Dairy Free

I love milk!  As a child I hated soft drink and would have milk instead.  I remember going to Sizzler and my siblings would get soft drink and I would get milk from the coffee machine.  The past year I have limited myself to low fat milk (it just isn’t the same as full cream) but in my research on controlling PCOS naturally I’ve seen a few things on going dairy free helping.   There are hormones in dairy products which when they get into our bodies can worsen our already mucked up hormone problems.

I was very resistant to this.  I have read somewhere that women that drink milk whether it is full cream or light are on average a healthier body weight than those that don’t.  This is the kind of thing I have been telling myself.

However, I decided that I would give it a go.  I started just not having glasses of milk and drinking more water.  Now I have changed to almond milk for my muesli in the morning. I’ve cut right back on cheese except occasionally feta in a salad.  I’ve also started to get organic milk for my husband and also for when I want a cup of tea.  Almond milk is fine in my muesli… I think it blends in well because there are already a lot of nuts in the muesli, but it is awful in tea.  Too nutty!  So at the moment the only dairy I have is in my cups of tea and that is organic milk.

I’m liking my spearmint tea more and more, which is a blessing.  Acne is still going really good.  I have been really naughty with my low GI eating because of Valentine’s day and birthday parties.  But I think it is good to enjoy those things and not be overly strict otherwise I would be miserable.  My sister gave me a box of chocolates last night and they have been staring me down 😦  I’ll wait for my hubby to get home later before opening them because he will eat most of them and that way I’ll eat less.  I have 3-4 black chin hairs that have been growing back really quickly but no new ones have developed.  I’m lucky that I’m fair as my face is hairy but so light only I notice it.

Hope you all were spoiled as I was for Valentine’s Day!

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Homemade Muesli

I’ve been reading about eating organic foods to help with PCOS.  Basically, organic or “real” food won’t have chemicals, hormones (eg. meats) etc.   Eating organically is healthier and better for everyone but with PCOS it is more important as our bodies are already out of whack and adding chemicals, hormone, etc. will make us even more out of whack.  That’s the theory.

I’ve been looking a lot at this blog http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/ & http://myrealfoodfamily.wordpress.com/, about cutting out processed food and that made me look at the ingredient lists on some everyday foods that I eat like my morning muesli.  I was suprised that my fairly natural looking muesli had chemicals and preservatives in it.  I then googled home made muesli recipes and came up with this combination that I love (especially with the fruit and cinnamon on top).

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10 cups rolled oats  (I think I’ll make it 12 cups next time to make it go further)

1 cup linseed

1 cup sultanas

1 cup almonds, slivered

1 cup pepitas or pumpkin seeds

1 cup sunflower seeds

1 cup chia seeds

Psyllium husks for more fibre

Add fresh chopped banana, apple or berries and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon per serve

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There is a store in our area that sells all these ingredients for good prices they have big tubs of different things and you scoop out how much you want into your bag then they weigh it at the counter.  It gave me some ideas I’ll have to try later on 🙂

Cinnamon is supposed to help with insulin resistance and glucose control so it is really good for PCOS too