Hey, I'm Julia !
I have struggled with PCOS for ten years. Unknowingly for about 6 years. I had regular cycles for nine years before they completely stopped at age 26. My physician at the time put me on birth control and since I had a false period that way, he considered me cured.
Every time I went off birth control though, I never got a cycle. It wasn’t until I moved out of my small hometown at 28 years old and got a different physician that I found out about my diagnosis. I had PCOS.
My testosterone and progesterone levels were slightly elevated, thankfully there was no tumor in my brain pushing on my pituitary gland, but it gave me the diagnosis of PCOS. I was so relieved to put a name to my condition, but unfortunately, the doctors told me they can only help with the symptoms and not cure them. I felt hopeless!
I am a nutritionist, so I already value being healthy and strives to live a healthy lifestyle, even before my diagnosis. I always ate home-cooked food, balanced diet, and hated sweets — didn’t even like fruit juices. Looking back I see the flaws in my diet. I wouldn’t eat processed or sugary foods, but I ate bread and crackers as snacks, and popcorn as junk food for movie nights.
Also being the androgynous type of PCOS victim, instead of the overweight type of PCOS victim, indulging in carbs didn’t fluctuate my weight so I never monitored my carb intake. I felt that I couldn’t live a healthier lifestyle than what I was living, and I was confused as to why I developed PCOS. However, it started my pursuit to find natural solutions to heal my body, give it what it’s lacking, or take away something harming it.
Three years after my diagnosis, I met my husband. We both wanted to be and feel healthier, so we tried veganism. Shortly after going vegan and traveling to another country, I got a bladder infection. I went on an antibiotic and that’s when the ‘immediate-relief-needed’ happened. I was sick all the time after that antibiotic. I would have a cold after cold, infection after infection, cold sores, random and sporadic inflammation of my eye, digestive problems and relentless pain in my stomach, and probably more.
The doctors believed my symptoms, but everything they tested for came back negative. In Canada, they don’t have the lab to test for candida in the stool, which is now what I think I had and causing me so much digestive distress and random, annoying symptoms.
After about 6 months of this (it was one of the worst times in my life), a friend (at work) showed me a Keto Diet cookbook that she used sometimes. Within the first couple of pages, they write the benefits of the keto diet for many health conditions like PCOS. I was so overjoyed to finally find a solution.
I bought a 8 week custom keto diet online, I signed up and took it seriously. I had nothing to lose — I was already sick; I was already not making delicious meals.
seven days of Keto diet (no sugar + no bad Carbohydrates ) were enough to give me a natural cycle! I got my period !!
What happened was I followed the diet for 7 days and by the eighth night, I thought I was going to die, I knew about the keto flu (symptoms associated with the body adapting to a keto diet like Nausea, constipation, headaches, fatigue), so I tried to ‘tough it out’ but I couldn’t handle my symptoms so I ate a whole bag of popcorn.
To my amazement, I woke up and my period had come! I found it strange because I had filled up on carbs the night before, but my body must have already done what it’s supposed to do at that point. 7 days of healthy fats were enough to give me a natural cycle. One that I honestly couldn’t acquire naturally for 8 whole years.
This magnificent diet plan accompanied with daily simple exercices plus meditation (for thirty minutes a day) do wonders on my body. My next cycle happened two months later. I think my body is still healing and I am still on my naturally healthy journey.
I also use an app to track my macronutrients and I continue to stray from root vegetables, grains, and sugars.
I’ve read so much about the ketogenic diet and I understand the basic science behind it, but I still don’t think I know why or how I got a period after 7 days after 8 years of not having one naturally
All I know is that it happened and I am happy because this diet worked with me and helped me to lose weight. Also, the keto meals were delicious, even my husband, who’s fairly picky, liked them. He namely liked Cheesy Garlic Parmesan Spaghetti Squash and Garlic Butter Steak Bites.
I repeat diet+simple workouts+stress management (meditation or yoga) is the perfect recipe to fight PCOS.
The keto diet may not be appropriate for pregnants or breastfeeding women, children and teens.