I have been dealing with my PCOS and Insulin Resistance Symptoms for some time now. I have successfully reversed symptoms and been able to lose weight by modifying my diet and exercising but am yet to have been able to get pregnant. Recently I decided to try a product to specifically address my Insulin Resistance. It is called Chiral Balance DCI (D-chiro-inolitol). I have been taking the supplements for about 3 weeks now. My periods have been regular for several months (exactly 30 days) but the one thing I have noticed is that my breasts are significantly larger. Not complaining but my first thought was "I'm pregnant". But I just finished my period so that's not it. Being the curious person I am, I needed answers and found that PCOS, which is caused by Insulin Resistance, has the following symptoms:
Irregular or no menstrual periods (for women of reproductive age)
Irregular ovulation Acne Excess hair growth on the face and body
Thinning scalp hair or male pattern hair loss
Accumulation of un-ruptured follicles on the periphery of the ovaries (mislabeled as "cysts," often called polycystic ovaries)
Small breast size or underdeveloped breasts (hypoplastic breasts)
Deepening of the voice
Dark or thick skin markings and creases around the armpits, groin, neck, and breasts due to insulin sensitivity
Obesity, weight gain (often centered around the waist), and/or inability to lose weight
Oily skin and/or persistent acne
Pain in the lower abdomen and pelvis
There is no known cure for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. Instead, a variety of methods are used to manage symptoms. These may include:
Diet changes (limiting amounts of sugars and starches) to aid in insulin sensitivity
Hormone therapy through use of birth control pills
Medications to address insulin resistance, blood glucose levels, or fertility-related symptoms
Ovarian surgery ("drilling"), which is a temporary treatment to assist with the release of eggs
Of all the PCOS management methods, I have used Diet Changes and Weight Loss to treat my symptoms. I am against hormones. And now I am trying some medications to treat the insulin resistance. The medication I have chosen is DCI.
So what this new side effect from the DCI supplement tells me is that it is effectively reversing my insulin resistance. Thus, my breasts are returning to their "natural form". Glorious! Hooray for boobies!
Hope this is helpful in some way and I will share more results of the DCI supplements as I continue using them in conjunction with my beloved Shakeology and regular workouts (usually Brazil Buttlift or Chalean Extreme). So far, no bad side effects. Hoping for a bun in the oven in the next few months 🙂
I married my husband May 22, 2010. On the day of my wedding, I weighed 174 pounds and was wearing a size 10 dress that I had NO ROOM in. I did not feel fat on my wedding day. I absolutely felt beautiful but was uncomfortable in my skin. I just felt fluffy and toxic. I made no effort to lose weight for my wedding. In fact, I gained 8 pounds the year before my wedding day. On the day of my wedding, I tried on my dress and could not wear a bra because I as coming out of the top of my dress. None the less, I had an amazing photographer and felt beautiful on my wedding day. After all, I was marrying my highschool sweetheart so I was over the moon with happiness.
A lot has changed since our wedding and here we are almost 4 years later and both my husband and I are 40 pounds thinner. Not only do we look incredibly different but we feel like completely different people. We are not the party animals we were four short years ago. We have new values and appreciation for our bodies, life, and each other. Never in a million years did I think I would become one of those people that worked out all the time and read personal development books. I mean come on...... I hated reading. But here we are, two completely different people. We like the people we are now. We love the people we have become and are more in love now than ever before.
We decided to renew our vows because not only do we feel better in our skin, but we are new people. And these new people have different values and we felt it important to express those values through a marriage ceremony and re-commit ourselves to each other and our new life. Is it crazy that I actually had butterflies while looking out over the balcony at the site of my wedding renewal just minutes before saying my vows?
Our wedding renewal took place Jan 23, 2014 and was very different than our original wedding. We chose to escape to Los Cabo Mexico and have a romantic beach wedding like I had always dreamed about. It was very intimate and the most romantic day of my life. I have never felt so beautiful. This time I was not wearing a super expensive dress. Instead I was wearing a short white cotton dress I picked up at the good will for three dollars. This wedding was not about a big party or lavish gifts. It was purely about us. It was perfect.
After the ceremony, we had a beautiful dinner in a private bungalow on the beach with two amazing friends which also happen to be our Beachbody Coaches. How perfect that the very people that helped us find Beachbody and our new life are the same people to witness us renewing our marriage. Dinner was amazing and when we returned to our room, we found that the hotel had left petals on our bed and a drawn bath. I wont get into any further details but the night ended very well.
It is time to prepare for summer so I am asking all potential challengers to pick out a new bikini and contact me to get a spot in this months challenge group. No quick fix will get you into the shape you want. It takes dedication and support which is what you will get from my online Secret Facebook group. You participate in the Facebook group and do your workouts from home. Lets make this a summer to remember.
Yam or sweet potato, what in the world is it? Many people use these terms interchangeably both in conversation and in cooking, but they are really two different vegetables.
Popular in the American South, these yellow or orange tubers are elongated with ends that taper to a point and are of two dominant types. The paler-skinned sweet potato has a thin, light yellow skin with pale yellow flesh which is not sweet and has a dry, crumbly texture similar to a white baking potato. The darker-skinned variety (which is most often called "yam" in error) has a thicker, dark orange to reddish skin with a vivid orange, sweet flesh and a moist texture. Current popular sweet potato varieties include Goldrush, Georgia Red, Centennial, Puerto Rico, New Jersey, and Velvet.
The true yam is the tuber of a tropical vine (Dioscorea batatas) and is not even distantly related to the sweet potato. Slowly becoming more common in US markets, the yam is a popular vegetable in Latin American and Caribbean markets, with over 150 varieties available worldwide. Generally sweeter than than the sweet potato, this tuber can grow over seven feet in length. The word yam comes from African words njam, nyami, or djambi, meaning "to eat," and was first recorded in America in 1676. The yam tuber has a brown or black skin which resembles the bark of a tree and off-white, purple or red flesh, depending on the variety. They are at home growing in tropical climates, primarily in South America, Africa, and the Caribbean. Yams contain more natural sugar than sweet potatoes and have a higher moisture content.
Which is best for a Healthy Diet?
By far, the yam due to the lower sugar content. With Diabetes rampant in our country and becoming an epidemic, lower sugar options are preferred. See the nutritional contents for each below:
It has been quite a long and painful journey from discovering I had PCOS to finally reversing it. So to share the story, I did a video with the help of some amazing friends that are huge supporters in helping me get the word out there. It can be done! PCOS can be reversed NATURALLY! You just have to be willing to BE THE CHANGE!!!!
Does it frustrate you to hear that you must lose weight in order to improve your PCOS symptoms when PCOS makes it difficult to lose weight? Yup, that's how I felt, too. Not all women with PCOS are overweight, but it's still important to maintain a healthy body. Check out this article by Katie Humphrey for more information on maintaining a healthy weight with PCOS as we get older.
WHY WOMEN WITH PCOS ARE AT PARTICULAR RISK WHEN WEIGHT GAIN SHIFTS WITH AGE
Weight gain shifts as we grow older, with younger women tending to gain weight on their thighs and hips. That is me for sure. I pack it all on in the thighs and butt.
But after menopause, weight gain often moves to the midsection, increasing the chance of developing the cluster of risk factors for heart disease called metabolic syndrome (syndrome x), which is closely linked with PCOS.
Those of us with the hormonal imbalance caused by polycystic ovarian syndrome are already at greater risk of the onset of metabolic syndrome because of numerous "shared" symptoms. These include high blood pressure, increased levels of LDL "bad" cholesterol and reduced HDL "good" cholesterol.
An expanding waist measurement is now thought by many doctors to be a more accurate predictor of a heart attack than overall weight. Heart disease kills up to almost six times more women than all forms of cancer combined.
It's not all bad news, however. Luckily, deep abdominal fat, which is stored around our internal organs, responds more quickly to regular exercise than other kinds of fat.
So you have two choices. Either work out a safe exercise program based on the advice of your doctor in conjunction with your PCOS treatment program. Or, if you're experiencing success, be sure to stick with the exercise regime you already follow to help better manage PCOS symptoms like weight gain and avoid the onset of metabolic syndrome.
Weight loss will come when you're exercising and making healthy choices. Just be patient, give it time, and focus mostly on wanting to be healthier. If you don't need to lose weight, it's still important to exercise and take care of your body. This week, take a step in the right direction and increase your exercise, whether you're a beginner or a fitness junky. Get moving and you'll feel better and, ultimately, see the effects on the outside!
Read My Story and how I reversed my own PCOS and learn about how my Wellness Support Challenge Groups help others reverse PCOS symptoms