Friday, July 8, 2011

Diet and PCOS

People often shake their head at me when I turn down the plate of chocolate chip cookies or don't take the huge slice of pizza. I can tell you this wasn't always me. Before I understood PCOS and started trying to conceive I was all about cheetos, pizza, ice cream, and pretty much anything that had anything to do with sugar. In my first year of teaching I lost about 20lbs simply from hardly eating because I was so busy.

It was in grad school that I started understanding myself more and started working out regularly and tried to keep my calories in check. I lost a little weight, but not a lot. When I got the news from my current dr. that conceiving a child was going to be difficult for me I researched everything I could on PCOS. I ran across Diane Kress' book Metabolism Miracle. When I read that this book was specifically for women with insulin resistance I had to have it.

I wasn't sure about the 2 months of low carb dieting, but I made it, and I felt great. I still follow this diet, with my own twist.

I've been doing a lot of reading on preservatives and additives that are in food. The more I read the more I am convinced that a lot of the problems we face as a country can be contributed to these types of foods. That includes those foods that slap low carb on the lable, but are loaded with a bunch of chemicals to replace the carbs. I started really questioning what I was putting in my body.

I started looking at a more whole foods approach. I read books on the way our ancestors ate and how we are so filled with toxins. I fell in love with Whole Foods recipes and started watching ingredients.

I never felt better. I can't be perfect all the time when I'm out to eat, but I feel a lot better knowing exactly what I'm putting into my body and using ingredients instead of microwave meals.

I would suggest checking out Naturally Knocked Up for some ideas of how to get toxins out of your life. I don't think you have to go overboard, but I do believe we live in a constant science experiment in our food.

If anyone has opened the world's eyes up to what's in our food it is Jaime Oliver and the Food Revolution. There are so many excuses we use to eat poorly. If we could just use better excuses to eat right think of where we would be!

So, even when I get the head shakes and the constant prodding of, "Oh one cookie isn't going to hurt you." I'm actually reminded...yes, one cookie will sky rocket my blood sugar! Here's what I've been doing:

Breakfast: Green Smoothie (See whole foods recipe)
Snack: Fruit or handful of nuts
Lunch: Organic Soup (Amy's is the best)
Snack: Fruit or Veggies
Dinner: Anything that is created not thrown in the microwave.

I haven't had dessert in a long time and really don't miss it. I'm not going to lie, it's not always easy, but I'm certainly not going hungry and feel a million times better! That in itself is worth all the eye rolls! :)

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