I know it’s Winter here in Australia, but I love a good salad any time of the year. And you lucky folk in the Northern Hemisphere are just starting your summer. So the salad I’ve got this week will be ideal for you. Read on for more.
A Diet for PCOS and Insulin Resistance
One of my subscribers (Sheenah P. – this is for you) asked me to research a diet for women who suffer for polycystic ovary syndrome. Now, before you blokes all go “Erk! An article about women’s stuff!”, this condition affects an awful number of women. So the chances are, if you don’t know someone with it now, you probably will in the future.
Now, this website is devoted to all things wheat and gluten free, and I don’t want to muddy the waters, but I will provide some guidance for those who suffer from PCOS because this article also affects people with insulin resistance and/or wheat intolerance.
This cause of PCOS is not well known, and is thought to be a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Symptoms include irregular periods, acne, and obesity. Women with PCOS can also find it very difficult to become pregnant.
While most of the treatments for PCOS are medical such as hormone treatment, it is important to address the tendency to obesity. One common issue is insulin resistance. Read on those of you with weight issues who have been warned by your doctor that you are in danger of developing Type 2 Diabetes.
The best way to deal with insulin resistance is to adopt a diet that is relatively high in protein and low in carbohydrates. For those of you who have heard of it, a modified version of the Keto Diet is recommended. But don’t use the Keto Diet as it’s very high in fats and that is a problem for insulin resistance too.
Avoid wheat and gluten as much as possible. If you must eat rice, make it brown rice, not white. Eat lots of fruit and vegetables, and good healthy proteins such as oily fish (salmon or tuna), eggs, cheese and nuts. The quinoa salad on this blog post is an ideal recipe for someone with PCOS or insulin resistance. Quinoa and amaranth are great as they are high in protein and low in carbohydrates.
If you know someone with PCOS or insulin resistance keep an eye on this blog. I will be shortly announcing a new site where I will provide information and recipes ideally suited for those of you with either (or both) of these conditions.
In the meantime, let’s move on to this weeks recipes. As I mentioned I regularly make quinoa salad for lunch. It’s so quick and easy to do, and my partner likes it as much as I do. Quinoa really is a super food. As well as being very high in protein, it also contains a complete range of amino acids, and is low carbohydrate and (of course!) gluten free.
Feel free to chop and change the salad veggies depending on what’s in season, and what takes your fancy.
Flourless Orange Marmalade Cake
My sweet treat this week is a variation on the classic Orange Almond cake. Instead of flour, this uses almond meal instead. And, to step it up a notch, dress it up with delicious cream flavoured with orange marmalade. Check out the recipe here.
Until next week, take care and eat well.
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