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7/9/10 11:27 A

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WVMOMof2,
I do hope that you find an answer to your situation soon. I am proud of you for continuing to be so diligent without seeing change yet. I doubt that I would have been able to keep from giving up. Even if you have not lost weight, it does sound like you have been good to your body and that will pay off in the long term! Good Job!

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6/25/10 10:16 A

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I have a good friend who has PCOS, then a daughter with Gluten allergies. She has done a ton of research on not only gluten allergies, but casien affects on the body as well. Casien is basically in milk products and it's been shown that minimizing it can help kids/people with autism. With cutting that out she has lost a bunch of weight. I keep pondering the gluten, but haven't taken the jump yet. I do minimize my carbs and have added carb counting to my nutrient counts here on Spark to help me keep an eye on that. Good luck! It's tough, but feeling better is so worth it!

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6/7/10 11:24 A

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WVMOMof2,
That was me, my scale is now moving` Found out I was gluten intolerant and life changed within days, and the scale has started to move, but before that I could feel the change and it showed in my clothes two weeks before that scale started to move! Check out a few of my blogs, many of the symptoms I thought I was destined to live with are gone, and it has only been one month to the day. My hair is growing again and health is coming back to me by leaps and bounds and the inches and pounds are going down!!! It is not hard going gluten free, the husband and kids have seen such a change in me, they have decided to avoid gluten also! Have seen some positive changes in everyone's moods;) It is a free experiment and just takes a little detective work to get used to what has wheat / gluten in it and what doesn't... a good meal we had the other day was steak, salad and chocolate covered strawberries & ice tea:) was yummy.... another night was tacos and black cherry jello with fruit in it and whip cream and strawberries....another night was grilled garlic chicken with roasted veggies, salad and chocolate for desert....I'm not depriving myself and I haven't even started exercising yet!!! That exercising starts today, gave myself a month to start to heal from the Celiac / gluten intolerance... give it a try, google Celiac Disease or gluten intolerance... it's worth a try!!! emoticon



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4/22/10 1:21 A

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Aha! That probably explains it - the range SparkPeople suggest is way too high for most people with insulin resistance, such as PCOS sufferers. Everyone is different and it's difficult to guess what might work for you, but as a guide let me tell you what I do for carbs:

60 - 100g a day, split as follows:

Breakfast: 2 eggs with half a slice of toast or porridge made from 1/6th cup of rolled oats. This is about 8 grams of carbohydrates.

Morning Tea - Smoothie made with half an apple or half a banana, 1/2 tablespoon of psyllium pre soaked in a glass of water for 5 minutes of so, a handful of berries and a bit of stevia, plus a few ice cubes and a scoop of Acai powder or Vitamin C powder or green tea powder (surprisingly - it tastes good, especially with banana), maybe some cinnamon and/or nutmeg. This has between 10-12 grams carbohydrates, depending upon the size of the apple.


Lunch - Large salad with protein - chopped chicken, turkey, roast beef, smoked salmon etc. I also usually mix through a little bit of quinoa or chickpeas or lentils etc to make up 10-15 grams of carbohydrates.

Afternoon Tea: A glass of kefir. Negligible carbohydrates.

Dinner: Usually steamed, but sometimes baked or stirfried vegetables with about 30 grams of protein. This might be 150 g of steak, chicken or a lamb chop. Fish is also an excellent source of protein, especially cod. The vegetables here usually add up to 20-25 g carbohydrates. I very rarely eat potato as just half a large potato would blow my entire carbohydrate allowance and I'd rather have a plate full of veges instead.

I've entered all this into spark people for today and posted a copy on my website if you want to see what the nutritional breakdown of this looks like: mypcos.info/1/treatments/exercise-nu
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Complex carbohydates is an often misused term. Technically white bread, white rice etc are complex carbohydrates ... essentially anything that is not a simple sugar, that is made up of a chain of more than one glucose molecule is a complex carbohydrate.

The important thing with PCOS is to eat foods which are low on the Glycaemic Index www.glycemicindex.com/ low being under 55. These foods will typically be the least processed varieties, with more of the natural fibre retained in them. To use potatoes as an example, a baked potato with the skin on has a GI value of 69, considerably lower than if you were to peel it and just eat the middle - the GI is then 98. Whilst potatoes still don't fall into the low GI category (though the Nicola comes close at GI of 58 when boiled whole with the skin on) there is still an enormous difference between skin on and skin off. Likewise the difference between jasmine rice (GI= 89) and brown rice (GI=66) is significant.

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

Leader of Managing PCOS Naturally www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
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4/21/10 1:20 P

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I am only eating complex carbs and I'm tracking them. I try to stay within my daily amount given to me here on Sparkpeople. I do have my healthy fats (usually olive oil) and I'm drinking lots of water. I am completely baffled. It feels like I'm just destined to be overweight my whole life. This week I lowered my calories a little and I'm putting in a little more exercise just to see if it makes a difference. If there is still no weight loss this week, I'll have to go see my dr.

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BELROSA's Photo BELROSA Posts: 697
4/21/10 11:28 A

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Hi there! I used to be in this situation as well. Are you tracking your carbohydrates as well? What % of your calories comes from carbohydrates? What types of foods do you use for carbohydrates? Are you getting enough protein and healthy fats?


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

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4/21/10 11:08 A

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I'm very frustrated. From January to now I have gained 3 pounds while daily tracking my caloric intake and diligently exercising. I feel like I should make an appt with my doctor but which one? Do I talk about this with my endocrinologist?

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