PCOS Lifestyle

PCOS is a peculiar thing.

It is the most common, under-diagnosed disease among women.  1 in 10 have it.  Many don’t know they have it.  The problem is the vast array of symptoms.  Because not all symptoms affect every woman with PCOS, the treatment for each woman is different.

There is no cure.

As a teenager to treat PCOS, I took birth control.  It didn’t help much.  In my mid-20’s as it got worse, I took a more drastic approach to treating it.  Under the direction of my doctor, I began to eat gluten free, sugar-free (no added sugar, or less than 5 grams per serving), and take Metformin.

Months after being gluten free/sugar free/ on Metformin, I was able to get pregnant.  I continued gluten free & sugar free into my pregnancy, until my 2nd trimester.  When I still hadn’t gained any weight, and I was so ill, my doctor wanted me to eat anything I could keep down.  For 6 months I ate anything.

I knew that when I had Evelyn I would need to go back to gluten free and sugar free.  And I knew it would be hard.  (Like it was the first time.)

But as hard as it is, it is worth it.  My whole body feels better.  I have more energy.  I sleep better.  I have less PCOS pain.  I have less anxiety.  I’m happier.

I try to retrain my brain’s way of thinking about food.  My attitude is that I’m not missing out on anything.  I get to try new things and eat more delicious and healthy things.

My favorite breakfast is a hearty omelet.

PCOS friendly recipes

I also enjoy my take on “banana pancakes.”  (In the blender I mix 2 eggs, 1 banana, some honey, some peanut butter, a shake of baking cocoa and fry like a pancake.)

PCOS friendly recipes

And a lettuce wrapped sandwich for lunch.

PCOS friendly recipes

 

I try to exercise 5 days a week.  Sometimes it’s only 3.  But I make sure to be as active as life permits.

Even though these things are hard, they have drastically improved my life and my health.  I hope that other women with PCOS know they aren’t alone in their struggles.  The biggest thing I’ve learned in the past 10 years about PCOS is that if something doesn’t work, try something else.  Giving up simply is not an option.

When I look at her face, I want to be as healthy as I can be.  I want to have the energy and strength I need to keep up with her.  I want to set an example to her of health and positive body image.
Evelyn Faye

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