Today marks the start of a new chapter, and one I’m pretty excited about I have to say. I’ve decided to start a food (and exercise) diary on here, starting today. As many of you know I am on a healthy living mission. This isn’t all about weight loss, although that is something I want for myself, but also about managing my PCOS symptoms and getting myself to the healthiest I can be. For some people that might mean eating more, for some people it might mean eating differently and for some it might mean upping the exercise and getting moving. What you won’t see on this page is any kind of restrictive eating, that isn’t the aim. If anything I want to make sure I’m eating more and more frequently, keeping my metabolism going and feeding my body with the right foods.
Although I’m not a professional by any means, I do read a lot about food and nutrition because it really interests me, and I enjoy making healthy recipes and researching. I think my knowledge of food and nutrition is pretty good for the average person, but where I fall down is being organised to stay on top of it. If you run out of food it’s easy to grab a piece of toast instead of something more nutritious. Not that toast is the devil, but for me, with my insulin resistance, there are far better options. Sometimes I’m in a rush and end up looking at my laptop clock only to realise I’ve missed lunch and I’m starving, and of course my body craves easy, quick foods. I want to change that.
I have been more than a little stressed out recently and I can see the physical effects of that all too well. In addition to that, stress causes your body to release cortisol, which makes you extremely hungry and crave sweet, salty, high-fat foods. A lot of the food stress I have could be easily prevented if I planned things in advance and got more organised where my shopping and meals are concerned, so that’s the plan. The key for me is maintaining a healthy blood sugar level which is good for anyone but especially hard for me with the dreaded PCOS. I feel like I’ve been coasting along for years worrying about PCOS but not facing up to the harsh reality that women with it are four to seven times more likely to have a heart attack than women of a similar age without it, and we are also more likely to get Type 2 Diabetes. I don’t want that for myself.
There are times when I feel very frustrated that even on my bad days I eat better than some of my friends who are much slimmer than me, but blaming the PCOS is not the answer, it’s time to kick it’s ass. Shedding just 10% of your body weight can relieve a lot of the symptoms that come along with it, but since my body is insulin resistant, that isn’t easy even when eating well and exercising. I’ve tried the normal approach, eating well most of the time and exercising when I can, but it’s not going to cut it, especially since it’s so easy to mindlessly eat the wrong things when you’re not writing things down! Photographing my meals will help me really think about how balanced they are.
This isn’t about restricting food, or demonising carbs and fats, because we all need those to function. What I will focus on is keeping things as clean as possible, avoiding processed foods and making sure I have a good variety of healthy fats, complex carbs and protein. Hopefully it will encourage me to switch things up more so I don’t get bored and push myself to create tasty meals. It might inspire some of you, and likewise if you do the same be sure to link me to yours! I’m hoping it will generate many more recipes for my recently-added index too!
Another thing I will be focusing on is daily exercise and water intake. I work from home and spend a lot of time in front of a computer, so I think it’s essential for me to get moving more, whether it’s yoga, dance, a brisk walk or a run. I’m going to note that down too and I will be honest, if I eat at Nandos and don’t go for a run, I will tell you! Hopefully this will bring so many benefits, making me more mindful of what I put into my body, how I take care of it, and generating helpful content in the process. Keep you eye out for my first post tonight. I’m excited!
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