Since finding out that our recent IUI did not work, I am focusing extra-hard on my diet, exercise, spiritual health, relationships, and my husband. We are diving in and trying another IUI as soon as possible.
In the meantime, I thought we could discuss my Achilles heel: Carbohydrates!
Carbohydrates are all basically sugars that our body converts to glucose (blood sugar), which is stored for energy. The Glycemic Index measures how much a particular food raises
our blood sugar levels when we eat it.
So in general, and especially for someone with PCOS:
High GI= Bad carbs
These foods are quickly absorbed and digested. This rapid change in blood sugar level leaves us feeling tired, foggy, and hungry shortly after we have eaten.
Low GI= Good carbs
These foods are digested more slowly. They are also absorbed more slowly, which produces a gradual rise in blood sugar. They can have benefits for weight control, because they help control appetite and delay hunger.
If you have PCOS, one of the best things you can do for yourself is maintain a healthy, low GI diet. Even if you do not have PCOS, one of the best things you can do for your overall health is to choose healthier carbs.
Here are some examples of common categories of carbs listed along a GI scale:
White bread (71)
Mini wheats (57)
Wheat bread (50)
Rice, white (58)
Rice, brown (55)
Spaghetti, white (41)
Spaghetti, wheat (37)
Dates (104!!!… higher than glucose!!! I love dates, so I hate to see how high their GI is.)
Baked potato (85)
Sweet potato (54)
Red-skinned potato (58)
If you have PCOS, you should try to eat foods that land around the 50 mark. Sticking with mostly fruits and veggies is a great way to do that, although, if you have PCOS, dried fruit should be eaten only in moderation, as the GI is a bit higher since the sugar is more highly concentrated.
There are all kinds of fun and yummy foods that can be created using ingredients that have a low glycemic index. I have learned that a little bit of creativity, and an adventurous spirit, can go a long way with the PCOS diet.
As you experiment with different foods, you will learn what works best with your body. For instance, there are some foods that just do not work well with me. They trigger my desire for sugar, they make me lethargic, or they just make my stomach feel funky after eating them. Learning which foods help my body, and which ones hurt it, is just taking time, and as always…. it’s a work in progress, just like I am!