I am beyond honored to receive emails daily from women who are battling PCOS. Besides fertility, there is one thing we all seem to be majorly concerned with. We are obsessing over our diets. And for good reason, because for better or worse, our diet impacts our PCOS symptoms, our weight, and our fertility. Investing in your PCOS diet costs a lot.
1) It costs a lot of time: It can take months to figure out what foods work for you and what foods don’t. It isn’t easy.
2) It costs attention: You aren’t going to figure out the best PCOS diet for your body unless you devote attention to both the food you’re eating, and the way your body feels after you eat it. You must be mindful of what you eat, when you eat it, and how you feel before and afterward. This isn’t easy.
3) It costs money: Food costs money. There is just no way around it. Buy things you are going to eat, and that are going to heal you. Don’t buy things that aren’t going to help your body, and don’t buy things you aren’t going to want to eat. This isn’t easy either.
Settle in for the long haul. Make slow changes that will last you a lifetime. Give yourself grace, and enjoy the journey! The cost is worth it.
Figuring out what to eat for my body has taken me years. Literally, years. It’s taken me longer than it should have because, in the beginning, I was unwilling to pay the price (of time, attention, and money.)
After being diagnosed with PCOS I began scouring healthy food blogs. I’d never cared much about what other people ate, but suddenly I was obsessed about what other women were eating in order to keep themselves (and their hormones) healthy. I had skimmed “What I Ate Wednesday” posts before being diagnosed with PCOS and thought they were plain silly. Why do I care what foods another human consumes in a day? But post-PCOS-diagnosis, I would Google search and Pinterest search specifically for “What I Ate Wednesday” posts. I needed some guidance. I needed practical ideas of what to eat day to day to improve my symptoms and my chances for conception. I wanted to see what real women were doing to manage PCOS symptoms, manage weight, and improve fertility.
Here I am, a few years down the road, and I don’t know that all those food posts helped me much, because many of them were from food bloggers who were also skilled in the culinary arts. Their recipes seemed so inaccessible to me, which made their entire lifestyle seem unrealistic. And NONE of them were PCOS-specific.
So today I am, quite insecurely, sharing a “What I Ate Wednesday” post. I’m calling this the “pilot post” for an idea that’s been on my mind for over a year. The feedback I get from this post will determine whether or not this becomes a weekly post. I don’t want to go through the trouble if it isn’t something that is needed. And honestly, it’s kind of scary sharing everything you eat in a day with the internet. It seems so personal.
Before going any further, I want to give some quick facts about my (and my family’s) diet, so that you’ll know what to expect from my WIAW post(s.)
1) We do not eat gluten, and eat little to no grains.
2) We eat almost no dairy.
3) We do NOT eat Paleo. We do eat legumes, and we occasionally eat white potatoes.
4) We do not eat processed sugar regularly, but we do eat honey and coconut sugar.
5) I am NOT a fancy cook. So any meals/snacks you see here are quick, simple, and probably boring if you’re skilled in the kitchen.
6) We follow the 80/20 rule. So there might be a day when I eat cookies (grain free, of course) for dinner. And today might be one of those days.
7) I am NOT a nutritionist or dietitian. Any recommendations or suggestions I post on the blog are simply based on my own experience with food and with PCOS. And just because I do or don’t eat something does not mean I think you should or shouldn’t eat it. Different foods work for different people. I say that all the time, because I really think it’s true. For instance, a large majority of women with PCOS are intolerant to gluten. You may not be one of those women, and that’s great. You know your body better than anyone else does!
The purpose of this post, and any like it in the future, is twofold: It holds me accountable, and it provides a resource for realistic, practical meals for real women who want to manage PCOS through diet and lifestyle. Fighting PCOS can feel overwhelming and lonely, especially in the early days when you are trying to navigate a sea of information. My hope is that these WIAW posts will help you realize you aren’t alone, and give you some idea of where to start on your journey toward overcoming PCOS.
7:30am: 3 eggs, scrambled in unsweetened almond milk and coconut oil, with 1 decaf cup of coffee with real cream (this is one form of dairy I’m not ready to part with!)
10:00am: Baggie of trial mix (mixed nuts, banana chips, raisins, dark chocolate)
12:00pm: Grilled lime chicken, leftover grilled veggies, kale salad
3:30pm: Another baggie of trail mix
7:30pm: I wasn’t very hungry, but was forced to taste test a couple paleo chocolate chip cookies I was working on, along with a cup of tea.
At the end of the day, I probably had more carbs than I should have, but I’m a work in progress! The photos are pretty awful… I will work on that if “What I Ate Wednesday” becomes a weekly thing.