Balancing hormones can be a pretty tricky business.  We’re sharing just one simple, small hack that make a HUGE difference to get you started on the road to hormone harmony or the path to parenthood.  It’s a great tip that works well for women but also the guys.

 

Balancing Hormones

Hormones are like an orchestra, which means one instrument out of whack and the whole bloomin’ symphony can suffer. It’s similar with hormones, where an imbalance in one hormone can have a domino effect and impact others.  That’s why balancing hormones can be a little tricky.

It’s also one of the reasons we work holistically at Life and Cycles. We treat you as a whole, unique person, not just a set of particular, physical symptoms or a diagnosis or whatever label people have tried to pin on you.

But back to the hack…

 

Number 1 Tip for Balancing Hormones

Our tip helps balance blood sugar, balance hormones, balance moods and reduces the risk of riding the rollercoaster of energy from wired to tired.  It is useful for women and men alike and you can apply this to your kids too.

Drumroll please.

It’s this …

Quality protein + healthy fats + good carbs /fibre = healthy meal or snack.

 

I told you it was simple. It’s also very powerful.

Apply this to all meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner – and to snacks if you need snacks. For adults, if you eat a blood-sugar balancing meal, you might find yourself snacking far less.  Goodbye doughnuts and chocolate bars.

Please eat breakfast and don’t skip meals, if you want to balance blood sugar, energy, moods and improve hormone health.

Balancing Hormones With Quality Protein

When I say “quality” protein, I don’t mean turkey twizzlers, a Maccie D’s burger or sugar-laden baked beans.

I mean:-

  • Grass-fed meat, ideally organic and not factory farmed. Labels of happy-looking cows in fields can be very deceiving. Factory farmed animal products can have antibiotics, growth hormones and other nasties in them.
  • Pastured and free range poultry, ideally organic.
  • Free range or organic eggs. Again, a label suggesting happy hens, doesn’t mean they weren’t battery farmed.
  • Wild, line caught fish and shellfish.
  • Beans, peas, lentils and chickpeas.
  • Organic dairy.
  • Fermented organic soy products like tempeh or miso.  Avoid most soy, as it’s often genetically modified and heavily processed.
  • Nuts and seeds.
  • Quinoa and buckwheat.

 

Protein helps keep us fuller for longer and we need it for growth and repair.

 

Balancing Hormones With Healthy Fats

The whole “fat risks heart disease” and “eat low fat for weight loss”  shizzle has been debunked. It’s really old hat now.

We need good fats to function. Our brains are mostly made from fat!  Many of our hormones are made from good fats.

Good fats include:-

  • Avocado.
  • Butter and ghee. Yes, margarine is a close relation to plastic! Eat real, grass-fed butter.
  • Extra virgin olive oil.
  • Coconut oil.
  • Oily fish like wild salmon, mackerel and sardines.
  • Nuts and seeds.
  • Free range eggs
  • Grass-fed, organic beef
  • Full fat, organic dairy.

 

Balancing Hormones With Carbs/Fibre

I’m not one of the no carb or low carb brigade. I do think that we’re encouraged to eat too many carbs in the government guidelines and I think many of us choose carbs that can spike blood sugar.

Cutting out/down on carbs can make some conditions and symptoms worse.

Carbs are great because they often come in packages with other added health benefits – like in veggies and fruits and in “grains” like brown rice, quinoa and buckwheat.  They are all full of other nutrients and fibre. We need fibre for digestive health and also to help us eliminate old hormones, we don’t need any more. Constipation risks old hormones circulating and can lead to hormone imbalance.

Anyway, processed, packaged, white, sugary and bleached carby foods can send out blood sugar rocketing, leading to peaks and slumps. Avoid that stuff like the plague.

Examples of healthier carbs with plenty of fibre are:-

  • Sweet potatoes.
  • Brown rice.
  • Beans, peas, lentils and chickpeas.
  • Buckwheat.
  • Quinoa.
  • Potatoes (skin on is best).
  • Dates.

 

So there you have it. I’ve given one tip to get you started on the way to better wellbeing, hormone harmony or the path to parenthood.

If you’d like to know more about how to eat to fuel fertility or to calm hormone havoc, get in touch with us to see how we can help you.

 

Love,