Balanced Hormones, Happy YOU

It’s October and the weather is turning cooler. With October comes a push to increase awareness and support to Breast Cancer (the disease, its survivors and those who are currently battling it) and its charities. A close friend of mine recently got a couple lumps removed that were Stage 1 - which makes the topic of women’s health that much more important to me. Since we are on the topic of women’s health, there are other things us ladies need to aware of. Our bodies are so intimately linked to our hormones that it is even more important for us to keep them in balance. Some of us ‘younger’ sisters don’t think about our hormones unless it is ‘that time of the month’ but it is important for us (too!) to get in touch with our bodies in order to keep ourselves healthy.

Do you know when your hormones are out of whack?? Do you know what can cause it??

Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalance

Pre-Menstrual Symptoms                                                                Low Libido

Weight Gain (belly fat)/Digestive Problems/Cravings                 Fatigue

Insomnia                                                                                            Mood Swings

Depression & Anxiety                                                                      Foggy Memory

Endometriosis                                                                                   Fibrosis

Vaginal Dryness                                                                               Hot Flashes & Night Sweats

That’s a lot of symptoms right?? And there are a lot of things that can throw off our balance. Skipping a meal. Stress. Nutrient Deficiencies (which are more common than we might think.) Medications. Birth Control Pills. Environmental pollutants. Toxins. Chemicals in our food, skincare products etc. It’s A LOT. BUT there are some habits you can get into to help your body maintain a happy, healthy balance!! Now, is not the time to give up and throw in the towel! Instead…

Start by reducing/eliminating these:

  • Sugar - this is a tough one because there is sugar even in places we would think there isn’t any!! But you can kick this habit! =>Start by becoming aware of how much sugar you are consuming daily (pay attention for 1 week) and the following week, start by cutting your usuals by half. Continue until you are down to nothing or very little. **NOTE - “Sugar-free” and “Low-Sugar” or any variation of that theme is NOT the way to go! To avoid disease we need to start reducing the chemicals we eat!

  • Wheat/Gluten - gluten is a protein in wheat and a few other grains that causes inflammation in the body and disrupts our hormones. Both inflammation and hormone disruption are the things we want to avoid. =>Start by eliminating white/‘whole wheat’ bread (the grains used in these are not ‘whole’ grains but are highly refined). Opt for Ezekiel/Manna bread and Brown Rice/Quinoa/Black Bean Pasta Noodles. Kelp Noodles are also a great option or you can make noodles out of Zucchini and other squashes!

  • Soy - whether it is isolated soy protein, soybean oil, soy milk, tofu or any of the other soy-based ‘cheeses’, all of it is full of toxins and carcinogens. Soy is high in phytoestrogens which mimic estrogen in our bodies. All the excess estrogen from these foods cause estrogen dominance which is the leading cause of breast cancer, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, infertility and low libido. Soy is also a powerful goitrogen (thyroid suppressant) and contains phytates, enzyme inhibitors, that block nutrient absorption. =>If you must eat Soy, opt for fermented soy products like miso, tempeh, natto or a naturally fermented soy sauce (tamari).

What to Eat for Balanced Hormones??

  1. Clean Protein - wild salmon and other wild-caught cold-water fatty fish; beans (always soaked 6-8 hours prior to cooking) and lentils; organic pastured-raised beef, chicken, turkey, etc; nuts (soaked/sprouted) and seeds; organic pasture-raised eggs (yolk and all!); quinoa.

  2. Healthy Fats - avocados, raw butter/ghee, coconut oil, nuts and seeds.

  3. Antioxidant-rich Vegetables - dark green veggies, brightly colored vegetables and even starchy veggies like sweet potatoes, various squashes, organic beets, artichokes, yucca and turnips.

  4. Healing Herbs and Spices - cumin, ginger root, cayenne pepper, ceylon cinnamon, turmeric and garlic and onions. **When you are using raw garlic let it sit for 15-20 minutes once you chop it to allow all the enzymes to be fully activated and be careful not to burn it!!

It’s a simple list but it is a great starting point. A healthy body means balanced hormones, a healthy weight, bright and clear skin, increased energy and many other benefits (psst… increased immunity too!). Fear isn’t and shouldn’t be a motivator but many times we are driven by our fear of being predisposed to certain illnesses. What if our motivation were to live a fuller, happier life? Improved quality of life - that’s my motivation for myself and my growing client-family.  

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Protect your Breasts

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and during this month emphasis is placed on raising money for breast cancer research. Advances have been made, like the identification of the BRCA-1 and BRCA-2 genes but there is always more to be done. There is one thing that is more important than research and raising funds - prevention!! Yep! PREVENTION! There are changes we can implement to protect ourselves and our loved ones from this cancer.

Diet and lifestyle are very important but too many they are also easy to overlook. A lot of my clients have the same complaint - ‘it is hard to eat right’. And it can be. In this city, we are often so busy that we forget to eat and then we choose unwisely because we are in a rush. Since it is so easy to make unwise choices when it comes to the food we eat, it is that much more important to learn how to choose well and choose the most nutritious foods above all others.

Choose these Cancer-Fighting Foods

  • Beans and Lentils - are rich fiber, folic acid and lignans. A Harvard Nurse’s Study found that those who consume beans and lentils at least twice a week are 24% less likely to get breast cancer than those who consume these less than once a week. Aim for 1 cup, 3-4 times per week.
  • Cruciferous Vegetables - like cabbage, kale, cauliflower, broccoli, brussels sprouts, watercress, arugula are rich phytochemicals - sulforaphanes and endals - that are potent anti-breast cancer agents. Eat these raw, lightly stir-fried in coconut oil or lightly steamed for maximum benefits. Aim for 2-3 cups a day!

  • Oranges -  rich in cancer fighting vitamin C and folic acid and provide every known class of anti-cancer phytochemicals. A great choice for a mid-afternoon snack.

  • Carotenoid-rich Veggies - like yellow and orange bell peppers, carrots, spinach, collards, sweet potatoes provide cancer protection. Light cooking increases the bio-availability of these powerful carotenoids. Mix these up with your cruciferous veggies!

  • Plums and Peaches - the antioxidants in organic plums and peaches rival those found in blueberries and may help kill breast cancer cells while keeping healthy cells intact. Snack on these to satisfy your sweet tooth!

  • Walnuts - may thwart the growth of breast cancer cells according to research found in the journal Nutrition and Cancer. Aim for 2 ounces a day.

  • Wild Salmon - is rich in Omega 3 fatty acids which help reduce inflammation, which is thought to contribute to breast cancer. Eat wild salmon or another cold-water fatty fish 2-3 times a week.

  • Parsley and Celery - are rich in a phytochemical, apigenin, which might actually inhibit cancer-cell growth - according to University of Missouri scientists. Garnish your meals with fresh chopped parsley and celery daily.  

There is no magic solution to breast cancer but if a healthy diet can help keep you cancer free isn’t it worth the effort? According to Cheryl L. Rock, Ph. D., R.D., a University of California professor of family and preventative medicine “A woman can cut her chance of cancer by as much as two-thirds with good nutrition and weight management.” What are you waiting for?? Think Pink and protect your breasts by incorporating these foods into your daily routine! 

Peach-Mango Chia Cacao Smoothie

½ banana

1 cup organic peaches, frozen

1 cup mango, frozen

1 handful organic spinach

2 tbsp raw cacao powder

2 tbsp chia seeds

2 cups unsweetened almond milk

=>Blend well until desired consistency is achieved and enjoy!!

If you found this post helpful, feel free to share it with your friends and share your progress too! & if you’re up for it - schedule a Self-discovery Session with me at https://www.timetrade.com/book/B6X4N