I lost a large portion of my vegetable garden do to the heatwave this month. So I’ve been staying diligent on keeping the rest watered properly. I went out to give them their evening drink and inspection and discovered that my tomato plant is growing 5 fruits! I have no idea how I missed them, it’s like they appeared over night. I’ve been babying this plant and waiting for it to produce for almost a year and a half, even bringing it indoors during our last winter so it would survive. It just earned another vacation in the house when the frost arrives.
Hi hun! I hope school isn’t beating you down too badly. I miss you too; I’ve been holding back but I’ll send you a new email after tomorrow to update you on everything. :)
I went to three different markets looking for coconut & almond flour and came up empty handed. It’s as hard to find now as unsweetened coconut flakes were. Thanks grocery stores.
An interesting article by one of the few doctors I put any faith in, but just in case it’s tl;dr for you I grabbed the highlights.
Based on 21 studies with nearly 348,000 participants, most of whom were healthy at the start of the studies, The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has published that there was no difference in the risk of heart disease or stroke between people with the lowest and highest intakes of saturated fat.
- Dietary fat, whether saturated or not, is not a cause of obesity, heart disease or any other chronic disease of civilization.
- The problem is the carbohydrates in the diet, their effect on insulin secretion, and thus the hormonal regulation of homeostasis — the entire harmonic ensemble of the human body. The more easily digestible and refined the carbohydrates, the greater the effect on our health, weight and well-being.
- Sugars — sucrose and high-fructose corn syrup specifically — are particularly harmful, probably because the combination of fructose and glucose simultaneously elevates insulin levels while overloading the liver with carbohydrates.
- Through their direct effects on insulin and blood sugar, refined carbohydrates, starches and sugars are the dietary cause of coronary heart disease and diabetes. They are the most likely dietary causes of cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and other chronic diseases of modern civilization.
This isn’t meant to advocate gorging on meat but to emphasize that we would be much healthier as a nation if we stopped worrying so much about fats, and instead made a concerted effort to avoid processed, quick-digesting carbohydrates — especially added sugars.
Yes another tall woman! I agree my short friends are trying to be 120, I couldn’t imaging trying to be the same weight as them. It’s really nice to add another girl with a healthy goal to the list, and so close to my own. Please keep in touch!
Thank you everyone for the tips and support. The scale has finally moved, it was only a fraction but it’s enough for now. I’ll remember to cycle my calories higher for a few days the next time I’m ready to beat my head against a wall.
Glad I could help.
I first noticed the weight started slowly coming off after I had been dedicated to eating strictly low carb for 2 weeks. It was the first time in my life I had managed to lose a noticeable amount of weight so it was very memorable.
My periods use to be wild and sometimes didn’t show up for months at a time. Now that I’ve been bouncing on and off the diet for a year I have as normal a routine as I’ve ever had ranging between 28-31 day cycles. And yes, be prepared for the worst when you get your period. If you have any cysts growing at the time you’ll need a bottle of whatever your preferred pain killer is because they’re literally being pulled off as the lineing sheds.
I’ve never heard of binging leading to it but I do know binging can aggravate it. Especially if you were eating large amounts of sugar and starch. You’ve probably had it for years and never knew. It’s common for doctors to misdiagnose it or write it off as teenage hormones. Most women don’t even realize they have it until they can’t get pregnant.
11 days stalled at the same weight. I just need to keep reminding myself that it’s better then gaining and that stressing over it will only make things worse.
I’m really sorry to hear that but at least you know what’s going on with your body now. As I’m sure you’re completely aware of life can be difficult with PCOS. Just know that even when you’re doing everything right, sometimes your hormones will still flip out on you especially around the time of your period. This is why for me there are some months where I can diet and exorcise and the weight melts off and other months I can do the exact same thing and barely lose a couple pounds. If you’re on meds it should help a lot. I don’t take any prescriptions at the moment, but if you can afford it Metformin works really well with getting blood sugar spikes under control. Hormone therapy is available but there are a lot of risks associated with it so if your endo wants to put you on it make sure she/he discusses everything and goes deep into your family’s health history to get a better idea of possible complications.
Weight lose is a huge struggle for me, even the sugar in fruit and some vegetables can trigger blood sugar spikes that can stall me and cause horrible cravings and mood swings. It’s not possible for me to lose weight eating over 60g of carbs a day. I could starve myself and if I eat a small bowl of pasta I’d stall. It’s an individual thing, I’ve known girls who can eat a moderate amount of carbs with each meal and be fine but I can’t. I cook a large majority of my own food and if I must have a treat I usually make them myself using sugar substitutes and preferably either no flour or a nut flour like almond.
I currently do my own version of a low carb diet. I eat all the vegetables and fruits allowed on the Atkins diet, plus lean cuts of meat, dairy, and healthy fats. Sugar and starches are removed to ensure my insulin levels stay normal. I try to limit my total carbohydrates to a maximum of 30g for the day but I aim for 20g. I also take 1 women’s multivitamin each day and 1 Iron supplement every other day for my anemia. My exorcise is a diverse mix of jogging/walking, pilates, kickboxing, strength training and low impact cardio. I try to workout for 3-5 hours each week to give myself a little leave way, because some days I don’t feel like even standing up let alone going for a walk.
One of my favorite sites to give people who question me about eating low carb is http://www.obgyn.net/pcos/pcos.asp?page=/pcos/articles/pcos_and_diet_mckittrick. It’s a very thorough article on how diet, exorcise and carbs effect PCOS and why a low-fat/high carb diet can make it impossible to lose weight and may put your healthy in jeopardy. It’s a good page to share with family and friends so that they can understand that a typical diet isn’t going to work for you and why.
If you’re interested in books on it there’s one called The Sugar Solution that has a chapter about the disorder and how it’s affected by eating sugar. Also someone recommended Jillian Michael’s book Master Your Metabolism to me. In it she covers PCOS and other hormone disorders that can affect women and their weight but I haven’t read it yet since I’m waiting on the paperback edition. Lastly a great site for real information on the disorder can be found at http://www.pcoscoach.com. There’s a lot of myths and rumors about what causes it but the fact is no one really knows 100% how it develops or why.
I hope some of this helps you and I’m sorry for how long this grew. I wanted to make sure I got everything in. Just remember it’s not your fault you have this. The only way you could have prevented it was if a doctor had noticed your abnormally high insulin levels at an early age and put all the symptoms together, which has never happened with any girl I’ve met yet.
Constantly! If I eat a meal high in carbs I will develop a headache and even feel sick for a few hours. If I eat them continuously for a few days I’ll feel exhausted no matter how much I sleep, develop pain in my joints and have wild mood swings. I don’t experience hot flashes often but I have poor blood circulation. You’re not alone, these are actually some of the major symptoms of PCOS. <3
Today is my 4th day back in control and things are going great. I started a cleanse yesterday to help my body flush out what’s left of the garbage I ate. Thankfully all the water weight is gone and I’m back where I was before this happened. Hopefully next time I’m invited out I’ll remember that it’s too soon and I still need more time to change my old habits.
I even survived my mom’s biggest frenemy. That woman is constantly trying to make her daughter look good at my expense, even though she’s worse off then I am. Not only did I let her comments bounce off but I paid her no attention the entire time she was visiting. After less then 10 minutes she simply stopped and left. Good, maybe it’ll be a while before she decides to visit again.
After a disastrous week I’m back on track, finishing today at just over 1500 calories. I’m not going to let a few bad days derail me from an otherwise productive month and I will see mid 40s before the 31st.
I feel so apathetic right now towards losing weight. My period just appeared out of nowhere a week early and between the cramps, bloating and fatigue I haven’t been able to push myself to really care the last couple of days. I’m going to force myself to go for a walk this afternoon, if nothing else at least I’ll get some fresh air.
I’ve lost control. I wanted to fast today. But due to some family related shit I ended up binging again. This is the fourth day in a row. I don’t want to put all my hard work to waste. I need to get back on track, stop eating junk, and keep losing the excess pounds.
I’m going on a liquid fast next week. I don’t want to blow this. I really want to get to 170 by the end of this month and I know it’s not impossible.
If I could only control myself, my cravings.
Don’t lose hope hun, a lot of us have slipped up this week. <3 Is there a particular time, place or food that you’re binging on? I’m not in a position to give advice since I’m still getting my own under control but I recently found a couple of methods for curbing cravings and they seem to be working.
Aim per day Average per day
Calories: 1500 1468
Carbs: 30g 34g
Water: 2L 2L
Exorcise: 42 min 48 min
My goal was to lose 5lbs and I lost 8. I haven’t been in the 40s for a year; I’m so glad I didn’t cop out on the last two days like I wanted to. I’m going back to my standard cycling but I’d like to try this again the first of next month.
I’m not going to beat myself up over a slip up. I’ll just work harder to avoid them to begin with. I was flipping through one of my mom’s magazines and ran across a method to stop cravings. If it works I’ll post it.
And then my personal 14 day challenge is over. I wish I had started Tumblr earlier so that I could have documented it for others. Next month maybe? It’ll be nice to eat more carbohydrates again. First meal I’m having is a large vegetable and fruit plate. <3
I was given a package of my favorite dark chocolates today. I thought I could handle it and treat myself to just one. Next thing I know I’ve eaten 4 and trying to force myself to stop. I should have known I wasn’t ready yet but there’s a small victory in the fact I didn’t eat the entire package, in fact less then 1/3. I’ll give the rest to my brothers later so the temptation is gone.
This is a short passage taken from the book crave written by Cynthia M. Bulik, ph.D
Director, university of North Carolina Eating Disorders Program
Everyday I meet women who have spent their entire adult lives trying to be something-a dress size, a weight, a height-they’re not. These are intelligent, strong, successful, independent, beautiful woman. And yet Hollywood and the fashion industry have made them feel barley a step above worthless when it comes to their own negative body issues.
We have to get to the point where we reject the stick-thin idea of perfection and celebrate our own unique individual beauty instead.
If you’re one of the majority of women who aren’t naturally thin, don’t spend your entire life trying to be; that’s a trigger that might lead to binge eating disorder in the first place.
Instead, find things within yourself to be positive about: your sense of humor your intelligence and so on.
Deemphasize the physical and welcome the emotional; be happy for who you are right now and not who you’ll be as soon as you look like someone else.
This! It bothers me that so many girls seem to think they’ll magically morph into someone amazing with a perfect life once the weight is gone. Let that inner beauty shine and let a fit body be the cherry on top.
I’m 5 pounds away from my monthly goal and there’s 3 weeks left.
I can do this!
I’ve noticed that when I eat many small meals throughout the day I feel hungrier then before I ate. This could be one of the triggers for previous binges. I’m going to have to make sure I get enough calories at my main meals and skip the tiny ones.
I’ve decided to bring my weight lose struggle to Tumblr. It has been a long and slow process over a lifetime but I plan on finishing this within the next year.