Balancing your hormones naturally starts with a healthy diet and balanced blood sugar.
Our nutritionist Taryn Guzik’s top tips for healthy hormones:
1. Stabilize blood sugar
Eat frequently, and include protein + fat + fibre in each snack/meal that you eat.
Everything you eat gets broken down into glucose – fuel for your body and brain.
This glucose enters your blood stream and impacts your blood sugar levels.
Your blood sugar needs to stay within a healthy range for your body to function optimally. If it’s too low (hypoglycemia) it can cause weakness, lightheadedness, headaches and low energy and mood.
If it’s chornically high it causes inflammation and puts you at high risk for chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.
Different foods get digested at different rates.
Foods that are digested more slowly such as protein and fat, especialy with the addition of fibre, get absorbed into your blood stream more slowly causing a slow steady rise in blood sugar.
These foods keep your blood sugar stable which keeps your mood and energy balanced, but also supports healthy hormones.
2. Eat enough healthy fats
Good sources of healthy fats include olive oil, avocados, nuts and seeds and fatty fish.
Your body uses healthy fats to build hormones, so geting enough healthy fats in your diet is extremely important.
3. Eat enough fibre:
At least 30 g per day from a variety of sources including fruits and vegetables, legumes, and whole grains.
Many women experience estrogen dominance which can cause PMS symptoms: this is high estrogen relative to progesterone levels.
Fibre binds to estrogen and helps your to eliminate excess estrogen through bowel movements.
Overnight Carrot Cake Oats are packed full of fibre, protein and healthy fats to balance your blood sugar and hormones.
Taryn's Carrot Cake Overnight Oats
- 1/2 cup grated carrot
- 1/2 cup quick oats
- 1 tbsp ground flax seeds
- 1/2 cup coconut milk unsweetened, carton
- 1 cup filtered water
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 2 tbsp walnuts
- 1 tbsp coconut flakes
- Combine all the ingredients except walnuts and coconut flakes and let sit for a few hours, or overnight. When ready to serve, top with coconut and walnuts and enjoy!