Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) sufferer Michaela has lost a massive 17kg* and is sharing her Healthy Mummy journey to help others with the condition realise their potential.
If I can do it, you most certainly can too!
Today I am sharing with you a piece on polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).
I hope you can take away from it what you need. I cannot stress enough that I am not a professional in PCOS. This is just what has helped me and what I understand to be true.
The topic comes up in the private Facebook support group a lot with women seeking advice as to what works for others. Some questions include: “Does Healthy Mummy work for someone with PCOS” and “How much weight and in what time frame have people lost it in”.
First of all I want to say yes it is doable. Secondly, yes Healthy Mummy is the answer to successful weight loss.
Healthy Mummy’s low GI diet plans and exercise plans are exactly what someone with PCOS should be introducing into their everyday. For me personally, I need healthy nutritious foods AND exercise combined together to maintain steady weight loss.
I LOVE the 28 Day weight loss Challenges! They are healthy and nutritious meal plans that are completely customisable to suit your needs and daily exercises to incorporate into every day.
Understanding Your Body With PCOS
There are many factors involved with PCOS and I’m not going to go into everything as I’d be here all day. Here are some that have been useful for me to help understand my body better.
1. What foods are best for those with PCOS?
As mentioned before a low GI diet is best for PCOS. Foods that are full of nutritional value that will fuel your body. Think wholefoods that are natural, fruits, vegetables, fibre and protein. If you have processed or refined sugars in your diet then ditch them.
2. Does your diet have too many added hormones in it?
As some may be aware, added hormones/chemicals are not good for our bodies, let alone someone with PCOS. The condition is usually linked with a hormonal imbalance. Doing what you can to help your hormone levels really helps symptoms as well as aiding in weight loss.
I know a major thing for me was finding out that dairy has the hormone IGF-1 (Insulin Growth Factor 1) in it. Since reducing added hormones in my diet and limiting dairy products to a bare minimum, my PCOS symptoms have improved greatly.
I saw a noticeable change in my weight when doing so and my hormone imbalance has improved too. The Healthy Mummy Smoothie is dairy-free and uses non-genetically modified soy protein isolate which is free of all oestrogen and hormones.
3. Do you have insulin resistance?
For those who don’t know (I sure wasn’t informed of this before looking into it) – PCOS is closely linked with insulin resistance or at least heightened insulin levels compared to those who don’t have PCOS.
Higher insulin in our bodies due to resistance or similar can lead to more fat being stored. This is because our bodies are not processing the insulin as effectively as it should.
High insulin levels can play mayhem on our bodies leading to those glorious symptoms we all hate. These include increased hair growth, weight gain, skin tags, fatty liver and high cholesterol, polycystic ovaries as well as an irregular menstrual cycle.
4. So what do we know?
- I believe following a low GI diet such as what is on offer from the Healthy Mummy programs is exactly what a PCOS diet should be incorporating.
- You should eat regularly to keep blood sugar levels stable. This means lots of protein, healthy fats, fibre and avoid processed foods and refined sugars.
- Try to incorporate 30 minutes of exercise 5 times a week or as much as you can.
What Has Worked For Me
1. Introducing the Healthy Mummy low GI plans and ditching the high GI foods that I was eating previously. I love the 28 Day weight loss Challenges because the weekly meal planner is completely customisable. This means meals are easily adjustable to suit all dietary needs.
The reason I am now following this is due to information I have read and also researched from www.pcosdietsupport.com Please note before going on any type of restrictive diet speak to a professional. I am not and nor do I claim to be a professional in PCOS this is just what works for me.
2. With breakfast and most lunches sorted with a Healthy Mummy Smoothie, adding in small snacks and eating a healthy nutritious dinner was simple. It helps keep my metabolism going as well as keeping my blood sugar levels stable.
3. Introducing regular exercise into my daily routine. This includes incidental exercises, daily walking, 28 Day Challenge exercises as well as the Healthy Mummy Post Pregnancy DVD.
4. I love the 28 Day Challenges due to the HIIT daily exercise as well as the new introduction of the Pilates. A great variety that really gets your heart rate up.
5. Understanding my body with PCOS and being aware what is best for it and what will ultimately help not hinder where I want to be.
Some Advice From A Fellow PCOS Sufferer
- Do not let PCOS define your journey! I have never once let PCOS get in my way to where I have wanted to be on my weight-loss journey.
- It can be damn hard compared to the next person. Yes sometimes you will want to throw in the towel because it all seems too hard. But don’t.
- Do not get disheartened by little results. Whether it be on the scales, measurements or non-scale victories, these results are getting you one step closer to where you want to be.
- Do your research on PCOS, ask your GP or even speak to a naturopath. Find out what PCOS means for you and your body and what steps you need to take.
- You are worth it. You are most certainly worth spending the time on to make you the best version you can be.
- You need this more than you know and you can do this. A little belief can take you a long way so start believing in yourself.
YOU CAN AND YOU WILL DO IT!
I wish you all the luck in the world and I truly believe you can and will smash it out of the ball park.
PCOS is NOT what defines you, you are the creator of your own journey.
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