I’m Annette, and I love food. I live in London with my beloved, my kitten Lola and two tortoises. I run a music magazine, spend my days dreaming about moving to a cabin in the woods and listening to this.
At 18, I was diagnosed with with a gluten-allergy, and in my early 20s, with PCOS and insulin resistance. Although my diet was healthy relatively, I realised the best way to heal my body was through nutrition. Traditional medicine has been ineffective in treating my PCOS, and I’ve spent over a decade researching my condition.
My PCOS dictates I eat a low-carb, low-sugar diet, high in quality protein and good fat. Essentially, I follow a Paelo-based diet, full of health-giving plants and supplemented with high-grade meat. For the most part, I steer clear of grains, but you will see the occasional chickpea or grain of quinoa sneaking into recipes. I won’t use refined sugar or flour in my recipes, and fruit is largely kept to a minimum (mainly for treats). We try to eat organic where possible, but we’re not made of money, so sometimes we can’t. And that’s OK. I tend to follow the 80-20 rule. As long as everything is in place for me to eat well 80% of the time, the 20% when I can’t is balanced out. If you don’t have PCOS or insulin resistance, these recipes will still be hugely beneficial to your health.
PCOS and nutrition
The internet is the best place for you to find information on PCOS and nutrition. At some point I’ll be assembling an index of useful resources on this site, but in the meantime, I’d suggest reading up on the science behind Metabolic Balance, Paelo diets and The Woman Code by Alisa Vitti. My approach combines elements of all three of these plans, but the science is pretty much the same.
ASK ME. Really – I know how frustrating it is to feel like you’re alone with PCOS. Research is scant and difficult to piece together. Know this – you can heal your body through nutrition. If there’s anything I can do to help, I will.