Follow up post…
The first thing I needed to do to take care of my health was to change my eating habits. I knew this… but I had/have a bit of a problem… I love to cook, I love to eat. I love to try new foods. I love baked goods. How can I change my diet without the misery of cravings? Well, I wasn’t sure what was going to happen. I just needed to try something new. I’ve done Weight Watchers before with good weight loss results (but it doesn’t get rid of my PCOS symptoms).
After doing my research (there isn’t a lot of scientific research in this area, unfortunately), I decided to go ahead and try a gluten free, dairy free diet. Yikes! I love glutenous foods. I certainly love dairy products. Why exactly is this the way to go? Partly because of testimony from other women living with PCOS, partly because it’s possible that gluten exacerbates inflammation caused by insulin resistance, partly because consuming dairy can increase male hormones and I sure don’t need/want any more of those. So, I’m going with it. I actually made the change 2 weeks ago and I’ve already noticed some significative changes. My cravings for sugary foods went away. I don’t feel hungry all the time. I am alert when I wake up.
I’m still adjusting my menu planning and finding adequate substitutes for gluten/dairy. But the transition has been easier than I thought. I will share more about this soon.
The next step is including more daily exercise… which shouldn’t be too difficult since I’ve been running quite regularly for the past 6 months.