“I want women to know there is a way to feel better and thrive with PCOS. My goal is to help women with PCOS reclaim their fertility, femininity, health and happiness."
Nashua, NH (PRWEB) May 29, 2013
PCOS Diva, is an online site that helps women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, (PCOS) manage their symptoms naturally though diet and lifestyle change. PCOS is the leading cause of infertility in women, and is estimated to affect more than 10% of women worldwide. If left unchecked, it can lead a great risk of chronic illness like diabetes and heart disease. Lifestyle and diet changes are considered first line therapy for PCOS.
Amy Medling, Certified Health Coach, is the founder of PCOS Diva. Amy describes her mission this way, “I want women to know there is a way to feel better and thrive with PCOS. My goal is to help women with PCOS reclaim their fertility, femininity, health and happiness. PCOS Diva is a positive place for women with PCOS where they no longer have to let PCOS rule or ruin their lives. My site inspires women to take back control and manage their PCOS naturally.”
Amy’s goal is to coach other women with PCOS, to find a body, mind and spirit balance.
Here are 10 Tips from Amy to help women thrive with PCOS:
No processed foods - A healthy body starts with a healthy kitchen. If you are serious about creating optimal health and learning to thrive with PCOS, rid your kitchen of food that can harm your body and prohibit lasting health. For directions on how to do this, refer to the PCOS Diva Kitchen De-junking Guide.
Plan meals and snacks - Get into a habit of weekly meal planning. This may sound like a daunting process, but planning a weekly menu and shopping list usually takes about 30 minutes or so when you know how. This is time well spent to make it easier to stay true to a healthy PCOS eating plan.
Eat more greens - Learning to cook and eat greens is essential to creating lasting health. When you nourish yourself with greens, you will naturally crowd out the foods that make you sick. Greens have few carbohydrates in them, and the carbs that are there are packed in layers of fiber, which make them slow to digest. Dark green leafy vegetables are, calorie for calorie, the most concentrated source of nutrition of any food.
Go gluten-free – Gluten seems to aggravate PCOS symptoms. By simply eliminating gluten women with PCOS often find that cycles return and PCOS symptoms subside. Just because something is gluten-free, doesn't mean it is healthy. Going gluten-free doesn’t mean that gluten-free pretzels, brownies, bagels and cookies are health food. These are still highly processed foods. Instead, stick to gluten-free whole grains like amaranth, buckwheat, corn, millet, quinoa, rice, sorghum, gluten-free oats and teff.
Reduce dairy foods – Eating dairy based foods can aggravate hormonal balance. Experiment with eliminating dairy, such as cow’s milk, cheese and ice cream from your diet. Women often find acne clears, sinus congestion lessens, and mood is enhanced.
Eat mindfully - Mindful eating helps to understand what the body is needs. It helps create awareness of what the body is asking for (and it isn’t always food) so one can determine how and what is best way to nourish hunger. Often food fills but doesn’t fulfill. A helpful question to ask is, “What am I really hungry for?”
Just breathe! - Many women with PCOS experience anxiety, stress, and overwhelm on a daily basis. Stress wreaks havoc on PCOS and hormonal balance. Breath work and deep breathing is one of the easiest ways to control stress and anxiety. By changing breathing patterns, one can influence millions of biochemical reactions in the body and produce more relaxing substances, such as endorphins, and fewer anxiety-producing hormones like adrenaline and cortisol.
Get your ZZZ’s - Sleep is essential for women with PCOS, because research shows that not only does sleep deprivation disrupt hormonal balance, it interferes with blood sugar levels and increases the risk of insulin resistance and diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, hypertension, and heart disease, which are all linked to PCOS.
Exercise efficiently –Women with PCOS should focus on HIIE or High Intensity Intermittent Exercise. According to a study in the Journal of Obesity, “Regular HIIE has been shown to significantly increase both aerobic and anaerobic fitness. HIIE also significantly lowers insulin resistance and results in a number of skeletal muscle adaptations that result in enhanced skeletal muscle fat oxidation and improved glucose tolerance.”
Be Nice to you! - Being a PCOS Diva isn’t about the 3 D’s – Diet, Deprivation and Denial. Instead, it is about the 4 N’s – New Foods, Nourishment in mind, body and spirit, and being Nurturing and Nice to you. Part of being “Nice to You” is to examine internal self-talk. Does that little voice say, Ask yourself if limiting beliefs are true?. Start talking with a nicer internal voice and be sure to say everyday (in the mirror if possible), “You are beautiful, talented, fabulous and I love you!”
Visit http://www.pcosdiva.com for details and more information on how to optimize your life.
PCOS Diva is a positive place for women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome to go to seek support and information on how to manage their PCOS naturally. PCOS Diva offers Seasonal Meal Plans, Online Group Coaching Programs and Private Coaching to help women with PCOS reclaim their fertility, femininity, health and happiness.