PCOS or Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome is a lifestyle disorder that has gone through quite an upsurge in the past two decades. It involves imbalance of the hormones in the female body and usually has symptoms like irregular periods, facial hair and at times, sudden weight gain.
Modern Medicine hasn’t been able to pinpoint a specific cause except environmental factors and genetic ones. But fear not! The condition can be brought in control by regular exercise and a healthy diet. Here’s a list of easy switches you can make on your diet with zero compromise on taste.
1. Pick Brown Rice
The glycemic index (GI) of brown rice is lesser than that of white rice. Foods with low GI get digested slowly, which simply means that they cause relatively lesser rise in insulin levels. It is a small step, but every step counts.
2. Infused Water to the Rescue
Cant stop chugging coke down your throat? Been there, done that. Skipping those liquid cals is the best gift you can give your body. Make water fun by adding fruit and herbs. Its low cost, healthy and you can choose from a variety of new flavours everyday. Plus, what’s better than being hydrated?
3. Carrots are the New Fries
Watching a movie or just want to munch on something? Just slice some carrots, throw them in the microwave, sprinkle pepper & Voila! Vitamin A rich carrot sticks are perfect for a night of Flix and Chill. And the best part? You needn’t even worry about portions.
4. A little dark chocolate never hurt anyone
Sweet tooth? Go buy that bar of dark chocolate! It is a powerful source of antioxidants and is way better than the ice cream you are craving. Just remember, moderation is key.
5. Over-night oats for breakfast
We all love chocolate coated corn flakes. But did you know that corn flakes are extremely rich in starch? Switch to over-night oats. Just add milk, some fruits and oats in a jar & let it sit in the fridge. Yummy oats will be ready for you in the morning and you can even have it on the go!
6. Make Guacamole your BFF
Dips make everything better. But cheesy dips might make some things worse for you. Avocados, on the other hand, are rich in folate, potassium as well as Vitamin A, that are all very important for reproductive health. Guacamole is the easiest, tastiest dip ever! Just add come cilantro, chopped tomatoes and little bit of garlic. To add the extra zest, squeeze a lemon.
7. Choose Grilled Chicken
Lo and Behold! The most versatile of meats is the lean protein chicken. But more often than not, we manage to make it unhealthy as well. This time when you walk into your favourite café, order their grilled chicken instead. We know you love your food nice and crisp, but remember, frying it is not the only way to achieve that.
8. Peanut Butter is your saviour
Having PCOS increases your risks of getting Type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol levels. Switching to home made peanut butter instead of regular butter is the reform you’re looking for as it has zero cholesterol. Research has also proven that it can lessen the spike in blood sugar when paired with high carb foods such as bread.
AND, don’t you forget to exercise, missy! Remember, every STEP counts.