This is a diet to help me help myself.
I have polycystic ovary syndrome (I'm actually proud of myself for telling you this because most of these type of posts end up on my secret blog where things don't actually get published... I'm working on it though and I guess this is step one).
Hi, my name is D.P. and I have PCOS.
There are a TON of symptoms that accompany this and I'm fortunate enough to not have to battle my weight to the extreme that some do or buy very expensive creams to keep the hair from growing on my face. (Hirsutism aka facial hair is another symptom of PCOS, due to the increased testosterone that the woman's body makes.)
What I do have and it kills me is adult acne. Some serious horrible acne. I have never known clear skin. I am already getting 'fine lines and wrinkles' and still have acne!!! Not exactly the way I had hoped I'd look in my mid to late (gasp!) twenties.
There are a lot of medicines that I can take for this, but they come with side effects too, some of which are intolerable or unhealthy for me right now.
So.... the next step is my diet.
Women with PCOS are often insulin resistant, pre-diabetic or even diabetic (hence the weight-loss battle). Last time I had my blood sugar checked, I was fine, nothing to be worried about, but my doc said, 'skip that cookie after dinner and be careful of your carbs'. I kept that in my mind for several months and then I think I buried that thought with cookie crumbs and forgot it all together. Skip to present, my skin is awful!!! I don't have proof that it is from all the holiday cookies, treats and other carby, sugary bites that I may or may not have eaten this past month, but I'm thinking it is probably one of the factors.
A low sugar, low carb diet can help a woman with PCOS with lots of issues, even possibly fertility, but I'm going to start it today in hopes that my skin starts to look a little more like that of a twenty-something and a little less like that of a 13 year-old going through puberty.
Goodbye bagels & biscuits. Hello salads and green beans! What on earth am I going to eat for breakfast? :)
I'll let you know how it works.
Happy New Year!