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If you are not new here, then you know that I try to eat a low-glycemic diet full of vegetables as a way of treating my PCOS naturally.

(Side note: I went in for a checkup on my condition for the first time in two years — I know, very long overdue — and I am happy to report that my condition is normalized! My testosterone levels, both total and free, have been greatly reduced, my female-related hormones are at optimal levels and I am able to lose weight easily. All in all, I have been able to treat myself without any medications using food, drink and exercise. More to come on my treatments soon!)

However, I still have a sweet tooth that I inherited from my father. According to our taste buds, sugar is not only a food group, it is the most important one. It has been a hard-waged battle forcing myself eat vegetables when all my body wanted was one measly cookie. Stevia has been a godsend for me in my daily life when making smoothies and beverages, but it just doesn’t cut it for baking. Enter the low-glycemic chocolate sweet potato brownie recipe.

For those times, when you need a sweet treat, just bare in mind that you can satisfy your need for sugar while sticking to low-glycemic diet. Believe me (or your own taste buds), you will not miss out on any fudgy brownie flavor baking these instead of traditional flour-and-sugar-based brownies. Your body will just be less inflamed and happy with you.

I usually try to stick to raw recipes in order to keep the glycemic index low. That’s because the glycemic index of a food is raised when it cooked. However, raw recipes usually call for high levels of fat and/or sugars in addition to baking. I find this recipe to be a happy medium of fat, sugar and baking.

Also, steaming sweet potatoes has the least effect on the glycemic index of sweet potatoes. Although boiling them is also an option for sweet potatoes. There is a lot of discussion on the topic of the effects of steaming vs. boiling on the glycemic index and glycemic load of a vegetable. This is far too esoteric for most people (like me) who just want to bake a dessert. On the whole, boiling gelatinizes a vegetable more making it more starchy and therefore higher in the glycemic index. Steaming gelatinizes a vegetable less thereby raising the glycemic index of a vegetable less than that of the boiling cooking method. But, steaming does raise the glycemic index of a vegetable. I happen to have a great crockpot that also doubles a steamer, so I tend to steam vegetables rather than boil them. However, cook how you are able to and like to do.

In this recipe, the glycemic index of the sweet potato will rise once baked, so we are just trying to mitigate the unhealthy affects with the ingredients, cooking methods and the duration of cooking. It’s not perfect, but a baked tasty treat is okay on occasion. We can eat raw treats for other times. And did I also mention that this recipe is gluten-free?

To prepare this low-glycemic chocolate sweet potato brownie recipe, you will first need to slice the sweet potatoes and steam (or boil) them for about 15 minutes or until they are tender enough to glide a knife through. No need to steam beyond that.

Steamed sweet potatoes

In a separate bowl, add the liquid coconut oil, room-temperature eggs and vanilla extract. If you are using honey instead of brown sugar, add it here and mix.

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In a separate bowl, add the raw cacao or cocoa, coconut flour, baking soda, cinnamon and sea salt. If you are using brown sugar instead of honey, add it here and mix.

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Once the sweet potatoes are cooled, beat them until until it has a smooth consistency free of bumps.

Pour the sweet potato mixture into the wet ingredient mixture. Thoroughly combine until smooth.

Pour the dry mixture to the wet mixture.

Mix until you have a smooth consistency free of bumps.

Pour the batter evenly into the greased pan. Bake in the oven for approximately 30 minutes or until you can stick a knife into it cleanly.

Once baked all the way through, remove the brownies from the oven and set aside to cool. Once cooled, cut the brownies into squares and enjoy.

I think that these brownies pair well with a tall glass of almond milk, but to each his own. Full instructions, including ingredient portions are below. Enjoy!

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Low Glycemic Chocolate Sweet Potato Brownies
A low-glycemic chocolate brownie recipe that satisfies your satisfy your chocolate craving.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
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Prep Time 30 minutes
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  1. Grease an 8 x 8 round baking pan and set aside. Pre-heat the oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Slice the sweet potatoes into half inch slices and place into a steamer. Steam the slices for roughly 15 minutes or until a knife can easily glide through the sweet potatoes. Once steamed, remove the sweet potatoes from the steamer and place a bowl to cool.
    Steamed sweet potatoes
  3. Melt the coconut oil either by running the bottle under warm water or by heating it in a bowl in the microwave. Make sure that the eggs are room temperature. If they are cold, the coconut oil will harden when the ingredients come into contact.
  4. In a bowl, combine the wet ingredients. Add the coconut oil, eggs and vanilla extract. If you are using honey instead of brown sugar, add it to the mixture. Mix until combined.
    low-glycemic-sweet-potato-chocolate-brownies-wet-ingredients
  5. In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Add the raw cacao or cocoa, coconut flour, baking soda, cinnamon and sea salt. If you are using brown sugar instead of honey, add it as well. Mix until combined.
    low-glycemic-sweet-potato-chocolate-brownies-dry-ingredients
  6. Once the sweet potatoes are cooled, beat them until until it has a smooth consistency free of bumps.
    mashed sweet potatoes
  7. Pour the sweet potato mixture into the wet ingredient mixture. Thoroughly combine until smooth.
    low-glycemic-sweet-potato-chocolate-brownies-wet-ingredients
  8. Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture and combine until smooth.
    low-glycemic-sweet-potato-chocolate-brownies-mixture
  9. Pour the batter evenly into the greased pan. Place it into the oven and bake for approximately 30 minutes or until a knife can cut into the brownies cleanly.
    low-glycemic-chocolate-sweet-potato-brownies
  10. Once baked, remove the pan from the oven and set it aside to let cool. Once cooled, cut the brownies into squares and enjoy with (almond) milk.
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There are many dances at a wedding. The first dance between the newlywed husband and wife is and will always be the pinnacle of the wedding dances. Second to that is arguably the father of the bride dance with his newlywed daughter. The pair have many moments throughout the wedding day, which highlight the love and dynamic unique to their relationship. Throughout the wedding, the father of the bride informally and formally gives away his daughter to her new husband. However, the only purpose of this dance, which follows the dance between the newlywed husband and wife, is the celebration of the love of the father-daughter relationship. There is not act of giving away the bride, which would bring bittersweet feelings. This is just a moment for a father and his daughter to dance on one of the most anticipated days of their lives.

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The father and daughter enjoy knowing that regardless of life changes, including this recent marriage, that this natural bond is eternal. The crowd looks on observing a man who loves the bride timelessly and unconditionally. It would be difficult to gauge which loves the bride more.

father of the bride dance

This is a significant and memorable moment not only in the wedding, but in the lives of the father of the bride and his daughter. It is for this reason that brides have diligent difficulty choosing the most apt song for the occasion. This moment has the ability to reveal the depth of the father-daughter relationship, which is why it should be captured on camera. Depict the timeless relationship between the father of the bride and his daughter and all of the emotions that accompany it as she enters wifehood. This will create a wonderful photo, which will leave you with a lasting memento to pass on to future generations.

For more wedding photo musts, check out our previous posts:

photos of faith ~ the mother of the bride with the bride ~ bride and groom photo ideas ~ the groom’s first look ~ the father of the bride’s first look ~ the blindfolded kiss before the ceremony ~ the bride’s something blue ~ the bride and groom holding hands before the ceremony ~ the first kiss as husband and wife ~ wedding photos with grandparents ~ the wedding ceremony recessional ~ the bridesmaids ~ the ring bearer and flower girl ~ the first dance ~ the bride and groom getting ready ~ the wedding reception entrance ~ the wedding day love note exchange ~ the father of the groom with the groom ~ the mother of the groom with the groom

Photos @ Style Me Pretty ~ The Wedding Chicks ~ Green Wedding Shoes ~ Bridal Guide ~ Ruffled ~ Pinterest

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Hair loss and brittle hair is an all too real struggle for me due to my PCOS diagnosis. Like other women with PCOS, I suffer from regular hair loss and brittle hair. It is difficult for me to grow my hair at all unless I follow a disciplined low-glycemic diet full of plenty of leafy greens and regular juicing. Even with that regimen, I am lucky for my hair to grow at half of the rate of that of women without medical issues. Sufferers of PCOS are not alone in this predicament. Anyone suffering from hormonal or adrenal issues probably has some issues with hair breakage and loss. Some women with no hormonal problems may also be prone to hair breakage and loss due to genetics or nutrition. If you are feeling the same pains as me, you may be able to treat your hair naturally and cheaply using home remedies for fragile hair.

As you may have noticed from reading other posts, my mantra is natural treatment. If you can heal what ails you using something from the kitchen cabinet, then try it first. This remedy will likely be the cheapest and least noxious for your body. In fact, your body may even receive some ancillary benefits from the treatment. After trying many recommended treatments in varying amounts, many bouts of my own trial and error, and loads of patience, I believe that have found perfected my routine of naturally treating my hair using these home remedies for fragile hair.

For this hair treatment, you will coconut oil and coffee grounds. The coffee grounds can be used or fresh. I personally like to save coffee grounds left over after making a batch of cold brew coffee. It is enough not only for a hair treatment, but for a body scrub as well. For a hair mask only, you will need no more than 4 tablespoons of dry coffee grounds. For the coconut oil treatment, you will most likely use no more than 4 tablespoons as well. You may use less depending on your hair length.

When my hair was at its worst, I began using the coconut oil treatment first. This added hydration, which stemmed my hair loss. Once my hair follicles were stronger, I began making using coffee masks to reduce breakage. If you having issues with both hair loss and breakage, begin with the coconut oil hair mask. In addition to using these home remedies for fragile hair, I also recommend washing and conditioning your hair every other day. I reduced my hair washing and condition to every other day in order to mitigate stripping my hair of its natural oils with shampoo and conditioner.

The coconut oil will add vitamins, minerals and the medium-chain fatty acids to your scalp and hair. It will make your hair stronger and more hydrated. You can also treat dandruff with this hair mask as well.

Coconut Oil Treatment for Hair Loss

  1. Bring a bottle of coconut oil into the shower. Let the heat of the shower melt the coconut oil into a liquid.
  2. Once a few tablespoons of coconut oil have melted, pour the coconut oil directly onto your damp hair. Or, pour some into your hand and massage it into your hair.
  3. Massage the coconut oil into your scalp for at least two minutes. This will stimulate blood circulation to aid in hair health and growth. It will also help treat dandruff and dry scalp issues.
  4. Coat your hair in a thin layer of coconut oil from root to tip.
  5. Leave the shower. Put your hair up in a loose bun. If you have a shower cap, cover your head with it. Otherwise, drape a hand towel over your shoulders to catch dripping.
  6. Let the coconut oil mask sit for at least an hour. The longer that you let it sit, the more nutrients your hair will absorb and the more effective the mask will be.
  7. Hop in the shower and rinse the hair mask off. Shampoo your hair to fully rinse out the oil.

Use this mask at least once per week to reduce hair loss and eventually improve hair growth. Once your hair hair loss has been stemmed, move on to the coffee mask. Do not use this mask on same day that you use the coffee mask. In my experience, it is best to give your scalp and hair time to absorb the nutrients of a mask for at least one day before moving onto the next.

Coffee adds to strengthen hair and stimulate hair growth. Coffee blocks Dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which causes hair follicle damage. This improves the strength of existing hair follicles. The caffeine also stimulates hair follicles, which improves the hair of hair follicles. The darker the coffee, the more nutrients it offers. Be aware that your body absorbs a great deal of caffeine when you use this hair mask, so it may keep you awake if you use it at night. Unfortunately, caffeine is harmful for your body when you have PCOS. So, if you suffer from PCOS, there needs to be a balance.

Coffee Treatment for Hair Breakage

  1. After shampooing your hair, coat your hair from root to tip in coffee grounds. Massage the coffee into your hair to ensure that it is thoroughly coated.
  2. Leave the shower. Put your hair up in a loose bun. If you have a shower cap, cover your head with it. Otherwise, drape a hand towel over your shoulders to catch dripping.
  3. Let the coffee mask sit for at least 30 minutes. The longer that you let it sit, the more nutrients your hair will absorb and the more effective the mask will be. Be aware that your body will absorb caffeine as long as you are wearing the mask.
  4. Hop in the shower and rinse the hair mask off. Condition your hair to add hydration after using the mask.

Use this mask at least once per week to reduce hair breakage and stimulate hair growth. Do not use this mask on same day that you use the coconut oil mask. In my experience, it is best to give your scalp and hair time to absorb the nutrients of a mask for at least one day before moving onto the next.

Bonus: If you have extra coffee grounds, you can scrub your face and body with it. Coffee is great for fighting cellulite, loose skin and wrinkles. It is an effective scrub for your face and fatty areas.

You should see a significant improvement in your hair and scalp health after just one treatment of each hair mask. They are the most effective hair masks that I have used. Coincidentally, they also happen to be the cheapest hair masks that I have used. Each hair mask offers plenty of nutrients with little to no downside. Use them regularly and let us know in the comments how well it works for you.

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I am somewhat of a tea fanatic. It helps me avoid quaffing sugary beverages while sitting at a desk for eight hours like most office dwellers. My choice in teas also helps me treat my PCOS (more to come on that later). I drink at least four cups of various teas everyday, and there are some days where I drink more tea than plain water. I routinely begin the day with green tea and switch to spearmint tea among other teas in the afternoon. The low and steady dose of caffeine in green tea provides continuous energy sans energy drop off, while tisanes provide an array of flavor options to keep my taste buds sated.

As I progressed in my tea drinking, I made the customary leap from bagged to loose leaf teas. Buying loose leaf teas means buying higher quality teas, that have shorter shelf lives, in bulk. If you do not store it properly, then you are going to make an expensive and stale mistake. In order to preserve its shelf life, tea should be stored in an airtight container and away from light as much as possible. Most tea shops bag loose teas in paper or plastic bags. If the store is courteous or well-versed in tea, they may provide a vacuum-sealed bag of tea. If you want to stretch out the use of your tea as long as possible, you will need to move it from the shop’s container into your own.
diy tea storage

This collection is only a sample of teas that I had been drinking the past few weeks. I have a whole box on top of this.

For me personally, my collection of teas was growing handily, but they were all still sitting in plastic bags slowly but surely taking over what meager space I had on my already cramped desk. For the sake of sanity and getting my money’s worth, I spent an hour one Saturday morning creating reusable DIY tea storage jars.

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Reusable DIY Tea Storage Tutorial

To do this, you will need a few lidded jars, chalk spray paint (or chalk paint, chalk and some expendable newspaper or magazines. I personally used four-ounce mason jars, because they easily stack in small spaces.

diy tea storage

First, lay the lids of the jars on the newspaper or magazine. Coat them well with the chalk spray paint and leave them to dry for at least 30 minutes. You may need to apply two coats depending the strength of the chalk paint.

diy tea storage

diy tea storage

Once the lids have dried, make sure that you can screw them onto the jars and write on them using chalk. If the paint chips, add another coat and let it dry for at least one hour. If you do not run into issues, then wipe down the underside of the lids and dry them before placing tea in the jar. Once dry, fill your jars with tea and label accordingly.

diy tea storage

My small desk is less crowded and my tea is properly stored now. A small change makes a big difference when you are short on space. I love being able to stack 20 tea choices on my desk with no added clutter. The chalk name tags also makes the jars easy to reuse when I buy new teas.

If you try this DIY tea storage idea, let us know how it goes in the comments below.

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