PCOD can be managed by diet and healthy lifestyle. Always keep in mind that you should stay away from refined flour and sugar, carbohydrates, rather their diet should consist more of raw fruits and vegetables.
Eat heart-healthy foods. This includes lots of vegetables, fruits, nuts, beans, and whole grains.
High-fiber foods can help combat insulin resistance by reducing the impact of sugar on the blood.
Great options for high-fiber foods include:
- Cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts
- Greens, including red leaf lettuce and arugula
- Green and red peppers
- Beans and lentils
- Sweet potatoes
Protein sources like tofu, chicken, and fish don’t provide fiber but are very filling and a healthy dietary option for women with PCOS.
Foods that help reduce inflammation may also be beneficial. They include:
- Almonds and walnuts
- Olive oil
- Fruits, such as blueberries and strawberries
- Fatty fish high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon and sardines
Refined carbohydrates cause inflammation, exacerbate insulin resistance, and should be avoided. These include highly processed foods, such as:
- White bread
- Breakfast pastries
- Sugary desserts
- White potatoes
- Anything made with white flour
- Pasta noodles
- Reduce or remove inflammation-causing foods, such as French fries, margarine, and red or processed meats from your diet as well.
The symptoms associated with PCOS such as Coping with hirsutism, severe acne, weight changes and fertility problems may affect your body image, self-esteem, sexuality, and femininity.
This may add to depression and anxiety levels can cause stress. Stress reduction techniques can help such as yoga and meditation. Speaking with a therapist or other medical professional may also be beneficial.
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