Category Archives: PCOS

FIT Motivation Mondays: 

Good Morning Babies,

Although my posting on Instagram and Facebook has decreased regarding fitness….doesn’t mean that behind the scenes I’m not working on greatness. Now that I can fit a new size in my workout clothes, I have rededicated myself to meal prepping again….only this time, I’m challenging myself not to mimic restaurant favorites with a healthy spin. This week I decided to make Chicken Corn Chowder inspired by Paneras new Corn Chowder for their Summer menu. 

I added more meat and less potatoes to watch my starch intake but otherwise the recipe is amazing. The recipe is for 5 to 6 at 512 calories a bowl. I doubled the recipe and plan to eat a cup to go along with my salads, making the serving size about 300 calories. 

To try this recipe out follow this link: http://www.food.com/recipe/crock-pot-chicken-corn-chowder-317022
If you love it, leave some feedback and let me know what you think. Have a wonderful FIT week Curvy family.

With Love,

LoLo

Check this Pin out on Pinterest! -Whole 30 Breakfast Idea

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Good Morning Loves,

As promised i am sharing my whole 30 recipies with you to give you ideas to spruce up your morning routine. Check this one out and follow me on Pinterest ❤ at MsLoLoAlexis for more ideas!

Sincerely,

Lolo

Happy New Year!!!!

Happy New Year All,

So how happy were you to get rid of 2016???? I know I was ecstatic to move forward with a fresh year to succeed in. This year the blog, my personal life, and my goals will take a huge upswing.  One thing that I am really big on is health… Although last year, I slacked off. This year it is more about training my body for my hormones to work for me and not against me. PCOS really is about lifestyle modification, although sometimes I just want to eat anything I want and not gain a pound. However, that is not realistic. What really triggered my  need for change is this week I ate out almost every day but then late on Friday night, my chest began to pain.

It was the first time I actually felt like I may be having heart trouble. I am good at keeping in tune with my physical checkups and making sure I am okay, but this alarmed me. I knew then that I had to really stop playing around and make a change. So this year on the blog, things will be centered on my health journey and of course fashion. However, it will mainly be a digital diary of my health journey for all PCOS sufferers and those with other endocrine issues alike. I will also post some more of my philosophical thoughts as well.  I think that one thing that I don’t do enough is share my wisdom and growth with others. I am by no means perfect, but I love helping people, especially women become the vessels God intended on us becoming. So definitely look forward to some of those posts as well.

For now, I am starting Whole 30 body detoxification and will keep all of you posted on some of the recipes I attempt and post them so that if you are interested, you can try them out.  I look forward to another great year with you lovelies!!!!

 

Sincerely,

Lorna

Shea Shea Bakery Update

Good Morning Loves,

So I am following up on my post exactly a month ago regarding my skincare trial using Shea Shea Bakery’s skincare kit. My review is I love the charcoal mask and the scar healing oil. The acne mist didn’t really do anything for me and the liquid black soap was a wee bit messy, though the scent was amazing. On my next order, I definitely know that I will be ordering a bar soap instead and

It’s November 1st: Fitness Challenge Two Begins

Good Morning Loves!!!

So October has now come to a close and it is time for another challenge. Last Month the challenge was to try and go to the gym 5 days a week….. and although I wasn’t perfect. I will say for half the month I went 5 days and the second half on average 3 to 4 days once I git busy. As you see there is a slight difference from that work. This month I want to step it up another notch and add doing 100 planks and 100 push-ups a week. Now I know that seems simple enough, because you can do between 10 to 15 a day, but for someone like me who hates both of those exercises…… it will be a challenge. I also have learned setting small realistic goals in fitness will increase your success. Today, I have already completed my 20 push-ups, and have planks left. My goal at the end of the month is to see if there will be an increase in my upper body strength (my ultimate area of weaknesses).

As for the planks, it has often been stated that this is one of the best exercises for the midsection….. which for me is my trouble area. I wanted to add this challenge to see if I begin to see a small difference in  that area. I am really excited about this challenge as these small changes are keeping me motivated. I hope you guys join me!!!!  After all who doesn’t want to look great before Thanksgiving?#HappyGymming 

Love,

LoLo

Breast Cancer, Obesity, and My 365 Challenge

Hello Loves,

So it is the Mighty Month of October!!!! Meaning it is Time to Promote Breast Cancer Awareness and continue to fight for the cure and promote wellness  for all women.  Now, as a woman of color, and statistically at a higher risk for breast cancer, I took this time to research links, causes, and ways to eliminate risks. However, contrary to what many may think, Obesity actually reduces your risk for breast cancer prior to menopause and increases the risk after menopause.  Unfortunately, another aspect of my research revealed that  PCOS actually increases my risks for other types of cancers due to my hormonal imbalance, excess weight, and insulin resistance. More specifically, thyroid cancer and endometrial cancer, along with diabetes and higher risks for strokes and cardiovascular issues. Of course, after reading all of this, I knew that my days of being hot and cold with my health was over. Now that I am 30 years old, I know that things within my body are going to slow down and it will become harder to attain my ideal health if I don’t start now.  With the encouragement of my love and my wanting of a healthier overall lifestyle, I started a 365 challenge with him. We both want to be at our healthiest for one another, but more importantly I need an accountability partner and he offered to be it.

Our current challenge is that in one year, I have to reach losing 25% of my body weight or I’ll have to be at his beck and call for 30 days. Seems like that isn’t a huge incentive, but if you knew him, it will be a tortuous situation. I decided to step it up a notch and give myself monthly challenges to push my competitive spirit to the max . So this month is all about working out 5 days a week for 30 days.  Seems easy right? No! Of course its not when you may tell yourself “Oh I worked out once this week, I’m great”. That is usually my inner coping mechanism, but I realized that if I’m going to be healthy, I can’t afford once a week and be okay. I invite all to join me because I want all my curvy divas to push towards health while maintaining the curves. The first step I took was buying a calendar on my fridge and mapping out my workout schedule and crossing off days once I achieve the workout. It is almost like a mini celebration every time I get to put an ‘x’ on a day. My second step is just really looking at my model crushes and remembering that I want to be in that phase of my career by next year. I spoke on this on my Snapchat and I will share it here “Being a Plus Model also has standard sizes and is not the same as the Body Positive movement, although size acceptance is still encouraged in the industry”. The standard size for plus size models who work is between size 10 to 14/16.  I currently am 4 dress sizes above being where I need to be to feel like I can truly be able to live out my dreams.

So with that said, I invite all to help me achieve my goals while you reach your own. Each month I will put up a monthly challenge to keep everyone focused. I look forward to receiving feedback and your honest opinions on the challenges I post.

With Love,

LoLo

 

 

Battle of the Bloat Part II: The Best Foods to BEAT the bulge

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Good Morning Loves,

This past week and a half has been terribly busy so I wasn’t able to post as I was working extremely hard closing out my fiscal year activities. However, no worries, I am still here serving you a different look into the life of the courageous and curvy. As promised, part II to beating the bulge is here.  Due to me missing a week, I will also dedicate this first week of October to several posts about PCOS and nutrition.  In the meantime, check out this list of foods that will snap you into shape if you are feeling puffed up and sluggish:

Bananas

Although bananas may feel heavy and a lot to consume, their high consistency of potassium help to reduce inflammation and water retention.

Cantaloupe 

Another potassium filled fruit is cantaloupe.  This not only is packed with the ability to help keep you trim but it also is good for hydration as it is packed with H2O, which will keep your body feeling fresh and energized.

Leafy Greens

Now I mentioned earlier that spinach fresh can make you bloat, but if blended down or cooked it actually cleans you completely out. This is also true for Kale as well; my other go to leafy green.  Other examples of bloat reducing leafy greens are Romaine Lettuce, Arugula, Collard Greens, and Swiss Chard.

Olive Oil

It has been scientifically proven that olive oil can help reduce stomach fat and ease bloating if ingested over a period of time.  Olive Oil contains a chemical called oleic acid, which helps break down fat in the body.

Artichokes

Artichokes have been linked to assist in proper digestion and ease the bloating of the stomach when eaten. NO not in the form of spinach and artichoke dip, which is fattening while delicious. Artichokes that are lightly steamed, sauteed, are the best way to receive benefits from them.

Avocados

These guac stars are filled with healthy, filling monounsaturated fat. Spread on whole-wheat bread for avocado toast, or slice up half an avocado and mix it into any salad

Fatty Fish

Those like salmon and mackerel are packed with healthy, filling omega-3 fatty acids, which are structural fats, not storage fats, so they’re less likely to be stored in a layer of belly fat

Cucumbers

These crunchy veggies have few calories and are natural diuretics, meaning they help flush out excess water weight

Berries

Hello, summer! Berries are full of fiber and antioxidants, plus they’re low-cal. Eat them solo or use them as a topping for yogurt or cereal.

Celery

Since it’s packed with water, celery helps your body flush out extra liquids, which makes your stomach appear flatter.

Asparagus

These stalks contain potassium, which helps remove excess fluids from your body. Eat them raw or sprinkle with salt, pepper, and olive oil and toss them on the grill.

Eggplant

This veggie is very low in sodium and high in water, so it helps fight bloat.

Watermelon

This red fruit is packed with water, so you can eat tons of it. And what’s more refreshing at the end of a summer barbecue?

Almonds

Almonds are loaded with protein, making them a great afternoon snack. Just be sure to stick with the natural kind, and limit yourself to a one-ounce serving (about a shot-glass worth).

Shrimp and Eggs

Both are packed with protein and are lean sources to indulge in. Although science advises from eating too many egg yolks, so egg whites are your better pick (which actually contain the same amount of protein as the yolk). Shrimp is  packed with keep-you-full protein and is super low in calories, so you can eat up until you’re satisfied without getting bloated.

Lemon Water

Drinking water (contrary to what you may think) helps to flush excess sodium and sugar from your body while the lemon helps to ease the digestive system. So this combo always wins.  Other citrus fruits that also work well are limes, grapefruits, oranges, and tangerines.

More foods to help beat the bloat can be found on webmd.com and at this article posted on redbook at http://www.redbookmag.com/body/healthy-eating/advice/g772/foods-that-reduce-bloating/?

 

Best Ways to Balance Your Hormones Naturally

Good Morning Lovlies,

In honor of PCOS awareness, today’s topic will be hormonal wellness. One of the underlying issues with PCOS is the inability to balance hormones to work for the body and not against it. When you go to the doctor, of course they try to throw all sorts of medication in your system in hopes that some cocktail of doses work. However, it usually takes a little more than the prescribed Metformin, Birth Control, and other medications to assist in keeping the body in balance with PCOS.

Through my journey, I really began focusing on my nutrition and ways that I can keep myself in check naturally while also on limited medication.  Here are some of the ways that I have researched and use to help maintain hormonal harmony:

Increase you intake of Omega-3 

Omega-3 fats are essential in maintaining optimal hormonal function. In fact, one of the major causes for weight fluctuations and gain is the over consumption of polyunsaturated fats (vegetable oils, peanut oils, soybean oils, etc.) These fats add layers of underlying fat to the body, preventing cells from functioning properly. However, the consumption of Omega-3 fats, do the exact opposite for cellular and hormonal function. Fats such as Coconut Oil is amazing for hormone health. It is known to assist in hormone production, assist in weight loss, and reduce inflammation.  Other quality sources of fats include avocados, animal fats, olive oil, grass fed meats, pastured eggs, real butter (not margarine) and raw dairy. Quality seafood is also very important, as it is nature’s best source of naturally occurring Omega-3s.

 Limit the Caffeine

I know that we as an American people love our Starbuck’s but too much caffeine can actually send the body into hormonal distress.  Another area too much Caffeine impacts is blood sugar regulation. For me, that is essential, because I am insulin resistant, so anything I can do to minimize blood sugar spikes is key. Replacing with Herbal Teas is so much more beneficial, and keeps your body at peace.

Get Optimal Rest

In a nation that almost never sleeps or takes adequate breaks, it is essential that if you are suffering with hormonal disorders that you find ways to sleep. It is almost like an Oxymoron with PCOS because many sufferers experience insomnia spells. What has assisted me is natural supplements such as spearmint tea, Inositol combined with Choline, and Melatonin.  I try now to get at least 6 hours in order to keep my body at perfect peace and to maintain consistent hormonal function.

Exercise, Exercise, and again EXERCISE

It is more than just losing weight for PCOS sufferers, exercise regulates the body and assists in cellular function.  I always notice when I stop exercising for a while….my skin gets dry, my hair gets brittle and my sleep patterns get thrown off. Exercise for me is a must, even if its just 20 minutes a day, I have to get some form of activity in.

Buy Organic Meat and Produce

In the past, I have been criticized for the level of money I spend on grocery and where I shop. However, IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) is a real side effect for many with PCOS.  In a previous post I spoke on bloating (I still have to do Part II to that post), and what also has helped me is getting my meat and produce primarily from Farmer’s Market’s.  Digestive Health is so essential because so much gets trapped in your gut that harms you. Toxins, Chemicals, and other unnatural disturbances really impact your quality of life more than you know. I always say the purer the better in terms of nutrition.

Supplement, Supplement, and Supplement

So sadly, when you suffer from Endocrine Disorders, many times you have deficiencies in needed vitamins and minerals needed for optimal health. For me I suffer with Vitamin D, Iron, and Vitamin B deficiencies. Each of these Vitamins are essential, especially the B Vitamins as they are known to regulate metabolism, cell function, and energy levels. Two of the most significant factors with PCOS is that you are constantly tired, lethargic, and have very sluggish weight-loss.  In-taking a series of Vitamin B Complex truly does assist with that. I currently take 3,000mg of Biotin, 1,000mg of Choline/Inositol and a Daily Energy B Complex.  My body feels wonderful once I pop these in. In addition, if you are on Metformin, it is a known side effect that it depletes Vitamin B from your system. D3 and Folic Acid are also two of my other favorites as well. I try to take 1,000mg of each a day as well. Many may ask why don’t I just take a multivitamin, well for the most part, I get the rest of my nutrition through the foods I eat. I mainly focus on what I know for a fact my blood-work shows I lack.

I also season many of my foods with cinnamon, tumeric, ginger, and cumin, cayenne, garlic, as all are known to help with hormonal function over time. Diet is so important with PCOS and in life in general.  It really makes the largest impact on your symptoms when done right.

Lastly, I drink Spearmint tea due to its ability to help reduce hirsutism. It helps to reduce the androgen production and causes hair growth to lessen in those who suffer with abnormal hair growth like myself. Carbohydrate maintenance also plays a major role as well.

I hope you enjoyed this informational session and even if you don’t have PCOS maybe something here will help you feel more balanced and whole :).

With Love,

LoLo