Day 20 of @veritypcos #pcosphotochallenge for #pcosawarenessmonth
20. PCOS and my weight.
I would say my weight is my biggest on going PCOS challenge. I was always a chubby child, was conscious of my weight all my life. Wore a bra in the last year of primary, always had chubby red cheeks, always suffered in the summer with chaffed inner thighs, remember starving and consequently fainting in the local bank, whilst attempting to diet on cucumber alone!!! Through my Uni years I was constantly trying to lose weight and it wasn't until I went on the pill, that I actually had any success in losing the pounds. Of course I had no idea it was related to PCOS, I didn't even know I had it then.
So when I was diagnosed in my mid 20's, I still had no idea PCOS affected my weight, I just thought it meant I couldn't have children. The next 10/15 years saw my weight yo-yo, until I got to my biggest in 2011/12 at nearly 15stone. I'd read a little about PCOS and diet but wasn't ready to make all the changes. Then in September 2014, I joined a local Slimming World group and successfully, over the course of a year, lost 6 stone, eating in a PCOS diet friendly way (without fully knowing it). It's only now, whilst trying to maintain my weight and having read up more about PCOS, that I have fine tuned my diet further to be low/no carb, gluten, dairy and soya free, eating low/no sugar but good fats - the best advised way of eating for PCOS.
I am determined that the weight will not go back on. It's a daily struggle, I love cake and bread, foods that really are not PCOS friendly. I've tried making PCOS friendly alternatives but they really don't hit the spot, so will treat myself to the real thing once in a while instead. The trouble is, old habits don't lurk too far away, so I keep going to my Slimming World group, to keep me on the straight and narrow. It'll be a forever thing but the more we know about PCOS and the way our diet can improve our symptoms, the more we can do to help ourselves. #pcos #pcosweightloss #pcosdiet #pcosfood #insulinresistance #sugarfree #glutenfree #dairyfree #soyafree #lownocarbs #eatgoodfats #lowglycemicload #slimmingworld #justeatrealfood