How to Eat for Balanced Hormones
My wish for all women in this crazy world we now live in is to feel energized and hormonally balanced. There are so many things that pull us away from that - some out of our control, but much of it in our control.
Here’s a quick cheatsheet as a reminder for when you start drifting away from self care - come back to these foundational things as a minimum when life feels like it’s driving you instead of you driving it!
Unless you’re intermittent fasting and delaying eating until late morning, eat breakfast.
Having a protein packed breakfast helps balance our blood sugar levels, which prevents our body from crashing in the afternoon and craving sugar PLUS it keeps our cortisol (that bossy, inner voice) hormone of ours from rising too quickly and creating additional stress in our body.
If you don’t eat breakfast, try to have a handful of nuts within that window of time, drink tons of water, and only then have caffeine. If you are hooked on coffee, starting to eat breakfast consistently can actually give your body more energy than a cup of coffee, so its definitely something to think about! Try matcha tea as an alternative for that morning boost.
If you are waking up and feeling tired, the best thing you can do to bring energy into your body is drinking a lot of water within the first few hours of waking up. One of the main reasons we wake up tired is that we haven’t had any water, which hydrates the body, for at least eight to nine hours. By drinking water you are rehydrating the body, providing vital energy. Occassionally I change it up and add a little apple cider vinegar to my lemon water which is also helpful for digestion.
Eat For Your Hormones All Day Long
It doesn’t have to feel overwhelming to eat for your hormones, just remember this quick formula; healthy proteins + healthy fats + fiber = happy healthy hormones! Eating in a way that supports your hormones keeps your energy stable, your moods balanced and your cravings low.
When we get stressed or super busy we tend to eat on the go or more indulgent than normal.
To help with digestion I suggest adding in a probiotic if you aren’t already taking one daily, this will help support your digestion and keep your bowel movements regular, which is super important for your hormones. I like to start with this brand or something similar.
You can also add in some fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchee, coconut water Kiefer or apple cider vinegar (just add it to your morning wake up water) to help with bloating and digestion.
Plan Ahead, A Little Bit
Support your liver before and after your favorite cocktails.
Before you go out, make sure you’ve had a hormone supporting meal and make sure you’re hydrated - water, water!
Keep coconut water in the fridge, it helps with dehydration and is full of electrolytes so it’s the perfect hangover cure. I also like this electrolyte powder which I mix with my water before I go to sleep or when I wake up.
Add parsley or cilantro to your salads, soups and other meals to help with liver support. I also love a tea with milk thistle like this Yogi liver support tea.
If you haven’t taken time for you this week, stop and pencil in some self-care - - it’s not selfish!!
How many of these can you commit to this week?