💟 I’ve been kinda absent the last few days due to some health issues. I have a lot of anxiety, and I know that PCOS can play a huge part in that. I was doing so well with working out and my meals were on point. I was taking all my supplements/medications. .
💟Then, out of nowhere, it hit me like a truck... I was overwhelmed, worried, anxious, depressed, stressed and I felt like a complete failure. I felt everyone was looking at me and watching me in the gym. This resulted in me not finishing my workout and not going back to the gym for a week or longer. Which in turn made me gain 10lbs. Because I ate everything in sight. .
💟I had a visit with my GYN today and we talked about my PCOS and insulin resistance, and how much I’ve struggled to get this weight off. She says to me, “it’s not fair that you have to work 10x harder than everyone else. But, if you keep at it, and keep working as hard as you can- you’ll come out on top and you’ll be able to look back and say, ‘I did that!’ .
💟 Even though it may be cliche and I’ve heard her encouraging words before- sometimes it takes a special kind of moment for things to click, and everything finally makes sense. .
💟 So, this quote is spot on for me this week as I’m trying to get back into the swing of things. Something good in every day... and today ‘my good’ was sticking to my meals, and getting in a good workout. ✌🏼
Individual cinnamon chocolate chip sour cream keto coffee cake for one + a cuppa tea = perfect way to end a Monday. Ketones are at .8 even with a not-so-keto food choice last night. My only slip in over 3 weeks!! I course-corrected with a nice hour-long walk this morning and kept it keto all day...I’ve now been eating keto for 15 months and I can still feel my body getting more and more attuned to being in an almost constant state of ketosis. I no longer suffer from gastric issues, have major cravings for salty or chocolate foods that would obsess my thoughts after dinner, or fight constant blood sugar and hunger spikes and swings. My skin has never looked better and last night I fit back into my old Levi’s. This way of life just keeps getting better and better. I now drink 1/4 the wine I used to and I’ve made space in my life for healing & speaking my truth. Next up? A total overhaul of my beauty products and makeup to all-natural & nontoxic brands and I want to try be more of a minimalist; especially with my clothing...cinnamon chocolate chip sour cream coffee cake recipe will be up on the blog tomorrow!
#BrightLineBites Are you hungry for a little happiness? Check out this funny meal from Jenny (@brightlinejenny on Instagram). "Lunch! 12oz zucchini, red pepper and onion broiled with 2oz sausage, 2oz ricotta cheese and 2oz marinara sauce on top." Thank you for sharing another great meal, Jenny! 😘❤️
My post-workout meal wasn’t as expected! I got stuck in the cities due to the storm, but I made it work & did pretty well! 💚❤️💛🥄
Wait, what!? Post-workout?? Yes! I brought my bands with me & I worked out in my hotel room before I came down to have my meal!😍 I’m totally obsessed with staying dedicated to this program.
Sometimes you just gotta wing it! I think I did better than that!😘
Buffalo Tofu - I have officially put Buffalo sauce on ALL the things! 😝 On a bed of kale, with some cukes, celery, radishes, avocado, blue cheese dressing and extra buffalo sauce. This is crazy good.
I found already squeezed tofu but if you don’t have that:
Squeeze (for 30 mins) & dice the tofu, marinate for 30 mins (up to 24hrs) in a baggie with 2T Buffalo sauce, 1/2 cup vegetable broth, 2 cloves garlic, a little s&p. When ready to eat, discard marinade, heat 1/3 cup coconut oil in a pan and fry the tofu until browned on each side (about 1-2 mins each side), remove from pan, drain on paper towel and then drizzle with more Buffalo sauce. Serve!
Workin my meal plan HARD! So proud of myself! This is where I usually struggle MOST.
I’m always reluctant to be too strict with myself when it comes to a nutrition plan. I try to focus on the main principals I learned with the container system that really taught me how to eat clean - and then just do my best with it. Lots of flexibility.
Since I started my 80 day challenge with my TRANSFORM group - I’ve been following a new concept called “timed nutrition”. I’ve been really eating clean and using food as FUEL. It’s really empowered me to dial in my clean eating even further and the best part... my CRAVINGS are SO much better.
Because there is so much food I need to eat for fueling my workouts... I really don’t have time (or desire) to reach for the treats!
Feeling really strong, feeling really healthy, feeling really empowered!
➖➖➖➖ One of the primary roles of insulin in the body, is to transport the glucose in your bloodstream into your cells where it can be used for energy. ➖➖➖➖ A common issue however, is that our cells become resistant to the circulating insulin. This results in blood sugar levels remaining elevated, and less glucose actually getting into the cell resulting in poor energy production ➖➖➖➖ This can be caused by lifestyle factors such as an excessively high calorie diet (especially high in refined carbohydrates/sugars), low levels of daily activity and exercise, stress, poor sleep etc
➖➖➖➖ Some common signs of insulin resistance include fatigue after meals (especially after carbs), poor energy, sugar cravings (especially after meals), weight gain around mid section, PCOS (for females), acne, among others.
➖➖➖➖ This can create a viscous and frustrating cycle of fat gain and poor energy, leading to serious health issues if left unchecked long term. If you suspect this may relate to you, seek out a health care professional familiar with insulin resistance.
Lifestyle factors that can make a huge positive difference are regular exercise (weights and cardio), getting enough sleep daily, and good nutrition!
Insulin is one of the most famous hormones in our bodies, mainly because in surprisingly 80 million people in the world, it doesn't work how it's supposed to (I.e. Diabetes) 😳😳
This post is one of many on insulin to help you understand what does insulin is supposed to do in a good functioning body. In here we can see Insulin regulates blood glucose levels. Now when the key mechanism doesn't work we develop insulin resistance which is the main cause of metabolic diseases today 😔😔
What questions to do you have about insulin? Comment below! 👇👇
Some kitchen #MondayMotivation with @thecastawaykitchen Mediterranean Deviled Eggs, using low carb, paleo, Pili nut pesto! Yum!
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#Repost @thecastawaykitchen // The recipe post that keeps on giving! We’ve got a 3-4-1 on the blog today with these Mediterranean Deviled Eggs.
Delicious, dairy free pesto✔️
Perfect hard boiled eggs✔️
Whole30 compliant salami ✔️
Ya put them all together (and you turn yourself around)... Head to the blog. Make these. Thank me later. Xo. Happy Sunday! .
Sugar is not a friend when having PCOS and Insulin Resistance.
Sugar is in a lot of foods but it’s a good first step to eliminate liquid calories. When drinking soft drinks choose light products.
I’m a huge fan of Pepsi Twist - and I was thrilled when Pepsi Max Lime arrived 😃 It has a great taste and with only 0,7 calories per 100 ml.
Remember the importance of water! 💦 Fruit infused water is also a great option.
Yes, I’m on a plan.
Yes, I meal prep my food.
Yes, I have a life.😂
You can still be on point & have a life. I had to stop & grab some lunch so we stopped at @panerabread
Half a Modern Greek Salad with Quinoa salad gets it done without straying to far from the plan! Is it perfect? No, but perfection is unattainable. You just do your best with what you’ve got!😘
Shatavari is a natural herb/root extract also known asparagus racemosus in the scientific world. Its family name is Liliaceae and other names for the herb include Asparagus, Wild Asparagus, Asparagus Root and Shatavari.
The herb comes from a climbing plant which grows in stumpy forests all through India, Africa, Australia and some parts of China. It is known widely for its roots which have been used for centuries for medicinal purposes. The roots are sour, syrupy, emollient, cooling and aphrodisiac.
Shatavari contains bioflavonoids, crucial vitamin B components, calcium and zinc which are essential vitamins in women’s health. As a result, it is a very popular herb used in the management of women’s hormonal balance, although men are also able to use the herb.
It is well known for its abilities to nourish and cleanse the blood as well reproductive organ of the woman and in so doing improves the fertility of the woman. It nurtures the womb and ovum, provides additional support to the female organs for pregnancy and can enhance the process of lactation in lactating mothers.
Kada pokušam da objasnim kako se to ja hranim svaki dan i kako sam za 2 godine uspjela vratiti svoj inzulin u normalu, smanjiti tjelesnu težinu bez posljedica, smanjiti TSH a hronični manjak vitamina dovesti u polunormalno stanje, često mi ljudi kažu da tu treba puno odricanja, i da je to užasno skupo, i kako je meni bilo lako itd itd... Ne, iza toga nije stajao tim ljudi nego samo odluka, da ja želim da budem zdrava i ništa me nije moglo spriječiti u tom naumu. Možda je moja sreća jedino to što sam nakon 6 i po godina napokon dobila dijagnozu od dr Zelije Velije Ašimi i što je moj prijatelj i trener @mojeimeadis stalno isticao da mora postojati nešto što koči moje mršanje a svi su mi nalazi tada bili odlični. Niko nije uradio taj famozni OGTT test sa inzulinemijama. I ne nisam imala nikoga da mi kaže da uradim taj test, i da mi objasni šta je to i šta dalje da radim. I ne, nisam imala nutricioniste i tim kuhara koji je kuhao za mene nego sam kuhala ja sama, nabavljala namirnice iz domaćeg uzgoja i slušala svoj organizam. Ne trebaju vam ogromne pare da bi jeli zdravo, samo malo dobre volje i istraživanja za vlastitu dobrobit. Da razbijemo i taj mit - današnji ručak za 4 osobe koštao je 7 KM – sardele sa Jadrana, koje u ribarnicama možemo naći trenutno samo zaleđene, jeftine a bogate omega-3 masnim kiselinama, sadrže vitamine B kompleksa, vitamin A, vitamin D, kalcij i željezo, fosfor, magnezij, jod i selen (idealne za hipovitaminozu D vitamina i hipotireoditis).Uvaljane u kukuruzno brašno, pržene na kukuruznom ulju, oprane u filtriranoj vodi @adepto_company kao i ostale namirnice - kuhana blitva i krompir sa malo bijelog luka, malo soli i limuna – i unijela sam zavidne količine vitamina C, B i beta karotena. Blitva je bogata magnezijem, željezom, kalijem i kalcijem, a na 100 g ima samo 19 kcal pa je idealna za ljude koji paze na unos kcal. Donesite odluku, i svaki dan je dobar dan. Uskoro više na mom blogu. #glutenfree#lactosefree#insulinresistance#hypothyroidism#hypovitaminosis#stayhealthy#goglutenfree#eathealthy#sardina#chard#potato#lemon#cornoil#cornflour#garlic#foodblogger#foodblog