Pcos, Fertility and the Primal diet

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Ok, first I am not an expert. I didn’t spend 100G’s on a medical education. I majored in poetry so while I may make this sound pretty for God’s sakes please do your own research when deciding what you want to put in/do to your body.

I grew up hairy. Honestly I didn’t know any fancy terms like hirsutism until I turned 30 and starting trying to decode a way to make my body give me baby. I had three maybe four periods a year, which honestly at the time, did not bother me. I was and will always be a thicker gal, although I have lost 50 pounds and easily maintained it.

So what did I do? I started looking at PCOS as a disease that revolves around insulin sensitivity and made changes in my life that improved my insulin response.

I cut sugar (hence I said cut, not eliminated. Although I am doing a Sugar-Free challenge this month).

eliminated grains/legumes from my diet and eat pastured meats, organic fruits and vegetables. I stopped eating all soy and try my best to stay away from plastic containers or anything else estrogenic.

I started supplementing with fish oils (mainly cod liver oil à la Weston A Price), added traditional foods to my diet and upped my vitamin D3.

I implemented intermittent fasting into my lifestyle, really only one 18 – 24 fast a week (which I am obviously not doing now as I’m breastfeeding).

I use body care products that are a 3 and under according to the Skin Deep database.

I get as much sleep as a mom of a 9 month old can.

Did it work for my PCOS? Yes.  I noticed immediate results and now have the most regular period on earth.  My skin has cleared up, I have balanced moods and I’m energetic.  Yes, I’m still whittling away my pregnancy weight but it’s coming off slowly but surely (and it would even quicker if I wasn’t cheating so much).  You are what you eat, it’s as simple as that.

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10 Comments

  1. Clancy Harrison April 5, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Good for you. I have so many people coming to me with this topic and we did not receive any training in it in RD school. It is so important.

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    1. Bejelly April 5, 2012 at 10:37 am

      It’s a shame that it’s not covered in RD training since so many women has some form of this. Thanks Clancy.

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  2. melissa April 5, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    This should definitely be covered more! Thanks for this post!

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  3. Michelle April 5, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    So glad I saw this! I was just recently diagnosed with PCOS, and it’s so frustrating — especially the weight part. These are awesome tips. I didnt know about elminating legums, too. I’m a vegetarian, so that’s a little hard. Any other advice would be greatly appreciated. I haven’t written about this yet on my site, but am thinking of it.

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    1. Bejelly April 7, 2012 at 12:23 pm

      Do you do eggs and dairy? I think even just reducing the amount of grains and legumes you’re eating would help if you don’t want to just eliminate them.

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  4. Mudpies and Tiaras April 5, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    Sounds like a healthy diet no matter what you are choosing it for.

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  5. Christina June 12, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Hi Kelly,
    I just found your site via “just eat real food” on facebook. They posted your recipe for the strawberry popsicles.
    I see that you’re just across the bridge from me, so I thought that was cool–started reading a bit more and like the tips you’ve given here.
    We’ve been trying to eat healthier—not using plastic as much, cutting back on processed foods, etc.
    Just thought I’d say hi!

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    1. Kelly Bejelly June 12, 2013 at 12:42 pm

      Hi Christina 🙂 I love meeting people in my neck of the woods! I know you’re going to feel a million bucks better by changing up your diet. It has helped me immensely. I hope we get some sunshine again soon up here.

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