Aside from this past weekend and one day last week (it was my son’s birthday!), I’ve been on Paleo for PCOS diet/lifestyle. This weekend was my son’s birthday party and I didn’t want to field questions about why I wasn’t eating this or that. I know, I’m weak.
It’s obviously too early to know if the diet is helping my PCOS or not, but, I did notice something when I went off of it this past Friday night-Sunday. I developed a headache on Friday night—it was so bad that it woke me up overnight and it hurt my head to lay on my pillow—and lasted on and off (depending on when I took Excedrin) throughout the rest of the weekend. I found that odd, since I very rarely get headaches. I only got them every few weeks when I was pregnant; outside of pregnancy, I maybe get a headache once or twice per year. It was very strange that I had one for two days straight! Aside from the headache, I got that foggy feeling again. And I was more exhausted than usual. Is it all in my head?
Was it due to eating gluten and sugar? Paleo for PCOS certainly cuts that out. Who knows. But it’s a change I’m definitely going to keep an eye on. It won’t be the last time that I stray—I’m sure of that. So maybe, if it does have to do with gluten and sugar, I can only eat it in small quantities? Or maybe I am sensitive to it, altogether.
My body immediately started retaining water/doing whatever it does when I reintroduced “bad” foods to my diet. My clothes don’t fit any differently, but I look more bloated and the scale when up a few pounds (remember, I reported that I lost a few pounds on Paleo). I fully expect those pounds to disappear over the next few days as I settle back into Paleo, but the scale jumping back up was a swift reminder of what those types of food can do to your body!
That’s my Paleo update—have you noticed any positive changes to your PCOS symptoms by switching to a Paleo-type diet?
I’m really hoping to regulate my cycles with this diet, as well as maintain healthy hair (as much as I can) and skin!
Love of beauty is Taste. The creation of beauty is Art.”
–Ralph Waldo Emerson