PCOS Princess Goes Paleo

For starters, I am totally not a princess. No idea why I even selected this name for my blog other than I’m a sucker for a catchy alliteration. In fact, I’m a pretty down-to-earth 40 year old married mother of 3 struggling with my weight and PCOS. I’ve decided to make some dietary changes to feel better and improve my overall health. This blog will chronicle my journey.i have pcos

One thing I should mention is that this will not be a blog about infertility. I have 3 fantastic children- all blessing through adoption. I made peace with my infertility a long, long time ago, in my early 20s. I never wanted to put myself through the stress, anxiety and disappointment of invasive fertility treatments, and my husband agreed. So, although we never prevented pregnancy, in 17+ years of marriage I have never conceived. And I’m ok with that. Really, I am.

What is blog WILL contain is Paleo-friendly recipes, backyard chicken keeping (yes, we have chickens in the middle of the suburbs!), and my rants and raves about trying to get healthy.

Of course, I don’t pretend to be a medical or dietary expert by any means. Take whatever I say and do your own research. I am still learning too.

 

 

First Meal- Am I Healthy Yet?

Don’t worry, I’m not going to post a picture of every single meal I eat, but I thought my first meal would be a noteworthy occasion- especially since I have no freakin’ clue what I’m doing.

Truthfully, finding foods I can eat and afford seems a but daunting to me. I have a feeling the key will be having enough fresh fruit and veggies (emphasis on the veggies) hand for when I get hangry, and planning meals far in advance.

first meal

Here it is: 2 eggs scrambled, seasoned with only pepper (slightly overcooked- whoops), 3 strips of bacon & green beans with a tad of butter. No salt. And none of the stuff I might have normally eaten like bagel, egg & cheese sandwich, English muffin, cereal, banana bread, etc.

I know the bacon is arguably not authenticly Paleo, but in the absence of a lean pork chop, I went with it.

I Might As Well Try

Well, what the hell. I might as well try. I’m going to try to get my shit together and start living a healthy life.  I have been overweight my entire life, though it’s gotten progressively worse. I’m 40 now, and with 3 little ones (age 10, 8 & 4 – all blessings through adoption) I’d like to be around long enough to experience their growth into adulthood. I want to meet my grand babies (if my kids choose to have children). I want to go on senior citizen vacation cruises with the love of my life (a freaking saint of a man who puts up with my mood swings, depression, weight gain all while being a fantastic father and husband) . I want to live a life that isn’t encumbered by my health or weight (currently probably about 350 lbs, though we have no scale in the house for me to really know for sure) or mobility. I just want to be normal, dammit,

me

This is me. No make up. Not even a good pic. Just me. Bam! There you go.

I don’t eat McDonald’s every day. I don’t binge on chips and cookies (ok, maybe a little, but not 350 lbs worth). My problem isn’t necessarily as simple as “eat less, move more.” My body isn’t normal.  I so admire people who seem to be so in tune with their body. I have never been like that. My body has just never “worked” the way it was supposed to: weight, mensuration, PCOS, hormones, digestion, fertility, you name it, I’m a mess. A fucking hilarious mess, mind you, but a mess.

I have PCOS, which makes what I do eat (the typical diet of most Americans these days- a bevy of processed foods, complete with GMOs, preservatives, artificial flavors and colors, and a variety of chemicals that I can’t pronounce) attack my body.

I have know I have PCOS since I was in my very early 20s.  And even in my teens I had an irregular menstruation cycle. Doctors answered that problem with birth control pills, but once I got married at age 23, I went off them, and the irregularity continued. Then came the facial hair (that was a treat). And by the time I was in my mid-30s I had adult acne, sleep apnea, skin tage, a swollen-looking adomen, and my weight was ballooning out of control.

PCOS Awareness Infographic (PRNewsFoto/PCOS Challenge, Inc.)

PCOS Awareness Infographic (PRNewsFoto/PCOS Challenge, Inc.)

So here I am. Fuck.

Let me just say, I hate doctors. Hate them. Hate them. Hate them. I have Iatrophobia (fear of doctors), and I can honestly say I have never met a doctor that I felt comfortable seeing. They all seem to be in a hurry, quick to diagnose, condescending and dismissive. You’re overweight? Eat better. This pelvic exam hurts? No it doesn’t. Just breathe. (yes, a doctor actually said this to me). And then there are the ones who never call you back. Ok, I get the hint. I’m too much hassle. Can’t say I blame them.

So, at this point, I’d like to see if I can make some changes in my health and happiness by changing my diet. The Paleo Diet is based upon everyday, modern foods that mimic the food groups of our pre-agricultural, hunter-gatherer ancestors. Basically it means, I will eat natural whole foods-mainly meat, fish, vegetables, and fruit, while excluding dairy or grain products and processed food. Wish me luck!