Saturday, March 21, 2015

Cutting off the head of the PCOS snake

Spring brings changes. My life is no exception. PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) is rearing its ugly head again. As another ultrasound looms I am reassessing what I can do to make more changes in my lifestyle. Little steps are obviously not working so I have to step it up. I admit I am not a cook. I love to bake but not cook which gets me into trouble sometimes. I am, for the most part, a pretty picky eater.  In the past few years I have ventured out of my comfort zone and tried new things like asparagus and could not believe that I actually like it.  Cutting out sugar and some carbohydrates is the hardest. Sugar is everywhere!  
I started drinking warm water with lemon in the mornings and have to say that it does wake me up and makes me feel great.  I have also cut back on carbonated drinks which has helped tremendously. A new 'go to' for me is almond milk. I was hesitant at first but find I now love the flavor and thickness. Yogi teas are also great.  Just like the almond milk- once you get used to something you come to like it. You have to train your taste buds. 

Apps on my phone like FitnessPal and Runkeeper have been great motivators and help in keeping track of both calories, carbs, and exercise routines. I also have a dry erase calendar in which I can write notes and keep track of daily exercise. Having this on the wall in my kitchen keeps the lifestyle a daily reminder and not tucked away in your head. me some peppers! I also love adding some flaxseeds or chia seeds to certain foods. 

I was so happy that yesterday was the first day of Spring. Getting outside and walking is what I love most. All winter I hated the elliptical and too many times avoided going in our exercise room. I would much rather enjoy the fresh air.  
Happy Spring!