A New Perspective
Aug. 30, 2012 4:49 pm
Updated: Aug. 31, 2012 2:33 pm
Mistake #1 - Disregarded Information
About ten years ago I was handed a pamphlet on Poly Cystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) by my mother-in-law who is a registered nurse. I read through it and had some thoughts on the matter but in the end I paid the information no mind. This was mistake number one.
Mistake #2 - No Worry
Over the ten years leading to about six months ago I heard PCOS again, several times actually, from my doctor, my OB/GYN, and even did a little research on the subject. Again, I paid no real attention to the matter because there wasn't enough information
available to tell me how to fix it or get rid of it. Mistake number two was not worrying about it.
Six months ago I decided I had had enough! Even though I had changed my eating habits, was exercising, and overall paying attention to my health there was no improvement in my weight and the way I felt (tired, sluggish, unhappy). I saw my doctor (different
from the one before) and just cried about what was going on. After a few questions the words PCOS were brought up, again. This time the doctor said things that really caught my attention, heart disease, insulin resistance, glucose intolerance, infertility,
anxiety, and depression.
After my doctor visit, and several others for testing, I began to seriously research PCOS. I bought books, I read and still read every reliable source online, and I began to make small changes such as switching out ingredients and documenting how I felt
after eating and/or exercising. I started using SparkPeople.com as a way to keep track of my eating and exercise, I started buying diabetic recipe books and magazines, low calorie recipe books and magazines, and even a PCOS recipe cookbook. There are a lot
of choices out there but in the end I was not finding what I was looking for to fit my lifestyle needs with the lifestyle changes I had to make.
A New Way
I have been a member of all recipes.com for over eight years but was not a supporting member until today. I decided to pay for a supporting membership for their meal planning tool and was surprised at all that was offered, which happened to include the
option to blog. I have never blogged before and if anyone decided to read this I hope they understand that I am new to this. The main goal is to document my journey but if someone happens to come across this out in cyberspace then I hope in some way, small
or large, that it helps.
To make my new lifestyle changes find a happy coexistence with my current lifestyle. I am go, go, go about 85% of the time. While I greatly enjoy cooking sometimes there just isn't enough time in a day to cook a meal that will a) be healthy and b) taste
good so I need a c) is quick and most important d) ALL OF THE ABOVE! As part of my goal I want to find meals that are healthy and taste good with a focus also on easy and quick. Since there are days that I have time to cook for hours there will be recipes
that are just healthy and taste good. I will also be documenting my experiences with other tools for self reference.