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12/13/12 12:33 A

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In addition to having PCOS, I also have to live gluten-free, so I have to be very careful of the things I eat. With all the research I have done, I have narrowed down something that seems to work for me. The good complex carbs I eat include quinoa, buckwheat, amaranth, brown rice, and millet (which are the ingredients of most of the gluten-free products I purchase). I also eat a plethora of fat-free, low sugar items and legumes like lentils, navy beans, and lima beans. I also stick with fruit like Kiwi and tart berries for the additional health benefits. With the exercise I do (walking and stretching due to my physical limitations) and the food I am consuming, I have been able to lose about 50 lbs since the end of July. It has been tremendously hard work (as anyone on this site well knows), but I am finally feeling hopeful that I have found the combination of things that works for me.

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12/10/12 10:51 A

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Personally I've found that managing my PCOS with complex carbs, and organic/additive free meat is the best way to go. I'm not critical of vegetables and I eat those freely. I am a little more careful with fruits because of the natural sugar in them and the link between PCOS and insulin resistance. I was able to get pregnant with diet and exersice as well as some vitamins.

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11/20/12 10:21 A

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From the research that I've done and from my experience, I believe that its good for you to eat lots of good carbs such as whole grains, whole vegetables and whole fruits. I also shy away from meat and dairy. The general rule that I try to stick to is to avoid animal products and processed products as much as possible.

So, the staples of my diet end up being fruits and vegetables (the lower starch ones mostly), beans and lentils, and whole grains like rice, cous cous, quinoa and barley. Here is a meal plan I just came across with recipes along these lines... http://pcrm.org/kickstartHome/mealplan/mea
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I've heard many people, including doctors, tell me to drastically limit carbs and to eat lots of dairy and meat. I disagree. And if you read the work of Dr. Ornish, Dr. Esselstyn, Dr. Hyman they and others are all in agreement that eating a mostly plant-based and whole foods diet is the way to make and keep your metabolism healthy.

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ELLEYKAT's Photo ELLEYKAT Posts: 438
11/20/12 8:38 A

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Thanks! That's very helpful! I think I'm going to start by changing my goals in a similar way, to make carbs 40-45% of my diet, instead of 50-55%, and see how that works out for me. Thanks again so much! :)

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11/19/12 5:29 P

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I was diagnosed w/ PCOS this past summer. Like you I dove into the research. My goal is to do what I can with lifestyle changes to avoid medication. (I do not want to concieve) I think you got it wrong with 30g of carbs. After the research that I did I altered my diet and it has helped. I have gotten away from SparkPeople and my weight loss has sufferred. (I need to get serious and back to it.)

What I have read is that carbs should be 40-45 percent of what you consume. (good carbs, not the refined stuff) The recommendation for people without PCOS is 55 percent from carbs. 55% is the default setting for carbs on the SP Nutrition Tracker. I went in and changed/edited my nutrition goals so that the break down in the nutrition tracker was set at 45% carbs, 30% protein, and 25% fats. (I eat very little saturated fats so I do not mind having the calories from fats a little higher - no cholestoral issues for me.)

I have my calorie goal at between 1200 - 1550. That means keeping carbs below the 135 - 175 grams range.

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11/19/12 1:55 P

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I was diagnosed with PCOS a week ago, after 6 months of trying to conceive and having no period AND no positive pregnancy tests. So of course I start researching PCOS like crazy mad.

I've been a member of SparkPeople for a long time, and had managed to lose almost 40 lbs last year... Until randomly in February I just quit trying, and I've gained it all back plus a little extra cushion in the 9 months since then. I'm 27 years old, 5'4", and I weigh 235 lbs. So yes, I'm morbidly obese. When the doctor told me to lose 5-7% of my bodyweight to help the Clomipehene she'd prescribed work better, I said "No, I don't need to see a nutritionist. I know what to do."

HOWEVER - in my many many researches into PCOS and how to deal with it naturally, I'm seeing two conflicting things:
Lots of articles seem to be saying go with a low-carb diet, eliminate "white" carbs and sweeteners, only eat 30g of carbs a day (um, is that even possible?)
Another article or three I saw said to elimiate MEAT as much as possible from your diet, because something about meat and testosterone, etc. etc.

SO. When these articles and blogs and websites are talking about eating a low carb diet, are they talking about limiting ALL carbs? Or are they mostly talking about refined carbs? Because I love me some fruit, and brown rice. And 30g of carbs is, like, an apple and a banana and you're done. Forget about having a glass of milk. And then you're supposed to eat lots of protein and very low carbs, but no meat. How does that work?

I can eliminate refined carbs (white flour, white rice, processed sugar) from my diet, no problem. (Well ok, small amount of problem, but it's doable and doable for the long term.) Elimiating carbs completely is a different matter - is it still OK to eat yams and apples and carrots and oranges and...??? Please help!

Does anyone have some clarification for me on this issue?

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