Episode #14: Your PCOS Pantry
What you’ll learn in this episode
It’s one thing to know that eating better would improve your PCOS health. Most of us know more or less what to eat….the hard part is actually doing it and sticking with it! If that is as true for you as it is for me then you are going to love this episode as we talk about setting yourself up for success so that healthier eating happens without even thinking about it!
Let’s Start With How to Grow a PCOS-Friendly Pantry
Along with this episode, I’m including a free download with all the pantry staples and weekly shopping considerations to make sure your house is filled with PCOS-friendly foods to help you when meal time rolls around. However, I do not suggest going out and buying all of those things all at once
What I do recommend is getting your meal plan for the week ready. If you would like some of my meal plans be sure to check out the PCOS detox, which I will link to in the show notes below. Then just buy the few new ingredients to include in your meal plan and slowly stock your pantry that way
As you find new recipes that fit your tastes, and lifestyle and that you enjoy preparing you will know which ingredients you need to keep stocked and which ingredients you Don’t need.
Your PCOS Pantry Staples
First, there are some very easy swaps to make that you can easily lessen the inflammatory foods you consume without even knowing the difference
I’m going to go through this in some detail here but
I also have a free gift for you: it’s a download of my pantry list. And it also has my glycemic index chart so that you can start to compare food options and gain a better understanding of how what you are eating is affecting your body – I will link to this free guide in the show notes below!
Salad dressings and marinades:
I love primal kitchen. They have clean ingredient salad dressings, ketchup, and other condiments as well as marinades and dips. I will include a link to their site in the show notes as well so you can check them out
Minimally processed ingredients and foods
I also stock lots of dry goods and ingredients in my pantry. This includes base ingredients for recipes as well as some convenience items that are ready to grab on busy days.
Stock the freezer
I have the luxury of a second freezer in my garage but even if you don’t keep a few items such as hormones-free organic meat, frozen berries, and frozen veggies when you can’t get to the store right away.
Buy Fresh each week
Then each week I stop by at least one grocery store to refill my fridge with produce. This is where most of your nutrients are found above sure to get plenty of dark leafy greens for salads. Broccoli, zucchini, or asparagus as well as other veggies and fruits you enjoy! That way you can easily steam, grill, or roast some veggies to go with whatever else you are having.
Here’s a glance at this episode…
We all know that eating better would improve our health. Most of us know what to eat. The hard part is actually doing it and sticking with it. If that’s as true for you as it is for me, then you’re going to love this episode.
So let’s start with how you grow a PCOS-friendly pantry. Now, I do not suggest going out and buying everything all at once. Along with this episode, I’m going to include a free download with my pantry staples and weekly shopping considerations, and things that I keep in my home so that you can fill your house with PCOS-friendly food to help you as meal time rolls around.
That gets expensive. And the other thing that gets expensive is buying packaged pre-made foods that claim to be healthy.
So be realistic. This isn’t all or nothing. Again, no perfection is required, but just try to be as realistic as you can and then stick with it because it does get easier and easier.
So first of all, we want to get rid of all of the inflammatory fats, the Criscos, the canola oils, and the pam cooking spray.
I like to keep some minimally processed healthier foods in my pantry and these include things like popcorn, almond flour, monk fruit, sweetener, and lilies chocolate chips.
The next thing is tea and coffee. It is a myth that you need to avoid caffeine if you have PCOS, a moderate amount of caffeine is fine and the main thing you want to choose is high-quality tea and coffee.
Quinoa, I also always have a couple of nuts and seeds changing out the variety from time to time on hand.
I try to keep my freezer stocked with at least a couple of bags of frozen berries and veggies.
Even if the rest of our meal isn’t super healthy, if we sit down and really fill up with vegetables first having a smaller amount of something else, we still really got at least some good nourishment into our meal.
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