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21 Jan 2004

Insulin resistant

I was diagnosed with PCOS and insulin resistance two years ago. In the meantime, I did have a baby who is now 15 months old. I am 23 and approximately 35 kg's overweight. My GP referred me to a dietician, the diet I am on is as follows:

Breaskfast: alternating between jungle oats and milk one day and the next a boiled egg, rye toast and half a tomato.
Snack: Ryevita with lettuce and cucumber and cottage cheese as well as a fruit.
Lunch: Either fish or chicken with either salad or homemade vegetable broth and a slice of rye bread.
Snack: Same as before, only Vitalinea yoghurt instead of fruit
Supper: Either fish or chicken with carrots, baby marrows and 2 tbs rice or small potato. (vegetables vary from day to day)
Snack: Either fruit or ryevita with lettuce and cottage cheese.

I am allowed to eat pasta (durum wheat) once a week and extra lean, non-fat red meat once a week. No pork, lamb or sugar. All meat must be grilled. I am also taking Vascafem, evening primrose oil (gynaes orders) and zinc. I drink about three to four litres of water a day.

Is this a good diet? I was told that I should exercise daily as well, but this is extremely difficult when I work quite far from where I live and I have a small child. I have been following this diet for a month and have lost 6 kg's. I don't feel any different, though. Would you suggest any variation on this diet. I know that most people have a "no carbohydrates" approach to dieting, but as the dietician explained to me, I am not on a diet. I am experiencing a change in lifestyle and the food I have to eat will only benefit that. I don't want to become a diabetic, but it's very hard to avoid all those really fattening things out there. What is your take on insulin resistance and still eating carbohydrates?

Thanks very much

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01 Jan 0001

Dear Mel
Full marks to your dietitian. I think you are on a very sensible diet and the fact that you have already lost 6 kg is stunning. The only way to treat insulin resistance and PCOS is to use a balanced, low-fat diet which makes use of minimally processed carbohydrates with a low GI - exactly what your dietician has prescribed for you. Don't fall into the trap of thinking that if you have a problem with insulin then you need to avoid ALL carbs - you must avoid highly processed carbs with a high GI (glycaemic index). So carry on with this excellent diet and try to include some exercise - if you put baby into a pushchair and take him/her for brisk walks for 30 min a day if possible- take hubby along if you are scared of walking alone (he will also benefit). Or ask Fitness Doc for a home workout which will help you to control your weight and the insulin resistance - it is really worth it.
Keep up the good work
Best regards
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