Dear GreenSmoothieGirl: I have PCOS and I have battled weight for years. I am currently 275 lbs and 5’10”. I believe that what we eat does impact our health dramatically. I was on a green smoothie a day for over a month and started to feel better. Then I was told that it was too high in carbohydrates by my doctor and that I needed more protein to combat insulin resistance that accompanies my PCOS. The recommendation: eggs, butter and meat. I had been eating a green smoothie consisting of 1 c carrot juice, 1 c collard greens, 1 c. kale, 1/2 c. spinach, 1 frozen banana, 1/2 c. frozen strawberries, blueberries, raspberries. I would sweeten with stevia if needed. They want me to cut out the carrot juice, the banana and the berries. I like greens but I need the fruit to cut the grassy taste.
I cannot believe that more and more dead animal and factory farmed animal product is better for me, but I am desperate to regain my health. Do you have any experience with PCOS or insulin resistance and can you offer me any hope or education about what to do?
Answer: I can’t advise you about specific health problems. Doctors, however, mostly don’t know that higher-protein foods aren’t limited to animal products. Higher amounts of legumes (beans, lentils, peanuts) and nuts will increase proteins and decrease any quick-to-the-bloodstream carbs. And in your green smoothies, you’re already using stevia for sweetener, but you may want to use the mixed berries (lower in sugar) and use lemon and very little fruit (maybe a small apple). As fruits go, bananas are very high in sugar.