I am so proud of you!
You are going along soooo good + sticking to that lovely PCOS diet of yours…
I mean…you have a gold star winning performance going…
Today has been ah-mazing!
A large ultra-healthy pile of lettuce + veggies…CHECK!
Three colorful servings of the juiciest berries you could get your hands on this time of year…CHECK!
One bean soup dish for ultimate protein power…CHECK!
All of a sudden…it happens!
dun dun dunnnn…
Those thoughts start to take shape. They can’t be stopped.
They go a little like that scene out of the movie War Room:
Well I would kill for a hot fudge Sunday.
Then two scoops of ice cream: Cookies n’ Cream.
Mounds of whip cream on top.
And one cherry.
And…you can’t stop yourself from giving in and breaking your streak.
Which brings me to…
In the AWESOME Cyster Talk Community over on FB (get free access with my free diet cheat sheet here), we have been having some fun coming up with our BEST cravings this week. Let’s see, the answers have typically been:
- Dove truffles (gotta agree with Amy M. on this one!)
- Ice cream
- Enter yours here: ___________
Why does it seem that no matter how hard we try, us cysters just can’t beat those cravings as easily as our friends?
Insulin resistance that comes with PCOS in most women naturally sets us up to CRAVE carbs!
Insulin resistance means that our cells are not necessarily getting the glucose (sugar) they need to function properly because insulin (the hormone that acts as a key for the glucose to enter the cells) is not functioning very efficiently.
As a result, our cells feel they are starving so they crave those simple carbs + feel unable to stop once we get going!
In other words, our bodies are having trouble keeping that blood sugar level stable. When our blood sugar levels plummet, we crave foods that happen to boost our blood sugar quickly.
So, what can you do about it?
Eat more of the good stuff
Switch out those simple carbs that use sugar, white flour, etc that spike your blood sugars quickly and make you crash a few minutes later for complex carbs from whole foods. Eat more carb sources from veggies, fruits, beans, etc.
Stop skipping meals/waiting too long between goods
When you wait too long to eat, your blood sugar levels take a nose dive. Make sure you are eating every 3-4 hours throughout the day to keep you levels more stready.
Don’t ditch ALL carbs
STOP making carbs the enemy! I am SOOO tired of hearing our fellow cysters talking about going on low-carb diets. They are not the answer! They will backfire on you in the long run! Your body needs the majority of your calories from carb sources such as vegetables, fruit, beans, 100% whole grains. Carbs are what give your body energy. If you cut out carbs, you will go through life sluggish. No one wants that! Just be smart about your carb choices.
Stress in your life releases hormones into your blood stream that can increase your body’s desire for these unhealthy food choices.
Get enough sleep
Same as with stress above. You don’t need those crazy hormones going more out of whack on you! Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep per night.
Smart food combinations
No I am not talking about food sources not giving you enough nutrients if you don’t combine them properly like some of those fad diets out there. (BTW pure rubbish!) I am talking about combining a carb with a protein at your meals and snacks. For example, eating an apple with peanut butter for a snack. When you pair a protein with a carb, you slow the absorption of those sugars which will keep your blood sugar levels steadier and you less hungry for longer!
Cyster Talk Community
There were a few good suggestions made over in the community + via my email inbox for what your fellow cysters are doing to curb their cravings successfully:
- “I have been having all natural strawberry popsicles that have small pieces of actual strawberries in them” -Nicole H.
- “Usually a small cup of coffee with non-dairy cream helps.” –Amy M.
- “I find substitutes. If I’m hungry for bread I eat a low carb tortialla wrap or if I’m hungry for pasta I make meatballs and sauce and either eat them like that or over shirataki noodles. If I want sweets, I eat sugar free jello with a tbs of whipped cream” –Shalee B.
- “I substitute fruit for my sugar cravings and when it gets really bad, I get frozen yogurt. But potatoes, I just tell myself it makes a difference.” –Stephanie J.
- “I usually go for the fruit smoothie with greens and chia seeds thrown in if I am craving soda or something sweet” –Jackie J.
- “My weakness are cookies. I have found a really great recipe for homemade fruit + granola bars that seem to help.” –Sara K.
- “I make homemade fruit sorbet with my ice cream maker when I am in the mood for ice cream. I have one of those Cuisinart ones that only takes about 20 minutes to make…super easy!” –Allie H.