PCOS so far with life changes

So I’ve been attempting to change my life for about two weeks now and it’s been a damn struggle. I go to AA to begin with so you’d think I had a better grip on acceptance and willingness to change, but I sometimes think our addictive ways of thinking get in our way immensely especially when we’re in distress. That’s how it is for me at least. I work hard to be okay mentally and physically and I’m working harder than ever now. When my doctor diagnosed me we came up with a plan that she thought would be best. I went back on the nuvaring because that’s what I was on for 3 years with no issues, and I didn’t want to try something new and suffer a new list of issues. My only issue is that the hormones in birth control make me feel crazy and paranoid and negative and I cry. A lot. So it’s been a hard two weeks and I’m dreading having a real period. I need to impliment exercise into my daily routine, and I just started back up at my normal job for summer school so I can build a stricter schedule.

The plan is to stay on the nuvaring for 3 months for 3 regulated periods then to go off it and hope it stabilizes and hopefully with the right diet and exercise it will. Praying for some normalcy soon, it’s the worst feeling outside your own skin.

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Dinner turned meal prep!

SO! After plenty of experimenting I came to a recipe I really liked, was incredibly easy, and simple enough to prepare for dinner and the following day for our lunches. It’s a chicken salad with salmon, and a homemade balsamic vinegar with sundried tomatoes. 

Salad:

Pan fry chicken with poultry seasonings (I did enough for 4 salads so about 6 strips out of an organic package)

Cut up 2 cucumbers

Cut up 1 avocado

Use one bad California Sun Dried Tomatoes

In bowl whisk 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar and salt and pepper to taste

Whisk in 1 tablespoon garlic powder (or chop a clove)

Whisk 1/3 cup olive oil 

Soak tomatoes in the mixture and pour all over salad at end

Place a bed of spinach leaves along with the cucumbers and avocados then place chicken on top and pour dressing over (I had enough for 4 servings, two for our dinners and two for our lunches).

Salmon:

Thaw 4 pieces and place in aluminum foil to be wrapped, and cover in salt, pepper, and old bay, then drizzle with olive oil.

Bake at 350 for 25 minutes.

And that’s it! Super simple, keeps well, and cheap and easy enough for 4 total meals. I also used my homemade ranch on mine because the tomatoes were a little to bitter for me, but the boyfriend loved them!

Homemade Ranch Dip

Yesterday I opted to make my own ranch dressing for dip with my carrot fries. I pretty much tweaked every recipe I could find because I had basically nothing on hand, so I substituted A LOT. I like it and I will eat it, but next time I’ll be sure to use lemon juice and zest instead of subbing in the apple cider vinegar or just use less vinegar. I also quadrupled the recipe to be able to fill an entire mason jar, so I will put my original measurements that can be doubled or tripled as needed. It came out acidic as a warning, but that’s my taste preference. I also used regular mayonnaise but it was gluten free… I’m a work in progress with my clean eating. Rome wasn’t built in a day.

Homemade Ranch Dressing:

1 Cup mayonnaise (paleo, or any kind is fine, I found an awesome homemade mayo recipe I can’t wait to try.)

1/2 Cup fresh Parsley (I used 12 teaspoons dried)

1/4 Cup Lemon Juice (I used 1/2 as much vinegar, so 2 tablespoons. I suggest 1.)

3-4 finely chopped garlic cloves

2 tablespoons fresh dill (I used 2 teaspoons dried dill)

1/2 teaspoon salt

Fresh Cracked Pepper

I can’t wait to try it without all the substitution!

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Carrot Fries!

 

Today I made something called carrot fries and they were super easy and delicious, and tasted great! I took 4-5 decent sized organic carrots and cut them up into fry sized sticks. Then I added the following over top in a bowl with them and tossed them:

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons parsley

2 tablespoons paprika

1 tablespoon salt

1 tablespoon pepper

Then I baked them at 425 for about 25 minutes. So good with my homemade ranch dipping sauce!

 

My Journey

This blog is to hold myself accountable. I’m going to do everything I can to fight and manage my PCOS starting with diet and exercise. I was diagnosed after solidly bleeding for almost two and a half months and  learned I hadn’t ovulated in a very long time. Luckily my doctor believes that we caught this early and can manage it and I will be able to become pregnant one day. I’m beginning my journey with healthy diet and exercise, tons of research, and a 3 month stint on the nuvaring. My issue was so much bleeding that my uterus has become patchy and I need it to heal itself. I strongly dislike birth control and I don’t like its side effects, but I also want to fix the damage that has been done. It’s pretty much putting a bandaid on a bigger issue, but this way I will have my periods regulated and can thicken and shed the lining of my uterus properly. In these 3 months I have to do this, I will blog my eating habits, recipes, and other happy things! I’m starting with a loose paleo diet… Keto seems too much for me right now and I have read so many different things about what to eat and not eat with PCOS that I just need to see for myself what my body can and can’t handle. Best of luck to my fellow PCOSers.