Words of Support and Encouragement Week of July 11, 2011


Good morning!  I hope that you had a great weekend.  With all of the summer holidays lately, it seems like everyone is taking advantage of the opportunity to gather and share a meal.  This is a great way to reconnect with friends and family members.  However, if you are focusing on eating whole and nourishing foods, eating typical cookout foods can be challenging.  During the month of July, we are focusing on Nutrition for Fertility, and we have some great ideas for you.  You can have all the fun of a family get-together, while keeping your healthy eating promises to yourself.
I know that sticking to our healthy goals can be challenging, especially when you are coping with PCOS.  In my experience, the one way to ensure a healthy meal wherever you are is to plan!  If you don’t know when you will be able to eat, make sure you have a nice healthy meal before you leave the house and bring something to snack on.  Dark leafy greens, protein, and fruit are great options to keep you energized and satisfied.  I always make sure to throw a few apples, bananas, or nuts in my bag whenever I leave the house.  That way, when I arrive I won’t be famished and reach for the closest snack (usually cookies, pretzels, or chips!).  Another way I always take control of my eating while out with friends is to bring a dish to pass.  I will often make a large bean salad or some similar healthy protein dish that I know will keep me satisfied, while enabling me to participate in the festivities.  Make sure to call ahead to plan for whatever theme the meal is, and bring enough to pass!
We have a few great recipes to get you started with your healthy and conscious eating.  We also have some great support opportunities available to you this month, focusing on your nutrition!  If you have any questions or need suggestions for healthy PCOS-friendly options, please let me know!  I am well versed in the world of healthy alternatives!
Vegetarian Chili
Chicken Stir-fry
Chick-bean Salad
Happy Eating!