Diet & PCOS

Refined carbohydrates, gluten, and essentially high GI (Glycaemic Index) foods, are the real culprits for the PCOS sufferer. Gosh…so wetin we go chop?! Sand?? LOL! I kid. It’€™s all about discipline and keeping your eye on the prize. Whilst it might be hard, we just need to bear in mind the world of good we will be doing our bodies. When we eat foods that keep our bodies in balance, they begin to function better, fertility inclusive!

Foods to avoid

So what are these foods exactly? Gluten, which can affect the body’s absorption of vital nutrients and vitamins, is found in grains such as barley (especially as found in malt), wheat, barley, and rye. Foods to avoid include white rice, white bread, potatoes, pastries, etc.

Others include dairy and soy products, saturated fats (as found in red meat), and hydrogenated fats (as found in cooked oil, margarine and processed foods). Many doctors will recommend a low GI (Glycaemic Index) diet of wholegrain, unprocessed foods for PCOS management. Foods with a high GI result in a spike in blood sugar levels, and thus insulin.

Safe Foods

These include such naturally gluten-free ones as unprocessed eggs, meat, fish, fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, etc. Others include low GI foods including fruits (specifically low GI fruits like apples, grapes, grapefruit, pears, coconuts, oranges, plums, apricots), green leafy vegetables, healthy fats (as found in avocado, olive oil, oily fish, etc.), coloured and white vegetables (brightly coloured vegetables are a rich source of anti-oxidants), etc.

vegetables

The general rule is to opt for wholegrain foods instead of refine; whole fruit instead of fruit juice; high fibre foods, which manage insulin levels by causing a slower, more controlled rise in blood sugar; and generally eating small and healthy meals to manage cravings.