2 Ways to Start Coping with Emotional Eating

So many women with PCOS battle with emotional eating. There are different reasons for emotional eating... whether it be due to stress, feeling like you deserve a reward, or for comfort! For me, I did it a lot for comfort and reward. I battled anxiety and found that I wanted to eat a lot to soothe that anxious feeling and I did not like that I "couldn't" have certain foods, so it made me want them that much more! I also would tell myself things like, "You worked really hard today, so you deserve that bowl of ice cream!" Does any of that sound like you? If so, please don't beat yourself up or feel bad! You truly have a legitimate reason behind the emotional eating! 

There are two things that I find helpful in dealing with emotional eating: 

  1. Ask yourself, "What is your why?" Do you want more energy? Do you want to overcome the struggle of infertility? Do you want to be able to play with your kids more? Everyone wants to overcome emotional eating for one reason or another. Dig deep and find out what it is that you really want.
  2. Once identifying your why, determine to focus on what you CAN have. It's so easy to get wrapped up in the foods that we can't or aren't allowed to have. However, if you focus on the foods that make you feel good and think about how the bad foods are going to make you feel personally, it gives a sense of power. It becomes personal. You are doing it for you and not because someone told you it was bad.  

Call to Action - Find one food item in your home that you know you don't need to be eating and think on how it will make you feel when you eat it. Will it cause you to crash? Stomach ache? Headache? Think about specific things. And if you're ready to take this step, throw it away and take a moment to enjoy that feeling of power and control! 

Leave a comment below and let me know how this works out for you! I'd love to hear what you throw away and the feeling of power it gives you to take back that control! 

Top 5 Foods to Buy Organic

Okay, so I'll be honest. Eating healthier does cost a little more, but it doesn't have to break the bank! AND if you aren't spending it on nutritious foods that fuel your body and make you feel good, you are eventually going to waste a lot of money on medicines that make you feel horrible. I choose the healthy food option!

I bet you have had the battle of whether to eat organic foods or not in your head before, right? I'm sure we all have! And here are some things that may go through your mind: 

  • Guilt - "I can't afford to eat organic foods, so I'm just not even going to try and eat healthy!"
  • Justification - "Organic can't really be that much different, so I really don't see what the big deal is."
  • Anxiety - I'm just going to buy it because I know it'll be good for my family, but money will be tight for other things."

Can you relate to any of those? I think I've battled with them all at one point or another! 

Instead of feeling all of those icky feelings, why not compromise with yourself based on your needs for your family? Don't beat yourself up for what you cannot do and don't feel like you have to ignore it either! 

I personally buy foods organically grown that are the most heavily soiled with pesticides and here are my top 5:

  1. Apples - I usually have an apple a day, so I find it's beneficial to go organic with apples! I am obsessed with Pink Lady apples, but don't always get them because they are a more expensive apple, but organic Gala apples seem to be reasonable most of the time - especially if you can find a 3lb or 5lb bag! 
  2. Leafy Greens - I am a spinach lover (still learning to love kale)! I love it in my smoothies, salads, and recipes! Just make sure to wash and dry them really good! 
  3. Berries - Did you know that organic berries are actually smaller? So you'll be getting more when you buy them organic. What's the benefit? You'll get more antioxidants from eating more of them in a serving! We always buy a huge bag of frozen blueberries at Costco for a great price! They are great for smoothies or for eating as a sweet treat with a little raw honey drizzled over top!
  4. Meat - Okay, so this is the one that may freak people out because organic meat definitely costs more, but here is why I put this in my top 5. While I'm not going to freak out for not eating everything organic, I don't feel confident in how animals are cared for in these big commercial facilities. For that reason, I don't trust that they've been humanely treated well and I don't trust what they were being fed/given drug wise. I have found that I can save a great deal on organic meats by shopping at Costco! And sometimes you can find it on sale in grocery stores when it's fixing to expire.
  5. Dairy - I won't put you through all that again! Hehe! This one would be for the same reason as meat. However, we PCOS Prevailers don't need a lot of dairy! The only things I really enjoy that are dairy are cheese and greek yogurt - and I don't eat a ton of either! 

    So, there ya go! I hope you find this helpful and I hope it inspires you to work on your health.. regardless of not going all in! Every little thing you can do for your health helps! 

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3 Ways to Instantly Feel Confident

I battled with low self-esteem for years! And now, I'm convinced that it started with the hormonal imbalance that has always been noticeably present since I hit puberty. I told doctors repeatedly over the years about my symptoms and was always told everything was fine. If you have dealt with that, you know how crazy it can make you feel! When I hit my preteen and early teenage years, I began feeling depressed and battled with anxiety. These issues lead to a very negative mindset. I began worrying so much about what others thought that I literally lived my life to please others. I lost who I was and went through the rest of my teenage years feeling like I had no identity. My loss of self lead to a lot of poor choices and kept me in a really bad cycle. When I was finally diagnosed with PCOS at age 26, it gave me a sense of freedom because I finally had an answer. Something I did not realize at the time is that having that knowledge would also lead me on a road of healing emotionally. 

When I decided to get serious about changes, here are the 3 things that changed my mindset within days and lead me down a path of healing:

  1. I began honoring my body and realized that it was a gift and the only one I was going to get. I did this through diet change and began moving more. Sounds simple in theory, but something that we all struggle to do and that's why I love helping women continue on their journey when it gets hard. 
  2. I began fueling my brain with positive things. I began reading books on confidence and self improvement. I also listened to podcasts and cut people out of my life that were negative and made me feel devalued. Sounds harsh, but I would've been no good for anyone had I let those people continue to stay in my life. 
  3. I began nurturing myself. I did and do this through quiet time with God (something I pushed to the side a lot and still have to improve on). I also learned to tell people "no" on things. I was living my life to please everyone else and I finally have learned that I can't please everyone and I can't say "yes" to everything. 

When I took a stand for me and implemented these 3 things, it was incredible at the burden that was lifted off of my shoulders almost immediately. Don't get me wrong, I still struggled because this was a new way of living for me. However, something in me knew it was the right way and it pushed me to improve a little bit more every day! 

If you have been where I am, I would love to hear about anything that you did to help yourself improve and overcome! Please share in the comments! You never know who it might help! 

    Healthy and Simple Pumpkin Spice Iced Coffee

    Since being on bedrest for the last month or so, I feel like I am missing out on all the fall stuff (e.g., hayrides, bonfires, leisurely walks, etc.). I won't lie; it's kind of depressing and can really mess with you emotionally! However, I am making the best of it! My husband has opened the windows for me to enjoy some of the fresh, crisp air before it gets too hot and I experimented a little to find myself a yummy fall treat! And there's nothing like a glass of iced coffee to me! Check out the recipe below. 

    Healthy and Simple Pumpkin Spice Iced Coffee

    • Ice
    • 3/4 Cup Cold Coffee (This is one thing I make sure to buy organic.)
    • 1/2 cup of almond milk
    • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
    • 1/8 tsp of pumpkin spice seasoning 
    • 1-3 drops of stevia (depends on your taste preference)

    Directions: Add everything except ice to blender and blend it all up! Pour over ice and enjoy! 

     

     

     

    3 Reasons I Choose Low-Glycemic over Low Carb

    Do you feel guilty, like you should be eating a low carb diet, but have no desire to do so? Maybe low glycemic foods are the answer! 

    As someone with PCOS, I read so many things on how eating a low carb diet was the best way! There was just one problem! I wasn't willing to give up all of my grains - and now I know I never had to! 

    Here are the top 3 reasons for why a low glycemic diet worked for me, instead of going low carb! 

    1. Carbohydrates do not just come from grains! They are in veggies, too! Load up on broccoli, asparagus, spinach, cabbage, bok choy, and so on! You are allowed to have large amounts of these good for you vegetables without worrying about a sugar crash! 
    2. There are grains that are low glycemic and gluten free, but you have to watch your portions more. These are foods like - brown, black, and red rice; quinoa, oatmeal, and other gluten free grains. Also, legumes (wide variety of beans) and dark berries are a good source of carbs that are lower on the glycemic index! 
    3. I can still enjoy fruits like melons, grapes, and pineapples! These definitely have to be limited, but I would much rather indulge a little on some sweet fruits like these verses candy and ice cream! 

    I know our bodies are different, so I am not saying that you shouldn't eat a low carb diet, but maybe it's something that just has to happen short term until insulin sensitivity improves. I found for me that just changing to foods that have a low glycemic index was enough to reverse my insulin resistance!