So for the last few years, I’ve dedicated most of my social media content to PCOS. A ton of it has been spent on educating about what drives/worsens PCOS, how our bodies work, etc.
But lately, I’ve been feeling this call to do more practical advice that you can take to your daily life. Enter my new series-How to get your period back with PCOS!
I figured this series would go along really well with these weekly goals newsletters, so I’ll be sharing the tips here for you. Keep in mind that these are general things I’ve seen work in real people and not miracle cures or things that work perfectly for everyone. You are always the final expert on your body so do what works for you and leave the rest.
For this first week, I’d like to get us going with a food recall. This may seem boring, but objectively assessing where you are now will help you make these practical changes. Much of the advice of the next few weeks will center on that.
To do a 3 day food recall, simply keep a running list of everything you eat over the next few “average” days for you. You can either list the last few days or keep track of the next few days.
Eat normally for you and don’t make any major changes yet. Note how you feel, if there are any particular meals that didn’t make you feel too great, your bowel movements, etc. Most importantly, keep track of how much protein, carbohydrate, fiber, and added sugar is present in each food.
This is a no-judgment food diary. Please don’t beat yourself or nitpick about what you see here. Any guilt you feel is very unlikely to help you make logical, practical progress and can often be your mind’s way of overwhelming you and keeping you in the status quo.
If you eat radically different weekday to weekend, consider a 7 day food diary or an average weekend and average weekday one.
You can track with pen and paper, googling for the amounts of things, or you can use a tracker like myfitnesspal. The key with mfp and other trackers (i really like cronometer) is to ignore their advice about calories, etc. We don’t care what MFP thinks because they don’t really know you!
Upcoming episodes/newsletters will talk about low glycemic load, protein amounts, practical plate advice, how to organize your day, fast food orders, sample days and more. Is there anything you think should be included?
P.S. if you like this kind of thing but want more advice, coaching and support- consider taking one of the last 3 spots for the Functional PCOS group! Enrollment ends this Sunday!! Find all the details here.