Most of you know I have PCOS, the infertility diagnosis that led us to IVF for our sweet girl. The trouble is PCOS isn’t JUST about fertility. It’s a complicated disaster on your entire body. It involves things from insulin resistance to infertility, excessive facial hair growth to regular hair loss. Predisposition for heart disease and diabetes. Correlation with pancreatitis which shockingly I had in 2004 and scored me a lovely two weeks vacation at FMH. PCOS makes a lot of things difficult: getting pregnant, losing weight, walking out the door without checking for chin hairs… but I am bigger than this. Even more complicated is how your body responds to your PCOS changes ALL OF THE TIME.
Prior to Maelynn’s birth, I NEVER had regular periods. Ever. Guess what? She is almost 8 months old and I’ve had 6 regular periods. However, I’ve always been able to lose weight following the Slow Carb Diet. This time around? Nada. I got back to my prepregnancy weight by the time she turned 6 weeks, started getting periods, and packed on around 15lbs in 3 months while eating as best as I always had. None of my clothes fit. My skin was a wreck. I felt sluggish and moody all of the time. Frustrated, I turned to an endocrinologist. The good news-my fasting insulin levels, A1C, thyroid, cholesterol etc look fabulous. My androgens and testosterone levels-another story.
Feeling defeated, I took to the interwebs. Page after page showed other PCOS warriors finding success with LCHF/KETO lifestyles. While the SCD and KETO aren’t very different at first glance, they’re completely different in mindset and meal planning. After talking with Dan, we decided to give KETO 4 weeks. This first week has been a lot of figuring things out. But for the first time in 4 months, the scale is moving in the right direction. I’m feeling hopeful, motivated and empowered to feed my body what it needs. We will be weighing in on Monday’s and decided our next steps after the end of 4 weeks.
I’m looking forward to weighing in tomorrow and doing something I’ve rarely done: taking “before” photos. Hopefully this is the start of something good.