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The Quest for Quick, Easy, and HEALTHY!

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. 

The Revelation
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. 

Getting Serious
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.

The Goal
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. 

Aug. 30, 2012 6:35 pm
Hello cheerios,as always you write such interesting things.Your right it is hard making healthy and fast meals.,but it really isn't that hard,start off with a salad or soup,your main meal can be a vegatable,some meat or fish.we don't eat sweets which helps.A slow cooker helps when you have a busy day.Have a good night cheerios.
Aug. 30, 2012 7:50 pm
S1456: My daughter has several symptoms of PCOS. (Imagine my response when my 18-year-old daughter told me she hadn't menstrated in six months...) She exercises a couple times a day and has lost 49 pounds. Best of luck to you! I hear good things about the Menu Planner.
Aug. 31, 2012 4:24 am
I am sorry to hear you are going through some big challenges. Sounds like you are on the right path to good health again. Take care kid! BTW I am an Oly girl too. Transplanted to the sunshine, but always an Oly girl:)
Aug. 31, 2012 8:37 am
Good luck on your journey to better health and especially to feeling better. I look forward to reading more blogs and perhaps seeing menus and foods from AR that suit your lifestyle now.
Aug. 31, 2012 8:39 am
I had this syndrome many, many years ago. Trying and trying in vain to get pregnant.....after 5 years I was about to give up. My doctor discovered this through a laparoscopy. He performed surgery on my ovaries, and told me the next six months were crucial to pregnancy. After that, chances would decrease considerably. Imagine my surprise, when.....5 YEARS LATER.....my beautiful, and only, child was born. My son is the love of my life. Good luck on your journey. Thoughts are with you.
Aug. 31, 2012 10:32 am
OH my i made a mistake i thought i was writing on cheerios blog.SEAS1456 so sorry i called you cheerios.
Aug. 31, 2012 2:33 pm
I have PCOS also, it was diagnosed when I reached puberty. I also unfortunately have an underactive thyroid, which contributes to weight gain and my feeling tired!! You can never get rid of PCOS, there is no 'cure'. It's caused by too much male testosterone hormone. Doctors often prescribe oestrogen to help keep the symptoms at bay. Unfortunately I found that the extra oestrogen gave me chronic migraines so the only other thing that really helps keep the symptoms at a minimum is to keep your weight down. But that is easier said than done with PCOS! People who wonder if they have it should look out for signs such as weight gain, sluggishness, erratic periods, acne, stubborn hair growth in unwanted places such as the chin, hair loss from the scalp, infertility etc. The chances of becoming a diabetic or of having high cholesterol are also much higher amongst women with PCOS. Not every woman will necessarily have the same symptoms or even the degree of severity of the symptoms. I look on the bright side and think at least I don't have the acne or hair loss or have to deal with any pain like some poor souls. PCOS is actually surprisingly common. So good luck to you SEAS1456, I hope your lifestyle changes improve your health immensely. :) Geoju, what a fantastic ending for you. :)
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