We PCOS girls know how much of a party pooper the condition can be! Don’t eat this, don’t eat that, don’t do this, you must do that! Kilode!!! How is one supposed to enjoy the holidays with all these rules and regulations?!
When I first got diagnosed with my condition, I thought it was a life sentence of punishment. Being able to enjoy my meals and remaining fit enough to fight the condition, seemed mutually exclusive…almost like I couldn’t do one without the other.
Whilst it’s still a struggle for me, I’m still trying to live as healthy as I possibly can. And now that it is Christmas time, it is even more important to do so, considering all the goodies that are flying in front of my eyes. But how then can I enjoy the goodies of Christmas, without having to pay a heavy penalty later? Here are some tips!
1. Eat a Good Breakfast!
This seems like a no-brainer! It is important that you begin your day with a filling breakfast, which will help you feel full! Eating a hearty bowl of oatmeal, or healthy proteins like eggs, nuts, or fish, helps you feel full for longer, thus reducing cravings, and also helping to stop you overeating.
What this means is that, on Christmas day, if you a healthy, yet filling, breakfast, the odds of you bingeing at lunch time, when the freaks come out to play, are lower.
2. Eat a Salad First
And no, we don’t mean that typical Naija celebration salad, laden with salad cream! You know that salad that has everything from tuna, to baked beans, to chicken, to fish, to boiled eggs, to potatoes, to tomatoes (the list is unending), and then topped with enough salad cream to make you think you are eating salad in your cream, and not cream in your salad? No, not that one.
We’re talking about a leaner one, with as little dressing as possible, if at all. There is a plethora of recipes for yummy healthy salads online. All you need to do is find one, and indulge in it before your main meal. This will reduce your chance of overeating!
3. You can eat Rice
Yes, you heard me. It would be sadistic for us to expect you to pass over the jollof and fried rice, during Christmas! No, that wouldn’t work. If Christmas day is the only day you would indulge in a plate of your favourite rice, then so be it.
But there is a BUT…and I know you already felt one already.
Don’t make the rice the centre piece of your meal. You know how lunch or dinner is filled with so much feferrity, that one’s plate becomes heavily laden? All the moi-moi, meat, chicken, etc. that often accompany one’s rice? If you’re a PCOS girl, load your plate with the other stuff…the moi-moi, the meat, the chicken, etc., and add a few spoons of rice. So, you get to at least join in the celebration, but with way less guilt attached.
4. Drink lots of Water!
Yep, this is no myth. Drinking water and staying hydrated will actually help curb those hunger pangs! Sometimes, we mistake hunger for thirst. And with the many temptations that abound over Christmas, this isn’t good at all. By staying hydrated, you will notice you eat less.
Drinking lots of water will also reduce the temptation to indulge in fizzy, sugary drinks. Even if you see them pass by, and are sorely tempted, if you have filled yourself up with water, saying no to these sugary drinks will be easier.
5. Drink Apple Cider Vinegar!
Anyone who knows me knows I’m a huge fan of ACV! It’s wonderful impact on the body of the PCOS gal can not be overemphasised. Take a tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar (either directly, or with a small amount of water), before each meal, helps balance the pH in the stomach, so you can break down foods better.
And here’s a tip. If you add a dash of lime in your ACV cocktail, you actually have something to sip on all night!
6. If you have to eat Cake…
For the PCOS woman, ‘cake’ is most definitely a curse word…a foul 4-letter curse word. Somehow, it’s easier to avoid it on birthdays, but there’s something about sharing cake, as a family, on Christmas day, that contributes to excitement of the season.
If you feel the need to have it, try to refrain from sponge cakes, and other very rich and creamy ones. Instead, opt for those with a fruit base, such as, well, fruit cake, carrot cake, etc. And Madam, we didn’t say eat half the cake…or even a saucer-full of it. As a PCOS girl, the most you should commit to are two to three forkfuls…no more than that!
7. Get enough sleep!
Getting enough sleep (approximately 8 hours per night) helps reduce insulin resistance, so is imperative for PCOS girls. This will mean less cravings, less blood sugar fluctuations, more will power, and more energy.
Okay…realistically, this might not be possible. Even if you don’t have kids…and might not even be married…chances are high that you will still be on kitchen duty on Christmas day. So, don’t fret if you don’t get 8 hours sleep…just be sure that the hours you do get are well spent, and well rested!
We hope these tips have been helpful. MERRY CHRISTMAS ALL!