PCOS Lifestyle

PCOS is a peculiar thing.

It is the most common, under-diagnosed disease among women.  1 in 10 have it.  Many don’t know they have it.  The problem is the vast array of symptoms.  Because not all symptoms affect every woman with PCOS, the treatment for each woman is different.

There is no cure.

As a teenager to treat PCOS, I took birth control.  It didn’t help much.  In my mid-20’s as it got worse, I took a more drastic approach to treating it.  Under the direction of my doctor, I began to eat gluten free, sugar-free (no added sugar, or less than 5 grams per serving), and take Metformin.

Months after being gluten free/sugar free/ on Metformin, I was able to get pregnant.  I continued gluten free & sugar free into my pregnancy, until my 2nd trimester.  When I still hadn’t gained any weight, and I was so ill, my doctor wanted me to eat anything I could keep down.  For 6 months I ate anything.

I knew that when I had Evelyn I would need to go back to gluten free and sugar free.  And I knew it would be hard.  (Like it was the first time.)

But as hard as it is, it is worth it.  My whole body feels better.  I have more energy.  I sleep better.  I have less PCOS pain.  I have less anxiety.  I’m happier.

I try to retrain my brain’s way of thinking about food.  My attitude is that I’m not missing out on anything.  I get to try new things and eat more delicious and healthy things.

My favorite breakfast is a hearty omelet.

PCOS friendly recipes

I also enjoy my take on “banana pancakes.”  (In the blender I mix 2 eggs, 1 banana, some honey, some peanut butter, a shake of baking cocoa and fry like a pancake.)

PCOS friendly recipes

And a lettuce wrapped sandwich for lunch.

PCOS friendly recipes

 

I try to exercise 5 days a week.  Sometimes it’s only 3.  But I make sure to be as active as life permits.

Even though these things are hard, they have drastically improved my life and my health.  I hope that other women with PCOS know they aren’t alone in their struggles.  The biggest thing I’ve learned in the past 10 years about PCOS is that if something doesn’t work, try something else.  Giving up simply is not an option.

When I look at her face, I want to be as healthy as I can be.  I want to have the energy and strength I need to keep up with her.  I want to set an example to her of health and positive body image.
Evelyn Faye

Healthy Green Dressing Recipe

Before I got pregnant it came to our attention that I had a gluten intolerance.  When I started eating gluten free, it started tremendously helping my PCOS symptoms.  Eating gluten free meant getting creative with food and coming up with new delicious things to avoid food-boredom.

I made this delicious dressing, and it was SO easy.

I put a head of cilantro in the blender, a couple cloves of garlic, a dash of salt, a jar of olive oil mayo, and about 1/4 c water.

Green Dressing Recipe

It took just a few pulses to blend it all together.

Green Dressing Recipe

It is SO yummy.  It tastes a lot like Cafe Rio’s house dressing.  A tablespoon is 50 calories, so not too bad for a creamy dressing.

Green Dressing Recipe

Mortality

Sick Baby

 

I have heard mamas say watching your child be sick or struggle is one of the most painful things to go through.  I always thought “Yeah, that would be hard.”  I had no idea HOW hard until I experienced it for myself.

I had my first life experience watching my child, of my own flesh and blood, get sick, and not be able to fix it.

I’m a problem solver.  When things are broken, I fix them.  When there’s a problem, I find a solution.  When others are having a hard time, I want to fix it for them.

I had to watch Evelyn suffer.  She was miserable without understanding.  She would look at me helplessly with her sick eyes, begging for me to fix it.  And I couldn’t.  I had to listen to her cough til she would throw up.  My heart would break.  So many times I wished that I could be the one sick if she could be healthy.  I would rather carry the burden for her.

Even asleep, she looked miserable.  This lasted for two weeks.

Sick Baby

 

I’ve found that often the hardest experiences I’ve gone through, are the most spiritual, and the times I’m the most teachable.

So badly I wanted to teach Evelyn about my favorite scripture, D&C 122:7-9.

7 And if thou shouldst be cast into the pit, or into the hands of murderers, and the sentence of death passed upon thee; if thou be cast into the deep; if the billowing surge conspire against thee; if fierce winds become thine enemy; if the heavens gather blackness, and all the elements combine to hedge up the way; and above all, if the very jaws of hell shall gape open the mouth wide after thee, know thou, my son, that all these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good.

8 The Son of Man hath descended below them all. Art thou greater than he?

9 Therefore, hold on thy way, and the priesthood shall remain with thee; for their bounds are set, they cannot pass. Thy days are known, and thy years shall not be numbered less; therefore, fear not what man can do, for God shall be with you forever and ever.

When Joseph Smith was in the middle of what seemed to be the most miserable experience of his life, he asked for it to be taken away.  Heavenly Father didn’t.  I love the whole passage where he explains that all experiences shall be for our good.

But my favorite line is “hold on thy way.”  This phrase got me through the toughest times in my life.  It’s the most tender way of saying endure to the end.

God didn’t take away the pain of the atonement for the Savior.  And as a parent, I can’t imagine how painful it was to watch.  I watched Evelyn have a cold, and that just about did me in.  To watch your Son take on the pains of entire mankind would be excruciating.

It may sound silly, but I feel closer to my Heavenly Father after this experience.  And I know He will always give us strength to get through our mortal trials.  That’s why we are here.  He loves us, and it IS hard for Him to watch us go through hard things.  But that doesn’t take His love away from us.  It increases.

So Evelyn, this is the first of many trials in your life.  Hold on thy way!

The Gym, PCOS, and No Motivation.

We have been tossing around the idea of gym memberships for awhile now.  Last night we did it.  We joined 24 Hour Fitness.  Aaron and I are both aware that we need to lose weight and by healthy.

PCOS is an issue for me.  I don’t lose weight as fast as other people because of it.  Because of PCOS my body has a natural insulin resistance, and it fights everything.  It’s quite the pain.  It’s really discouraging.  But I know I need to put more focus into my health. Not for vanity reasons.  For safety reasons.  It really gets me down sometimes.

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