Nutrition and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

– When talking to women
with PCOS about nutrition, one of the first things
I recommend that they do is to antioxidize themselves. Fruits that are one of
Mother Nature’s most potent anti-inflammatory chemicals. Antioxidants are your body’s
seekers and destroyers. They specialize in
scavenging damaging chemicals that encourage aging. When choosing fruits, choose fruits that are deeper in color. Generally they have a
higher antioxidant content. These fruits would include
blueberries, cherries, pomegranates, and strawberries. It is important to keep
your blood sugar stable, and that will help reduce
carbohydrate cravings. Refuel your body frequently and spread your meals or snacks
evenly throughout the day. Remember to eat every three to five hours. And at each meal or snack,
include a carbohydrate, a protein, and a healthy fat. Remember to moderate your meat intake. A diet high in protein
will promote inflammation. Keep your serving size
of protein to the size of the palm of your hand and remember, choose lean animal protein,
red meat, poultry, and fish. You might even want to try
an occasional vegetarian meal of beans, lentils, hummus, or tofu, as a way of increasing
protein in your diet without encouraging inflammation. It is important to have
fat in your meal plan and choosing healthy
fats are an important way of balancing your diet. Choose fats such as olive oil, canola oil, peanut oil, avocados and
olives, nuts and seeds, and peanut butter and nut butters. Remember to watch the portion size as they are very high in calories. A word about whole grains. Low carbohydrate diets
are often recommended for women with PCOS. Carbohydrates are frequently referred as bad or good carbs, and
associated with weight gain. When seeking carbohydrates,
choose whole grain breads, pastas, cereals, and crackers, and remember to monitor your portion size. I teach a series, Gaining Control of PCOS. The program will not cure PCOS, but it is designed to empower women to make lifestyle and eating changes to reduce or minimize PCOS symptoms. The program provides sound
nutrition information based on evidence-based research. Since PCOS is not a perfect disease, there is not one perfect treatment. In series one, we talk about
signs and symptoms of PCOS, various medications used in treating the symptoms for PCOS,
balanced meal planning and meal patterns, and
ways to reduce stress and emotional eating. In series two, we look at the
different types of fats that are in our diet and focusing
on omega-three fatty acids. We tell the truth about carbohydrates and learn how to read a label. After the series, there’s
a 30-minute individual nutrition consult with the dietician, where women can meet with the dietician to discuss their individual
nutritional needs. Gaining control of PCOS
will not cure PCOS. It was designed to empower
women to make lifestyle and eating changes to reduce or minimize polycystic
ovarian syndrome symptoms.

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