One of the hardest things about PCOS is being put in temptation situations. These situations seem like fun events, and most people don’t even think twice about them. I’m talking about parties, (including birthday celebrations, weddings, baby showers, baptisms, holiday parties, etc.) sporting events, happy hours, and going out to eat with friends.
While most people enjoy these events, I tend to dread them because I know I will be putting my willpower to the test. I do best when I avoid situations that will sabotage my hard work. However, I am not going to miss out on events because of my PCOS. I still want to live my life and have fun. I have learned how to navigate these situations and want to share my tips with you. I hope they help you!
One of the most important things is to plan and prepare ahead of time. If you know that you will be going somewhere and that you won’t be able to eat at home, you should bring your own healthy snacks with you. When I go out, I think about how long I will be out, and if it is going to be a substantial amount of time, I pack a few snacks in my bag. That way I am not subject to hunger pangs, and it prevents me from stopping at the closest drive thru to refuel on junk. Pack snacks that are portable such as fruit, nuts, and veggies. Don’t forget a bottle of water too! I have no shame taking out my snack while I am out shopping and in fact, you might even see me munching on my carrot sticks while I peruse the aisles of Target.
My second tip involves dining out. While it is better to eat at home because you can control the calories and the ingredients, there will be circumstances when you find yourself out at a restaurant. My best advice would be to know where you are going ahead of time. This way you can look over the menu before you get there. A lot of restaurants will list the nutrition and calorie counts next to the dish. This is very helpful and can help guide your decision-making process. When in doubt, choose a lean protein and veggies. Stay away from fried dishes, pasta, potatoes, starches, and, unfortunately, the desserts. These items will not only make your blood sugar spike, but they will also pack on the extra calories. Unfortunately for women with PCOS, we can’t just walk off these extra calories like normal people and expect to be fine. Here is also something to keep in mind; some of these dishes at restaurants can contain an entire day’s amount of calories in one meal. YIKES!
Lastly, when it comes to parties, do not fast (or skip meals earlier in the day). This sets you up to overeat. Since you are hungry, your body is less likely to know when to stop eating because it missed the previous signals. Try to keep your portions small and if there are healthier choices at the party, make sure you have larger portions of them. If you can abstain from all of the junk, you will do and feel better. However, if there is something you really want, have a small serving or split it with someone else. Just remember that you are working hard to keep the weight off and to manage your symptoms.
Personally, I have adopted the motto: Nothing tastes as good as looking good feels! For a long time, I thought this line was a load of crap until I have experienced it. I work hard every day to make healthy choices and to exercise and to achieve the results that I have. I don’t want to throw away all of that hard work and effort. Trust me; I have earned everything that I have achieved. It is that feeling that helps me say no to temptations and to stay the course.
Temptations are all around us every day. You don’t have to look very hard to find something that will quickly sabotage all of your hard work. However, it is important to learn how to navigate certain situations so that you can still enjoy the activities you like to do without any of the negative effects.
I hope you find these tips helpful. How do you manage temptation situations?