PCOS and how I’m dealing with it

About a year ago I went to a simple gynecologist visit and I was informed that I had a cyst , caused from Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. I kind of felt like something was wrong with me in that area (your body will let you know when something is off, you just have to listen to it) I wasn’t surprised when she told me this news but I was frightened. She immediately recommended that I get on birth control, I declined her offer. I have heard tons of stories about how birth control changes your body and it just didn’t sound appealing to me.

Quick little background story about me:

When I was in kindergarten, (I remember this specifically) it was the day after Halloween in the morning and my older brothers friend came over with his candy and we all started eating the candy. Just my luck I got a candy similar to a jaw breaker stuck in my throat! I was terrified, my brother woke up my parents and they helped me get it out of my throat. But I am absolutely convinced that this event is the reason why it is very difficult for me to swallow pills. Along with this difficulty, I don’t like taking medicine when I’m sick, I’d rather my body heal itself.

So taking birth control pills did not sound appealing to me at all. After I finished with the doctors, I looked up ways to get rid of PCOS naturally and the causes of this syndrome.

What I found:

Many doctors say that there isn’t one specific reason as to why someone would have PCOS but there are some things that might cause it.

  • Genetics play a very important role in this, my mother has PCOS and she also decided not to take birth control so she is still living with the pain the cysts causes.
  •  Imbalance of hormones
  •  Having extra insulin that stimulates the body to produce more testosterone

You may have PCOS if:

  • Like me your period is irregular. I only get my period about once every 3 months, and this has been since I got my period, so for about 6 years. If on your period you have extreme pain, if your period lasts for an abnormal amount of days (more or less than 7 days). Mine lasts for about 5 days and the first two days are the worst. I have so much pain I literally feel like throwing up. There are tons other symptoms you don’t necessarily have to have these symptoms, these were just the ones I have. You must learn to listen to your body.

Also if you’re having trouble conceiving, obviously that’s a red flag and something is wrong but there may be a possibility that you have PCOS. I’m not trying to conceive just yet, I’m not at that stage in life but I have always  had a fear that I may not be able to conceive. And knowing that I have this problem triggers more fear that when the time comes it’ll be difficult for me. But this is just motivation for me to heal my body so I won’t have this problem any longer.

My dad has been trying to live and eat better as well and he sent me a book that he bought from Jillian Michaels called Master Your Metabolism. The book spends about 2 pages talking about PCOS, the causes and what needs to be done to get rid of it. Jillian talks about how PCOS is one of the most common hormonal problems for women in the United States (So I know I’m not alone on this).

Jillian Michaels lists some things to do to help your PCOS:

  •  Monitor your blood sugar
  •  Lose 10 percent of your weight, this is said to help make your menstrual cycle regular
  •  Quit smoking
  • Stick to organic dairy

Along with reading up on Jillian Michaels, I also e-mailed my favorite blogger, Organic Olivia. I told her everything about my situation she replied with saying that birth control is never the answer and that cysts are pockets of parasites. In order to get rid of PCOS you have to cleanse your body of parasites, eat 100% organic, no soy, eat plant based nutrient rich foods, eat grass fed organ meats and wild fish.

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What I have been doing:

Eating 100% organic is kind of hard for me, I’m not going to lie. I love food and all kinds of it. Regardless of this I have been doing the parasite cleanse. When I first found out that I had cysts, my doctor asked why I went to visit her and why I decided to get an ultrasound and I told her that I just wanted to know what was happening with my body. She proceeded to tell me that I had a cyst but I also had fluid indicating that a cyst had previously erupted. Now, the eruption of a cyst is very painful, so I’ve heard, so I didn’t even know that this happened to me. And it happened right after I finished my parasite cleanse. So I’m convinced that these are pockets of parasites (what else would explain the eruption but no pain?) So that is why I’m taking the parasite cleanse again. Whenever I do the parasite cleanse I feel renewed and full of energy. I highly recommend everyone to do this, even if you don’t have PCOS and even if you aren’t a woman. It is necessary in life.

Along with this I have been TRYING to eat organic, trying to limit my meat and dairy intake because both of these contain lots of chemicals and hormones, which is my main problem, my hormone imbalance. So if I do consume meat and dairy I’m trying for it to only be organic and from a grass fed animal. And because I love food so much I have been trying to make up a bunch of recipes and teach myself how to cook healthier, that’s the main reason for this blog. To help myself become better and to tell others about my journey, so in the end we both see my results and hopefully I can teach other people what I know.

Also exercising is very important. I’m lazy but I have been going outside and exercising for the past couple of weeks. It’s good when you have a goal, like trying to get the perfect spring break body, which is mine (haha) but I’m not going to stop at spring break, I’m just going to continue to make small goals and try to accomplish them.

Now for my hormone imbalance, I’m taking DIM which is a vegetable extract that comes from Kale and broccoli that helps to balance estrogen levels.

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Also very important, get rid of plastic containers, plastic bottles, tuber ware and such items that you hold your food in. You need containers that are BPA free. So I bought a new glass water bottle, which I’m in love with, and glass food containers for my lunch and snacks.

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I’m not saying that I’m free from my PCOS, I still have to go back and get another ultrasound but hopefully what I’ve been doing has been helping me get rid of this syndrome.

“The only person you should ever compare yourself to is the person you used to be in the past.”

Keep moving forward.

Happy Friday ❤

You know it’s finals week when……..

It’s Monday I have no classes or work, so what do I do? Everything BESIDES studying… It sucks and I’ll regret it when I don’t see an A on my exam BUT I had a beautiful day! I went to Living color garden center which is about 3 minutes away from my house and I explored. I didn’t go knowing what I wanted to buy I just knew I wanted something. And what I got made me so happy.

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This place is gorgeous, there are beautiful flowers everywhere and it was literally the most perfect day to surround yourself with flowers. I was in love with all of the flowers and wanted to take every single plant home, but I couldn’t, I had to settle for just a few.

I got:

  • 2 Marigolds
  • Orange Mint
  • Lemon basil
  • Chamomile
  • And new gardening gloves!

When I actually write it out it doesn’t sound like a lot and I wish I got more, oh well.

The lemon basil and the orange mint smell so wonderful, amazing, the best. I wanted to buy some jalapeno and tomato plants but I already started growing my own so I didn’t want to cheat and get more plants.

My tomato plants are roughly 2 months old and they are growing rapidly while I’m growing impatient. I want to see little tomatoes growing immediately.

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They are beautiful and they smell divine.

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These are just the plants I bought.

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And these I’m not quite sure what they are, when I made my first raised garden bed I neglected to label the plants, so I won’t really know what they are until they begin to produce their little veggies.

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And my gorgeous gerbera daisies 😀 These are the highlight of my room, they are so beautiful and they brighten my day. I’m looking for more flowers to put indoors, I currently have these daisies and orchids on my window sill, but I’m becoming so obsessed with flowers and plants I just want more.

Well, happy finals week and happy Tuesday night

From frozen pumpkin chunks to yummy pumpkin gnocchi

After I cut up my pumpkin, which seems like months ago, I decided to use it for something that I’ve never made before….. gnocchi!

Gnocchi is like an Italian dumpling, it is absolutely delicious, if done correctly. So I googled pumpkin gnocchi and I came across a couple recipes that got me excited. You could make some with potato, some with walnuts or garlic but I decided to go simple, my ingredients went as follows:

  •  1 egg
  •  About 8-12 leaves of sage
  •  Nutmeg, salt and pepper to taste
  •  2 & 3/4 cups of pureed pumpkin
  •  Roughly 1 cup of flour
  •  2 tablespoons of butter
  •  Parmesan cheese (how ever much you desire)

I had a to use wayyy more than just 1 cup of flour because my pumpkin was incredibly watery (partly because it was frozen). I put my frozen pumpkin in the oven to heat up and defrost but unfortunately I didn’t leave it in the oven long enough because there was so much water when I was cutting up and pureeing it. If your pumpkin is watery as well add more flour but be careful, don’t use too much because the flour will mask the pumpkin flavor. But nonetheless, you just fold all the ingredients together, except for the butter and sage.

Have a boiling pot of water ready to place your dough in.

In order for the dough to become gnocchi, you must roll them into your balls! I placed flour on my hands so my dough won’t stick all over my fingers and I made little balls. Proper gnocchi is not rolled into balls but I wasn’t trying to be fancy, I was just trying to see if I could even make them!

Once they are rolled you place them into your boiling water and it shouldn’t take but a couple of minutes for them to float to the surface, once this happens they are done.

But in the mean time, you should have your pan ready with your butter melting with the sage leaves, you should also add some of your gnocchi water into the pan to make a little sauce.

Once the gnocchi starts to float you take them out and transfer them to the pan with the butter and sage so they can brown and finish cooking, within a minute or two pour parmesan cheese on them and let it all fold together and then put them on your plate to eat! I added more grated nutmeg and salt and pepper on top of my hot gnocchi.

Surprisingly this came out amazingly for me and everyone in my family loved it and ate it for dinner. (I’m very proud of myself)

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Little newspaper pots

Whenever I go to school I grab myself a copy of The New York Times, one of my favorite games to play that is in the newspaper is Ken Ken which is a pretty cool number game that kind of gets me frustrated but is fun. Over the past couple of weeks I have accumulated a lot of newspapers and I don’t want to just throw them away so I googled some different ways I could use them and I came across newspaper pots! Why didn’t I think of this before?! Well I purchased tons of seeds from Seeds Now and I haven’t planted them all so I decided to make a newspaper pot and get some plants started in those on my window sill.   image2 image3 image4  image5 image6 image7 image8 image9

This is very easy and simple, gardening doesn’t have to be expensive or difficult, just requires patience and creativity.

I’ve been having trouble growing my lavender seeds, I’ve tried planting them twice outside so I decided to plant them inside and see if that changes anything, I also read that lavender likes dry soil so it’s good to mix the soil with sand. Hopefully this works for me. This is my second newspaper pot, the first one I made I planted summer bibb lettuce and they are growing so nicely.

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Literally the first thing I do in the morning is look at my plants and see how much they’ve grown, they give me so much joy, it’s so nice to see them blossom out of nothing!

Happy Saturday ❤

My great pumpkin adventure

Hello November!

This month has already started out to be a wonderful month (well for me, and hopefully for you too) the weather has been lovely down here in South Florida, hopefully it won’t leave us anytime soon.

Well, a couple of weeks ago I purchased my very first pumpkin from Trader Joe’s for $3.50. I was ecstatic to open this pumpkin up and make all kinds of things with it, other people do it this time of year so why have I waited so long to do it?! Thankfully the wait was finally over, today I decided to open that bad boy up. It was an absolutely gorgeous day in South Florida, it was about 70-something degrees outside, God has truly blessed us Floridians with chilly weather.  I just had to take advantage of this and do some outdoors stuff, so my sister and I decided to cut up the pumpkin outside. We grabbed a blanket, a bowl, knifes, spoons and of course the pumpkin.

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So after all the cutting up was done, we transferred our party to the kitchen. I heated up the oven to 350 degrees, washed my pumpkin pieces and coated them with coconut oil and salt and popped them into the oven. (This is only half of the pumpkin, the other half I washed and placed in the freezer to enjoy later) 😀

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I left them in the oven for about an hour, you should keep it in there until a knife can slice through the pieces easily.

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After they came out of the oven I left them cool down for another hour. While they were cooling down I decided to start on my pumpkin seeds. I took half of the batch and coated them with vanilla, Cinnamon, and sugar, while the other batch was just coated with salt and olive oil. Now with these seeds all of the recipes that I read said to leave them in there for 65 minutes. I didn’t even leave my seeds in there for that long and guess what?………They burned. I guess you win some and you lose some. I have no idea what I did wrong but I’m going to try again. Successfully roasting my own pumpkin seeds was what I looked forward to the most and I refuse to give up.

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So unfortunately these little suckers went straight in the trash.

Well after all that sadness I had to go back to my roasted pumpkin! I skinned the pieces and placed them into my Nutribullet with a little bit of water.

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It came out so nice and creamy. I have yet to do anything with my puree but I promise you I will do soooo much with it.

Here’s what will come up on my next blog post:

  • Pumpkin
    • bread + cornbread
    • pie
    • smoothie
    • fudge
    • butter