So, let’s talk about something that doesn’t get talked about enough in the world of PCOS management—balanced blood sugar. Yep, that’s right. It may not sound fancy, but it’s a total game-changer for improving symptoms like a missing period, acne, hirsutism, or a high A1c lab. Stick with me as we dive into why balancing blood sugar can have a massive impact on your PCOS journey.
We all know that PCOS comes with its set of challenges, and it’s no secret that navigating this condition can be overwhelming. But here’s the thing—when it comes to managing those pesky symptoms and reclaiming control of your well-being, balanced blood sugar is one of the superheroes in the lineup. We’re breaking this down in episode 44 of the Nourished with PCOS Podcast!
It’s All About Insulin Resistance
Okay, so here’s the scoop. Insulin resistance is the real culprit of those pesky symptoms with PCOS. It’s like the unruly neighbor who keeps causing all sorts of trouble. With insulin resistance making an appearance, the body struggles to use those carbs effectively, leading to an increase in insulin levels.
This can lead to an overproduction of testosterone, sparking off a whole circus of symptoms—acne, irregular periods, unwanted hair growth, and the list goes on. It’s like a domino effect, and it can throw a serious curveball in your daily life.
Now, let’s talk about what happens behind the scenes when your blood sugar goes for a wild ride. Those sudden spikes and dips can leave you feeling like a deflated balloon—constant fatigue, sleep disturbances, and a never-ending battle with low energy. Not fun, right?
Using Nutrition As a Tool to Manage Insulin Resistance with PCOS
When it comes to nutrition, here’s the secret sauce—pairing your carbs with some good ol’ fat and protein. It’s like assembling your dream team to keep that blood sugar in check.
And the best part? You still get to enjoy your favorite foods while keeping your blood sugar on an even keel. No need for unnecessary restrictions or extreme measures—just a balanced, sustainable approach to fueling your body.
Can you be an Intuitive Eater with PCOS and Insulin Resistance?
Anyone who says that you can’t be an intuitive eater while managing PCOS probably doesn’t know much about intuitive eating. A lot of people stuck in diet culture looooove to hate on intuitive eating!
Balancing blood sugar and intuitive eating can totally share the spotlight. Intuitive eating is all about feeling pleasant physically, mentally, and emotionally. I would say that making food choices that can help you decrease fatigue, get more sleep, and improve cravings would fall into that category! It’s all about blending nutrition education with what you know works for your body and respects your relationship with food—all while giving insulin resistance a run for its money.
Improving Insulin Resistance with PCOS Isn’t About Weight
Here’s the deal—managing PCOS and improving insulin resistance isn’t actually about weight loss.
You can lower insulin levels without losing weight. You can lower insulin levels even in a situation where you’ve gained weight.
You can lose weight and your insulin resistance can actually get worse.
If you’re someone who has always felt like you needed to lose weight to manage your PCOS symptoms then I’d recommend working towards uncoupling those two.
How to Approach Nutrition with PCOS
Everyone’s PCOS journey is unique, and that’s where the magic of personalized nutrition strategies comes in. Navigating PCOS means finding the sweet spot that aligns with your personal goals and well-being.
If you’re someone who is really early into healing your relationship with food then maybe the focus right now is to continue to heal. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that! You can add in nutrition concepts where it feels good but keep coming back to having a healthy relationship with food.
If you’re someone who feels more healed then maybe you think it would be fun (not stressful) to get curious with food and nutrition and try different things.
Wherever you are, that’s exactly where you’re meant to be!
Balanced Blood Sugar with PCOS: Conclusion
So, there you have it—balanced blood sugar is a key player in the PCOS game. By embracing a non-diet approach to wellness and nutrition, you’re arming yourself with powerful tools to navigate your PCOS journey like a boss.
Remember, it’s all about making informed choices, nurturing your body, and giving yourself the best chance at thriving (whatever that means to you). Cheers to reclaiming your well-being, one delicious meal at a time!