MENU PLAN May Week 1
Believing in yourself can have a huge impact in changing your lifestyle and eating healthier. In a recent study, researchers found that self-efficacy (believing that you can produce the results you want) seems to be a major influence on attempts to slim down. People with high levels of self-efficacy tend to stay on target even when faced with stress or temptation. “Self efficacy is our belief that we can produce the result we want to produce, so a person with high dietary self-efficacy believes they can eat healthily no matter what – even when bored, upset, tired, on holiday or at a party,” explains study author Rhonda Anderson, Ph.D. “People with high self-efficacy are motivated and optimistic – when the going gets tough, they keep going.”
This week focus on believing in yourself, even if it means repeating a simple mantra like “I can make healthy choices for myself,” whenever you are feeling challenged. If you have self-doubt and need a cheerleader, I am here for you with a great big, “YOU CAN DO IT!” Start by taking this menu plan and recipes to the grocery store tomorrow, so you will have everything you need to make healthy PCOS-friendly meal choices.
MEATLESS MONDAY White Bean Tuna Salad I don’t like dark tuna so I will use white in olive oil and will add extra veggies to the salad.
TUESDAY Curried Chicken and Rice Soup I almost always substitute white rice for whole grain brown as I will in this recipe. I will also add more spring veggies like asparagas and peas and maybe some greens like swiss chard.
WEDNESDAY Roasted Shrimp and Broccoli I will again add more veggies like red peppers and onions to this dish and will serve with a side of quinoa.
THURSDAY Ancho Chicken Tacos with Cilantro Slaw and Avocado Cream
FRIDAY Grilled Steak with Green Beans, Tomatoes and Chimichurri Sauce
Your weekly meal plans make my week! I just discovered a) that I have PCOS and b) your site! Thank you for all of your hard work on our behalf. 🙂
Thanks so much for your feedback Samantha. Sometimes I wonder if anyone finds them helpful!
Please don’t wonder. We all find them helpful. I have a lot of healthy recipes of my own but when I’m stuck for an idea or want something different that works with PCOS I always turn to your menus.
Do you also have breakfast ideas? I have a hard time figuring out what to eat in the morning and am getting tired of egg white omlettes! Anything you can recommend would be great!
I will often have a smoothie, oatmeal or yogurt parfait or (see recipes on blog). I also like almond butter on Udi’s or Ezekial bread. Lately I have enjoyed quinoa porridge. I will do another article soon on more breakfast ideas. Thanks!
I just came across your site today while researching clean eating and am thrilled! What an inspiration you are for so many women out here trying to figure out PCOS. I am very interested in your experience and holistic approach. I can’t wait to really dig in and read more. Thanks so much!
My husband and I have been trying to conceive since we got married (nine months ago). It’s been a lot harder than I ever imagined and have had many more doctor appointments than I anticipated. I just found our my ovaries show “signs of being polycystic.” I’m on my second round of Prometrium at the moment and can’t help but tell myself this is going to work. This HAS to work. I’m a strong believer in positive thinking. I don’t need to lose weight, but I do need to continue eating healthy and not give up on my body. Thanks for your wonderful site. I know I’ll be spending a lot of time here!
Thanks for sharing your story. If you read about me you will see that I have 3 kids. My last was born when I was 37 and she was our big surprise. You can regain your fertility by eating whole foods, stress reduction and positive thinking. You might also want to try acupuncture. It has helped many women with PCOS get pregnant.