Well, I’ve been reading the Insulin Resistance Diet Book. If you have PCOS you are more than likely to have Insulin Resistance (IR). This book isn’t really a diet book. At least not the way you may think. It’s more of a way for managing insulin spikes on a daily basis. If we can manage our insulin spikes then our body won’t be releasing so much insulin that will cause our body to store fat.
According to what I have read so far it is important to keep a balance of protein and carbohydrates. Within a two hour time period there is a maximum of carbohydrates or protein that our body can use. If we take in more than that our body stores it as fat. Also, this excess causes more insulin to be made in our bodies that will make us store the energy as fat.
The book is helpful in that it does give a lot of information on how much of each food is considered a serving, to help you when preparing your meals. They also go into more depth about how carbs and proteins affect our body and insulin’s role in all of this. The main point was that we need to keep our insulin levels from spiking (the spike causes us to feel the lows strongly i.e. needing a sweet pick me up in the afternoons). By keeping our insulin levels relatively stable we won’t experience such intense cravings for sugar or need something to fight off fatigue in the afternoons.
The book also discusses the importance of fats in our meals. Of course, healthy fats are the best option, but they acknowledge that removing some of our favorite foods from our diet makes it more likely for us to fall off the band wagon and eat more than is best. So, they offer ways for incorporating some of your favorite foods i.e. desserts, fried foods, sandwiches, etc.
This book was well worth my money and I am looking at my food in a much healthier way. I don’t feel the need for restricting myself, just moderation. Plus, the reminder that I can always eat a little more later has been helpful in fighting those intense cravings. Don’t forget to load up on your veggies! There are no limits on those, because they naturally have protein and carbs linked and balanced according to the book.
I wasn’t paid to review this book. I found it on my own accord and thought it would be helpful for me and handling my PCOS after all, insulin resistance is a big part of it. If you want to check it out here is a link to read some sample pages on Amazon. The Insulin Resistance Diet I hope it helps you to find some freedom in eating out and making meals for yourself and your family. It certainly has given me more breathing room for food choices. 🙂
Well, it is almost the new year which means clinics will have a long holiday. This would be fine with me if it weren’t for the fact that I’m having to stop my cycle of treatments. If it was a normal month I would have had another fertility shot, but they would need to monitor my development in case of ovarian ruptures or torsion (twisting of ovaries with cysts). So, that means they are stopping this cycle at the critical point. At least I feel like it is a critical point.
If I’m lucky my body will naturally bring my follicles to the 20 mm needed to release an egg. I have at least 3 of them at 14mm. Isn’t that frustrating? So, close and yet so far. Now, all I can do is wait and see what happens. Maybe my body will mature the egg(s) and I might get pregnant. Or, I might ovulate and get my period. Then there is the most likely, I don’t ovulate and I don’t get my period. Which would mean I have to wait until the 5th of January (The day they open in the new year) and get a shot to induce my menstruation. After that I have to wait for my period to start then 5 days after that start the fertility shots all over again. I probably wouldn’t mind as much if they were in candy form, but they are not. The up side is I have less side effects with the shots than with Clomid.
Another frustrating thing is the BBT chart. They say you should TTC the day before you ovulate. How can you predict an ovulation? My BBT often has low and then high points. Which one is the ovulation exactly? Then I try waiting till it spikes, but then many people say it’s too late and then the stress just piles on.
I think it’s time for some fertility yoga. Have you tried it yet? It doesn’t take long and it does help to calm the mind. I will talk about some of my favorites in another post. Until then tell me about some of your frustrations. What frustrates you about TTC and/or PCOS?
This was so easy to make! Zesting a lemon took a few more minutes, but it wasn’t too bad. I used a recipe from Love Foodies blog. It was made for people without PCOS, but I figured I could make substitutions and it would work out fine. It looks a little different from her photos, but I did bake with coconut flour and that always changes the looks of things. Also, the photo at the bottom was when it was cooling. I’m hoping to take a photo of it when I eat it for dessert at a dinner party…we’ll see if I remember before inserting it into my mouth, whole.
I did use soymilk to make this pie and I know soymilk isn’t recommended for PCOS sufferers, but I’m sure unsweetened coconut/nut milk will work just as well! I’m planning to do that next time I make this. I only had soymilk or milk on hand, and I’m allergic to dairy, so soymilk it was!
As I mentioned, I am allergic to dairy, so I used Ener G egg replacer for the eggs and coconut oil for the butter. I also used 1/4 tsp of stevia plus 1/2 cup coconut sugar. I added cinnamon, because lemon and cinnamon are a great combo and Turmeric to give it a more yellow color. Okay, enough talking. Here is the recipe.
2 1/2 cups soymilk (unsweetened coconut/nut milk is fine)
1 cup flaked coconut (unsweetened)
4 eggs (6 tsps of Ener G egg replacer, follow box directions)
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup coconut flour
8 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
1/2 cup coconut sugar
1/4 tsp Stevia, powdered
Juice and zest of one medium lemon
- Preheat the oven at 180 C.
- Grease and flour a pie plate (about 8-9 inches)
- Melt the coconut oil if it is hard. Make your “eggs” if using the Ener G replacer egg.
- In a large bowl combine all ingredients. Mix well with a whisk.
- Pour the batter into the greased pie plate.
- Place on a baking sheet just in case it spills over and bake for 45 minutes. It should be a little wobbly in the center when you pull it out. Let it cool on the counter and then place in the fridge. Overnight will help it to set properly, but in a pinch a couple of hours should do.
- Serve on it’s own or add a dallop of cashew “frosting”
Most days I am able to continue with my PCOS friendly food habits pretty well, but some days…oh dear. Yesterday was one of those days. Although, work kept me distracted for most of the day, but after I got home no bad carbs were left in the house.
Many PCOS blogs and support groups recommend getting ride of all junk food and well… all things that will work against you basically. There is a very good reason for this. Mainly, when the cravings strike it is so hard to not reach for those heavily salted pita chips or those deep fried corn chips. Last night it was very hard to keep my hand away from that cupboard of snacks (my husband’s cupboard by the way). I knew they were there and they just kept calling my name. My brain even tricked my body into thinking it was hungry “How can I be hungry! I ate plenty at dinner! I’m not starving. I don’t need those salty pita chips that will make my throat hurt or give me a stomachache…” This was the battle raging in my head and my brain won. I dove into that bag of pita chips like it was going to save me from a sinking ship. The only good news was that there weren’t too many of those bad boys left. However, I did devour every last one of them.
Then my stomach started to hurt like I knew it would. Later on I started getting a headache. At that point I went to bed. It was a low point and I acknowledge that it happened, but I’m going to let it go now. I am stepping back on the bandwagon and starting again today. If I could have just one chip or just 5 even, then I wouldn’t need to have these conversations with myself, but I can’t. I tell myself “okay, you can stop now”, but they are just so good in that moment! I don’t know if there is a relation with the fertility shots I’m getting, but these cravings happen every now and again. No amount of crunchy carrot sticks or cucumbers are going to satisfy that craving like a good ol’ chip. Anyone have any ideas for making a snack that is practically a chip that is still PCOS friendly? If you have please share the recipe!
Until then, I will dust myself off (of pita chip crumbs and salt) and start my day fresh. With determination to protect my body and make my body the healthiest it can be. I will continue to plan what I will eat and cooking from scratch whenever possible. Luckily for me, I rather enjoy cooking and trying new recipes. I’ve even been known to tweak recipes to suit my needs. (Hello Lemon Impossible Pie made with coconut sugar, Stevia, Coconut flour, coconut oil, Ener G egg replacer and soymilk instead of white sugar, white flour, butter, eggs and milk ‘I know soymilk isn’t the best, but I have a dairy allergy and unsweetened coconut/nut milks are expensive and/or hard to come by in Nagoya’) Don’t worry I will be sharing this pie with at least 3 other people, so no worries of me eating most of it for the next week.
Now, I’m off to get ready for that party!
If you are just starting to learn about PCOS or trying to find information for living with PCOS, I found this handout useful, PCOS Basics Handout. It’s a basic guideline that has flushed out most of the jibber-jabber that you find with some others. But, like I said these are the basics.
It will take some time to figure out what foods your body reacts the most with. For example, I have to be careful with eating bananas and apples. I have found that I gain weight very quickly if I eat either one on a daily basis (half or whole), and they are supposed to be good for you! I mean how many times have we heard “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”. For me it’s more like “an apple a day brings the doctor my way”.
I will talk more about the foods I eat on a daily basis in another post. Also, I recently ordered a book called “The Insulin Resistance Diet”. I don’t want to talk about it just yet since it hasn’t arrived. Once I have read it I will share my thoughts on it.
I really liked this meme. Sometimes we all need a reminder to savor, because the bad, the pain, the fear, it can all be overwhelming and seem to consume everything. It’s then that we need remind ourselves of the moments that we savored. We can use our memories or a photograph to help us to push on. A chat with a good friend can also do wonders, so pick up the phone. You live overseas like me? Then pick up your phone and send a message to someone. Sometimes just getting the words out can help.
So, I leave you with some wise words from Sandra Bullock to savor, savor, savor those in between moments. Together we can do this. We are not as alone as we, at times, feel.
This will be my list that I will come back to, hopefully, everyday. I want to remember to look for good things that happen in life, so I don’t get bogged down with the bad. The size doesn’t matter. It could be something like, you found your favorite fruit on sale, or I found money in my pocket! What is something good that happened to you?
Here is my list…
- My cold is almost gone after catching it only 2 days ago. (Dec. 18, 2015)
- I got to take an unexpected day off. (Dec. 18,2015)
- A client at work (who knows I love cats) gave me a notepad with cats on it…just because. 😀 (Dec. 19,2015)
- I finally got my parking spot for my car! (Dec. 20, 2015)
- I got news that the fertility shots seemed to be working! (Dec. 21, 2015)
- Spent the evening with my husband and a few friends for a little dinner party. (Dec. 23, 2015)
- Made a Lemon Impossible Pie for the first time and it turned out perfect!(Dec. 23, 2015)
- I was able to drive a company car, at night, without feeling stressed…and it was in a traffic jam. This is in Japan which means driving on the left hand side of the road. I got my Japanese license at the end of August and a car at the beginning of December. (December 24, 2015)
- My husband surprised me with some delicious sashimi and strawberries for Christmas! Hubby for the win! (Dec. 24, 2015)
- I had a Harry Potter movie marathon while doing my workout. Who doesn’t love Harry Potter? (Dec. 25, 2015)
- Discovered fertility yoga poses that did wonders to relax my mind. (Dec. 25, 2015)
- Ate some delicious sushi with my hubby at one of our favorite sushi restaurants in Nagoya! (Dec. 26, 2015) Hello delayed Christmas dinner!
- My brother-in-law arrived with his family (2 girls and 1 boy) for the new year’s holiday. First night of family dinners has begun! Had a big crab feast, Yum!! (Dec. 30, 2015)
- Spent lots of family time over the New years holiday (Jan. 1-4, 2016)
- Joined a PCOS support group on-line (Jan. 1, 216)
- My husband and I went to an exhibit of cats around the world by Mitsuaki Iwago. (Jan. 11, 2016)