pcos....

by Lee
(Augusta, Ga, USA)

Hi Misty! I found your website last eve.

Sounds very interesting as I too believe the wrong foods have been and are being consumed.

I have a hypothyroid (right now on .175 synthoird/5mg cytomel), PCOS (I'm sure you are aware of the MANY issued/problems associated w/ this disease), degenerative disk disease, stenosis, neuralgia (head pain 24/7 in one spot-back right side of head), painfully and thankfully had my gall bladder removed at Easter (18 stones, gangrenes, inflammed) & other issues.

All I have ever gotten from my many doctors over the years is lose weight and you'll be fine.

I was doing an hour a day on the treadmill b4 back surgery in 2002, ate so well I was so sick of it (mainly b/c of the counting) but learned to deal.

Told the neurologist and he had said "no you don't". He said there was no way with my weight (even less then) that I was eating like I said I was or walking that much. He asked how did I even know the amt of calories I was burning. UGH! I said the treadmill reads out your calories, etc. He just kept telling me that I don't walk that much or eat right b/c if I did I wouldn't be as I am. I am thankful he has retired.
Still from my docs that undiagnosed pocs is "you are in a catch 22 w/ a hypothyroid & PCOS", and "eat less fat, eat more veg/fruit". Then told to "watch out for the fruits" and eat basically skinless boneless chicken (which is not bad as I like chicken breasts). Skip steak, etc.

I was informed to take Vit D as it was on the low side & also eat more salt b/c my sodium levels were 3 pts below minimum. Not difficult, I love salt.

The PCOS newsletter I receive gave several things to help the patient so I take Biotin (2 help w/ hair loss) and L-Carnitine to help w/ testosterone levels (I think this is the one that helps w/ that).

In total I take about 8 meds + the above supplements. I can get away w/ not taking about 2-3 as they are for muscle/sleep. But I do have to take sleeping pills often, and even then can't sleep. Mostly due to some form of pain.
But my main concern is weight right now as it makes me feel terrible all over. I can't do much that I used to. (Knee surgery in 2007)
So basically is your plan a really good way of 'dieting'/eating for PCOS. NOTHING works. NOTHING.

I am so tired. Very tired of dealing with it. And I have always been scared of fats/butter(which was always a NO NO).

I always hit a plateau every week.
Thanks in advance

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Jan 02, 2012
Healthy Transitions
by: Misty

Hi Lee
Welcome to Healthy Transitions! I'm so glad you stumbled upon my site.

You know, I see such frustration in your post. Some of it really takes me back to some of my past struggles.

Hungry, sore, tired, no sleep, PCOS, etc. I had all of the symptoms. You are clearly suffering insulin resistance and the subsequent demise that follows.

What is the missing nutrient in your diet? Why it's fat of course. By increasing your fat in the form of natural, traditional fats such as bacon, ghee, coconut oil and olive, you will increase your intake of fat soluble vitamins. These, the most important for healing and regeneration of the cell.

I believe Lee that if you really dig in, follow my recommendations on the PCOS page and change up your exercise to decrease the cardio and work more on weight bearing, yoga, pilates, etc., you will find that your body will begin to respond favorably.

I'm going to recommend you follow something like the Phase I or Paleo plan for optimal results.

I'm here for you Lee. Ask for help any time!

In good health
Misty

Apr 04, 2012
PCOS
by: Kristina

Hi Misty,

I hope that you don't mind that I am putting my say/question underneath this. But since today is the day it actually came back to my mind that I was diagnosed with PCOS years ago, it fits the thread.

Actually, until today, I hadn't realized that PCOS is a diagnose and that I would have to live with it all my life. I was given the noted from the professor who tested my blood, put on a pill for female hormone intake and the note also says "advised to loose weight". Noone said that the condition I had was actually making this harder for me and that it affects my blood sugar levels or that I would have to watch our for Diabetes..

My blood tests were always fairly good (for me having been overweight for pretty much as long as I can remember). I am 31 now. I haven't tried much dieting except for the Dukan diet a while ago. It is no/low carb (a little like Phase 1) but very restricted on fat intake. It actually worked on me, I lost 12kgs but I gained most of it back on when I stopped and fell into my old routine (too much processed food and ready meals).

I will try the Phase 1 now and hope that I will stick to it. I don't mind the no carb rule although I find that carbs help me concentrate better at work in the afternoon. I also need some for my digestion so if I can fit my oat bran porridge into Phase 1, that would be great :) (<- that would be my actual question)

Thanks for making this open to everyone. I am not much into cook books since there are always recipes that you don't like. Having a list of groceries is just perfect for me to experiment with my own cooking.

Thanks again,
Kristina

Apr 09, 2012
Healthy Transitions
by: Misty

Hi Kristina

I can relate so much to your post. I had ovarian cysts at the age of 13 and suffered hypoglycemia most of my life.

I wasnt't diagnosed at that time as PCOS/Insulin Resistant in the 1970's or as far as I know. Of course at the young age of 13, my Mother would have heard the diagnosis but never was diet spoken about.

As far as your diet is concerned, I would say that your porridge might not be a good option until you have really managed your PCOS. Remember, these carbs hit the bloodstream very quickly.

Your carbohydrate should come from vegetable matter and some low glycemic fruits like berries. It does become easier once you become fat adapted. Let your body become a fat burner and that will provide you the energy you need to get through the day.

The mistake of the Dukan diet is the low fat aspect. When you reduce the carbohydrate, you must swap energy sources and your new energy source is fat.

This is just my advice so you do what you feel you need to in order to get to your ultimate goal. It generally takes about 3 days to become "keto-adapted" where you flip that switch so if you begin Phase I during a time that little is required of you, that might make it easier.

Check out my PCOS Page and try to follow some of the supplement advice to better support your success.

I wish you well Kristina!

Misty

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