If you do eat meat, it should be good quality lean meat that is organic and pasture fed. It will be leaner and contain fewer harmful hormones than standard meat. Also, eating organic meat is important because livestock is often fed grains and feed that has been genetically modified or contains pesticides. These can have a negative effect on PCOS and your hormone balance.
If your diet is low in fibre, try to add more fibre containing foods. You should aim to eat 25-30 grams of fiber per day, but you might need to add more fiber to your diet gradually so that you can minimize any gastrointestinal upset.
Vegetables can be a great source of fiber, such as cabbage, celery, lettuce, broccoli, spinach, radishes, turnips and watercress. Also, you can add more legumes into your diet, such as black eyed peas, lentils, soy beans, kidney beans, chickpeas and lima beans. Fruits can also contain fibre, so it is a good idea to eat more raspberries, apples, grapefruit, peaches, cherries, plums and pears.
Cut Down on Salt
Try to reduce the amount of salt in your diet, as this will also help with your PCOS symptoms. Instead of using salt on your food, try other alternatives such as pepper, vinegar mustard, herbs and lemon juice. Also, when it comes to smoked or cuts meats, salted nuts, meats, marinades and sauces you should eat these foods sparingly. Try to minimize your intake of processed foods and eat more healthy whole foods.
If you are adding a lot of these foods that are beneficial to PCOS to your diet, you are likely to get all of the vitamins and minerals that you need. However, in many cases women with PCOS will still be lacking some nutrients so it is a good idea to take a multivitamin so that you can make sure that you have all of the vitamins you require. The vitamin you choose should contain Vitamin C, E, D, A, B12, B6, B3, B2 and B1. Also, it should have magnesium, folic acid, zinc, iron, chromium, manganese and selenium. A multivitamin that contains all of this should give you a good basis. Also, you might want to consider taking chromium and a supplement containing essential fatty acids.