My name is Paige, and I am a carb-aholic.
Bread … white, wheat, whole grain, sour dough, bagels, croissants, biscuits. I ate it all.
Cookies. Cakes. Donuts. Crackers. Carbs of every kind. At meals, between meals, before bed. I couldn’t help myself. I was completely and totally addicted to carbs.
Have you ever noticed that a lot of women with PCOS are seemingly addicted to carbs? There’s a reason for that. Those nasty carb cravings are the result of our hormones being out-of-whack and the insulin resistant state of our bodies. Insulin actually increases a person’s appetite, so if your insulin is elevated due to insulin resistance, then you are always going to feel hungry. And typically, those of us with insulin resistance will crave carbs.
Unfortunately, eating lots of carbs is not healthy for women with PCOS. The carbs raise our blood sugar, which further increases the amount of insulin produced. The elevated insulin levels increase our appetite and send our brain the message to eat … and what are we going to crave? Carbs!
So how can we beat these awful carb cravings?
The best way is to make diet and lifestyle changes to naturally lower insulin levels. Here are some basic tips:
*Eat foods that have a low GI number (or that do not cause significant spikes to blood sugar levels
*Include a protein and/or healthy fat with every meal or snack
*Eat more often (smaller meals 4-6 times a day)
*Avoid skipping meals and snacks.
*Exercise. Physical activity will help bring down insulin levels and reduce cravings.
*Get plenty of sleep. Being overly tired causes our bodies to crave quick energy, generally found in carbs.
*Manage stress levels, as being stressed out can increase cravings.
Thankfully, after personally employing these habits and implementing a low-carb, high-fat diet that is free of gluten and sugar, I have learned how to beat the carb-cravings most of the time. I actually have more energy and feel so much better now that I am not driven by my desire to eat carbs.
If you’d like more information on how to control carbs, here are a few links to other websites:
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PCOS is a metabolic disorder that strikes a the very core of a woman’s femininity. There is no prevention. There is no cure. There is only managing and controlling the symptoms … and even then, protocols don’t work the same from woman to woman, making PCOS a baffling lifelong disorder for those who suffer from it and for their doctors.
As a result, women with PCOS often feel alone.
But nothing could be further from the truth. PCOS afflicts a mind-boggling 1 out of every 10 women worldwide, with some studies showing statistics as high as 1 in every 3 women.
More importantly, God has promised He will never leave us or forsake us.
I invite you to join me in discovering how to find hope, healing and happiness as we embrace God and His plan for our lives, including learning to live life to the fullest with PCOS.