If you’ve kept up with my family update posts, you know that over the past 16 months we have been struggling through infertility.
In February we learned I have PCOS, a condition that makes it a lot harder to conceive, although not impossible. After researching how to treat my PCOS, we have a couple of options. One option is medication, but we feel like the Lord wants us to wait on that for the time being. Another option is a better diet. A lot of what we researched indicates that your diet plays a major roll in the severity of your symptoms when you have PCOS, so it’s a no brainer that I should change up the way I eat.
So how am I going to eat? We decided that a low glycemic diet, called Trim Healthy Mama (I know, it’s a bit of a weird name :P…THM for short), is how I need to eat right now. This plan isn’t entirely new to me. I tried it a few years ago after reading Serene and Pearl’s first book and loving it. Besides using stevia in my coffee, I haven’t really stayed on plan since then mainly because of laziness. But after reading about so many women with PCOS who’ve been able to conceive and lessen their symptoms by eating this way, I realized that THM is worth the extra time and work. Besides that, so many people overall have lost weight and gotten healthier with this eating plan. Pearl Barrett and Serene Allison, the two sisters that came up with the plan, are believers and they have researched the science behind it and explain it well. I really like how they don’t focus on eliminating certain food groups. Rather, they focus on eating the best food out of all the food groups to nourish and fuel your body. This isn’t just a fad diet, but rather a healthy lifestyle.
So what is the Trim Healthy Mama plan all about? I’m still learning all the specifics, but in a nutshell you eliminate all sugar (besides the natural sugar in fruit), and you eat healthy fatty meals with protein, or healthy carb meals with protein, but you generally try and avoid mixing carbs and fats. Feel free to look up THM for the specific science behind all this.
Now, if you know me at all you know I have a huge sweet tooth. It has been tough to give up sugar, but not impossible. I just sweeten things with stevia, a natural sweetener (I’ve been using stevia for over a year now, so I am accustomed to the taste and like it a lot, actually). The harder part is saying no to things like donuts and treats when I’m out or at work, but I’ve found it easier when I focus on why I’m eating this way: because I want to take care of the body God has blessed me with, and I want to have children.
I know changing the way I eat isn’t going to magically give me a baby, but it could be the means God uses to allow us to conceive. He is still the One who will give life in my womb, not a special way of eating. Still, this is a good idea to take care of the body He has given me. Although I’m not massively over weight, I could stand to lose a few pounds.
I’ve been eating this way for about 2 weeks, staying about 80-100 % on plan the whole time. So far I’ve enjoyed the food and felt pretty good. I’ll keep y’all updated on how it goes, and maybe I’ll post a few THM recipes here and there. Have any of you tried the THM plan? If so, what do you think?
Thanks for keeping up with our journey!