PCOS & Nutrition
Research has shown healthy eating habits and regular physical activity helps to manage PCOS. Eating more whole-grain foods, fruits, vegetables, lean meats and low-fat or fat-free milk, cheese or yogurt can help lower your blood sugar, improve your body’s use of insulin and normalize hormone levels. A healthy eating plan for women with PCOS includes four to five meals or snacks every day, including breakfast. Don’t skip meals. A variety of foods from all the My Plate food groups: fruits, vegetables, grains, lean protein and low-fat dairy. Moderate portions of healthy fats, such as olive and canola oils, walnuts, almonds and avocados. Protein in all meals and snacks. Try nut butters, lean meats, fish, tofu, beans, lentils and low-fat dairy products with all meals and snacks. Healthy beverages such as water, low-fat or fat-free milk or soy beverage or 100 percent fruit juice.