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Real Food for PCOS

You know those friends who you can chat with for hours without running out of things to say?

Lisa from the Fertility Friday podcast is one of ‘em.

We’ve never met in-person and we’re not even in the same country, but by the magic of the interwebs, we’ve become fast friends.

In my third appearance on her podcast (more than any other guest, apparently), we’re talking about PCOS – or polycystic ovarian syndrome – and how real food can help.

Way back in 2015 when I first released my book, Real Food for Gestational Diabetes, I went on her podcast to dish all about it. Then, I returned to chat about exercise myths during pregnancy.

And now I’m ba-aack!

They say third time’s a charm, so hopefully you’ll enjoy this episode even more than the other two. (And – spoiler alert – I’ll be back for a 4th appearance soon! I told you we can’t stop talking!)

PCOS or polycystic ovarian syndrome can be a huge challenge

From irregular cycles, difficulty losing weight, body hair woes, fertility struggles and more, it’s a diagnosis that no woman wants to get.

Since PCOS is a risk factor for developing gestational diabetes, you can bet I’ve worked with A LOT of women who have battled it over the years.

Luckily, real food can help.

Here’s what we cover in our interview on Real Food for PCOS:

  • What is the connection between PCOS and diabetes?
  • What are some of the classic signs & symptoms of PCOS?
  • How big of an impact can dietary changes make on your PCOS symptoms?
  • Does a poor diet cause PCOS?
  • How does PCOS impact the menstrual cycle?
  • What is the link between PCOS, insulin sensitivity & diabetes?
  • How is obesity related to PCOS?
  • What foods cause insulin to spike?
  • Is it possible to eat too much fruit? (HINT: I answer this one in this hotly debated post)
  • How does our consumption of carbohydrates impact our blood sugar?
  • How does consuming soy products impact our hormone levels? (For more on soy – and how it affects pregnant women – read this.)
  • Why breakfast is actually the most important place to start when balancing hormones? (Pa-leeeease eat it. Just be careful you don’t make the “healthy breakfast mistake.”)
  • What can I eat for breakfast that is filling, nutritious, fast, won’t spike my blood sugar, and will leave me feeling satisfied afterwards?

Check out our Real Food for PCOS episode here or on iTunes (episode 103).

If you enjoyed this interview, I encourage you to leave a review for Lisa on iTunes. Her podcast really is THE BEST one natural fertility. Help spread the word with others!

Until next week,

PS – If you’ve struggled with PCOS and have found help with a real food diet, I’d love to hear about it in the comments below. You know this can be a lonely and confusing diagnosis. Sharing your story helps make it easier for other women to navigate this tough time.

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Lily Nichols is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist, Certified Diabetes Educator, researcher, and author with a passion for evidence-based prenatal nutrition and exercise. Her work is known for being research-focused, thorough, and unapologetically critical of outdated dietary guidelines. She is the author of two bestselling books, Real Food for Pregnancy and Real Food for Gestational Diabetes.

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