My pantry staples have gone through a lot of changes since I was diagnosed with PCOS a few years ago. PCOS is tricky, because there is no “one size cures all” diet. Everyone is different, which means there is A LOT of conflicting info out there regarding the “perfect” PCOS diet. I’ve finally learned that what works for one woman may just not work for another. And what works for that other woman might not work for another. Finding what works best for your body is a really personal journey, and one that takes lots of trial and error!
First, I tried eliminating gluten, then I added it back in with whole grains and other “healthy” grains. Then I eliminated gluten and dairy, but after noticing no lasting results, I welcomed them back into my diet. Finally in September of last year, after being inspired by a good friend, I eliminated all grains and most dairy from my diet.
For me, this was the golden ticket.
Since I am still nursing, I can’t yet speak to whether or not the change in diet has helped regulate my cycles (I still have not had a period since Bonnie was born 7 months ago, but I am hopeful that I will once I stop breastfeeding.) But I absolutely notice a difference in how my body feels.
My husband is finally coming around to the idea too, which makes avoiding grains and dairy so much easier.
Last time I opened my pantry to you all, I was still eating grains, so I thought today would be a good day to share my new staples.
In the pantry:
- Decaf coffee (and I even splurge by using real cream)
- Hot tea (decaffeinated, and usually in the evenings before bed)
- Walnuts and pecans (mostly for baking)
- Cashews (for snacking)
- Sweet potatoes
- Almond butter
- Peanut butter (because Andrew can’t go a day without it)
- Flax seed and chia seed
- Unsweetened coconut
- Olive oil
- Coconut oil
- Spices, herbs, seasoning
- Coconut flour
- Almond flour
In the freezer:
- Deer meat (lots of it, and we use it several times per week)
- Organic chicken breast (usually bought in bulk from Costco)
- Frozen bananas (for smoothies, and “milkshakes”)
- Frozen fruit (also for smoothies)
- Frozen veggies (mostly for use in homemade soup)
- Frozen fish or shrimp (usually from Aldi)
In the fridge:
- Organic apples and pears (these are mostly for Bonnie to chew on)
- Berries (usually blackberries and blueberries from Aldi)
- Grapes (I eat them like candy if I have a sweet tooth)
- Carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower (usually for steaming; sometimes for roasting)
- Almond milk
- Orange juice (for Andrew. I am not a big fan.)
- Eggs, and LOTS of them
- Mustard and mayo (I know I should stop buying mayo, but I’m not quite ready to cut my ties with it yet!)
- Relish (for tuna salad, egg salad, etc.)
- Real butter
- Real cream for my coffee