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My usual broadbrush nutritional advice is to try and eat foods which most closely resemble what they look like in nature. I.e. corn over cornflakes, steak over sausages, fresh fruits and vegetables over processed foods.
It is better to obtain your carbohydrate requirements (which are not as high as most people seem to think) from low glycaemic index vegetables (anything green or yellow basically) and to avoid as much as possible processed grains such as pasta, white rice, flour, bread etc.
There is a lot of difference of opinion within the nutritional community about whether grains are "good" or "bad".
My advice is to try going without them for at least a month, preferably 6 and see how you feel. If you feel better, great, if not then reintroduce them to your diet. Whilst it doesn't affect everyone, an intolerance or sensitivity towards gluten is a very common, widespread problem and many are unaware that it is a problem for them.
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the best thing for PCOS is a low carb diet, according to the web sites I've read. Since a lot of PCOS is the high insulin levels, a low carb diet can help lower that. the higher the insulin levels, the more you're body stores carbs as fat. A vicious cycle.
Low carb is generally low or no grains, sugar or potatoes. which are the highest carb items in the general Standard American Diet (SAD). Gluten is only important to those who are allergic to it, since it is the protein in Wheat, Rye, and Barley AFAIK. maybe a few more grains have some as well, not sure. In general, barring allergy, protein is ok for low carb.
Thank you so much for your posts. They have really helped me in all this confusion. I am really fed up with "dieting" so I'm just trying to eat healthier.... and if I lose weight in the process then great. If not, then at least I'll know I'm not stuffing myself with bad food. It is extremely hard for me to lose weight, even when dieting and exercising. I cannot afford a visit to a doctor right now, so like I said I'm just focusing on eating healthy and exercising. I do eat sugar, but not like before.... ice creams, cakes, cookies.... almost everyday. If I have a craving I do give in but I don't go crazy.
But anyway, thanks for the info. it has really helped.
What I have been told by my doctor is that really the only way to lose weight is to follow a lower carb/high protein regimen. He said that I should learn to eat more like a diabetic and that the cookbooks for diabetics would be a great place for me to start getting healthy recipes that would help.
This is the first time that I have heard that a gluten-free diet would help. I am allergic to the wheat plant and therefore have to not eat wheat (gluten is a main part of the wheat plant though I am not allergic to gluten and can eat barley and rye). If you decide to try a gluten free life for a while I can get you some resources.
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I tend to stick to 100% whole grains, unless you have a condition like celiac disease in which your body can't process gluten. I am in the process of becoming a Registered Dietitian and from what I have learned so far is that the Gluten Free foods are made with rice, corn and potatoes...these foods when eaten tend to spike your blood glucose super fast, and as a woman with PCOS, keeping blood glucose at a constant level a major objective.
100% whole grains help keep the glucose spikes more stable and they are complete nutrition because nothing has been stripped away in the processing.
As far as sugar free goes, if you can do it then props because almost everything we eat has some kind of added sugar to it, and if it is not real sugar then it is fake sugar!
I have talked to many of my professors about PCOS and what types of diets to follow, and the most common answer that I have gotten from them is to stick close to a diabetic diet and carbohydrate counting!
So I have been trying to eat healthier. I have tried to find info. on the internet about better choices for people with PCOS. But I am really confused.
I don't know if sugar free is a better option than gluten free. If wheat pasta is a better option than gluten free pasta? Etc.... I did buy a box of gluten free pasta last week because it had lower calories, sugars, and carbs than my regular wheat pasta. I had it today and it pretty much tastes the same.
So does anyone know? Should I focus on gluten free pasta, bread, etc.... or stick with wheat or whole grain. What about gluten free vs. sugar free?