A few years my gynae informed me that I have PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome). I was devastated by this diagnosis particularly because it left me uncertain as to whether we would be able to have children and if we did have children what our journey to conception would be. However it did get me Googling. I basically learned that this syndrome was closely linked to sugar and insulin (very bad explanation). From all the stories that I read about women who successfully managed the side effects of PCOS without medication, the trick seemed to be in controlling their sugar levels.
Two years ago I quit sugar for a few months. I literally cut out anything that listed added sugar as an ingredient – you would be horrified to know how much food has added sugar. I was super strict and even cut out beloved sauces. I treated sugar as an addiction, with the idea that trying to manage my intake rather than completely eliminate it would lead to relapse. It was hard but the thought of never having children was devastating and gave me the most determination I have ever had in my life. After two months the cravings slowly started to subside. Almost as if my body was reprogramming itself. I also started seeing other side effects like my hormone induced breakouts calmed down – big perk!
I did fall pregnant without fertility treatment (Hallelujah!). I can’t help but wonder if cutting out sugar didn’t have something to do with it?
A few months into pregnancy and I started eating sugar again and my general health (and skin) also gradually worsened. So today, a year or two down the line, I think it is time to once again give my body a break from this substance that clearly does not agree with my body. And to hold myself accountable I will document my journey on this blog.
Wish me luck!!
To find out more about my new diet’s rules click here.
** I wrote this post on 7 April and only published it about a month later so don’t be confused when you see my monthly update tomorrow. 🙂