FAO Esnecca

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  • posted by Happyhel35
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    Hello

    I was just wanting to ask please if there are any foods in particular you find helped with your PCOS symptoms?

    Xxx

  • posted by Esnecca
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    My symptoms showed immediate improvement when I cut out the usual carb suspects (bread, pasta, grains, potatoes, etc) several months before I started the BSD. The big ones were the return of menstrual regularity and an explosion of hair regrowth. I had forgotten how when I was a kid I had tons of little baby hairs constantly growing in around my hair line. Within a month of cutting out carbs I saw them again for the first time in close to twenty years. When I went on the Fast800, other issues — persistent acne and excess body hair — resolved themselves almost with instantaneous effect to a degree I wouldn’t have thought possible. The hair on my arms lightened and receded to levels I hadn’t seen since puberty. One armpit wax lasted almost four months and grew back so light it was like a dusting. I literally haven’t been this person since the fourth grade.

    Over the 14 months I was on the Fast800, the foods I ate changed quite a bit as I experimented and my palate changed radically, so in my case I don’t believe there were any specific foods I could point to that helped alleviate symptoms. It was more about eliminating foods that made things worse. So for example I found that I could not eat more than 3 ounces of tomatoes or red bell pepper without feeling a blood sugar impact (tingling in the extremities, blurred vision, queasiness). That remains the case today even though I’ve reached my weight loss goal and am in maintenance.

    I’m sure you’ll find things that work that way for you too as you move forward. My suggestion in general for foods that allow you to reduce your daily carb intake as much as possible while still keeping you full and healthy are high fiber greens (spinach, kale, broccoli rabe, mustard greens, turnip greens, Swiss chard, collards), good fats (avocado, hemp seeds/milk, wild salmon, Brazil nuts, extra-virgin olive oil) and combinations of the two like chia pudding. Chia pudding would make an excellent running buddy, actually. It’s easy to make lots of in advance, easy to customize to your taste and fills you up thoroughly for a long time without weighing you down. Kelp noodles do the same thing.

    Here’s my tips for chia coconut cream pudding that I posted here ages ago:

    Get a can of coconut cream, or if you can’t find it, get a can of coconut milk and put it in the fridge for a few hours. When you open it, the cream will have solidified. Scoop it out and put it in a bowl. Add a third of a cup of chia seeds, fresh vanilla or extract , a grating of lime zest and any of the coconut liquid left in the can. Stir everything together vigorously or use a hand-beater if you have one.

    Chia releases a natural gelatin when added to a liquid. Let it sit for five minutes and it will turn to pudding all on its own. If you keep the chia seeds whole, you’lI get a tapioca-like consistency which I quite like, but most of the time I run the seeds through my spice grinder before adding to the coconut cream because I enjoy the smoother texture.

    The great thing about this pudding is that it’s high in healthy fat courtesy of the coconut and high in fiber courtesy of the chia so it fills you up like nobody’s business. It is also incredibly rich, luscious and silky on the tongue like the creamiest of ice creams. A serving of 70 grams is 177 calories with only one gram of carb.

    If you want to shave off some calories, use a low-carb milk alternative like hemp milk, macadamia milk or almond milk, all unsweetened, of course.

    I hope this helps. I’m cheering you on in a big way. 😀

  • posted by Happyhel35
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    Awww thank you. What a fabulous reply.
    I’m saving your response so i can re read again and again.

    The biggest thing for me will be giving up alcohol. I love 2 or 3 him and tonics every Friday and Saturday. But i would love to be slim more. I suspect giving up alcohol will also yield the quickest results as well.

    I have anemia frim the crazy heavy periods so have recently experienced my hair growing back. But if i could solve the periods and come off the iron…. amazing

    Much love, and thanks again
    X

  • posted by Esnecca
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    Alcohol is a tricky thing. Gin is fairly high in calories (100 per jigger, 1.5 oz), but like vodka, it does not have carbs. It is, however, a poison that in the process of being metabolized by the body generates toxic byproducts that damage the liver and pancreas. You want to help your liver shed glycogen and fat and to repair your less than ideally functioning pancreas, not to harm them further.

    Tonic is a disaster. Either it’s high in sugar or in sugar substitutes which can be just as bad as sugar in terms of spiking insulin. You’d be better off just sipping a shot of gin. But yeah, I’d say it’s best to avoid the whole issue for the eight weeks of the Fast800.

    When my periods appeared at rare intervals, they were monsters. I was only mildly anemic, however, thanks to their infrequent presence. How are you with red meat? I ate a 6 oz sirloin at least once during the bad weeks.

  • posted by Birdy76
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    Morning Essie I hope you are well? Just wanted to ask if I should go back to three meals or stick to two? I don’t feel hungry this morning and I know the fasting helps? I know I will have three meals when on nights, but that is a little messed up as I will have breakfast and not eat again until midnight or 3am. So even though it is the next day as past midnight it is still really the same day for me as I am up and having to stay up because I am at work. I am so glad I only work two nights a week! So bloody confusing. Anyway thanks Birdy🦜💞

  • posted by Esnecca
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    I’m happy as a clam, nursing the delicious coffee (black, of course) my OH made me and enjoying the sound of the rain this morning, thank you Birdy. 🙂

    There is nothing of inherent value in three meals a day. It’s one of those dietary cliches like calories in-calories out that are just made up. In fact, when you only have 800 calories to play with, there’s a big advantage in reducing the number of meals because you can create more indulgent taste sensations splitting 800 in two (or even just one). The longer you go without eating, the lower your insulin levels stay, so my vote is definitely in favor of two meals until your night shift compels the three. Your lack of hunger is a great signal that this way of eating works for you, by the way. Congratulations! 🙂

  • posted by Birdy76
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    That is great news thank you Essie and glad you are as happy as a clam. I can’t get used to black coffee but I am trying it every couple of days, not too bad cold actually but hot I need my milk. I count it in MFP, but hoping eventually I will not need it as it will be extra calls for when I fancy having a little extra protein. I am definitely a protein body as I ell fuller longer than I do on carbs. Have a great day hun. 💞🦜

  • posted by Birdy76
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    Hi I would jump on here save getting ink in the way and ask you a quick question, I get up and of course I am not hungry. So I don’t eat, but as the morning day goes on it pops in my head that I should eat as it is 12 or 3 o’clock, but I am truly not hungry at all. Now today as I have said before will be my first nightshift and it feels like an awful long day as I don’t sleep the day away and carry on as if I will be going to bed so I also don’t want to eat loads of meals just because I am up near on 24hrs. I know when at work I will be begin to get hungry and need food as I expel a lot of energy with my job. So could I eat at my first break at midnight then at my next one at 3am have what would be lunch/dinner in the daytime? What confuses me is that I am then eating two meals close together? I can also then get hungry again around 5/6 am where I might have a snack a god one of course. Then home sort my son out with his breakfast and go to bed until 3pm. So no eating for a while. Then wake and repeat. Do you think this is going to make much difference? I know your insulin can spike with the lack of sleep. Although I am not diabetic. Sorry hope that all makes sense. Thank you.💞🦜

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