How to Manage your PCOS on a Busy Schedule
Life, work and everything in between can often get in the way of certain things that are important, such as our health.
Living life on a busy schedule can often seem like there is no time to think or take care of yourself.
Nutrition, exercise and stress management, are 3 key components when it comes to managing PCOS. While it is easy knowing what needs to done, the implementation and execution is what is often difficult, especially if you have a busy life.
Stay committed and dedicated to the plan and you will take back control from PCOS.
Difficulties that come with a busy schedule:
- No time to plan meals
- Lack of food shopping
- Eating food on the go
- Waiting to long to eat a meal
- Sugar Cravings
- No time to workout
- Inadequate sleep
Plan and Prep your meals
Planning and prepping can really take the stress out of cooking and having meals ready for the week. It may take some time to do, but in the end you actually save time and money too. Prepping your meals on Sunday, for example, ready for the week can ensure you eat healthy.
Make sure your Meals are Balanced
To ensure you avoid those mid-afternoon sugar cravings and dips in energy, ensure your meals are balanced and not carb heavy. Include, protein, fats and carbs in your lunch.
Take advantage of frozen fruit and veg
Many times, frozen food comes under scrutiny and is often compared to processed foods. However, there is a difference, and frozen foods actually provide our body with nutrients in needs.
Stock up your Kitchen with PCOS Friendly Foods.
PCOS friendly foods include; plenty of vegetables, low GI carb, healthy fats and remove foods that should be avoided for PCOS, such as dairy, processed and sugary foods.
Eat Breakfast at home or bring it to with you.
If you do not like eating food as soon as you wake up, that is fine, however, Avoid buying breakfast options from out, as they often loaded with carbs, sugar and unhealthy fats. Choose a high protein breakfast, such as eggs or choose a slow releasing carb source such as steel cut oats (not instant oats) and include nuts and seeds.
Bring healthy snacks
Snacks such as; almonds, walnuts, brazil nuts, sunflower and pumpkin seeds. Houmous and Veggies (use various vegetables such as cucumber, carrot, celery or bell peppers to dip into houmous). Dark chocolate, 3 squares of 70 per cent cocoa content or above.
Avoid going too long between meals
Often when you go too long between meals you begin to crave and binge on food once you eat. When you feel hungry make sure you eat.
Choose the healthiest option
There will be times that you will not have time to plan or prep your meals, so simply take a look at what there is around and aim to choose the healthiest option. You can take a look at the restaurants nutrition facts, if you wish, to ensure plenty of protein, moderate carb and healthy fats.
Make exercise part of your lifestyle. Lift some weights. Resistance training has been shown to be beneficial for women with PCOS. Many women avoid resistance training because they fear looking bulky, which will not happen. If you want to achieve that lean look, then resistance training is the way to go. However, exercise doesn't necessarily mean having to go to the gym, it can also mean walking.
Stress management is such an important part of balancing your hormones. We all in need some time to ourselves and some self-care no matter who or what we do.
Never underestimate the importance of sleep. Recently there is this message and belief being circulated that if you are not pulling all nighters and not working on minimal hours of sleep then you are not working hard enough. But what people forget and don't understand is that sleep and getting enough hours of sleep is important for our health and well-being. Do not compromise your sleep, make sleep a priority for your health and happiness. I understand that falling asleep can be difficult, here are some tips to help you sleep better.
With a whole range of drinks being created and marketed water seems to have taken a back seat and diet drinks and juices have come in full force. Make drinking pure water your go to drink and a priority for your health.
It may be difficult at first, but don't get discouraged, keep going and eventually it will become easy. Implementing small changes over time will yield big results and they will be changes that stick for life.
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