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3 Foods To Avoid When You Have PCOS

Today, I forced myself to examine my diet because my efforts for the past few weeks are so ineffective. I realized that although I did try to limit my food intake, I didn’t really go out of my way to eat healthier. With PCOS and my insulin resistance, I should seriously avoid foods that can only aggravate my PCOS symptoms particularly insulin resistance.

With rice as a staple in my family meals, it’s hard for me to avoid carbohydrates and all the other food items that I need to consume in moderation. But from today onwards, I will try to avoid the following food items in my diet:

1.    Sweets – I have successfully dealt with my craving for chocolates, cake and even ice cream. After avoiding these for so long, I noticed that I no longer have the urge to eat it every now and then. But my biggest challenge would be in the form of liquid sweets like powdered juice drinks, shakes and even soda. Somehow I feel so refreshed after drinking these sweetened drinks. I need to relearn how to appreciate water – it’s good for the body and it doesn’t have all the glucose and the calories that I’m trying to avoid.

2.    White Rice – This one is going to be hard to avoid. Our family meal is never complete without rice. This type of rice is among the carbohydrates with a high glycemic index, and I should seriously avoid having it three times a day! Before I had my daughter, I was able to achieve dramatic weight loss results because I avoided it at all costs. It’s so hard to get back on my diet before, but I know that it’s the only way to go about this weight loss goal.

3.    White Bread
– This is another culprit in my diet. With my local bakery having only this type of bread readily available, I need to purchase a healthier alternative at a mall. I know that eating healthy also entails a bigger allocation in my weekly food budget. If only I have access to affordable, fresh and organic produce like the other countries. Sigh!

For now, my focus will be on slowly eradicating these items on my diet. In the coming days, I will try to look for healthier alternatives so that I can move forward with my weight loss plan. If you happen to have any suggestions, they are mostly welcome here!

5 Responses to “3 Foods To Avoid When You Have PCOS”

  1. Sunny says:

    Well, I’m happy to have inspired you! I can’t help you too much on the sweets :) I try to stick to homemade (where I can adjust the sugar, etc) or really dark chocolate (which my husband and I both love)! I’ve never liked soda and have gotten away from fruit juice. A transitional thing for you might be to purchase soda water or seltzer water and put a small amount of fruit juice in as flavoring. This would give you the fizz of soda and sweet taste? What country do you live in? I have nearly cut all rice, white or brown, out of my diet by replacing it with quinoa. It’s a bit more expensive but equally tasty and high in protein. My husband and extended family have really enjoyed the change and it can be used for a hot breakfast or in any situation that you would use rice. As to the last item…I quit eating bread altogether. I just can’t eat a little bit :) I don’t crave sandwiches hardly at all anymore. In general, I try to avoid wheat altogether…this is hard considering one of my weekend relaxations would be to make bread at home! My husband still makes it for himself in a bread machine and that’s difficult but somewhat better. Because I do try to avoid wheat I use corn tortillas sometimes but even that usually isn’t worth it. Not everything has to be organic (I work for a state department of agriculture) but increasing fresh or frozen veggies organic or otherwise is helpful and will teach your daughter a wonderful lifelong lesson…she’s probably at higher risk for PCOS anyways. Possibly learning to eat well now will help her a lot in the long run!

    PS. Is there a way to add the ability for people to subscribe to the comments like on some other websites? If I can provide any support, suggestions or advise, please feel free to contact me at my personal email address. I would love to have a PCOS penpal :)

  2. Jane Heiza says:

    Thank you very much for your suggestions. I am based in the Philippines, and it’s a challenge to eat without the carbs that we are so accustomed to eating. I will try to find soda water here though. I just hope its available because I just love my juices. With regards to giving up bread and rice, it’s one major adjustment in my diet to give them all up. I was able to do it before, but now it is just so hard. I am very inspired by your self-control and I just hope that I can borrow it for awhile =)

    With regards to dark chocolate, I guess those are better than indulging with sweet from juices and even shakes. I know that I am doing this all wrong, and I still have a long way to go but I badly want this controlled. I really appreciate your insights. I know these must have been effective for you considering that you were able to deal with your weight issues. It must be so empowering, I am proud of you. I will try to figure out the email thing that you suggested. I guess it would really help in terms of getting in touch. I surely appreciate a PCOS penpal too. Thank you for taking the time to share your experiences. =)

  3. Sunny says:

    Jane- By no means is my self control perfect! It’s a day to day struggle :) It helps me to be able to inspire you and inspires me to do what I suggest. I am really feeling good about our discussions. Thanks!

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  5. Jane Heiza says:

    Our eating habits are not really the healthiest. We have rice in most meals and it is always paired with meat! I need to migrate elsewhere LOL! My self-control is on the verge of extinction after I lost all hope. I need to rebuild it. Oh it’s so hard. Thank you very much for your words of encouragement. A personal trainer or a dietitian would have given up on me, LOL!

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