Hormones are the slow release messengers to all the organs of your body.
When they are disrupted as you all know only too well: You Feel Terrible: Moody, Sad, Afraid, Anxious having difficulty coping.
Balancing your hormones may well be easier than what you think by following the detailed support for you
How many times have you heard about your hormones being out of balance, yes it is quite common.
By reducing your intake of sugar, especially processed foods that are high in sugar, these include prepacked meals, milk drinks, soda drinks, packaged cereals and breads. By helping our pancreas and insulin levels this will in turn help with balancing estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, cortisol, and thyroid that can lead to weight gain and diabetes.
First commence to implement a whole food diet, at the end of one week you will find that you will have more energy, you will think more clearly and your weight will begin to balance, if you are overweight you may even begin to lose weight. Your skin will feel and also look better; this is one of the first and most important steps to “Ageless Aging”
So Let’s Look at Why Not to Eat Processed Foods!!
The processing of foods exists along a continuum. Completely unprocessed foods are eaten in their raw, natural state. An example of a completely unprocessed food would be a raw carrot. Minimal processing makes some foods more convenient to eat. Examples of minimally processed foods would be cleaned fish, plucked chickens and butchered meat: Foods such as carrots, celery, cauliflower, broccoli, mushrooms, cucumber, radish can sliced for easy consumption without cooking, or you can have these foods cooked that are still considered unprocessed such as sweet potato, pumpkin, swede, turnips, parsnips, peas & beans etc. As the amount of processing increases, the food moves farther from its raw, natural state, often changing its taste, texture and depleting it’s nutritional value;
Some foods still need to have some processing, so let’s look at some foods that can also be introduced that have minimal processing therefore still having high nutritional value for us.
Soy, almond & oat milk needs some processing it is essential to choose organic and non-genetically modified
Making Different Choices
Dairy or Goat by Products
The only true unprocessed dairy food would be raw milk. Products made from raw milk are minimally processed.
Yoghurt is specifically cultured but when choosing sugar free, organic yoghurt this has the minimal processing.
Fats exist in a true unprocessed state only in their original form. Most fats require physical or chemical processing to be extracted as separate products. Butter, for example, must be separated from milk. Olives must be pressed or chemically treated to produce olive oil. The healthiest forms of fats our found in nuts such as almonds, walnuts and Brazil nuts: plus seeds
Like fats, most meats and fish require physical processing to make them ready to eat. Sashimi-grade seafood can be eaten raw in its most natural form, but is physically processed. This processing doesn’t detract from the nutritional value of the food.
Vegetables in their raw, natural state are unprocessed. Examples of unprocessed vegetables include carrots, tomatoes, potato, pumpkin, broccoli, sweet potato and cauliflower etc.
(Avoid totally if possible) Frozen vegetables may be cooked or blanched; canned vegetables are usually cooked in the can. Dried vegetables may or may not have been chemically treated. (Vegetables are best purchased in the fresh state with the majority of them having minimal cooking with potato, pumpkin needing a little longer.
Seaweed is usually cooked before packaging without chemicals therefore is beneficial to include with your diet.
Fruits in their raw, natural state are unprocessed. Examples of great fruits to include in your daily eating regime are red apples, bananas, pears, kiwi fruit, red grapes (in minimal quantity), grapefruit, and rockmelon, honey dew.
Fruit is much better for your health when eaten in the non-processed state.
Nuts and Seeds
Raw nuts and seeds are unprocessed. Many nuts and seeds, including Brazil nuts, pecans and cashews, are treated with heat during the shelling process, and roasted before being sold.
All sugar-containing plants, including sugar cane and beets, must be processed to extract the sugar as a separate product. Raw, unpasteurized honey is a source of unprocessed sugar. Commercially produced honey is typically processed before being sold. “Raw” sugar has been boiled and dried and may have colour added.
The least-processed grains are whole grains; however, many of them must be physically processed or heat-treated to make them edible, including brown rice.
Free Range eggs are unprocessed but should be cooked for maximum health benefits; best ways of cooking are either poached or scrambled
“Each step you put into place each day will lead to a Healthier, Happier YOU”
Empowering You to Optimal Health Julie Doherty N.D