Understanding PCOS and Paleo

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More info from Becky Miller about the association between PCOS and Paleo:

Paleo For PCOS

Quite assuredly you’ve heard of the Paleo diet by now. If you haven’t, consider this your introduction and education for everything you’ll need to know about a Paleo lifestyle and Paleo for PCOS.

There is a lot of talk about Paleo for PCOS and it was my inquiring mind and women like yourselves that intrigued me to go a little deeper.  In this review, you will learn what Paleo stands for, what it is, how to try it and why it might be beneficial for your PCOS symptoms as well as the drawbacks.

What Is Paleo?

‘Paleo’ is actually short for ‘Paleolithic.’ This was an era in time that lasted for about 2.5 million years and ended about 10,ooo years ago. The Paleo lifestyle is often called  ’primal’ because of the differences in food choices. If paleo conjures images of cavewomen and lots of meat, let’s clear the air a bit.

Paleo is based on the theory that during the Paleolithic era, humans were hunter-gatherers and in that lifestyle their diets mainly consisted of meats, from grass fed animals, fish, eggs, vegetables, fruit, fungi, roots and nuts. This all changed when the ‘agricultural’ era came about and brought potatoes, grains, legumes, milk, cheese, salt, refined sugar and processed oils.

Before you stop reading for fear of what this diet might mean for your diet, let me tell you about why you might think this could be worth your time in dealing with PCOS.

Is Paleo Good For PCOS?

Before I go any further, I want to explain why many women with PCOS  do experience benefits from a Paleo diet. The benefits that women with PCOS are experiencing (more on that later) are mainly due to a way of eating that excludes refined sugars and grains, bad fats, excess salt, high glycemic-index (GI) carbohydrates, processed foods and dairy. 

In my research and experience, the biggest benefits that women with PCOS experience with a paleo diet are with fertility and acne. Hallelujah!

It has also been noted that reduced inflammation due to the reduction of C-reactive protein is also a benefit of paleo eating. This is a chronic issue for women with PCOS and a paleo diet is anti-inflammatory in nature. When your body is inflamed, lots of body processes shut down, including weight loss!

The following information is not backed by scientific studies YET, rather it is from real women who have PCOS and are eating a paleo diet. You can decide for yourselves if that is credible enough for you.

Other Benefits of Paleo For PCOS

  • Balanced hormones
  • Improvements in skin acne, skin tags and dark skin spots.
  • Less hirsutism and even hair regrowth
  • Regulates blood sugar levels
  • Weight loss
  • Better sleep
  • Regular menstrual cycles
  • Increased fertility

My Bottom Line

I’m hopeful for what the Paleo way of eating can accomplish in women with PCOS. Immediately,I want to caution you against a way of eating that is highly restrictive. This is a personal decision and you must take the WHOLE person into account. If you know you can’t do it and will end up binge eating, don’t do it! However, if you are willing to give it a 30-60 day try, it wouldn’t hurt your PCOS, that’s for sure!

It’s important to remember that if you’re going to try it, you have to do it all the way to see results. Following the regimen every other day is not helping you at all. In addition to a PCOS lifestyle to include exercise, reducing stress and other helpful supplements, Paleo for PCOS is pretty promising, particularly for skin and fertility issues associated with PCOS. 

“I believe that the principles that Paleo presents are sound in its benefits to PCOS. Getting our bodies back to a way of eating that is as ‘pure’ as possible is always good, no matter who you are, but especially for women with PCOS.”

Becky Miller, PCOS Health Coach


7 thoughts on “Understanding PCOS and Paleo

  1. This is an amazing article and very reassuring to know I am heading in the right direction!! I was diagnosed with PCOS about 10 years ago and have struggled a lot with my weight and hirsutism. I can’t even begin to describe all the changes I have seen in my body since I started living a paleo lifestyle just a short 30 days ago. It’s amazing and I hope others out there struggling with PCOS will read this article and find the strength to make the change!


    1. Nastassja, thank you so much for sharing your experience. Would you mind sharing what kinds of changes you’ve noticed? Are you currently TTC? I would love to be able to compile a page of testimonials from other people. There are so many suffering from PCOS and infertility who have yet to believe that this could help. It’s also disappointing that more doctors don’t buy into this as a way to treat PCOS instead of always going to Metformin and other diets that don’t work well for those with PCOS. I’d love if you’d share more info and keep me updated. Would you mind if I share what you’ve written on a “success stories” post? Thank you SO much for contributing. I, too, really want to be able to help others that are struggling.


  2. I have read every book on combating PCOS with diet and Paleo just makes more and more sense. I am baby stepping my way into Paleo (me and cheese sticks go way back!), but I would be happy to share my information with you as I head down TTC lane! Great blog and many thanks!


  3. Hi Becky, I once found a very interesting article you posted on your site: http://www.pcoshealthcoach.com about hair loss caused by PCOS. Unfortunately I cannot access that site anymore. Just wondering how I can contact you regarding that particular article as I would like to ask you a question. Many thanks.


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