Monday, November 14, 2011

Paleo for PCOS (and more!)

Hey ladies! It's been a while since I have written an entry but I have to share this. Fourteen days ago I started eating "Paleo." If you don't know what it is, in short it is eating the way our Paleolithic ancestors ate. Meats (grass-fed, preservative free), most vegetables excluding potatoes, beans and other starchy ones, nuts and fruits (I think there may be some stipulations on the fruit but I am just learning so right now I am eating 1-2 servings of any fruit per day). No sugar or processed foods. This is a very basic run-down and I not claiming to know it all or even half of it but I am giving it my all and I am already seeing results! My original intention was to do the Whole30 program ( but I was starting on Nov. 1 and with Thanksgiving right around the corner, I knew I wouldn't make it the complete 30 days. So I decided to just introduce myself to this way of eating and do the best that I could with my knowledge thus far.

My progress:
1. For the first week, I lost about a pound every day. Now I know this isn't about the weight loss entirely but those of you with PCOS know that when you are successful at weight loss it is a huge victory.
2. Before beginning this diet, I had always experienced some really intense heel pain. I always  thought it was from wearing flip-flops pretty much 365 days a year and maybe in part it was caused by that. Now 14 days into the diet and I have literally NO heel pain. It used to be so bad that I could hardly touch the backs of my heels and now nothing! That in itself was amazing to me.
3. Finally, A.F. came back all on her own! I can't believe it! It has been at least a year since I have had a cycle that wasn't medicated. Now I am not 100% sure if this is due to the diet changes or if this is purely coincidental because this happened on about Day 11. If it was the diet, I likely didn't ovulate because I would have needed 14 days but it is possible that my hormones are coming under control.

I am so excited to see what other great changes happen to my body as I become more proficient in this way of eating. I wanted to share this with you PCOS ladies out there who are interested in changing your diet to help with your condition. If you have done or currently do Paleo or something similar, I would love to hear your testimonials, so please share!

Until next time, may Christ's love and blessings be upon you and yours.

*Edit: Here are some great links regarding Paleo: Whole9, Everyday Paleo, Caveman Strong

Monday, November 7, 2011