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9/8/12 10:03 P

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I may not be eating enough food. I had gone down to 1200 cals per day and nothing was happening until I raised my cals to 1700.

My ratios are about 40% protein and 30% for fat and 30% for carbs.

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9/8/12 9:43 P

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My dietitian who specializes in PCOS told me women with PCOS should generally have 40% or fewer of their daily calories come from carbs. I weigh 166 lbs and she said I should start aiming for 1800 calories a day and 80g protein a day. She said fats are better than carbs, and fructose is the #1 thing to avoid. Her main goal is that I consume more protein. I was surprised how much she's going to let me eat, but she said doing a super low calorie diet would only make my metabolism worse, and women with PCOS should aim to lose 0.5 lbs a week, although she said with all the weight challenges of PCOS, any loss at all is good.

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9/3/12 9:32 P

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I'm doing about 90-135 carbs per day. Depending on how many calories for the day. I do a lot of HiiT workouts and I didn't seem to benefit from going very low carb.
I'll try this for a week or two and see how it goes.

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8/22/12 6:52 A

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last week I lost only 1lb, but I've got all my measuring items this week, so I am measuring what I eat now :) I am hoping for a couple pound loss with weigh in on Monday :)

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8/21/12 9:23 P

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I take 1tsp dissolved in 8oz warm water before a meal about twice a day. Usually morning and night. Some people also dissolved 2tsp in a water bottle and sip throughout the day. It just depends what's more convenient for you. Just always make sure it it dissolved in water and don't drink it straight. Water needs to be double the amount of AV minimum.

I really do think it is helping. My sugar/carb ravings went down substantially after a few days and I noticed my skin isn't as dry and itchy also.

Good luck with the diet, you can do it! :D

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8/21/12 9:15 P

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You guys are great!

Steffanie--(sorry I think I spelled that wrong & can't see it now)
I did look up about the ACV. Looks like valid studies too. Do you take your teaspoon b4 a meal? From sources I read it was either: A) take a tsp. 3x a day before a meal or B) take a tablespoon before bed. Just wondered which you did?

I'm going to stay where I am right now on carbs and diet because this is already a big change/challenge for me but I know I will need to tweek. I'm intrigued w/ Paleo concepts. It's very much like the "prey model" diet I use for my dog in a way.

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8/21/12 7:52 P

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I still eat whole wheat products, but not a lot of them. One piece of toast with breakfast of maybe one serving of pasta for dinner. Everything else I eat is protein or vegetables for the most part. I think it's working quite well!

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8/21/12 4:41 P

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I like to make a HUMONGOUS salad for lunches :)

I usually do 1 cup of romaine lettuce, 1 cup of baby spinach, 1-2 cups of chopped veggies (onion, carrots, celery, peppers, broccoli, tomatoes etc.) 1/4 cup of trail mix (almonds, cranberries, sunflower and pumpkin kernels) and sliced/diced/shredded leftover protein like grilled chicken, steak, ground turkey, tuna or sometimes boiled egg. Top it off with a homemade olive oil and lemon dressing. YUMMY!!

Making tacos using lettuce wraps is yummy too. Just need a big piece of romaine or iceberg lettuce.

Breakfast I usually do some sort of omelet with sausage or bacon and a cup of berries. Dinner is usually grilled/baked/bbq meat or fish with steamed veggies or salad. I just go with whatever I have in the kitchen. Leftovers make great soups/stews/salads.

One tip that has helped me is to immediately chop up veggies and salad/snack fixings as well as marinade meat (usually olive oil and apple vinegar) after we get back from the grocery store and put them in containers in the fridge/pantry etc. That way putting together meals is super quick. I can make a salad in less than two minutes now lol!

Hope that helps! :D

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8/21/12 3:51 P

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I too am beginning to change to a low-carb lifestyle. A suggetion I received from a nutritionist I was seeing, who had PCOS herself, suggested that I follow the American Diabetes Assoc. diets - that esentailly PCOS and diabetes require a similar diet. It is beneficial because our insuline resistance can lead to diabetes, so we're killing two birds with one low-carb stone!!

Would some of you be willing to share a day's menu? I have some low-carb breakfast and dinner ideas, but I'm totally stuck on what to have for lunch {besides left over dinner}!!

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8/21/12 12:56 P

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Awesome! How's it going for you? I lost 6 lbs this last week but I didn't even get really strict with my diet like I am this week. I def cut back on the processed foods last week but I had some grains here and there. But I feel so much better, it's crazy.

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8/21/12 7:33 A

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I'm the same, transitioning to a Paleo type eating and trying to stay under 80g a day.

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8/20/12 10:02 P

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I need to lose about 100 lbs so I am staying under 75-80g carbs per day. I started following the primal/paleo diet which eliminates ALL grains/legumes/processed foods. At first, this sounds extreme since the standard American diet suggests we consume 60-65% of our daily calories from whole grains/carbs... which is just insane!

All grains (even whole grains and gluten free) and legumes (beans, lentils, peas, peanuts) are very high in carbohydrates and carbs turn to glucose/sugar in our body, whether they absorb more slowly or not they eventually turn to sugar. The sugar spikes our insulin and causes all sorts of damage to our bodies, starting in the gut. Which in turn causes a huge long list of ailments.

Women with PCOS need to control their insulin levels and this is done most effectively by monitoring carb intake, even limiting fruits. An average person doesn't need to consume more than 150g carbs per day (athletes would need more), in fact the human body doesn't need carbs because our bodies will use fat as energy instead of sugar (as it was meant to).

Just remember that if you are eating less carbs you need to uptake your fat/protein... but healthy proteins and saturated fats (butter, olive oil, coconut oil, animal fats, fish, nuts, omega 3s).

For example, I aim for 75g carbs or less with around 100g protein and 80-90g saturated fat which come out to around 1400-1600 calories per day. I eat lots of veggies, lean meats, some dairy and nuts/seeds/fruit as snacks and I feel fuller longer and healthier. Getting over the initial carb withdrawal takes a few weeks but I can almost guarantee you will overcome it and your cravings will go away. I know it's hard but it's possible :)

Taking raw fermented apple cider vinegar (I know, sounds gross) everyday has really helped me too (with sugar cravings especially). 1-2 tsp dissolved in 8-16oz warm water daily. The ACV helps restore your alkaline levels and reduces carb/sugar cravings and a whole other list of ailments. Do a quick google search, you'd be amazed at what it does! It's supposed to be as effective as Metformin, which I had to stop taking because of how ill it made me.

I've read lots of articles on women who have cured their PCOS by following a paleo/primal diet. Worth checking out. There are a few groups/teams on here.

Good luck!! We can beat this girls!

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8/20/12 9:07 P

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We're in the same boat right now! I'm averaging about 70g of carbs per day but my fat levels have been kind of high too. I am just focusing on veggies, whole weight and lean protein and so far I've lost 24 pounds in less than a month. I definitely think its working out. I guess according to my research "PCOS patients suffering from obesity should aim for about 40 percent of calories as carbs, 30 percent protein and 30 percent fat."


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8/20/12 8:45 P

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So I have been trying to reduce carbs from my diet. I've been averaging about 110 grams daily. I have noticed I do have less carb & sweet cravings! :) But then when I do my spark daily report I notice almost 50% of my calories are from fat. I guess they have to come somewhere though. ? Just wondering from you where you keep your daily carbs & how your fat percentages look. Trying to figure this out & your experience would be appreciated. :)

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