EATING FOR HORMONAL BALANCE

WE ARE WHAT WE EAT!  Fruits and vegetables, whole grains, plant-based proteins (like beans and nuts), fatty fish, and fresh herbs and spices are THE ULTIMATE MEDICINE.  

We can affect our lives and our health so much simply by what we put into our mouths.  This is empowering truth!  We do have a say in the outcome of our health.  Yes, our genetics play a part, but the final word comes down to our choices, environments and lifestyles.  

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THE POWER OF FOOD IS SO REAL  that I have finally started recognizing the food-mood connection first in my body.  When I feel overly anxious or moody—you know, feeling that are usually labeled “HORMONAL” , instead of first looking to the circumstances outside of me, I look at what I have been eating or not eating.  I CAN make myself feel better quickly through nourishment.  FOOD is more powerful than any drug.  So what in the world do we eat??

I love this quote by Dr. Robynne Chutkan, gut guru:  “If you want to encourage the growth of good bacteria, heal inflammation, crowd out parasites, improve motility, get rid of belly fat, lose weight, eliminate yeast, dissolve gallstones, prevent diverticulosis, balance your pH, quiet down IBS, boost your energy, cut your risk of colon cancer in half, banish your bloat, and really glow from the inside out then the single most important thing you need to do is eat greens every single day.”  

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GREEN IS OUR BASE….LIKE THE GRASS THAT WE WALK ON—GREENS SUPPORT US AS WE MOVE THROUGH OUR WORLD. 

And specifically, for hormones (unless you have a thyroid condition), eat your broccoli!  Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, kale, cauliflower, bok choy, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, and kohlrabi contain a substance which is metabolized in the body to produce diindolylmethane (DIM).  This substance helps reduce and excrete excess estrogens and has been shown to have some anti-cancer effects, particularly for breast cancer.   Sulforaphane is a compound in cruciferous veggies that IS A ROCK STAR—it’s been proven to be an ALL OUT cancer destroyer.  Broccoli SPROUTS have an insane amount of this compound.  

Include phytoestrogens in your diet. Found in beans and bean sprouts, phytoestrogns are plant-based substances that can help balance your hormones naturally. 

Let me also specify, as a sidebar: I encourage you to buy organic food always, if possible…and at least, more often than not.  Besides being free of chemical pesticides that wreck our hormonal systems, the soil on an organic farm has more minerals than conventional farms.  This means that organic foods give our bodies more nutrients, micronutrients, and antioxidants than commercially grown foods. 

So, to put all of this information into practice, I encourage my clients to eat Nutrient Dense meals.  That means:  Empower yourself to choose the healthiest foods for your body. Your goal is to get the most nutrients you can from a single food. 

For example, an afternoon snack of nuts is a great and healthful choice, but is easy to overdo it with nuts, and you’ll be missing an opportunity to get some produce in. A great nutrient-dense snack is a Granny Smith apple and only 10-12 almonds. This snack is loaded with nutrients including fiber, heart-healthy fat, vitamins and minerals and will help to keep you satisfied until your next meal.

Make each meal and snack as nutritiously dense as you possibly can.  Add more veggies to every meal.  Snack on colorful berries.  Have veggies for breakfast, have a few vegetarian nights each week so that your proteins are plant based and loaded with micronutrients/PHYTONUTRIENTS.  

If we are not intentional AND AWARE about each food choice we make every day, we are going to experience hormonal breakdown.  

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 A hormonally balanced, disease-free, fit, trim, lean body will follow a clean diet….because those are just side effects of a system that is running in balance.  Sound too good to be true?  It’s NOT!  This scenario can and should be yours.  As always, if you need more help in this area, reach out to me for a personal consultation:  lori@lifebyloriz.com

Best,

Lori Z.