PCOS, or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Affects about one in ten women. Unfortunately, it typically goes undiagnosed. It can start with the onset of puberty, but it sometimes is not even diagnosed until a woman’s reproductive years, especially found when a woman has gone years unable to get pregnant.
It’s symptoms include:
- Irregular Periods
- Unexplained Weight Gain
- Difficulty Getting Pregnant
By implementing a certain diet, or healthier lifestyle, will help combat the issues that come with PCOS. So, it is important to understand that the PCOS diet plan is absolutely not a fad diet. It will not result in a huge weight loss, but instead will allow your body to be the healthiest it can be.
IT’S A LIFESTYLE DIET
If you decided you want to make the commitment to change your lifestyle and implement this diet, you will lose weight, you will regain energy you lost, and, if you are combating the Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome your symptoms will decrease. Many who eat following this plan don’t consider it to be a diet, but a way of life.
So, to begin your diet plan, you will need to start with a raw food cleanse. You will follow this for two weeks. This will help you reduce your cravings for sugars and unhealthy food, increase your energy, improve health, and detoxify your body. You will rid your body of chemicals and toxins that have impacted your health and affected the way your body functions. By starting fresh, you are giving your body a chance to heal itself, and also giving your body the vital nutrients that it so needs to start anew.
You won’t go hungry during this raw food cleanse, because you are allowed to eat as many vegetables as you want. But, remember to pay attention and to only eat until you are full, not stuffed. You will eat eggs, nuts, seeds, non-starchy vegetables, leafy greens, and fruit.
AFTER THE CLEANSE
After the first two weeks, you should be feeling more energy, have less cravings, have lost a few pounds and most of all, just a significant feeling of being healthier in general. Now that you’re past the first two weeks, it’s important to note that you do NOT want to go back to your old eating habits. It really isn’t worth it.
To continue on the diet, you will need to eat a balanced diet of fruits and vegetables, eat three small meals per day as well as incorporating three healthy snacks in. You should eat lean protein, like fish and chicken. Eat very limited complex carbohydrates, at no more than two servings a day. Try to eat hormone free meat and dairy products. And as for the fruits and vegetables, try as hard as you can to eat only organic or produce that is locally grown.
Do not drink soda, consume processed carbohydrates like cookies, chips, and white bread. Reduce your caffeine consumption to no more than two cups a day, and do not consume alcohol, as your body is unable to process it effectively.
As with any diet plan, talk to your doctor first to discuss if this is right for you. And, it is important to point out that you should always incorporate a work-out plan into your daily life, whether or not you’re on a diet. Light weight lifting, toning and cardio work best to help keep your metabolism up. A new, healthy you awaits with the PCOS diet. To get updated news and contact others people sharing the same experiences, you can join to the FB group:
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