If you know me well, you’ll know that I love talking about poop and the health of our lady balls – our ovaries! Because let’s face it ladies, there’s nothing more frustrating than pushing for gold, wiggling to set it free when only a pellet drops out. And when it comes to struggling with PCOS compassion seems to run dry at the doctors office when we’re told, “hey, its common!” So today I wanted to be able to talk to you about food for all you PCOS sufferers, in particular a food category that’s over consumed and a cereal that you definitely want to stay away from.
Yep that’s right I’m going to give you a diet plan for PCOS and tell you to stay far and clear of this hexane-laced cereal:
Kashi by Kellogg’s.
So let’s begin here, because just recently Kashi from Kellogg’s hit a class action lawsuit in the US and agreed to finally drop the claims, “all-natural” and “nothing artificial”. And thank God because it was misleading the public when you factor in that the cereal contains soy oil processed using hexane, a component of gasoline. That’s right, that so-call, “healthy cereal” you might have been munching on, is like sucking on a gas pump. And not sure if you remember but Kellogg’s was a big contributor to help defeat Proposition 37, a California ballot that would have required the labeling of products containing genetically engineered ingredients.
So what the heck does this have to do with PCOS?
Stress & Junk
The biggest over arching theme with PCOS is stress hands down. Mental stress for example sets off a catalyst of hormonal reactions creating many people to crave sugar! A many of us think that by reaching for granola or cereal, we’re doing a body good. So with misleading so-call, healthy cereals like this, they are not only filled with junk-type preservatives and chemicals but they’re also chalked full of wheat and sugar. Junk food like this, my beautiful souls, is also a form of stress on the body and wheat in particular will create further hunger in the brain by functioning much like an opiate.
Stress & insulin
The biggest things about these types of food as I mentioned is that they’re addictive. In fact the more we eat it, the more we want it leading to insulin resistance. In other words, our bodies have no idea when enough sugar is enough because our bodies keep pumping out insulin – our fat storage hormone. And given we’re stressed while we’re chomping down on crunchy clusters at the office, our liver pumps out the protein HES1 which decreases our body’s ability to break down fat making it even harder for people with PCOS to lose weight. Not to mention insulin resistance creates a catalyst of reactions that lead to higher androgens in the system like testosterone leading to more weight, facial hair and acne. Do I have your attention now?
In the meantime here is a breakdown on what you can do right now:
- Drink 2L of room temperature water – sounds basic, but dehydration leads to increased levels of cortisol, meaning stress!
- Evaluate how much carbs you’re consuming every day and can you decrease the portion on your plate and replace it with vegetables instead?
- Replace high sugary fruits (bananas, melons, watermelons) with low sugary fruits (berries, apples, pears)
- Stabilize your blood sugar and make sure you’re consuming protein, fat and fibre at every meal (think baked chicken and veggies cooked in coconut oil) and add spices like cinnamon liberally. Because if you're not stabilizing your blood sugar, your cortisol (your stress hormone) will rise and remember that's the last thing we want to do.
- Replace conventional foods that contain fat (dairy, butter, meat) with organic sources to minimize estrogen exposure
- Stop storing your food in plastic because they're filled with xenoestrogens that create hormonal havoc!
- Replace mucous-forming cow dairy with goat cheese – but in small portions. Goat cheese has a smaller molecular size than cow dairy and for some it’s easier to digest.
- Include foods that are bitter and sour to activate the liver and cool the system. Liver work is crucial for anyone suffering from hormonal-based issues, so I’d suggest adding unpasteurized apple cider vinegar, umeboshi or lemon to your world.
- Ditch the wheat! Seriously I have seen major changes in people from doing this one step alone.
And trust me I could go on and soon I will be... If you haven’t heard, I’m launching my ovarian cyst & PCOS program coming up. There is so much goodness coming up, so don’t miss out.
In the meantime, give the finger to that processed dead food, because it creates digestive and hormonal havoc that you can seriously do without. Yes, it may be common in many women, but it doesn’t have to be. In fact, most people have no idea how good their bodies are designed to feel. Isn’t it about time?