The 30-Day PCOS Diet Challenge Facebook group was created so that women with PCOS can come together to share tips, questions, insights, answers and most importantly, support one another in their journey to overcoming PCOS.
This group is a tight-knit but very big community, and my goal is to preserve the quality of the group at all times.
In order to do this, I have created and need to enforce the rules below on a daily basis.
Please take the time to read through all of them as there is a zero-tolerance policy and you will be removed and banned if you break any of the rules.
So with that being said, let’s dive in…
Who this group is for:
This group is for all women who have participated in the 30-Day PCOS Diet Challenge that are interested in learning and applying evidence-based lifestyle interventions like diet and exercise to treat their PCOS.
1. All posts and comments must align with the positive and supportive spirit of this group
This Facebook group has been created to be the place you come to engage with the most supportive, positive, and caring people you will find online. We are all connected by the various ways in which PCOS has impacted our lives and we are united in our shared desire to overcome the symptoms of this disorder in the healthiest way possible.
It doesn’t matter if you are trying to conceive, you’re trying to lose weight, or you’re dealing with any of the other common ailments of women in our situation. If you’re in the business of using food and exercise to treat PCOS, then this is the place to post your questions and suggestions and come together as a community.
In order to maintain the positive spirit of this group, it is essential that all discussions be held with respect and concern for the welfare of others.
If you are rude, unkind, or unsupportive of another woman in the group you will be removed.
This expectation of respect is inclusive of members of our admin team. If you continually complain about how the admin uphold the group rules you will be removed.
While we hate having to limit discussion topics, we’ve found from experience that the rules we’ve created are necessary to maintain the maximum value of this group for the most people possible. I know this is inevitably going to be frustrating for some people but hopefully you’ll appreciate this is us doing our best.
2. All posts must align with the topics covered by this group
When making a post or comment please consider the following:
“Is my post in relation to the 30-Day PCOS Diet Challenge, the Beat PCOS 10-Week Program, or about ways to treat my PCOS through diet and exercise?”
To help make this rule as clear as I possible here are some examples of topics that I encourage people to discuss in the group:
While I wish I could support more topics while still maintaining the focus for this one by creating additional groups, unfortunately at this point in time I just don’t have the resources to do so.
However, if you are looking for PCOS support in areas outside of the scope of this group, then I know there are a lot of other great groups out there where you can post your questions and find support.
3. No posting of links, videos or infographic posts
Exceptions to this are links to PCOS friendly recipes, and DIRECT links to high-quality scientific studies (ie PubMed or the journal itself) on relevant topics.
Exceptions to infographic posts are if they come from Kym Campbell directly.
4. Pregnancy announcements must follow specific guidelines
Due to the sensitive nature of these posts, as many women in this community are struggling with infertility, only pregnancy announcements meeting the following guidelines will be approved. Many women find pregnancy announcements triggering and upsetting but sharing your pregnancy success story can also serve as inspiration to those who are still struggling. In order to ensure that your successful pregnancy encourages and uplifts others on their journey to conceive, please make sure it contains the following:
5. No mentioning MLM or pyramid scheme-type products
This includes but is not limited to Plexus, Shakeology, Herbalife, Monat, AdvoCare, It Works, Arbonne, Omnilife, Le-vel, Isagenix, DoTerra, & Young Living.
6. No self-promotion, solicitation, selling of any kind, or requests to PM you are allowed
7. No posts related to a ketogenic diet
If you are interested in why this group does not recommend a keto diet for women with PCOS you can read this blog post for more information.
8. No posts related to supplements
Supplements are almost always best taken under the guidance of a functional medicine practitioner or naturopathic doctor. When we take nutritional supplements, our intention is typically to alter the balance of various bioactive compounds and how they impact cell functioning. However, taking an oversimplified view of these highly complex systems can have unintended consequences which is why I don’t allow posts on supplements in the group. If a supplement is powerful enough to deliver meaningful health benefits, then we also need to respect its potential for undesired side effects. The nutritional supplements market is also almost entirely self-regulated. This means that there is very little, if any, oversight into the safety and quality of supplement products. There have been plenty of examples in the past of manufacturers replacing active ingredients with cheaper, inactive substitutes as well as cases where contaminants have caused serious harm to people taking what they believed to be a trusted, quality-controlled product.
9. No creating spin-off groups
Please refrain from asking people to join group chats or spin-off groups. If you are looking for an accountability buddy see Rule 10.
10. No posts seeking accountability buddies
In an effort to streamline and keep the group on topic while still allowing women to make personal connections we now have a monthly post for those seeking to pair up for accountability. See the group ‘Topics’ section to find the current post.
11. No private messaging
Asking and answering all questions in the group ensures that everyone benefits from the answers and members receive the most well-rounded responses from a variety of people.
12. Food shared must follow Challenge guidelines
Food products and recipes using ingredients that are not PCOS friendly can confuse other members. If you have an almost PCOS friendly recipe, please provide info on swapping ingredients to help those who are newer, or ask how you could change it.