This is what I had for dinner last night.
It’s obnoxiously healthy looking isn’t it? I honestly kind of annoy myself sometimes, like who is this person who eats THIS for dinner?
I want you to know at the beginning of my 175lb weight loss journey this is not how my meals looked. In fact, just 3 years ago, I viewed eating a mostly plant based meal as something I’d never be able to do. I’d never be able to give up gluten. I’d never be able to eat a salad every day. I’d always want refined carbs and processed foods. And in my old world a turkey dinner would have looked more like this.
(I find it funny that when I image searched for a “hot turkey sandwich” this picture came up from a popular restaurant chain in the area where I grew up aka Western Pennsylvania.)
My husband and I used to have this kind of meal a lot, especially in the early years of our marriage when we moved 500+ miles across the country and craved comfort food from Pennsylvania we couldn’t find in the South. Now when I look at this picture I think how sick the processed white bread would make me. Yuck. And where are the greens? This is a blood sugar, carb hangover waiting to happen. I cringe a little thinking how this type of meal was unknowingly causing so much havoc, grief, and pain in my body and aggravating my PCOS (before I even knew I had PCOS).
So where do you begin? How do you go from carb hell
heaven to a PCOS friendly meal? Gradually. If you’re the type of person who can just jump right in, then do it, jump right in. Pile the greens on your plate, and lose all the white starches. I both love you and loathe you for being able to make changes this smoothly.
If you’re like me, give yourself a break. Realize this is a process and will take some time. You won’t make lasting changes over night. You’ll be more likely to stick to nutritional changes if they’re done slowly over time. Remember this is a lifestyle and you are worth the effort!
First add greens to your meal. I don’t care what it is, but get yourself use to eating vegetables. You need them. If you have to, eat them first and get it out of the way. I did this a lot in the beginning. “Okay, my broccoli is down! Now I can enjoy the rest of my meal” Get rid of one slice of bread and eat the sandwich open faced. Go one step further and eat gluten free bread. Take another step and do no bread at all. Then swap out the mashed potatoes for sweet potatoes. Small changes over time will get you where you want to be. It is achievable. You can do this.
For transparency, here is one of my first myfitnesspal food journal entries. The breakfast, lunch, etc labels are mixed up because I eventually changed the format to represent my eating schedule. Here it is though, in all it’s wonderful glory. This is where I started.
Peanut butter banana sandwiches. Spaghetti. Chocolate. It’s all there. If I can make the changes, you can make the changes. I say this not to sound like a cliche, but to share the truth.