Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Welcome to Lent & My TTC Diet

Last year for Lent I started doing daily vlogs.  They were random in topic and style and people seemed to really like it.  I find myself a little scattered right now and I'm in the middle of trying to conceive so daily random vlogs just aren't in the cards this year.

HOWEVER - before you freak out, 
there IS something I'm doing that might be worth a daily BLOG.

Christina - SubfertileFrugalista on YouTube - has encouraged me to go on a PCOS friendly diet  during this injectable cycle, and frankly I'm so desperate to get my body to respond to the fertility medicine that I've finally accepted her challenge.

The Rules
1. Avoid all simple sugars such as candy, sodas, cakes, pies, ice cream, etc. 
{These are almost pure forms of glucose.}
2. Avoid vegetables that are grown underground - like carrots
3. Avoid corn, bananas, and foods enriched with maltodextrins or corn syrup.
4. Avoid wheat, rice, rye, barley, and oats.
5. Eat a minimum of 3 servings each of above-ground vegetables and fruits daily.
6. Eat at least 6 ounces of protein every day.
7. Cheese and Legumes are fine to eat.
8. Don’t count calories - Just eat regularly.

I've been slowly trying to get used to eating this way over the past week so that it's not a shock to my system.  First impression - I think it's doable.

Last night was my last blatant cheat for a while - Pizza Night - and even that wasn't so bad.
I had a huge salad first:  Great selection of greens, chopped walnuts, dried cranberries, crumbled feta cheese, and I went really easy on the dressing.  Only after I finished my salad did I eat ONE slice of pizza.   But I could have easily substituted the pizza for a chicken breast and been equally as satisfied with the meal.

I'm going to post my daily food log and discuss where I went wrong, accidental cheats, and any moments of clarity I run into along the way.

While weight loss would be a great side effect of this diet, I really just want to stabilize my insulin levels by avoiding carbs.  Either way I'll weigh in on Monday mornings and post any change along with Sunday's food log.

Feel free to post any questions you may have about the diet, and I'll try to answer them as quickly as possible.

Let me know if YOU'RE considering starting the diet and especially if you're posting menu ideas.  The more inspiration the better.

Have Hope!


  1. Good luck!! Can't wait to see what kind of results you get...especially the BFP!!!

  2. Lindsey (Lindzer722)February 23, 2012 at 8:06 AM

    I am so excited for you! That sounds a lot to me like the Abs diet. I loved that and it made me feel so good. The only problem with me is the first time I cheat, it is slowly over. I keep sneaking and sneaking until I am done. I can't wait to hear. I cheer for you daily!! :) Lindzer722

  3. Interesting ... I am currently ttc #2.
    We have no diagnosed infertility issues but our first took 16 cycles and we are already at number 10 this time round!
    Although I am not classed as overweight, I could do with losing a bit of weight and although I eat healthy my diet probably has too much sugar - I have a bit of a sweet tooth.
    Your post has inspired me to cut out the sweets and wheat and see how I go.
    Good luck to you.

  4. I have been perfecting a diet for my entire family for a couple of months now. It has transitioned into Atkins/Paleo since I have PCOS. I am working on a blog with meal suggestions and recipes but it is not up yet.

    Does weight have a high negative effect on PCOS? Like are more ppl dignosed with PCOS that are over weight? (really don't want to sound nasty,lol I am over weight person my
    Does the PCOS diet help with weight, or just the medicines you take?

  6. this is extremely similar to what a naturopath would be suggesting. my sister also stayed away from foods like potatoes, watermelon..etc bc those increased her sugar levels (she has pcos. She now has a sweet 10month old. best of luck

  7. This is great! I hope that it helps with this cycle. I also have heard that weight loss is good for TTC. I don't know facts, I've just heard it. So maybe between diet, potential weight loss, and our prayers good things will start happening :)

  8. Ohh very interesting Carla! I wish I could TTC right now but things are kinda crazy in our lives here so it would be best to wait another year or two. I do have PCOS though and you have inspired me to try this diet too. Maybe it will help with weight loss? I have the HARDEST time losing weight no matter how hard I try!

  9. "I really just want to stabilize my insulin levels by avoiding carbs."

    Speaking as someone who just dealt with diet-controlled Gestational Diabetes, the best way to stabilize your insulin levels is to eat frequently--breakfast, 2 hours later have a snack, lunch, 2 hours later have a snack, dinner, snack before bedtime. 30-45g carbs for meals, 15g carbs for snacks. Always make sure to pair protein with carbs.
    Your body needs carbs. If it doesn't get them at all, you'll spill ketones, and that's just as bad as too many carbs, or worse.




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