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I began promoting carbohydrates for women’s health more than a year ago.  The point was not, much as it might have seemed, to elevate carbohydrates as something magical or to create a whole diet that was oriented around them.  Rather, I just wanted women to eat them at least a little bit.

Since then, I have become one of the go-to bastions of carbohydrate advocacy.

It got even worse when I outed myself at paleo fx as a woman who eats six apples a day.  Then came on my blog and went ahead and fessed up to occasional 12 apple days.  (Um,  if they’re small apples).  Have you seen the cover of Sexy By Nature?

These days, I’d guess that carbohydrates make up maybe 45 percent of my diet when averaged across the whole thing.  That comes in the form of vegetables such as zucchini but is mostly in the form of mangoes and apples.

Therefore it might surprise you to learn that, having received results from a blood panel for the first time in twelve months, my fasting insulin and glucose levels are lower than they have ever been.

In 2010, 2011, and 2012, at the points at which I was on a somewhat calorie-restricted, carbohydrate-limited diet (lots of vegetables but not much fruit or starch), my fasting glucose was rock solid at 79 mg/dL.  Three weeks ago, that number dropped to 75 mg/dL.


Moreover, following my own prescriptions in PCOS Unlocked, for a woman with “Type II” PCOS, I have reduced my stress, increased carbohydrate intake, increased calorie intake, and decreased exercise.   I have also begun supplementing with magnesium.  (This is my favorite magnesium) The result?

LH and FSH, two hormones secreted by the pituitary gland that regulate the menstrual cycle and are typically low in women with starvation type menstrual irregularities, were higher than they had ever been.

Estrogen is well above the lower limit for bone health and higher than it has been since I was diagnosed with PCOS.

Progesterone is also above the lower limit, for the first time since I was diagnosed with PCOS.

Testesterone is within the normal range, lower than it has ever been (a good thing).

DHEA-S, an androgen secreted by the adrenal glands, is also within the normal range, lower than it has ever been (also a good thing).


All of which is to say, I am well, and certainly not the worse for wear because I eat a mango — or six! — here or there.  Might it be unsustainable in the long run?  Sure.  But it works for now, and it works for my healing.  Read PCOS: Unlocked for advice on how to use carbohydrates to your hormonal benefit!



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