It’s been a couple months since my last…Dr. Pepper. Quitting soda is one of the hardest, but most rewarding things you can do for your body. I was drinking a couple of 16.9oz. bottles almost everyday of the week. When I think about all of the sugar and caffeine I was putting into my body, I wonder how my body could function after all that. I haven’t really noticed a difference since I stopped drinking soda, but I have to imagine that my insides are thanking me. I have now switched to drinking lots and lots of water.

Along with soda, I have stopped drinking milk. I love milk, but my body hates it. I’ve struggled over the years with getting sick after eating some kinds of ice cream, dishes with lots of dairy, and recently started having problems with milk. I can eat yogurt, cottage cheese, and some cheese without becoming ill. Although those foods haven’t made me sick (yet), I’ve cut them out of my diet.

Due to an unofficial diagnosis of PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) by my gynecologist a few months back, I’ve started monitoring the sugar and simple carbohydrates I put into my body. I say an unofficial diagnosis, because I have most of the symptoms, but I haven’t went through all the tests to prove whether I for sure have PCOS. Last fall, I started gaining weight out of the blue. I have always been thin with the exception of the time I gained weight from an anti-depressant. Other symptoms that developed were cystic acne, migraines, skipped menstrual cycles, and an intense pain in my left ovary. My regular doctor had put me on an oral contraceptive to hopefully line out my hormonal issues, but I eventually went to a gynecologist after I felt a horrible pain coming from my ovary. The pain was so sharp and horrific that I was briefly unable to move. The gynecologist later informed me that the pain most likely stemmed from a ruptured cyst.

Since I have been eating healthier and exercising, I definitely notice a difference in how my body feels. My acne, while still present, has diminished some. My weight loss is rather slow, but I am starting to see the scale drop a little at a time. Sometimes I do still feel a twinge of pain, but it is a lot less than it used to be. After all, I am only a little over a month into my journey of becoming healthier.

Do you or anyone you know struggle with PCOS? I’d love to hear any advice or tips about living with PCOS.