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 🙂
Why did I decide to do the Ultimate Reset?
I purchased the Ultimate Reset almost 6 months ago because I had heard how amazing it makes you feel and that people lose a lot of weight doing it. I figured that since I am a beachbody coach, I should at least experience it so I can have an honest opinion of the product. I also had a terrible dependency on caffeine. I was drinking about 12 cups of coffee daily and would get headaches if I waited too long to get my first cup. I knew this was a problem and very likely contributing to my infertility. Research has shown that excess of 2 cups of caffeine daily can make it more difficult to conceive and can cause miscarriage. Its no secret that I want a baby so I figured it was worth a shot to kick the caffeine.
Truth be told, I was dreading it and continued to put it off. I knew the diet was very restricting and that I could not workout for the full 21 days of the reset. As most people know, the diet part of any weight loss program is always the hardest because you are restricting yourself. It is always easier to add things into your life like working out than it is to remove things you love. For this reason I was quite content continuing with my workout routine and holding on to the last 10 lbs I could not lose because I was not committed 100% to my diet. My sugar cravings continued to plague and inevitably sabotage me from reaching my health goals and the Ultimate Reset sat on a shelf in my closed unopened.
My injury ended up having a silver lining
Well about two months ago I hurt my knee at work from lifting a really heavy backpack and carrying it on my back all day. It was too much stress on my knee and I further aggravated it by continuing to workout. It got to the point that is was so swollen, you could see the swelling through my yoga pants. And the day my puppy ran straight into my knee and damn near brought me to my knees was the day I said, I NEED A BREAK!! I was not happy about the idea of taking a few weeks away from my workout routine so I figured I would do my body a favor and take advantage and do the reset. If I could not workout my muscles then I would workout my organs with a detox. I started the next day.
Week 1 Was Hell!!!!
I made the huge mistake of not watching the video that comes with the reset and just kicked the coffee cold turkey on day 1. The video tells you to ween yourself off of the caffeine and sugar. Well.....no slow transition for me. I had a killer headache for 4 days. It got so bad that I literally threw up. I was totally miserable. In the first week, you cut out caffeine, dairy, sugar, red meat, and processed garbage. I already ate pretty clean so the only things I cut out were the coffee and the occasional sweets(maybe 1 per day). So for me, week one was pretty much a caffeine detox. By day 7 I had only lost 1 pound. This was a little depressing because I had heard about stories of people losing up to 10 lbs in the first week and I wondered if I was doing something wrong but I just continued on. I had paid for the Reset and was finishing!!!
Week 2 - Life got better
For Week 2 you cut out all animal protein and are completely vegan. My meals consisted of fruit, veggies, and quinoa. I made a great effort to cook a lot of the recipes in the Ultimate Reset book and found some recipes that I will continue to cook. This was actually my favorite week. I didn't mind the diet any more because I was past the caffeine detox and my sugar cravings were very mild. For the mild sugar cravings I still had, Chocolate Vegan Shakeology came to the rescue. I had it every night before bed.
The best part of this week is that I finally started to lose some serious weight. And I was feeling the difference in how my clothes were fitting. My body just felt like it was getting tighter.
Week 3 - The Finish Line
For Week 3 you continue eating Vegan but cut out more of the grains and try to eat solely vegetables and fruit. I definitely missed eating protein but was not hungry during this week.
I also felt very CLEAR by week 3 if that makes sense. I used to feel tired and had a lack of energy most days but by week three of the Reset I no longer felt foggy. I did not have a lot of energy but was definitely feeling clear, fresh, and clean. By the last day of the Reset, I had lost a total of 8 pounds and 12.35 inches. A lot of those inches were from my thighs which is GLORIOUS!!!!
The day after the reset, I had my first protein in 2 weeks, an egg!!!!! Oh man did I miss my protein. Once I started eating protein again, I had incredible energy. This energy mixed with the clarity I developed on the reset has left me feeling absolutely amazing. I am able to push harder in my workouts now and here's the kicker..... WITHOUT CAFFEINE OR PRE-WORKOUT!!!!! So at the end of the day, the Ultimate Reset is worth doing. By no means would I do it often but I plan to do it yearly. Kinda like my own body spring cleaning.
I had some blood work done with an endocrinologist recently in an effort to see where my hormone levels are at. I have utilized diet and exercise to reverse my PCOS symptoms but have been very tired and fatigued the past few months. I was worried my symptoms were coming back. My blood results were a little shocking, I was EXTREMELY Vitamin D Deficient. In fact the doctor wants me to take 2,000 IU of Vitamin D daily. He also mentioned it may have a connection to me not getting pregnant. So you guessed it, I got on the vitamins and started doing my research. Here is what I found:
A woman suffering from Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome has to deal with all the annoying systems like irregular periods, depression, weight gain, excessive facial and body hair, cysts on the ovaries and infertility. All these PCOS symptoms are caused by a hormonal imbalance and abnormally high androgen levels. There are many things that can help to alleviate some of these symptoms such as proper nutrition and regular exercise. Doctors now suggest that Vitamin D can play a key roll in helping to alleviate some of the symptoms of PCOS as well.
Many women who suffer from PCOS are deficient in Vitamin D. Since Vitamin D is beneficial for improving fertility, breast health, nervous system health and weight control, it is important for those who suffer from PCOS to take a Vitamin D supplement.
It is not currently known yet if low levels of Vitamin D in PCOS patients are the cause for their polycystic ovaries or if it is the other way around. There have been studies done that have shown that using Vitamin D supplements is suspected to decease insulin resistance in women with PCOS. In fact, many women have had some great results! However, you should talk to your doctor and be cautious because the studies that have been completed were not very extensive and there is still more research to be done before making the claim that Vitamin D supplements can greatly improve the symptoms associated with PCOS.
If you suffer from PCOS and you do not currently know what your Vitamin D levels are, you can have a simple blood test done at your doctor’s office to check it. Even though doctors are not totally sure that Vitamin D supplementation with PCOS is beneficial, it is still beneficial to everyone’s health to take a supplement of Vitamin D daily. So it certainly can’t hurt as long as your doctor gives you the okay!
If you are interested in testing out whether or not Vitamin D supplementation will help to improve your PCOS symptoms, you can always do an experiment of your own. Begin taking a daily supplement of Vitamin D and chart your PCOS symptoms each day. By doing this you will be able to know if you can personally benefit by using a Vitamin D supplement. It’s worth a try if it helps you to feel better and live a more fulfilling life as a result.
Vitamin D can be increased in the body by simply soaking in some sunshine, but for many of us that is not a daily occurrence. If you are not able to spend 10 to 15 minutes in sunlight per day, you may want to consider taking a vitamin D supplement.
As my own experiment, I started taking a multivitamin with 1,000 IU of Vitamin D twice daily and I can honestly feel the difference in my energy level. I cannot believe it was such an easy fix for my fatigue. With the uphill battle against my PCOS symptoms and weight loss, I expected yet again another battle. But just taking a supplement, that is a relief. I have even started taking my coffee outside and just enjoying the sunlight daily. So ladies and fellow Cysters, please share this with fellow Cysters. Such a simple fix.
Nutrition : Dos and Don’ts for PCOS and Infertility
Changing eating habits and getting more exercise helps to manage PCOS
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome - Five to 10 percent of young women have this hormonal disorder. Women with PCOS often have insulin resistance resulting in too much insulin in the blood. Excess insulin has been related to an increase in production of androgen, a male hormone made in fat cells, ovaries and adrenal glands. The result being a combination of the following symptoms!
Irregular menstrual periods
Hair growth on the face, chest, stomach, back, thumbs or toes
Acne, oily skin and dandruff
Weakness or excess hunger
Infertility because of lack of ovulation
Depression due to appearance and/or infertility…
Diet for PCOS
Changing eating habits and getting more exercise helps to manage PCOS.
By just losing 5-10 percent of weight you can get normal menstrual cycles, regulate blood sugar, and increase chances of conceiving a baby.
HOW TO DO IT ?
Eat more whole-grain foods, fruits, vegetables, lean meats and low-fat or fat-free milk, cheese or yogurt. If you are up for it, quit drinking milk all together and switch to UN-sweetened almond milk or coconut milk.
These foods help lower your blood sugar, improve your body’s use of insulin and normalize hormone levels.
Important diet tips for PCOS and Infertility:
Don’t skip meals. Eat three major meals with snacks in between.
Change the composition of each meal by including fruit and vegetable
A protein source in every meal is a must. Protein sources include egg whites, lean meat, fish, nuts, whole grains, low fat cheese and whey protein. This is where you will get your essential fats. Believe it or not your body NEEDS fat.
Get regular physical activity , it will alleviate many symptoms of PCOS and improves lean mass in the body.
Take a prenatal or multi vitamin.
Avoid excessive amounts of Caffeine.
Avoid Soy!! It mimics estrogen and the goal is to regulate hormones, not jack them up.