Ladies and gentlemen, I present Harley……

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Yep, it seems any liquid at the moment is claimed by her. Here she is drinking cold tea… She kept going back to it several times over an hour.

She is too funny sometimes.

My first recipe – Sweet Potato Chips

Guys,

My first recipe is a very basic and easy, but oh so tasty play on the world famous chips!

Everyone knows how difficult it can be to not cheat on a diet, how some days you think “oh sod it, one little break won’t hurt.” But I am trying to replace all cheats with a healthy replacement.

Earlier in the week Harry was complaining to me that he was fed up of eating healthy and fancied chips. So here is my way of still being healthy but being able to eat a similar meal with those who aren’t on the Paleo diet, with sweet potato chips.

I started with two sweet potatoes, cutting the ends off and cutting the potatoes into quarters. Then cut each quarter into long strips to make chip-esque shapes. (You can keep the skin on or peel it off – I have tried it both ways and like both, keeping the skin on makes it crispier though,)

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I have placed my chips into baking sheets to soak up excess oil and to hold seasonings that fall off – it also keeps the washing up slave (I mean the husband) happy!!

Sprinkle salt, pepper and Rosemary to season according to taste and drizzle with oil as seen below:

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Pop into the oven at 180 degrees for 20 minutes. Then take out to shake and turn the chips over before adding back into the oven for a further 25 minutes.

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This is the final result after 45 minutes. (Check out the yummy venison on the plate! Please excuse my awful knife skills, it was a Friday night…. Need I say more?)

My first guest post has been published!!!

It would appear my constant countdowns to the wedding came in handy!

I am now on an awesome lifestyle blog gushing about our wedding day, the proposal and honeymoon.., I cannot wait to watch the publics reaction unfold!!

Check it out:-

http://www.bluejeanswhiteteeblog.com/your-wedding/lianne-and-ashleys-big-day/

and more so, check out the whole website, there is awesome articles relating to travelling, hair tops and diets!

My worst month yet, advice needed!!!

Around the time of my diagnosis, I was suffering from a bad bout of PCOS where I could be having a period for nine weeks and would need medical intervention to stop them as God knows when it would actually end it naturally.

This month I had a 32 day cycle which isn’t bad for me; however, my period went on for 12 days and last night I came on again, 23 days into my cycle (only 9 days break from the end of my last period.)

Not only is this frustrating, annoying and god damn infuriating, it also renders me exhausted as I’m in agony from cramps, not able to sleep from being uncomfortable and my lower back always flares up when I’m on period.

PCOS is slowly becoming my enemy and as much as I try to find a way for us to live together in harmony, it finds another way to be in my bad books.

Fellow PCOS sufferers I need your advice, me and the husband were considering going to see a doctor about this, however we are not sure as we only saw our doctor three weeks ago and he said he didn’t want to see us for another two months.

After the storm comes a rainbow.

For the past two days I have been trying to stick to the Paleo Diet  as much as possible, I am eating breakfast everyday which isn’t always the case in the past. With work it is hard to eat the right breakfast, so granola and goats milk yoghurt it is the best option for me. My lunch remains the same going forward: carrots, mange tois, tuna and broccoli with a pot of fruit as dessert.

My afternoon snack is the “food doctor” crisps, which are a healthier option. Dinner is meat, veg and Dessert is a healthier yoghurt.

I know yoghurt is dairy (but the goats milk yoghurt isn’t really is it? woo!) and that I shouldn’t be having it but with my sweet tooth, making healthy desserts for one is a chore.

I am feeling a lot better for it, I am finding it a lot easier to get out of bed in the morning, HOWEVER……

Oh my days, my skin is awfull!!!! I have so many spots at present. I am hoping it is my body getting rid of all of the toxins in my body due to me eating healthier and as the title of this post states I like to think that I am in the eye of the storm right now.

I am hoping this time next week there will be more updates, hopefully more positive aswell!!

Healthy eating… Sorry, what?

So in my last post I mentioned about being apprehensive regarding eating to ease symptoms of PCOS.

It has been recommended by a fellow blogger to try the Paleo diet, upon research it appears to be in laymen terms… The caveman diet. All meat and not much else.

In reality it means you are allowed grass-produced meat (what’s that you say? I’m actually getting Harry to google and it is free range/organic meat), fish/ seafood, fresh fruit and veg, eggs, nuts and seeds and healthful oils.

You cannot eat cereal, dairy, sugars, potatoes, processed food,  salt and fatty oils.

Ive been super good and ate vegetables for lunch with yoghurt (I know dairy but it’s better then a chocolate bar right?) tonight is venison steaks with sweet potato, butternut squash and more veg. *air highfive*

I looked up some recipes and ideas for meals as I don’t like omlettes so that use of eggs is redundant. But I found banana pancakes, like hell yeah!!! Sounds super easy and tasty.

There is also peach crumble, meat loaf, coconut cookies and a chicken and cashew wrap.

Im getting excited about this healthiness, if I get clearer skin and less bloat then I’ll be a happy lady 🙂

Today is a bad day

I’m not sure if it’s the lack of sleep or just being frustrated but looking on sites about PCOS is just getting me confused.

The last week my symptoms are getting worse. I’ve been off of contraception since May 3rd and as it’s only use was to keep my symptoms at bay I feel they’re coming back with a vengeance.

My skin is so oily and although spots are always. Problem, they’re worse. I usually have one or two big ones and now my face seems covered in small bumps as well. The usual beauty regime that has worked for the past six months isn’t working anymore. My hair Lasts no more than 1.5 days after washing it, before it becomes a grease-ball. My unwanted hair is appearing every other day with a new hair sprouting just waiting to be plucked. I’m overly emotional and scared my depression is rearing its head, I’ve been off anti depressants since March/April and do not like the idea of being back on them. I always freak that if my moods stay low for more than a few days then it’s coming back, but I shouldn’t wallow, I should try to be positive but it’s hard when I know how low I can go.

I decided to do research on blogs for PCOS today praying that I’ll find something to help, or at least perk me up but it proved my point that the most popular sites are years old, barely updated or just crap.

One thing I do wonder though, every fact site mentions losing weight, being a UK size ten I doubt I’m in that boat, however I also wonder “would it hurt?”

I’ve always had a problem with food, not in an anorexic/bulimic sense, but I’m a fussy eater. I don’t eat meat in a bone or meat that looks like an animal. I have an appetite like a sparrow but give me a dessert before dinner and I’m a happy lady.

With these issues, is it any wonder I’m apprehensive to even consider “dieting” when I’m small sized as it is, I would consider speaking to my GP but the only woman GP at my surgery I had faith in talking to about PCOS has left and sexist as it may be, I don’t know if a male doctor could truly sympathies with a late twenties woman blubbering about food and fertility issues.

If there is anyone who can help me with suggestions I would be most thankful.

I’m signing off,

An apparent desperate, emotional wreck aka Mrs Harris