I have always believed that you can regulate the symptoms associated with PCOS with your nutrition and exercise. Sometimes I feel a bit defeated when all I read or hear about is the “next best pill” to make everything better…. Now don’t misconstrue my words, I do know that everyone have different circumstances – and sometimes options like clomid help with fertility. BUT at the end of the day I feel that you are either feeding your PCOS or starving it with your choices. Why introduce more chemicals into your system that is ALREADY imbalanced?
I listened to what all of the experts had to say, and it was all very interesting and I took a little bit away from each speaker. When I had first registered for this symposium there was one speaker and topic that I was particularly interested in:
PCOS and Your Pancreas – Controlling Insulin and Blood Sugar
Candice Rosen R.N., M.S.W., C.H.C
Candice spoke about Pancreatic abuse and how it affects your PCOS. It was so refreshing to hear someone who is considered an EXPERT in the field support what I have been preaching all along!
Our pancreas makes the hormone insulin. When you eat your food is broken down into glucose, which is a simple sugar. The glucose is then absorbed into your blood stream where the insulin helps the glucose enter cells of your body to be burned off as energy.
If you are not eating properly then you are going to overwork your pancreas – causing HIGH INSULIN levels.
What does it mean when we have high insulin levels?
Excess weight gain (your body is not burning, its storing)
You may notice dark thicker patches of skin (acanthosis nigricans)
Elevated androgen hormones (testosterone)… and what does elevated androgen hormone levels cause?
Drum Roll Please…..
Increased body hair
Type 2 Diabetes
Sound familiar....What do those symptoms remind you of?
By being aware of our nutrition WE CAN TAKE CONTROL of those symptoms! Regulate your insulin levels by maintaining a low glycemic index diet – ditch the processed foods –
When you eat carbohydrates stick to complex carbs (natural, unprocessed carbohydrates).
It’s also just as important to GET UP AND MOVE! Exercising regularly (notice I said regularly, not sporadically), teaching your body how to burn – which is responding to insulin. It’s all about balance – Be AWARE of how we are fueling our bodies – and MOVING to ignite the burn!
I have had more success with regulating my nutrition and exercise that I EVER had with taking a pill – It does not happen overnight – I have always said this process is a marathon, not a sprint.
If you want to learn more about nutrition and fitness – finding a plan that works for you and regulating your symptoms associated with PCOS feel free to contact me!