In my post last week, I mentioned that I would be starting a 30-Day PCOS challenge. Well, it started yesterday and I’m pretty freaking excited!
I found this group on Pinterest as I was looking for PCOS friendly recipes. The group leader was touting a lifestyle challenge that teaches people with PCOS how to eat in order to reduce symptoms. After reading through the Facebook group, I found that the majority of the women who went through the lifestyle changes found a huge improvement in their overall health. People that have had a hard time losing weight were finally finding success, and others who hadn’t had regular period in years were now ovulating regularly. Their excruciating cramps, mood swings and fatigue are all a thing of the past. The reviews abated my skepticism enough that I decided to give it a try. After all, the challenge is free, so I literally have nothing to lose.
When you really think about it, it makes so much sense that the symptoms associated with PCOS can improve or worsen based on the way you nourish your body. It’s no secret that heavily processed foods contain artificial ingredients. Artificial ingredients don’t provide substance and they can be engineered to create a sort of addiction to that food. This results in people overeating and leads to obesity. Eating fresh and organic is obviously the way to go, but try telling that to yourself when you’re hungover and craving the neon orange deliciousness that is Kraft Mac & Cheese, am I right?
One of the biggest hurdles for me during this challenge will be re-training myself to make food ahead of time. I’ve started to get a little bit better at pre-packing lunches and making snacks to bring with me to work, but my problem is that I’m picky and get tired of food easily. And I don’t particularly like pre-cooked or reheated meat. I’m basically Gordon Ramsay in every episode of Kitchen Nightmares. You give me a dish with something that’s been pre-cooked or reheated, I will come up with some cleverly vulgar way to tell you that it’s terrible. So what does that leave me? Probably tons, but for being someone who loves to cook, I’m not that creative.
Do you have any go-to recipes that you take with you to work each week? If so, I’d love to hear about them. Ideally, they would be dairy, gluten/grain and sugar-free or can be modified to remove those ingredients. All recipes welcome!