Posted by: Amy | March 6, 2011

THE PCOS DIVA MENU PLAN – March Week 2

We celebrate Mardi Gras this Tuesday. Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday”  referring to the practice of the last night of eating rich, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season which starts on Ash Wednesday.

Growing up in a Catholic family, we honored that tradition by feasting on rich pancakes and sweet syrup on Mardi Gras and eating the remaining  sweets that were in the house.  Because come next morning, it would mean fasting from sugary treats until the Easter Bunny arrived with baskets of goodies on Easter Morning.

As an adult, I continue that tradition (now minus the carb-loaded pancakes and binging on sweets).  Before I was aware that I had PCOS, I realized that at the end of Lent I felt great, I had lots of energy, no sugar cravings and fresh produce just tasted wonderful.  I could appreciate the more subtle sweetness veggies and fruits.

Even if you don’t practice fasting during Lent, consider trying a  fast from sugar and white flour this spring. You will be surprised how good you will feel.

MEATLESS MONDAY – Sweet Potatoes with Warm  Black Bean Salad

MARDI GRAS TUESDAY – Low Carb Almond Meal Pancakes – I will spice up this recipe and use Almond milk in place of the water, I’ll add some ground flax, cinnamon, a dash of nutmeg and vanilla and will use a bit of honey for a sweetener.  I will also take a bag of frozen raspberries and make a syrup by heating them up in a saucepan with a bit of maple syrup and stevia and a splash of Chambord.  I might even whip up a bit of heavy cream to dollop on top since it is Fat Tuesday!

WEDNESDAY – Jambalaya – If a recipe calls for smoked turkey sausage I like to use Trader Joe’s nitrate-free turkey kielbasa.  I also will use whole grain brown rice instead of the white and will serve with a mixed greens salad.  If observing Ash Wednesday – just use extra shrimp.

THURSDAY Beef and Bok Choy Hot Pot I’ll use brown rice noodles in this dish

FRIDAY Pineapple Teriyaki Salmon I’ll serve with green beans and brown rice.

MARCH Week 1

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Responses

  1. Hi,

    I know in one of your posts you mentioned you go to the gym. Could you also do a post on your exercise routine, eg Monday 30 mins eliptical, Tuesday 45 min aerobics etc. Also how do you know you have pcos under control do you get your dhes levels checked or an u/s?

    thanks
    bj

    • bj-
      I like to look at exercise in terms of cardio, strength and flexibility.
      Yoga provides strength and flexibility – I do 2-3x for about 45 min a week and sometimes that includes a 90 minute Bikram Yoga session.
      Cardio – 20min of interval training 3x a week. When the weather is nice I like to run. 2-3miles 3x a week.
      Strength – 35min 3x week

      For me I know my PCOS is under control when I feel balanced, energized, happy, my insulin and blood sugar is normal, my lipid profile, testosterone, thyroid levels and my periods are normal.

  2. This is a great meal plan for the week! I have a few questions about your breakfast smoothie. Why do you go with almond butter instead of peanut butter? And why almond milk and not soy? I currently drink soy milk and I’m thinking about switching to almond, but I’d like to know which is best for someone with PCOS. Also, what is the purpose of adding coconut oil? I tried a variation of your smoothie this morning…it was Delicious! Again, thanks for sharing!!

    • Thanks for your question. I don’t think soy is a great choice for PCOS. Soy can cause hormonal imbalance and thyroid issues. I like hemp and coconut milk as well. Almond butter is a better choice because it is a nut whereas peanuts are legumes and I just read that they are androgenic. Read my article on coconut oil for more info.


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