First time asking a question/questions, but long-time lurker. Sorry if it's long...
Background Info: I have been dabbling in Paleo for over a year since being introduced via CrossFit. I am 32 years old, female, 5'5", 185 pounds (size 10). When I started CrossFit/Paleo, I was 178 pounds and a size 12. So even though the scale has gone up, I have managed to "lean out" a little. I'm definitely OK with that. [Prior to starting Paleo/CrossFit, I was 260 pounds and lost 80 pounds on calorie restriction and cardio.]
I work at a desk all day and CrossFit 3 - 5 times a week. I was diagnosed with PCOS about 12 years ago, and have been on Metformin since. During a recent visit to my endocrinologist, she was concerned about my weight gain. I explained that my measurements and dress size went down despite the weight gain, and that I was probably building muscle due to a) my training b) my Paleo-ish diet c) my excess testosterone as a result of the PCOS. She explained that a Paleo type diet is dangerous, that I should consider a low-fat, lower carb diet including "whole grains." She also said it's virtually impossible for women to gain muscle at my weight. I don't have a lick of medical training, but this advice floored me.
So...my first question is...does anyone know of a good/trusted endocrinologist in the Tri-state area that is a proponent of Paleo who treats PCOS? That may be an impossible request, but I just had to throw it out there because I'm done taking advice from my current endo.
My second question is related specifically to the Paleo diet in relation to PCOS. I've read through all of the posts that were tagged PCOS in this forum, however, I'm wondering if anyone has had success coming off of Metformin and using Paleo as the sole treatment for the disorder? If so, please weigh in.
I've read Robb Wolf's piece on Metformin...I honestly can't understand it as it is so science-based. I can't say that I have seen any results (blood work or otherwise) since starting the Metformin. My PCOS symptoms lessoned after losing my initial 80 pounds, but I believe that was purely due to weight-loss, which I believe was purely due to changes in my diet and activity level. I would like to explore fully stopping my Metformin and going strict Paleo. I'm currently about 80/20. I still eat dairy and I snack on nuts and fruit. From what I have read on these boards, it looks like I really need to focus on cutting out all dairy, nuts, and extremely limiting fruit if allowing any. Any additional advice?
I'm starting to ease into this over the next month. I figured ditching nuts is the easiest way to start so those are gone as of today. Any additional advice?
Thanks in advance for any guidance/expertise you can offer, and my apologies again for the length of this post.