5 ways to use Jaggery in PCOS

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The perpetual dilemma of what works and what doesn’t when you have PCOS, is the mother of all dilemmas! When it comes to what sweetener helps PCOS without compromising your insulin sensitivity, there are a host of opinions. Right from aspartame to agave the debate on choice of sweetener is intense. Then there is jaggery! Humble, low profile, related to nasty refined sugar; yet amazingly healthy! If sugar is the evil step sister, jaggery is like Cinderella!

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Why Jaggery?

Jaggery is solidified or amorphous form of unrefined and un-distilled  sugarcane  juice. Jaggery is also made from date palm and coconut sap.  This super-food sweetener has  high alkaline mineral content which makes it extremely beneficial not just for PCOS but for overall health. Research studies show that jaggery helps us fight the damaging free radicals (harmful chemicals produced in our own body which damage our cells) due to it’s high anti-oxidant content and protects our cells. Also, studies show that regular use of jaggery also helps our body cope with air pollution or poor quality of air and protects our lungs form toxicity.

5 ways to use jaggery in PCOS:

Thinking about jaggery only from the glycemic index perspective is a little narrow minded approach to this subject (Glycemic index is the measure of how much sugar any food releases in blood after consumption). Jaggery in PCOS helps myriad health issues aprat from being a much healthier option  to refined sugar. However, giving due respect to insulin resistance (imbalance of insulin i.e. reduced ability of our cells to process insulin); moderation has to practiced while using jaggery in PCOS.

  • Constipation: Constipation is one of the most common issues faced by women with PCOS. Having 1/2 tsp. jaggery mixed with warm water at bedtime helps to soften stools and relieves constipation.
  • Acidity: Jaggery is alkaline in nature. That is, its effect n our body after we consume is alkalizing. Acidity, bloating and stomach irritation is yet another pet peeve of PCOS. 1/4th  tsp. jaggery with 1tsp. fennel seeds helps reduce bloating and acidity.
  • Sleep: Poor sleep quality i.e. difficulty  in either falling asleep or staying asleep top the chart amongst discomforts of having PCOS. 1/4th tsp. of jaggery with 2-3 strands of saffron in a glass of hot organic milk helps to relax the mid and promotes good sleep.
  • Anemia: Low hemoglobin levels tend to be common in PCOS. Anemia resulting from this not only makes you more tired and frustrated, it also aggravates the hair loss situation. Hair loss is often triggered by the excess male hormones (i.e. hyperandrogenism) in PCOS. Lack of adequate hemoglobin and iron levels in blood make hair loss worse often leading to balding in women. Jaggery is rich source of iron and supplements natural iron which mush easier to absorb as compared to iron pills. Also, most iron pills trigger constipation and jaggery doesn’t.
  • Period irregularity: Having a tsp. of jaggery with a tsp. of black sesame seeds is a traditional remedy in India for delayed periods. This remedy is often given to young girls art menarche to help regularize their cycles. Having jaggery and black sesame seeds first thing in the morning helps with period regularity. Also, sesame seeds are rich source of natural calcium and iron. This combination helps strengthen bones and teeth; boosts hair growth and promotes hormonal balance.

Tips to buy jaggery:

  • Color: Darker the jaggery, better it is! Deep brown color in sugarcane jaggery is what we should
  • Smell: If you can, try and smell the jaggery. Good jaggery has a faint smell of iron.
  • Taste: Good unrefined jaggery has a noticeable taste of iron.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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World Coconut Day! Is Coconut oil pure poison?

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Hamlet or not, to be or not to be – will always be the question especially in the field of food and nutrition!

The frequency at which radically opposite verdicts get slapped on to foods is ridiculous. Coconut oil has been at the receiving end of nutritional debate for over a decade. The latest of them is coconut oil being labelled as ‘pure poison’ by Harvard professor Karin Michels. This might be just another scientific debate for some, but for common people, who read such information, process it and implement it in their lives; these debates mean utter chaos and confusion!

Based on this latest controversy, should we continue using coconut oil or ban it for being a ‘pure poison’?

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Pure home made coconut oil

As a native of Goa- on the West Coast of India, coconut oil is neither treated as a food ingredient nor as a superfood; rather a way of life!  Many households, including my parents make a fresh batch every year using coconuts from our own orchard. Coconut oil to us is liquid gold!

Following the law of nature, basic instincts guided early humans to adopt foods which are native to their regions as staple foods. Coconut thrives in coastal weather. Naturally it is an integral part of coastal cuisine. It is not just Goa and coastal India which loves coconut; entire South Indian cuisine celebrates coconut! Coconut is loved dearly by households in this part of world not just for its rich nutty flavour but also its unique ability to sustain health in tropical climate.

Coconut may suit climate in our part of world. However, can we generalize it to rest of the world? Foods behave differently in different climates. Same foods growing in different parts of world can have different nutritional profile and hence different effect on health. Ayurveda upholds this principle by describing qualities of foods growing in different regions. In regions where coconut is not native, its impact on health may vary!

Coconut oil in moderation helps maintain health, boosts immune system, improves metabolism, helps weight loss and so on. Overdoing coconut oil on the pretext of it being healthy is what we should avoid. Any oil is bad for us when we overdo it-including olive oil- which is currently riding its glory wave!

Food fanaticism of insisting on labelling foods as superfood or ‘pure poison’ is not only unhealthy; it is misleading! Too much of anything is definitely bad. Hence, overeating any food –superfood or not – is unhealthy.

Moderation is the magic word! Eating every food ingredient in moderation allows our body to process it correctly. Be it any food group, use it in moderation. There is no magic food which can dramatically change our health overnight!

Constant barrage of information on the internet and social media platform is creating unnecessary anxiety when it comes to food and health. We need to rely more on our instincts and less on hyped up nutrition breaking news to decide on what is good or bad for us. As Ayurveda says, focus inwards; observe your digestion, your emotional and mental wellbeing, assess how you feel after eating any food to know whether it suits you or not!

 

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Is Green Bean coffee extract effective for weight loss in PCOS?

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Nothing excites us more than super foods, antioxidants and tips which really work, when it comes to losing weight in PCOS! In an almost delusional barrage of magical tips and tricks thrown at us on every possible platform, losing weight in PCOS is made to look like an easy affair that can be achieved in matter of days. Don’t get me wrong, it is very much easy and possible to lose weight in PCOS. However, it is important to keep it real! Weight loss in PCOS is gradual and only achieved with the right kind of foods and regular exercise! Green bean coffee extract has created quite a stir in the area of weight loss in general in the recent times! In this article we will see whether green bean coffees extract is truly the magic supplement we are all looking for or just another gimmick!

What is green bean coffee extract?

Green bean coffee extract is the extract of unroasted coffee beans. It contains high amount of chlorogenic acid which is known to influence glucose and fat metabolism. PCOS develops due to imbalance of glucose metabolism owing to the insulin resistance.

Does it really work?

There are not enough research studies which have studies the effects of green bean coffee extract for weight loss on large number of women with PCOS or men with insulin resistance. However, the profile of green bean coffee extract does make is a promising supplement in weight loss due to its impact on insulin resistance. Everything possible in terms of diet and lifestyle to bring insulin resistance under control is a must do thing in PCOS! This makes green bean coffee extract worth a try if you are trying to lose weight in PCOS.

How to take Green Bean Coffee Extract?

The dose of green bean coffee extract depends on the percentage of chlorogenic acid in a particular brand and best to check the label when you buy. Lower the percentage of chlorogenic acid higher is the required dose is a general rule that is seen in these supplements.

Thus, it is worth mentioning that green bean coffee extract indeed has a very impressive profile in terms of its composition. If you are doing all the efforts for managing your PCOS, green bean coffee extract can be definitely included in your routine to help weight loss and manage insulin resistance.

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Does Lemon and Honey Help Weight Loss in PCOS?

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Any time, any discussion about weight loss takes place, lemon and honey routine is on the forefronts! Does lemon and honey really work for PCOS? Here is what I feel:

Simplest and Most Effective DIY Detox Ever! Basic Detoxification for Weight loss in PCOS

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Before you go on a detox-

  • Reduce the amount of caffeine intake
  • Avoid refined sugar, artificial colors and flavors, alcohol, refined flour products (maida), bakery products, carbonated drinks and meat
  • Drink 8 to 10 glasses of water preferably hot water
  • Maintain a daily exercise routine of minimum 30 minutes at least three times a week
  • Eat whole grain products like oats, whole wheat foods, and brown rice

On the day of detox-detox

  • Take a glass of warm water with juice of half lemon and teaspoon of pure honey first thing in the morning around 6 am
  • Wait till you feel hungry. Once hungry, take a bowl of fresh fruits- apples, papaya, sweet lime, melons and any seasonal fruit except banana. Or, you can go for a bowl of dried fruits like apricots, dates; raisins (black and white) avoiding any nuts like almonds, pistachios and cashews. The portion of this breakfast should be about a cup
  • Drink plenty of hot water or freshly extracted fruit juice. Strictly avoid canned juices
  • Eat fruits, fruit juice, dried fruits, clear vegetable soup , freshly cut vegetable salad with little curd (no salt) whenever hungry
  • Exercise should be kept moderate e.g. a 30 min walk
  • Do not sleep during the day. Avoid watching TV, browsing on social media etc. to help the mind focus completely on the detox
  • Practice Yoga- pranayama, shavasana etc to help your body detox
  • Take a warm water bath, scrubbing your body thoroughly with a loofah.
  • Drink homemade herbal tea like lemon grass tea, coriander-cumin kashaya etc.
  • Never go hungry! Eat fruits whenever you are hungry. If very hungry you can take bowl of oatmeal porridge with little milk and raisins. Or else continue the fruit fast and end the fast in the evening with clear vegetable soup, vegetable salad or oatmeal porridge
  • Do not eat any fruits after sunset. Take dinner at around 6.30 or 7 pm. Keep a gap of three hours between dinner and bedtime

Day after detox-

  • Take a glass of warm water with lemon juice and honey and wait till you are hungry
  • Take a light breakfast of oatmeal, just fruits, millets etc.
  • Do not have tea or coffee. Green tea, flower tea or herb tea are fine.
  • Drink plenty of water. Snack on a fruit or two during mid-morning. For lunch take rice daal/mung bean or lentil soup or vegetable salad or vegetable soup
  • Avoid eating spices (garam masala), fish and meat for up to three days past the detox. Tea can be resumed on the second day after detox
  • Exercise regularly. Get at least 6 to 7 hours of sleep. Practice yoga

Important things about the detox-

  • You may not lose weight immediately after detox. It will take you three to four sessions of detox to start losing weight
  • You can repeat the cycle after 15 to 30 day depending on your strength
  • It is normal to get more then 4 or 5 loose bowel movements on the day of detox. Do not panic and drink plenty of water. Do not take very sugary fruit juices like sweet lime if you get more than 10 motions
  • You may get heaviness in the head, feverish feeling during the detox which is because of toxin expulsion by the body
  • Feeling some amount of weakness is normal after the detox
  • Apart from the fast you can continue the other diet rules on daily basis

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