I know I talked a lot about adoption, but it doesn’t mean DH and I haven’t given up on conceiving.
When we started to talk about taking Clomid or Metformin, I realized that if I was willing to take drugs/hormones then I should first be willing to change my diet.
So, about three weeks ago, we switched to a Low-GI diet. (Or at least, I have, DH still eats out with his friends occasionally but he mainly eats what I eat.)
Essentially we eat foods with a low glycemic-index rating. Foods like:
- White, bleached, All-Purpose flour
- White potatoes
- White rice
- Most cereals
All have a GI of over 70, which is considered high. This means they have naturally (or added) occurring sugar that can result in your blood sugar levels being elevated. A Low-GI diet is very common for those with diabetes.
We switched to foods like:
- Whole grain/stone ground wheat
- Sweet potato
- Brown rice (this in moderation as well)
- Cereal like special K (or anything with a low sugar content)
We also added a lot of steamed vegetables and fresh meat. No more processed/preserved meat, so anything like sausage, bacon, or similar things are now out.
It’s been just 3 weeks since we made the change, and I’m glad to say it’s a permanent one. For years I’ve dealt with belching, bloating, heartburn, gut stasis (my stomach stops digesting), and I had to take things like Prilosec and heartburn medication.
Now that I’ve switched to a Low GI diet, I can eat without being uncomfortable and my energy stays level all day.
Best part is, my reproductive system, in such a SHORT TIME, has already improved. My periods were always so irregular, but after I started the diet, about a week after, I started to notice hormonal signs. Signs like:
- Oily skin (not typical for me)
- Sore breasts
- Egg white cervical mucus (something I’ve only ever had ONCE before)
Just a few days ago, I had all the signs that I was ovulating. So, we went for it. Just this morning, I noticed something I never, ever had before. I woke up with so much discharge. It was very watery, clear, barely smelled like anything. I’ve had a bit here and there, but nothing like this. It felt like I peed the bed!
I believe we timed it perfectly, but I thought that before and was dead wrong. But now I have my most typical sign (itchy/sore nipples) and in about two weeks, we will see if my period comes.
If it doesn’t, then it’s about the surest sign yet that I might have conceived!
So either way, if I am not pregnant or if I am, this Low GI diet has changed my life. I feel so much better, my body hurts less, I can eat normally, and I just feel so… relieved. Best part is that the weight naturally falls off!
I have PCOS, and the first serious step I took was to change my diet. I am hoping that this will make the difference, either on the journey to motherhood or for my future health and happiness.