Sonam Kapoor pens her PCOS story, shares diet tips for her fans

PCOS is a common problem affecting 1 in 5 women. Yet, there’s not a lot…

Sonam Kapoor pens her PCOS story, shares diet tips for her fans
PCOS is a common problem affecting 1 in 5 women. Yet, there’s not a lot of awareness about the disease and it’s only fairly recently that we are seeing the conversation pick up on social media. Actress Sonam Kapoor is one, who is making news, opening up about her long battle with PCOS.

Sonam, 35,
who has been very vocal about her struggle with weight gain has been suffering from PCOS ever since the teenage years. In fact, there was a point in her student days when the actress weighed close to 80 kilos. An unhealthy lifestyle, diabetes only made matters worse for the style diva. The actress once admitted that it was a push from her mother, Sunita, which made her change her lifestyle for good.

“In all fairness, it was my mother who helped me get rid of my excess weight. The first thing she did was to keep me off the stuff I was so fond of as a teenager- chocolates, ice creams, fried foods and sweets.”

This is Sonam Kapoor's go-to breakfast for her PCOS diet!

While Sonam has managed to have her weight in control, she still struggles with hormonal imbalance and PCOS. However, she has managed to find her way through and focuses on holistically improving her health after years of rummaging through fad diets, medicines and workouts.

In an inspiring post on Instagram, Sonam candidly spoke up about the many symptoms and signs of PCOS that impacted her life.

“I’ve been struggling with PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) for quite some time now. PCOS, or PCOD, is a very common condition that a lot of women live with. It’s also an extremely confusing condition since everyone’s causes, symptoms and struggles are different. I’ve finally figured out what helps me after years of trying several diets, workouts and routines, and I want to share my tips for managing PCOS with you! Having said that, PCOS manifests in different ways, and I urge you to visit a doctor before you self-medicate or self-prescribe.”

Continuing with her earlier story, Sonam, who is known to follow a
super healthy lifestyle (take a look at her Instagram feed, if you must!) shared a sneak peek into her daily diet, which helps her battle symptoms of PCOS. In fact, her super simple diet plan is an example of how PCOS can be dealt with naturally, without having to rely on birth control pills. Take a look at her post!

Some of the foods in Sonam’s plates include a healthy serving of greens, herbs and fruits.

Like a lot of people with PCOS who are asked to give up dairy, the actress, who is also a vegan by choice prefers having a healthy bowl of coconut yoghurt, topped off with fruits like berries, which are not just her favourite, but also
one of the best foods to relieve PCOS symptoms.

The actress also mentioned that she prefers to eat local and seasonal food at most times, even during her busy outdoor shoots.

“Usually my food intake consists of everything natural, fresh and local. Wherever I am, I make sure I indulge in the produce that is locally and freshly available.”

Adding that she consulted several doctors before finalizing on one diet, Sonam recommended women to get a proper diagnosis, without self-medicating.

“…Your PCOS diet needs to be crafted by a professional dietician who knows about your struggles and pains. What’s on your plate, these days? Tell me if you’re struggling with PCOS, what do you indulge in?

While her films and red-carpet appearances ensure that she puts her best foot forward,
Sonam also pays a lot of attention to physical activity and exercise. While cardio and power yoga helped the diva to lose a whopping 35 kilos before her debut, even now, Sonam keeps experimenting with her workouts and never misses a session. However, the one regime she really likes is Pilates, which she has been regularly doing for more than a couple of years, which again, her mother introduced her to.

Adopting a good diet, managing weight, fighting stress and engaging in good exercise regularly can help deal with the symptoms in the long run. Certain measures include:

-Regular exercise (Brisk walk, jogging, or other moderate-intensity exercises)
-Having a rich and colourful diet which is rich in anti-inflammatory and nourishing vitamins and minerals.
-Managing a good and disciplined lifestyle
-Cut down or minimize tobacco and alcohol intake.
-Manage stress in a better way.