To Meat or Not to Meat? The PCOS Diet Answer

by Becky Miller on August 6, 2012

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PCOS Diet

Fishatarian? Vegetarian? Chickenatarian? Lactoovo Vegetarian? Lacto Vegetarian? Vegan? Fruitarian? Breatharian? Let’s talk about the pro’s and con’s of meat in the PCOS diet.

PCOS & Meat Consumption

Well one thing’s for sure, there’s no room for fad diets when it comes to your health. Knowing that PCOS can be entirely controlled through diet, I believe this topic is worthy of deeper inquisition.

So, the common question ‘To Meat or Not To Meat’ is not such an easy question when you’re deciding what’s best for your body and for the health of your loved ones. Navigating the web for advice is like going to doctor after doctor until they tell you what you want to hear. As PCOS Crown women, we must learn where to find sound information and make informed decision on the basis of those facts.

Before we explore the pro’s and con’s of a carnivorous diet, let’s be reminded of a few things. There is no such thing as a ‘cookbook diet.’ There is no one ‘recipe’ for healthy eating that is good for everyone. CROWN women learn how to recognize the signs from their body that a particular type of food may not be for their body. That’s just part of the health and healing that my clients receive through CROWN Coaching Programs.

Pro’s & Con’s of Meat Consumption

I’m about to ‘go there.’ I don’t claim to be anything that may be associated with the phrase, ”tree hugger.” I do, rather, claim a heart for the Earth that my children will inherit. With this being said, I do as much as is in my power to decrease my ‘environmental footprint’ in this world. To the point, our Earth simply cannot sustain the rate at which we (Americans really) are consuming animal products. It’s just a small way to do ‘our part.’

Alright, so let’s get informed here:

Pro’s of Animal Protein (in the form of meat, red and white)

  • Excellent source of lean, carbohydrate free, protein are available from meat
  • Consuming protein has less of an effect on insulin as compared to carbohydrates
  • Most of our ancestors consumed protein (usually the whole animal, though)

Con’s of Animal Protein

  • Less risk of food bourne disease (cancer, mad cow disease)
  • People who do not consume meat tend to live longer lives
  • Global warming issues (methane gas released from cows, energy it takes to farm & process meat)
  • Higher risk of developing heart disease for those meats high in saturated fats
  • Hormones and antibiotics that most animal meats are grown with are dangerous, especially for PCOS women
  • Not easily digested by most women with PCOS
  • Ben Franklin, Leonardo Davinci, Albert Einstein, Ghandi, and Bob Marley didn’t eat meat icon wink To Meat or Not to Meat? The PCOS Diet Answer

A Few Meat Eating Tips

A few thoughts in conclusion. Protein is essential to the human diet so if you are going to consume meat, here are a few tips on how to safely get yours.

  • Limit meat consumption to 1-2 times per week. Here are some great meat alternative meal ideas.
  • Whenever possible, buy organic (free-range, hormone & antibiotic free) meat. Better yet, go to the farm to get it!
  • Beans are an excellent source of protein and the BEST type of carbohydrate to consume for PCOS (fiber, ladies!)
  • Nuts are protein packed and the perfect snack for on-the-go or in meals

If you’re ready to make real and lasting changes, PCOS CROWN is an amazing place to start. I am committed to complete transformation of your PCOS and my ladies would testify to that.

Contact Becky for more information on CROWN’s Coaching Programs.

References:

Dietary Intake of Total, Animal, and Vegetable Protein and Risk of Type 2 Diabetes.Diabetes Care Journal. October 13, 2009

Red Meat Intake is Assciated with Metabolic Syndrome and the Plasma C-Reactive Protein Concentration in Women. The Journal of Nutrition. September 2004.

Insulin Sensitivity and Liver Fat: Role of Iron Load. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. June 1, 2011

Health Implications of a Vegetarian Diet: A Review. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine. May 1, 2012.

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