How I Cured PCOS Naturally
Since my teenage I face the problem of acne, obesity and body hair growth. I was under the wrong impression that once my teenage is over it will be all right. But nope, nothing changed and somewhat all this problems started getting worsen once I hit my twenties.
Due to all these problems I started avoiding people and attending function and parties. Looking at my tensions my first cousin who is a Gynecologist suggested for an Ultrasonography just to clear if Iam suffering from PCOS. I took her suggestion just like that and argued it is just due to wrong food habits and lack of exercise.
We sometimes act like pigeons we want to close our eyes from all the problems and think happily that ours is a perfect world, which actually is not. To cut long story short- she kept on insisting for a check-up and fed-up listening one thing again and again I finally gave my consent for it.
To my disappointment I was diagnosed with PCOS and since then my battle with this monster is on- each and every day I am trying my best to get out of this problem knowing pretty well that actually there is no full and final treatment for this disease- you can only control it but can never eradicate it from your body.
For those who are not aware what is PCOS, let me write here something about it. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a common hormonal disorder caused by imbalance of female sex hormones and it affects a lot many ladies now a days. Most women with PCOS grow many small cysts on their ovaries. That is why it is called Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.
The cysts are not harmful but can lead to hormone imbalances. Unlike normal Ovaries which produce one egg per cycle, Polycystic ovaries contain a large number of harmless cysts up to 8mm in size. The cysts are under-developed sacs in which eggs develop. Often in PCOS, these sacs are unable to release an egg, meaning ovulation doesn’t take place.
Symptoms of PCOS
- Weight gain and trouble losing weight.
- Extra hair on the face and body. Often women get thicker and darker facial hair and more hair on the chest, belly, and back.
- Thinning hair on the scalp.
- Irregular periods thus fertility problems.
Thankfully I have healthy hairs but the problems of acne, body hair growth and obesity were taking a toll on me. So I asked my cousin to suggest me a panacea which will eradicate my PCOS in days but as I’ve mentioned earlier there is no sure shot treatment for PCOS. So she smiled and suggested me to bring some changes in my diet and exercise habit which according to her is one of the best ways to put a control on this dreadful disease.
In this post I am gonna discuss some of the diet changes which helped me in losing 5-6 Kgs of weight within a span of 2-2.5 months, so here we go:
1.Replacing my Paratha in breakfast with Oatmeal:
Remember Quaker’s Oat Advertisement? This ads really control our thinking I tell you…khair jokes apart as per various studies Oats is packed with soluble fiber, which slows the absorption of glucose from food in the stomach — keeping blood-sugar levels under control. A bowl of Oatmeal contains only 129 calories and it also stabilizes blood sugar and keeps Type 2 Diabetes at bay.
2. Consuming lots and lots of fresh fruits and raw vegetables:
Previously when I feel hunger-pangs I turn to my fridge to grab breads, chips or biscuits, but now I have made it a point to choose between an Apple, Carrot or Cucumbers. I know they are not as tasty as the former options but I also know that these are loaded with lots and lots of health benefits. Eating a variety of fruit and vegetables will give you plenty of vitamins and minerals-as many of them are naturally high in folic acid, vitamin C and potassium. They’re also a good source of fiber and antioxidants. Fruit and veggies are also generally low fat, low calorie foods and the best choice to maintain a healthier lifestyle and weight.
3. Eating nuts and dry fruits as snacks:
As like all other people I also love to eat chocolates or sweets to satisfy my sweet tooth but PCOS has teached me that there are certain other sweet options which are healthy too. One such option is fistful dry fruits a day. Dried fruits and nuts are abundant in essential vitamins and minerals and can help you meet your nutritional needs as well as taste needs 😉 They are high in fibre, vitamins and minerals. You can also get essential fatty acids with these nuts which are essential for the over-all well being of the body.
4. Substituting Red Meat with Chicken dishes and fish:
I love Non-veg food and previously I was like eating red meat 3-4 times a week but later after reading at several places about its harmful effects I substitute the same with Chicken and Fish An outstanding source of nutrition is fresh fish and Chicken- rich in high-quality lean protein and low in carbs, they are one of the best dietary sources of vitamin D and magnesium. Low levels of vitamin D and have been associated problems related to PCOS, including infertility, weight gain, and insulin resistance.
5.Eating Protein rich diet:
Previously I was mainly having rich in Carbs diet but now a days I have switched to Protein rich diets . I am taking 2 egg whites and a bowl of daal (pulses) daily for my Protein intake. Protein is beneficial in PCOS as it fills you and preserves muscle and lean body mass which can keep metabolism up. It also aids in stabilizing blood sugar levels and stabilizing blood sugar levels.
So this is all about the food habit changes which I am practicing since last 4-5 months. Believe me it is very difficult to ditch all those tasty and fried food items for the healthier options, but these changes really works. Once you get used to it and can control your cravings managing weight becomes some-what easier.
Unfortunately, women with PCOS often have a harder time losing weight than other women so we need to give an extra effort to keep our weight in check. But we should also set realistic targets and should always keep in mind changes in weight will not happen overnight. Improving our diet and developing and maintaining a healthy diet intake habit are important parts of losing weight, feeling better and controlling PCOS, but they all take time.
So ladies gear up with all your determinations and plan a diet for yourself that will help you in conquering this disease.
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