Positive PCOS

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Lifestyle Tips

Symptom Tips

Wellbeing Tips

Knowing you're not the only one living with PCOS, and hearing about women who are successfully managing their own symptoms, can be reassuring and comforting. Whether you've just been diagnosed, are struggling to know how to manage symptoms or looking for some inspiration, this space is for sharing positive tips to help and support each other.

This page is updated regularly so get in touch if you'd like to share your own tips. We also post Positive PCOS Tips on our Twitter #whatsyourtip? and Facebook pages.

Lifestyle Tips

    Exercise

  • Get moving! Build exercise into your daily routine – park further away from the shops, take the stairs, walk or cycle instead of driving sometimes.
  • My tip is to find an exercise you enjoy. If you enjoy it, you're motivated to do it. Submitted via Twitter.
  • Walk briskly! It doesn’t require fancy equipment, carries low chance of injury and it's free.
  • Try something new. A new exercise class, signing up for a course...get out of your comfort zone to boost confidence.
  • Dancing is the new exercise! Submitted via Twitter.
  • Diet

  • Drink green tea. Full of antioxidants, it also supports heart health, improves insulin sensitivity and aids metabolism.
  • Sweet tooth? Add a sprinkling of cinnamon onto yoghurt and fruit to help satisfy those cravings.
  • Enjoy a healthy cup of green tea daily. Photo: Pixabay.com
  • Do you drink enough water? Sometimes it's hard to keep track of how much you've had to drink in a day. Carry a water bottle and refill as needed - this way you can monitor how much you've had to drink every day.
  • Don't get caught out. Keep healthy snacks, like nuts and fruit, in your bag, desk, at home to keep those hunger pangs at bay.
  • Eat blueberries. A powerful antioxidant, low GI and a great source of vitamin C. Frozen or fresh, try to buy organic if you can.
  • Cook pasta al dente. It has a lower GI than fully cooked pasta.
  • Enjoy pasta without the creamy sauces. Choose simple, tomato based ones instead for less calories and unhealthy fat.
  • Enjoy tomatoes. They contain lycopene, a powerful antioxidant, which is absorbed more easily when cooked.
  • Swap rice with quinoa, low GI and more filling. Add some spices/herbs to change up the flavours of quinoa. Submitted via Twitter.
  • Swap potatoes for sweet potatoes. A source of vitamins A and C, packed with nutrients and low GI.
  • Cook pasta al dente. It has a lower GI than fully cooked pasta

    If short on time, buy healthy snacks that are quick and easy to prepare – houmous with celery stalks, nuts, apples.

    Take your own lunch to work – it helps control what you’re eating & saves money too!

  • Add fruit to your breakfast & vegetables to your lunch & dinner so they make up about half of each meal.
  • Don't start healthy eating plans by depriving yourself! Start by adding more fruit & veg to your diet every day.
  • Eat enough high fibre foods! Filling & essential for bowel health. Sources include seeds, brown rice & most vegetables.
  • Eat enough high fibre foods! Filling & essential for bowel health. Sources include seeds, brown rice & most vegetables.
  • Eat avocado! A superfood rich in antioxidants, potassium and healthy fats.
  • If you’re busy, cook larger quantities of healthy meals and freeze them or have for lunch the next day.
  • Meal plan! Write down your weekly healthy meals & only buy ingredients you need - helps to save money & eat healthily.
  • Cook as many of your own meals as possible. Be in control of what you eat.

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Symptom Tips

  • Help cleanse and clear your skin with lemons! A good source of vitamin C, great for skin and it can lower the overall GI of a meal. Enjoy as a dressing or with warm water to drink.

Add lemons to cool or warm water, or add to meals to easily enjoy its health benefits. Photo: Pixabay.com
  • Don’t skip meals. It’s been shown to increase insulin resistance, weight gain and glucose levels.
  • Eat a larger breakfast and smaller dinner. It's been shown to increase ovulation and improve insulin sensitivity.
  • When dealing with PCOS knowledge is power. The more you know the better equipped you will be to deal with it. Submitted via Twitter.
  • Take action. PCOS symptoms don’t improve on their own - take control and make the necessary changes to manage them.
  • Focus on developing and maintaining a healthy, toned body rather than concentrating only on weight.
  • Demand a diagnosis! If you're not being taken seriously, don't be afraid to speak up & get the correct tests.

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Wellbeing Tips

  • Try not to only focus on weight loss, if needed, but its health benefits i.e. reduced diabetes risk, improved symptoms.
  • Set aside time for you. Sometimes having PCOS can feel overwhelming and pretty stressful. Take time out for yourself to do whatever it is that you love. Make yourself a priority. Get a massage, meet friends, have a facial, take time to read a great book...whatever it is that makes you feel good.
  • Treat yourself, get a massage. Great for de-stressing, easing stiff joints and reducing blood pressure.
  • Try not to spend time caring about what others think. Take a deep breath, focus on your own goals and be kind to yourself.
  • Everything is going to be ok. Just breath and take it one day at a time. Ask tons of questions too. Submitted via Twitter.
  • Try not to only focus on weight loss but its health benefits i.e. reduced diabetes risk, improved symptoms

    Prioritise your emotional health. Do something you love – get a massage, read a book, go for a walk, meet up with friends.

    Feeling stressed out? Spend time in nature. It's been found to boost mental and physical wellbeing, and help lower cortisol levels.

  • Don't always focus on the negative parts of PCOS but the positive too - learning about your body, getting fit & healthier etc.
  • Focus on, and celebrate, the body parts you love instead of focusing on the ones you don’t.
  • Write down 3 things you are grateful for every day. The benefits of gratitude to health are scientifically proven.
  • To aid sleep, try a couple drops of lavender oil on your pillow, or tissue paper under it, at night.

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