Strawberry Poppy Seed Dressing and My PCOS Story

Strawberry Poppy Seed Dressing

This post that talks about my struggle with PCOS, how I have changed my diet to help before, and a recipe for strawberry poppy seed salad dressing. This is one of the recipes I’ll be using to get back on track again.

The content matter in blog is no substitute for dietary or medical advice. If you have, or think you might have, health issues relating to dietary or hormonal struggles consult with your doctor.

Strawberry Poppy Seed Dressing

Ever since I can remember I have wanted to be a mother.

I was that kid. The one who always has to play “House” and always has to be the mom. I had numerous dolls. I aways has them in strollers, and I was always taking care of them.

Strawberry Poppy Seed Dressing

Once I got married to my husband I was eager to begin my little family, and I felt very strongly that I needed to start soon. So, after waiting only a short while, my husband and I agreed we could go ahead and start trying.

Some people think it’s crazy to have children so early. However, for our particular situation it turned out to be a very fortunate decision, because something was wrong.

We weren’t getting pregnant.

It got to a point where I would start getting sick with worry and jealousy when I saw other people’s children. I hated looking at Facebook. I hated seeing my friends who seemed to get pregnant so easily. I spent many hours crying and feeling so very very alone.

After a year of unsuccessfully trying, we visited our doctors and began taking the routine tests and screenings.

During an ultrasound test for me, the technician stared at the screen for a long time, then left the room and didn’t come back for a while. That was my first indication something  wasn’t right.

A few days later they let me know I had cysts on my ovaries, a condition referred to as PCOS. Now since that time, I’ve come across this condition in many other women and even some of my friends.  However, at this point, it was the first time I had ever heard of it.

PCOS stands for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, and basically when you have PCOS your insulin is hyperactive, your hormones are confused, and cysts can grow on your ovaries. It can come with a large amount of problems. One of them being infertility. For a more technical explanation you can visit here.

For me, it meant I was going to have a very hard time getting pregnant. My OBGYN presented me with several options. Most of them involving medications: Clomid, Metformin, some hormonal things I don’t remember the names of, etc.

Luckily my father is a physician and I was able to consult with him about what I should do. He advised that I wait on medication, try losing weight first, and avoid triggering my insulin.  This meant a very strict diet and consistent exercise.

Strawberry Poppy Seed Dressing

I began my entire process with a blessing from my father. To learn more about Mormons, blessings, and the amazing message we have to share visit here.

Then I began to change my diet.

I cut out bread and sugar. I also stayed away from things that were above a certain number on the glycemic index. I bought natural peanut butter, only had one banana a week, and ate my Jimmy Johns’ sandwiches wrapped in lettuce (they’re actually really good this way).

I had almost no experience in cooking with such a “limited” amount of ingredients and didn’t know how much was truly available to me. So basically, I had no recipes and was starving all the time.

Then of course for exercise, I started swimming and riding a stationary bike.

The whole process was extremely hard for me. I’m not known for my will power. However, whenever I felt like quitting the thought would come, “are you trading this for a baby? What is more important to you?”
So I would push my cart past the aisle with the cookies and the ice cream, I would swim the extra lap, and I would pray every night.

Needless to say, in a short while I lost a good chunk of weight.

Strawberry Poppy Seed Dressing

Using other resources such as books, the internet, and friendly advice we were eventually able to beat infertility and get pregnant! Feel free to comment with any questions about the literature or sites we found helpful.

We gave birth to a healthy baby girl a short while ago and I was never more grateful or humbled by the whole experience.

Because I was pregnant and then breastfeeding, for a while I was able to eat whatever I wanted. However, now  the baby hormones have worn off and I need to begin eating more strictly again.

Strawberry Poppy Seed Dressing

Now that I’m a little older and a little wiser I’ve collected a lot of delicious and diet friendly recipes. This salad is one of them.

Salad is not necessarily something I always enjoy. It has to have a good dressing, and this strawberry poppy seed dressing is amazing.

Strawberry Poppy Seed Dressing

I paired it with spinach leaves with a good helping of berries and pecans. Next time I’m going to throw some goat cheese on top as well. Here’s to being healthier and hopefully more babies in the future!

Strawberry Poppy Seed Dressing

Strawberry Poppy Seed Dressing

15 minutes

15 minutes

Yield: About 1 1/2 cups

Strawberry Poppy Seed Dressing

Here's What You Need:

  • 1/2 cup strawberry Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup chopped strawberries
  • 3/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon poppy seeds

Here's What You Do:

  1. In a blender, combine all the ingredients except the poppy seeds. (You can also use an immersion blender).
  2. Blend ingredients until smooth.
  3. Stir in poppy seeds.
  4. Serve over salad or veggies.


Keep in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

You can also double or triple recipe to make it family size.

Strawberry Poppy Seed Dressing

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  1. Thank you for sharing Mani. I hope that others are helped by what you have learned. And I am REALLY excited about this dressing! It sounds delicious!

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