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What Food to Eat To Balance Your Hormones
So last week I wrote a lovely little post about what foods to AVOID if you have a hormonal imbalance. Hormonal imbalance is a broad term, however many of the same foods crop up time and time again in each hormonal issue, suggesting that these foods are toxic for our hormones and disrupt the normal levels. If you want to find out more about the kind of foods to avoid then please go to my blog and look at the blog post named "What to Avoid for Hormone Balance".
I'm going to list the best foods to help balance your hormones.. I hope you're ready ladies! Hereeeee we go.
One thing I must note is that you should have a balance of all of these on your plate for each and every meal. I aim for 30% fat, 30% protein and 30% non starchy carbohydrates (vegetables & high fiber sources) - check out the list below and ask any questions - I will always reply! Lots of love xxx
1. FIBER (YES FIBER) Everyone talks about fiber but what foods are highest in fiber? - Green leafy vegetables, (broccoli, sprouts, asparagus, kale, spinach, mixed leafy greens, arugula, cauliflower, carrots, - another great source is chia & flax seed. I made some lovely protein balls containing both of these ingredients which you can check out on my Instagram account! If you're feeling a little cheeky you could have some quinoa or brown rice - these two I would stick to eating once a day & mix well with some coconut oil to ensure they are been digested with enough fat. Sweet potato, parsnips, plantains.
3. GOOD QUALITY PROTEIN Organic chicken thighs, organic chicken breast, wild-caught fish, grass-fed beef, nitrate-free bacon, bone broth, free-range eggs, fermented soy (ONLY fermented might I add!). Bone-broth powder, collagen powder (I add this to my water) - great for skin. Chickpeas, lentils.
4. LOW SUGAR FRUITS Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries are all fine to eat during the stages of balancing your hormones - they are low in sugar and packed with essential antioxidants which help to lower inflammation and calm the raging hormones which may have otherwise been disrupted through stress & sugar intake.
5. HERBS Ginger, tumeric, ashwaganda, cinnamon, cloves, garlic, nutmeg, curcumin, chili, parsley, oregano, thyme, rosemary - and many others I may have missed. However there are a few to watch out for: Black cohosh, licorice & evening primrose oil - they all raise estrogen levels so be careful - if you have too much estrogen you could be making the problem worse by consuming these herbs!
Hope this helps you ladies on your quest to balanced hormones! To see more ideas for meals check out my Instagram!!!