Quick Steak and Veggie Night

Hey guys! I thought I’d share a quick dinner I whipped up tonight. Hobbes surely approves and wants a bite of DH’s.

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I threw two grass fed steaks on the stove top griddle, and sprinkled them with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Veggies are zucchini and mini vine tomatoes tossed in balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper, and garlic powder, baked at 375 for 35 minutes. DH actually ate some veggies, which is a huge feat! He said they were full of flavor. That never happens!

What I ate: 5.05oz of the cooked steak, 1 zucchini, and about 4 small tomatoes. Later in the evening I had 1 cup frozen cherries and 1 cup frozen blueberries. Total calories for the day were 1693.

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Super Bowl Madness!!! Baked Carrot Chips!!

O.M.G…. these are to die for! I will never miss normal chips ever again.

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Recipe:

Preheat oven 350 degrees.

Lay chipped carrots (I bought them this way) on greased baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, pepper, and sea salt. Bake for 25 minutes (check them after 6 minutes!!! My oven is weak) until firm and edges are browned. Let sit for 3 minutes before dipping.

Mine were a little more flimsy than I would have liked, but next time I will try them at 400 degrees. These would be great if you have a dehydrator.

 

90-Day Paleo PCOS Blasting Plan: Gatherer-Hunter

 

 

So this past Thursday I saw a prominent nutritionist in Bucks County- the same one that really has helped my mom with a few things. And she has me on a food/exercise plan for the next 3 months with no exceptions, no cheats. This same plan relieved both her daughters of PCOS, made their cycles regular, dropped their extra weight, and got one of them pregnant. She said my problems are:

1. My body is stuck in the PCOS/cortisol/insulin resistance cycle
2. I’m eating too few calories at 1300-1500 (I was shocked)
3. I’m working out too hard and it’s making things worse (what??!!!)
4. My brain isn’t getting the right signals to start each monthly cycle (this is where herbs come in)

Also, I was already Paleo in the past but gained fat super fast on low calories. But the hunter-gatherer diet should really be reversed for optimal immune and stress hormone levels– it should be GATHERER-HUNTER! Excessive animal protein can cause an inflammatory response, and that may have been happening to me. However, this doesn’t mean go vegan, which in my opinion and from my own experience, is far more damaging. It just means that 80% of my diet should be vegetation and the other 20% animal protein. Now everyone is different, and I know a ton of women who healed themselves on hunter-gatherer (more meat focused), which is understandable. We each have our own unique biochemistry.

So here’s the plan in a nutshell:


Eat 1600-1800 calories:
Organic meat
Fish
Non-starchy veggies
Fruit (limited)
Organic butter/ghee
EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
Coconut oil

Treats:
85% dark chocolate
Coconut or almond milk (unsweetened)
Nuts/seeds

*Nuts and seeds are limited at this point because of lectins, as a precaution.

!!!!Avoid:
Grains, flours, wheat
Legumes
Sugar
Starch (yams, squash)
Dairy
Alcohol
Caffeine

Daily Meal Breakdown:
2 green protein smoothies (or juices)
2 full meals:
      1/2 plate, salad
      1/4 plate, cooked veggies
      1/4 plate, organic meat/fish

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Supplements/Herbs:
Chaste Tree (Standard Process brand)– 4 pills/4x day
Boswellia– 4 doses/day
Vitamin D3– 10,000 IUs/day

Exercise: 
45 minutes/day (low impact)
      -yoga
      -walking
      -elliptical

* Is supposed to de-stress my body and mind, and help control the inflammatory/cortisol cycle I have going on.

!!!Avoid:
Weight lifting
Running
Hiit/Crossfit

* These were creating a stress response and making my condition worse. I gained 12 pounds of fat while killing myself at Crossfit for 3 months. TWELVE pounds!!! It was a nightmare!!

So the bottom line is this: PCOS affects each woman differently. What works for me may not work for someone else. All we need to promise ourselves is to keep trying new things, keep dairies of what works and what doesn’t, and come up with our own unique PCOS recipe. I have another call with this nutritionist in 2 weeks to see if we need to tweak the plan. Let’s do this!!

Stay hopeful, happy, and hungry for change.

xoxo

-M

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http://www.myfitnesspal.com/supermansgirl

 

PCOS: An Unexpected Journey

PCOS is a bitch. I find myself a 31-year-old professional with acne, facial hair, mood swings, cravings like a crack addict, and uncontrollable weight gain. “Well just stop giving in to the cravings and you’ll lose weight,” is what an average person would say. Except the thing is I don’t give into my cravings. I am not bingeing in secret. You won’t find candy wrappers stuffed under my car seats or in my sock drawer. In summary, I am a food snob. Meat that finds itself on my plate is organic and grass-fed. I have now eliminated the most common allergens wreaking havoc on most of us today: eggs, dairy, soy, corn, peanuts, and gluten. And yet I am gaining weight at about one pound per week. Right now I am up to 216 and I don’t see any sign of it stopping. I was doing Crossfit for the past 6 months, completely convinced this would jolt my body into cooperating with my eating habits, but I GAINED 10 pounds!! I was so embarrassed I quit until I could figure myself out. And it was not 10 pounds of muscle, either. I gained inches and a pants size. Lovely!

Medications have not helped, either. My latest escapade was with Metformin, which wound up causing me to hallucinate at night. The last straw was when I woke up in the middle of the night shaking my sleeping husband so hard he woke up, too. His eyes were wide and he exclaimed, “what are you doing?!” He’s a huge guy at 6’6” so I could not have hurt him, but still the incident scared me. What else would it have caused me to do in my sleep? Metformin is out. Which is a shame, too because it was stopping my cravings, leveling out my energy, and I felt like a new person. But when you practically assault the person you love in your sleep, nothing is worth that.

So here I am back at square one. Low carb caused me to gain weight, Paleo caused me to gain weight, counting calories and intuitive eating have caused me to gain weight. When I stop dieting and caring I gain weight. What’s left?

Nutritarianism.
To be a nutritarian means that you only eat foods that offer the most nutrient-bang for your calorie buck. So while a 6-ounce serving of organic chicken is nutritious and about 160 calories, eating 160 calories worth of super-nutrient foods like kale will offer me more micro-nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidants. It’s not that the chicken breast is unhealthy, but it’s not an efficient way to spend my daily calorie allowance. If a guy only had $500 to spend on an engagement ring for his girlfriend, would he shop at Tiffany’s and settle for 1/8 karat microscopic diamond? No, he’d go to Kay Jewelers on black Friday and negotiate a discount to top it off! In the end he emerges with a killer ring she can show off to her girlfriends. He got the most diamond for his dollar. And it’s the same with my body. A serving of organic meat or an ancient grain like quinoa is the 1/8 karat, microscopic engagement ring. Worth the same calories (the $500) but unimpressive to our body (the girlfriend). Plants, nuts, and seeds are the mega engagement ring we got for the same $500 (the same calorie allowance), and they cause us to shine brighter than the other foods!

I have no idea if that made sense. I am not on Metformin so I should be back to non-crazy M.

So, it’s my first day being nutritarian. I skipped my usual cup of coffee and had a smoothie based on Kimberly Snyder’s The Beauty Detox Solution recipe “Glowing Green Smoothie”. My version was:

3 cups romaine lettuce
1 banana
1 green apple
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 scoop Vegalite vegan protein powder
1 scoop super greens powder (Nutrition Dynamics, Gluten Free, Chocolate)
1/4 cup chia seeds
2 cups water

Combine in Vitamix, watch your cats tear up flooring while escaping the sound, and enjoy. I drank this about an hour ago and feel great right now. I will most likely start to get a caffeine withdrawal headache in an hour or so, and that’s when I’ll have a cup of organic coffee. I just switched over to organic since I read that conventional coffee is like a pesticide soup that can cause your body to stop producing estrogen… which means it has more male hormones… something that PCOS-ers do not want! So organic coffee is a non-negotiable item for me now. I was never a Starbuck’s chick anyway. I love my savings account too much!

I will be posting about my lunch and dinner later today. I have a date with the gym later on (it’s biceps and triceps day, yay!!) and a mission to tick off as many Philly guys in the weight room as possible with my Steelers t-shirt (thanks, Hubby <3). Then it’s off to Whole Foods to get some organic greens and other nutrient-bang items. I’ll post my list as well.

Stay hopeful, happy, and hungry for change.

xoxo

-M