks. You start to see results.

And then, one month later…

You’ve guessed it.

Your symptoms return!

You question yourself. Why hasn’t this worked?

I followed my diet..

Did you follow your diet?

The problem with PCOS and following a diet

Knowing all the dietary information in the world is useful.

But implementing it is a different kettle of fish!

The problem with being a PCOS sufferer is the constant craving for sugars. We’re struggling with our weight. Most of us will be battling with insulin resistance and not getting the fuel our bodies need.

We’re undernourished.

This causes tiredness.

The tiredness causes stress.

The tiredness and stress cause cravings.

We eat more food.

We’re unable to use the nutrients from the foods due to being insulin resistant.

Which further cause us to be low in energy and undernourished.

The result.

A never-ending PCOS cycle.

What can we do?

In this state, we strive to eat foods that make us feel good emotionally and give us a quick energy boost. We feel great for a little while. And within an hour or two we’re back to feeling dreadful again.

We need to break the PCOS cycle so we have more energy.

In time this will address the insulin issues and aid in sustainable weight loss.

You could go on a crash diet. Or partake in the usual weight loss quick fixes. You know the types of fad diets. The eat no calories diet. The no carbs diet. Eat no fats diet. No protein diet. No air diet.

Ok, not air, but I’m sure you know where I’m going with this.

You could avoid all the foods in the world. But you and I can guess what will most likely happen after a week, or after a month or two.

Yes, we’ve gone back to our previous way of eating.

Establish Habits

Following diets, usually involves an extreme removal of foods at once. This may be helpful for extreme weight loss. But doesn’t help those of us suffering from depression and cravings due to our symptoms.

If PCOS makes you feel miserable. Then you will be even more miserable whilst following an extremely restrictive diet.

We have to find ways of eating for life and not for a few months.

We need to establish healthy habits that last for life.

It’s more beneficial to focus on one food item instead of changing your whole diet.

Work on removing, limiting or finding an alternate for that food. Achieve progress with that one food and then move on to the next.

This helps you to establish healthy habits.

It’s not about setting you up to fail an unachievable diet.

It’s possibly not what you want to hear as we live in a world that constantly strives for quick fixes.

When choosing a food. Look at how often you eat the food. Do you eat it every day? Maybe you could eat the said food once a week. Or eat in a smaller portion. Or combine with other types of foods to slow its absorption.

CONCLUSION

I understand how difficult this can be. I too would crave carbohydrates. My downfall would be buttery mashed potatoes and bread. After eating a plate full of potatoes it would leave me in a punch-drunk state.

I still eat and enjoy eating potatoes. But instead of a plate full, I opt to eat a small amount, a quarter or less plate portion with vegetables and proteins. Thankfully, I no longer have the zombie effect as I combine it with fibrous foods to slow the absorption of glucose. I consciously do this as it’s important for me to be well and full of energy. I refuse to return to ill-health.

I’ve adopted this habit. It’s not easy, but I’m sure you can do it too. It takes time but the rewards are truly amazing!

Hopefully, your goals are to achieve long term wellness. You want to feel better.

I’m sure you‘ve been suffering the symptoms of PCOS for some months or years.

Keep this in mind when you start following your new goals.

A few weeks or months to master healthy habits is not long in comparison to the amount of time you’ve been suffering ill-health.

Related: Read my PCOS story

If PCOS makes you feel miserable. Then you will be even more miserable whilst following an extremely restrictive diet. We have to find ways of eating for life and not for a few months. We need to establish healthy habits that last for life. It’s more beneficial to focus on one food item instead of changing your whole diet.