Anyone else out there have PCOS? (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) I was just diagnosed last Thursday. I don't know exactly how it all ties together, but I guess as a result of my untreated PCOS, I am now insulin resistant and well on my way to being pre-diabetic. Those of you who have PCOS know the side effects. Weight gain, bulk up easily with exercise (due to all the extra insulin in our blood that then turns into testosterone), irregular menses, facial hair (gasp!), infertility, increased risk of miscarriage, etc. The list goes on. My doc has put me on Metformin with the expectation that I won't really start seeing results for about six months, and it won't be at full capacity until it has been in my system for about 2 years I started the Metformin on Friday. Oh. My. God. The side effects. Pepto Bismal is my only friend. Nausea and *uncontrollable* diarrhea. And I am only taking 1/3 the dose I am supposed to be. I need to work myself up to 3 pills every morning and I am still only taking 1. Any Metformin veterans out there that can give some tips on speeding the adjustment my body needs to make? And now for the hardest part, the PCOS diet. For the next month, I can't eat anything that has sugar, baked goods (bread etc), yogurt, bananas, beer, white wine, potatoes, rice, pasta. So that basically leaves proteins, fruits (except bananas), and vegetables. You would NOT believe some of the things I have learned have sugar in them. Like, EVERYTHING has sugar in it. It's insane. After this first month (the restrictive phase) I can move on to the "maintenance phase" which will last indefinitely. Which is basically the same thing except I am allowed to have 2-4 servings per week of the "bad" stuff. I also am not allowed to go more than 3 hours without eating. All of this is to prevent my body from putting out an overdose of insulin. So I pretty much eat 6 small meals on any given day. There are pros and cons to this. Since I eat so often and there are no restrictions of how much I eat, I am really never hungry (and am already losing weight!). Most of what I can eat is very tasty. Lots of nuts, berries, salads, etc. I am slowly learning to experiment to create more complicated foods that I can eat. Last night I made a dish with ground beef, black beans, cheddar cheese, and taco seasoning that I served over lettuce. It was delicious! Cons are the cravings. Bread. I really miss bread lol. And I am Italian, so going without pasta for the foreseeable future is depressing. But! I am finding that the longer I hold out, the less intense the cravings are when they hit. I have no idea how many people here are going through the same thing. I know I will be posting here occasionally, and you are welcome to do the same. Feel free to share stories, recipe's, vent, etc. It's always good to know you aren't alone.