MY PCOS STORY
“You have PCOS but don’t worry, it’s so common these days – 1 out of 10 women are living with it”
These were the words of my doctor when I first got to know about my condition. If you have it, I’m sure you remember the exact moment when you were diagnosed with it. It’s such one of those moments where you just question everything – from your food choices to your lifestyle. You also start wondering whether the excessive facial hair you had been waxing every now and then are a result of this obnoxious condition known as PCOS. And uncontrollable weight gain? What about that? Well, that moment, full of questions, passed by for me really quickly as the doctor said,
“It’s highly unlikely that you’ll become a mother.”
Everything around me just froze as I saw my Mom looking at the doctor in absolute shock.
“I am only 17 years old, come on Doc, don’t be so ruthless!”
That’s the first thought that came to my mind. But reality hit me hard. “What if he’s right, what if I can’t ever become a mother?” I cried the entire night thinking about these lines.
After a week of research, I made up my mind to fight this syndrome and I wish I could say it was easy. First, let’s see what the symptoms actually are of PCOS.
- Irregular periods
- Excessive hair growth (Hirsutism)
- Mood swings
- Abnormal weight gain
- Hair loss
Wow, that list is every woman’s nightmare! And sadly, there’s more to add to this list. IF PCOS is not taken care of, you can end up having type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure issues. For details about symptoms of PCOS, please see the following post
Not fair, right? I had sleepless nights for weeks but what made me worry more were the real reasons why I developed PCOS. It was mainly because of the sedentary lifestyle I had designed for myself. In all honesty, let me tell you guys how much I still LOVE food. Food is the ultimate blessing we have here on earth! I would enjoy all kinds of fried stuff, bakery items, chocolates, ice creams, and what not!
The Ultimate Diet Plan:
After the diagnosis, I made some vows and I started following this diet plan which helped me lose 33 pounds in 3 months!
- Breakfast: 2 starch, 1 dairy, 1 fat, 1 fruit
- Morning snack: 1 starch, 1 fat
- Lunch: 1 protein, 2 starch, 1 dairy, 1 fat, 4 vegetables, 1 fruit (I swear it was A LOT!)
- Evening snack: 2 starch, 1 fruit, 1 vegetable
- Dinner: 2 protein, 1 starch, 1 fat, 2 vegetables
These numbers are basically portion size. I can personally share the entire chart if you want (just comment below if you need it).
With this diet plan and an hour of exercise (I would usually run/walk), I managed to lose weight. By losing weight I realized that my PCOS symptoms had somehow improved. The only medicine I was taking was Metformin (I’ll give a review about it in another blog)
Metformin really helped balance my hormones especially insulin. On my next appointment to the doctor, which was after six months, I got to know that there’s a follicle in my ovary!!! YES!!! MY COULD-BE BABY!
I remember praying to GOD and thanking Him in that moment.
My PCOS journey did not end here. I’ll update you all on the next blog!
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Have a lovely day you beautiful people!