Almond Flour Thumbprint Cookies

I have been wanting to learn how to be more resourceful with Almond Flour.  It can be difficult to bake with alternative gluten free flours, because they absorb and bake different than regular flour.

Earlier this week I was having a sweet tooth and wanted to try my hand at almond flour cookies.  I have been craving thumbprint cookies (not sure why) and have been looking through Pinterest to find the right recipe that doesn’t involved me going to the store 🙂

I finally found a recipe from #Bakerita, and it was just what I needed! —>Recipe

These cookies were super simple and easy to make!

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The recipe says to roll the dough into a ball and then chill for 30 minutes to 24 hours. However, since I was planning on baking them right away, I rolled them into balls immediately and then chilled them for 45 minutes.

I used my own homemade strawberry jam as the filling and it was perfect (because there is nothing more perfect than homemade jam!!)!

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Sweet Tooth satisfied!

love, hannah jane

PCOS and Lifestyle Realities

A couple of aspects that are hard with having PCOS is accepting that my body doesn’t accept and digest certain foods the way it use to, and “cheat days” are NOT worth it.

I have read and studied 1,000’s of articles regarding eating lifestyles that are beneficial for PCOS, and about 99% of them say that adapting to a gluten free/dairy free lifestyle is best in treating the symptoms of PCOS.

When I was first diagnosed, I went full on gluten free/dairy free.  It wasn’t easy, but I kept thinking in my head, if I follow this lifestyle, I’m bound to lose weight and get pregnant.  I did lose a few pounds, but never got pregnant.

I would get so frustrated because PCOS had put weight on me, and it was hard to lose it, and the way my body holds the weight mixed with the symptoms of PCOS made me look pregnant and so I was regularly asked it I was pregnant….which I wasn’t.

Most who asked if I was pregnant had no idea I was struggling with PCOS and infertility so I couldn’t be mad at them (even though sometimes I wanted to) because they had no idea what was going on.

As a result, I would get down on myself and my situation and eat all things comfort food… which usually involved all things I shouldn’t be eating.

This resulted in my hormones being out of wack, me putting on more weight, and feeling even worse about myself.  Good job Hannah.

So for the last few years, my eating lifestyle has been an absolute roller coaster, to say the least.  Some months I’m proactively following the “PCOS Lifestyle,” and other months not so much.

I’m human.

I’m a human who struggles to take care of myself because it’s hard.

It’s hard to see other eat whatever they want and not gain weight.

It’s hard to look pregnant and not be able to get pregnant.

**Complaining rant over**

So here I am… again… trying to be better about my PCOS Lifestyle, remembering that because I’m human I can keep trying.

Trying to be better about taking care of my body.

Not justifying cheat days…knowing the next day I’ll be regretting it.

Taking it day by day.

Continuing to learn more about PCOS and eating lifestyles.

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER! (thanks Mom)

Food

So, to start this off right, I am going to share some of my favorite PCOS appropriate recipes that I make.

Quite often when I’m cooking, I think, “oh, I should share this,” and then I completely forget to take a picture and share it’s goodness because I am just so excited to enjoy the great meal I made…. I’m going to try and be better about that!

Please note that I am NOT a photographer, and so most of the pictures I take will look like an amateur took them… because an amateur did!

Happy PCOS eating!

love, hannah jane