As promised here is my regular product recommendations for PCOS patients (or anyone who wants to eat more healthy).
The last few weeks have been challenging especially with my chest pain; however, I do feel like I am becoming more accustomed to the low GI diet and the various meds I am on. I feel like it is part of my daily life- more normalized than than ever before. I have gotten pretty good at finding things I can eat going out and getting back to my pre-diagnosis routine.
Maybe this is a bit sad but one of my greatest thrills comes when finding a product that works for me, helps me feel good, and believe it or not TASTES GOOD! (It does exist!).
Here are some of my recent scores:
1. Tree Street Grains 16 Grain Pancake Mix- I love this mix. Even my dad agreed they are light and taste good. They are made in Provo but I am not sure how available they are other places. They do have a website and the prices seem fairly reasonable. http://www.treestreetgrains.com/store/pancakes/16-whole-grain-pancakes/
2. Wholesome Sweeteners Organic Blue Agave Flavored Syrups- to go with those delicious pancakes this line of agave flavored syrups are good and totally fulfill my need for maple syrup. They also have strawberry and vanilla. You don’t want to use too much of any sweetener but I’ve never had a bad insulin response to agave.
3. Another genre of cooking that has been good to me is Mexican food. Since I can have corn tortillas, tacos, fajitas and whole wheat burritos work great. I can even have nachos on occasion! Be careful because some salsa has sugar but some don’t. Of course you can even make your own salsa with fresh cilantro, tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, onion, and jalapeno. Yum!
One of my favorite foods has been the La Tortilla Whole Wheat Tortillas. These are available at Costco and have 8 grams of protein per tortilla and 4 grams of fiber. They also make good wraps.
Another product I really liked is the Frontera Taco Skillet Sauce- They are a liquid sauce packet with fresh herbs and spices and uses agave as a sweetener. The flavors I have tried have all been delicious. There are 7 different choices and all that is needed is meat and any veggies you like such as onion or green pepper.
4. Clif Twisted Fruit Ropes- For some reason since I started the low GI diet I have experienced candy cravings- particularly for sour candies like sour patch kids. The weird part is I didn’t really eat much candy before but for some reason I crave it bad! Most fruit leather/fruit roll ups are bitter and didn’t do much to satisfy the sweet cravings. These ropes are the closest thing to candy I can eat. They have no added sugars- just fruit. I also like that they are individually wrapped so I can easily eat just one. There are also 6 different flavors including grape and sour apple. It is a great item to help me boost my sugar when it is feeling low. Save a lot of money by ordering them at http://www.clifbar.com/food/products_clif_kid_twisted_fruit/