January 20th, 2016 (actual date written)
I can say with 100% absolute certainty that one size does NOT fit all when it comes to nutrition. I get so aggravated at businesses/individuals selling nutrition programs that preach a quick fix, when in all reality it's the furthest from the truth.
I have learned this first hand from my own personal journey. Being diagnosed with PCOS completely rocked my world, and I have experienced all the ups and downs when it comes to figuring out what is best for Me and fueling and healing my body naturally.
Here it is January 2016 and I am having a consistent menstrual cycle. 5 months straight to be exact! I have never experienced this in my 35 years of living, which makes it all the more amazing. This may be TMI for some of you, but for all you ladies out there battling PCOS, I hope to give you a glimmer of hope. I have been diligent, consistent, and most importantly, patient through this process, and I will continue to do so in order to maintain my health.
What Showout Meg did:
- I healed my gut. I started focusing solely on my gut health in early 2012 and have been highly focused on this for the past 4 years. HCL, an array of fruits and vegetables, and Bragg's apple cider vinegar have been my saving grace.
- I worked with a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP). A big shout out to Crystal Bold who started with me along this journey and helped me tremendously. I now also seek advice from my dear friend and NTP, Lynnsey Hooper.
- I went to acupuncture. Ann Mowat at 512 Wellness studied PCOS with me and came up with treatments each month to accelerate the healing process.
- Eating a lot more carbs! I know this sounds crazy to all you diet-crazed people out there, but by adding more fruit, some rice and gluten-free oats back into my diet, I feel better and my body is functioning properly.
- Less intense training. Currently, I do the following: 1x/week track workout; 1x/week classic super sets focusing on upper body strength using gymnastics and lower body unilateral training; 1x/week long walk; and 2x/week are heavy and intense training days. I found less is more for me. Doing 4-5 days of super intense workouts broke me down and sky rocketed my Cortisol levels. The exact thing you do not want.
- Love me for me. This is one of the most important things I did. I am beautifully and uniquely made. I may never have a 6-pack nor 14% body fat ever again, but I do know I feel more feminine and sexy then I have ever felt. There is something to say about the female hormone system and it working the way God intended it to work. You start to exude grace and elegance.
As you can see from the list above, I did not do crazy dieting, nor eat a high protein/high fat/low carb diet that you hear about so often, nor rely on dietary supplements. Those exact 3 things royally effed up my hormonal system. Instead, I found what works for me. This may be ever-changing too, but what I do know is my body is working better then it ever has.
I leave you with this...try new things; see what works best for your specific biology; and love the body you have been blessed with. Xoxo!