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The 100 Days of Real Food Challenge

27 Jul

Just as a disclaimer: I have no intention of embracing 100 days of totally unprocessed food! However, the 100 Days of Real Food website has a wealth of great information, including the guidelines for a 10-day Real Food Challenge. We have houseguests right now, but after their departure, I plan to try the 10-day challenge, just to shake up our habits a bit and give me the extra kick in the pants to look for alternatives to the few highly processed foods that we eat.

This challenge adheres to most of the nutritional ideas that I think are most important; it’s heavily based on the writings of Michael Pollan. Essentially, you eat what you can make yourself. If you buy convenience foods, you avoid the highly-processed ones and look for those that have few (and recognizable) ingredients. She emphasizes local foods, too, which I think is a nice ideal but not necessary for good health. If you can do it, great.

The best parts of the site, though, are the sections with recipes and meal plans and the list of “mini-pledges”–small steps you can take, either permanently or temporarily, to improve the healthfulness and sustainability of your diet. Check it out and get some ideas!

Finally, one last word about this: I think that it can be inspiring to read this kind of thing, but don’t get discouraged if it’s not totally for you. You don’t have to embrace the whole set of rules to make your diet better. I know that we’re very unlikely to give up flavored yogurt in this house, for example. It does have some sugar in it, but my kids love it and it’s high in protein. We just buy the healthiest kind we can find and limit it to a cup a day. If there are things in your life you’re not willing to give up, just find the ideas on the site that DO work for you.


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.

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.