Newbie with PCOS condition and confused?

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    Newbie with PCOS condition and confused?

    Hey, I'm new to Darebee and I'm just wondering where beginners should go to start out and also wondering if there are any diets that are cheap and easy to make that will help combat against my hormone condition?
    if anyone could help, that would be great as I'm not finding much help.

    Thanks!

    #2
    Hello SlothQueen, welcome to the Hive!

    Where you should start depends greatly on your fitness level. If you're new to working out or haven't done anything exercise-wise in a long time, most bees would recommend either The Foundation or The Foundation Light.

    My impression is that all the mealplans and recipes on Darebee are pretty budget-friendly and don't require great cooking skills. Diet isn't exactly my field of expertise and also not my strongest interest, so I hope other bees can point you in the right direction there

    I wish you a good start to your fitness journey and lots of fun in the Hive!

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      #3
      Thank you very much! @shieldmaiden

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        #4
        Welcome! I started working out with Darebee in Septembre 2018. I want to lose some weight and I want to get fit. I started with really easy stuff: Workouts from the Wellness section and the Posture-Challenge. Then I did the Foundation light program and currently I am doing the Foundation program. There are some good challenges for beginners like the Power Walk Challenge.
        In the Nutrition section there is an article called "Healthy eating on a budget", it is really good. And the vegetarian Modern Hero Mealplan is affordable too. Some of the challenges have sth. to do with healthy lifestyle and Nutrition: No sugar, Only homemade, Sleep, Water Challenge.

        Good luck and have fun!

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          #5
          Third vote for Foundation Light here - it has everything you need to get started. Then you can "graduate" to Foundation and after that you'll have 60 days of working out under your belt and will have a better sense of which program you may want to do next. I highly recommed the programs as they take the guesswork out of exercising. About the eating - I don't know what PCOS is, but Darebee has excellent articles on cooking on a budget and very easy-to-make meals in the recipe section. So my recommendation would be to just browse, see what looks interesting to you, and find out what you have to be aware of for your hormone thing. Here, my advice would be to not be intimidated and not make too big changes all of a sudden. It's easy to get into an all-or-nothing mindset with food, and I think it's better and more sustainable to improve your eating little by little rather than starting to follow a meal plan suddenly and possibly feeling lost. But that's just me.

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            #6
            Welcome SlothQueen ! When I started working out, I did Foundation Light, Foundation, and then 90 Days of Action. You certainly don't need to follow that, but I found that it kept me working out consistently. I also tried to go for a 30 minute walk two or three times a week when the weather was nice, and that helped too - nothing crazy, just a decent pace that would get my heart rate up but not leave me out of breath. The Walkabout Challenge is also great for upping your step-count and getting into a walking habit, if that's your thing.

            As a fellow PCOS sufferer, I can say that Ab Mealplan works well, but I imagine any of the others would, too, since they're all pretty flexible. I don't exactly know how the condition affects you, but for me, I tend to need a lot of protein, so I look for lower calorie - high protein options. Beans are actually pretty awesome for this, as are eggs, and both are relatively cheap. Eating a lot of vegetables also helps. Fresh is great, of course, but frozen can be cheaper and is just as good. I haven't come across a diet that really combats the hormone problem, but eating healthier, more vegetable-based meals in general certainly helps with some of the symptoms.

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