| PCOS, INSULIN RESISTANCE, & TYPE 2 DIABETES |
I have spoken many times before about my struggles with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS,) and the side effects that come along with it. PCOS is a condition in which a woman's levels of the sex hormones, (estrogen and progesterone,) are out of balance. This leads to the growth of cysts on the ovaries and a bunch of other side effects that can at times, be difficult to control.
One such side effect is something called insulin resistance. A condition in which cells fail to respond normally to the hormone insulin. This can make it difficult for the cells to absorb glucose. Which leads to a buildup of sugar in the blood. Side effects of this can include increased body hair (hirsutism), acne, irregular or few periods, and weight gain. It also puts people at an increased risk of developing diabetes.
I have always suffered from hirsutism and I have gained a lot of weight since I was diagnosed. My periods have stopped and I struggle to lose any of the weight that I have gained. In addition to all of this, I have, in the past few weeks, at the ripe old age of 28, been diagnosed with diabetes.
Once I had stopped freaking out, I joined an online support group and tried to learn as much as I could about my condition. Knowledge is power and I wanted to attack this head on and get things under control as quickly as possible. So, after countless conversations and late night googling, I found myself repeatedly hearing and reading about something called The Diet Plate.
You can read all about it here.
| The Diet Plate |
The idea behind The Diet Plate is actually very simple, which is great. It takes something that can initially seem very complex and daunting and makes making those changes much easier. It is all about portion control and balance. The calibrated bowls and plates let you know exactly what portion size you need, with any meal that you cook. You don't have to worry about counting calories, macros, carbs and fat grams and you don't have to worry about counting “syns” and “points
The plate has specially calculated geometric areas which represent a defined volume of food. The sections are protein, starchy carbohydrates and sauces with meat and cheese. Weight loss is something that many people struggle with. It is the food and the amount of food that we consume that impacts the most on our weight. When you suffer from illnesses like Type 2 Diabetes and PCOS, weight loss can be difficult to achieve. It was the success stories of people with such illnesses that drew me towards The Diet Plate. There was no gimmick here. It was simple, old-fashioned hard work, and determination and portion control and balance.
The Diet Plate is clinically proven to help control Type two diabetes and reduce or maintain weight. There are different plates for adults and children, so it is a plan that the whole family can follow. You don't have to go it alone either. You can join The Diet Plate online to get your own personalised diet plan. It will also create your own personalised targets and help you keep track of everything. I love using this because it keeps me accountable, helps me stay motivated and I can make informed choices about foods I eat.
Shop ‘The Diet Plate' here.
| My Experience So Far |
Throughout the past couple of weeks, I have been using the adult version of the diet plate and the calibrated breakfast bowl. I am still in the very early stages but I have already noticed an improvement in how I am feeling each day. I am going to start medically treating my diabetes but since being diagnosed I have already made some important lifestyle changes and whilst still high my blood glucose level is less erratic. This is a direct consequence of taking control of my food and portion sizes.
So, let me tell you a little about the calibrated bowl I have been using. Similarly to the plate, it has markings on it which let me know how much of something I can eat. The bowl provides you with a 200 calorie service of any breakfast cereal. There is a comprehensive list of cereals and soups etc, and you simply fill your bowl to the allowed mark. The more nutritiously dense that food is, the more you can fill your bowl. One of the best things about this is it not only encourages me to eat the correct amount but it encourages me to make better choices. Yes, it may be so I can fill my bowl up more, (haha) but still, I am making healthier choices.
I have not yet started weighing myself or measuring. I am simply focusing on getting to like myself more and treating my body with the respect it deserves. The Diet Plate has helped me tremendously in the past couple of weeks as I have been navigating through this new and unfamiliar phase of my life. I am going to continue on this path and start logging and keeping track of my progress.
Keep an eye out for future updates!
| Some Things to Think About |
A study was conducted and some of the key findings were…
♡ 17% of patients using the plate experienced significant weight loss, compared to only 4.6% of people not using the plate!
♡ 26% of people using the plate experienced a decrease in diabetes medication requirements, compared to 11% of people not using the plate.
♡ People who used the plate and were on insulin on average decreased their insulin by 8 units per day compared to an increase of 7 units by people not using the plate.