A Secret Key to balancing your Hormones is by maintaining healthy blood sugar. Changing the Foods you EAT will bring healthy balance to your hormones and blood sugar levels! Implementing Healthy Food choices such as- Lean Meat, Salmon, Chicken breast, Eggs Foods such as yogurt, beans, fresh vegetables, nuts and seeds. Will not only bring balance to your hormones, you will feel healthier, happier and have more energy.
What are Hormones & their Role?
Hormones are glands found in what is known as your endocrine system. These series of glands are what regulate your metabolism, growth, physical development, tissue function, sexual function, reproduction, sleep, and mood, among other things. These hormones are slowly released to send messages to assist with these various functions.
Disruption of Hormone Glands causes you to -Feel Terrible: Moody, Sad, Afraid, Anxious, Angry and you have difficulty coping with every day living.
How Food effects your Hormone Balance
How many times have you heard about your hormones being out of balance, yes it is quite common. However even though there may be times for the contraceptive pill or HRT one of them isn’t necessarily to balance hormones.
1. Changing your Eating & Drinking Habits will Balance to your Hormones
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.
2. Plant Based Diet
First commence to implement a diet being of 75% – 85% plant based, 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”
3. Processed Foods are Hormone Disruptors
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, When we talk about processed foods and their detriment to your health it is about the way in which they are processed as well as the fact that once a food is processed the nutritional value of that particular food is diminished. Your body needs a high nutritional count each day from fresh whole foods that have no to minimal processing.
Making Better Dietary Choices
- Dairy, Wheat & Gluten You may well decide to eliminate dairy, wheat and gluten from your diet, as these are known to cause digestive problems and also can lead to further health conditions such as thyroid imbalance, heart and circulatory problems. You can replace your dairy with goats products, soy and also almond milk. To eliminate wheat and gluten, you then choose wheat and gluten free products. One of the best brands here is Orgran. Orgran have a line of products that are both vegan and vegetarian friendly.
- Fats Your Body Needs a small percentage of your Diet to be of Fats. However these need to be what is known as Good Fats. Good Fats aid healthy nutrient absorption, nerve transmission, maintaining cell membrane integrity whilst supporting healthy heart and circulation. These include:
•Monounsaturated Fats Monounsaturated fats (MUFAs) lower total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol) while increasing HDL cholesterol (the good cholesterol). Nuts including peanuts, walnuts, almonds and pistachios, avocado, canola and olive oil are high in MUFAs. MUFAs have also been found to help in weight loss, particularly body fat.
•Polyunsaturated Fats Polyunsaturated fats also lower total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol. Seafood like salmon and fish oil, as well as corn, soy, safflower and sunflower oils are high in polyunsaturated fats. Omega 3 fatty acids belong to this group
- Protein 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 include as many vegetables as possible into your daily diet. Eat at least two to three in their raw state such as carrot, capsicum, cucumber, tomatoes, salad greens, onion, mushrooms then in addition your cooked vegetable including zucchini , sweet corn, kale, pumpkin, broccoli, sweet potato and cauliflower etc. With Kale and Broccoli just steam lightly for 4 – 5 minutes.
(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 it is important to eat fresh, unprocessed fruit in it’s raw state for maximum health benefits. Include in your daily eating regime fruit such as red apples, bananas, pears, kiwi fruit, red grapes (in minimal quantity), grapefruit, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and rockmelon, honey dew, just to name a few.
- 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.
- Sugar – Sugar is really a no, no in any shape or form, it can significantly be reduced by minimalizing your intake of processed foods, eliminating processed juices, milk and soft drinks.
- Grains – Grains are a great way to increase your protein and vitamin intake. The best grains are Quinoa, Brown Rice, Lentils, Wild Rice, Millet and Buckwheat. If you find that grains are difficult for your digestion a great way to have them is ground using them in vegetable bakes and flour for cakes, bread etc.
- Eggs – Free Range eggs, cook these for maximum health benefits; best ways of cooking are either poached or scrambled