PCOS & Whole30//Paleo

I met with my Endocrinologist of many years the other day. It’s been YEARS since I’ve seen her, literally. (btw i cannot stand the misuse of the word literally 😳) . I have had thyroid issues since I was 11, my thyroid now is just a piece of tissue in my body being useless. I was also diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis many years back, but it was only until Melissa Hartwig came out with It Starts with Food that I realized there was a way to live with all my issues and feel good.

After baby#2 my hormones are completely screwed up at this point. She’s10 months now and I’ve yo-yo’ed the same 10 pounds all those 10 months. My thyroid levels and hormone levels were just all over the place. So we met and had a hardcore conversation about being Whole30 for life and how PCOS (Poly-Cystic Ovarian Syndrome) actually has literally nothing to do with cycsts on the ovaries, who would have thought?

We discussed my current eating habits, which have been 80%paleo the last 3 weeks and a cupcake or tortilla or some popcorn here and there. Well her advice was to be Whole30 forever. I told her that was impossible because well, life, plus, Whole30 (compared to Paleo) means NO sugar and NO baked goods or indulgent foods -even if they’re paleo.

So I’m taking it slow, sticking to paleo foods, trying not to “cheat” because she says even the slightest non-paleo ingredient will set my metabolism back TWO weeks. Geez, if that’s not motivation I don’t know WHAT IS. So she gave me some tips amd some medication for insulin resistance which is what comes with PCOS and my autoimmune disease Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. It was such a big help that I’d already been knowledgeable in this area and that I knew what to essentially expect. Hearing the scientific part was everything for me. I need to know why and how.

Also, if you’re a family member of mine and you’re female, it IS genetic. So it wouldn’t hurt to get yourself checked out ..my daughter may eventually have this too. I’ve already had her thyroid levels checked and as of now her thyroid is fully functioning. Yay!

If you’re feeling tired, sluggish, gaining weight, or just cant lose the weight, if you were a late bloomer in terms of puberty, have delayed menstrual periods (a cycle of longer than 28 days is considered delayed)… it wouldn’t hurt to ask for a full panel of hormone tests.

Include yourself on your own well-being and learn about your own health!

Below are some of the books I’ve read about health that I truly recommend πŸ™‚

-simply,

lizz

Paleo grocery haul!

Recently I shared that I’m on a journey to having a Paleo lifestyle again, this time with the whole family!

It’s been hard because I have that feeling of “well, you didn’t stick to it last time, so why would it work this time” BUT regardless, I’m trying because I know from past experiences just how good I feel eating Paleo approved foods (and how shitty I feel when I don’t)

For dinner I’ve made pork chops in tomato sauce with tons of sauteed veggies, bacon chicken with steamed broccoli, and tonight we’re having tri-tip and baked potatoes! Simple stuff!

Here are some of my favorite snacks from Trader Joes

Also, I have a huge jar of raw, unsalted cashews from costco! I keep those and cuties in the car because I am always on the GO and I have to stay prepared!

Also- I made some ghee (clarified butter), but I’ll save that how to post for another day πŸ˜‰

On the road to feeling good #goingpaleo

Here I am again, attempting to guide my whole family to a feel- good way of eating. I don’t want to say healthier because let’s face it – everyone has their own idea of healthy!

If you don’t know what the Paleo diet looks like, in short -it is eating mostly only eggs, meats (especially those like organ meats), nuts, seeds, vegetables, fruits and spices. No white flours, very specific sugars like coconut sugar or raw honey, no dairy 😭 and *ALMOST* nothing packaged (since this way of eating has become so popular in the past years, more packaged items have become paleo friendly) . Obviously it gets more complex and there are some exceptions here and there.

Paleo for me is not just a fad – it’s a way of eating that helps ME to feel good. A few years ago I found out I have an auto-immune disease and it all made sense! Why I always feel junky, cant loose weight, crappy moods, low energy, etc. Plus, I just had the Mirena IUD for 9 months and I felt all the above x300 with it. But that’s a story for another day! It was time for a change, I wanted to feel better, look less like I was 6 months pregnant (from bloat) and I wanted to share all this with my family too.

Looking back, I’m able to realize that my biggest mistake was trying to go paleo cold-turkey. Most books that I’d read in regards to being completely Paleo will tell you to raid your pantry and toss EVERYTHING that doesn’t meet Paleo standards, but if you’re on a low budget like me, that’s just not happening!

After reading Real Life Paleo, I felt even more confident to do this long term because Stacy tells you to throw out the biggest offenders (in my case that would be milk, cereal, tortillas πŸ˜– and beans) and simply just stop buying the stuff that isn’t Paleo! So thats the part that I am on, I’m going to make a separate post next for my most recent grocery haul & my favorite snacks.

my river of creativity

I’ve been a little MIA lately because I’ve been doing what I love …crafting!! Lately it’s been sewing.

I have always wanted specific things for my kiddos as they’ve grown (and for my home) and I can never find anything I truly want in store ..

for example ..when our oldest turned 3 he requested an ” It’s a Small World” birthday party. Where on EARTH would I get all the stuff? Centerpieces .. cake toppers.. goodie bags… INVITATIONS?! I checked Amazon.. nope ..checked Diddams and I looked in Party City (or is it Party America? I can never get it right since they’ve changed names), nothing. I knew for SURE I’d find everything I needed on Etsy.. wrong again πŸ˜₯

I felt my only option was to just get creative and make it up! So I did .. I even made him a birthday shirt with shirt transfers, I had a HUGE help with my dessert table from an amazing friend and she amazingly did the cake

Fast forward to this past year, he wanted a “Pirates of the Caribbean” party.. and that’s exactly what he got!

My point is that I love to craft and be creative! And I’d be lying if I said that I don’t dream of selling my crafts!

Here are some things I’ve done…

This is a pouf that I filled with stuffed animals, the first one pictured is actually a custom order 😊

star wars pouf

I made a double sided boppy cover, I love The Little Mermaid!

Here is a pleated skirt for my little babe, don’t let your eyes deceive you this is a size 12 months

here I crafted the little flower wreath contraption and sewed together a mini crib sheet (apparently nobody sells them πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ)

This one might be my favorite craft so far… just because of the pure JOY it brought my son this past Halloween, DIY Ghostbusters outfit ..put the whole outfit together and made the proton pack from scratch, he LOVED it

SUPER simple ..and obvious Jack Skellington night light

Fall Disney Wreath

“Ready to POP” kettle corn favors for my baby shower

Christmas wreath (not Disney LOL)

Another simple, yet fun project I did for my son’s first birthday, each Mickey head has a picture and a number .. for example first Mickey head says 1 and there’s a picture when he was one month old

these photos are not here so i can “show off”, but rather a way to show case years of my hard work, a way I can remember the beautiful things I’ve createdπŸ’–

if you’re still here till the very end of this post, thanks for listening! If you love to craft, do it! Make time for the things you love, whatever it may be!

and if you’re interested in one of my crafts, just let me know!

-simply lizz

Teriyaki Chicken Meatballs

So dinner is usually my favorite part of the day, not the eating necessarily, but the cooking! I love the creativity that is involved in cooking, and my husband is not TOO picky where I have trouble finding what to cook (my pre-schooler is another story!).

Having just bought some ground chicken, a pot of brown rice already cooked and lots of baby cabbage from my Imperfect Produce box, I decided I’d do Teriyaki chicken meatballs over a cabbage and carrot slaw with bell pepper and onions over brown rice! Yum!

The best part of this recipe is being able to construct it per my family members’ tastes -for example, I would never be able to get my 4-year old to eat cabbage (unless it was covered in chocolate!) I like extra veggies and my husband doesn’t so the versatility of this dish is perfect for our family!

I’ve always been a multitasker and now with 2 young ones I definitely try to do it more often! But if you’re a beginner cook, TRY not multitask -something will end up burnt, and I say this with all the love and encouragement, but this piece of advice comes from lots of heart-breaking experience.

Teriyaki Chicken Meatballs over Cabbage Slaw and Brown Rice

This recipe serves 6

You’ll need:

veggie slaw (makes enough for 6 regular servings)

1 cabbage

3 large or 4-5 medium carrots

2 bell peppers (I used orange and one yellow)

1/2 onion

2 tsp salt

  • slice the cabbage so you end up with stringy pieces(it may look like a lot, but it cooks similar to spinach where you start with a heaping amount and end up enough for one person). You can chop it however thick you’d like!
  • for the carrot I use a peeler and peel the outside first, get rid of it, then I keep peeling the carrot to get the stringy pieces ( I do this for salads too!)
  • throw it all in a colander and wash it well then let it sit to drain
  • julienne the bell peppers ( I cut them long and thin so my family didn’t notice them too much )
  • slice the onion
  • cook the onion first in about 1 tbsp of oil ( I prefer avocado oil, but olive works too if that what you have!)
  • after the onion becomes translucent, throw in the peppers (if you like your peppers to be crunchy then throw them in LAST)
  • after about 2 minutes throw in the washed and drained cabbage and carrots and the salt, cook it all together to your liking (if you like it crunchy then cook it for less time or if you like it mushy, like I do, then cook it longer -about 6-8 minutes)

chicken meatballs (makes about 40 -depending on the size you roll out your meatballs)

2 lbs of ground chicken (or turkey will work too)

1 cup of any kind of breadcrumbs (panko works great)

2 whole eggs

1 tbsp salt

2 tsp pepper

  • preheat your oven to 375 degrees F
  • in a large bowl mix the chicken (or turkey), breadcrumbs, eggs and salt and pepper until combined
  • roll out your meatballs (1 1/2″ meatballs will make roughly 40 -if you decide to roll them out larger then they will need to bake for longer, so just make sure to check they are done)
  • bake for 20-25 minutes or until browned

simple teriyaki sauce (makes about 1/2 cup of sauce)

1/4 cup soy sauce

1/2 cup of water

1 tbsp cornstarch

4-5 tbsp honey

  • in a small cup mix the cornstarch and water
  • over medium heat in a small pot add the soy sauce and cornstarch and water mixture all together
  • whisk in the honey until it’s fully incorporated
  • bring to a boil and turn the heat down to med-low
    • the longer it boils -the thicker it gets
    • if it gets too thick add 1 tbsp of warm water at a time until you reach your desired thickness
    • DO NOT leave it unattended! -trust me!

**If you want to spice up your sauce you can feel free to add some a few tbsp of rice vinegar (2-4) or you can also add some minced garlic, pineapple juice or chunks or even some grated ginger

brown rice ( 2c water to 1c rice ratio)

2 cups brown rice

4 cupsWater

(you don’t need to, but I usually add 1 tbsp-ish of salt to my rice)

  • bring the water and rice to a boil, cover with a lid and then lower the heat, continue to cook for 30 minutes, turn off the heat and let it steam for another 10 minutes more

Enjoy!

-Simply Lizz

 

 

 

 

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Simply Lizz

I’ve been wanting to start a blog for a VERY long time. It’s been really hard getting past the fact that once I start this blog, I’ve got to promote myself and be raw, and open with a lot of aspects in my life. Open to strangers and family alike, which -lets face it, its so much easier to be open to strangers than to family!! This is something I’ve never done before, so bear with me folks -or don’t, that’s cool too, lol.

Much like some of you, I don’t walk around promoting myself or even praising myself, but I’m on this new journey (so cliche!) of self-love. So I figured what a better way to appreciate *myself* than to do what I’ve always wanted to do! Blog!

I am currently a (part-time) work-from-home Mom and when I’m not working I’m doing everything else I can think of! Cooking, baking, crafting, gardening, organizing and re-organizing my home; all while taking care of my two little birds (heck, they’re more like monkeys, but birds sounds nicer).

So, if you’re here to stay, I hope you’re hungry; recipe to come soon!