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MOMMIE98 Posts: 47
9/6/11 8:03 P

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Ok I am having a problem with refined sugar what is it really is it good for us or not? What do I need to stay away from? I am always up n down and its driving me crazy.. HELP!!!!

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2/22/10 10:27 P

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Hey Dottie,

Maybe you need to change the way you think about diets ... start small. Replace one regular (unhealthy) item with something more healthy, I don't know what you eat so I can't give you specific advice, but e.g. if you eat a sandwich for lunch, take the bread out, make it a salad and add some chickpeas for protein, low GI carbs and d chiro inositol
Just a thought..

Glad you like our group. We look forward to you being a part of it.

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2/22/10 11:26 A

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Hi everyone! I have been diagnosed with PCOS for 8 years now, although I know I have had most of the symptoms since I first started at the age of 10. I am not new to SP, however left for a year or so.

I was in denial that normal diets (sorry life style)would fix my weight problems. I am now out of the river (HAHA sorry couldn't help it) and back hopefully on track to get my weight at least in a normal zone.

I need some help though. I am a professional dieter. I am great at starting, but never finish. Anyhow, my main question or request for suggestions is, I do great for 3-4 days, sticking to my plan and menus, and then the dreaded carb monster hits me and then I binge. How do I prevent this, or how can I overcome it and not give in?

This group seems to be very informed and helpful. I didn't realize how much more information there is now. I am very greatful to the people on here who have put all of this together. Thank you! This to me is an awesome way to start.

I look forward to talking with all of you and forming friendships along our way!

Only you can make it a great day!

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2/21/10 9:37 P

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Thanks Anu,

I'm a bit swamped at the moment, but will get back to you by tomorrow.

Anne



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2/16/10 12:37 A

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Hi Anne ... I'm sending you an email through my personal ID. Thanks for your reply!



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Hi Anu,

Can you write to me through my website with your email address? I'd be happy to help you. My email address is anne @ mypcos.info (you need to take the spaces out).

Talk soon,

Anne

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2/15/10 4:57 A

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Hi BELROSA,
Thanks a lot for your quick response and the information. You are absolutely right, my body is accustomed to this amount of carbs since the beginning and hence I may need to reduce my carb intake gradually so that I can adjust to it. I was going through your website, and what you mentioned there about SP, i agree that their recommendations regarding nutrition intake would apply only generally and not for specific cases like PCOS. As per Spark I can have 266 gm of Carbs per day!!! (How I wish...lol :-)!)
I am wondering if you could help me with a PCOS specific diet recommendation and also the recommended proportion of Carbs to Fats & Proteins? Also if you have some sample diet plans to share, that would be a great help.
Thanks a lot!

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Hi Anu and welcome.

Indian food is very carb rich so I can understand the problem you face. For a woman with PCOS 280 gm of carbs is easily enough to last a week, though and this is no doubt what is hampering you. If you have been eating that amount of carbs your whole life, your body has become accustomed to it and that is probably why you feel hungry soon after eating if you don't get your carb fix.

Although they still have carbohydrates in them, might I suggest swapping rice and breads for lentils, chickpeas, dahl, and curried vegetables? Cauliflower, peas and chickpeas in particular are good for women with PCOS as they contain inositol and d-chiro inositol.

Can you start the day with a protein meal such as 2 eggs? That usually keeps me full until lunch time.

It is also important to watch the type of fats you consume. Olive oil and coconut oil are good.

Good luck. Write back if you need more info.

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2/15/10 2:54 A

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Hi i'm new to this team and fairly new to the SP site as well (one month old)! My BMI is 24.5. My main problem area like most women with PCOS is a jelly like stomach fat. I started my SP journey with a lot of motivation and though it has helped me track my diet and know much more about the nutritional requirements and such, I have not been able to see great results untill now. I know it may be too early to expect results, but the point is that i have been very regular in my workouts and have done fairly well on the diet front too, though there have been some cheat meals as well!
Well, i think i know what my problem is ...though my overall calorie intake doesn't go too high (1200-1400/ day) my Carb intake goes upto 220-280 gms per day which is way more than what is recommended here. But the fact is im an indian, and so my diet is full of carbs in every meal ...even though i try to cut down on rice and indian bread, it is still way more than what is recommended. Secondly, if i try to substitute my bread or rice with something else...i dont feel satisfied...i feel hungry after an hour or so ...the third problem is that every thing on earth that u pick up to eat seems to have carbs in it ...be it an apple or a banana or most other fruits. So what does one eat??? I am getting quite frustrated because of this bcos i wana throw PCOS out of my life and im doing my best on all other fronts but the Carb issue is the one where i am stuck n just dont know how to deal with it. I live in Pune and have never come across 'Quinoa' which is recommended in many places as a wheat substitute. Does anyone have any tips for me? How do you manage to reduce ur carb intake and still not feel hungry?
Thanks a lot Team for any tips!

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2/7/10 6:58 P

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I am astonished that your doctor put you on the medication at all, if you were doing such a great job of losing the weight yourself. This is actually what the studies have found: diet and exercise are more effective than metformin. If you want more information about OCPs and metformin in PCOS, I have put up a couple of pages on them on my website: mypcos.info/1/treatments/pharmaceuti
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There is also a heap of information on the different vitamins, minerals and herbs which can help keep the lid on the PCOS monster here: mypcos.info/1/treatments/natural

The most interesting and scientifically backed one is d-chiro inositol - a derivative of a B-vitamin which everyone else can make but not those with IR or PCOS apparently.

I would definitely be talking to your Dr about going off the meds though, especially the OCP.

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2/6/10 8:45 P

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I'm not really a fan of medication, I have been on metformin, phentremine and OCP for a little over a year. My doctor prescribed these to help with my PC0S and IR. I have come a long way but being on the medication has only helped with 20 lbs and I've gained some back. I have been struggling my whole life with weight issues as others with pcos. 4 yrs ago I decide to fight and have lost 120 lbs. Almost 100 without the medication, and after coming thei far I'm afraid of medication keeping me from going forward or helping me fall backwards. I didn't know if there were something to replace these medications.

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Another option in terms of what? Birth control or relieving specific PCOS symptoms? There are alternatives for both, but it depends upon what your goals are.

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2/6/10 7:37 P

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Wow, i had no idea that ocp made insullin resistance worse. i have hit a major plateau with my weight loss. I train regularly and eat well yet no one believes why i can't loose any more weight(even put some back on eeeeks) I am definatly gonna ask my Doctor now because she just switched my pills. Is there another option for this?

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Thank you!

Life is wonderful. Live it to the fullest.


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Hi Diva,

I'm sorry you are going through a rough patch at the moment. I often feel nauseous if I eat something particularly sugary or a bowl of pasta or rice etc. I think my body has become used to low, complex low GI carbohydrates and doesn't like too much variation to this.

Don't worry so much about low calorie proteins - for women with IR or PCOS, it is the calories from carbohydrates that do us so much damage. You will have a lot more leeway with calories from proteins and healthy fats. That's not to say you can go bananas of course, but you can get away with not being so strict with them.

Some good sources might be:
Eggs
Fish
Cottage cheese
Turkey or chicken - I use sliced or left over chopped up roast for lunch, either a grilled sandwich (only 1 slice of bread, never 2 and preferably a wholegrain, rye, organic type. Always compare the carbs and go for a low one with lots of fibre.
Tofu
Plain yoghurt (no added sugar).
Substituting rice/pasta for grains such as amaranth or quinoa which are much lower in carbs, higher in protein

Good luck!

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I am really frustrated and discouraged and need some help. I know from what I have read that I should be eating more protein and fewer carbs but how the heck do you find low cal, low sodium, low fat proteins???

Also, since I am so new to this, I am just wondering if anyone has problems with feeling sick when you eat sugar or things made with white flour or if you eat too much?

I feel sick all the time lately. I stopped eating sugar to see if it would stop the heartburn I have been having since I started taking the medicine.

Life is wonderful. Live it to the fullest.


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Thanks :) You too.

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:) I will send it to you through your email after tracking next week, then. Thank you again for your help. Have a wonderful week!

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Oh gosh! I didn't realise it was Thanksgiving either (we don't celebrate it in Australia). Definitely not a good time to track food. I completely understand.

Well, whenever you get a chance to track your "normal" eating behaviour, let me know the results.

Probably via email to anne@mypcos.info may be more appropriate than through the forum, I'm not sure. It's up to you.

Have a happy holiday!

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11/22/09 10:10 P

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I'm already planning on discussing this with my doctor on Dec. 4th at my annual check-up. I read your page and the information you've provided is what made me realize that they could be a huge source of my problems lately. Also...I didn't realize that this week was Thanksgiving when I told you I would track my nutrition and am not sure it would give an accurate baseline. I definitely watch what I eat around the holidays, but I can't really control what is put into each dish since my family does everything potluck-style. I'll still track but will have to send you 2 weeks so it will be more accurate. :)

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11/20/09 7:22 P

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Ambam,

Oral Contraceptive Pills are extremely bad news for those with Insulin Resistance. They have been shown to make the underlying problem - insulin resistance, worse, whilst masking the symptoms.

See: pcosinfo.wordpress.com/treatments/ph
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maceutical/ocp/
for more information.

I would strongly suggest you discuss discontinuing them with your Dr. If you email me I can forward you some scientific studies which found that OCPs are not good for women with PCOS.

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11/20/09 11:57 A

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I will track over the course of this week and email it to you. I'll do my best to not change too much of my eating habits just so we have an accurate baseline.

As far as medications and supplements, all I am currently taking is a multivitamin (Nature Made multi for her) and my BCP (Loestrin Fe). The vitamins are hard for me because the smell can cause me to have a strong gag reflex. That's why I'm taking the Nature Made ones since they are in a vegetable-based gel capsule. I used to take GNC Active Women's Multivitamin, but it made me gag so much I would vomit, so I had to find something else that was easier to swallow. I also take calcium and vitamin E supplements, but not as regularly as I should. I finally found a whole foods market in my area, so I will most likely go by there when my bottle of multi-vitamins starts to get low. I have yet to find one (other than the GNC vitamin) that keeps my headaches at bay.

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11/19/09 8:56 P

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You're very welcome Ambam.

I'll have to try the mashed cauliflower with rosemary and garlic, it sounds really nice.

If you email me your total carb, protein, fat levels after about a week of tracking (don't modify anything, just do what you are doing for the first week to obtain some baseline information) I can help you get started. I am a nutritionist amongst other things and there might be a few simple things you can tweak to give you a headstart.

From a nutritional perspective, brown or wholegrain anything is a whole lot better than it's white, bleached, processed alternative. With rice for instance, virtually all the vitamins and minerals are lost: there is substantially less Vitamin E, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folacin, Potassium, Magnesium, Selenium, Manganese, Zinc, Iron and over a dozen other nutrients in white rice as oppoosed to brown. Brown rice has about 4 x the fibre of white rice, slowing down it's digestion and the release of sugar into the bloodstream making it much lower on the glycaemic index.

The calorie and carbohydrate content of white and brown rice is roughly equivalent, so we still need to be very careful about the portion sizes when we choose to eat rice and the same goes for any other grain. Wholegrain is best- it has some nutritional value, but the carbs need to be accounted for.

Are you taking anything to increase your insulin sensitivity? That will reduce the negative effects that carbohdyrates have (on women with PCOS and those with IR). There's a heap of information on my website about things that help PCOS in various ways.

pcosinfo.wordpress.com/treatments/na
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Things like Cinnamon, Gymnema, Magnesium, Chromium, Manganese and D Chiro Inositol are probably a good place to start.

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11/19/09 12:37 P

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I will definitely try your idea of decreasing my carbs a little at a time until weight loss is possible.

As for rice and pasta, does it make a difference if I eat brown rice and whole wheat or rice pasta as opposed to the white/bleached/etc stuff? I haven't eaten "regular" pasta or rice in a while but didn't know if it was still a problem to eat the whole grains. I hadn't heard about substituting cauliflower for rice, but I have subbed it for potatoes. The flavor is a little different, but it still has the texture. I like to put a little garlic and rosemary or parsley in my "mashed" cauliflower to make it more like potatoes. :)

Thank you also for all of your information on ketosis versus ketoacidosis. I did not know there were two different things, so I am glad you did. :) I will definitely try tracking regularly again while I change my diet to incorporate more protein and less carbs. At first, I have a feeling it will considerably cut down on my calories until I figure out a good balance. Hopefully that won't take too long. :) Thanks again for your wisdom and massive amounts of information!

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You're welcome.

Ketosis and ketoacidosis are two different things. Ketoacidosis is a much more severe condition usually associated with diabetes or alcoholism where the pH of the blood is affected and kidney damage is common.

Ketosis is a condition which occurs when your body starts burning something other than sugar for energy. When the liver starts burning fat it creates fatty acids for fuel but also ketone bodies. When this happens at a faster rate than the body can process, the excess ketones are decarboxylated into acetone, which is then excreted on the breath and in the urine. You will be able to smell it. In order to lose weight, some degree of ketosis (NOT ketoacidosis) is necessary and this is even more relevant for those with insulin resistance issues.

As everyone is different, ketosis will occur at a different carbohydrate intake for everyone. 20gm/day would likely tip anyone into it though! I usually stick to 60gm/day and haven't noticed any obvious effects of ketosis. I.e. it hasn't got to the stage where acetone can be smelled on my breath. However, if you eat a lot more carbohydrates then your body may be more used to them and may not cope as well with 60 gm /day.

Perhaps the best way to approach this is for you to track the amount of carbohydrates you are consuming at present and then each week reduce that amount by 5-10 grams per day until you start to lose weight. This will likely happen well before you have much ketosis.

Unfortunately, high glycaemic index foods (rice, pasta, bread, potatoes, tropical fruits, alcohol, sugar of course) are practically poison for women with PCOS and those with insulin resistance. It really is best to avoid them. I know it's a nuisance cooking 2 meals. My partner loves rice and pasta as well, but it's just so high in carbs and they are broken down into sugar so quickly.

I read once that if you blend or chop cauliflower very finely, until it has about the texture of rice, then cook it briefly, it is a good replacement for rice. You could try changing slowly to this ... next time you cook rice, add in 1/4 finely chopped cauliflower and see what happens :)

Edited by: BELROSA at: 11/18/2009 (19:35)
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Thanks for the tips and advice! I love my rice and pasta, so I will try incorporating other grains to increase the protein content. I'm not a hugely picky eater, but my husband is, so I may have to make the rice/pasta for him and stick to the grains for me. :)

Also, I understand that not enough carbs in one's diet can lead to keytosis. What is the lower limit of carbs that will keep my body out of that state and maintain my kidney health? Kidney disease is very present in my family history so it is something that I want to watch carefully.

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You're very welcome Ambam. If your carbs are towards the upper limit of SP's range then that is almost certainly where your problem lies. Studies have shown that PCOS women respond best to diets which limit the amount of carbohydrates to as little as 20 g a day. Weight loss is greater, more easily sustained, improvements are seen in HDL:LDL cholesterol ratios, triglycerides and inflammatory markers are reduced.

I've written an article about it on my website: http://pcosinfo.wordpress.com/news-researc
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I've also found that splitting my main meals into as many snacks as I can manage works very well. I.e. instead of scrambling or poaching my eggs in the morning, I'll boil 2 eggs, then cut them into halves or quarters, put them in a little container in the fridge at home or work and have a half or a quarter every half hour or hour. It means you always have a healthy snack on hand, don't get hungry and are eating a healthy breakfast.

I rarely eat meat for breakfast, but when I do it's about 100 gm sized piece of lean steak, such as rump, sirloin or scotch fillet. I usually have a tomato or two and some mushrooms as a side dish. Unfortunately, most non-meat sources of protein come with a fair portion of carbohydrates attached, which makes it difficult for us. I eat tofu on occasion, beans and pulses, dairy, eggs, nuts, grains such as amaranth and quinoa instead of rice help - they are MUCH higher in protein than rice/pasta.

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Thank you, GABBY & BELROSA! I'm so glad to know I'm not alone! When I track my meals on SP, I generally barely make it into my protein range and find my carbs are on the upper range of recommended limits. I keep my fats low, but still end up replacing some protein with carbs. I'm sticking to around 1500-1600 calories a day right now because my exercise has not been as consistent as it should be. I will try eating more protein like eggs in the morning, though. I go to work early so I need something quick, but I think I could at least scramble up an egg or something like that in the morning. What type of lean meat do you eat for breakfast? I've always been one of those "breakfast for breakfast" people and find the concept of eating meat for breakfast a bit foreign (other than sausage or bacon...which I no longer do except on special occasions when my grandma cooks :D). Sometimes I like to eat yogurt or cottage cheese with fruit for breakfast. Is that enough protein to help get me started? What are other sources of protein you eat? I know my husband gets bored with chicken and fish every night, so I try to break it up with different ways of cooking each. We have been incorporating more black beans and things like that into our meals for added protein as well. He is a former football player and is used to carb-loading, so it has been a challenge to change both of our diets. :) Thank you all for your support and advice. I'm so glad I have knowledgeable people to turn to when I have questions. I hope to be getting off of the birth control at the end of December (after seeing my doctor) so that may correct the blood sugar issue. ??? I know BC affects blood sugar levels, but I don't know if it supposedly raises or lowers it. That is part of the reason why I'm ready to be off of it! :) Oh, and GABBY...thanks for the tip about Hershey bites! :) I like to occasionally buy a really expensive bar of organic dark chocolate (like Green & Blacks) and just treat myself to a square a day. I won't pig out on it because I can't justify eating that much money in one sitting! LOL. :)

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Well done Ambam, for doing your own research and finding a *much* better plan for managing hypoglycaemia than that suggested by your Dr.

I have never had high blood sugar in my life - it's always been very very stable, however I have found that if I don't eat enough protein (and this is usually linked to substituting it with carbs, however healthy) that I get hypoglycaemic symptoms as well, though not as bad as yours.

I've found starting the day with a protein breakfast (eggs or lean meat) helps enormously. I also found that increasing my calorie intake helped me to lose weight (from 1000 - 1200 up to 1500 - 2000 a day). The key was making sure I had lots of protein, limited the carbs to 60 gm gross most days and ate very frequently ... as often as every half hour. This has the opposite effect on your metabolism as dieting does - speeds it up rather than slowing it down. I suppose the key is to make sure you are having an appropriate amount of calories and carbohydrates for your age, weight and activity level.

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Hi AMBAM- I am by no means an expert, but I have dealt with what you are dealing with. Excercising and gaining and eating healthy foods and gaining.

SP has helped in this area. I was eating "healthier foods" but still eating too much of them. Tracking my food daily has really shined a light on where I was having problems and didn't realize I was. (such as Turkey sandwhich- good choice, but if you have another sandwhich for dinner the carbs in the bread multiply calories fast. Even when I was eating wheat bread... to much of a good thing.) There are many other examples, but to sumarize basically focuses on meal portions and making sure that only a 4th of my meal is protein. (Peanut butter though a good snack has tons of calories. Be careful not to get to much of a good thing)

I also have low blood sugar opposed to high and it helps me to snack several times a day. A cracker and some veggies often keep my blood sugar level.

I also stumbled on Hershey's special dark bites. 10 calories each. A couple of those keep sugar up and provide a nice low cal treat.

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I have a question regarding the insulin resistance. I have not had a glucose test at this point, but am scheduled for a doctor's appointment on Dec. 4th. I have noticed, however, that my body tends to exhibit hypoglycemic tendencies rather than the high blood sugar levels that many PCOS sufferers deal with. For example, if I do not eat every 3-4 hours, I feel shaky and weak. Through my research, this seems to be consistent with my blood sugar dropping. It will get better if I eat something...especially a tablespoon of peanut butter or some form of protein. I try to keep almonds in my desk at work for just such an occasion. The last time I saw my gynecologist (as well as my primary care doctor), I asked about the blood sugar dropping/shaking thing and was told to just add a slice of peanut butter toast to my breakfast. :( I tried that, and while it helped a little, it did not solve the problem. So...I decided that in order to regulate my blood sugar levels, I needed to eat frequent, small meals, change my simple carbs to complex, whole grains, and have recently been studying up on low, glycemic index foods and have made adjustments to my diet according to my findings. For the most part, I eat a good amount of fruit/veggies and lean meat, but I still have problems losing weight. In fact, I have gained 40 lbs over the past two years with nothing but positive changes in my diet. I could increase the amount of exercise, and am in the process of trying to re-work my daily routine/schedule to fit in more regular exercise. Other than that, I am at a loss as to what else I can do. Has anyone else with PCOS had problems with low blood sugar levels? What about with eating properly and gaining rather than losing weight? Any and all advice is appreciated! :) Thank you!

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Hi Gabby,

I've written a 'quick start guide' type of thing on my website for PCOS: pcosinfo.wordpress.com/what_is_pcos/
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which may be a good place to start. I think the most important five modifications you can make will depend on what you are already doing ... but in general:

Find out your optimum carbohydrate intake - the amount that will allow you to lose weight. This can be as little as 20 g a day for some people, or as much as 150 g for others. All of this carbohydrate allowance should come from food that has been processed as little as possible and has a low glycaemic index.

Get exercise - 2-3 minutes of high intensity exercise before each meal - such as star jumps, sprinting, a cross trainer, skipping rope etc will improve your insulin sensitivity dramatically. See pcosinfo.wordpress.com/news-research
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Get exercise - 20 minutes of aerobic activity a day both for relaxation and cardiovascular health. Walking, swimming, jogging, energetic gardening ... whatever you like.

Eat lots of fresh fruit and vegetables and high quality protein. As much food as possible should be unprocessed - as this has more vitamins and enzymes.

Never eat large meals. Try and eat as many small meals as you can (dividing your total caloric intake appropriately so you don't overdo it). This will stimulate your metabolism, in the opposite way as dieting suppresses it.

I have a website with loads of PCOS info www.mypcos.info Please stop by!

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I'm at a bit of a loss on where to begin in fitting PCOS lifestyle into the spark lifestyle. Could someone give me like top 5 things one should do first?

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what are the tests that your doctor should do before they diagnose you with psoc? my doctor only did an ultrasound

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hi i have pocs and had gastric bypass dec 5th 08 lost 35 pounds already have along way to go to get to my goal but I'm happy with my weight lost right now emoticon emoticon

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emoticon Welcome to our team! I'm happy you found it useful for you, so tell us about your diet and weight loss journey!

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thank you. These foods are very useful.

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Hi everyone. I am new to this team and is very excited to join. I have had pcos for three years but finally got the diagnosis last month. Only after I went to three different doctors. But I am relieved that this team is here to help me get through this.

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Do any of you know if there are any fruits or veggies I should AVOID? I have PCOS and am trying to follow a low carb and low fat diet. I was recently diagnosed and am trying to learn as much as I can, but there is so much to learn. This team has been very informational.
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Thanks so much Sweet Orange for all this helpful information!!!

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oh i saw a diet book in barnes and noble especially for pcos i think ill try it i didnt realize how much different our diets needed to be ...thanks!!



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Thanks again, so much. I'm gonna start adding some of those foods to my diet, starting today:)

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For PCOs
Highly recommended source for vitamin B in gerneral:

- Walnuts (not roasted)
- Broccoli & tomatos, green leafy vegetables
- Green, Red, Yellow Pepper.
- Cucumber for water retention
- Eggs
- Cottage cheese
- chicken breast and veal
- brown rice & whole grain products




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Hi MARRSMAMA,
you r welcome:)

Food reach in vitamin B:

The best sources of vitamin B-12 include animal products, such as organ meats, beef, pork, fish, poultry, eggs, milk, and other dairy foods.

Amount Needed Adult males and females need 2.4 micrograms of vitamin B-12 daily.
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(vitamin B-6)
wheat bran and germ, soybeans, and brown rice. Good sources include organ meats, veal, lamb, chicken, fish, and pork. Fair sources include bananas, lima beans, cabbage, corn, oats, carrots, potatoes, and legumes.

Amount Needed The recommended intake for adult males is 1.3 milligrams during the ages of 19-50. From age 51 and above, the amount is 1.7 milligrams. The recommended intake for adult females is 1.3 milligrams during the ages of 19-50. From age 51 and above, the amount is 1.5 milligrams each day.
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Riboflavin(vitamin B-2)
Food Sources:liver, milk, cottage cheese and other dairy products. Good sources include eggs and meats. Fair sources are whole grains, enriched grains, green leafy vegetables, asparagus, broccoli, beans, and peas. Ultraviolet light, including sunlight, can quickly destroy (vitamin B-2). That’s why milk is stored in opaque plastic or cardboard containers, not clear glass.

Amount Needed Healthy, adult males need 1.3 milligrams of riboflavin daily and females need 1.1 milligrams daily
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Thiamin(vitamin B-1):
Food Sources The best food sources of thiamin include pork, peas, liver, and wheat germ. Good sources include whole-grain and enriched grain products, such as bread, rice, pasta, tortillas, and fortified cereals. Fair sources include pineapple, citrus fruits, milk, spinach, tomatoes, bananas, beans, nuts, seeds, and peanuts.

Amount Needed Adult males need 1.2 milligrams of thiamin each day and adult females need 1.1 milligrams daily.

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What would a good range for vitamin B be? Is it vitamin B-6, B-12, ot both? Also, what are some foods that are rich in these vitamins that would be good to include in our diet?

Thanks for all the wonderful info, it is very helpful and so appreciated :)

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Hello Menna great to c u here:)
well about my pcos diet here is " high protien, low carb &low fat"
i try to avoid bread, rice, pasta, sweets & sugar
PCOS advised to eat whole grain carbs however when i eat them i dont lose weight that's y i avoid them all!
but ofcourse i ruin it alot that's y i didnt reach my goal...
last 6 months was 2 bad for me i gained 10 kilos or 22 pounds can u imagin? I passed thru hard times
after i was about to reach my goal i gained them all back bec i ruined my diet & ate lot of carbs and fat& sweets!
i'm willing to lose them again emoticon

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Great useful information....Thanks a lot
I knew now that I'm 100% Got PCOS.
So what about the Diet Ur using in this Group?
So I would be able 2 follow coz I always ruin my diet and curve for chocolates:(


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PCOS FAQs

How do I know if I have PCOS?
If you have symptoms such as excessive weight gain, period problems, facial or body hair, mood swings, tiredness, thinning hair, cravings for food, irritability, a tendency to faint or emotional problems, you could have PCOS. Your doctor can arrange for an ultrasound scan and the results will give you the answer. You could have one, two or all of the above symptoms, so it is important, if you feel you have PCOS, that you discuss this with your doctor!


Why do I find it difficult to lose weight with PCOS?
PCOS is a chemical or hormone imbalance,which can make it very difficult for sufferers to lose weight. Your body can be insulin resistant and unable to process certain sugars or carbohydrate foods. Your diet should be based on low-sugar, low-carbohydrate, low-fat and protein, but be rich in B vitamins in order for you to be successful.
Some PCOS sufferers have to take medication which, after a period of time, can deplete the body of B vitamins. It is important that you get a well-balanced diet, rich in all vitamins, particularly, B.
Doctors recognise that PCOS sufferers have a slower metabolism than non-sufferers, and recommend a personal diet be prepared to suit your individual metabolism.
30% of PCOS sufferers can also be carbohydrate sensitive and need a personal low-carbohydrate, low-sugar, low-fat, protein diet preparing, to help them lose weight successfully. In our experience we have found that standard diets do not work for PCOS sufferers.


What type of diet is best for PCOS sufferers?
Whether or not you wish to lose weight, the best diet to reduce your symptoms and help with weight loss is a low-fat, low-sugar, low -carbohydrate, protein diet, which has been worked out to suit your individual metabolism and lifestyle.


Because I am insulin resistant, what foods should I be eating and what foods should I be omitting, for a healthier lifestyle?
You should be eating plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. At least five portions of fruit/vegetables each day, is the recommended allowance for health. You should be avoiding ordinary bread, pastas, rice dishes, excess carbohydrates and starches. You should be eating organic food and chemical/additive free foods. You should not be drinking from cans or plastic bottles. Please drink from glass containers. Plastic is high in chemicals, and drinking from plastic containers will not help your chemical/hormonal imbalance.


Should I buy organic foods?
Whenever possible, it is better to eat organic food. If this is not possible, perhaps because of cost or inconvenience, please wash your fruit and vegetables in a solution of one part vinegar to twelve parts water. Then rinse to remove the 'vinegar odour'. Washing this way will help remove more than 10% of the chemicals and pesticides from your food. When you suffer with PCOS, it is important that you keep your food and drinks chemical or additive free. Buying organic is an investment in your health and because it is chemical free, it will not upset the chemical imbalance in your body, which has been created by the PCOS.


What about alcohol when I suffer with PCOS?
When you suffer with PCOS it is important that you do not introduce chemicals or additives, because your already have a hormone or chemical imbalance.
It is better to avoid alcohol altogether because of health reasons, but, if you do wish to have an occasional drink, a small glass red wine can be taken. Red wine contains bio-flavanoids, and is better than white wine or spirits. Try to dilute your wine with lots of water, which will help.


I have cravings for different types of foods, what do you recommend?
If you have cravings, it is because you have gone too long without eating. It is better to eat small and often and split up your meals. Six or eight smaller meals each day will be better than three large meals. Make up some home made soups. Have a bowl of soup before each meal, this will fill you up and stop you feeling hungry, which can cause cravings.

Avoid the starchy, sugar or carbohydrate foods. Your body cannot cope with these foods and eating them will only create more cravings.


Will my PCOS symptoms reduce if I lose weight or eat healthily?
Yes, if you need to lose weight, please do so and your symptoms can be reduced. Eating healthily will always be of benefit to your health. Our research has shown that PCOS sufferers with a weight problem, who lose 24 lbs or more, find that their PCOS symptoms can start to reduce.


What would you recommend for my sweet tooth?
There are lots of products on the market. These are sugar-free jelly, mousse etc. Always check the fat content, because this can also be a problem. We have been advised by a lot of our PCOS ladies that sprinkling cinnamon on your plain cereal can help to stop the cravings for sweet foods.


How can I improve my skin?
Your skin will improve when you eat correctly. Having a balanced diet will not only improve your skin, but can reduce other PCOS symptoms. Drinking plenty of water will help. Taking regular exercise. Splashing water on your face morning and night can improve circulation. Individual skin problems can be addressed to our Skin Expert, Jennifer. Just email her and she will help as much as possible.


Do you recommend vitamin tablets?
No, you can get your vitamins from a healthy diet. Eating well balanced meals and cutting out the foods that are causing your problems, will be sufficient.. If you have an additional health problem that is causing a vitamin deficiency, please ask our team of experts for more personal advice.


Do I need to exercise, and will it help reduce my symptoms?
It is better to exercise. If you have a weight problem, please start with gentle exercise. There is a chart on this website, which give you correct exercises to follow.
Always exercise on an empty stomach, first thing in the morning and last thing at night. If you exercise on an empty stomach, you will burn off calories, because there is not food in your stomach. Research has proven that ladies with PCOS who exercise AFTER FOOD, turn the foods to sugar, which will not help the condition.
Drinking a glass of filtered water before exercise to hydrate your body, will be of benefit.


My hair is going thin and 'patchy' what do you recommend?
Our PCOS sufferers have reported good results by massaging a small amount of olive oil into their damp scalp, after washing their hair. Leave the oil on your hair and wrap in a warm towel for 5 minutes. Rinse off with clean water. Our ladies report that the oil can penetrate the follicle and improve the condition of the hair.


I am very slim, but do have mood swings and other symptoms of PCOS. What advice do you give?

Following a balanced diet, taking plenty of exercise, drinking plenty of filtered water and practising deep breathing exercises can help. If there is a personal problem with PCOS, please advise us and our team will help, if possible.


Is drinking water a good idea?

Yes, provided that the water is filtered, it can cleanse the system and help. Having a glass of water, with a slice of lemon, each morning before you eat and before you exercise, will hydrate your body and cleanse your system. Drinking lemon water during the day will also help.


Can I have low-calorie or other diet drinks?

Anything that contains chemicals, pesticides or additives will not help the PCOS sufferer. Please remember, you have a chemical/hormone imbalance and it is better to eat and drink everything that is fresh and not packaged or containing chemicals.
Filtered water is best.


I constantly feel hungry, why?

Because of your PCOS, there are certain foods that your body cannot tolerate. When you eat these foods, your body cannot handle them, so a signal is sent to your brain that you have not eaten, hence the feeling to eat more.
If you eat healthily, avoiding all the non-permitted foods, you will feel so much better and will not be hungry. Having home-made soups and splitting your meals into small ones will help satisfy the hunger. You can always eat a little extra protein to satisfy the hunger.


Can I eat pre-packed or processed food?

No, it is better to avoid these foods. They can contain chemicals, additives, preservatives, artificial colourings and are best avoided. Please remember, you have a hormone/chemical imbalance and these foods only aggravate your condition.


Can I have microwave meals?

You can eat these meals as long as they are chemical, additive and preservative free. It is also very important that you microwave all meals in a glass container, not through plastic. Microwaving through plastic creates chemicals, which again, aggravate your chemical/hormone imbalance.


from : http://www.pcos-support.org/faqs.htm

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How do I know if I have PCOS?
If you have symptoms such as excessive weight gain, period problems, facial or body hair, mood swings, tiredness, thinning hair, cravings for food, irritability, a tendency to faint or emotional problems, you could have PCOS. Your doctor can arrange for an ultrasound scan and the results will give you the answer. You could have one, two or all of the above symptoms, so it is important, if you feel you have PCOS, that you discuss this with your doctor!


Why do I find it difficult to lose weight with PCOS?
PCOS is a chemical or hormone imbalance,which can make it very difficult for sufferers to lose weight. Your body can be insulin resistant and unable to process certain sugars or carbohydrate foods. Your diet should be based on low-sugar, low-carbohydrate, low-fat and protein, but be rich in B vitamins in order for you to be successful.
Some PCOS sufferers have to take medication which, after a period of time, can deplete the body of B vitamins. It is important that you get a well-balanced diet, rich in all vitamins, particularly, B.
Doctors recognise that PCOS sufferers have a slower metabolism than non-sufferers, and recommend a personal diet be prepared to suit your individual metabolism.
30% of PCOS sufferers can also be carbohydrate sensitive and need a personal low-carbohydrate, low-sugar, low-fat, protein diet preparing, to help them lose weight successfully. In our experience we have found that standard diets do not work for PCOS sufferers.


What type of diet is best for PCOS sufferers?
Whether or not you wish to lose weight, the best diet to reduce your symptoms and help with weight loss is a low-fat, low-sugar, low -carbohydrate, protein diet, which has been worked out to suit your individual metabolism and lifestyle.


Because I am insulin resistant, what foods should I be eating and what foods should I be omitting, for a healthier lifestyle?
You should be eating plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. At least five portions of fruit/vegetables each day, is the recommended allowance for health. You should be avoiding ordinary bread, pastas, rice dishes, excess carbohydrates and starches. You should be eating organic food and chemical/additive free foods. You should not be drinking from cans or plastic bottles. Please drink from glass containers. Plastic is high in chemicals, and drinking from plastic containers will not help your chemical/hormonal imbalance.


Should I buy organic foods?
Whenever possible, it is better to eat organic food. If this is not possible, perhaps because of cost or inconvenience, please wash your fruit and vegetables in a solution of one part vinegar to twelve parts water. Then rinse to remove the 'vinegar odour'. Washing this way will help remove more than 10% of the chemicals and pesticides from your food. When you suffer with PCOS, it is important that you keep your food and drinks chemical or additive free. Buying organic is an investment in your health and because it is chemical free, it will not upset the chemical imbalance in your body, which has been created by the PCOS.


What about alcohol when I suffer with PCOS?
When you suffer with PCOS it is important that you do not introduce chemicals or additives, because your already have a hormone or chemical imbalance.
It is better to avoid alcohol altogether because of health reasons, but, if you do wish to have an occasional drink, a small glass red wine can be taken. Red wine contains bio-flavanoids, and is better than white wine or spirits. Try to dilute your wine with lots of water, which will help.


I have cravings for different types of foods, what do you recommend?
If you have cravings, it is because you have gone too long without eating. It is better to eat small and often and split up your meals. Six or eight smaller meals each day will be better than three large meals. Make up some home made soups. Have a bowl of soup before each meal, this will fill you up and stop you feeling hungry, which can cause cravings.

Avoid the starchy, sugar or carbohydrate foods. Your body cannot cope with these foods and eating them will only create more cravings.


Will my PCOS symptoms reduce if I lose weight or eat healthily?
Yes, if you need to lose weight, please do so and your symptoms can be reduced. Eating healthily will always be of benefit to your health. Our research has shown that PCOS sufferers with a weight problem, who lose 24 lbs or more, find that their PCOS symptoms can start to reduce.


What would you recommend for my sweet tooth?
There are lots of products on the market. These are sugar-free jelly, mousse etc. Always check the fat content, because this can also be a problem. We have been advised by a lot of our PCOS ladies that sprinkling cinnamon on your plain cereal can help to stop the cravings for sweet foods.


How can I improve my skin?
Your skin will improve when you eat correctly. Having a balanced diet will not only improve your skin, but can reduce other PCOS symptoms. Drinking plenty of water will help. Taking regular exercise. Splashing water on your face morning and night can improve circulation. Individual skin problems can be addressed to our Skin Expert, Jennifer. Just email her and she will help as much as possible.


Do you recommend vitamin tablets?
No, you can get your vitamins from a healthy diet. Eating well balanced meals and cutting out the foods that are causing your problems, will be sufficient.. If you have an additional health problem that is causing a vitamin deficiency, please ask our team of experts for more personal advice.


Do I need to exercise, and will it help reduce my symptoms?
It is better to exercise. If you have a weight problem, please start with gentle exercise. There is a chart on this website, which give you correct exercises to follow.
Always exercise on an empty stomach, first thing in the morning and last thing at night. If you exercise on an empty stomach, you will burn off calories, because there is not food in your stomach. Research has proven that ladies with PCOS who exercise AFTER FOOD, turn the foods to sugar, which will not help the condition.
Drinking a glass of filtered water before exercise to hydrate your body, will be of benefit.


My hair is going thin and 'patchy' what do you recommend?
Our PCOS sufferers have reported good results by massaging a small amount of olive oil into their damp scalp, after washing their hair. Leave the oil on your hair and wrap in a warm towel for 5 minutes. Rinse off with clean water. Our ladies report that the oil can penetrate the follicle and improve the condition of the hair.


I am very slim, but do have mood swings and other symptoms of PCOS. What advice do you give?

Following a balanced diet, taking plenty of exercise, drinking plenty of filtered water and practising deep breathing exercises can help. If there is a personal problem with PCOS, please advise us and our team will help, if possible.


Is drinking water a good idea?

Yes, provided that the water is filtered, it can cleanse the system and help. Having a glass of water, with a slice of lemon, each morning before you eat and before you exercise, will hydrate your body and cleanse your system. Drinking lemon water during the day will also help.


Can I have low-calorie or other diet drinks?

Anything that contains chemicals, pesticides or additives will not help the PCOS sufferer. Please remember, you have a chemical/hormone imbalance and it is better to eat and drink everything that is fresh and not packaged or containing chemicals.
Filtered water is best.


I constantly feel hungry, why?

Because of your PCOS, there are certain foods that your body cannot tolerate. When you eat these foods, your body cannot handle them, so a signal is sent to your brain that you have not eaten, hence the feeling to eat more.
If you eat healthily, avoiding all the non-permitted foods, you will feel so much better and will not be hungry. Having home-made soups and splitting your meals into small ones will help satisfy the hunger. You can always eat a little extra protein to satisfy the hunger.


Can I eat pre-packed or processed food?

No, it is better to avoid these foods. They can contain chemicals, additives, preservatives, artificial colourings and are best avoided. Please remember, you have a hormone/chemical imbalance and these foods only aggravate your condition.


Can I have microwave meals?

You can eat these meals as long as they are chemical, additive and preservative free. It is also very important that you microwave all meals in a glass container, not through plastic. Microwaving through plastic creates chemicals, which again, aggravate your chemical/hormone imbalance.


from : http://www.pcos-support.org/faqs.htm

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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is a health condition linked with hormonal imbalances and insulin resistance. It can bring about a whole range of symptoms and health problems that can be very distressing for the PCOS sufferer. These symptoms can range from irregular or non-existent periods, excess body and facial hair, acne, weight gain, tiredness, fatigue, depression, hair loss, mood swings, breast pain, abdominal pain, aching joints, dizziness, fertility problems, and an increased tendency to faint.

Research acknowledges that as many as one in four women has PCOS, even though they may not be aware of this fact. Lots of the symptoms can be masked or diagnosed as PMS. Not every woman with PCOS suffers with all the related symptoms. You could have any combination of them to any degree of severity, or even have no obvious symptoms at all except the cysts on your ovaries that give the condition its name. PCOS is believed to be caused by the inability of the ovaries to produce hormones in the right proportions, and PCOS can be diagnosed with an ultrasound scan.
We referred to polycystic ovary syndrome as a “metabolic disorder”. By this we mean that there are numerous factors in basic body processes that have gone awry. Because your body is a unified whole, a problem or dysfunction in one area causes dysfunction in other areas. Polycystic ovary syndrome is a dysfunction that is related in some way to your whole body, not just your ovaries.

For more information:
http://www.ovarian-cysts-pcos.com
http://www.pcos-support.org/what.htm
http://www.soulcysters.com/
http://www.vitaline-slimming.com/


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