Support Your Hormones With These Foods
April 11, 2017
Today I’m sharing five foods that support your hormones, and get ready for a fun video series coming to you next week with even more health tips to help balance your hormones so you can feel energized, calm and confident in your body!
Hormones are in charge of everything that happens in your body. They regulate whether you feel cold or hot, crave sugar, gain or lose weight, if you have energy during the day and can still get a good night’s sleep, even your moods! That is one of the many reasons I’ve written so often about all of these topics, what you eat has a direct effect on how you feel and that all starts with your hormones.
Eating the right types of foods can have a profound affect on the way you feel. So often when we have any sort of hormonal imbalance our doctors might put us on the pill or other hormonal support without ever asking us about our diet – when what you eat is the MOST important thing you can do every day to support the way you’d like to feel in your body. Fats and proteins are essential for the production of hormones in your body, without them you can’t produce enough adequate amounts of hormones.
If you’ve been with me for a while you know that it’s the right type of healthy foods that matter the most. You might even notice a trend of all of the foods I mention today and if it makes you a bit nervous you are not alone. These foods that help support your hormones are ones we have often avoided or have been cautious of eating too many of. If you haven’t guessed what I’m referring to yet… it’s fat!
Fat has gotten a bad reputation over the years, especially in the 1980’s when the low fat/non-fat/fat-free diet culture started. Growing up we always had fat-free milk, margarine instead of butter and all of our salad dressings were either low-fat or non-fat.
It’s no surprise to me that all of my clients start to feel better once we add healthy fats back into their diet, because their body has been deprived of all of the healing and healthy benefits for so long. We were all duped into believing that fat is what makes us fat when it’s actually sugar that is making us unhealthy. You can read more here how all of my clients started to feel better once we made important changes to their diet.
Healthy fats are essential to our body because hormones are produced from fat and cholesterol. We must have the right amount of fat in our diet so we have healthy hormone levels. I’m not talking about french fries and hamburgers, rather, healthy fats like avocados and coconuts. I always know when my client might need more healthy fats in their diet when she can’t stop craving french fries and hamburgers. SO it’s not only the quantity but quality of fats that you eat which are important to your body.
Five Foods That Support Your Hormones
When I started eating at least an avocado a day, I felt so much more nourished throughout the day. I used to eat my breakfast and within an hour I’d be starving and found myself snacking most of the day in between meals. With the addition of avocados, I stopped being so hangry, my skin was smoother and within a few weeks I could tell that my mood was more balanced throughout the day too. I love adding an avocado into my smoothies, on top of eggs, salads and honestly just about everything!
Coconut Oil & Coconut Butter
What I love the most about coconut oil and butter is that it adds a sweet taste to my smoothies, oatmeal and my stir-fry but it actually doesn’t have any sugar in it. It’s full of healthy fats and I try to add both to my morning smoothies.
When I eat more fat my cycles are more balanced and I don’t experience PMS symptoms like breast tenderness, mood swings and utter exhaustion. When I travel and I’m not at home I sometimes find myself eating less fat and my body starts to crave them. I know that I must find an avocado soon so I don’t become a hangry person! Right now my diet is mostly fat, then protein and carbs like vegetables, fruits and some brown rice or quinoa. Not sure if you are experiencing hormonal imbalance? Be sure to check out a previous post where I share three signs your hormones are out of whack and how to balance them.
If you are finding it a struggle to concentrate at work during the day try having some walnuts. I like to call them brain food! All healthy fats help promote memory, focus and concentration. Our brain is mostly fat, so the more fat we eat the more nourished our brain feels. This is super helpful during the way day so we can accomplish what is needed and then leave on time to do all the things we enjoy. My women’s trail mix is a great snack to have during the day and it’s so simple to make, you can find the recipe here.
Sprout Feed Eggs
Pasture raised eggs can help support your hormones, they are also full of healthy cholesterol in the egg yolk. I like to get my eggs at the farmer’s market because I can find out what the chickens are eating. It’s not only important to eat organic, but if you eat meat it’s crucial to know what the animals are eating. If the chicken is eating corn and soy, you are also getting some of that in your body. Many grocery stores have pasture raised eggs now, if you can’t find them ask someone to help you. I like to cook my eggs with either coconut oil or grass fed butter, adding veggies, sweet potatoes and of course avocados. I actually love having this for lunch when I’m home.
The first step in healthy hormones is taking a look at what is on your plate. See how adding these five foods to help support your hormones into your diet today helps your body feel. I suggest starting with what feels comfortable and then try to include more fat into your diet. You can always reach out to me and ask me any questions, I’m here to help support you and your hormones and if you haven’t already be sure to read my free e-book on balancing your hormones here. Please share with us in the comments section below what was most helpful about this post to you.
Big Hugs & Health,