What is polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)?
Polycystic (pah-lee-SIS-tik) ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a health problem that can affect a woman's menstrual cycle, ability to have children, hormones, heart, blood vessels, and appearance. With PCOS, women typically have:
-high levels of androgens (AN-druh-junz). These are sometimes called male hormones, although females also make them.
-missed or irregular periods
-many small cysts (sists) in their ovaries. Cysts are fluid-filled sacs.
Because of going un/misdiagnosed for several years, my doctor had bad news. Earlier this year, I was told I had a uterine polyp that had to be surgically removed. I was so upset! I hate taking medicine; so the real prospect of surgery was frightening. I took the meds my doctor prescribed and I must say I am ecstatic that it caused me to shed the polyp. The doctor also confirmed that not eating high sugar, starch foods causes a reduction in cysts. This is something that wholistic healer Queen Afua told me months earlier.
I am on a PCOS diet now in addition to taking my meds. This means I no longer eat bananas, watermelon, pineapples, white rice, corn, white flour products, processed food, cake, candy, simple sugar, or white bread. I am also a vegetarian and have been for years. So the prospect of a no meat, low glycemic diet seemed hard at first. But now, I am a pro at it. What I haven't mastered is cutting cheese out of my diet. I do now only eat organic cheese that has less than 1% milk fat.
I plan to cook more now because it is so limiting to eat out with no starch AND no meat. If I start to post food, please humor me. I want to share recipes and receive them. I just went grocery shopping for all live foods. I have way more energy than I used to have eating lots of carbs.
Another part of controlling PCOS is to have regular exercise. This has been the hardest thing to incorporate into my busy life although I have lost weight and inches. I am encouraged, inspired, prayerful, and thankful!!!
I am off to fill my prescriptions now. TTYL!