Exactly ten days ago, after being inspired by a friend, I decided to stop eating grains. I’m always trying things that I think might increase my energy, help my focus, help me reach my happy weight, decrease bloat, and of course, improve my PCOS symptoms. I’ve tried cutting gluten out of my diet twice over the past several years, and both times I came to the conclusion that, although I noticed small improvements, the tiny improvements were not worth the big lifestyle change.
Cutting out grains has crossed my mind before, especially in light of having PCOS, but I’ve always dismissed the idea, thinking it was unrealistic. For some reason, (and maybe it was a God-thing) when Calista mentioned that she and her husband had decided to cut out grains, something in my mind just clicked, and I thought, “That is not an unrealistic goal. If she can do it, there is no reason I can’t at least give it a try.”
I really think everyone has an ideal diet that works best for their own bodies and minds. And I’ve struggled with finding my perfect diet over the past many years. But, I am here to say, with certainty, that I HAVE FOUND IT.
It’s about time.
I feel incredible, both physically and mentally… better than I have felt during any other time in my adult life. And it’s only been ten days.
My daily energy slumps that usually roll around by 2 or 3 pm seem to be gone, or at worse, greatly improved. I’m thinking this must also mean that my blood sugar levels are more stable, which makes sense since carbs can exacerbate this, and grains = carbs.
More accurately, for women with PCOS: If our diets are rich in grains and carbohydrates, they can overstimulate the pancreas’s production of insulin, and contribute to our problems of insulin resistance and other PCOS symptoms. Plus, consuming too many calories from carbohydrates in the presence of high levels of insulin is associated with increased fat storage (aka: weight gain.) Furthermore, some researchers believe that 85% of women with PCOS are gluten intolerant. Whether you are intolerant to gluten or not, a grain-free diet could still help improve insulin resistance.
But don’t our bodies need carbs? Of course! So I have been eating lots of starchy vegetables, and eating fruit. You could also get carbs from legumes, but my husband won’t eat most legumes, so I don’t buy them. Dairy is another source of carbohydrates, but I have not had any dairy in the past couple of weeks either. And I really don’t miss it the way I thought I would.
As I said before, I think there is an ideal diet for everyone, and eliminating grains may not be for you. If you think it’s something you might like to try, here are a few PCOS success stories to help get you motivated:
It’s only been ten days since I cut grains out of my diet completely. Since I know that’s not much time, I will give you all another update in a few more weeks. And I am hopeful that the best is yet to come!
Oh, and the icing in the cake…. My MASSIVE sweet tooth has all but disappeared. I never thought I would be able to say those words, so that alone is huge.