33: Why ‘healthy’ food isn’t necessarily the same for all of us

“How do I know what diet will help my PCOS symptoms?”

“Why is it that when I do eat healthy, it leaves me feeling tired, ‘hangry’ and doesn’t seem to make any difference to my symptoms?”

“If a food is healthy, then it’s good for me right?”

These are all probably questions you’ve asked yourself at least a handful of times while trying to figure out how to tackle your PCOS. And you’ve probably seen all over social media people (qualified or otherwise) claiming that a particular ‘healthy’ diet reversed all of their PCOS symptoms.

But what they don’t tell you is that these healthy foods might actually be doing MORE harm than good to you and your PCOS.

We wanted to put these ‘health’ foods to the test here at The PCOS Nutritionist. 

So I roped in one of my lovely team members, Sophia – who has no insulin issues – to join me in an experiment comparing how her and my blood glucose levels differed when eating these ‘healthy’ foods. We ate the same for a whole week, tracked our levels and for what you’d consider a healthy option – we got some varying results.

In this episode of The PCOS Nutritionist Podcast, Sophia and I discuss the ins and outs of the experiment, why not all healthy food may not be as healthy for you and your PCOS as you think and answered the all important question “well, then what do I eat?!”.

If you’re not seeing changes in your symptoms, your weight and you’re struggling with the all-consuming frequent hangry attacks – listening to this episode is a must!

This episode is for you if:

  • You’re insulin resistant
  • Your friends, sister, colleagues are able to lose weight easily on a diet and you can’t
  • You constantly experience ‘hangry attacks’ and you never really feel satisfied
  • You’re eating ‘healthy’ but you’re still gaining weight
  • You want to understand your PCOS symptoms more

Some things we cover in this episode:

  • How and why we conducted our blood glucose experiment
  • Comparing an insulin resistant person’s blood glucose levels with someone who doesn’t have insulin resistance
  • ‘Healthy is relative to you’ and what that actually means
  • Insulin Resistance
  • Comparing foods and how our blood sugar reacted
  • Complications of not addressing insulin resistance / metabolic syndrome
  • Are all carbs bad?
  • Where to draw the line between eating for your physiology and diet culture

“What the heck DO I eat?”. Well, luckily for you we’ve got that covered. 

Nutrition is one of the many things we look at once we’ve identified YOUR root cause in The PCOS Protocol.

We’ll guide you through how to tweak your current meals as well as all of the other, non-food related changes you need to make in order to feel in control of your PCOS and get back to what’s really important to you!