Overcoming Sugar Cravings in PCOS
There are times when one just can’t get enough of sweets and refined carbs. Binge-eating and food cravings are often a result of high-insulin levels, especially among women with PCOS. As someone who has suffered from PCOS, I know the trouble of unnecessary weight gain – which in turn worsens the condition.
Here are some useful healthy-eating tips.
1- Stock up on healthy snacks such as dates, dried apricots, dried cranberries and prunes. Go organic if possible – and if not, then do make sure you read the label. There should be no added sugar.
2- Don’t forget to keep fresh seasonal fruits such as melons, mangoes (in moderation) – whichever you like.
3- Nuts and nut butters are great options too. Dip your celery sticks and carrots sticks in 1 generous tablespoon of nut butter. This is a perfect pick-me-up, mid-afternoon snack. Make sure your nut butters have no added sugar, preservatives and palm oil.
4- You can try healthy pancakes for breakfast. Buckwheat pancakes with crushed walnuts; drizzled with a bit of organic maple syrup – are just delicious! I like Oats Porridge with soaked almonds and raisins drizzled with organic honey. Rice cracker layered with peanut butter, topped with banana slices is my favorite comfort fix for sugar cravings.
5- Make yourself some Almond Milk Hot Chocolate with good quality cacao powder, and sweeten with coconut palm sugar. I also stock up on dark chocolates, and have a piece or two once in a while.
6- Last but most important – please don’t go shopping when you’re hungry! You might end up buying snack foods of the wrong kinds or give in to your cravings. You certainly don’t want that, do you?
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