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body image resources

1 Jul

A lot of PCOS patients struggle with their weight, which can cause difficulties with self-image or self-esteem. It is common for overweight women, in particular, to suffer from low self-esteem, especially if they have tried unsuccessfully to lose weight.

Our culture is not very accepting of different body types. But there are some organizations and blogs that are working to push back against idealized, unrealistic, or narrow views of beauty.

Here are a few places you might want to visit:
Adios Barbie
This site fights unrealistic and judgmental views of women’s bodies–as exemplified by Barbie.

Health at Every Size
The HAES community focuses on healthy living without fixating on weight loss. It’s based on the belief that “the best way to improve health is to honor your body.” It’s based on the research and writings of researcher and nutritionist Linda Bacon.

BodyPositive
This site has some good stuff, though you’ll have to overlook the bright yellow, eye-popping design.

Why is this important? The fact is, as a PCOS patient, you will have much better luck if you can think about your exercise plan, your diet, and your lifestyle in general as an approach to health, not just a weight-loss plan. By far the most common piece of advice for women with PCOS is “lose weight”–but your lifestyle choices will accomplish a lot more if you can think instead about accepting your body and taking care of it.

another useful recipe site: Weelicious

31 May

I really like this recipe site, Weelicious. The audience, as you will see, is parents of young children, but I have to say, I find these recipes really appealing myself. A lot of the lunchbox ideas, in particular, are interesting to me!

This is a blog, and it’s updated often. You can also search by category just to get some inspiration.

useful recipe site!

28 Apr

I have been browsing this site and liking it a lot; it’s aimed at people using Weight Watchers, but (naturally) is not exclusively for them! Whether you’re using WW or just trying to cook lighter, there are some great things here. So far I have made the Cilantro Lime Rice, Slow Cooked Pork Carnitas, and Corn Salsa with Lime; all were delicious.

What I like about this is that it’s real food, not fake food–there are some items that contain stuff like fat-free half-and-half (which is….what?), but a lot of the recipes are just streamlined versions of whatever you might expect, using leaner cuts of meat, fruit and vegetables, and smaller amounts of ingredients such as cheese. The blogger is out for the best taste and nutrition with the least fat and calories–so you’ll find things like avocados here because, as she puts it, “they’re worth the points.”

There’s a pretty good index, too, which makes for easier navigation and browsing. Check it out!

Pumpkin Puree–make it yourself!

7 Feb

So, while I ordinarily would NOT recommend the Pioneer Woman’s blog to anyone who desires a healthy lifestyle (the woman is a genius–an evil, evil genius), this is a great tutorial for roasting and pureeing your own pumpkin…perfect to use to make my pumpkin soup!