Reflecting on the what and why of your food choices can help you to understand where you’re at and how you can change your food mindset to improve your PCOS symptoms. Keep reading to learn more.
Food mindset is incredibly important for polycystic ovarian syndrome, or PCOS. Considering why you make the food choices you do can help you to figure out how to make positive changes to your diet that will impact your PCOS long-term.
PCOS, or polycystic ovary syndrome is a hormonal condition associated with high levels of androgens (male-type hormones) and insulin resistance. Women with PCOS may experience symptoms such as irregular periods, excess hair growth, weight gain, acne and issues with fertility. Using lifestyle medicine to make positive PCOS diet changes can help to improve symptoms.
Reflecting on your food choices
It’s common to hear people say that they know what to do and what not to do, but it’s actually doing it that counts. Despite the confusing health messages, many people know what is considered healthy, but convenience, finances, laziness or social factors can get in the way of making good food choices.
Try some diet self-reflection now:
- Why do you make the choices you do?
- How do you feel after you have eaten a food that isn’t considered the healthiest?
- Do you think of yourself as a “healthy” person? Or do you identify as an “unhealthy” person?
- What stops you from making healthy choices? Do you start off well and then crumble? What are the scenarios you find difficult?
- Do you ever feel guilty because of your food choices?
Try to do this without shame or judgement. Understanding where you’re at can help you to identify where you could improve in your food choices. Remember, developing your own unique PCOS diet is key to sustaining healthy behaviour change long-term. No one size fits all.
We know food and mood are connected. We know willpower decreases through the day. We know unhealthy food is cheaper, easier to access and often more convenient. So the odds are against us all, but having the knowledge, support and positive mindset to make healthy food choices is super empowering.
Optimising your diet can improve PCOS symptoms for many women. Food mindset, goal-setting and imagining new habit formations can be critical to sustained behaviour change. If you have polycystic ovarian syndrome, speak with a holistic healthcare provider who specialises in PCOS management and lifestyle medicine to help you with your food mindset and create a positive relationship with food.