23 October 2016Last updated

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Ask the expert: I’m a teenager with PCOD

Start focusing on increasing the good fats in your diet

27 May 2016 | 12:00 am

I’m a teenage girl diagnosed with PCOD. I’ve been told to lose weight. I started practising yoga, and lost 5kg. What else should I do?

Weight gain, uncontrollable cravings for sugar and carbs like rice and bread, skin problems, high fasting insulin levels, hirsutism, abdominal fat around the waist and irregular menstrual cycle are some of the common symptoms of polycystic ovarian disease. If you can relate to any of the above, chances are your hormones are off balance. It is vital that you work on the root issue.

Eighty per cent of your hormones are made up of fat from your diet. Start focusing on increasing the good fats in your diet. Wake up to 1 tbsp of ghee, avoid eating food cooked with cheap refined vegetable oils, and add avocados, nuts and coconut into your daily diet.

All these changes over a period of time will help heal your metabolism and make you hormonally healthy. I have seen several metabolic disorders being reversed with these lifestyle changes. We do not realise the power of food on our hormones.

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Rashi Chowdhary

is a nutritionist, an inch-loss expert and a certified diabetic educator. She can be contacted on 050 181 5030.