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9/5/10 10:06 P

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Congrats on sticking with it and eating as healthy as possible!! However, please don't deprive yourself too much. I notice that if I don't have chocolate in 2 weeks for example, I end up binge eating during the following weekend!! I find that if I have a couple small treats during the week every week, it keeps me from going overboard during the weekend.
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Great question I had the same one. NurseKelly and Misschocoholic, that's my aspiration right now, is to eat better day by day, I literally have never been able to stick to a diet or healthy eating regimine for more than a week and I'm at a week now and I feel no signs of stopping. I hope that with the healthy eating and begining exercise will bring my cycles back to normal.

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9/4/10 10:25 A

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I agree with the below response and had the same results. Once I started losing weight and making healthier changes, my cycles started getting more regular. When I was obese, I would only get my period once in 2-3, maybe even 4 months. But now it's at around (still not exactly 28 days) the same week every month. So I'm happy that it's become more predictable. I also notice that I feel less tired if I eat healthy foods and less refined carbs. Refined carbs actually make me even more tired than I was before. When I saw a Reproductive Endocrinologist a few years ago, he was telling me that as long as I limit my intake of refined carbs and stick with healthier alternatives, I should start to see these changes. And he was right!!

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8/31/10 5:41 P

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Hi there,

I was also diagnosed with PCOS well over ten years ago and have always struggled with my weight and lack of energy/motivation. I went to see a naturopath last fall and she started me on a diet that was low in refined carbs, and just whole grain items, as well as leans meats, legumes, fruits and veggies....pretty much eating healthy! I stuck to it and before long I started feeling like a totally different person. I suddenly had energy, and started walking...not far at first, but I did it, and now have lost over 100 pounds and I feel great. I still have a long way to go, and my motivation will fluctuate...but I haven't faltered yet!

Another thing that has changed since I have lost weight and made this lifestyle change are my cycles. I used to go anywhere from 58-72 days in between my periods, and for the last six months, I have been bang on 28-32...which has never happened to me before. So I truly believe that PCOS does have a lot to do with your lifestyle...and can be managed through eating right, exercising and losing any excess weight.

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8/31/10 3:34 P

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Hi everyone! I'm relatively new to the community (joined back in January but have only started being active in the past week).

Even though I've been diagnosed with PCOS for almost 10 years, I'm realizing I don't know that much about the disorder beyond what my previous doctors have told me (i.e. very little, and possibly misleading information). I was also diagnosed with depression around the same time, and have never responded to treatment in the 10 years since. Although I've suspected the PCOS may have had more of a role to play in the depression symptoms (namely the fatigue and lack of energy), none of my doctors have ever even mentioned the PCOS in relation to those things(! and I've seen a ton of doctors!)

I've been doing a lot of research lately about alleviation of fatigue and other symptoms, and am very interested in seeing if a diet change might help with energy levels. All around, it seems focusing on carbs and the glycemic index is the way to go. I'm definitely going to give this a shot.

However, in the meantime, I need motivation to get started! I am very interested in hearing success stories though (or not-quite-success stories!) about diet changes. What were your PCOS-related symptoms before? What diet changes did you implement? How (or has) the change in diet affected your PCOS and general health? I'm especially curious whether anyone has felt relief with fatigue symptoms after diet changes.

Thanks!

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